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55 Gifts for Teens That Are Actually Cool

Whether you're shopping for gifts for teen girls or boys, our guide has you covered.

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The best gifts for teens

Teenagers are notoriously hard to shop for. Sure, you might be a master of buying gifts for toddlers, gifts for tween girls, and gifts for tween boys, but gifts for teens pose a totally different challenge. Teenagers are connoisseurs of the cool, and as an adult it’s easy to feel out of touch.

If you’re hunting for the perfect gifts for kids in their teens, you’re in luck. We searched high and low—and consulted picky teenagers—to uncover the most-wanted presents for birthdays, Christmas, Hanukkah, and everything in between. The budget starts at ten bucks and climbs (you didn’t think Converse platform sneakers would come cheap, did you?).

This guide to the best gifts for teens includes a mix of the new, the edgy, the yummy, the original, and the totally comforting. Whether you’re shopping for gifts for boys, gifts for girls, or unisex Christmas toys, you’ll find something for every teen here.

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Giant Moon Over The Ocean Yeti Rambler Tumbler Decalvia

It’s a Skin Giant Moon Over the Ocean Yeti Rambler Tumbler Decal

Best for: Environmentally conscious teens

If your teens tote a giant Yeti tumbler wherever they go (a great way to cut down on waste from plastic water bottles), they’ll appreciate this vinyl decal. It’s the perfect gift for coffee lovers. They can stick one on their cup when the mood strikes. It’s a Skin makes skins for other products, too, including Hydro Flasks, smartphones, laptops, and more.

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Converse Canvas Platform Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakersvia

Converse Canvas Platform Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers

Best for: Traditionalists who love a trendy twist

The classic Chuck Taylor gets some height, which gives jeans an edgier look. This hot seller will give your kid street cred and school style. These kicks are a great gift for a girlfriend too.

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Dylan's Candy Bar Bash Cakevia

Dylan’s Candy Bar Bash Cake

Best for: Chocoholics

Childhood piñatas have nothing on this chocolate treat. It holds eight ounces of mini milk-chocolate-covered pretzels and comes with a little mallet to break up the treasure. It’s also a fun best friend gift.

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Kodak Luma 150 Ultra Mini Pocket Pico Projectorvia

Kodak Luma 150 Ultra Mini Pocket Pico Projector

Best for: Screen junkies

Give your Netflix bingers something to really stare at with this mini projector, which connects to an Apple or Android phone. It features a built-in, rechargeable battery and speaker. Bonus: It’s compatible with most devices and gaming consoles. Looking for gifts for a brother instead? This is just the thing to have him calling you the best sibling ever.

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Beats By Dr. Dre Solo Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphonesvia

Beats by Dr. Dre Solo Pro Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Best for: The teen who keeps asking for privacy

Teens retreat when they can, and these tune out the world. This tech gift comes in three colors and offers the option of listening without noise cancelling.

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Domino's Pizza Gift Cardvia

Domino’s Pizza Gift Card

Best for: The teen who’s always hungry

Sometimes the smartest gifts for teens are those that let teens gift themselves. If you have big eaters on your hands, give them a card that’ll let them order their faves whenever they want. It’s fairly inexpensive—the perfect secret Santa gift idea.

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Rowan Female Symbol Studsvia

Rowan Female Symbol Studs

Best for: The feminist

Go for an understated sort of girl power with these earrings. Rowan’s hypoallergenic posts may be small, but they make a big statement. They make great gifts for sister-in-laws who are proud of their femininity.

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Jbl Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speakervia

JBL Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Best for: Shower singers

This portable, clip-on speaker is one of the best gifts for teens who like to belt it out in the shower. It also amps up music playlists on road trips, at parties, or at the pool or beach. It’s the sort of white elephant gift anyone would love, and so will your teen.

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Squishmallow Plush Anya The Caticorn Mermaidvia

Squishmallow Plush Anya the Caticorn Mermaid

Best for: The teen who refuses to give up stuffed animals

Teenagers are still softies, and they need a good cuddle from time to time. If you know a teen who’s still into stuffed animals, this is an adorable pick. It doubles as a fantastic cat lover gift!

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Lovful Tie Dye Socksvia

Lovful Tie-Dye Socks

Best for: Young hippies

The teen years are for tie-dye. These socks—sold in a pack of five—go with sneakers or boots. They’re fun gifts for a sister too.

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Hp Sprocket Select Portable Instant Photo Printervia

HP Sprocket Select Portable Instant Photo Printer

Best for: Photographers

On the hunt for gifts for teens who photograph every moment of their lives? This compact printer spews out 2.3-by-3.4-inch pictures on sticky-backed paper—right from an Apple or Android device. This small gift will have a huge following.

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Pura Vida Bitty Opal Chokervia

Pura Vida Bitty Opal Choker

Best for: Socially conscious fashionistas

This dainty brass necklace features rose gold plating and a small opal. When it comes to gifts that give back, this is a top option. Founded in Costa Rica, Pura Vida provides jobs for artisans worldwide and protects the environment. Plus, products are packaged in biodegradable bags.

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Brunette The Label Best Friend Crew Neck Sweatshirtvia

Brunette the Label “Best Friend” Crew Neck Sweatshirt

Best for: Casual dressers

The drop-shoulder sweatshirt in the French vanilla shade is universally flattering. The company’s mission—to uplift others—is one your teen will get behind.

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Bluma Project Alys Braceletvia

Bluma Project Alys Bracelet

Best for: The accessory lover with a conscience

Hand-beaded by artisans in Guatemala, this bracelet extends to fit from teen to adult years (making it a great gift for Grandma as well). Based in Brooklyn, the Bluma Project honors age-old crafting traditions.

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Shein Soft Solid Flannel Lounge Setvia

Shein Soft Solid Flannel Lounge Set

Best for: Trendsetters

Gifts for teens don’t have to cost a ton to be trendy. Shein has the latest trends for less, so you can stick to a strict budget. This thick crop tank with pants is a clean retreat after a stressful day.

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Lime Crime Unicorn Hair Semi Permanent Hair Dyevia

Lime Crime Unicorn Hair Semi-Permanent Hair Dye

Best for: The young and the restless—and experimental

Teens want to express themselves, and this temporary hair dye will help them express their identity without committing to a permanent change. This bleach-free, vegan, and cruelty-free dye is available in 19 shades. In the market for a gifts for your wife as well? This hair dye is a surprising and fun pick.

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Meloway Your Way Mascaravia

Meloway Your Way Mascara

Best for: Makeup mavens

This volumizing vegan mascara is made with all-the-rage argan oil and comes in young colors: Cherry Cola (deep burgundy) and Mint Crème (bright mint green). It’s teen tested and approved.

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Sterling Forever When Stars Align Constellation Necklacevia

Sterling Forever When Stars Align Constellation Necklace

Best for: Astrology followers

Astrology gifts are always a win. The adjustable (16- to 18-inch) zodiac necklace is available in gold- or silver-plated brass, each with cubic zirconia stones representing your teen’s zodiac sign. An added bonus: It comes with a lifetime guarantee.

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Aviator Nation Stripe Sweatpantsvia

Aviator Nation Stripe Sweatpants

Best for: Retro fans

They may look vintage, but these sweats come from a new, 1970s-inspired, California-made brand with a cool vibe and flagship stores in places like Malibu and San Francisco. They’re not overly bold, but the stripes make a statement.

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Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tintvia

Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint

Best for: Beauty addicts

This just-bitten pink stain was formulated to look good on every skin tone. It’s lightweight and sheer—just enough and never too much. It’s a luxe stocking stuffer for women of all ages.

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milk bar compost cookiesvia

Milk Bar Compost Cookies

Best for: The teen with a sweet tooth

Meet the cult classic Milk Bar cookie that helped make the New York City bakery famous. If your teen can’t get to a Milk Bar bakery (they’re in a handful of major cities), bring this case of eight packs to your teen.

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Alex And Ani Rose Gold Paw Prints Of Love Gemstone Charm Bangle Braceletvia

Alex and Ani Rose Gold Paw Prints of Love Gemstone Charm Bangle Bracelet

Best for: Dog and cat owners

Iconic brand Alex and Ani have created a bangle that looks both carefree and stylish. If you’re shopping gifts for dog lovers, this one can’t be beat.

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Axe Phoenix Holiday Gift Setvia

Axe Phoenix Holiday Gift Set

Best for: Boys with a certain eau de teenager

Say what you will about Axe body spray, but it does a good job covering teen boys’ smells, especially after a sweaty sports game. The four-piece set includes body wash, shampoo, and two body sprays.

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Oreo Limited Edition Nba Dynasty Sandwich Cookiesvia

Oreo Limited Edition NBA Dynasty Sandwich Cookies

Best for: Basketball fans

Celebrate hoop legends with these cookies, stamped with the logo of one of six teams. (Designs vary per pack.) It’s a cute stocking stuffer for teens who live for the game.

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Native Youth Plus Panda Party Pantsvia

Native Youth Plus Panda Party Pants

Best for: Plus-sized fashionistas

With a fashion-forward cut and playful print, these pants are perfect for teens who want to dress up without looking stodgy. And they’re a serious find for plus-sized girls. Native Youth, a sustainable fashion company based in Manchester, England, is totally on the pulse with these high-waisted, wide-legged pants.

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Lululemon Cool Racerback Short Tank Topvia

Lululemon Cool Racerback Short Tank Top

Best for: Yogis

Sold in 18 different colors so you can find the one that best fits your teen’s aesthetic, this racerback tank is a great gift for the yoga enthusiast or athlete in your house. Buy multiples and give one as a gift for Mom.

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vineyard vines whale logo long sleeve harbor performance teevia

Vineyard Vines Whale Logo Long-Sleeve Harbor Performance Tee

Best for: The outdoorsman

This long-sleeved shirt isn’t just comfy—though it is comfy, thanks to prewashing that makes it feel worn in. It’s also a UPF 30+ sun blocker. It’s a great gift for teens who hike, bike, or otherwise spend time outdoors.

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Kitchenaid Cordless Hand Mixervia

KitchenAid Cordless Hand Mixer

Best for: Bakers in the making

This small but strong model can easily whip fresh cream to top hot cocoa, beat meringue for snowy Baked Alaska (a festive dessert kids love), and handle most any cake batter. The product’s claim to fame: It can make 200 cookies on a 10-hour charge. You might be tempted to give this as a hostess gift, but grab the youthful Blue Velvet shade for your favorite teen baker in training.

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Drybar The Baby Brush Crush Mini Heated Straightening Brushvia

Drybar The Baby Brush Crush Mini Heated Straightening Brush

Best for: Teens with bangs and short hair

This sunny yellow tool is a straightening iron and paddle brush in one. It helps reduce frizz and makes hair look smoother and shinier.

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Oakley Gascan Cobalt Frame Polarized Sunglassesvia

Oakley Gascan Cobalt Frame Polarized Sunglasses

Best for: Young Tom Cruise types

Who is the cool kid without a pair of killer shades? These offer a black frame with black lenses. They make good gifts for husbands too.

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Lapac Green Leaf Laptop Sleeve Bagvia

Lapac Green Leaf Laptop Sleeve Bag

Best for: Students who commute with their laptops

Neoprene (used to make surfers’ wet suits) is the very best for protecting expensive laptops. While this sleeve comes in more than 20 designs, we love this soothing leaf pattern. (The honeycomb design is another favorite.)

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The Mindfulness Journal For Teensvia

The Mindfulness Journal for Teens

Best for: Teens with anxiety

With breathing exercises, writing prompts, and simple meditations, this journal helps teens manage stress and stay in the moment. Know a teen who needs to relax and reduce anxiety? This is the gift for her or him.

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Vans Unisex Slip On Core Classicsvia

Vans Unisex Slip-On Core Classics

Best for: The sk8er boi and girl

The skater shoe is an icon now. This classic style comes in a variety of colors, so you can choose whichever best fits your teen.

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Adidas Ultraboost 4.0 Dna Shoesvia

Adidas Ultraboost 4.0 DNA Shoes

Best for: Runners

Remember how it felt to lace up and fly down the street? This is the best new footwear for that goal. Adidas makes a version of the shoe for men and women, making this a suitable gift for a boyfriend, girlfriend, and of course, the teen in your life.

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Hollister Oversized Hoodievia

Hollister Oversized Hoodie

Best for: Guys who live in sweats

The hoodie from teen-favorite brand Hollister is a super-soft option for days when sweats reign. It comes in a range of colors.

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A La Mode Ice Cream Kid At Heart Bundlevia

A La Mode Ice Cream Kid at Heart Bundle

Best for: Nut-free kids who dig ice cream

The ice cream paradise on Manhattan’s Upper East Side may be out of reach for most teens, but thankfully, there’s online ordering. The flavors are divine, and teens with nut allergies will rejoice: The ice cream is nut free. We like the Kid at Heart bundle, which includes pints, cups, and bars. Side note: This is also a stellar gift for father-in-laws or anyone else whose idea of a perfect present is food.

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Spotify Gift Cardvia

Spotify Gift Card

Best for: Wannabe rock stars

Spotify is like having access to the biggest record store in the world. Give your music-loving teen access to a year’s worth of Spotify Premium (read: no ads) with this gift card.

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Tulip One Step Tie Dye Kitvia

Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit

Best for: Crafty teens

If your teen has been feeling particularly groovy (or crafty) this year, a tie-dye kit is a great stocking stuffer idea. This one includes purple, fuchsia, turquoise, lime, and yellow dyes—though other colors are available—that are permanent and color-fast, so they won’t fade in the wash. It comes with protective gloves, 40 rubber bands, and an instruction guide.

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National Audubon Society Gift Membershipvia

National Audubon Society Gift Membership

Best for: Nature lovers

A walk outdoors, long or short, stops life’s constant clock, lifts the spirit, and clears the mind. This gift holds the promise of exploring peaceful trails solo or with family. Twenty-three state programs, 41 centers, more than 450 local chapters, and tons of hikes and events offer your teen a chance to see turtles, foxes, muskrats, bunnies, frogs, ocean life, and, naturally, birds.

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Popcornopolis Gourmet Popcorn Snacks Variety Packvia

Popcornopolis Gourmet Popcorn Snacks Variety Pack

Best for: Board gamers

Set up the Monopoly board and bring on the gourmet popcorn. This is a snack fit for fans of classic board games. The snack pack Includes 12 kinds of popcorn, including flavors like cheddar cheese, caramel, and kettle corn.

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Noodle And Boo Lavender Essential Gift Setvia

Noodle & Boo Lavender Essential Gift Set

Best for: Beauty queens

It’s no secret that teen girls have long loved using baby products to pamper their skin and leave it smelling fresh. This brand is a fave with celebs and will gently moisturize with a soft scent.

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Havaianas Disney Slim villains flip flopsvia

Havaianas Disney Slim Villains Flip-Flops

Best for: Beach-bound Disney fans

Anyone who has ever worn this brand knows its flip-flops are springy, comfortable, and flattering to the feet. This bold pair, featuring a princess and her nemesis, is one of the best Disney gifts around.

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Xqxa Laptop Backpackvia

XQXA Laptop Backpack

Best for: Hikers who love tech

Teens are always tethered to technology, which is why this multitasking backpack is such a great gift. It’s suitable for school—it has a laptop compartment and built-in USB port and headphone jack—but works well for hiking and travel too.

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Jars By Dani Fudge Brownie Jarsvia

Jars by Dani Fudge Brownie Jars

Best for: Teens who like to treat themselves

Jars by Dani ships its Instagram-famous hand-layered cake jars nationwide. The brownie jars are filled with chocolate mousse, fudge brownie, whipped cream, chocolate chips, and sprinkles. Each jar serves one to two people and weighs about eight ounces. If you’re a do-it-yourself kind of gift-giver, consider these brownie jars your inspiration. They make great DIY Christmas gifts from the home baker.

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Ugg Fluff Yeah Genuine Shearling Slingback Sandalvia

Ugg Fluff Yeah Genuine Shearling Slingback Sandal

Best for: Creature comfort seekers

Uggs still rule, but these cushy slippers offer a modern update on the classic boot. They come in a rainbow of colors, including Ribbon Red, Charcoal, Chestnut, and Violet Night Marble. These will walk away fast, so snag ’em now.

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Subway Gift Card Packvia

Subway Gift Card Pack

Best for: Kids with an appetite.

Hungry teens like Subway—the toasted bread, the custom veggie toppings, the grilled chicken, the special dressings… You’re on a roll when you give a teen this multipack.

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Unhide Marshmallow Blanketvia

UnHide Marshmallow Blanket

Best for: Comfort seekers

This super-soft, queen-size blanket is the deluxe new cuddle for chilly nights. Not only is it an eco-friendly gift—it’s made from 90 percent recycled materials—but each purchase of the faux fur Marshmallow helps the Humane Society with its mission to stop animal cruelty. Your teen probably won’t ask, but we’ll answer anyway: It’s machine washable.

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Birkenstock Mens Zermatt Shearling Clog Slippersvia

Birkenstock Men’s Zermatt Shearling Clog Slippers

Best for: Guys who crave coziness

Don’t be surprised to see your teen guy slipping out to the store or Starbucks in these—they’re just that comfortable and warm. All footwear should feel this good.

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Strap Its Bra With Metallic Shimmer Strapsvia

Strap-Its Bra with Metallic Shimmer Straps

Best for: Bra-shinistas

If her bra straps are going to show (and let’s be honest: they will), they should be stylish. This perfect holiday accessory comes in a variety of styles and gives you the choice between two one-size-fits-all bras: regular or plus-sized. There’s an option with interchangeable straps if your teen likes to experiment.

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Smeg Dolce And Gabbana Blendervia

Smeg Dolce & Gabbana Blender

Best for: The future chef

If you’ve got cash to spend and a teen with expensive taste, this is a strikingly beautiful kitchen appliance for a budding chef. It features a Sicilian design from the famous fashion designer. Can’t reason spending that much on a teenager? This is makes for a thoughtful gift for dads and moms who whip up a healthy shake every morning.

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Diptyque Eau Des Sens Hair Mistvia

Diptyque Eau des Sens Hair Mist

Best for: Beauty seekers

The holidays are the time to splurge on luxurious gifts for teens—the sort of items they wouldn’t (or couldn’t) buy for themselves. Since practically forever, teen girls have wanted their hair to smell delicious. This secret weapon, made by a legendary French brand, does the trick.

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The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Puffer Jacketvia

The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Puffer Jacket

Best for: Chilly teens looking to bundle up

The North Face brought back the classic 1996-version Nuptse jacket. It’s ultra warm, with a packable hood, water-repellent nylon, and down fill in a boxy silhouette. In the mood for more shopping? Browse these last-minute Christmas gifts.

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Farm Rio Striped Scarf Crocheted Shortsvia

Farm Rio Striped Scarf Crocheted Shorts

Best for: Playful teens who think outside the box

Granny square crocheted ponchos from the ’70s are back. These crocheted shorts are a fun twist on the trend, with bold colors, a drawstring waist, and tassel pulls. They’re a great statement piece for sleep or summer wear.

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Smoko Pearl Boba Tea Limited Edition Plush Slidesvia

Smoko Pearl Boba Tea Limited Edition Plush Slides

Best for: The slumber party host

Ditch the gag gifts they’ll never use. Instead, focus on gifts for teens that earn laughs while filling a need—like these adorable and practical slippers. A pampering little luxury, these slippers are a big hit with teens. They run small, so half sizes should round up to the next size.

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Return To Tiffany Blue Double Heart Tag Pendantvia

Return to Tiffany Blue Double Heart Tag Pendant

Best for: The jewelry collector

Nothing surprises quite like a Tiffany box. Any teen would love this pendant with two heart tags, one of which is the iconic Tiffany blue. The necklace is sterling silver, and the chain is 17.5 inches long.

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Alice Garbarini Hurley
Alice Garbarini Hurley is a lifestyle, consumer, feature, profile, and essay writer who worked at Seventeen, Good Housekeeping, and Sesame Street Parents and is a long-time Contributing Writer for ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Coastal Living, InStyle, and Brain & Life. Hurley has blogged daily since 2010--often late into the night--about chocolate, Cape Cod, style, and more, at her website, Truth and Beauty. Her writing touches readers, who write to tell her so. She is proud to be swift, detailed, and accurate, and lives in Montclair with her family.

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