30 gifts to buy a high schooler when you have no idea what to get them

Rylee Johnston
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Teens like to stay up-to-date with the latest products that you may not know about. They always seem to know about the most innovative and unique things on the market, which can make them hard to shop for.

When buying a gift for a teenager, you want to make sure you get them something they'll love — preferably without breaking the bank. Whether it's new tools to add to their skin care routine or a pair of trendy sneakers, these are the best gifts for 16-year-olds.

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Gifts for 16-year-old girls

1. TonyMoly Superfood Mask Bowl Set

TonyMoly Superfood Mask Bowl Set

TONYMOLY Super Food Mask Bowl, 0.74 oz (Amazon / Amazon)
TONYMOLY Super Food Mask Bowl, 0.74 oz (Amazon / Amazon)
  • TonyMoly Superfood Mask Bowl Set $16.00 at Amazon

  • TonyMoly Superfood Mask Bowl Set $15.00 at Urban Outfitters

  • TonyMoly Superfood Mask Bowl Set $14.95 at Aerie

Face masks are like super food for your face. With ingredients like vitamin E, peach extract and more, this variety pack comes with six different face masks that look to calm and smooth your skin.

2. Pure Aura Face Scrubber Set

Pure Aura Face Scrubber Set

Pure Aura Face Scrubber Set $12.00 at Urban Outfitters

Add some extra tools to their skin care regimen with this set. These face scrubbers try to give a deeper clean with flexible bristles that aim to dig deep in a gentle yet thorough way. It was also designed with a handle for an easier grip and a suction cup for air drying.

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Palette, Riviera (Amazon / Amazon)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Palette, Riviera (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette $45.00 at Amazon

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette $45.00 at Urban Outfitters

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette $45.00 at Bloomingdale's

Your makeup-loving teen will swoon when they see the vibrant colors in this eyeshadow palette. With 14 matte and shimmery colors to choose from, they can have fun mixing and matching these shades to keep up with the latest trends.

4. Magicsky Hair Accessories Variety Pack

Magicsky Hair Accessories Variety Pack

28 PCS Hingwah Pearls and Acrylic Resin Hair Clips, Handmade Hair Barrettes, Marble Alligator bobby pins, Glitter Crystal Geometric Hairpin, Elegant Gold Hair Accessories, Gifts for Women Girls (Amazon / Amazon)
28 PCS Hingwah Pearls and Acrylic Resin Hair Clips, Handmade Hair Barrettes, Marble Alligator bobby pins, Glitter Crystal Geometric Hairpin, Elegant Gold Hair Accessories, Gifts for Women Girls (Amazon / Amazon)

Magicsky Hair Accessories Variety Pack $9.99 at Amazon

Teens love their accessories and these are sure to make a statement with any outfit. The 28-pack comes with a variety of pearl, gem and colored clips and barrettes, perfect for casual or dressed-up occasions.

5. Halluci Plush House Slippers

Halluci Plush House Slippers

HALLUCI Women's Cross Band Soft Plush Fleece House Indoor or Outdoor Slippers (5-6, Cream) Beige (Amazon / Amazon)
HALLUCI Women's Cross Band Soft Plush Fleece House Indoor or Outdoor Slippers (5-6, Cream) Beige (Amazon / Amazon)

Halluci Plush House Slippers $23.99 at Amazon

For the teen who appreciates a day filled with self care, they are sure to love these slippers. Made with memory foam for extra comfort, these slippers will make a chic and stylish gift for all their self care needs.

6. Adidas Grand Court Sneaker

Adidas Grand Court Sneaker

adidas womens Grand Court Tennis Shoe, Ftwr White/Silver Met Silver Met., 4.5 US (Amazon / Amazon)
adidas womens Grand Court Tennis Shoe, Ftwr White/Silver Met Silver Met., 4.5 US (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Adidas Grand Court Sneaker $49.97 at Amazon

  • Adidas Grand Court Sneaker $59.99 at DSW

A pair of trendy everyday sneakers are a wardrobe staple. With 36 colors to choose from, you can surprise them with a classic white sneaker or for the teen obsessed with pink, give them the dusty pink style.

7. KiiPix Smartphone Picture Printer

KiiPix Smartphone Photo Printer

KiiPix Portable Photo Printer, Pink (Amazon / Amazon)
KiiPix Portable Photo Printer, Pink (Amazon / Amazon)
  • KiiPix Smartphone Photo Printer $28.99 at Amazon

  • KiiPix Smartphone Photo Printer $28.99 at Walmart

Let your loved one relive their favorite memories in an instant. This smartphone printer can print your teen their favorite photos in real time. All they have to do is pull up the photo on their phone, line it up with the printer and wait.

8. Qiaya Selfie Light Ring

Qiaya Selfie Light Ring

QIAYA Selfie Light Ring Lights LED Circle Light Cell Phone Laptop Camera Photography Video Lighting Clip On Rechargeable (Amazon / Amazon)
QIAYA Selfie Light Ring Lights LED Circle Light Cell Phone Laptop Camera Photography Video Lighting Clip On Rechargeable (Amazon / Amazon)

Qiaya Selfie Light Ring $9.99 at Amazon

Teens seem to always be taking photos, so help them take the perfect selfie with this light ring. Your friend or family member can have perfect lighting no matter where they are.

9. Custom Name Phone Case

Etsy Personalized Name Phone Case

Translucent frosted custom phone Case , iPhone X Case, iPhone 11 Case, Personalized Case, Customized, iPhone 8 Plus, Custom Name Phone Case
Translucent frosted custom phone Case , iPhone X Case, iPhone 11 Case, Personalized Case, Customized, iPhone 8 Plus, Custom Name Phone Case

Etsy Personalized Name Phone Case $21.99 at Etsy

Add a little personalization to your teen's phone with this popular phone case. It comes in a variety of colors including black, pink and yellow. Attached to the case is also a stylish wristlet and you can further customize it with your loved ones name.

10. Nodykka Tote Bag

Nodykka Tote Bag

Nodykka Women Tote Bags Top Handle Handbags PU Faux Leather Tassel Shoulder Purse (Amazon / Amazon)
Nodykka Women Tote Bags Top Handle Handbags PU Faux Leather Tassel Shoulder Purse (Amazon / Amazon)

Nodykka Tote Bag $13.59 at Amazon

Storage in style! Your loved one can carry their personal belongings in a cute trendy tote. With one compartment and one slip pocket, they can hold everything from their laptop to notebooks and more.

11. Slip Zodiac Sleep Mask

Slip Silk Zodiac Sleep Mask

Slip Silk Zodiac Sleep Mask
Slip Silk Zodiac Sleep Mask

Slip Silk Zodiac Sleep Mask $50.00 at Anthropologie

For the astrology lover, try a star-inspired sleep mask. Designed with mulberry silk, this mask will help protect their skin from the tugging caused by tossing and turning at night.

12. Movie Geek Trivia

Movie Geek Trivia

Movie Geek Trivia Game
Movie Geek Trivia Game

Movie Geek Trivia $14.99 at West Elm

Test your movie fan's knowledge with a classic game of trivia. Featuring questions about famous actors and their movies, any movie lover is sure to appreciate this game.

13. Inez Jewelry Holder

Inez Jewelry Holder

Inez Jewelry Holder
Inez Jewelry Holder

Inez Jewelry Holder $38.00 at Anthropologie

Vintage-inspired pieces have become all the rage with teens. For all their organization needs, this rustic-like jewelry holder is a great statement piece to add to their bedroom decor.

14. PrettyGrarden Shaggy Oversized Coat

PrettyGarden Shaggy Oversized Coat

PRETTYGARDEN Women's Fashion Long Sleeve Lapel Zip Up Faux Shearling Shaggy Oversized Coat Jacket With Pockets Warm Winter (Khaki, Medium) (Amazon / Amazon)
PRETTYGARDEN Women's Fashion Long Sleeve Lapel Zip Up Faux Shearling Shaggy Oversized Coat Jacket With Pockets Warm Winter (Khaki, Medium) (Amazon / Amazon)

PrettyGarden Shaggy Oversized Coat $33.99 at Amazon

Trendy coats are a must-have for teenagers, so give your 16-year-old a jacket they'll be excited to show off. This shaggy oversized-inspired jacket is not only rated a bestseller on Amazon, but is also made of a fleece to help keep your teen warm.

15. Wilde Fable Long Sleeve Dress

Wilde Fable Long Sleeve Dress

Women's Long Sleeve Dress - Wild Fable(TM)
Women's Long Sleeve Dress - Wild Fable(TM)

Wilde Fable Long Sleeve Dress $25.00 at Target

Pair this statement dress with a jean jacket or dress it up with heels — it can really go either way. Plus, this dress is great for almost any season.

Gifts for 16-year-old-boys

1. Ematic HD Video Projector

Ematic HD Video Projector

Ematic 150" HD Video Projector (EPJ580B) (Walmart / Walmart)
Ematic 150" HD Video Projector (EPJ580B) (Walmart / Walmart)

Ematic HD Video Projector $59.99 at Walmart

A projector is a great piece of tech to have for the entertainment fanatic. Movie nights just got a whole lot better with this model's ability to stream content straight from a phone, laptop and more.

2. Minger LED Strip Lights

Minger LED Strip Lights

MINGER LED Strip Lights, 16.4ft RGB LED Light Strip 5050 LED Tape Lights, Color Changing LED Strip Lights with Remote for Home Lighting Kitchen Bed Flexible Strip Lights for Bar Home Decoration (Amazon / Amazon)
MINGER LED Strip Lights, 16.4ft RGB LED Light Strip 5050 LED Tape Lights, Color Changing LED Strip Lights with Remote for Home Lighting Kitchen Bed Flexible Strip Lights for Bar Home Decoration (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Minger LED Strip Lights $15.99 at Amazon

  • Minger LED Strip Lights $23.49 at Walmart

Teens love to decorate their room with twinkling lights. These LED strips come with their own remote for color customization, meaning your 16-year-old can deck out their room and make it their own with these lights.

3. Anker Wireless Charger

Anker Wireless Charger

Anker Wireless Charger, PowerWave Pad Qi-Certified 10W Max for iPhone SE (2020), 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, Xs Max, XR, XS, X, 8, 8 Plus, AirPods, Galaxy S20 S10 S9 S8, Note 10 9 8 (No AC Adapter) (Amazon / Amazon)
Anker Wireless Charger, PowerWave Pad Qi-Certified 10W Max for iPhone SE (2020), 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, Xs Max, XR, XS, X, 8, 8 Plus, AirPods, Galaxy S20 S10 S9 S8, Note 10 9 8 (No AC Adapter) (Amazon / Amazon)

Anker Wireless Charger $11.95 at Amazon

Teens always seem to know about the latest tech. Keep them up-to-date with a wireless charger for all their electronics. The brand designed it to be compatible for most phone models and it even aims to charge through a phone case, for an easier, hassle-free charge.

4. Kryptonics Original Torpedo Skateboard

Kryptonics Original Torpedo Skateboard

Kryptonics Original Torpedo 22.5 Inch Complete Skateboard - Sky-Cats (Amazon / Amazon)
Kryptonics Original Torpedo 22.5 Inch Complete Skateboard - Sky-Cats (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Kryptonics Original Torpedo Skateboard $40.99 at Amazon

  • Kryptonics Original Torpedo Skateboard $34.94 at Walmart

  • Kryptonics Original Torpedo Skateboard $59.99 at Dick's Sporting Goods

Skateboarding has become popular among teens. This model is designed to be a smooth ride with rear grip tape for stability and traction. Your 16-year-old can enjoy hours of riding whether it's around the neighborhood or even to class.

5. Maison Margiela 'Replica' By The Fireplace

Maison Margiela ’Replica’ By The Fireplace

Maison Margiela ’Replica’ By The Fireplace $30.00 at Sephora

Surprise your friend or family member with their very own cologne. Created with warm and spicy scents, this cologne has key notes of clove oil, chestnut accord and vanilla accord.

6. Jack Black All-Over Wash

Jack Black All-Over Wash

Jack Black All-Over Wash, 10 Fl Oz (Amazon / Amazon)
Jack Black All-Over Wash, 10 Fl Oz (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Jack Black All-Over Wash $21.00 at Amazon

  • Jack Black All-Over Wash $28.00 at Sephora

  • Jack Black All-Over Wash $21.00 at Nordstrom

Upgrade your 16-year-olds beauty regime with a multipurpose soap. This all-in-one wash was designed to clean their face, hair and body without stripping skin and hair of essential moisture.

7. Puma Roma Basic Sneaker

Puma Roma Basic Sneaker

PUMA Men's Roma Basic Fashion Sneaker, White/New Navy - 9.5 D(M) US (Amazon / Amazon)
PUMA Men's Roma Basic Fashion Sneaker, White/New Navy - 9.5 D(M) US (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Puma Roma Basic Sneaker $39.95 at Amazon

  • Puma Roma Basic Sneaker $59.95 at Walmart

Give your loved one a sneaker they can wear with almost anything. These retro-inspired sneakers come with a cushioned midsole for extra arch support and are available in 45 styles and colors for you to personalize to their preferences.

8. Escape Room In A Box: The Walking Dead Board Game

Escape Room in a Box:The Walking Dead Board Game

Escape Room in a Box:The Walking Dead Board Game, Party Game for 4 to 8 Players with Clues & Puzzles Inspired by AMC TV Series, Gift for Teens & Adults Ages 13 Years Old & Up (Amazon / Amazon)
Escape Room in a Box:The Walking Dead Board Game, Party Game for 4 to 8 Players with Clues & Puzzles Inspired by AMC TV Series, Gift for Teens & Adults Ages 13 Years Old & Up (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Escape Room in a Box:The Walking Dead Board Game $29.99 at Amazon

  • Escape Room in a Box:The Walking Dead Board Game $29.99 at Walmart

Bring mystery and excitement to your teen's game night. Inspired by the TV show "The Walking Dead," this chilling game requires teamwork as your loved one and their friends solve the clues to win the game.

9. Etsy Personalized Leather Laptop Case

Etsy Personalized Leather Laptop Case

Laptop sleeve, leather laptop sleeve 16", laptop case, New Macbook Pro 13 case, Macbook air 13 case, leather laptop case, macbook case 2020
Laptop sleeve, leather laptop sleeve 16", laptop case, New Macbook Pro 13 case, Macbook air 13 case, leather laptop case, macbook case 2020

Etsy Personalized Leather Laptop Case $29.90 at Etsy

Keep their laptop safe in a personalized leather case. Choose to customize it with their name or initials and pick one of the six colors it comes in for a truly personalized feel.

10. Nicgid Sling Bag

Nicgid Sling Bag

Nicgid Sling Bag Chest Shoulder Backpack Fanny Pack Crossbody Bags for Men(Black) (Amazon / Amazon)
Nicgid Sling Bag Chest Shoulder Backpack Fanny Pack Crossbody Bags for Men(Black) (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Nicgid Sling Bag $21.99 at Amazon

  • Nicgid Sling Bag $37.50 at Walmart

Whether your 16-year-old is hiking or traveling, help them keep their belongings safe with a trusty bag. This sling-inspired bag is a nice versatile option as it can be worn across their back, chest or as a shoulder bag. It even comes with multiple storage pockets to keep all their belongings safe.

11. Levi's 505 Regular Fit Jeans

Levi's 505 Regular Fit Jeans

Levi's Men's 505 Regular Fit Jeans, Medium Stonewash, 29W x 30L (Amazon / Amazon)
Levi's Men's 505 Regular Fit Jeans, Medium Stonewash, 29W x 30L (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Levi's 505 Regular Fit Jeans $39.99 at Amazon

  • Levi's 505 Regular Fit Jeans $39.99 at Walmart

  • Levi's 505 Regular Fit Jeans $49.99 at Levi's

Teens are always going to need jeans. For casual looks, it's a go-to most days. These jeans were designed with a looser fit in mind and come in 35 different washes.

12. Hanes EcoSmart Pullover Sweatshirt

Hanes EcoSmart Pullover Sweatshirt

Hanes Men's Ultimate Cotton 90/10 Pullover Hood, Black, L (Amazon / Amazon)
Hanes Men's Ultimate Cotton 90/10 Pullover Hood, Black, L (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Hanes EcoSmart Pullover Sweatshirt $18.58 at Amazon

  • Hanes EcoSmart Pullover Sweatshirt $7.50 at Walmart

  • Hanes EcoSmart Pullover Sweatshirt $12.50 at Hanes

Who doesn't love a hoodie? Provide your teen with one that's both comfy and stylish. Designed with environmentally friendly materials, this sweatshirt could be their new go-to, so buy one or more in their favorite colors.

13. Under Armour Blitzing Cap

Under Armour Blitzing Cap

Under Armour Men's Blitzing 3.0 Cap , Baroque Green (310)/Summit White , Medium/Large (Amazon / Amazon)
Under Armour Men's Blitzing 3.0 Cap , Baroque Green (310)/Summit White , Medium/Large (Amazon / Amazon)

Give your loved one a reliable hat that's both stylish and protective from the sun. Designed with absorbent material and a sweatband to help keep them dry, this hat aims to provide comfort even on the hottest days.

14. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Nintendo Switch (Amazon / Amazon)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Nintendo Switch (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate $49.94 at Amazon

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate $49.94 at Walmart

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate $59.99 at Target

For the gamer in your life, this gift will be a huge hit. This bestselling game features beloved characters from the 90s for your teen to choose from in a battle of the best.

15. Etsy Personalized Water Bottle

Etsy Personalized Water Bottle

Etsy Personalized Water Bottle $20.32 at Etsy

Keep your teen hydrated throughout the day with a water bottle fit just for them. This customizable stainless steel water bottle can be personalized with their name and one of the 12 icons, including a baseball, basketball or fish.

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