Does your teenager know what they want for Christmas? If they are anything like my sons and my nephews they don’t. It’s not that they are spoiled or have everything a teen could want, it’s just that they are pretty content with everything they have. This makes Christmas shopping for my teens very difficult. It’s why I had to write a guide to unique gifts for teens.
I can’t be the only one having trouble shopping for gifts for my teens. While it could be easy to just give cash or load them up with video games, I want to gift something memorable. I want to gift my teens something unique, but also something they will enjoy.
I’ve spent some time researching these last few weeks. Giving my teens firsthand experience trying out some products and talking to them about other ones. I took the best ideas for stocking stuffers and put it into this guide of 100 Stocking Stuffers for Teens.
Then I pulled together the gift ideas that were really special for this guide to Unique Gifts for Teens. You could even use some of these gift ideas for preteens and college students too! The grown ups may enjoy some of these ideas too. I know I would.
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Unique Gifts for Teens
We received samples of most of these products and have spent November testing them out. Some of these links below are affiliate links. Jersey Family Fun participates in affiliate programs that allow us to earn a commission if you make a purchase using our link.
We are still reviewing items so a few more items will be added between now and December 10, 2020.
Give your teen a little inspiration for their bedroom, workspace, dorm, or even home gym. Our sample tapestry is going near our treadmill and weights to remind my teens and I that we can do it. We can push ourselves through our workouts.
Birdy Boutique has a variety of inspirational tapestries that inspire and can serve as great backdrops to Instagram photos and TikTok videos. All uniquely designed and created by an award winning educator - women and disabled veteran owned small business from Michigan.
Use Code - FALLFAVES10 good until Dec 30 to save 10% off educational blankets & tapestries. All blankets and tapestries have $5 Amazon coupons on them too.
Is your son shaving? Get them acquainted with Pacific Shaving Company and their shaving products for men. Their vegan formula includes certified organic ingredients to keep even the most sensitive skin healthy, soothed, and hydrated.
Pacific Shaving Company is a grooming brand with the goal to radically improve the shaving experience by creating products that are good for the skin, good for the planet and good for the wallet! Their gift sets make the perfect unique gift for teens, who want to stay on top of their appearance throughout the holiday season and beyond.
Does your teen love the beach? Do they have a favorite memory associated with one?
You need to add the Dune Jewelry to your gift list for your teen. They sent me beautiful samples like this and I’m in love. Dune Jewelry can take sand, shells, or dirt from your teen's favorite beach, hiking trail, or park and embed them into jewelry, ornaments, or other gifts. The pieces are so stunning. The bead bracelet has sand from LBI. They also sent a heart necklace with sand from the Jersey Shore, a cord bracelet with Wildwood sand, and an ornament with beach sand from Cape May.
You don’t even need to collect the sand, shells, or dirt you can pick one from their extensive sand bank. Pick sand from their favorite beach or one that holds a special memory for them. The pieces can be crafted for a teen girl or boy.
Dune Jewelry & Co. creates fine experiential jewelry and home accents using sand & natural elements from thousands of memorable and iconic locations around the globe. You can choose from their Sandbank, or send your own natural element to be incorporated into your design of choice. Custom, personalized jewelry, and accessories that hold a tangible reminder of your favorite moments. They use sand from your favorite beach or golf course, pressed flowers from a wedding or funeral, sand or soil from your favorite hiking trail or infield from your favorite ballpark...the possibilities are endless! Made in the USA, Dune offers a lifetime warranty and happiness guarantee on every design; and a portion of every purchase is proudly donated to important coastal and global causes.
Here's a fun game that will get the teens outdoors and off their screens. Take a shot and get them RampShot. We took our sample outside one morning, between virtual classes, and all enjoyed it. We weren't too good but it was still a fun way to break up the morning.
RampShot is a four player outdoor game that utilizes two high quality plastic ramps and four racquetball style balls. Teammates stand on opposite sides of the playing area and work together to score points by tossing and/or catching the balls.
This adult tricycle is perfect for teens who WANT to bike with their friends but who can’t ride or aren’t comfortable riding a traditional 2 wheel bike. (It even has a basket in the back.)
This Huffy single-speed trike has an easy step-through frame. The lightweight aluminum frame makes it easy to assemble and even easier to pedal with more speed and acceleration.
Arts & Crafts for Teens
Teens love to create! With all this extra time at home stock your teen up with crafting gifts that will get them creating and give them a break from screens. What I love most about these particular crafts is that they are suitable for any teen. They are available in multiple designs or varieties so your teen can customize them and make them their own.
Paint by Shadows is everything paint-by-numbers is and everything paint-by-numbers isn’t. Everything you need to paint your version of these beautiful licensed original works of art. Each kit includes 6 canvas shadows, 6 guide images, 24 tubes of acrylic paint, 3 brushes, written and video instructions, and an optional patented TwoStick frame. (all that for $45)
Here’s how it works:
Chirpwood prints beautiful licensed art on canvas in greyscale (the shadow). The budding artist paints directly on top of the shadow using a color guide image for direction. When finished, it is more than a coloring done with paint. It is a unique version of beautiful art, ready to be proudly hung on the wall.
With Paint by Shadows kits, almost anyone can achieve good results, but for those who want more, our art-teacher-vetted instructions ensure a true learning experience.
The kits are phenomenal! They sent me a sample set of the Flowers Kit, and I have to say I have a hard time pulling myself away from it. I would gladly give up my responsibilities for a few days just to paint. If your teen has an interest in painting this would be a great set for them. With 6 different images to paint they can definitely fill a few days or weeks being creative. They can follow the colors of the examples or create their own color scheme. There are no rules, just helpful advice.
FYI - No easels needed. Because of the nature of the canvas I feel like it's actually easier to paint on them while they lay on a flat surface versus hanging from an easel.
While I have the flowers set I purposely showed you the lighthouses set so you could see Chirpwood has a variety of collections available for your teen. Click the link and take a look.
I know what you might be thinking, this kit looks like it is for kids. It is, but when my teen and I were working on the sample kit sent to us from Creativity for Kids, he couldn't stop. He started on it before dinner and worked on it up till bedtime. Now he's in the final stages and ready to finish it off.
This is such a fun and easy way to create a knit hat or other items. Teens could easily knit away on the loom while binge watching their favorite show. With 2 hats per set, your teen could easily knit a hat for them and one to gift away. The kit comes with blue yarn, but after the initial hats are done, the loom is still good. Your teen can buy additional yarn, in any shade they choose, for future hat creations.
Diamond painting is a combination of cross-stitch and paint-by-numbers and has become the hottest quarantine activity taking the crafting world by storm. The Tiktok trending activity is also a favorite for celebrities include Alessandra Ambrosio, Cheryl Burke, Meghan King and Peta Murgatroyd. Who can blame them? This is an addictive fun screen-free activity. With each rhinestone placed individually, you can walk away at anytime without worrying about where you left off.... but once you start it's so hard to walk away.
The Diamond Art Club has so many designs there is sure to be one your teenager will love. When picking out a design, purchase some accessories too. They'll help your teen stay organized as they complete their Diamond paintings.
Is your teen into journalling? Does she like to doodle with pretty colors?
Consider adding the Faber-Castell Bullet Journaling Starter Set to your gift list. It's a complete beginner set full of quality journal supplies that make journaling focused, organized, fun and fulfilling. Your teen can create their own creative lettering journals, workout trackers, gratitude journals or planners - the blank pages in the journal allow for endless creativity and self-expression.
The 9 Piece Journaling kit includes 6 Pitt Artist Pens (5 brush pens & 1 fineliner), graphite HB writing and sketching pencil with eraser tip, pink pastel highlighter and a 40 page journal with dot grid.
How about personalized masks that teens can design and print out themselves at home? For under $20, these customizable masks make wearing masks a bit more fun!
SnapStyle Printable Masks lets you design AND print your very own disposable masks at home using your mobile device. It’s super simple to put your masks together, there’s no sewing required, and everything you need to make 4 masks is included in the kit. The masks have been rigorously designed and tested to meet WHO and AFNOR safety guidelines.
Go Natural! Lip Balm Lab builds on the success of the SmartLab Toys best-selling Lip Balm Boutique kit by including flavor, color, and a custom mix-and-melt silicone mold that goes directly into the microwave oven. This deluxe kit also features a creation station, lip balm pods, and two-sided travel pods that can slip easily into a pocket.
Okay, maybe not a true arts and crafts, but there is still building and creating going on when you put together a LEGO set. And while we didn't receive a sample, we think teens never outgrow LEGOS. They just need grown up sets to match their growing interests.
StickTogether combines the best features of many hobbies and crafts—the mystery of puzzles, the zen of coloring and the magic of pixels—into unique and entertaining project. Similar to paint by number, each StickTogether kit comes with a coded poster, a color key that tells you which color is associated with a specific letter on the board as well as enough stickers to complete the image (plus extra). There are over 40 StickTogether kits to choose from, including animals, depictions of beach scenes, flowers, famous landmarks, masterpiece paintings and more.
Do your teens love loosing themselves in a puzzle? Gift them some new ones this Christmas or for their next birthday. Not only will our list help you find some new puzzles for teens but we also share 20 tips to picking puzzles to help you find the right puzzle for teens.
Bring summer camp fun home for your teen. THE SUMMER CAMP BOX is a curated set of timeless activities to experience the magic of camp at home.
Most kits are tie-dye centric, while all activities are screen-free with no set schedule, allowing teens…to be kids. While we can’t replicate everything that camp has to offer, the company believes the choice of activities will transport teens right back to their summer days at camp to keep them active, creative, and engaged all year long.
Subscription Boxes for Teens
Give a gift that keeps giving year-round with these subscription boxes for teens.
We ALL know it’s unhealthy to keep a mascara around for too long but teens often simply forget to buy a new one. Even the FDA recommends you toss your mascara after 3 months. With My Little Mascara Club your teen will receive new mascara, remover, and other goodies every 6 weeks or so depending on their needs. A little bottle provides the right amount needed so teens will always have fresh, safe mascara to use – and none goes to waste.
My Little Mascara Club subscription club offers vegan and cruelty-free mascara with over 90% natural ingredients. (Mascara can be bought without a subscription, too.) They offer giftsets and clean cosmetics trio (mascara, micellar water and reusable mascara makeup remover wipes.)
Love and XO Julia is the brainchild of a mom and her daughters who were looking for cleaner, gentler beauty and skincare products made for those beginning their self care journey. Frustrated by the lack of resources for teens and tweens interested in clean beauty and skincare, they imagined Love and XO Julia, the go-to resource for those just growing into their skin. What followed is what we call XO Insiders, a curated collection of the best clean beauty and skincare products delivered monthly, made for just teens and tweens.
XO Insiders is the ultimate subscription gift for teen and tween girls! Each month the box comes with 5-6 clean beauty and skincare accessories. In addition we create exclusive content to go along with the products just for XO Insiders. The content includes things like video tutorials, playlists, downloadable screensavers, and more.
Is your teen just getting his jewelry collection started? Help him out with quality pieces that are delivered every month based on his own personal style.
You and/or your teen start with a Box & Chain Style Survey. Then, each month he receives premium pieces of jewelry from popular designers. He keeps all the jewelry he receives for no additional cost. All pieces are 18k gold plated, titanium black plated, or solid stainless steel. Free shipping. No contracts. No additional fees.
Does your teen like to change things up often? This phone case subscription box could be perfect for them. Casely is a leading US phone case and phone accessories supplier offering cases for dozens of iPhone and Samsung models, with hundreds of styles for your teens to choose from. They're the only phone case supplier to offer a monthly subscription of exclusive case designs!
New phone cases can be delivered every month or every season. Teens can choose their style or make it a surprise! Exclusive "members-only" styles are released each month
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