Insert *eyeroll” emoji. Teens and tweens can be tough to buy for. It seems like everything on their must-have list is the equivalent of a mortgage payment, and needs to be charged on the regular. So if you’re struggling on what to gift your teen this year, don’t stress because we found some cool options that won’t break the bank, and don’t necessarily involve staring at a screen. Really!
And while “cool” is a relative term when it comes to teens and tweens, we think the gift ideas below just may give you a temporary pass. There are great options for both girls and boys and since we don’t really love labels, any of these gifts are perfect for anyone on your list. Check out some of our favorite gifts for 2021!
The Rolling Stones 1994 Tour Tie Dye Tee – Shop It Here
On-trend tie dye meets vintage.
Lego Friends Central Perk – Shop It Here
The One Where They Put Down the Phone and Do Something Productive. Includes a buildable Central Perk café studio set, plus Ross Geller, Rachel Green, Chandler Bing, Monica Geller, Joey Tribbiani, Phoebe Buffay and Gunther minifigures with cool accessories. Could we be any more excited!? Grab this light kit and Central Perk will be lit.
Nike Air Force 1 ’07 Sneaker – Shop It Here
A low top version of the Nike AF 1
LED Multi Colored Flameless Candles – Shop It Here
Battery operated with a remote control, these set a cool vibe and are vanilla scented.
Kids Against Maturity – Shop It Here
Inspired by Cards Against Humanity – but without the filth! Sorry kids. (Winner of Scholastic’s Gold Star Toy Award). This one is both tween and teen approved, but is still a great kids gift option, too, if you have them on your list this year as well!
The Comfy – Shop It Here
Cozy, toasty and over sized. Check, check and check! One size fits all, available is several colors and a kids’ version.
You Make a Difference Keychain – Shop It Here
Sure they might drive you bananas, but you know they love hearing it – and a little motivational message never hurts. Made of stainless steel (nickel and lead free).
Hyrdo Flask – Shop It Here
Honestly, you’ll probably end up stealing this one for yourself – because Hydro Flasks are the business. These will keep your beverages ice cold, and what’s cooler than being cool?
Red Bubble Water Bottle & Laptop Stickers – Shop It Here
Now that you’ve committed to the Hydro Flask, it’s time to add some stickers for a little razzle dazzle. The options are endless, from quotes, trends, and travel, to aliens, Spongebob, and The Office.
VicTsing Shower Speaker – Shop It Here
Now they can tune you out in the shower too (Like they weren’t anyway). Features a built-in MIC Bluetooth speaker and hands-free function, so they can take your call in the bathroom, while it’s connected to their smartphone. Yes! This is still one of the most popular tech gifts (again) this year. We’re just happy there’s not a screen involved for them to stare at!
philosophy pink frosted animal cracker shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath – Shop It Here
They can reminisce about their not-so-distant-childhood days of animal crackers during snack time.
Personalized Hockey Goalie Beach Towel – Shop It Here
For the kid who’s known they’ve wanted to be a goalie since day one.
Study Buddy Memory Kit – Shop It Here
Time to cram! This set comes with aromatherapy rollerballs, (a custom mix of essential oils blended with jojoba oil), and a unisex aroma-absorbing lava pebble bracelet.
Beach Necklaces – Shop It Here
On-trend cowrie shell and pearl chokers send chill, laid back, surfer vibes. Because everyone knows that tweens and teens are super chill.
Light Up Sports Cones – Shop It Here
Train at night! Perfect for not-so-well-lit fields and outdoor rinks.
Create Your Own Reel Viewer – Shop It Here
Take a break from “the TikTok” and stroll down memory lane via View Master. They can assemble and create their own reel, using the redemption code included with the viewer. It’s old school vibes, but with people you know inside!
Harry Potter Ultimate Trivial Pursuit – Shop It Here
Have them test their skills at all things Harry Potter. May the best fan win.
American Eagle Surf Perfume – Shop It Here
A mix of Lemon Tonic, Blue Violets, & Ocean Washed Cedar. Smells so fresh and clean – And clean is a win! If you don’t think they’re ready for a more ‘adult’ perfume, this is a great starter pick!
Portable Victrola Suitcase – Shop It Here
Rock retro vibes in this classic record player with Bluetooth technology, and 3 speed turntable.
Egg Cup Holder – Shop It Here
File this under things we never knew we needed. Eggstraordinary!
PacMan Ghost Lamp – Shop It Here
Features 16 different phasing colors, and party mode – where he flashes colors to the beat of the music. Rad!
Pizza Fridays T-Shirt – Shop It Here
Adults have Summer Fridays and Sunday Funday. Kids have Pizza Fridays. Other colors available.
Birkenstock Arizona Essentials – Shop It Here
Birkenstocks that can get wet? Check and check.
Burn After Writing (Teen) – Shop It Here
A cool book of Q&A (answered by them), for the teen/tween who likes the outlet of writing things down. In a world of incessant social media updates, this is a chance to “put it all down”, without the world seeing. The perfect excuse to put the electronics down.
Nike Kawa Slide – Shop It Here
Easy on and off when they’re running from activity to activity. To activity (You know, until they lose one). Available in several different colors.
Moko Eyeglasses Holder – Shop It Here
The struggle is real when it comes to keeping eyeglasses scratch-free. These cool, plush holders are available in several colors and patterns, and can go right on their nightstand. No getting up required! It’s also a perfect stocking stuffer for your tweens, too, this year!
Trapped in a Video Game (Book 1) – Shop It Here
Book one in a series of five about a 12 year old, and his crazy adventure inside a video game. Geared toward kids ages 8-12.
Men’s New England Patriots New Era Navy 2021 Sideline Official Sport Knit Hat – Shop It Here
Keeps them warm and supports their favorite team. Other teams available. Or so we hear.
The Game of Life – Shop It Here
Ok kids, lets see how you handle “life” without smart phones, in this classic edition.
Large Bean Bag – Shop It Here
The perfect spot to chill, read, or game. Ten colors to choose from.
Foreo Luna 2 – Shop It Here
This silicone facial-cleansing brush deep cleans by removing 98.5 % of dirt, oil, and makeup residue. It lasts up to 450 uses from one full charge, and has eight speeds. Bonus? It’s 100 percent waterproof!
Nike Dri Fit Head Tie – Shop It Here
Keeps hair in place, whether they’re at school, on the field, or on the ice. Several colors available.
Hasbro Connect 4 Shots Game – Shop It Here
No, not those kinds of shots. Bounce the balls into the game and try to get four in a row. We bet this won’t get super competitive at all.
Little Hippo Letter Board – Shop It Here
Contains large and small letters (already pre-cut!), so they can be the wordsmith you know they are. Or, do it for the ‘gram.
Prismacolor 3599TN Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 72-Count – Shop It Here
Perfect for those who love to draw. Soft core pencils are ideal for shading and blending. (Also available in 24 48 132 and 150 count).
The Vintage Inspired ‘Feminist’ T-Shirt – Shop It Here
This cute tee also comes in a bunch of other cool colors too!
Hearing Things Game – Shop It Here
Inspired by the “Whisper Challenge” on YouTube (They know), players try to guess what their teammate is saying by reading their lips. While wearing noise-canceling headphones.
Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty “Blacklight Putty” – Shop It Here
A cool spin on Thinking Putty, this version lets you”draw” on it with the included black light keychain. Glows in the dark and changes colors in the sun. Then goes back to its original state.
Sports Mug – Shop It Here
A cool mug that’s perfect for cereal or ice cream. But probably mostly ice cream. Also available in hockey, soccer, football, and baseball.
HoopSwagg Lightning Galaxy Custom Nike Elite Socks – Shop It Here
Because for whatever reason, socks are pretty much a thing.
Sector 9 Green Wave Lookout II Drop-Thru Bamboo Complete Downhill Longboard Skateboard – Shop It Here
A cool way to get from A to B. This board is a surf inspired, cruiser, carver, downhill longboard. Length: 42″ X 9.6″ Wide, Wheelbase 31.50.” They’ll be stoked.
Yummy World Large Fries Plush – Shop It Here
If you can’t eat em’, join em’! They can have fries with that.
Goalie Hockey Player 3D Night Light – Shop It Here
This cool nightlight can cycle through 7 hues.
Pura Vida Yoga Girl Bracelet Pack – Shop It Here
Snag these bracelets as a pack, or choose from tons of individual styles – including birthstones and charms.
Echo Dot (3rd Generation) – Shop It Here
They can check the weather, set an alarm, rock out to music on demand from Amazon Music, Spotify, SiriusXM, and more. Alexa, play Mo Money Mo Problems.
Journal – Shop It Here
They can jot down their innermost thoughts in this small journal. You know, the ones that won’t share with you. Duh. Small enough to stash just about anywhere. Other styles available.
Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star® ’70 Hi – Shop It Here
…Because you can’t go wrong with a classic. Available in several colors.
Bedside Essentials Pocket – Shop It Here
Stashes their essential gear right next to the bed. Because you know they’re not getting up.
AirPods Wireless Bluetooth Headset – Shop It Here
Wireless earbuds that filter out noise for a while, all thanks to a charging case that holds multiple additional charges for more than 24 hours of listening time. They can tune you right out. Nothing new there.
Ocean Wave Light Projector – Shop It Here
This color changing ocean wave light projector with a built-in mini music player, creates a chill atmosphere for drifting off to sleep. Or creates the coolest under-the-sea theme party. Either way.
LASER X Two Player Laser Tag Gaming Set – Shop It Here
Connect with your opponents target up to 200 feet away. Now get outside!
Pom Pom Hat – Shop It Here
Stay warm, cozy, and on trend. Seven colors available.
Hockey Puck Cell Phone Holder – Shop It Here
Made from a real hockey puck!
adidas Hoodie – Shop It Here
Sporty and on trend, while being comfortable with a regular fit. Because it’s all about being comfortable.
Harry Potter Black Cauldron Ceramic Soup Mug with Spoon – Shop It Here
Perfect for the kid who loves Harry Potter. Or wishes they were Harry Potter.
Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone – Shop It Here
It goes without saying that you’ll probably want to use this one too. Record and share your (MP3) voice performance via the USB. They already think they’re famous anyway.
Facial Sheet Masks – Shop It Here
#Squad #Goals. Stock up on sheet masks, which are perfect for a chill night with their BFFs.
Pig Box Organizer – Shop It Here
A cute little holder for organizing their trinketry and brick-a-brac.
Codenames – Shop It Here
For 2-8 players, geared toward ages 14 and up. This spymaster game uses teams to compete – and see who can make contact with all of their agents first. The spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board.
Wreck This Journal – Shop It Here
They can literally trash this thing. Never mind their innermost thoughts, they can poke holes, break the binding, color outside the lines, and paint with coffee. Not your coffee of course, because then they’d be “grounded.” (See what I did there?)
Patagonia Women’s Los Gatos 1/4 Zip – Shop It Here
Available in 4 colors, this is super cozy and will keep them warm. Especially since it’s like pulling teeth just to get them to entertain the idea of wearing a jacket.
Backgammon – Shop It Here
Bring it way back with an old school game of Backgammon.
Wave Ring – Shop It Here
Available in silver, gold and rose gold, these on trend rings are simple and dainty.
Mini Basketball Hoop With Ball & Shatterproof Backboard – Shop It Here
Indoor hoops all day! And it has a shatterproof backboard. Um, how hard are they throwing this!?
Hasbro DropMix Music Gaming System – Shop It Here
This fast-paced music mixing game lets you create song mixes, while playing three ways: Freestyle, Clash, and Party. I think you mean Par-tay. Ages 16+.
Wicked Good Slippers – Shop It Here
Because it’s all about the comfort. Available in 6 colors.
GlowCity Light Up Basketball – Shop It Here
Standard weight and size, this B-ball uses two high bright LEDs. Nice! Let the evening neighborhood games commence.
Under Armour Undeniable Backpack – Shop It Here
A great backpack for hoops. Fits an NBA sized basketball, 2 side pockets for water, a front pocket (perfect to toss their slides in), and a top zip, perfect for their phone.
Color Technik Glitter Gel Pens – Shop It Here
Set of 30 glittering gel pens, make their artwork, coloring pages or doodles vibrant and sparkly.
A Smart Girl’s Guide: Middle School (Revised): Everything You Need to Know About Juggling More Homework, More Teachers, and More Friends! – Shop It Here
Because middle school is tough, and while you’re their number one go-t0, it’s always cool to have some inside scoop, a little extra insight and some helpful tips.
Vans Old Skool – Shop It Here
Comfortable and on trend, with SoCal vibes. These come in tons of color options and patterns. Also available in little kid/big kid sizes, here.
Hanging Solar System Mobile – Shop It Here
Perfect for the science olympiad, and astronomy obsessed.
STAUBER Summit Snowboard & Binding Package – Shop It Here
Available in different sizes, this is a great option for a beginner. Shred the gnar.
Unicorn Farts – Shop It Here
Everyone likes candy, and most people enjoy (tolerate?) unicorns, so a bag of unicorn farts cotton candy is a no brainer. Also available in Zombie Farts, Cat Farts, Dog Farts, Dinosaur Farts, and Pony Farts, because obviously. And 10% of all profits are donated to charity.
AirPods SIlicone Case Cover – Shop It Here
Fits AirPods 1 and 2, and comes in a variety of colors. Helps protect your AirPods against bumps, drops, and scratches. Includes a metal carabiner and hand strap, making it easy and secure to carry around. Please note, AirPods and case are not included.
Lip Balm Making Kit – Shop It Here
Comes with essential oils, 23 total tubes and tins to create several flavors and styles, and 23 round and square labels – to creatively name your own lip balms, of course.
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