Shopping for gifts for teens is…surprisingly stressful, right?! After all, they’re too old for toys, and yet too young to be delighted by a really nice set of towels (the nerve!). So what do you get the almost-adult in your life? If you’ve asked them and simply received a shrug (or been told “Cash is always nice”), you’re not alone. And, yes, cash is nice, but sometimes it’s also nice to open something or delight someone with a present they never would have thought to get themselves. And it can be doubly fun with a teenager: They’re just starting to get interested in a good skincare or makeup routine — and, you know, posters that go beyond their favorite Disney star. So, give them the gift of an everyday blush set, or a print that can follow them to college and beyond. Of course, they’re still kids at heart, so the gifts should also be a little fun, too.
With that in mind, here are 18 presents that are great for anyone in those awkward teen years (or, you know, preteens/college kids, too). These gifts also start at under $20, in case you need to pick something not-so-fancy up for your cool niece or kid’s favorite sitter. Maybe they’ll like it so much, they’ll even return the favor with a teen gift of their own — you know, like explaining to you what the hell TikTok is.
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A version of this story was originally published in December 2019.