Tweens: 10-12 • Teens: 13-17

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Teens (Ages 13+)

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Because they’ve gone and developed their own style, buying holiday gifts that teens will adore can sometimes be a more challenging task than getting them to make their bed in the morning or roll down the bag of cereal so it doesn’t get stale. (Seriously, how difficult is that?!)

Although we can’t help with chores, we can help make shopping for your teens easier! From hip, reusable thermal mugs to fashionable backpacks, Instagram-able neck pillows, and everything in between, these are the best gifts for teens who love to travel.

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1. Glamorous Floral Thermal Travel Mug

Smart teens know it’s silly to toss so much trash into the bins at home and while traveling. This gorgeous BPA-free 16 oz. thermal travel mug looks hip and does the job to keep flavored milk steamers, English Breakfast tea, and hot cocoa warm while your teen is en route to their next destination.

Approximate Price: $18

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2. Small Kitty Cat Backpack / Daypack

Whether you buy it in black or white, your kitty-cat-loving teen is going to purr when they tear the wrapping paper off this cute little cat backpack. There’s a big main compartment, two smaller ones and a pouch that zippers up behind the cat’s ears, making this the most adorable small day pack your teen has ever seen!

Approximate Price: $20

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3. Travel Cosmetic and Make up Bag

If your teen is anything like ours, they’re probably traveling with a fair share of bathroom supplies! This handy makeup bag with a hanging hook comes in a variety of styles. But the floral pattern of the white baroque with the small beige airplane badge on the outer pouch makes my pre-teen swoon. Inside, there’s plenty of space for everything from spray deodorant to lip gloss, all while not taking up much space in luggage. For a teen boy who wants to stride into a hotel like a European footballer, this stylish speckled grey vanity bag from Tektalk is the way to go!

Approximate Price: $13

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4. Rocketbook Everlast Smart Reusable Notebook

If you’re creative and like order in your life, you must get your youthful writer, sketch artist, or doodler a Rocketbook. This brilliant piece of technology in the form of a notebook makes it easy to instantly transfer stories, drawing, and thoughts from cleanable pages that look and feel like real paper straight to cloud based services like Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, iCloud, etc. Even cooler, one of the Pilot Flixion pens needed to make this magic happen is included, and backups are readily available at most office supply stores. So when they lose a pen, all is not lost!

Approximate Price: $29

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5. LapGear Designer Lap Desk

We love the microbeads inside the cushion which makes this beautiful lap desk super comfy to have resting on your legs for hours on end. We also adore the small ledge to prevent pens and laptops from sliding down into our laps! So smart! This desk is perfect for teens because it looks great, holds up to a 17-inch laptop easily, and has a handle for easy transport while on the go at school or through airport security.

Approximate Price: $35

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6. Unicorn Hood Neck Pillow

This gift is the complete package for rad teens — unicorns, hoodie, and a neck pillow all in one bright, teal package. Your kid more of a sloth than a mythical creature? We’ve got them covered with this hooded sloth neck pillow.

Approximate Price: $30

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7. Travel Journal and Planner

The world is full of journals but we dig this travel journal the most for teens because it has pages for every situation. Your teen can sketch a bit here, write a journal entry there, make a to-do list, map out a killer dream travel itinerary for when they are older, and affix photos all in one stylish, cool book.

Approximate Price: $9

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8. Cosmetics and Jewelry Travel Organizer

Should your teen be transporting a heavy arsenal of cosmetics and accessories, along with a supply of jewelry, this pleated, sleek black travel organizer will have them situated perfectly for an overnight trip or during a longer journey.

Approximate Price: $12

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9. Laptop Smart Backpack

This handsome dark, grey laptop backpack is every bit as ideal for high school and college as it is for travel, hiking, or just heading out to the mall to meet some friends. This waterproof piece of back fashion holds up to a 15.6-inch laptop or an iPad, comes with a USB charging port built into the side, and has a breathable elastic back.

Approximate Price: $28

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10. Scratch-Off Map

Who doesn’t love to remember (and maybe show off a little, too) where they’ve been? Here are two scratch-off mapsone for the States, the other for the world — allowing teens to track their travel progress as they grow up and visit every place they’ve been dreaming of seeing since they were little.

Approximate Price: $30

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11. Map Of The World Cuff Bracelet

Your teen probably loves to travel, but of course we often have to stay local, head to work, go to school, change the cat litter, and do everyday things that aren’t as fancy as cruising the Med or eating tacos on the street in Mexico City. That’s one of the reasons we adore this striking map of the world cuff bracelet — because even when we’re stuck at home, we’ve got the whole world right near our fingertips to tempt us to keep on adventuring.

Approximate Price: $47

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12. Rose Gold Globe Necklace

We found even more magnificent jewelry for teens! Rose gold is forever on trend with our teens, so this globe necklace we found is a must-buy gift for any teenager! Same goes for the travel bangle charm bracelet with some of our favorite items dangling away — passport, camera, compass and an airplane. All that’s missing is a gelato and a croissant!

Approximate Price: $15

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13. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Sure, sharing phone photos on social is still cool. But what some teens are digging is the rather vintage idea of spontaneous, one-take pictures and then either actually pinning them up on a real-life board or stringing them with clothespins around their bedroom. This Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is the perfect way for teens to feel retro, capture their hilarious moments with friends and family, and quickly see those memories produced on small pieces of film like we did with our Polaroids back in the day.

And of course they will want a rad case for their Fujifilm Instax camera! We dig this one from CAIUL best of all because it has cacti AND flamingoes AND pineapples!

Approximate Price: $69

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14. LilGadgets Connect+ Pro Wired Over-Ear Headphones

These things we know: Beats headphones are out of most people’s price range and most kids don’t like shoving little buds into their little ears. This is why we love LilGadgets headphones! While we prefer Bluetooth in our everyday life to eliminate wires, wired headphones are often most useful when traveling. With the Connect+ Pro, multiple sets of headphones with immaculate sound clarity can be connected and plugged into a single device, which will eliminate fighting over the screen. Now they only need to agree on the TV show or movie to watch!

Approximate Price: $50

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15. iPhone Battery Charging Case for iPhone 

There’s nothing worse than finding yourself in the perfect spot for that perfect selfie only to have your phone die, or being in the middle of an intensely funny Snapchat conversation when you’re forced to power down because the 1-percent warning is flashing on your screen. With this clever, sleek and simple iPhone battery charging case, your teen can enjoy an extra 100-percent charge while also protecting the precious device from knocks. That’s 14 more hours of use and the comfort of knowing their iPhone won’t crack when they accidentally drop it. Because they will accidentally drop it.

Approximate Price: $30

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