Gift Ideas for Teens (Teenager-Approved)

Finding gifts for teens can be tough, but here are some ideas that are sure to please. Read on for some great gift ideas for teens.

As the mother of a teenager, I can confirm that thinking of gift ideas for teens can be tough. They’ve outgrown most of the little kid toys, but they may not be ready for adult stuff. So, what do you do?

The list below isn’t long, but it has been approved by my teenage son. Maybe they aren’t right for your teenager, but hopefully it will lead to some other ideas. Enjoy!

A quick note...As an Amazon associate, I do get a little kickback if you end up buying something on Amazon, but I only promote products that I've personally vetted.

Teenager-Approved Gift Ideas for Teens

cell phone charger

1. Portable Charger

Portable chargers are THE BEST. My portable charger has gotten me through countless long trips, many power-outages, and plenty of heavy phone days. After constant request from my son to use my charger because his device was “almost dead!”, we finally wised up and got him his own. 

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2. Phone Charging Station

If your teen is constantly losing or forgetting to charge their devices, a phone charging station might not be a bad idea. Once they get used to putting their phone and such in the same place, they will always know where to look for it.

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3. Cell Phone Gloves

I don’t know how they work, but cell phone gloves allow you to use a touch-screen on a cell phone without taking your gloves off. These are a great gift idea for teenagers who hang out outside a lot. 

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Source: Steam website

4. Steam Gift Card

If your teen plays video games, a Steam gift card might be just the thing. Steam is an online gaming system that allows you to purchase tons of online games. (I would recommend finding out if they use Steam to play games first. No sense in wasting money. Plus, you’re going to need their Steam username as well for the gift card.)

One thing to note here…In order to get a Steam gift card, you have to sign up for a free account for yourself first. Then, you need their username in order to send the card. It is a bit of a pain, but this is one of my teen’s favorite gifts.

Go to Steam

5. Amazon Gift Card

This one is pretty tried and true. My son can almost ALWAYS find something he wants on Amazon. Amazon gift cards are also good if you have an idea for what you want to get them but want them to be able to pick out the exact item they want.

Buy an Amazon Gift Card


6. Cash

It isn’t glamorous, but you really can’t go wrong with cold, hard cash. Whether it is for little things like candy or money towards something larger, cash is a much-appreciated gift for teenagers.

You can still make it personal by putting it in a card with a message. You can even get creative by wrapping it up in a box or putting it inside another gift. 

7. Get-Out-of-Chores-Free Coupons

For free gifts for teenagers, coupons to get out of chores or extra screen time might work. It doesn’t have to be fancy. You can try creating one on a computer or just write them out by hand. They can all be for the same thing or different coupons for different things.

Some ideas for coupons include:

  • Get out of doing dishes
  • No chores today
  • Extra screen time (Specify how much)
  • Stay up late
  • You pick the movie
  • Your favorite meal
  • Family game night

It also isn’t a bad idea to add disclaimers like:

  • One time use only
  • Only for use on the weekends
  • Expires XX/XX/XXXX

See? Finding Gifts for Teenagers Isn’t Hard

I hope you were able to find something on this list that would work for your teen. Sorry there were a number of things related to phones, but a lot of teens have phones these days. If your teenager doesn’t have a phone or just isn’t into it like a lot of teens are, hopefully you found something else that will work.