Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Nintendo Switch at Amazon
“A hybrid video game console that can be played at home and on the go.”
“One of the most popular portable speakers out there.”
Best Bedroom Accessory: Mini Rocker Speaker Chair at PBteen
“Perfect for playing video games, watching movies, or just kicking back.”
Best Active: Spikeball Standard 3-Ball Kit at Amazon
“The rules are simple, but the game is addicting.”
Best Outdoor: Intex Explorer K2 Kayak at Amazon
“A great pick-up for the teen who loves getting outdoors.”
Best Creative: Cool Bank Deluxe Art Creativity Set at Amazon
“An impressive assortment of crayons, oil pastels, and more.”
Best Mug: Playful Sports Mug at Uncommon Goods
“Takes playing with your food to a whole new level.”
Best Watch: Amazfit Bip Smartwatch at Amazon
“Its sleek, tech-forward design appeals to younger customers.”
01 of 08
Best Overall: Nintendo Switch
The gaming world was set ablaze with the release of the Nintendo Switch. Its range of classic games, like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros., hit a nostalgic spot for older gamers, and its many new-age features made it a bestselling item for kids and teens.
Most importantly, the Switch is a hybrid video game console, able to be played both at home and on the go. The portability will come in handy for teens during long road trips or while waiting for sports or band practice to start. And with over 1,000 game options, including favorites like Fortnite, Minecraft, and Pokémon, kids will have a blast playing the Switch at home with friends and family.
This bundle is also jam-packed with some great add-ons: a Switch dock, Joy-Con controllers that attach to either side of the Switch, two Joy-Con strap accessories, one Joy-Con grip, an HDMI cable, and an AC adapter.
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02 of 08
Best Tech: JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Portable Stereo Speaker
Even if it’s hard to keep up with the music your teen is into, it’s easy to help them connect to their favorite artists, albums, and songs with the JBL Flip 4. This is one of the most popular portable speakers out there, garnering widespread praise. One of the only drawbacks is that the Flip 4 comes at a slightly higher price tag than many comparable speakers.
The Flip 4 is compact, lightweight and, thanks to a layer of external fabric, durable too—perfect for stuffing into a backpack or gym bag. It’s also waterproof, so your teen can jam out in the pool or the shower.
With wireless Bluetooth, the Flip 4 can connect remotely to up to two phones or tablets. It also boasts improved battery life over its predecessor, the Flip 3, supporting 12 hours of continuous music without needing a charge. And it comes in several classic colors that should cover your kids’ favorite.
03 of 08
Best Bedroom Accessory: Charcoal Tweed Mini Rocker Speaker Chair
Perfect for playing video games, watching movies, or just kicking back with friends, this speaker chair is ideal for teens who love to relax. It’s spacious enough so your teen to stretch out and sturdy enough to bear a weight of 250 pounds. Features like a built-in audio system, two generous sized speakers, and a user-friendly control add to this chair's cool factor. Another perk, one that’s especially unique for a chair at this price, is its comfortable foam filling. The tweed exterior is also surprisingly soft and comfortable, according to customers.
If you're not sold on this chair, another cool option is a bean bag chair. They're comfy to sit on and don't take up too much floor space. Check out our guide to the best bean bag chairs available online.
04 of 08
Best Active: Spikeball Standard 3-Ball Kit
Spikeball is a favorite at cookouts and grad parties, on college campuses and in backyards. The rules are simple, but the game is addicting. The sport’s official website describes Spikeball to be like, “volleyball and Foursquare had a baby.”
Since the sport took off in 2008, other companies have begun manufacturing Spikeball sets, some of which can be found at lower prices, but we chose this set because it created the game’s standard of play.
The Standard 3-Ball Kit includes a durable trampoline, equipped with foldable legs for easy set-up and storage, three balls and a convenient drawstring carrying bag. You and your teen will be able to play anywhere, anytime. All you need is four friends or family members to have hours of fun.
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05 of 08
Best Outdoor: Intex Explorer K2 Kayak
This gift idea comes with a little adventure. The Intex Explorer K2 is an inflatable kayak, a great pick-up for the teen who loves getting outdoors.
While inflatable kayaks aren’t typically as sturdy as traditional kayaks, the K2 is still a safe and reliable choice. It has two seats, allowing an adult or a friend to accompany your teen on the water. The kayak itself is constructed from heavy-duty, puncture-resistant vinyl, and the bright yellow color makes it easily visible in any body of water.
The major advantage of inflatable kayaks is the ease with which you can store them and travel with them. The K2 has two Boston valves for quick inflation and deflation, and with this purchase, you’ll also get a powerful air pump and a handy carrying bag.
The K2 has a weight capacity of 400 pounds, which is slightly less than the average weight capacity of a plastic kayak, and it is most suitable for smaller, gentler bodies of water, like lakes and slow rivers.
06 of 08
Best Creative: Cool Bank 145-Piece Deluxe Wood Art Creativity Set
With an array of 145 pieces, this set has something for every aspiring artist. The impressive assortment of crayons, oil pastels, colored pencils, watercolor cakes, and mixing palettes are sure to inspire his creative side. This set comes with two sketch pads, so he can leave one at home and take the other one on the road. Everything comes with a wooden case, making clean up and storage easy—even for a messy teenager.
All the different pieces included in this set, along with its affordable price, make it a great gift for teens who are just starting out and discovering their love of art. One day they can create a vivid landscape out of pastel or watercolor; the next they can try their hand at sketching or cartooning.
Overall, this is one of the highest rated art sets online, with the vast majority of users awarding it five stars.
07 of 08
Best Mug: Playful Sports Mug
Adorable, sporty and entertaining all at once, this basketball-themed mug takes playing with your food to a whole new level. The mug’s defining feature is its mini hoop, something that can either be decorative or dunkable depending on how rambunctious your kid is at the breakfast table. You can eat and drink anything from soup to cereal to hot cocoa out of it. It’s ceramic, dishwasher-safe and has a capacity of 12 fluid ounces.
And the best part? The mug was invented in a middle-school art class by an 8-year-old boy named Max.
08 of 08
Best Watch: Amazfit Bip Smartwatch
There are several reasons why the Amazfit Bip Smartwatch stands out among the dozens and dozens of other smartwatches as the best choice for teen boys: style, features, and price.
The Bip is super lightweight and comfortable, the perfect watch to wear in any situation, whether you’re sleeping or exercising. Its sleek, tech-forward design appeals to younger customers, and you can buy it in four stylish colorways: Onyx Black, White Cloud, Kokoda Green, and Cinnabar Red
Regarding its features, the Bip sends email, text, and phone call notifications right to your wrist, as well as alerts for various social media apps. It can measure heart rate, sleep quality and other details for the active teen, like steps taken, distance traveled and calories burned. The watch also won’t be stuck on the charger all the time, as a two and a half hour charge provides enough juice to keep the Bip running for 30 days.
Finally, the Bip comes at a solid price when compared to other smart watches. It has many of the same features as a high-end smartwatch, but it won’t break the bank. One customer wrote that there’s, “No reason to buy a more expensive smartwatch.”