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15 cool and trendy gifts for teens in 2021

Teens are hard to shop for — here are our picks for the best gifts for even the pickiest teens.
Illustration of 6 products that are great to buy teens, for the Holidays
Whether your teen is a gamer, music geek or sports fanatic, there's likely something in this list of gifts they'll enjoy.

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Buying gifts for teens can be a thankless ordeal. It’s the age where preferences seem to change daily (or hourly), and where kids are perhaps least likely to love gifts not from their best friends.

But that doesn’t mean you should resign yourself to accepting your teen’s indifference to gifts you agonized over choosing. We’ve put together this list of cool gifts that has something for every teen. To choose the products, we sourced our own past coverage, including expert recommendations.

Best gifts to buy for teens

To help you find the best gifts for the teens in your life, we revisited our previous expert recommendations and rounded up highly rated items aligned with Select reader interest.

Nintendo Switch Video Game Console

One of the best current-generation gaming consoles, the Nintendo Switch is unique for its versatility: It doubles as a traditional console (like a PlayStation) and a handheld (like the old Nintendo DS or Game Boy), a good feature for busy teens on the move. Its library includes games for all ages, including the well-known and kid-friendly Super Mario franchise and more mature offerings, such as Doom Eternal and The Witcher 3.

Sonic Bomb Dual Extra Loud Alarm Clock

OK, maybe teens won’t love this gift at first, but they’ll probably appreciate it in the long run. Sleepy, groggy teens never have to fear missing morning classes again with this explosive disguised as an alarm clock. The clock uses a 113-decibel alarm and includes a 12-volt bed shaker to wake up even the deepest sleepers. It was deemed one of the best alarm clocks for every type of sleeper in 2021.

Apple AirPods Pro Earbuds

AirPods are a status symbol these days, but there’s one great reason beyond the superficial to buy them for your teen — they’re the best high-end earbuds for iPhone users, as described in our guide to the best wireless earbuds and wireless headphones of 2021. Pairing with Apple devices is simpler with the H1 chip than using Bluetooth, and AirPods also include noise-canceling, touch controls, adaptive equalization that adjusts music based on your ear shape, and a 360-degree audio format for gaming and watching movies.

Remington Pro 1”-1 ½” Pearl Ceramic Conical Curling Wand

A top-rated curling wand for 2021, this curling wand from Remington is available for under $30 and in two sizes: one for ½ inch to 1 inch and another for 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches. The barrel heats to 410 degrees Fahrenheit and is tapered.

Tribit XSound Go Bluetooth Speaker

Teens love music, and this affordable speaker — rated the best affordable portable speaker in our 2021 guide to the best Bluetooth speakers — is solid for the price. While it doesn’t pack the same punch of other top Bluetooth speakers, it is compact and portable, with a strap to attach to your backpack. It also has an IPX7 waterproof rating.

Polaroid Go Camera

Polaroid pictures make for great photo walls, and a Polaroid camera can be a great gift for a teen who loves photography. This Polaroid Go weighs about a half pound and is more compact than other Polaroid models. It has a battery that won’t run out until 15 packs of film are used, according to the company.

Tranquility Temperature Balancing Weighted Blanket

Featured in our guide on how to choose the best weighted blanket for you, this weighted blanket is more affordable than others in the guide, checking in at under $50. It’s available in weights from 12 to 20 pounds.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Video Game

A prequel to the original Red Dead Redemption, this video game is one of the best video games in recent years. As the outlaw Arthur Morgan, you can experience the Wild West in 1899 via the game’s open sandbox. Plus, it has a free online component where your teen can form posses with friends or just go fishing. You can play the game on Xbox, PlayStation and PC.

Rifle Paper Co. Clear Willow iPhone Case

Phone cases from Rifle Paper Co. feature hand-painted designs, which will appeal to teens who want a personal touch for their phones. This iPhone 13 case from the company is slim and clear with gold accents and a pleasant floral pattern. They have cases in many other designs, too, including strawberry fields and wildflowers. We featured these cases in our roundup of iPhone cases and accessories.

ASUS ProArt PA278CV Computer Display

Whether your teen wants to improve their gaming setup, do homework more easily or just surf the web on a larger screen, a monitor can make a workspace more functional. This ASUS monitor has a 27-inch screen with 1440p resolution and an adjustable stand. We rated it the best all-around computer monitor for everyday needs in our guide to the best computer monitors and screens for 2021.

SnackSack Classic Subscription Box

Growing teens need snacks, so why not give them a supply of healthy snacks? This subscription box includes 12 or more snacks per month, related to the current season. It comes in Classic, Vegan, Gluten-Free and Classic + Gluten-Free options.

W&P Porter Travel Mug

This ceramic mug has a 12-ounce capacity and a matte silicone exterior and comes in several pastel colors and terrazzo patterns. It’s also dishwasher-safe. It was featured as a top-rated travel mug in our guide to the best travel mugs and reusable cups of 2021.

Shure MV5 Digital Condenser Microphone

Teens these days all seem go through wannabe podcaster phases, but a good microphone is a solid investment even if you just like high-quality video calls. This microphone was rated the best stylish and portable microphone in our guide to the best microphones to buy in 2020. It has three different settings for instruments and voices.

Three By Three Seattle Drawer Organizer

This organizer has separate compartments that can stack on top of one another. Each compartment is made of metal and comes in a fun color, giving the organizer a distinct style. It’s also suitable for kitchen use, since each compartment is safe to store food in. It’s a top-rated desk organizer for 2021.

Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness Tracker

One of the best fitness watches and fitness trackers of 2021, this is a great gift for active teens who want to get more from their workouts. The Charge 4 comes with features such as step counting, guided breathing routines and sleep tracking. It also uses GPS so they can plot their runs on a map. Its battery life lasts for up to a week.

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