Last Updated: May 1, 2023 @ 4:18 pm.

What makes the best gifts for teens? To find out, we went to the experts—parents of teens! We asked our parent readers for their teens' favorite gifts. Here are the ones that make our best bets list.

FYI: We've been reviewing and rating products for the home and families since 1994. To keep things independent, we don't take money or freebies from brands we review! Our work is 100% reader-supported!

What Makes a Great Gift for Teens? 

To find the answer, we asked a sample of teenagers among our parent readers for their ideas. (Yes, we’ve been writing about parenting for thirty years—some of the early readers of our parenting books are now even grandparents!).

If you need a gift for a teenager, we think a mix of both fun (games) and practical items (lip balm, soap making kit, for example) are a good way to go. That’s what our readers tell us works best.

After looking at over a dozen different suggestions by teens, we narrowed down our recommendations to these picks:

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Best Lip Balm

Wonderful scent
Our testers love this lip balm for its lack of sticky residue. Also nice: lid locks in place so it won't dry out. Caveat: no SPF protection.

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Best Game

Great for car trips
Perfect for rainy days, this game is challenging—and fun to play with friends (or just solo). Also nice: sound can be turned off.

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Best Fidget Toy

Yes, you can morph this box into dozens different shapes—and that makes it fun to play with for hours on end.

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Best Craft Idea

Perfect for a side hustle
Love this soap making kit with all the tools you need—so easy to use. Perfect for first-timers.

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About the Authors

Denise & Alan Fields are consumer advocates and best-selling authors. The Fields have authored 12 books with three million copies in print, including the best-selling guide to baby gear, Baby Bargains.

The Fields have been featured and quoted in the New York TimesWall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.

As consumer products experts, the Fields have been guests on the NBC Today Show, Good Morning America and ABC’s 20/20. Best Gifts for Teens

How We Pick Products To Recommend

We often turn to our readers (3 million strong!) to find products to recommend. We ask our parent readers for their favorites and consider their real-world experiences in our recommendations.

When we test a product, we always purchase it with our own monies. We do not take free samples, as we believe that compromises our independence.

We also fact check manufacturer information with our own measurements. If a maker claims a product weighs X pounds, we will weigh it to make sure. If the battery life is supposed to be six hours, we will see how it stands up in the real world.

In some cases, we will do interviews with experts in the field to get additional feedback on products.

To get hands-on time with products, we regularly meet one-on-one with gear companies and even tour manufacturing facilities. (When we do this, we pay our own travel expenses). Best Gifts for Teens

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing products for the home and families since 1994. We do extensive research, evaluating products with an eye toward quality, ease of use and affordability.

We make our living from affiliate commissions, but we always recommend what we think are the best bets for our readers (not the ones that are the most expensive). We are always looking for products that offer the best bang for the buck.

Our independence is a key reason why we have been doing this so long. As we mentioned above, when we purchase a product for hands-on testing, we do so with our own money.

Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Our work is 100% reader-supported! Best gifts for teens Best Gifts for Teens

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