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. But there are some cool options that won’t break the bank, and don’t necessarily involve staring at a screen. 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. Check out some of our favorites.
1. VicTsing Shower Speaker – Buy It Here For $21
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!
2. My Slime Is Insta Famous T-Shirt – Buy It Here For $27
Because they believe it’s true. And evidently, slime does in fact have it’s own social media. Who knew?
3. Finish This Book by Keri Smith – Buy It Here For $13
They become the new author of this unfinished book. After the author stumbles upon some pages in a park, she gathers them together and tries to solve the written mystery, by passing the buck to the reader – who then completes the story. The perfect excuse to put down the electronics.
4. Diana Camera – Buy It Here For $49
Allows them to take cool pictures by giving ordinary shots an artistic edge. Adds super-saturated colors, unpredictable blurring and random contrast to prints. And it uses actual film. That they’ll have to old-timey develop. They’ll be mystified! Grab some 120 film, here.
5. Nike Kawa Slide – Buy It Here For $26
Easy on and off when they’re running from activity to activity. To activity. Available in several different colors.
6. DIY Molten Lip Gloss Kit- Buy It Here For $32
Create watermelon and bubblegum flavored lipgloss. The best part? They look like little lava lamps!
7. Men’s New England Patriots New Era Navy 2017 Sideline Official Sport Knit Hat – Buy It Here For $30
Keeps them warm and supports their favorite team. Other teams available. Or so we hear.
8. MoodClue Re-writable Bag Tag – Buy It Here For $20
This unique, magnetic label comes with a tag, hook, and a set of markers that wipe and clean easily. They can label, quote and draw, and repeat! Whether it’s a backpack, sports bag or luggage – labeling is a must. Take that school lost and found! You can even write a reminder for them, and attach it to their bag. Let them see how we lived before texting. Available in 6 colors.
9. PAC-MAN Premium LED Desk Clock – Buy It Here For $40
So Retro! These vibrant LED’s display the time and periodically display authentic, pixel-perfect animations of PAC-MAN and those stinkin’ ghosts! Awesome!
10. Lune Light – Buy It Here For $145
Their very own light show. Choose a color to display, or have it rotate through them all (fast or slow). Works as a night light for tweens who still like a little light, or gives off cool vibes in a dorm room.
11. Prismacolor 3599TN Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 72-Count – Buy It Here For $32
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).
12. The Vintage Inspired ‘Feminist’ T-Shirt – Buy It Here
This cute tee also comes in a bunch of other cool colors too!
13. Hearing Things Game – Buy It Here For $14
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.
14. Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty “Blacklight Putty” – Buy It Here For $15
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.
15. Hockey Mug With A Net – Buy It Here For $24
A cool mug, perfect for cereal or ice cream. But probably mostly ice cream.
16. Infinite Dungeon Corridor – Buy It Here For $28
A little dungeon hallway. Yes! This corridor is lined with illuminated torches, and appear to stretch into infinity when you peek into it. Perfect for their desk top.
17. HoopSwagg Lightning Galaxy Custom Nike Elite Socks – Buy It Here For $25
Because for whatever reason, socks are pretty much a thing.
18. Sector 9 Green Wave Lookout II Drop-Thru Bamboo Complete Downhill Longboard Skateboard – Buy It Her For $170
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.
19. Yummy World Large Fries Plush – Buy It Here For $30
If you can’t eat em’, join em’! They can have fries with that.
20. 3D Illusion Lamp Gawell Basketball Visual Effect Night Light – Buy It Here For $17
This cool nightlight can be set to glow one color consistently, or cycle through all 7 hues.
21. Yoga Girl Bracelet Pack – Buy It Here For $65
Snag these bracelets as a pack, or choose from tons of individual styles – including birthstones and charms.
22. Pineapple Lasercut Wood Journal – Buy It Here For $29
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.
23. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Hi Metallic Canvas – Buy It Here For $65
…Because you can’t go wrong with hi tops or metallics.
24. Bedside Essentials Pocket – Buy It Here For $20
Stashes their essential gear right next to the bed. Because you know they’re not getting up.
25. Ocean Wave Light Projector – Buy It Here For $30
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.
26. Blobfish Slippers – Buy It Here For $30
Move over Ugg Slippers. Why not plush blobs, that are also fish?
27. LASER X Two Player Laser Tag Gaming Set – Buy It Here For $40
Connect with your opponents target up to 200 feet away. Now get outside!
28. adidas Hoodie – Buy It Here For $40
Sporty and on trend, while being comfortable with a regular fit. Because it’s all about being comfortable.
29. Harry Potter Black Cauldron Ceramic Soup Mug with Spoon – Buy It Here For $17
Perfect for the kid who loves Harry Potter. Or wishes they were Harry Potter.
30. The Singing Machine Karaoke System with 7 inch Color Screen – Buy It Here For $119
An easy to read lyric screen and synchronized disco light make this a party in a box. Bluetooth compatible, with two microphone jacks to sing duets. Hashtag BFFFL! Record and share your (MP3) voice performance via the USB record function. They already think they’re famous anyway.
31. DIY At Home Spa Treatments – Buy It Here For $25
#Squad #Goals. Perfect for a chill night with their BFFs. Choose from masks, toners, hair treatments, or scrubs. Oh, and good luck getting “Scrubs” by TLC out of your head now.
32. Pig Box Organizer – Buy It Here For $15
A cute little holder for organizing their trinketry and brick-a-brac.
33. Codenames – Buy It Here For $17
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.
34. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-Ray DVD – Buy It Here For $22
The latest installment includes special features and deleted scenes. That’s entertainment!
35. Wreck This Journal – Buy It Here For $9
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?)
36. Patagonia Women’s Los Gatos 1/4 Zip – Buy It Here For $99
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.
37. Backgammon – Buy It Here For $35
Bring it way back with an old school game of Backgammon.
38. Pandora Classic Elegance Ring: PANDORA Rose™ & Clear CZ – Buy It Here For $90
Pandora has tons of cute rings, from stackable, to birth stones, and beyond.
39. Vineyard Vines Boys Long-Sleeve Hockey Whale Pocket T-Shirt – Buy It Here For $30
For the kid who eats, sleeps, and breathes hockey. You know one. Side note, we know girl hockey players who sport this style too.
40. Mini Basketball Hoop With Ball & Shatterproof Backboard – Buy It Here For $40
Indoor hoops all day! And it has a shatterproof backboard. Um, how hard are they throwing this!?
41. Hasbro DropMix Music Gaming System – Buy It Here For $53
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+.
42. Pinrose Twirl and Whirl Rollerball Trio – Buy It Here For $15
This rollerball trio includes Wild Child, Secret Genius, and Lil’ Dipper. All packaged up in a unicorn vibes-ish baton. They’ll be ready to lead the parade….on Snapchat?
43. Wicked Good Slippers – Buy It Here For $79
Because it’s all about the comfort. Available in 6 colors.
44. XL RESERVED Beach Towel in Navy – Buy It Here For $15
100% cotton velour, this oversized beach towel measures measures 36″ X 72″ – and makes a point.
45. GlowCity Light Up Basketball – Buy It Here For $25
Standard weight and size, this B-ball uses two high bright LEDs. Nice! Let the evening neighborhood games commence.
46. Under Armour Undeniable 3.0 Backpack – Buy It Here For $70
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.
47. Color Technik Glitter Gel Pens – Buy It Here For $13
Set of 30 glittering gel pens, make their artwork, coloring pages or doodles vibrant and sparkly.
48. A Smart Girl’s Guide: Middle School (Revised): Everything You Need to Know About Juggling More Homework, More Teachers, and More Friends! – Buy It Here For $11
Because middle school is tough, and it’s always cool to have some inside scoop, a little insight and some helpful tips.
49. Vans Old Skool – Buy It Here For $65
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.
50. Hanging Solar System Mobile – Buy It Here For $105
Perfect for the science olympiad, and astronomy obsessed.
Note: The prices listed in the above post are indicative of the retailer’s listed price at the time of publication.
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