Saturday 21 November 2020

Teen Gift Giving Guide: From Stocking Stuffers to Bigger Ticket Items

Tween and teens can be tricky to buy for especially if you are not looking to spend a million dollars on the newest technology trends out there.  Each year my girls, currently almost 11 and almost 14, compile a list of items that are reasonably priced to give ideas to grandparents and aunts and uncles.  We don't like getting a bunch of stuff that will either be returned or donated.  This year it's especially important to give loved ones links to the products so that they don't have to leave the comfort of their home if they are uncomfortable or if their state/province is advising people to stay home.  I do also really like to support local as a mom but for the purpose of the blog, I am giving you easily accessible links and stores.  I do encourage you all to try your best to support local, especially if they are offering online orders, curbside pick-up or free shipping.  

I am also hoping to work with the girls to compile a list of books and games that tweens and teen girls would enjoy.  Stay tuned.

1.  Bluetooth Color Changing Lamp (Amazon)
Listen to music, charge your phone and enjoy a multi color lamp in your room that adds some great ambiance to your teens room.

2.  Tie Dye Set  (Shein)
A new twist to the traditional PJ set.  Teens are loving cropped tops and launge wear, and tie dye is still going to strong!  We purchased ours locally but they are all sold out.  These range in price, from $30 to $80/set, so shop around to see what you want to spend on it.

3.  Little Backpack  (Aldo)
You can spend as little as $15 or as much as you want for a cute little backpack.  Honestly, for tweens and teens I wouldn't drop a lot of $$$ on a leather backpack because they just like the momentarily trend and they care more about the look of it and less the quality.  But that's just me.

4.  Name Necklace (Etsy)
This is where I like to hit up Etsy to find a small business that can create your childs name.  I think this is such a simple, daily wear piece, that's still very much on trend across age groups.  Heck, I'd like one too. 

5.  Makeup Eraser  (Chatters)
If you have a child that wears make-up they need one of these or several in their life!!!!!  Seriously the best for getting the face clean and ready to be washed and help avoid some of the natural teen acne.  The perfect stocking stuffer.

6.  Gel Polish Nail Kit (London Drugs)
My girls love doing their nails but regular nail polish just isn't' that great.  This gel polish kit lasts a good week and it's a great investment if you don't want to go all out with professional stuff.  At $79 you get the lamp, dehydrator (which people don't often know is very important), base/top coats, and nail polish remover.  The polishes are reasonably priced at $11 and have endless color options.  Also, taking the polish off is much easier than the salon gel polish.

7.  Faux Fur Throw Blanket (Amazon, multiple colors)
Who doesn't love their own cozy blanket in the winter months.  I don't know about you, but I kind of hate when my kids steal my favorite blanket and I am left with nothing.  

8.  LED Strip Lights  (Amazon)
My girls LOVE these and they have become a favorite birthday gift to give to friends.  They come with a remote and can change colors!  So much fun for $25!

9.  Hair Band (Simons) & Hair Clips (Simons)
Stocking Stuffer alert.  Channel your inner Gossip Girl, our favorite Queen B.  Quarantine made all of our favorite shows come back to life for the tweens and teens in our lives.  Headbands, hair clips, scrunchies are still fun additions to any girls accessory collection.

10.  Body Shop Winter Jasmine Gift Box (vegan)
My teen is all about vegan products these days.  From shampoo to make-up to body wash.  Bye, bye Lush and Bath and Body Works, and hello Body Shop.  They have several pre-package vegan options that run from $25 and up, or you can buy individual products. 

I hope you enjoyed this and if you have a tween/teen in your life, I hope you found this post helpful.  Tell me what else you'd like to see!


  1. Love all of these ideas! That blanket looks so cozy! My daughter has those LED lights and loves them!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

    1. Right?!? See even college kids love some of these pieces. The LED lights have also held up for a long time considering the price, I am super impressed.

  2. I love buying for teen girls... teen boys? .. i'll just hand over cash LOL

    1. Hahahaha. I know. My girls have birthdays around the holidays as well, Dec. & Jan., so usually family buys them a gift for the holidays and then either an experience/cash for their birthdays.

  3. Oh gosh, my daughter just got those LED Lights for her birthday and it is like her favorite thing! She wants more! Eek!


    1. My daughter too. Both of them have them and we just bought a set for a friend of theirs as well.

  4. Did you find a local business to make the name necklaces?

  5. They are great gift ideas! :) My sister asked for and got a similar gel polish kit for Christmas one year and she still loves and uses it! :)

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup!

    Hope that you had a wonderful weekend! We put all our Christmas decorations up :)

    Away From The Blue | Handbag Gift Guide

    1. Oh that's so good to hear. We love doing our own nails at home. With three girls it's just a little too pricy to go to the salon.

  6. Have opened all the tabs to check out your suggestions. Trying to buy for my 10 year old grand has been a challenge this year. She was always BARBIES for every occasion. Sadly, she is putting her Barbies aside.

    Love the tie-dyed jogging set. I would sleep in that!! So cozy. And thinking Cady would love it, too. And the LED lights. Off to shop.

    1. Isn't it sad when they transition out of toys? I used to absolutely love going to look at all the toys and specifically dolls but that time has ended for me for now, although I have a niece and am ready to spoil her. So what are you thinking of getting her?

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