The 75 Best Gifts For Teens To Fulfill Their Dreams This Year

The 75 Best Gifts For Teens To Fulfill Their Dreams This Year

This article was first published in Forbes on Dec. 8, 2023

Shopping for teenagers means unearthing the right gift for a consumer hyperaware of the trends—and someone with a lot of strong opinions and likely very little money to spend on themselves. In order to spare you the search and the eye rolls, we reached out to teen experts, including the editor-in-chief of Seventeen, and interviewed a number of teenagers over the last year, including our own, to put together this list of the absolute best gifts for teens.

Some general rules on where to start? “TikTok is a great source for gift ideas for teens,” says Kristin Koch Kennedy, editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine. “That's where they're finding what's hot, whether it's something they're seeing one of their favorite influencers wear or a cool product that's trending.” Another tip: Everything old is new again, and vintage and nostalgia rule. Personalization earns points, as do items from their favorite celebrities’ brands.

After speaking to a number of teenagers and those in the know, such as Kennedy, as well as scouring this season’s trends, we put together the ultimate list of the best gifts for teens in 2023—for birthdays, the holidays and just because. We’ve scouted the best gifts for teenage girls, teen boys and gender neutral picks.

Best Gifts For Teens: $100 And Under

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Because teens and tweens are obsessive collectors of beauty supplies, they’ll love this roomy case for bringing their skincare collection on the road. The double-sided tote has a smaller and larger compartment for everything from serums to brushes, and it’s made from polyurethane, making it easy to wipe down if there are any unexpected spills.