The toughest person to check off your holiday shopping list is likely a teen. Luckily for you, shopping for teens is our specialty. From eighth graders to college sophomores, we know them, we love them and we want to make them happy at the holidays, just like you.
Whether you’re buying for your kid, their bestie who basically lives at your house, a niece or nephew or a gaggle of grandteens, we’ve got you covered. Need more gift ideas? Check out our favorite gift ideas for men, gift ideas for women, Amazon gifts, Nordstrom gifts and ultra-practical gifts.
Uggs are huge right now, and specifically this mini style that’s available in a whole slew of cute colors so you can pick which one’s right for your teen.
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If leggings and pants are basically one in the same, they’ll love these leggings, which we named the best leggings of the year. Featuring, as its name suggests, pockets big enough to stash things like your phone or wallet, we loved this pair for its comfort during workouts and everyday activities alike, high-quality construction, secure waistband and chic aesthetic.
Equal parts slipper and sneaker, these slip-ons from Teva can go basically everywhere. Underscored editors love them.
Sometimes it’s sold out and sometimes it’s not. But if you can catch Lululemon’s Everywhere Belt Bag in stock, your teen will feel ultra special.
A true winterwear classic, this cuffed beanie is simply timeless, and we love all the colors it’s available in too.
Our readers went wild for nap dresses this year, and this is the dress that started the trend. From Hill House, this signature nap dress is available in tons of colors, fabrics and sizes up to 2XL, and it features elasticated smocking, ruffled shoulders and a tiered midi skirt that will feel comfortable to lounge around in yet sophisticated enough to pair with heels and head to dinner.
This is the year of the shearling clog, and your teen will forever thank you for getting them this trendy pair. Comfy, cozy and a great everyday shoe, it’ll make errands and coffee runs feel infinitely cooler. See more of our favorite clogs here.
The designers of this unbearably smart and lovely bracelet, Shireen and Arni Thor, should get the Nobel Peace Prize. Teens (all of them!) keep hair ties on their wrists, just in case. Why not make adornments of them? This bangle bracelet can be had in gold or silver tone.
The Hit The Slopes jacket is basically the stuff of legends in the fashion world. It’s cozy, ultra soft and incredibly cute, with tons of colors and pattern options. They’ll be wearing it for years to come.
Stocking stuffer alert! If she (like her likely muse, Olivia Rodrigo) got her driver’s license last week (or earlier this year), she needs a special keychain for those car keys. These are made with actual flowers embedded inside each initial. They can hold her house keys too, of course.
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Do they have a big trip coming up in the next year? Immediately elevate their travel gear with this hard-shell carry-on, which we named the best carry-on of the year. It’s perfectly sized for the overhead bin, it has 360-degree spinner wheels and an interior compression system and it comes with a handy laundry bag.
If they’re one of those teens who’s never not rearranging their room, they’ll love this string light set that they can clip photos right onto.
The worst thing about bubble tea is that you have to leave your house to go get it. But with this kit they can make the tea and tapioca pearls right at home. The kit includes both milk tea and chai.
We already feel spiritually connected to this mushroom plushie. Made by the brilliant minds over at Smoko, this little dude will look just as cute sitting on their bed as he will being snuggled by your favorite teen.
If you have a new or soon-to-be college student, you probably know Dormify. Basically, it has everything older teens want for their school experience. And its offerings just got more giftable with The Box by Dormify. It’s, well, a box … stuffed with snacks, accessories, beauty products and other cool stuff from brands they’ll immediately recognize even if you don’t, like Glow Recipe and Cool Street.
Great for everything from pencils to toiletries, this pouch set from Underscored-favorite brand Baggu will be a lifesaver for ultra-organized teens.
A trendy piece of room decor, this light box is super easy to customize. It comes with 105 interchangeable letters and symbols to work with. Plus, it’ll be fun for you to see the statements change with your kid’s moods. We just can’t promise it won’t one day read “Go Away.”
How great is this? Available in six happy hues, this supremely squishy pillow will be occupying a place of honor in your teen’s room by 10 a.m. Christmas morning. The modern, unexpected aesthetic is perfect.
This mini cooler lets them keep their go-to beverages and snacks in their room. They’ll love it, trust us. They can also use it to keep beauty products fresh and to stash face rollers, best used chilled.
Yes, teens live in the digital world. But despite that, they’ve taken a huge liking to displaying physical photos in their rooms and sharing them with friends. With the genius Step, they can print out selfies and social media posts from anywhere. And the app lets them finish off their pics with filters, borders and stickers.
If they keep their laptop practically handcuffed to them these days, then get them this adorable puffy sleeve from Baggu, the maker of the best reusable bags on the market.
This handy custom card holder sticks to any phone or phone case. It’ll make it so much less likely that lunch money is lost or the school ID will go missing (again).
Make this solid wooden headphone stand theirs and theirs alone with any meaningful short word or phrase. Practical and personal! You have the option of leaving the wood as is or having it painted in any of 15 colors (including glow in the dark).
We know, it can be hard to impress a teen who’s a serious gamer, at least without spending hundreds. Try this, why don’t you? Think of this controller as a handheld PS5 or Series X. They can use it to stream Xbox games to any iPhone, no actual Xbox required. It also works with PlayStation Remote Play, Steam Link, Apple Arcade, Call of Duty: Mobile, Minecraft, Roblox — pretty much everything there is.
This bestselling sheet mask set comes with options to soothe, brighten, refresh and nourish all skin types. Divvy them up as stocking stuffers or treat yourself to 12 days of glowing skin.
If they’re dealing with some acne right now, these pimple patches can help protect and heal their spots — all while making them look pretty cute too.