Teenagers love to feign excitement over a gift and then rush to return it. In turn, they tend to get a lot of gift cards. But where’s the fun in that?
There’s an ocean of cool gifts that teens are pining for, plus a few they don’t even know they want.
Below, we’ve found 17 quality presents that adolescents might genuinely want.
Treat House is a gourmet bakery in New York City that ships Instagram-worthy treats nationwide.
In addition to its holiday Rice Krispie treat box (pictured), the bakery makes treat pops and marshmallows in a variety of holiday-inspired flavours.
Sneakers are a necessity for every teen. These high-top Vans are made of leather, so they won't get destroyed by the elements during winter.
Inspired by the Vans classic Old Skool, they're like the sneaker version of boots.
Millennials are all about immediacy, so give them a camera that spits out photos the minute they're snapped.
With a retro-chic design, Lomography's Lomo'Instant Sanremo comes with three different lenses for endless photo possibilities.
Your teen is sure to be the life (and DJ) of every party with this pocket mixer.
The pocket-size unit plugs into the headphone jack of an MP3 player, laptop, or phone, and it doesn't even require a power source.
All the beauty vloggers on YouTube are raving about this palette, which means the teen girl on your list wants it for sure.
Full of jewel-tone eye shadows in matte and metallic finishes, Urban Decay's Vice4 palette will last her until next year's Vice5 drops.
Inspired by military field instruments, the Ranger 45, from luxury accessories brand Nixon, is bold and sleek. He can wear it to school, special occassions, and his first job interview.
JanSport backpacks have a lifetime warranty, so this is potentially the last backpack your teen will ever need.
The Right Pack Expressions backpack comes in a variety of patterns, like this grey varsity felt design. They're also designed with a 15-inch laptop sleeve and padded shoulder straps.
Scrolling through social media, listening to music, and texting sucks the life out of a phone battery fast. Throw your teen a lifeline with this Jackery mini charger, compatible with Apple, Galaxy, and GoPro products.
At under four inches, it's pocket-size and comes in four different colours.
It's time for him to adopt a signature scent. Polo Red Intense by Ralph Lauren is a bold fragrance with notes of ginger, leather, and coffee. It's also bottled in a festive red flacon.
This gift set includes a 4-ounce and 1.3-ounce fragrance.
If she follows Kylie Jenner on social media, she's familiar with the reality star's collection of pricey Cartier love bracelets and probably wants one for herself.
For thousands less, get her this Cityscape Astor Studded bangle by Michael Kors. It's similar to the Cartier bracelet without looking like a cheap knockoff.
Thank the Brooklyn hipsters -- flannel shirts are more popular than ever.
Worn alone or over a T-shirt, this organic cotton flannel by Patagonia will keep him warm, and it won't get all ratty in the wash.
In-ear headphones are easy to transport and fit under snug beanies and ear muffs.
Happy Plugs is a Swedish fashion and lifestyle brand that offers earbuds in a variety of different finishes, including gold and cheetah print.
Here's another one for the Kardashian-Jenner fans in your life: Kendall Jenner's online-only, limited-edition lipstick.
It's a red-orange shade with a matte finish and hydrating formula. The case is emblazoned with Ms. Jenner's signature, in red, naturally.
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