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54 Amazon gifts teenagers actually want, from a mystical board game to cozy loungewear

Finding a gift for a teenager can be tough, but there are a lot of options on Amazon. Here are 54 gift ideas teens will actually want to keep. ...

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Amazon has an abundance of great gifts for teens, from the "Dune" books to a Kindle to read them on.

Teens may be difficult to shop for, but you don't need to search far and wide for gift ideas — Amazon has options in everything from tech to beauty products.

From the popular book-turned-into-movie "Dune" to a Nintendo Switch, we rounded up the best 54 best gifts for the teens in your life. They cover a range of prices and brands, including newer startups you didn't even know you could find on Amazon

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A board game that feels like a video game

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This collaborative board game (good for 1-4 players) is sort of like "Dungeons & Dragons," "Magic the Gathering," and other cult-favorite fantasy-adventure games that invite players to contend with monsters and mercenaries, explore a new world, and discover treasure and fame. Players make tactical decisions and the game unfolds in reaction to their choices. 

A magnetic dartboard

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A magnetic dartboard is a fun, compact activity they can play alone or with friends, indoors or outdoors. This one is also magnetic, so you don't have to worry about ant exceptionally sharp flying objects.

A soft, wearable blanket

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What teen doesn't want something decadent and ultra-comfortable to wear around the house? This soft fleece blanket-turned-sweatshirt is perfect for making every activity cozier, whether it's reading, studying, watching shows, or sleeping.

A pair of trendy, easy-to-use AirPods

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If you're after the title of their favorite relative of the year, AirPod Pros could be the convenient, easy-to-use gift to get.

If you're looking to spend less, we also recommend great headphones that won't break $50.

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A cute waffle maker

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Sometimes all anyone wants is anything delicious and aesthetically appealing — like mini waffles. This waffle maker is small, too, so it shouldn't crowd their kitchen too much.

Smart lights that are compatible with Amazon Alexa

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They can use their voice to control these smart light bulbs through an Alexa Echo, Echo Dot, or Google Home Assistant. They can also give hands-free commands to set the brightness, turn lights on and off, change colors, create timers, and more to customize their space.

A GoPro

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GoPro is the rugged, waterproof action camera they can take with them anywhere. While older models will still get the job done, the Hero10 is the newest and best overall model.

You can read a full GoPro Hero 10 review here, but the gist is this: The Hero 10 is a performance camera, but its upgrades allow it to do what even bigger and more expensive cameras can do, too

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A fun outdoor game they can play with friends

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On a beautiful, sunny day in the city, you'll probably see at least one group playing this fun and active game in the park. With rules similar to volleyball, it's incredibly easy to learn — so friend groups or families can get involved.

The new Fire HD 10 tablet for music, games, and media

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We think Amazon's latest Fire tablet is the best and most affordable tablet for basic needs on the market (as long as you don't expect to use Google apps). With it, they can stream videos, browse the web, and read books. Read more about it here.

The popular Dune series

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After "Harry Potter" and classics commonly found on high school syllabi, Dune is the #15 bestselling young adult book on Amazon. The first movie in the series, which stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, premiered on October 21 (you can watch it on HBO Max) and the second is coming out October 2023 — so they'll have enough time to catch up before the next installment.

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The Nintendo Switch

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The Nintendo Switch is one of the gifts that, with good reason, tend to elicit lots of excitement. This model has a battery life of up to nine hours and can be played with friends or solo, and at home or on the go.

Note: Some colors are currently out of stock.

An instant camera

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Instax's cute instant camera is great for anyone who loves taking photos. All they need is some film to get started. It features a small selfie mirror to ensure proper framing, a macro lens attachment, and a variety of modes to account for different indoor and outdoor environments.

A multi-color alarm clock that doubles as a speaker

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Beyond helping ensure they're up on time, this alarm clock doubles as a Bluetooth speaker and as a dimmable, multi-color bedside lamp.

A beanie with built-in headphones

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Soundbot makes soft beanies that have built-in headphones for on-the-go listening. They have a rechargeable battery, built-in microphone, and wireless range of up to 33 feet. 

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An Echo Dot that doubles as a clock

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The Amazon Echo Dot is the most popular Amazon device for a reason — it's compact and has all the capabilities of Alexa (weather updates, recipes, music, and news). 

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One of the best young adult books of the year

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If you're looking to gift a good book they likely haven't read yet, we suggest snooping through literary awards, where judges do the heavy lifting for you. This book, a queer love story set in 1954 Chinatown, was shortlisted for the 2021 National Book Award in young adult literature.

Some more book suggestions: 

An effective electric toothbrush

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We love this electric toothbrush as a budget-friendly option that doesn't compromise on performance. It's also the path of least resistance to helping your teen build their own healthy habits.

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A necklace featuring their zodiac sign

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Zodiac signs, and the unique personality traits tied to each one, have become extremely popular in recent years. Pick up their sign in a dainty, gold-dipped necklace they can wear every day.

A portable charger

The Anker PowerCore 10000 portable battery

Whether used for traveling or keeping in contact with friends or parents while on the go, this external battery is great for giving parents and teens convenience — and peace of mind. 

PopSockets for the back of their phone

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PopSockets have become their own cultural phenomenon. Besides being useful, they offer a bit of personalization to tech and come in a variety of colors and patterns.

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New video games: "Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury"

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Ultimately, no gift may compare to a great new video game they can play solo or with friends. 

New video games: "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD"

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New video games: "Animal Crossing: New Horizons"

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New video games: "FIFA 22"

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A hair towel that cuts drying time in half

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Aquis' cult-favorite hair towels can cut the amount of time it takes your hair to dry in half — a claim we're happy to report holds up. They also help keep hair protected from harmful friction in its most vulnerable state. If the teens in your life have ever complained about frizzy hair, this and a silk pillowcase are thoughtful gifts they'll actually use.

One of the best young adult books ever written

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For the kind of gift they'll still mention 10 years later, give them one of the best young adult books you've ever read — or one of the 37 best young adult books Business Insider staff members recommend. Or, check out Amazon's list of the 100 books you should read in a lifetime.

A splashproof, portable Bluetooth speaker

The ULTIMATE EARS WONDERBOOM 2 portable speaker

This rugged, compact speaker can go with them anywhere. It's waterproof, has an "outdoor boost" button specifically for listening outside, is "drop-proof," and boasts a 13-hour battery life.

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A set of Korean sheet masks

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The best way to initiate a pampered staycation is a cult-favorite, 16-pack of Korean sheet masks — something any beauty- or skin-care-obsessed teen will likely already know about.

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A waterproof e-reader with a no-glare screen

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This isn't the latest or most features-packed Kindle (that'd be the Kindle Oasis), but the Paperwhite is still a great product, and we think it's the best mid-range Kindle that combines cost with performance.

It's waterproof, has a six-week battery life (based on 30 minutes of reading daily), and the 32GB option stores thousands of books or 160 Audible audiobooks.

Comfortable, high-quality sheets for their bed

Brooklinen

We recommend Brooklinen often, and for good reason. Most of the Insider Reviews team sleeps with Brooklinen on their own beds; we think they're perfect for sleeping in on lazy Saturday mornings.

A surprisingly good projector that's the size of a soda can

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Anker's Nebula Capsule is tiny but mighty. It's the size of a soda can, weighs only one pound, and has a quiet and continuous playtime of four hours. It'll kick movie nights up a notch, and they can easily pack it on trips. Find a full review here.

Mario Badescu's cult-favorite facial mists with aloe

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Mario Badescu's cult-favorite facial mists refresh and hydrate the skin for a dewy glow. They're available on Amazon individually or in a two-pack of the rose water and cucumber sprays.

A leather toiletry bag for grooming and beauty essentials

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Leatherology's shave bag is a great purchase if you want to gift your teen a leather beauty bag that will age gracefully.

Comfortable headphones with long battery life and good sound

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The Solo3 headphones are perfect for commuting, studying, or zoning out during family road trips. They offer good sound quality and up to 40 hours of battery life, but the best part? Five minutes of charging equals three hours of playback. 

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A slime-making kit

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One of the ongoing internet trends is a fascination with slime, and teens have run successful businesses by sharing videos of it. And what's better than vicariously living through TikTok slime-makers? Making your own. 

A gentle facial cleansing device

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FOREO's cult-favorite Luna 2 cleansing device gently and effectively cleans with thin, antimicrobial silicone touchpoints, and claims to remove 99.5% of dirt and makeup residue without irritating the skin. Plus, it's waterproof, and the battery life lasts for a few months per charge. The Luna 2 is available in five varieties: men, normal, combination, sensitive, and oily skin. Find a full review from a female reporter and a male reporter here.

A cult-favorite clay mask

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The Aztec Clay Mask is one of those cult-favorite products that's been plucked from obscurity and gone straight to the limelight of YouTube testimonials with over 4 million views and widespread popularity. You can read a full review here.

String lights with photo clips

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Perfect for creating the archetypal teen room that's most often seen in Netflix movies and old Taylor Swift music videos, photo clip string lights add warm light to your teen's favorite Polaroids or memorabilia. 

Colorful reusable straws

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Trying to adopt more eco-friendly habits is one of the great characteristics of younger generations, especially teens who grew up among videos of sea turtles being harmed by discarded plastic straws. These are colorful, bendable, and fun to use. 

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Gift card for everything: Visa

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For teens who often rely on part-time jobs to fund their hobbies and cravings, gift cards are one gift that's always appreciated. Here are some of Insider Reviews' top choices:

Gift cards for everything: Amazon

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A gift card to Amazon is a gift card to pretty much anything they've got on their wish lists — tech, clothing, books, and more. 

Gift card for coffee: Starbucks

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Whether they're ordering multi-hyphenate drinks at Starbucks or regular hot chocolates, they add up.

Gift card for food: Chipotle

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One of the mainstays of teenage life is meeting up with friends at fast-casual restaurants — and Chipotle is a perennial favorite.

Gift card for gaming: Xbox

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If you know they have an Xbox but don't know which games they already have or need, this is a great way to ensure they get exactly what they want.

Gift card for clothes: Nordstrom

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No matter how spot-on your gifts are, your giftee is the best person for the job of dressing themselves. And even if you nail the latest trend they're excited about, there will be more in the future — this lets them pick things out for themselves, without having to dip into their allowance or savings.

Gift card for tech: Best Buy

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Unsure of which tech they already have or which tech they'd want? A Best Buy gift card will save you the probing questions and help you give them a gift they're really excited about. 

A music subscription that includes 50 million songs

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If they don't already have a music subscription, give them access to 50 million songs with Amazon Music Unlimited. 

Colorful scrunchies

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Scrunchies are having a moment. If you want to get something particularly on-trend, you may want to look into a few. This set comes with a whopping 46 colors.

An audiobook subscription

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If they love to read, or you're trying to get them to love to read, a gift subscription to Audible is a great idea. They'll get three free titles for each month they're a member (one audiobook and two Audible Originals), and 30% off any additional audiobooks they buy. They can listen and read anywhere and anytime using the free app. 

A popcorn machine for movie nights

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Perfect for movie nights with family or friends, this popcorn maker can make as much as six quarts of popcorn for a night in. 

An eyeshadow palette

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If they're getting into makeup, an eyeshadow palette is one of the coolest gifts you can probably give them. This option has 16 shades, almost 15,000 reviews, and a 4.4-star rating overall. 

A karaoke machine that allows duets

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This system has more features than a really nice car. It has two mics, a sing-along and record function, and 300 songs ready for action.

A cool, holographic fanny pack

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What's old is new and cool again — and that includes fanny packs!

A mini griddle for individual servings of food

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This tiny griddle is perfect for making individual servings of breakfasts and pretty much any food — from eggs to cookies to grilled cheese.

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