23 best gifts for teens in 2023

It can be difficult to find the right gifts for tweens or kids ages 9 to 12. Teens will be the first to tell you that they are not young anymore, and they want their clothes and toys to reflect that. They may not know exactly what they want, but teens know what they want no Wants. Although not quite teens However, they are not afraid to tell you that the gift you have chosen for them is Sooooo last year.

To help you find the best gifts for teens, we’ve researched the best products for this age group and put together this list using input from the actual teens in our lives—because what was cool as a teen might not resonate with Gen Alpha or younger Gen Z. Are the products that teens want the most, from electric scooter to an action cam, a DIY ice cream kit and more. Whether your teen is into playing games, taking selfies, or just relaxing, here they will find a great gift to match their interests.

So, are you ready to get an amazing gift for your favorite baby boy? Read on to discover our suggestions and win some sweet points with your little one on their birthday, holiday or other special occasion.


Create a fun space for your child to cool off with these super affordable LED strip lights. Set it to one solid color, or cycle through multiple colors in “Rainbow Mode”. You can also sync it to music so the lights pulse to the beat. I bought one and ended up buying another one to add to my son’s room. (He loves them so much.) They come with an app, but my kid prefers using it with Alexa for voice control.

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Converse sneakers are still popular among tweens and teen girls. Make them extra special with personalized Chuck Taylors. Teens can choose from a variety of unique colors and patterns, then add custom patch logos, racing stripes, laces, eyelets, and more for a one-of-a-kind look.


If your little one is into boba tea, also known as bubble tea, this set has everything they need to make their own delicious blends at home, including tapioca balls, a variety of loose leaf teas, straws, and recipe cards.

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If you’re looking for a personalized and meaningful gift, Gorjana’s Power Birthstone Coin Pendant is a surprisingly affordable option. Choose from a variety of gemstones that symbolize their birth month, including rubies, emeralds, citrines, pink tourmalines, and more. The necklace comes on a 16″ gold chain with a 2″ extender, so you can easily adjust the length and layer it with other jewelry.

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Gel Blaster’s Surge is a lot of fun for kids and adults alike. But be warned that you definitely want to take this outside, and “Gellets” do make a slight impact – not as bad as paintball or airsoft, but goggles are recommended. The best part is that the jelly beans are water-based and evaporate after being shot. No more cleaning up a hundred foam Nerf darts afterward.

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If your little one wants to document their next adventure, GoPro cameras can’t be beat. We like the GoPro Hero 11, but not its $550 price tag. The GoPro Hero 8 is still pricey, but it’s half the price of the 11. It doesn’t come with 5K video, but you can still shoot 4K videos, which is plenty for a baby, and it has a 12MP camera.

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Give the gift of luminous skin with this six-piece mask set. Teens will find every mask they need for healthy skin, including a green tea sheet mask to brighten and purify, an aloe vera mask for intense hydration, and a coconut sheet mask to cleanse and revitalize.

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An electric scooter is a great way to get teens off their screens and head outdoors. ortunately, not all motorized scooters are the dangerous, bulky behemoths you see commuting commuters. Razor’s E100 is for kids ages 8 and up, and has a top speed of 10 mph. Teens will especially appreciate the blue LED lights on the deck that light up whenever you twist the throttle.

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Spikeball is a very trendy and fast-paced game that combines elements of volleyball and four squares. Instead of hitting a big ball on a straight net, you hit a softer, grapefruit-sized ball on a bouncy, looped ball, kind of like a rope ball but without the string.

Be prepared, parents: This is a physical game that requires fast movement and maybe some diving if you want to score points. Thus, this may only be best for kids, even though it requires four players.

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If the teens in your life are interested in computer games, improve their game setup with a gaming keyboard. The SteelSeries Apex 3 TKL is our favorite budget gaming keyboard thanks to its durability, ultra-quiet gaming keys, and eight lighting zones. Bonus: It’s also IP32 water resistant, so it doesn’t matter if your tween is a chronic spill.

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What better way to take fun selfies and pictures with friends than with Instax? It’s easy to slip into a large pocket or backpack so you can document your daily life. And there’s something great about having a physical photo on the spot to hold on to once the photo is taken.

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Once your little one starts taking photos with their Instax, they’ll need great background and lighting. These dreamy string lights help add a magical feel to any room. With 50 clips to hang their favorite photos, your home will love their new sparkling hideaway.

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Ping pong is a great activity for rainy days, but not everyone has the space — or pocketbook — for a full ping pong table. Enter the Pro-Spin Portable Table Tennis Set. This handy set comes with two paddles, three balls, and a retractable net that easily clips onto any table top. (Or you can spend an extra $10 and buy the four-player version, which comes with four paddles.) We were impressed with the overall quality of the equipment, though it’s suggested that it works better if you have a standard rectangular dining or patio table.

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AirPods are a teen staple. But if you don’t want to shell out $249 for Apple’s AirPod Pro 2, you might want to consider the lower-cost first-generation AirPod Pro, which still offer a comfortable in-ear design and powerful active noise cancellation. Both versions are great for listening to music, tuning in to TikTok, and more.

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If you’re a fan of Exploding Kittens (or even if you’re not), you’ll check out this game. It’s card game and dodgeball (but with burritos!), all in one. Players collect matching cards to score points, all while dodging flying burritos thrown at you by your opponents. It’s a great way to get teens away from their screen and running around – just be sure to move any breakable items out of the line of fire.

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What tween doesn’t like mochi? Making homemade mochi can be tricky, but this kit makes it so easy it would be a fun rainy day project for your pre-teen. lavors include matcha green tea and cocoa powder, but you can also create your own!

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The Nintendo Switch has become a hot item during the pandemic, and it continues to rank high on teens’ wish lists. If your child doesn’t have a Nintendo Switch, you can’t go wrong with this gaming system. It’s a splurge, but it’s not quite as expensive as the PS5 or Xbox Series X, and it’s easier to get your hands on than either of these units.

The Switch provides hours and hours of fun with games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Super Mario Odyssey. Check out more great game suggestions here. It’s fun for adults too.

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