35 gift ideas for teens and pre-teens for crafters, athletes, gamers, fashionistas, makeup artists, room decor enthusiasts, creators, and musicians.
My oldest is juuuuust getting into the pre-teen years, and it is, to sum it up in one word, emotional.
If you have a pre-teen or teen yourself, you probably know this to be true, plus the fact that they can be really tricky to shop for when it comes to Christmas presents.
I scoured every resource possible and discovered 35 gift ideas for teen and preteen guys and girls.
Some ideas are a little more grown-up than others and some are on the slightly childish side, depending on your child’s maturity level. But they would all be big hits with kiddos age 10-18.
Gift Ideas for Teens and Pre-Teens Ages 10-18
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Gift Ideas for Teens and Pre-Teens Under $50
This gift is on the more practical side but it’s awesome, especially if your teen wants to be able to take a hot lunch to school on a cold day.
Makes for easier phone handling, better grasp for selfies, and propping ability.
An AWESOME resource for learning soft skills, social skills, and organization habits to promote confidence and high self-esteem. Even as an adult, I might need this book.
4. Tie-Dye Kit
For the craft-loving tie-dye-obsessed teen who is always up to some kind of DIY hack.
The gift that keeps on giving to all of your teen’s friends after Christmas.
If you’re sick of seeing your teen’s makeup all over the bathroom counter, this makes clean up and daily use much easier. Plus, it’s really cute.
Olivia and I have started journaling to each other this year, and it has been amazing at establishing open communication between us that I hope will pave the way for trust and respect into the teen years. It’s never too late to start and the prompts in these books are a great way to get to know your teen on a deeper level.
8. Moon Lamp
Perfect for the pre-teen / teen girl who loves decorating her room all the time. Great for guys who love all things outer space too.
9. Mini Fridge
Because it’s just next-level cool to have a tabletop fridge in your room for snacks (or skincare if that’s the priority).
Big ol’ shoes are a thing again apparently. This 90s girl in me is distraught. But anyways, these are the “it” slipper so there ya go, teeny bopper. Enjoy your wacky but oh so comfy shoes. 😂
11. Spikeball Game
If foursquare and volleyball had a baby, it’d be Spikeball. This set is super portable and great for teens to play with friends or siblings.
For the teen who is a photography enthusiast, this lens can help take their regular ol’ phone lens to the next level.
A great little ring toss / dart board game that teens can hang in their rooms or outdoors.
If you’re teen loves all of the “smell goods” this set is a great one to gift.
A great first cologne set for guys to try out all of the scents.
A wonderful cute, girly book series for ages 12 and up, if your teen reader is looking for some new stories to start.
17. StitchFix Kids
To chase away the “I have nothing to wear” blues. And maybe save you and your teen from the dressing room headaches. This subscription service will have a personal stylist curate your teen’s style based on his or her quiz answers and send clothes to try. Keep and pay for what they love, return what they don’t.
18. Bubble Tea Kit
I don’t know why exactly but bubble tea is a “thing” with teenagers. So with this unique kit, they can make their own at home.
19. Light Box Sign
A marquee your teen can personalize and display in his or her room and change up depending on the mood of the day.
I just bought this kit for my 10 year-old recently, and she loves it! Nothing too extreme, just a great starter kit with simple, light makeup including lip gloss, cream blush, mascara, face wash, dewy moisturizer, and peel off mask for a glowy look that’s not too mature.
Like a fidget on steroids that can transform into over 70 shapes.
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Splurge-Worthy Gift Ideas for Teens and Pre-Teens
Pickelball is having a moment lately! And it’s especially a big hit with the teen crowd.
If you have a teen artist in your family, this 3D pen is a unique medium to create with.
A total blast that’s good for playing at night in the backyard with friends or the whole family.
We love this hoverboard! Olivia would zoom around on it all day if we let her. If you already have one, gift an attachable hoverboard seat to turn it into a go kart.
For the mini backpack obsessed. I love the vintage look of this one with clean, modern lines.
You know why wired headphones are better than AirPods? They’re harder for teens to lose on the go. They don’t have to worry about batteries ever running out and the sound quality is superb.
For the teen always making videos, this has all of the tools to take them to the next level in video creation.
The handheld version of the Nintendo Switch that is easily portable wherever your teen goes.
I wish I had this as a teen! For the musically inclined kiddos, this is an amazing gift.
A gamer’s favorite for SURE with Bluetooth speakers and subwoofer built into the headrest so players experience surround sound.
An excellent skincare line to treat breakout-prone skin without irritation. (I use this set regularly myself.)
A small yet mighty projector that fits in the palm of a hand so your teen can stream movies from a phone.
The holy grail of crafting tools if your teen loves crafting all of the things.
Free or Almost Free Teen Gift Ideas
- Write a series of “Just In Case” letters to your teen. Write at the top “Read This When You’re Feeling Blue” or “Read This When You Need a Confidence Boost”, etc.
- Make a scrapbook or keepsake box with some sweet artifacts from the teen’s past like favorite items from him/her as a baby, tickets stubs, past sports/club memorabilia, travel mementos, etc.
- Make a playlist just for them on Spotify of songs you know they’ll love.
- Raid your craft stash and assemble together a “Craft Kit” with paint, slime making supplies, friendship bracelet making supplies, etc.
- Plan a day of semi-free fun together to visit a festival in your town, hike a nature trail, stop into a museum, or see a free concert in the park. Just Google “Free things to do in [your town]”.