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Though it’s often said that teens are the toughest group of people to shop for, we beg to differ. As with any gift-giving moment, the gift-giver must consider the recipient: What are their hobbies and likes? What might they truly need for school, for their room at home or just to make their lives easier?
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Yes, it can be a challenge to please a teen; they have very definite feelings about what’s hot, what’s cool and what’s just not. We've found great gift ideas for 14-year-old boys and girls that are perfect for eighth grade or junior high graduation. From TikTok trends and tech gifts to fashion-forward picks and self-care and wellness gifts, these gift ideas are bound to please any 14-year-old.
1. For the teen who likes to be cozy: Sherpa Sleep Hoodie
No matter the season, comfy hoodies never go out of style for both teenage boys and teenage girls. This one from Gap is in a cozy sherpa fabric perfect for sitting around a campfire, snuggling on the couch, late summer nights or keeping warm in a chilly movie theater.
2. For the teen who could use some words of encouragement: Affirmation Card Deck
We all could use some words of encouragement and support, and sometimes our teens need even a bit more. Between the pressures of high school, their peer groups, activities and the state of the world, life can be rough. Some teens would rather pull a card from this deck and read an affirmation, instead of talking to us… and that’s ok. This deck of cards is a unique gift that can be carried anywhere and reminds them that they are strong, loved, passionate, beautiful and so much more.
3. For teens who are all about the ‘vibe’: BlissLights Sky Lite 2.0
These days, the trends start on TikTok and this skylight has been a favorite for months. This cool gadget instantly projects a galaxy in any room and sets a fun and otherworldly mood. Great for creating a relaxing spa environment or a custom video gaming backdrop.
4. For the teen who is always on-trend: Crocs
Around since 2002, your teen probably won’t believe that Crocs are older than them, especially with the resurgence in popularity that the squishy shoe has been having lately. Teens can’t get enough of Crocs now that they are back and more in demand than ever. They can decorate their own pair with fun Jibbitz charms to make a more customized look, too.
5. For the teen who likes their wellness on the go: BlendJet 2
If you know a health-conscious teenager, this top-rated portable blender may be the perfect gift for a teen on the move. Another TikTok sensation, BlendJet is lightweight and durable enough to deliver a delicious smoothie in 20 seconds flat—just add your ingredients to the cup and press the power button. This blender keeps its USB-C charge for 15+ blends and recharges quickly.
6. For the teen who can never ‘find’ their phone: Apple AirTag
Teens have a tendency to be extra forgetful about the items they need daily. Paired with their iPhone, the Apple Air Tag is a super-easy way to keep track of their stuff. The teen in your life can keep this Bluetooth tracker in their wallet, backpack pocket or attached to a keychain (Apple sells a great leather option), so they can hunt down their lost iPhone or iPad and more.
7. For teens ready to zap those zits: StarFace and Mighty Acne Patches
Gone are the days of trying to mask a zit with bright white or pink goop on their faces. Today’s teens love wearing pimple patches that deliver a concentrated dose of pimple-diminishing medication in a skin-colored patch. Brands like Hero Cosmetics Mighty Acne Patches are clear and said to be some of the most effective patches on the market. Alternatively, if your teen doesn’t mind a bit of attention on that blemish, they can try the fun star-shaped pimple patches from StarFace, which are said to be another effective option.
8. For teens who believe in the cool factor of a hoodie: Puma Hoodie
Hoodies are a mainstay of both teen boys and teen girls’ wardrobes. If your teen is always searching for the coolest hoodie, maybe they’ll like this one from Puma which features emoji-like decals along the back.
9. For the teen who loves a room zhush: Tapestry Blanket
It gets no better than teen room decor combined with positive affirmations. This cozy blanket comes in a variety of designs and with a few different messages. It will look great strewn across their bed, but it can also be hung on a wall as a reminder that they are loved.
10. For the fashion-forward teen: Dr. Martens Women's 1460 Rainbow Ray Boots
Nailing a teen’s fashion style can be tricky, but classic Dr. Martens have been a teen culture staple for a decade, so they must be doing something right! This lace-up combat boot is available in white, pink or classic black, but pick this gold leather (called Sand) if your teen is ready for that attention-grabbing pop of color. With the Doc’s signature AirWair sole, these are constructed with a Goodyear-welted stitch that lasts a lifetime. They’re said to run small so double-check their perfect size.
11. For the teen who likes a classic sneaker with a twist: Vans
Vans is another teen fashion trend that has staying power, so they’re a great gift option for many teens. Your teen can rock them with sweats, jeans and even formal wear for a unique and comfortable look.
12. For the teen who needs a simple skincare routine: Glossier 3-Step Skincare Set
This is the age where teens need to start taking serious care of their skin (if not sooner) and this three-piece skincare set from Glossier will bring your teens’ skincare routine to a new level. It features a gentle, creamy cleanser, a lightweight moisturizer and a soothing lip balm all for a great price.
13. For the teen who is all about TikTok: PopSockets PopMount
Your teen can use this handy gadget when they’re FaceTiming you when they get home from school. But they’ll most likely use it to hold their phones in place when recording those TikTok videos. Get them a PopSockets PopMount that will steady their photos and videos. The flexible arms can grip literally anything, which also makes it great for filming on the go.
14. For the teen who is fully plugged in: Charging Hub
This charging hub is another useful accessory for their phones, earphones and more. It’s made of silicone so it wipes clean easily and holds their gadgets seamlessly as it charges them.
15. For the teen whose bedroom is their sanctuary: String Lights
String lights aren’t just for the holiday season anymore. Teens are decorating their rooms to reflect their personal tastes and these lights add a moodiness and allure that the kids seem to love. Keep the clips on to add photos or remove them to just display the lights.
16. For the teen who likes to “chill out”: Cooluli 4L Cooler
It may seem excessive to let your teen have a mini-fridge in their bedroom, but because it’s so tiny, they’ll still have to come out for real nourishment, don’t worry. They can fill it with small seltzers or juices, or keep skincare essentials like face masks and ice rollers that work best when cold.
17. For teens who love classic kicks: Nike Air Force 1s
Air Force 1's are a classic, especially for modern teens. The style and the clean look that coordinates with many clothing styles is sure to be a winner with most teens. Grab them in all-white, or all-black or you can customize the colorway.
18. For the teen with skating skills: Impala Roller Skates
Another throwback trend that’s having a moment on TikTok right now is rollerskating culture. Whether your teen already has some skills or is looking to learn, they’ve got to have the proper gear. These roller skates are said to look good and feel good.
19. For the teen who loves a little bling: Gold Hoops
Gorgeous teens love the look of hoop earrings these days even though their parents have likely been wearing them for decades. These are gold plated so they’re under $20, so if they are misplaced your teen can always ask for another pair to be gifted. Reviews (over 30,000!) say this lightweight bestseller is a real find because they have stainless steel posts, so they’re hypoallergenic.
20. For the teen who appreciates an instant photo: Instax Mini Camera
Documenting our lives isn’t going away anytime soon, but maybe you know a teen who’d like to capture a moment that they can actually set in a picture frame or (gasp!) tack onto the fridge. This instant camera comes with a pack of film so they can enjoy their selfies right away.
21. For the sneakerhead teen: Floating Sneaker Display
This is definitely not essential, but if your teen is a sneakerhead and into a bit of magic then they’ll love this gift. We’re not sure how it all works but this floating display will have their friends lining up to come to see—and try to figure out—how the sneaker floats so easily.
22. For the teen who loves to host movie night: Kodak Luma Projector
TikTok teens can’t get enough of these projectors. This one from Kodak is pocket-size and offers a crisp display. Weighing just one pound, the projector includes a rechargeable battery and speaker. Your teen can connect it to their iPhone or Android device, gaming console, computer or even the cable box and HDMI players at home to project images on anything they can imagine.
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