Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Apple AirPods with Charging Case at Best Buy
"Boast cutting-edge features that teens will love."
Best Sneakers: Nike Air Force 1 Low at Nike
"Known for their simple, clean design."
Best Backpack: Herschel Pop Quiz Backpack at Amazon
"Their backpacks are comfortable, durable, and stylish."
"It’s an affordable alternative to GoPro."
Best Clothing: Champion Chain Stitch Script Hoodie at Urban Outfitters
"Teens will love this soft, branded sweatshirt from Champion."
Best Watch: Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch at Fossil
"Combines the high-tech features of a smartwatch with a timeless design."
Best Outdoor Gift: Retrospec Zed Bamboo Longboard Cruiser at Amazon
"Larger and sturdier than skateboards, so they’re easier to ride."
Best Sports Gift: New Era NFL Sideline Official Knit Hat at Amazon
"A way for your teen to proudly rep his favorite team."
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Best Overall: Apple AirPods with Charging Case
In addition to their groundbreaking wireless design, AirPods separate themselves from other headphones due to a myriad of cutting-edge features that teens will love.
For starters, AirPods can sense when they’re in your ears and automatically pause when you take them out. You can also adjust the headphone volume, change the song or call someone by merely saying, “Hey, Siri,” and making your request. Apple’s speech-detecting microphones block out external noise, allowing the AirPods to focus solely on your voice when you’re on the phone or talking to Siri.
One of this product’s biggest perks is its pocket-sized charging case. Just put the headphones inside the case and a fifteen-minute charge will provide three hours of listening time and two hours of talk time. When fully charged, AirPods offer five hours of listening time and three hours of talk time.
All these wonderful features, along with the convenience of wireless listening— AirPods are simply one of the best pairs of headphones you can buy.
02 of 08
Best Sneakers: Nike Air Force 1 Low
Nike’s Air Force 1 is an absolute classic. Released in 1982 as high-tops designed for on-court play, they have gone on to become the quintessential lifestyle sneaker, known for their simple, clean design. Plus, they're consistently named them one of the most iconic and influential shoes of all time.
While these kicks span all age groups, teens will love the comfort and durability of the Air Force 1’s and the fact that they match any outfit. It’s easy to find a pair that perfectly fits your teen’s style, too, as these sneakers are available in dozens of colorways and designs, ranging from classic white-on-white to eye-catching floral patterns.
Nike even offers customizable Air Force 1’s on their website. You and your teen can sit down and choose the shoe’s colors and materials—like leather, mesh, and canvas—and even add other unique touches with personalized texts and logos.
03 of 08
Best Backpack: Herschel Pop Quiz Backpack
The Canadian company, Herschel Supply Co, was founded in 2009 with the intention to create bags and accessories that have a nostalgic feel and strong attention to detail. Years later their designs have modernized but their backpacks still remain comfortable, durable, and stylish. Their classic styles are used for traveling, work, school, and more.
The Pop Quiz is spacious, measuring 17.5 x 11.75 x 6 inches, and perfect for storing everyday essentials. There's a padded laptop sleeve for a 15" laptop plus a range of other pockets for sunglasses and other media. The internal lining is striped fabric. And it’s a backpack guaranteed to fit your teen’s style, as it’s available in 11 colors, from basic black to more vivid colors like wine and deep ultramarine.
04 of 08
Best Tech: Akaso EK7000 4K WiFi Sports Action Camera
Fifteen is an age worth remembering. From family vacations to adventures with friends, the Akaso EK7000 will capture your teenager’s happiest and most important moments.
There are several reasons why this is an especially great sports camera choice for teens: it’s waterproof up to 100 feet, able to connect to a smartphone or tablet with its built-in WiFi (perfect for quick social media posts) and it’s an affordable alternative to GoPro.
Those aren’t the only specs worth noting. Its 170-degree wide angle lens offers stunning, panoramic shots, and the final product will look like a professional quality photo, as the EK7000 shoots at a high resolution and frame rate of 4K 25 fps and 2.7K 30 fps. Akaso also includes some great add-ons in this kit, like seven camera mounts, two clips, a bicycle stand, five convenient tethers, a USB cable, a lens cloth and more.
One of the camera’s most unique features is its remote control capability; users can turn the camera on and off from far away, as well as shuffle through different camera modes like time-lapse video or burst photo. This is perfect for teens who want to film themselves doing anything from skateboard tricks to bits for their YouTube channel.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Best Clothing: Champion Chain Stitch Script Hoodie Sweatshirt
Champion has long been an iconic sportswear brand, and current trends in branded apparel and retro street gear have given this century-old company a fashion resurgence, especially among millennials and Gen-Z.
With its simple details and Champion’s classic logo embroidered across the chest, this hoodie is not only in-style at the moment but a look that will years and years. Standard fit, adjustable drawstrings, kanga pocket—it’s a clean and casual look that harkens back to the height of 90’s sportswear.
It’s comfortable enough to just lounge around in or, dressed up with jeans and any boot or sneaker, it makes a great school-look too. This hoodie also won’t go out of season, as it can be worn under a denim jacket in the winter, as well as with shorts and low-top sneakers in warmer weather. It’s a balanced cotton-polyester blend, machine-washable, and available in sizes XS-XXL.
06 of 08
Best Watch: Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch
The Fossil Hybrid Smartwatch combines all the high-tech features of a smartwatch with the timeless design of an analog watch—the perfect choice for a teenager who wants to feel more sophisticated and mature.
With this purchase, you also get three interchangeable bands—stainless steel mesh for formal outings, a causal leather strap and a sporty nylon strap—and the watch face is compatible with all 22-millimeter bands, just in case you want to add even more options. This is another plus for teens who might not have multiple watches for various occasions. And the 42-millimeter watch face is one of the smallest hybrid smartwatches Fossil offers, a size that won’t dwarf the wrists of thinner, younger customers.
As for the tech components, this watch will send alerts and notifications, track your activity and sleep and even take photos. It’s compatible with Android OS 5.0+ and iOS 9.0+ devices.
The product is on the more expensive end, but it’s one of the few smartwatches on the market that’s guaranteed to never go out of style—plus its versatility, trusted brand name, and many features add even more value.
07 of 08
Best Outdoor Gift: Retrospec Zed Bamboo Longboard Skateboard Complete Cruiser
Longboards are larger and sturdier than skateboards, making for an easier, smoother ride. They’re great for teens who are learning to board, as well as a fun way to get outside and be active.
Retrospec’s Zed Bamboo Longboard Cruiser is one of the most popular and highly reviewed boards online, and it’s also one of the most stylish. With 17 colors and designs, from its colorful Golden Sunset to its sleek White Marble, you can find a look that your teen will love.
The board is 44 inches long and expertly crafted from sustainably sourced bamboo and 8-ply Canadian maple. The 7-inch aluminum trucks keep the board light, but they’re also tough enough to withstand any rocks, divots and potholes in the road, providing safety along with style.
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Best Sports Gift: New Era NFL Sideline Official Knit Hat
Every knit hat in this NFL-themed collection from New Era is comfortable and ultra-warm, but that’s not the only reason they make great gifts for fifteen-year-olds. These are also the same hats worn on the sidelines by NFL players every Sunday, so your teen will be able to look and feel like his idols. And with a uniquely designed hat for all 32 NFL franchises, this is also a way for your teen to proudly rep his favorite team.
The hats are fleece-lined, one-size-fits-all and available at numerous retailers, including Amazon and the NFL’s official online store. Each hat is embroidered with a team logo on the front, the NFL logo on the back and the team’s city scripted across the forehead.