The 12 Best Gifts to Buy For Teens in 2017

These are the best presents of the year for teenagers

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Teens have their own own unique sense of style with fickle tastes that can change as quickly as their mood. They know what’s trending and what’s definitely not, which, when you try to buy a gift for them, can make you feel a little well, not so hip. If you have a teenager on your gift buying list, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered. We found some cool gifts that even the trendiest teen will dig. Things like a waterproof speaker for those one-hour-shower singalongs, a reimagined cult-favorite...MORE camera, something for the creative doodler, and some fast-paced high-action group games they can play with friends or — oh, the horrors — family.

Skip the gift card this year and give the teens in your life something that lets them express their creative side, explore a new hobby, or challenges their wits.

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    One of the most important things in life to a teenager is their music. That’s why we know that if you’re going to spring for a pricier gift, you’ll consider getting them a great wireless speaker. In a market that’s virtually inundated, the UE BOOM is a standout for both its performance and reasonable price point. This little bluetooth boom box has wicked sound quality and ultimate portability, not to mention a few extra features that set this speaker apart from the crowd. The cylindrical shape...MORE of the UE BOOM allows for 360 degrees of sound and easy portability. Up to 8 bluetooth devices can be paired with this lightweight speaker. It’s got a mobile range of up to 100 feet and 15 hours of battery life.

    One of our favorite features, aside from the insanely good sound quality and deep bass of the improved Ultimate Ears sound drivers, is that this little bad boy is waterproof! Yes, waterproof. Teens can take it to the pool without worry, as the UE BOOM is submersible in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes without damage—now that’s impressive.

    There are no limits to where the music (and the party) can go. The inclusion of PartyUp from Ultimate Ears lets teens turn up the volume (way, way up). They can even pair 3 or more speakers together using the UE BOOM bluetooth speaker to play music from a single controlled smartphone app, taking surround sound to a whole new level. 

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    Yes, we know that Polaroid photos are so retro, but that’s exactly what makes them so darned chic! And now there’s a new take on the once-famous bulky Polaroid camera. Fujifilm has reinvented this iconic camera in their fun-sized Instax Mini camera. The Instax spits out mini

    2” x 3” instant photos and is available in a variety of bubble gum colors, making the Instax, well, quite frankly one of the cutest cameras we’ve ever seen. The new design combined with instant photo gratification makes this...MORE the perfect pick for selfie-loving, memory-capturing, hip teens.

    While this camera may be crazy cute, it does come with some legit features for improved photo quality. Budding memory makers can adjust the dial on the camera to compensate for different lighting conditions. With f-stop control that varies from 12.7 to 32, photographers can capture images indoors, outdoors, in the shade, in full sun, and even at night. A close-up attachment lets teens take artsy images as close as 35 cm away with perfect clarity. A small mirror on the front of the camera will help teens frame up the perfect selfie. There’s even a mode that will  soften images—perfect for portraits. The Instax camera is available in cobalt blue, flamingo pink, ice blue, smokey white, and lime green. Film is not included so make sure you pair this gift with a pack for a gift that’s point-and-shoot ready right out of the box.

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     They can flex their outdoorsy nature with these hip paracord bracelets by Survival Wraps. These bracelets began trending with teens a few years ago and have continued to grow in popularity. The Survival Wraps Paracord bracelet is constructed from over 12 feet of adjustable, weather-resistant paracord. Plus, the clasp doubles as a sharp-eye knife (so perhaps better suited for older teens) made from stainless steel and includes a magnesium flint fire starter. A small compass is on the bracelet...MORE for either a rustic aesthetic or useful tool when out for a hike. These paracord bracelets are available in black, tan, camo and a black/pink combo and are fully adjustable to fit most wrists.  

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     Teen girls love their bath and beauty products, but they don’t always have the expendable income to indulge in such luxuries. Gifting this organic, 100% all-natural set of bath bombs is sure to be a hit. Made from organic essential oils and moisturizing shea butter, these bombs will leave skin feeling silky smooth. What’s more, they don’t contain any harsh artificial colors or fragrances, making them suitable for most skin types — even sensitive skin. These fizzy bath bombs come in eight...MORE different fragrances, each a proprietary blend such as bergamot, tangerine and mandarin orange oils; eucalyptus, peppermint and ginger oils; aloe and green clove; lavender and vanilla; and more. Each bath bomb is golf-ball sized and comes individually wrapped. The set comes in a gift box with a detailed description of each bath bomb on the back of the box. 

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     In a world filled with apocalyptic video games, TV shows, books and movies, why not try a board game? Pandemic is a fast-paced, intense game that is built on the foundations of the hero's journey to save the world. In Pandemic, teens join together with their friends to role-play as doctors, scientists, dispatchers, researchers and operations experts to solve the pandemic that is threatening to wipe out the human race. Teams work together in a race against the game to stem the tide of...MORE infection and cure the plague. Pandemic is an excellent game to foster teamwork, cooperation, and problem-solving skills. Teens will love the fast-paced sense of urgency built into each of the game's many challenges and the strategic play required to overcome them and save the world.

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    Get them from point A to B in the coolest way possible. This self balancing hoverboard can safely carry them up to 12 miles away at a rate of 9 miles per hour with one charge. A built-in bluetooth speaker blasts their tunes from their phone on their way to school for that extra selling point. Users rave about its durability and several neon colors to choose from, so you really can’t go wrong getting this product for them. In fact, you may just become the “greatest parent ever” for gifting them...MORE their new transportation of choice.

     

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    Step aside digital music, the record player is back and this "new" and updated version has all the bells and whistles that make it a must for any budding music enthusiast. Besides having a better sound than it's digital counterparts, this Crosley Cruiser 3- Speed Portable Turntable is lightweight making it easy to bring all of their favorite records to their BFF’s house or out of their bedroom (so you can enjoy them, too!). And for when they want to escape and immerse themselves in a...MORE album a headphone jack let's them do so without bothering the whole household. The player has three speeds making it usable for different sized records and has built in speakers making it easy to listen when you are on the go. Plus, you can plug your phone into it for when you want to listen to something a little more contemporary. 

     

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     This “as seen on Shark Tank” game is quickly sweeping the nation as the must-have game for outdoor fun. Teens love playing this athletic, fast-paced game that’s a cross between volleyball, tennis, and basketball. The Spikeball set is lightweight and portable, making it ideal for teens to take wherever they will gather with friends. This set comes with three soft balls, a net with collapsible legs, a drawstring bag for easy on-the-go storage and an instruction book. As an added bonus, teens can...MORE connect for free to the Spikeball community for tutorials or they can download the app so they can find pickup games for anytime fun. 

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    They love to eat, so fueling their passion — in the healthiest way possible — is doable with the help of this cookbook tailored just to them. With over 75 yummy recipes (including Chinese, Mexican, German and more cuisines) for all kinds of meals it’ll give your teen a guide to everything they need to make their way around the kitchen. Since it’s written for teens, by teens, you know the recipes will be easy-to-follow (and totally teen-approved, too!) The dishes were also created with certain...MORE dietary restrictions to ensure each willing chef is happy, healthy, and well-fed — which is the best way to be!

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    Let’s be honest, their video gaming habit is real. So something to support their hobby will be especially appreciated. This top-ranked gaming chair allows them to immerse themselves in their console. With two forward-facing speakers, a powerful subwoofer, and an audio side control panel, they can actually feel the game as they play. Additionally, the chair design has a fully supportive back and foldable disposition to keep them comfy during all their hours of activity.

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     Teens draw and doodle on just about everything — their arms, their pants, their shoes, and anything else they can get their hands on. So why not give them a creative outlet for their self-expression? The 642 Things to Draw drawing journal is filled with 304 pages of ideas for your artistic teen. It’s got everything from the ridiculously simple — like a cupcake — to things that will take a bit more artistic know-how — like the northern lights. Packed with plenty of blank space for teens to...MORE stretch their artistic legs and 642 drawing prompts, this journal is the perfect home for anything and everything from doodles to masterpieces. 

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    Their shower time is notoriously long, so let them enjoy those extra few minutes they spend in there. This sleek waterproof speaker suctions to any shower wall to let them listen to up to eight hours of their favorite songs while they scrub down. Since it has Bluetooth capabilities, they can connect their devices to enjoy personalized playlists from up to 10 feet away. And for those who are a little more "old school" this speaker also has a radio. Plus, it’s waterproof, shockproof, and...MORE dust proof, so they can sing away without worry of any unwanted song interruptions.

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