It's time to shop for the teen and tween kids. I've scoured the internet and helped make a wish list for teens. I've got recommendations for 113 gifts gifts for tweens and teens, both teen girls and teen boys, that are sure to be a hit. From things that are on trend to kits and things to stoke their passions, there's a great gift for anyone.
I have 4 kids who fit into the tween and teen category and they helped me create the best gifts list. There's something for every type of teenager here. From active kids to artists, young tweens and older teens. Lots of ideas to get them off tiktok and doing something else!
FIRST: Have them create a wish list!
As always, try to shop local this year and every year. If you can't do that, try to buy experiences or local museums, lessons and attractions. And if you're a procrastinator like me, shop with 2 day shipping on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Or consider buying them a gift card to a local store! Make a DIY gift card holder. These gifts for teens and tweens should help you complete your shopping this year.
You can almost never go wrong with something soft and cozy as gift ideas. Think about a blanket, warm fuzzy socks or soft hoodie sweatshirts. Sometimes the coolest gifts are just the ones they'll use all the time.
I've found a bunch of sweatshirts and a few blankets that I recommend. But the store aisles are full of them so maybe find one to support your local school or store.
I should say again that these gifts for teens and tweens are all things that my kids all recommended and/or use/want. Except my 14 year old who has never once in her life told me anything that she wants as a gift. Shopping for her is always a challenge. Experiences are best for her so don't forget to think about lessons or other experiences when you're shopping.
Speaking of giving books this holiday season, you might also want to consider a tablet or ipad where they can read digital books. They can also use it for school or watching their favorite movies. Of course, if your kids are like many, they already have devices, smartphones or a laptop because of the pandemic so they don't need another device for playing video games.
If you're looking for gifts teenagers love with some cool factor. Consider the Oculus Quest (below) or a turntable for listening to vinyl. My kids love listening to records on the record player!
If your teen son or daughter loves video games, a game console like a playstation or xbox might be a great idea. My son loves to put on his wireless headphones and chat with his friends while playing games. It was a great way to stay connected during the pandemic.
If you've got a teen who loves to get dressed up and do makeup, you might just want to take them to a nearby makeup counter to get their makeup done. Then you can sneakily buy the products and slip them under the tree! And don't forget the makeup organizer.
I know I'll be in the minority here but I'm going to vote against getting kids who have an iphone their own airpods pro. And here's why. My 15 year old has them and they're noise canceling. Which means she never ever hears me. Ever. She loves them but her siblings won't be getting any of those unless they want to pay out of their own pocket.
I'm not opposed to wireless earbuds though! I use them and love them. If your teen is responsible enough not to lose them then go for it. My oldest lost two pairs and is not back to wired earbuds or a bluetooth speaker.
Wallets always make great gifts. If you get them a wallet, put a few bills in it to get them started! Or a gift card to their favorite store or, if you're fancy some Starbucks gift cards.
A jewelry box is something I didn't list but those would make a lovely gift. If you could find one from a local artisan that would be a fun gift!
For kids that are about to graduate, they can use all sorts of items for travel or college or whatever they're heading on to do. Backpacks, suitcases, work clothes, a hamper. All those things that aren't that fun to buy for yourself but they'll need for a dorm room or a first apartment.
I don't think there's a clear winner for best gifts for teens and tweens because they have so many different interests. Just remember to get them something they actually want and won't find it's way to the back of their closet to collect dust! Happy shopping!