Christmas Gift Guide 2021: Gift Ideas for Teens / Tweens

A round up of the best gift ideas for teens and pre-teens for Christmas with toys, fashion, games, books, and room decor starting at $7.

Why are good gift ideas for teens and tweens SO hard to find? It’s like once kids hit 12 year old, it all becomes a mystery.

But I searched high and low for all of the best rated games, gadgets, and activities teenagers and pre-teens would love and actually use!

If you’re totally blanking on what to get any teenagers or pre-teens on your list, maybe these gift ideas will at least be a good place to start.

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Gift Ideas for Teens and Tweens Under $40

  1. Moon Lamp – Mesmerizing, color changing, and perfect decor for a teen/tween’s room.
  2. Flipslide Game – A fast-paced puzzle game that teens can play on their own or with friends.
  3. Jack Black Skin Saviors Set – If a teen guy on your list maybe needs to start a good skincare regimen, this set has it all covered.
  4. Florence by Mills Skincare Set – The perfect youthful skincare set for teen girls that works well for many skin types.
  5. Paint by Numbers Kit – Relaxing with a design that with be perfect to display in a teenager’s room when they’re finished painting.
  6. Leather Phone Card Case – A handy little monogrammed sticker that can turn a phone into a wallet.
  7. Zero Gravity Wall Climbing Race Car – So much fun and definitely will be the all-day activity on Christmas Day.
  8. Florence by Mill Mind Glowing Peel Off Mask – If you have a teen who loves playing “spa”, this iridescent purple face mask is cute and really works for clarifying pores.
  9. Magnetic Dart Board Game – If “real” darts are a little too adult, these are safe to use for any age and great for low-key entertainment in a teen’s room.
  10. Buddha Board Art Set – Great for any artistic teens who want to learn meditative water painting.
  11. Ring Light with Phone Stand – If you have a teen who loves recording videos or doing makeup, this is a sure thing.
  12. Light Up Neon Letter Sign – Gift just one letter, a monogram, or spell out your teen’s name for wow-factor wall decor to transform their room into a fun hangout spot.
  13. Not Parent Approved Game – An awesome game for a good laugh that involves the whole family and creates bonding time.
  14. Illustrated Edition Harry Potter – If you have an HP fan in the house, these illustrated versions are BEAUTIFUL! Olivia received these as a gift last year, and we can’t get enough of them.
  15. ATM Piggy Bank – Because regular piggy banks are not nearly as cool as this one.
  16. Stitch Fix Kids – If you have a kiddo who needs clothes but is frustrated by the whole shopping experience and you have no idea what they’d actually wear, this personal shopping service is really helpful with a $20 styling fee and clothing that starts at $10.
  17. Noise Cancelling Gaming Headset – For any avid gamers in your life, this headset makes the experience more fun.
  18. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook – More for the HP fans (because honestly, our family is full of ’em), this book is full of 150 creative recipes that teens can learn to make themselves.
gift ideas for teens and pre-teens

Gift Ideas for Teens and Tweens

  1. Light Up Basketball Hoop Kit – For the sporty teen who maybe has everything, this idea makes it easier for them to shoot hoops in the winter months when it gets dark at 5pm.
  2. Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 – The newest version of the polaroid style camera with brighter backgrounds in dark, nighttime settings and clearer close-ups
  3. Learn to Play Acoustic Guitar Starter Pack – If your teen loves guitar music or has ever wanted to learn, this set is the perfect way to get them started.
  4. Mini Fridge – A “cool” addition to a teen’s room where they can keep drinks or snacks cold.
  5. Connected Electronic Rubik’s Cube – If you have a teen who rocks the Rubik’s Cube, they can battle other teens all over the world using this connected cube, improve their skills, and track their progress.
  6. Tamagotchi Pix – Like the classic Tamagotchi from the 90s but way better and more interactive! Remember these?!
  7. Carpool Karaoke Mic – Just like the name says, road trips are a blast with this thing! With voice changing effects, sound effects, duet function, and Bluetooth capability, it’s definitely an experience.
  8. JBL Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Pint-sized high-quality sound that can be clipped right onto a backpack or belt loop for any teens in your life who love streaming music.
  9. Razor E200 Electric Scooter – Designed for older riders 13+, (this version for ages 8+ is great too), gets them from A to B at up to 12 mph.
  10. 12 Foot Jump n Dunk Trampoline – Because honestly trampolines (especially one with a basketball hoop) is fun on into the teen years.
  11. Hoverboard – Olivia got this last year and it was a huge hit! If your tween/teen already has one, you can add this seat attachment will turn the hoverboard into a go-cart.
  12. Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine with Beginner Bundle Guide – For any crafters, the Cricut is the ultimate, especially those who love to personalize all of their stuff!
  13. Oculus Quest 2 Virtual Reality – To be fair, the whole family from ages 3 to 103 will love this one, but teens will especially love it.
  14. WiFi Quadcopter Drone – For any teens who love RC cars or copters and want to take it to the next level with a beginner level drone fitting for kids as young as 10 years old.

Any other tween / teen gift ideas you’d throw into the mix? Any gifts you’ve given to your teens in the past that were a big hit?

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