66 Best Gifts for Teens That Are Thoughtful and Unique 

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If you're on the hunt for the perfect gift for a teen, there's one key question to ask yourself: will they actually use what you're buying them? Of course that's a good thing to ponder regardless of who you're shopping for, but when it comes to, say, your discerning 16 or 17-year-old sister who lives on TikTok and already has her finger to the pulse on all the latest tech gifts for teens and fashion trends, the competition to give them the most unique present is going to be fierce. That's why we polled our readers and editors to curate a failproof list.

Whether you're picking a present for a teen girl, searching for a cute gift idea for your best friend, or grabbing something cheap (yet cool) for your boyfriend, start by tapping into their likes and hobbies. If they're always watching makeup tutorials on YouTube, we've got the perfect beauty advent calendars filled with best-selling makeup, skin care, and hair care goodies. If they never miss reading their horoscope, choose a fun, astrology-inspired gift. You can also never go wrong with comfy UGG slippers, self-care essentials or jewelry gifts. No matter their preference, there's something for teens of all ages and phases to choose from below.

Teen Vogue's Top Picks


Best Overall: AlpaBeing Inflatable Lounger

Whether it’s for enjoying the great outdoors or making their current at-home virtual set-up for classes a bit more comfortable, a bean bag (or an inflatable lounging chair) is one of the best gifts to give and receive.

Lomography Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera Black & White Film

The photo quality of the camera on their new smartphone might be out of this world, but nothing will beat the thrill of a film or instant camera. If you want to skip the smartphone option but still want to win a gift gold star, opt for this affordable pick.

Lomography Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera Black & White Film

Polaroid Originals Now I-Type Instant Camera and Film Bundle

This camera bundle set comes with everything a young budding photographer could need. Be prepared to pose for endless pictures!

Polaroid Originals Now I-Type Instant Camera and Film Bundle

Decompression Magnetic Metal Pen 

Now, this is a cool gift! Not only is it a pen, but it can also be played with like a toy. Crafted from magnetic materials, this pen can be rotated and transformed into various shapes. It also comes equipped with two stylus heads; one for writing and another for touch screens. 

Plush Mystery Box 

Surprises are always fun and this mystery fox is packed with three various cuddle buddy squishmallows to play with. Each stuffed toy is crafted from an ultra-soft polyester material and high-quality materials, according to the brand. 

Squishmallows Kellytoy Plush 8" Mystery Box - Three Pack

100 Things to Do For Your Wellbeing Poster 

They'll never complain about being bored again when they get their hands on this wellbeing poster. From prompts to activities and exercises, they'll be able to scratch off and participate in different acts every day for 100 days straight. It's also a great way to remind them to care for their bodies and mental health. 

Gift Republic 100 Things To Do For Wellbeing Scratch Off Bucket List Poster

Dr. Martens Jadon Boots

If like us, you have been taking style cues from Olivia Rodrigo and also happen to love shoes, this is the gift pick for you. These iconic boots feature an air-cushioned sole for comfort, metal eyelets, and lace-up closure.

Rellery Aquarius Necklace 

When it comes to gifting personalized gifts, there's nothing better than turning to their zodiac sign. This gorgeous necklace features a mini-sized classic disk charm featuring tiny horoscope details specific to each sign. It can be adjusted from 17 to 19 inches in length and is made from 18k gold over sterling silver, which is known to be durable and long-lasting. 

Rellery Aquarius Necklace

BaubleBar Disney Tis The Season BFF 

Not a fan of costume jewelry that turns your skin green or rusts after one shower? Us neither! This holiday season, gift your friends and siblings high-quality yet affordable jewelry pieces, like these cute Disney earrings. This festive set features iconic Disney besties  (Mickey and Minnie, Donald and Daisy) on goldtone plated earrings. 

Disney Tis The Season Set of 2 Stud Earrings

Vintage Wool Trousers 

Just because it's freezing outside doesn't mean you have to skip out on style. These pleated wide-leg trousers will pair well with booties, sneakers, and just about anything in their closet!

Vintage Wool Trousers

Vintage Cow Sweater

No teen can say no to a good, comfy sweatshirt — like this pick from Etsy. Just look at the cute cows printed on it!

Hyipels Argyle Sweater Vest

Bombas Snowflake Calf Sock Gift Box

Gone are the days when socks weren't considered top-notch gifts. This luxe four-pack pick from Bombas is perfect for helping them get into the holiday spirit.

Lululemon Align High-Rise Pants

Influencers can't stop raving about these pants on social media, as we love them, too! Choose their favorite color from over 12 various hues.

lululemon Align™ High-Rise Pant with Pockets 25"

Best Gift for Teen Girls: UGG Mini Platform Boots 

Supermodel Bella Hadid was spotted wearing these cute shearling booties, so you can guarantee they're worth every penny. The boots feature a two-inch platform and look great with various wardrobe pieces, like dresses, sweatpants, and more!

UGG Classic Mini Platform Suede Boots

UGG Tasman Slipper 

UGG shoes are classic. Whether you're a teen or not, everybody should own at least a pair of the brand's boots or slippers. (Thank us later!)

Converse Run Star Sneakers 

Nobody's closet is complete without the right pair of kicks, and we're not talking basic either. Gift these orange and pick high-top Converses to the fashion-forward teen in your life. It'll quickly become a staple in their shoe wardrobe.

Converse Run Star Motion Hi Sneakers in Orange and Pink

Nike Dunk Low

A fresh pair of Nike dunks is always a good gift idea. This two-tone design features a white-and-pink color scheme and the iconic Swoosh detailing.

Schutz Jacy Leather Boot

These trendy boots are too cute to pass up. They're crafted from a sleek and durable rubble material and come in handy when it's raining or snowing, thanks to the grippy sole.

Gua Sha Set

Give the gift of self-care this holiday season. Take note: If you gift a gua sha tool, make sure to learn all about this ancient skin care practice and how to support Asian-owned skin care brands. This customer-favorite set comes with four tools designed for cleansing and toning and they're made from a deep green jade crystal stone. 

4-in-1 Jade Roller and Gua Sha Set

Best for Beauty Lovers: MILK Makeup The Starter Pack: Natural Makeup Look Set

Given how quickly TikTok finds a new trend, beauty products are always a safe bet. And this natural makeup look set is easy to use and will be very helpful for those early morning classes.

MILK MAKEUP The Starter Pack: Natural Makeup Look Set

Best Tech Gift: Apple Watch Series 7

We can confirm that smartwatches are game chargers. You can make phone calls and texts, keep track of your health, and do more fun things, all from a tiny band on your wrist. The series 7 Apple Watch has a crack-resistant screen and advanced sleep-tracking apps.

Apple Watch Series 7 (GPS + Cellular)

Hyodream 3D Moon Lamp 

This gorgeous nightstand lamp features special 3D effects that give off a similar rugged surface like the moon. You can change it to several various colors and brightness levels. It can be used as a night light or to spice up a space-themed party.

Breda Esther Square Watch 

You can't go wrong with a classic gold watch. It will instantly elevate any outfit — from casual to super formal.

Breda Esther 1735 Square Wrist Watch

Casio Vintage Gold-Tone Watch 

Sometimes it can get frustrating always having to find your cell phone to know what time it is. This digital watch will take all that stress away — and it comes with an alarm as well!

Casio Vintage LA670WGA-1DF Daily Alarm Digital Gold-tone Watch

Beginners Crystals Kit 

If they want to develop a self-care routine, get this beginner's crystals set. It comes with a range of crystals that represent various key areas and energies. For example, the Amethyst stone is known as the “Stone of Spirituality.” 

Beginners Crystal Kit

An Introduction to Crystal Healing 

From choosing the right crystals and assembling a basic collection of important stones to creating a crystal "center" at home, this book will help guide them to adding a powerful source of energy to their daily routines.

A Little Bit of Crystals: An Introduction to Crystal Healing By Cassandra Eason

Glossier Gift Card

Don’t shy away from gift cards! They're a quick and easy gift that leaves the actual present up to the receiver.

Glossier Gift Card

Best for the Teen Who Has Everything: Mejuri Gift Card

We absolutely adore all the stunning jewelry pieces crafted by Mejuri, which makes it hard to choose just one. We recommend giving a gift card so they can choose whatever they like! 

Mejuri Gift Card

Giant Rider-Waite Tarot Deck Cards

Praised as one of the best sets of tarot cards on Amazon, this deck features vibrant drawings on each of the 78 cards. The unique images also allow for interpretations without the need for a book, so it's easy for beginners!

Modern Tarot: Connecting with Your Higher Self through the Wisdom of the Cards

This book doesn’t require you to believe in the supernatural. Instead, it offers insightful descriptions of each of the cards in the tarot system and specially designed rituals to guide readers on a path toward transformative personal growth.

Modern Tarot: Connecting with Your Higher Self through the Wisdom of the Cards by Michelle Tea

Best Gift for Teen Boys: Nintendo Switch Light 

Calling all video game lovers! While the Animal Crossing hype might have died down, the Nintendo Switch console still makes for a great gift. It's also designed in a small portable size that's easy to carry around.

Nintendo Switch Light Console

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

While you're at it, pick up a video game they can play on their new Switch — like the Legend of Zelda. They'll get the chance to scavenge for weapons, solve puzzles, cook food, and more!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Nintendo Switch

Ban.do Medium Planner

The holiday season is the perfect time to receive a planner. How else will they keep track of all their hobbies, jobs, holiday outings, and 2023 plans?

ban.do Medium Planner 2022-2023 Daily Planner

Papier Checkmate 2023 Planner 

If they're juggling more than they can handle (sports practice, school plays, homework, etc), get them a beautiful planner that they'll actually want to write in. This pic features a year view for 2023 and 2024.

Checkmate 2023 Planner

Olivia Rodrigo Vinyl

If the teen in your life isn’t into Bach, fret not. Some of the current top-charting musical artists have released special edition vinyls! So expect to see this request on a lot of wishlists.

Olivia Rodrigo - SOUR LP

Best for the Teen Who Loves Music: Crosley Voyager Bluetooth Record Player

And they're going to need something to play the vinyl on as well! Fortunately, Crosley created a Bluetooth-compatible turntable that looks like a cute briefcase. It comes with a headphone jack, full-range stereo speakers, and an AC power adaptor.

Crosley Voyager Bluetooth Record Player

Squishmallows Dragon Stuffed Animal

Nobody is ever too old to own one (or a few!) plush toys. Bonus points if it's Squishmallows!

Squishmallows 11" Dragon Stuffed Animal

Pearl Boba Tea Mochi Plush

Pop this cutie into a specially curated gift basket filled with their favorite snacks and sweet treats.

Plush Boba Milk Tea Stuffed Pillow

SONY PlayStation 5

Now, if you can get your hands on this bad boy, you'll forever be cherished by your giftee. PlayStation's latest and most-awaited gaming console has been flying off shelves for months, so be sure to keep your eye out for new drops. 

Sony PlayStation 5 Digital Edition Console

Best for Gamers: Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition

If your friend enjoys Marvel movies and video games, this is going to be your best bet. They'll be able to swing through NYC streets as Spiderman fighting crime and saving lives.

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales for PlayStation 5

Anker Soundcore Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Music lovers are going to appreciate this pick. Available in a variety of colors, they'll love the crisp and enhanced audio coming out of this speaker. It's also waterproof, so they won't have to worry about leaving it outside when it rains. 

Anker Soundcore 2 12W Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Best Tech Gift: Redragon GS520 RGB Desktop Speakers

With over 4,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, these desktop speakers are sure to be worth every penny. It offers volume control, broad compatibility, and a lighting bar that comes with six different modes.

edragon GS520 Anvil RGB Desktop Speakers

Sporgard Three-Piece Aluminum Garden Tool Set

For the plant enthusiast. This three-piece garden set is perfect for a sibling who enjoys spending time with their grandparents in the garden. Each tool is crafted with comfortable handles, which will reduce pressure on the wrist and hand.

Sporgard 3 Piece Aluminum Garden Tool Set with Floral Print

Herb Garden Seed Kit

“This is the cutest little seed starting kit! It came in a tiny box, and everything is neatly tucked inside the little bag. The little tins have quite a lot of seeds in them, so you'll be able to plant more,” wrote one satisfied customer. Need we say more? 

Herb Garden Seed Kit

The Sill Plant Parent Set

A great gift for a loving teen that enjoys watching things grow, this plant parent set will let you create your own indoor jungle without too much work. You just have to follow the instructions included; everything (except water) is provided with the kit. 

Chia Pet Emoji Tears of Joy

Chia pets have been around for a long time, yet they never get old! This one includes a seed pack, a pottery planter, and a plastic drip tray. Can we get a hooray for ch-ch-ch-chia pets!?

Chia Pet Emoji Tears of Joy

Mejuri Bold Pearl Huggies

If they prefer sticking to traditional jewelry pieces, gift them this set of elegant huggies. Each earring is crafted from a thick layer of 18k gold over sterling silver and features a set of freshwater pearls. You can wear them alone or stacked along other studs for a complete look. 

Mejuri Bold Pearl Huggies

Caraway Cookware Set 

Besides the cookware set, don’t be shy to throw in an instant pot, an air fryer, or even a smoothie blender into the gift basket. All of them will become convenient staples for a teen's dorm room.

Magic Bullet Four-Piece Essential Blender Set

A smoothie blender is a must-have for everyone. How else are you supposed to make delicious yet healthy breakfast drinks? This pick is also currently on sale for under $25; act fast!

Magic Bullet Four-Piece Essential Blender Set

Large Hair Claw Clips

This stunning claw clip is uber cute, and we can guarantee she's going to love it. Pair it with a set of hair tools, and you've got a great gift to give. 

Emi Jay UO Exclusive Sweetheart Claw Clip

Best Affordable Gift: Custom Handmade Flower Resin Letter Keychain

Thanks to this gorgeous custom keychain, they'll never forget their keys at home again. It features real flowers, gold flakes, and clear resin, which gives a chic look.

Custom Handmade Flower Resin Letter Keychain

Elago 3-in-1 Charging Station

One thing we know for sure is that teens are always on their phones. Keeping their phone charged is a great gift.

Adilette Ayoon Slides

Designed with a super soft one-piece EVA foam, these slides will quickly become your go-to slipper for comfort. It's also pretty stylish, so feel free to dress them up or down. 

Adilette Ayoon Slides

Most Popular Gift for Teens: BRONAX Cloud Slippers

We've also found a good dupe for the Adidas picks on Amazon and these slippers are a #1 best seller. They have a 4.5cm thick sole designed to provide support and comfort. You'll literally feel like you're walking on clouds. 

Pillow Soft Slide Cloud Slippers Sandals

What Do You Meme Card Game

There's nothing like a fun card game to help save a boring holiday party! You'll have a blast playing this game with friends and family.

What Do You Meme? Core Game

LikeU Card Game

For this game, you have to split into two groups and answer a bunch of fun questions. There are 120 cards in total, and there are no hardcore rules, just suggested ways to play. 

Best for the Skin Care Lover: Chefman Portable Mini Fridge

Whether it be for beauty products or water bottles, a mini fridge could be the perfect gift for teens. This pick is especially cool because it features a mirror on the fridge door!

Chefman Portable Mirrored Personal Fridge

Cooluli Mini Fridge 

They can fill it with juice packs or use it to hold all their skin care essentials, like eye creams, facial mists, and gua sha tools. It also comes in several other colorways.

Cooluli Skincare Mini Fridge for Bedroom

Bekind Good Vibes Six Scented Candle Set

After an extra long day of classes and after-school programs, help them get some much-needed rest with some lovely-smelling candles. These aromatherapy candles are designed to put anyone in a relaxing mood. 

Bekind Good Vibes 6 Scented Candles Set

Sweet Water Decor Candle

We love a product with a good quote, and this one can be used as a daily positive reminder. It also smells amazing, thanks to the tropical fruit and mountain green-inspired scents.

She Believed She Could So She Did Candle

MYNT3D Professional Printing 3D Pen

If you know a teen that loves drawing, opt for this 3D printing pen. All their doodles and sketches will come to life thanks to the unique FDM technology. It also has an adjustable feed that you can regulate based on your preference.

MYNT3D Professional Printing 3D Pen

BedShelfie Wood Bedside Shelf for Bed

This bedside shelf will make class assignments so much easier to do right in bed. They'll be able to put down their laptop, cell phone, TV remote, and anything else that constantly gets lost between the sheets.

Life Skills for Teens Visual Book

As we all know, not everything can be taught in school, so brush up their life skills with this handy dandy book. Designed specifically to engage teens, it features 100 colorful pages that cover everything from goal definition to financial budgeting.

Life Skills For Teens: The 1st Visual Book

UBOTIE Portable Bluetooth Colorful Keyboard

Texting on a teeny tiny cell phone screen all day can get tiresome on their fingers and eyes. Get them this cute Bluetooth keyboard so they can connect their cell phones and iPads and type away without any strain.

UBOTIE Portable Bluetooth Colorful Keyboard

Hidden Pocket Scrunchies

Honestly, this is a genius invention and an amazing gift for teenage girls or anyone with long hair. They'll never have to worry about not having any pockets on their dresses or skirts to store essentials. These hair scrunchies feature hidden zip pockets that can hold keys, cash, and more.

Bird + Stone Cuff 

Gifts are even better when they are ethical, charitable, sustainable – or, ideally, all three! This season, consider why spending money on products that give back is so important.