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65 Gifts for Teens That Are Cool Enough to Actually Impress Them

All the best ideas for the hard-to-please boys and girls in your life.

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Teens have their finger on the pulse of the biggest trends in music, fashion, tech, pop culture — pretty much everything. They're also not afraid to tell you what they like — or more likely, what they don't. Because of this, it can be intimidating for anyone outside of Gen Z (so, you) to come up with gifts for teens that are actually cool in 2021 (because that's all that matters, isn't it).

To help you out, we've rounded up the most popular gifts for all kinds of teen boys, teen girls and anyone else who dares to call themselves a teenager, whether they spend their free time trying out the latest gadgets, keeping up with hottest TikTok trends or experimenting with different makeup looks. There's a range of unique gift ideas on this list: Some are inexpensive ways to tap into their newfound passions, while others are personalized Etsy finds to commemorate milestone moments like high school graduations and big birthdays (their sweet 16, for example) and others you can keep in mind when you do your holiday shopping or when you want to pick up something just for fun. And if they haven't hit full teenagerdom yet, we have some age-appropriate gift ideas for 13-year-old girls, 13-year-old boys, 12-year-olds, tween girls and boys too.

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A Gadget They'll Actually Use
Personal Charging Hub
Urban Outfitters
elago

Once they weave their chargers through this silicone hub, they can give three of their devices — smartphone, smartwatch and AirPods — a power boost at the same time.

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Something They Can Enjoy With Friends
100 Movies Scratch-Off Poster
Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods

Film buffs will love scratching off the movies as they watch them. There's 100 on this list, everything from cult-favorite classics to newer releases.

Moon Lamp
Amazon
HYODREAM

Even on nights when the full night sky isn't in clear sight, this nightstand-friendly lamp lets them fall asleep to the moon's glow. With a click of a button, they can switch between 16 different moon colors, instantly changing the vibe of their space.

Professional Printing 3D Pen
Amazon
MYNT3D

With this pen, they can take their drawings off the page and make 3D animals, houses, small figurines and so much more. Unlike other 3D printing pens, it has two speeds: a faster one to fill in larger areas and a slower speed for more intricate works of art.

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One Cool Gift, So Many Ways to Use It
Mini Fridge
Cooluli

They can fill it with his seltzer or soda cans, or use it to hold all of their skincare goodies, like face masks, creams and ice rollers that work best when cold.

Portable Charger
iWalk
Now 30% off

Praised as one of the best travel gadgets, GH lab experts call the power bank "the most useful thing someone could own." And with teens always on their phones, it's a guaranteed win.

Get Personal (Without Getting TOO Personal)
Customized Drinking Tumblers
LaLaConfetti
LaLaConfetti

Your teen will love toting a personalized tumbler to class or the gym, knowing no one else will mistake it for theirs. Choose from a variety of fonts, colors and styles.

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Large Knot Pillow
ShopDecorPainting
ShopDecorPainting

Get your teen a pillow that's as unique as they are. Available in a variety of colors, they'll love the cool, minimalist design.

For the Fashion-Forward
Fluffy Shoulder Bag
Amazon
W WHEEL UP

The trendiest teens will recognize this bag. There are variations of this fluffy bag all over TikTok, but this black and white floral design is versatile enough to go with any style — edgy, girly or something in between.

Original Weighted Blanket
Layla
Layla Sleep

Weighted blankets are said to do wonders for teens who toss and turn at night. And hey, if you give them their own, maybe they'll stop "borrowing" yours?

Monthly Period Box
ruby love
Ruby Love

Teenage troubles include getting your period — but you can give them something that might ease those monthly blues. This kit comes with absorbent period underwear, pads, hacks, masks and other little trinkets that make entering this new phase of life a little easier. (Let's hear it for period positivity!)

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
Amazon
Adams Media
Now 50% off

Even muggles can create some magic in the kitchen with this Harry Potter-inspired cookbook, complete with 150 recipes ranging from cauldron cakes to Harry's favorite treacle tart.

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Air Force 1
Nike
Nike

These classic sneakers never go out of style. An added bonus: The all-white version goes with anything and everything.

The Original Bedside Shelf
Amazon Home
BedShelfie
Now 18% off

Keep all of their bedtime essentials within arm's reach, thanks to this clamp-on shelf. It's compact enough for small spaces, but holds up to 15 lbs. of their current reads, gadgets and self-care must-haves.

Portable Inflatable Lounger
WEKAPO
WEKAPO

Amazon users love this lounger because it's as easy to collapse and pack as it is to inflate. Whether your teen uses it to float across the lake or lounge at a campsite, it'll be ready to use in minutes.

Bubble Tea Kit
Uncommon Goods

Bubble tea is the new iced coffee, and this DIY kit comes with everything your teen needs to make their own, including a recipe book, tumbler and reusable straws.

Custom Moon Phase Necklace
LaurenWebbShop
Comet and Moon

Choose an important date, like a birthday or graduation date, and the shop owner will find out the moon phase on that exact date to create a special, customized gift.

Nylon Backpack
Amazon
Cheruty
Now 17% off

This stylish find is pretty, but totally functional. The choice is theirs: They can use it to tote around a laptop for school or save it for weekend fun.

Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror
KOOKIN
Now 33% off

If she's starting to wear make-up or just needs a mirror for her skincare routine, she'll love this vanity mirror that has natural LED lights.

"Do Not Disturb, I'm Gaming" Socks
Amazon
JL-ANNEZOEY
Now 17% off

Just make it clear that these socks won't get them out of washing the dishes.

Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone
Amazon
BONAOK
Now 25% off

Great for a night in with family and friends, this microphone will have your teen belting out her favorite songs. They can pick from thousands of songs using an app or their own Spotify, iTunes or Pandora account.

Mini Cinema Lightbox Sign
my cinema lightbox
My Cinema Lightbox
Now 20% off

With 105 interchangeable letters and symbols to choose from, this light box makes it easy and fun for your teen to share a new message each day.

Tiny Gold Initial Heart Necklace
Amazon
Fettero

This dainty gold choker is a heartfelt way to remind your teen that she's always in your heart.

Parents, This One's for You
AirTag
Amazon
Apple

Really, this is a gift for parents everywhere: Make your teen keep this Bluetooth tracker in their wallet, backpack pocket or attached to a keychain (Apple sells a great leather option), so they can hunt down their lost iPhone or iPad.

Ivy Vine String Lights
urban outfitters
Urban Outfitters

Bring the cottagecore aesthetic into her bedroom with these ivy string lights. They make any space, no matter the size, look warm and inviting.

RELATED: The Cottagecore Aesthetic, Explained

Cable Protector
Amazon/sunguy store
SUNGUY
Now 14% off

Broken chargers are annoying, but inevitable. Your teen can stick on these little critters at the end of their cords to keep them from breaking and fraying.

Old English Letter Name Necklace
JWL Gang
JWLGANG

Name and monogram jewelry is always in style. Add her name, choose between sterling silver and gold-filled, and pick a desired size (from choker length to 20").

Rose Quartz Jade Roller
RoseJoice
RoseJoice

Thanks to beauty gurus on Instagram and YouTube, this facial roller (which claims to smooth and de-puff skin) may already be on her wish list. This particular option is affordable and still does the trick!

"Hello" Neon Sign
Amazon
Isaac Jacobs

Brighten up a bedroom with this 3D wall display. It's lit ... at least that's what they say, right?

Amazon Shoppers Can't Get Enough
Large Hair Claw Clips
Amazon
SHALAC
Now 20% off

Claw clips are just as cool as they were in the '90s. This pack of four is loved by those with long, thick hair since the non-slip grips keep her updo in place.

Get a Matching Set for Sisters
Zodiac Ring
Etsy
CaitlynMinimalist

Birthstones are cute and all, but she's more of a zodiac girl. Get her sign engraved on a dainty silver, gold or rose gold ring — just make sure you know her ring size and birthday first.

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Magnetic Dart Board
Amazon
Yuham
Now 21% off

When the kids are cooped up in the house, they can bust boredom by playing with this dart board — and don't worry, your walls will be safe as it's magnetic.

Smile Classic Digital Instant Camera
KODAK
Now 21% off

They already have their phone to take photos with, but this Kodak camera will print out any snap instantly on sticky paper so that they can hang it up.

One-Step Tie-Dye Kit
tulip
Tulip
Now 34% off

Tie-dye is back and here to stay, we think. This kit includes five color bottles, rubber bands, gloves and instructions so your teen can tie-dye anything from socks to gym shorts.

A Must for Musicians
Custom Headphone Stand
Etsy
Meow3DStore

Customize this wooden headphone stand with his name, nickname or another short phrase that fits your gamer, DJ or music lover. Keep the wood in its original form or choose from one of 15+ paint colors, including glow-in-the-dark.

I Am Everything Affirmation Card Deck
Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods

On the days when they need it most, they can pull a card from this deck and read an affirmation, reminding them to speak who they know they are — strong, loved, passionate, beautiful, the list goes on — into the universe.

Teen Girls Are Obsessed
Chunky Open Hoops
Amazon
PAVOI

More than 20,000 Amazon shoppers have given these white, yellow or rose gold-plated hoops rave reviews, saying they look shiny and expensive at a fraction of the price.

Goal Getter Notebook
copperandbrasspaper
CopperandBrassPaper

They can use this empowering notebook as a dedicated space for goals, dreams or personal thoughts, and use it as desk decor to show off to friends.

Screen Cleaning Pad
Fintie
Now 25% off

Help the teens keep their screens clean. These reusable pads remove residue from their phones and tablets. They're made from scratch-resistant "suede" and free from chemicals.

Lotus Necklace
Mejuri
Mejuri

This necklace may be simple in style, but it holds a lot of power in the symbolic lotus. It comes with an adjustable clasp, so she can wear it at different lengths.

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer
Fenty Beauty
Fenty Beauty

For minimalist teens, this gloss comes in classic nude and has just the right amount of shimmer.

Laundry Symbol Chart Art Print
Good Housekeeping

Sure, they'll roll their eyes when they unwrap this print, but they'll have you to thank the next time they do their laundry. Who knows, you may also learn a thing or two.

Jibbitz Shoe Charms 5-Pack
Amazon
Crocs

Believe it or not, teens are the ones who made Crocs popular. Now they can decorate their own pair with fun Jibbitz charms to make a more customized look.

Flower Monogram Journal
OldWaysFussNFeathers
OldWaysFussNFeathers

You can never go wrong with a monogrammed pick. She can fill it with her musings, plans and doodles — it's her call!

Cheap Pick for Gamers
Retro Gaming Airpods Pro Case
Amazon
elago

Even if they're too young to remember the original Game Boy, your gamer will appreciate the throwback to your childhood. At the very least, this silicone case will keep their AirPods Pro protected from scratches and spills — and welcome tons of compliments.

Bluetooth Speaker
Amazon
Anker

Perfect for summer pool parties or after-school hangs, this easy-to-carry speaker can be moved from one room to the next. It uses Bluetooth to connect to their phone or laptop.

24-Ounce Standard Mouth Bottle
hydro flask
HYDRO FLASK

Yes, these are infamously known for being part of the VSCO girl package, but they're also great for keeping you hydrated while saving the planet.

We’re Not Really Strangers Card Game
Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters

Chances are, they are one of the millions of people who follow We’re Not Really Strangers on Instagram. Now, they can experience all that they have to offer IRL: This card game walks them through three levels of questions, encouraging them to deepen their existing relationships.

Personalized Amp Doormat
Uncommon Goods
UncommonGoods

Best used indoors, this mat is perfect for laying right outside the music-lover's room!

The Skincare Set
Glossier

Upgrade your teen's skincare routine with this three-piece skincare set. Together, the cleanser, moisturizer and lip balm will give them a "lit-from-within" glow.

Scoop Bralette
Parade
Parade

Parade keeps Gen Z's wants and needs in mind. Recently, they expanded beyond underwear with two new bralettes, including this everyday scoop style. It's lightweight, comfortable for all-day wear and comes in nine colors.

A Must for Any Teen Girl or Boy
Gooseneck Bed Phone Holder
Lamicall

They can clip this phone holder to any flat surface — a desk, shelf, bed frame and so forth — and adjust its bendable arm until they can comfortably watch movies, YouTube videos or TikToks completely hands-free.

Doughnut Art Portrait
Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods

An easy way to sweeten up any space, pick a print in one of a dozen different donut types, everything from classic glazed to pink frosted with sprinkles.

Holographic Fanny Pack
SoJourner Bags
Now 12% off

Fanny packs are also having a major moment right now. This holographic one is giving us major JoJo Siwa vibes, which is perfect for your teen.

Leather Phone Sticker Card Case
Mark & Graham
Mark & Graham

The leather card case, which can be monogrammed for an additional $12, sticks on to any phone or phone case, making it the perfect spot to hold their school ID, cash and other cards.

Washable Silk Scrunchie
Lunya

Scrunchies are back, people! Share your love of them with the teen in your life (and don't forget to show them pics of you rocking the look in the 90's). These scrunchies are washable and made of soft silk.

Real Flower Resin Letter Keychain
CherryBombByAmanda

Now that she has her driver's license (cue Olivia Rodrigo's hit song), she needs a pretty keychain for her keys. Get her initial in a range of bold shades, from teal to violet.

Pure Sugar Duo
Walmart
Eau de Juice

Give your teen a sugar high (of sorts) with this sweet-as-can-be duo. They can spritz the fruity floral perfume when they want something more intense or opt for the body mist for everyday wear — or double 'em up to really pack a punch.

Discovery Eyeshadow Palette
Sephora
Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez

They can try out so many eyeshadow looks, from understated to daring, with one eyeshadow palette. It comes with six matte and metallic shades, along with a glitter topcoat for maximum impact.

Sugar Lip Scrub
Ulta
Beauty Bakerie

If they're not quite at the makeup stage yet, then gift this sugary-sweet lip scrub instead of lipgloss. Choose from four yummy flavors: peach, peppermint, vanilla and strawberry.

Biography Presents BTS: The Biggest Band on the Planet
Hearst
Hearst

Even if they think they know everything about BTS, they're guaranteed to learn something new in this biography, which highlights the incredible rise of the Korean pop megastars.

For the Teen Who Has Everything
Bluetooth Keyboard
UBOTIE
Now 10% off

Now, they can keep their conversations going without developing a dreaded text claw (it's a real thing). Connect any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet to this wireless keyboard and rest the device in the cradle to see everything in clear view.

Watermelon Glow Magic Kit
Glow Recipe

Since she's always searching for her new holy grail products, introduce her to some of Glow Recipe's best-sellers, like their Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask. The three-piece set covers her entire skincare routine — cleansing, toning and serum.

Slip-On Platform
Vans

She can throw on a plain white tee, wide-leg jeans and these checkered sneakers for an easy (but seriously cute) outfit. The platform will even give her a little extra height if, that's something she's after.

20-Piece Barrette Set
Amazon
fani

All of the teens are pulling their hair back with these cute clips ... little do they know that they're copying the trends of our youth!

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