The Best Gifts for Tweens and Teens They’re Guaranteed to Love

If there is a tween or teen on your shopping list you may be debating about whether to shop at all. These days it just seems easier to give a gift card, doesn't it? But there is something to be said for giving a gift that suits the recipient, something that is more personal. These gifts are great options for an age group that can be difficult to read. They're usually too old for toys, but they still want the fun of gifts that offer them entertainment and a smile. No matter what budget you're working with, you can find the perfect gift for the tween or teen you're shopping for this year. 

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The Comfy

This hybrid sweatshirt/blanket creation is a one-size-fits-all cloud of happiness. Way better than fighting over a blanket, they keep you warm on the couch, during dance parties, and even when grabbing snacks for family movie night. Super soft and cozy and easy to wash and wear. The folks at Comfy sent us some samples and it’s safe to say my kids are obsessed with their Comfys. We’re now stocking up on Comfys in different colors for favorite friends and family. And now they also have slippers to match!

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Letters to My Future Self

12 thoughtful prompts to get them started thinking about who they are and who they’d like to be, like “All the things I’d like to try someday …” Each letter can then be sealed and saved for their future.

Tenzi Game

With 77 ways to play, this game never gets old – but the basic version is easy to learn in just seconds. It’s a little loud and a lot of fun!

Fenty Beauty Combo

This adorable set featuring a highlighting powder and lip luminizer from the cruelty-free and diversity-friendly line Fenty Beauty, created by Rihanna, is sure to be a winner.

Positive T-Shirts

There are some great t-shirts with really positive messaging right now. Target has lots for under $10, like this one.

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Not Parent Approved Game

Basically you’re looking at Cards Against Humanity – for tweens and teens.

My Comic Book Kit

Inspire the tween in your life to take the first step to becoming a published author with this kit that gives them the tools and templates to design their own comic book. Send the completed product in and they’ll get a professionally bound book to add to their shelf.

Instax Camera

This instant camera comes in a rainbow of fun colors. Small prints are easier to share and a fun alternative for social media loving tweens to collect and share.

Perplexors

For anyone who loves puzzles, mysteries, or a challenge. These are so much fun that they won’t even realize that they’re working on critical thinking skills and logic.

Charger Stickers

If your kids are like mine, they’re always fighting over the charger cords for their devices. Use these stickers to allow them to stake their claim and avoid the “that was mine!” battles.

Personalized Socks

Getting socks as a gift is usually a drag, but not with these customizable socks that can feature faces of loved ones or pets.

F in Exams Book

Any kid who has gotten a less-than-stellar grade on a class assignment will appreciate these funny fails.

Banana Phone

It’s a banana, that is a phone. What’s not to love?

Don't Forget to Be Awesome Poster

If the teen in your life hasn’t discovered John Green’s books yet it is likely only a matter of time. The author of The Fault in Our Stars and other YA favorites is one of the minds behind Don’t Forget to Be Awesome, along with his brother Hank.

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Inflatable Lounger

An inflatable, go anywhere lounger that they can take to the beach, to music festivals, or to a friend’s house.

Waterproof, Wireless Speaker

A waterproof, wireless speaker so that they can take their tunes in the shower or to the pool easily.

A Colorful Ukelele

Ukeleles available in a rainbow of colors for the budding musician.

Candy. Lots of Candy

A tackle box full of candy options sure to please any sweet tooth.

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What are you buying for the tween or teen in your life? 

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The Best Gifts for Tweens and Teens They’re Guaranteed to Love

Sara McTigue is a secret agent, cupcake chef, award winning author, photographer, and PTA mom. At least, that is how things look in her mind. When she isn’t testing the bounds of her imagination, she is a mom to three amazing and hilariously funny children, wife to a charming and handsome man, and thoroughly addicted to reading. With a BS in English Education and an MA in English Literature, words – and their ability to shape our lives and thoughts – are an everyday fascination. Af ... More

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