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 Gift: AlpaBeing Inflatable Lounger
- Best Affordable Gift: Etsy Custom Handmade Flower Resin Letter Keychain
- Best Gift for Teen Girls: UGG Mini Platform Boots
- Best Gift for Teen Boys: Nintendo Switch Light Console
- Best for Beauty Lovers: MILK Makeup The Starter Pack: Natural Makeup Look Set
- Best Tech Gift: Redragon GS520 RGB Desktop Speakers
- Best for the Teen Who Loves Skin Care: Chefman Portable Mini Fridge
- Best for the Teen Who Has Everything: Mejuri Gift Card
- Best for the Teen Who Loves Music: Crosley Voyager Bluetooth Record Player
- Most Popular Gift for Teens: Hyodream 3D Moon Lamp
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.
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