Affordable Gifts for Teens

Favorite Toys here.
Favorite Games here.
Favorite Books here.

Ok, ready?  Boys and girls mixed in, junior high into college, here's a list of ideas from Abbey and some of her good friends. (I begged only a few suggestions out of my boys.)  Also at the bottom, is a cute post my daughter wrote when a few years ago with more ideas.

Nike socks-girls and boys wear them. I have bought so many pairs of these! Where do they all go?

Very popular right now, lots of different choices.

Makeup brushes. I am told they don't have to expensive to be quality.

Sanuk flip-flops.

Soft PJ's.  The Aerie brand is popular.

Crocodile clips.  Can be found at any drug store

Not Your Mother's Beach Spray and Dry Shampoo

These Lush bath bombs are a perfect gift and have a five star rating and are very popular.

Personalized Coffee Mug
This cute one is from Anthro for $8, but you can find these everywhere.

YogaAccessories (TM) 1/4'' Extra Thick High Density Yoga Mat (Phthalate Free) - Jasmine Green
Earth Therapeutics Aloe Socks, Pink

Electric Blanket-Abbey LOVES her electric blanket (and boy did it come in handy early this year when Janey and I had a terrible bout of pneumonia.)  I bought her one at Kohl's on sale. It is similar to this one here.

Fuzzy Blankets
We have this one and this one-these are found everywhere, the softer the better.

IPhone Cases
My niece uses the Otter Box  Commuter Series and really likes it-they are affordable too.
Abbey uses a (after having to replace the screen because of a breakage she decided it was in her best interest to spend more.:)

Headphones (affordable ones that work as good as the expensive ones, or so I am told!)

neff Men's Daily Pipe Glove, Cyan, Medium
neff gloves-

neff Men's Daily Beanie, Green, One Size
neff beanies-lots of cute colors.

Duffel bags-especially for college kids-Lands End has great ones, I love their sales, and you can get them monogrammed.

Quad copters. This is the brand we chose and you can read about this fun toy here.

Here is a list from a couple years ago, written by my daughter:
Shopping for teenagers is definitely harder than other ages (I would know, I am one) and one of the biggest problems is not knowing exactly what they want.  If you're stuck on this and need a few ideas, these are some of my favorite things that I have gotten, and some things I am asking for this year!

Headphones. Definitely a broad topic. My favorite are the brand Skullcandy .  Lots of styles, affordable, and great quality! Pink and purple are my go-to colors.

Something that I am in desperate need (okay, want, sorry Mom) of this year, this iPod adapter thingy for an older car like the one Isaac and I share.  Because radio music can get old too fast when they play the same songs over and over...

The Wet Brush Detangle Brush . Last time I went to the salon, the lady who trimmed my hair suggested this because my hair is so long and gets tangled so easy. It works wonders.

OPI and Essie nail polish. great quality and true to color. New favorite colors: Gargantuan Green Grape by OPI (minty green) and Mango Bango by Essie. You can find Essie at Target and OPI at salons and makeup stores like Sephora and Ulta.

A subscription to InStyle magazine.  Full of great ideas, new trends, fashion advice, cool pictures, and classy clothes!  Once I am finished reading a magazine, I look through it and cut out pictures that inspire me and my style and collage them onto my doors.

Jean jacket!  
The style staple for the season, its a no-brainer! I received this one from American Eagle for a birthday gift and love it.

Every girl needs something Vera Bradley! Such cute patterns and very durable. I use my bag for everything, school, shopping, etc. (Sometimes I see these at TJ Maxx for a great price.)

And when I don't feel the need to lug around my big purse, I love this wristlet, they can be found at most clothing stores:

Another car accessory but a great stocking stuffer: A car clip air freshener like this one from Bath &  Body Works.  When Isaac hid bacon scented air fresheners in our car after he left for college, this helped like crazy to make the car actually breathable again.  My favorite scent is Island Margarita but there are so many to choose from!

One of my absolute favorite Christmas presents last year from my grandma was this Color Daze Blockbuster from Sephora.  (NOTE: This is crazy expensive now, this is a similar kit at a price close to what was paid for the above kit.)  For girls that love experimenting with makeup and trying new techniques, this set comes with it all: Mascara, blush, eyeliners, lip gloss, eyeshadow, luminizer, and brushes. It could also be a good starter kit.

Pink yoga pants and leggings are definitely on my list for this year.  So comfortable and easy to slip on after a long day of school.

A jewelry organizer is a must-have for a cluttery closet! This one hangs anywhere and is two-sided.

Hope this helps!


  1. Great list thank you! I ordered the bath bombs. I know my daughter loves them but I always say no at the mall, but they're perfect for a Christmas gift. I wouldn't have thought of it.

  2. Love your ideas. Do you have a favorite backpack brand? It's so hard to find one big enough for all the books/binders they carry in high school. And, of course, the zipper always breaks.

    1. I've had two from Pottery Barn Kids last forever but as far as high school/college-they never seem to last more than a year or two at most if used for heavy duty books no matter what brand or how much money we paid..

    2. LL Bean has really durable, big backpacks, and they have a lifetime guarantee! I finally just switched to those after having so many other brands rip. My kids have to carry a ton of heavy books.

    3. Thank you Sara, that is good to know.

  3. Thanks for the fun list.
    Would a quad copter be appropriate for a child younger than a teen?
    My husband builds speakers for iPhones or electric guitars in Altoids tins for his etsy shop. A couple years ago he sold one to a Sarah who lived on Clover Lane. We wondered if it was you, but I decided it probably wasn't. (I thought it was funny that I had talked enough about your blog that he recognized that name. Ha!). Anyways, I think his Ampoids make a fun gift for teens. :)

    1. https://www.etsy.com/shop/ampoids

    2. Those are so neat! They would be a great gift for teens! And no that wasn't me.
      I think junior high could handle them-they have to be careful with them and gentle with them-my younger ones would crash the too easily and they would be frustrated and break.

  4. Great Ideas! Also- so nice to see your Christmas card garland on the TODAY show blog this morning!

  5. These are great ideas! Thanks to you and your daughter for sharing. (Found you through Amy, btw. Lovely blog you've got here. I'll be back!)