31 Gifts For The Cool Teen In Your Life

Finding the perfect gift for the teenager in your life — whether it’s your little sister, cousin, niece, or just a cool younger friend — is tricky. Very tricky.

First of all, teens are surly by definition, and their interests are ever-changing. One day they’re super obsessed with, say, rediscovering early ‘90s grunge, and the next time you see them, they’re making fun of you for bringing it up. So, if you're totally confused about what to gift the cool teen in your life, please know that you’re not alone in feeling, uh, out of touch with the youths.

Also, you're in luck. As resident Cool Teen here at Refinery29, I put together a list of my favorite things. (And yes, you may henceforth refer to me as Teen Oprah.) Ahead, you’ll find items that have remained in my “I Want This” bookmark folder throughout my teen years, plus some goodies recommended to me by trustworthy fellow Generation Z-ers. And don’t worry: This gift guide definitely includes a healthy sprinkling of feminist propaganda throughout.

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This painting and song combo is a match made in heaven.

All The Single Ladies T-Shirt, $19.90, available from Rad.
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Creating drool-worthy fisheye and wide-angle effects without all the fancy equipment, this magnetic phone camera lens set is perfect for the budding photographer or devoted Instagrammer in your life.

Magnetic iPhone and Android Lens Series, available from PhotoJojo.
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Because, regardless of age, who wouldn’t want to drink out of this?

Girls Just Wanna Have Fundamental Rights Mug, available on Etsy.
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If there’s anything that screams “creative teenagehood,” it’s zine-making. And if the teenager in your life isn’t already into zines, this guide is great for getting started.

Stolen Sharpie Revolution 2, available from Powell’s.
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Luxurious baths aren’t just for children and the middle-aged anymore.

Solar System Bath Bombs Set, available from Uncommon Goods.
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Analog is still rad. Originally from the ‘70s and remade by the company Lomography, the Diana F+ is a plastic camera that creates fantasy-like images without requiring much photography skill.

Diana F+, available from Lomography.
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It’s always a good time to start supporting your local girl gang.

Girl Gang Patch, available on Etsy.
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Possibly at the top of the skills-we-wish-we-had-but-never-learned list, this DIY embroidery kit is a creative gal’s dream come true.

Botanical DIY Embroidery kit, available on Etsy.
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Gift this to your favorite rabble-rousing, female-friendship-loving teen.

GRL PWR Mug, available on Etsy.
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Beyoncé transcends generations.

Who Run The World? GIRLS Wall Hang, available on Etsy.
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Tavi was right when she proclaimed the abounding importance of the teenage bedroom. If your favorite teen already has the visual vibes down pat, try adding to her personal sanctuary with an essential-oil diffuser.

Muji Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser, available from Muji.
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Polaroid cameras are a surefire hit in almost any social situation.

Polaroid Pic-300 Instant Print Camera, available from Polaroid.
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Homework is boring. Writing with these pencils is not.

SLAY Pencil Set, available on Etsy.
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Do you regret no longer remembering what you were thinking during your teenage years? This journal lets you write down one line a day for five years, so you’ll never forget what really went on — for better or for worse.

One Line A Day Journal, available from Paper Source.
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In times like these, affirmations are so necessary.

I Will Survive Print, available from Tender Loving Empire.
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Basic succulents are everywhere these days, but a venus fly trap? Now, that’s cool.

Grow Your Own Venus Fly Trap Kit, available on Etsy.
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Yes. Just…yes.

Drake Prayer Candle, available on Etsy.
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Stickers are like social currency, and these are both adorable and fierce.

Jumbo Sticker 5 Pack, available from Bando.
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Every teenage girl needs a trusty notebook for writing down thoughts, channelling teen angst, and plotting the end of the patriarchy.

Eye Pattern Screen Printed Notebook, available on Etsy.
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This hologram backpack will catch eyes in high school hallways for sure.

Hologram Backpack, available from Smoko.
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Start ‘em off on witchcraft while they’re young.

Divination Candle, available from Crystal Cactus.
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The only thing better than wearing a flower crown is making your own and wearing it.

Make Your Own Flower Crown Kit, available from Uncommon Goods.
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Top-notch teenage bedroom aesthetics + Beyoncé = this candle.

I Woke Up Like This 10oz Soy Candle, available on Etsy.
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Take the choker trend to the next level with some feminist flair.

Venus Charm Choker, available on Etsy.
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All about computers? Probably going to invent the #1 hottest app within the next two years? This tech kit will ensure that things are running smoothly for her in the meantime.

Tech Kit, available from Pinch Provisions.
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Because — not gonna lie — high school boys can be seriously awful sometimes.

Feminist Killjoy Mug, available on Etsy.
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These candles allow for peak nature-y bedroom vibes.

Retrofloral Candles, available from Otherwild.
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Straight from the ‘90s, this book gives some necessary background on zine-making and the history of self-published girl power.

Girls Guide To Taking Over the World, available from Powell’s.
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The fourth Rookie Yearbook (like all of them, for that matter) is a gem and a must-have bedside-table item.

Rookie Yearbook Four, available from RookieMag.
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Celebrate nerdiness and warm up during the holiday season with these handmade gloves.

Word Nerd Fingerless Gloves, available on Etsy.
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It’s true, no?

Home Is Where Your WiFi Automatically Connects Poster, available from Tender Loving Empire.
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