20 Gifts for Teens That They'll Actually Like

Some people say that teens are difficult to shop for, but we beg to differ. Grab any one of these gifts, and we guarantee you'll get plenty of smiles and "thank-yous" from your kid.

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October 30, 2019

Observable Fact: Teens today actually have great taste. They enjoy campy TV shows like Riverdale as much as throwbacks like The Golden Girls, they love a good self-empowerment anthem from Lizzo, Ariana Grande or Selena Gomez, and they dress so well that the internet often collectively wonders if they even go through an awkward phase anymore. (The jury's still out on that one.)

Needless to say, we think they're pretty fun to shop for. If you've been searching high and low for a present that will please your teen, breathe a sigh of relief because we've got twenty. Keep reading to see our best gift ideas for 2019.

If you've got a VSCO Girl on your hands, complete her aesthetic with a Fjallraven Kanken backpack. Although some argue that the bag is basic at best, we think it's actually a pretty practical gift. Made from vinylon, the Kanken is water-resistant, fits most 13-inch laptops and has plenty of room for her textbooks and water bottle. (Hydro Flask or not.)

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Barrettes are "in" again, and we bet that your daughter would love to find a set in her stocking. We love these acrylic clips because they're available in five cool colors and can easily be mixed and matched to complement her style.

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It's cool to be kind these days. Send your daughter the same message with this pretty, gold-plated necklace. Since it comes in an ornament-style box, you can even hang it in the tree for her to find on Christmas morning. She'll appreciate the sweet reminder even more when she finds out that a portion of the proceeds were donated to Girls Inc., a national nonprofit.

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What's better than a hammock or pool float, you ask? An inflatable lounger that your teen can use at music festivals, on the beach or in the backyard, no air pump required. The lounger even has a patented pillow so your teen can kick back in total comfort.

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Trust us on this: When your teen falls asleep every night, they dream of someday owning a Nintendo Switch. Although you could shop the Switch Lite, which is about $100 cheaper, we suggest sticking with the original model. It not only boasts three different play settings (TV mode, tabletop mode and handheld mode), but it also comes with the neon blue and red "joy cons" too. And, given that the device will keep them entertained for hours on end, we'd say that it's definitely worth the investment.

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For less than $20, you can give your teen a present that they'll actually appreciate: a water-resistant case for their AirPods, with a built-in loop for their keys and wallet. This clever stocking stuffer ensures they'll never leave home without the essentials.

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The sequel to Netflix's record-breaking rom-com, To All The Boys I Loved Before, might not debut until February 14, 2020, but your teen can find out what happens next with this special box set of the book series. The collection includes hardcover editions of Jenny Han's To All The Boys I Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean.

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You don't have to know much about vlogging or posting tutorials to YouTube to know that your teen loves doing it. Encourage their creative side this Christmas by gifting them a high-definition camera and topping it off with this LED Macro Light Ring. The device has a built-in dimmer and daylight color temperatures, among other features.

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If your kid is completely obsessed with Carpool Karaoke, then they'll think of this game as the next best thing to riding shotgun with James. Designed for ages 12 and up, this pop culture-inspired party game puts teams head-to-head to battle it out for the best performance, dance moves or knowledge of celebrity trivia.

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$44.99 and up

When the teen years get tough, this wall tapestry will remind your kid to keep their chin up. The 100 percent polyester backdrop serves as a clean canvas for a meaningful quote by poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. Your teen will love it so much that they'll definitely tote it off to college.

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PSA: What's old is new again, which means that your kid would probably, not-so-secretly like a record player for Christmas. Start them off with this Audio-Technica turntable, which boasts Bluetooth compatibility and comes in a sleek black finish. You could even wrap the gift up with one of their favorite albums.

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For the guy who's all about his bike, we suggest these special LED spoke lights for riding at night. The set of three tubes provides over 24 hours of flashing effects and can even be cut to create cool patterns.

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Now here's a gift they didn't know they needed and one that they'll be hard-pressed to part with. Designed to look like a mini washing machine, this pink container is actually a makeup brush cleaner. It's clever, cute and bound to get a "Thank you!" from your aspiring Beauty YouTuber.

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For the teen who just can't stop talking about Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker, we've found the ultimate gift: a bathrobe that will make him look just like a Jedi Master. The fleece garb has a hood and, if you look closely, a lightsaber on the side, too.

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If your teen's an aspiring artist, then they'll get great use out of this boldly illustrated activity book. Written by artist and activist Tim Shaw, Draw & Be Happy features over 100 pages of therapeutic and easy-to-follow exercises that will boost your teen's creative confidence and cultivate their sense of self-expression.

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Since they spend so much time in bed as it is, you may as well treat them to a queen-sized weighted blanket. This lovely layer by LUNA is made from 100 percent cotton and will ensure that your teen gets a good night's sleep. (Or at least keep them comfortable while they binge-watch a new Netflix series.)

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$19.99 and up

Your son is pretty much guaranteed to get a good laugh out of these custom face socks. Gift him a pair with his own million-dollar grin (Hello, perfect way to repurpose his school picture) or hand him a pair featuring the faces of his hilarious parents.

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K-Pop group BTS is taking the country by storm, and there's a good chance that your teen is totally obsessed with them. If that's the case, get them a copy of The Big Book of BTS by Katy Sprinkel immediately. The hardcover book came out on October 1 which means that it's still pretty new. It features 100 full-color photographs and an in-depth look at the artists.

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You'd be surprised to find out how many teen guys still get a kick out of playing with walkie talkies. If that sounds like your son, snag this set by MOICO. He can use the long-range, two-way radios to communicate with his friends from across the house or on their next camping trip.

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