They’re some of the hardest people to buy for. Of course we’re talking about your teenager. But look on the bright side, you really can’t win no matter which way you slice or dice it so try not to freak out. Typically that time period between tween and teen can be significant. What they like at 11 or 12 years old will be totally different than what they might be into at 16 or 17. And don’t even get us started on 18 and 19.
When it comes to finding the perfect gift for them (and there are a lot out there), just try to remember that it really is the thought that counts. Oh, and make sure they don’t already have it because if they do…well…you’re going to hear about it.
Shop our picks for some, dare we say, cool Christmas gift ideas for the loving tweens and teens in your life in 2020.
Best Gift of 2020
The New Apple Wireless AirPods in White – Buy It Here
These are the latest from Apple (replacing their older model from the previous two years). Introducing the new AirPods. These are, of course, wireless, come in a self-charging case, are bluetooth enabled, and the battery actually last way longer on this updated version. Now your teens can tune you out even more between each charge. Learn more here.
Best For Tweens
The Unstable Unicorns Game – Buy It Here
This is officially one of the highest backed games on Kickstarter of all time. Pretty impressive. It’s also one of the top-selling games for tweens currently on Amazon. The point of the game is pretty simple. You have to build an amazing and magical army of unicorns and the, of course, go ahead and betray your friends. This one is suited for ages 14 and older. Learn more here.
The Readers Pick
The 100 Best Books Scratch-Off Poster – Buy It Here
Yes, they do still read. But make sure they don’t forget about at least some of the classics. This pretty genius ideas is a large poster with some of the most popular and must-read books of all time. There are 100 in total and when they finish reading them (or have already read them) all they have to do is scratch it off. Will they be able to scratch off all 100 books? Only time will tell. Learn more here.
The Sleepy Pick
The Clocky Rolling Alarm Clock – Buy It Here
You know how it’s impossible to get them out of bed in the morning? Well, thanks to Clocky the Alarm Clock that’s all about to change. And by that we mean that you won’t have to deal with it anymore. Clocky will roll off their nightstand and roll all over their room when its alarm goes off and won’t shut off until your teen hops out of bed, chases it around their room, and finally shuts it off. Genius. Check it out in a bunch of different colors too. Learn more here.
The Influencer Pick
The LuMee Duo Light Up Selfie Phone Case – Buy It Here
Now they can get celebrity-quality selfies each and every time. This protective phone case from LuMee actually has a light around it that’ll bright up their selfies and just make them look like they have a pro photographer everywhere they do. It’s compatible with a bunch of different phones and comes in a variety of cool colors too. Learn more here.
The Genius Pick
The LARQ Self-Cleaning Water Bottle – Buy It Here
They’re totally not going to clean their water bottle themselves so this one is totally genius. It’ll actually clean their water inside and the bottle itself with safe UV-C LED lights. In fact you can even choose the self-cleaning mode so it gives it a little clean-up every two hours. Even better is that it’ll keep their cold drinks cold for 24-hours and their warm drinks warm for 12-hours. Check them out in a bunch of different colors too. Learn more here.
The Friend Approved Pick
The ‘Bestie’ Bracelet Pack from Pura Vida – Buy It Here
Everything old is new again! This time around the bestie bracelet is back! This colorful bracelet pack is mix-and-match, can be traded with friends, is waterproof, and a portion of the money goes to local underrepresented artisans. What’s better than that? Learn more here.
The On-Trend Pick
The ‘Felt Like Sharing’ Felt Message Board in Purple – Buy It Here
It’s another great way for them to express themselves because, let’s be honest, they don’t do that quite enough. This super on-trend felt board comes in a variety of colors like black, blue, green, pink, red, grey, and more. It’s also framed and comes with 300 white plastic letters that easily stick onto the board. Any chance they’ll write “I Love You Mom & Dad” on it? Here’s to wishing. Learn more here.
The Clear Skin Pick
The Clarisonic Facial Cleansing Brush – Buy It Here
You know what’s terrible for a teen? Bad skin! They have it bad enough as it is. Help them to make it more fun to keep their face and pores squeaky clean with the best-selling Clarisonic cleansing brush. It comes with everything they’ll need to get their skin in check! Learn more here.
The Cutest Pick
The Emoji Face Mugs – Buy It Here
These just may be the classiest (and cutest) emoji anything around! You can buy the set of just pick out the specific ones you want. You can’t have too many “eye-rolls” in the house, right? Learn more here.
The Phone Obsessed Pick
The ‘Game of Phones’ Game – Buy It Here
They’re always on their phone so why not make a game out of it? This ‘Game of Phones’ game will bring them and their friends together all in one room where they have to flip cards and go on a scavenger hunt on their phone. Hey, at least they’ll actually be talking to each other in real life at the same time. This one is a best-seller! Learn more here.
The Gamers Pick
The New Nintendo Switch Lite – Buy It Here
This is the game that everyone has been waiting for all year. It’s a lighter version of the original Nintendo Switch gaming console (hence the name) and you can bring it with you just about anything and play on the go. It comes in some really cool color options too! Learn more here.
The Organized Pick
The Bedside Pocket – Buy It Here
It’s really the best way for them to keep all their devices, books, phones, glasses, wires, etc out of their bed, but still near their bed. Plus it’s super cheap too so pick up a few for all the people in your house. Learn more here.
The Accessory Pick
The Everlane Card/ID Holder – Buy It Here
If they’re into chic accessories, you can’t go wrong with the leather card case from Everlane. Don’t worry, if red isn’t their jam it comes in more traditional colors as well. They’ll be able to store their school ID (or license), some cash, and other cards they need each and every day. Learn more here.
The Magical Pick
The Unicorn Cereal Bowl – Buy It Here
It’s really the only way for your teen to eat their cereal each and every morning…in a magical unicorn bowl! It’s not just for cereal either. You can use it for your favorite ice cream, soup, snacks, and more! And don’t worry, it’s dishwasher and microwave safe. Learn more here.
The Inspirational Pick
The Beyoncé ‘I Slay’ Wall Art – Buy It Here
If they’re a huge fan of Beyoncé (and we know they are) they’ll totally love this lyrics inspired wall art hanging in their bedroom. You can also get it in a bunch of other really cool colors too. Bow down. Learn more here.
The Anti-Anxiety Pick
The YnM Best-Selling Weight Blanket – Buy It Here
Weight blankets are all the rage with just about everyone this year. Not only are they super comfy, but they’re also known to help give you a better night sleep, help reduce the symptoms of anxiety, and more. This one comes in a ton of different colors, sizes, and patterns. You can even choose the weight of the blanket you want too. Giving them a better night sleep is the gift that really keeps on giving. Learn more here.
The Back-on-Trend Pick
The Birkenstock Essentials – Buy It Here
Yes, Birkenstocks are officially back and, yes, every tween and teen is sporting them. It doesn’t matter that it’s not summer, because they’re wearing them all year round. In fact, they’re even wearing them with socks. We’re shaking our head as we’re writing this. Kids, right? They come in a bunch of different colors and are oddly inexpensive. Learn more here.
The Zen Pick
The Holographic Rainbow Puzzle – Buy It Here
Nothing says “Get off your devices and chill the F out” quite like this almost meditative 1000 piece rainbow puzzle. It’ll help them calm down, stay quiet, clear their mind, be present, and get their zen on. Plus it looks really pretty once it’s done. Learn more here.
The Accessory Pick
The Stick-On Wallet/Card Holder For Smartphone – Buy It Here
If they’re always forgetting their money, debit card, or keys this is a great way for them to always have it with them since, you know, their phone is always glued to their hand. These stick-on holders come in great colors and trendy patterns like palm leaves, pineapples, floral and more. This one comes as a two-pack to they also make great stocking stuffers this holiday season. Learn more here.
The Practical Pick
The Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Water Bottle in Frost Blue – Buy It Here
Because somehow they’ve lost just about all of their water bottles. Well, this one they won’t! One of the top-selling water bottles online, Hydro Flask is stainless steel and vacuum insulated so it’ll keep their cold drinks colder for longer and their warm drinks warmer for longer! We’re talking about anywhere from 12-24 hours. No, for real. It also comes in over 20 different colors to choose from too. Learn more here.
The Dude Pick
The Dude Wipes – Buy It Here
Let’s face it (pun intended), most teen boys aren’t really into washing their face regularly and, well, they’re not going to borrow your face products. Introducing ‘Dude Wipes.’ Yes, it’s exactly as it sounds. These unscented and hypoallergenic face wipes come 30 to a pack, will help clean up their face, keep their skin clearer and, more importantly, won’t embarrass them. Learn more here.
The Modern Vintage Pick
The FujiMax Mini Instant Camera in Cobalt Blue – Buy It Here
This is the latest from FujiMax, as over 3,400 customer reviews, and now even has a new selfie mirror! Yes, it’s still an amazing instant camera with a modern twist. They’ll love printing out each of these pictures and hanging them up in their room, their lockers, or wherever. It comes in a bunch of other colors too, like lime green, ice blue, flamingo pink, and white. Learn more here.
The On-Trend Pick
The Silver Holographic Fanny Pack – Buy It Here
Yes, fanny packs are totally a thing this year. Not only are the tweens and teens wearing them around their waist, but they’re also using them as crossbody bags too. If only they knew about the early 90s!? This year it’s all about the holographic styles in colors like silver, pink, rose gold, clear-blue, and more. Learn more here.
The School Pick
The Herschel Camo Backpack – Buy It Here
The camo trend continues on this year! This is one of the best-selling backpacks from the uber-trendy Herschel company. The padded shoulder straps make it super comfy and all the different compartments will hold all their stuff (and school books too). Learn more here.
The Prank Pick
The Nap Sack Sleep Hood – Buy It Here
Don’t worry, this is just a funny prank box! Although we do kind of wish it was real. This prank box is empty so you can fill it with their real gift. They’ll think it’s really a sleep hood until the bust it open. There are a ton of different boxes to choose from too. Learn more here.
The Awkward Pick
The Awkward Moments Card Game – Buy It Here
Let’s face it, the teenage years are just basically one awkward day after another. This must-have card game comes with a variety of cringe-worthy awkward moments and the players then have to decide how they’d handle that situation with their own cards. The “judge” of that round decides which one wins! Learn more here.
The Intention-Setting Pick
The Intention-Setting Wishbeads Necklace – Buy It Here
Setting your intention for the day really can manifest the absolute best for you. It’s a great habit for them to get into by writing down their intention or “wish” for the day, rolling it up, and storing in this handmade stone-bead necklace. They’ll be amazed when some of their “wishes” eventually start to come true. Learn more here.
The Traveling Teens Pick
The Scratch-Off US Map – Buy It Here
The perfect gift for the teen who loves to travel or has big travel plans! Each time they visit a different state/place in the United States they’ll simply scratch it off the map. It’s a really great way for them to show off where they’ve been and, more importantly, where they’d like to go. Learn more here.
The Beauty Pick
The Chanel “Chance” Perfume – Buy It Here
It’s one of the top-selling perfumes of the year and they’ll love the light floral scent that’ll make them feel like it’s a sunny spring day no matter what time of year it is. A little goes a long way with this one so they’ll be able to use it for a while. Learn more here.
The Cologne Pick
BLEU de Chanel Cologne – Buy It Here
A perfect choice (and top-seller) for the teenage boy who’s ready to dabble in a cologne that smells amazing, not too strong, and won’t smell like he bought it from the gas station. This one smells clean, fresh, crisp and one he can spray on each and every day. Learn more here.
The Card Game Pick
The Exploding Kittens Card Game – Buy It Here
This one was one of the most backed projects in the history of Kickstarter, is family friendly, age appropriate, and super addictive to play. And it’s pretty funny too! It’ll only take them less than 2 minutes to learn how to play and can bang through the entire game in about 15-minutes. It’s nice to get them off their electronic devices for a change. Learn more here.
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