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16 Cool Gifts for Teens

November 25, 2020

OMG, teens are so hard to shop for! I don't just want to buy them gift cards, and this list has plenty of super cool gifts for teens. They will love them, even if they don't admit it!

Hey friends!  Let's take a second and talk about the hardest people to shop for–yep, I am talking about teenagers.  Y'all, teens and tweens are TOUGH, especially when you are just getting close to having one, but aren't quite there yet!!  I know it is easy to get gift cards, but I love a more creative and special gift. We did our research and have found some amazingly cool gifts for teens that are sure to please (even if they don't admit it to you). 

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Cool Gifts for Teens

Headphone Cord ClipThe teenagers are a messy bunch. I love cool gifts for teens that help them stay organized!! That's what makes these cute little cord clips a must-have. We all know teens can't live without their music…help make it easier for them to listen to it!cord organizer

Compass  NecklaceGive your teen this beautiful reminder that you will always be her home. She will love wearing it, and knowing that someone thinks she is loved.  I love cool gifts for teens that have a beautiful meaning.

compass necklace


Chalk Couture– I discovered Chalk Couture this year and am pretty obsessed with it! It's fun, easy and relaxing. If you have an artistic or crafty teen to buy for, this would be PERFECT. The Chalk Couture chalk pastes and silkscreen transfers allow you to make totally custom art so easily. And if you mess up, no big deal! You just use a wet cloth to wipe it off. So much better than paint! Even my young twin girls love it and can do it themselves! The best way to get started is to get one of the kits that comes with everything a crafter needs to complete a project. And if you REALLY want to make someone's year, I recommend enrolling in Chalk Couture's subscription program. Subscribers get an exclusive 8 1/2″ x 11″ Chalk Transfer™ every month–they are on-trend, in-season, PLUS three coordinating Paste Singles and step-by-step instructions. You can see the Winter Wonderland art that my sweet Avery made for her room recently!

chalk couture

Tattoo PensMaybe you can convince a teen in your life to put off a real tattoo for a few more years if they can create their own tattoos with these fun color markers. Cool gifts for teens that make moms breathe a sigh of relief? Win-win!!!

SoundBot Waterproof Bluetooth SpeakerLet your teen shower with their jams! These little waterproof speakers come in different colors and are way cool gifts for teens. Bluetooth lets them play from their phones, and they can control their playlist from the buttons on the front. But beware, this may make your water bill even higher!

soundbot speaker

Upcycled Sari BagTeens are on the go all the time. Sleepovers, weekend tournaments, college visits…the list goes on and on. These bags made from saris are beautiful and functional! I wouldn't mind having this under the tree for me, but they are definitely high on the list for cool gifts for teens.

sari patchwork bag

Speak Out GamePrepare to laugh until you cry. Get this game for your teen and have a family game night! This is one they will want to play with you!!!!

speak out game

Bedside Smartphone VaseTeens cannot be far from their phones. They are basically an extension of their body. This cool little dock is a great way to make sure they don't sleep with their phone in the bed (which can be dangerous!). Fill it with pretty fresh flowers, or use it to hold pens and pencils, and encourage them to park their phone while they sleep!
vase phone dock

You and Me BookTeens may be too cool for their own good, but they still want our love! These books are amazingly cool gifts for teens. It allows you to share why you think they are so amazing and what you love about being their parent–despite the surliness and dirty laundry!

i love you book

Game of PhonesAgain with the phones! They have them all the time, even at family game night. Might as well make the phone the game! There are also fun expansion packs available to add on to the original game.

Game of Phones

My Cinema LightboxCool gifts for teens that double as room decor is a favorite of mine. These lightboxes are super cool and change colors!

cinema lightbox

ENO HammockAn ENO hammock is probably on your kid's own list of cool gifts for teens. These are SO popular and teens everywhere are using them inside and outside. Festivals, camping, the park, your own backyard–the lounging possibilities are endless!

eno hammock

Fujifilm Instax CameraOne of these colorful cameras is the ultimate in cool gifts for teens. They are SO FUN. Imagine polaroids for today's kids. But way cooler. I just ordered this for the birthday of a tween in my life and she loves it!instax camera

Make Good ChoicesWhen you hand your kid their keys, give them a little reminder of who they are and what you expect of them out in the world!

be safe key chain for teens

Nylon Phone ChargerHow many chargers have your teens broken or lost? Quite a few I am sure! I love these funky USB phone chargers. They are cool gifts for teens who no doubt can use a cord that is a little more durable. The fun colors are an added bonus!

nylon phone charger

Pura Vida BraceletsI LOVE gifts that give back. Pura Vida bracelets are the very essence of giving back. They are made by artisans in Costa Rica who would otherwise live in poverty, and the proceeds also go to support other charities worldwide. Double win! Not to mention the company participates in 1% for the Planet, which means they give 1% of their annual net revenue to environmental organizations. Their awesome bracelets are beautiful, meaningful and the ultimate in cool gifts for teens.

Pura Vida bracelets

Letters to My Future Self – This time capsule is the coolest idea! It is so easy to forget how we felt when we were young. Freeze that time in posterity for your teenager with this super awesome gift.

letters to my future self

What Do You Meme Family Edition–This game is so fun! Teens and the rest of the family will enjoy a game night playing this :)what do you meme family edition

Do you agree that even the most disagreeable teens would crack a smile after seeing some of these gifts on Christmas morning?  Anything else you think we should add to the list?

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OMG, teens are so hard to shop for! I get so stressed out when I need to find a gift for a teen, but I don't just want to buy them gift cards. So happy I found this list of cool gifts for teens. So many awesome ideas of what to buy teens in your life.

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  1. GS Park says:

    GREAT list!! Wish I still had some teens living here…hohoho! Some look to be good for “older than teens”, too!

  2. Julie says:

    *calendar ;)

  3. Julie says:

    These are awesome choices, Tasha! My girls would love all of these. I’m getting the bubble calander. :). Pinned!

  4. Heather says:

    This is the best gift guide ever,Tasha! Forget the teenagers, I want “Speak Out” for myself. I already put it on my wishlist.

    I always forget about the Uncommon Goods website. Such great stuff there.

    Thanks for the giggle this Monday morning as I picture my family playing “Speak Out” and drooling on the table. Haha!

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