7 Trendy Gifts for Teens & Young Adults

The holidays are almost here, and that means it’s time to start thinking about gifts. But what to get for the teen or young adult in your life?
If there’s one demographic that is notoriously difficult to shop for, it’s teens and young adults. Too old for the toys and gadgets that delight children, and often still a bit too young to appreciate deeply practical, simple things, they can present unique challenges.
Here are 7 ideas to help you shop.

1). Merch Tees & Apparel

If you’ve ever tried to buy clothing for your teen or young adult, you’ve probably worried whether they will like whatever you buy. But that’s precisely where merchandise or “merch” t-shirts and apparel come in: the logos and designs make them cool and allow teens and young adults to express their support for their favorite brands.

You might look for merch from your teen’s favorite music group or celebrity, but another option is a lifestyle brand. Take Cupcake Factory Merch, for example: their collection of hoodies, tees, and headwear offers many stylish and visually interesting options for fans and enthusiasts. They also go well with other fashion statements, including fashionable paraphernalia and wallets.

2). Instant Camera

In an age of smartphones with cameras, when any teen can snap a selfie and post it to social media, one might think that old-school cameras have gone the way of the dodo. In fact, polaroid instant cameras are making a comeback, not least because they can produce printable pictures.

However counter-intuitive it may sound, printed-out pictures are still stylish because teens like to adorn their lockers, bedroom walls, and other surfaces with them. The fact that the typical smartphone does not produce print-ready pictures is a limitation that allows older-style cameras to continue to flourish in this niche.

Teens love these cameras because in addition to the convenience of printable photos, they are genuinely trendy and stylish. They look really, really cool.

3). iPhone Stand Charging Dock

Everyone has phones and needs to charge them, so how about an iPhone stand charging dock for your teen or young adult?

This accessory is convenient and practical: small, portable, able to charge an iPhone and help sync it to one’s laptop and other devices on the go. It’s the perfect thing for a teen or young adult whose phone is always running out of juice. It also looks really sleek and cool.

4). Mobile Game Controller

Many teens and young people enjoy playing games on their phones. Mobile gaming is convenient because it’s so on-the-go: they can do it pretty much anywhere.

The only problem is that phones have such small screens – and that’s where mobile game controllers come in. A good mobile game controller connects to a cellphone and offers more easy-to-use control options.

This is the perfect gift for the mobile gamer in your life, one which will help them better enjoy the games they love.

5). Earrings & Jewelry

Earrings and jewelry may be perfect for a girl or young woman in your life, but don’t rule them out for boys and men. A variety of jewelry items are potentially applicable to men as well as to women, including bracelets, necklaces and chains, belts, and the like.

If you’re shopping for a young woman, try to get an idea of what styles of earrings and jewelry she likes ahead of time. Think about colors that she favors, as well as the general aesthetics of any pieces she wears already.

Young men usually wear less jewelry, but it is still a good idea to think about personal styles and preferences. Bead bracelets, leather cords, and metallic chains are all potential options.

6). Journal

Being a teen or for that matter a young adult is often a time of intense change and personal and social growth. What better way to encourage introspection and help the teen or young adult in your life navigate the often-turbulent waters of growing up and getting established on their own than a journal?

While a journal does not need to be any fancier than a notepad, there is no shortage of handsome notebooks to choose from. You might even get them a personalized journal, or a Q&A journal designed to encourage them to journal over the course of three years.

7). Bluetooth Speaker

Sometimes headphones are the best way to enjoy music, but when you’re with friends you may want to share it – and what better way to do that than with a Bluetooth speaker? There are Bluetooth speakers small enough to be portable and convenient, and some are even water-resistant.

With the right Bluetooth speaker, your teen or young adult can be the toast of the party.


Finding the right gift for the teen or young adult in your life can be a daunting challenge, but it doesn’t have to be an indomitable task. These 7 ideas should get you off to a good start.

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