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When you’ve got a teen, the days of taking a Valentine’s Day box to school and painstakingly filling out each classmate’s name on a card are over (and we can’t say we miss it much, TBH!). But no matter how big they get, or how many Valentine’s Day traditions they outgrow, they are still our babies — and we love them to the ends of the earth. And there’s no better time to remind them of that fact than a day set aside to celebrate the people we love most.
However, buying for teenagers can be tricky. We’ve curated a list of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for teens: tokens of love that aren’t too cheesy, too “cringey,” or too over-the-top. These teen-approved picks are sure to warm your teenager’s heart and make them smile … or at least elicit a grunt of approval. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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rms Beauty 3-in-1 Liplight Duo
If you’re looking for a gift for your teen this Valentine’s Day, snag this two-piece Liplight Duo. It comes with one lip cream and one lip gloss packed with cocoa seed butter, shea butter, and jojoba oil, which soften and soothe lips.
Kaja Heart Melter Lip Gloss Stick
Available in eight colors, the Kaja Heart Melter Lip Gloss Stick is packed with nourishing oils that melt onto the lips for incredible conditioning and a glossy shine. Plus, they’re the cutest little heart shape — perfect for V-Day!
DASH Mini Waffle Maker
When you no longer have to worry about tiny fingers burning themselves on a hot appliance, this adorable heart-shaped waffle maker is a pretty cool Valentine’s Day gift. (Bonus points for a quick breakfast they can make themselves!)
‘Drive Safe’ Keychain
You might remind your teen of this multiple times a day, but having a “Drive safe, I love you” keychain makes sure they never, ever forget.
Heart Logo Beanie
This understated heart-logo beanie (available in six colors with several different heart options) lets your kid keep their head warm — while staying effortlessly cool.
Valentine’s Day Snack Pack
The way to a teen’s heart — on Valentine’s Day or any other day? SNACKS! This box of 50 assorted snacks (both savory and sweet!) is a surefire way to bring a smile to even the surliest teenager’s face.
Valentine’s Day Squishmallow
No matter how old your kid is, there’s just something irresistible about a cult-favorite Squishmallow — especially when it’s a sweet Valentine’s Day speicial edition, Scarlet the White Chocolate-Covered Strawberry.
‘I Love You’ Morse Code Bracelet
If you want to give your kid a sweet wearable message (without it screaming “MOMMY LOVES YOU!”), these morse code bracelets that say “I love you” are the cool and stealthy way to wear their parents’ love on their wrists.
Sugarfina Strawberry Hearts Candy Cube
A few gourmet gummy strawberry hearts from candy company Sugarfina is the perfect means to say “I love you” in a less little-kid way.
Liven up your kid’s desktop — quite literally — with this cute live succulent in a heart shape. Even better, the pot it comes in says “love” on one side and “life would succ without you” on the other.
Handmade Bath Bombs
These look just like delicious Valentine’s Day treats, but looks can be deceiving — because they’re actually hand-crafted bath bombs! Vegan, organic, made with pure essential oils, and never tested on animals, they’ll make bath time sweet (and skin soft!).
Love Note Capsules
This is among the more time-consuming gifts you could get your kid, we admit — but it’s also one of the most customizable and heartfelt. Inside each empty capsule is a piece of paper that you can write a sweet or encouraging message on, then enclose it back into its capsule. Your child can have a pick-me-up any time they want to feel a little more loved.
Crocs Jibbitz Valentine Charms
If your teen wears Crocs for every season and every occasion (don’t they all?), they will likely have them on for Valentine’s Day too. Make their Crocs a little festive with this set of five cute “candy heart” charms.
Neon Heart LED Light
This neon heart LED light will make any day of the year a vibe, but it’s especially perfect for upping the V-Day ambiance.
Available in five different colors, this heartbeat hoodie is the perfect subtle way to celebrate Valentine’s Day without being cheesy.
Personalized Cereal Bowl
Got a teen who a.) could live off nothing but cereal (and maybe ramen) and b.) hoards bowls? Then there’s no better gesture of love this Valentine’s Day than a bowl of their very own. Bonus — it’s personalized!
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