2021 Trendy Gifts for Teens


What do you get for a teen for the holidays? Personally, I think as each year passes, it gets tougher to lock down presents that they’ll actually like and use. So, this year, I asked my teen daughter about the best gifts for teens and she helped me with this fun list. From sleuth games to dainty jewelry to healthy snacking, here’s my list for 2021 trendy gifts for teens!


Disclosure: Many of the items in this post were sent to use to review. Additionally, you’ll find some Amazon Affiliate links in this post. If you click on a link and make a purchase, I’ll receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks for supporting Sand and Snow!

Solve a Mystery

With eight different Unsolved Case Files games in total, including including its latest family-friendly case that provides all the challenges of our classic cases with none of the violence, each game contains several realistic-looking documents, photographs, and other evidence, that allow players to feel like they’re detectives solving a real crime. Not only are crime solving games hugely popular, they’ll really give your teen’s brain a workout.

Price: $26.97 with free Prime shipping

Double Tumbler

FLPSDE Dual Chamber Water Bottles are vacuum insulated, stainless steel, reusable water bottles with a snack compartment. The patented design was crafted by a competitive athlete who wanted a more efficient way to keep water and snacks handy for long hours of practice, “A snack water bottle!” 

FLPSDE Dual Chamber Water Bottles keeps drinks ice cold or hot for hours while also securing your favorite treats so you’re never hangry. Whether you are on the top of a mountain or just walking the dog, FLPSDE’s reusable, stainless steel water bottles with snack storage do more so you can do more! 

Price: $34.99

Burga Tech Products

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BURGA makes products such as stylish/fashion phone cases, water bottles, reusable mugs, iPad cases, MacBook cases, Airpods and tons more durable items. Add in the fact that they’re cool and trendy patterns (LOVE my snowflake case!) and it’s a win-win. 


Noir Origin Macbook Case: $31.95

Forest Green Travel Mug: $34.95

Christmas Snowflake iPhone Case: $35.95

Dainty Periwinkle Earrings

Calithien Jewellery, a handmade line of whimsical fine artisan jewelry for teens & women who let their personalities vibrantly shine. Each piece is inspired by nature and fairy tales. Using sterling silver and/or glittering gemstones for an enchanting aesthetic, the look is not only beautiful, it’s quite magical. My pick: the Round Periwinkle Shell Earrings for teen girls who love the beach. 

Price: $84


A Bathroom Break with Poo-Pourri

Poo-Pourri is a must for teenagers on the go, especially those that need discretion. Simply spray the water in the toilet bowl and go. Additionally, it comes in a handy size for portability – bring the spray along during trips or when visiting friends and family to keep the bathroom smelling fresh.

Price: $10

Customize Your Teen’s Room

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I come right out and say it: my teen daughter is a cat lover. And through the years, we’ve had several kitties that she has loved and adored. Enter CANVASDISCOUNT, an online store that offers affordable, customizable items. This Christmas, we’re giving her all of the things: 

 Canvas Prints – Starting at $5
Canvas Wall Hanging – Starting at $10
Custom Photo Mug – Starting at $13.90 
Custom Blanket – Starting at $22 

Positive Affirmation Shirts

CP Designs Unlimited provides premium, comfortable apparel and memorable gifts with motivational and inspirational messages to anchor you in your purpose and encourage and support you as you pursue your goals. We love the idea of wearing your motivation and teens will dig the fun phrases and fonts. 

No Tee: $29.99

Winning Hoodie: $45.99


Pack Your Panic in Your Purse

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Panic Panties, a new line of “on the go” panties for life’s unpredictable moments, was launched out of sheer necessity because the company realized whenever we needed panties in a pinch they were never available in convenient places.

You know, all those times you’re on a date, out of laundry, on your period, at the gym, or simply laugh just a little too hard and suddenly PANIC realizing you need a new pair of panties in a pinch. I’m talking super soft & comfy, high-quality panties that are discreet and individually packaged for your purse, gym bag, car, luggage & more.

Price:$13 per pair


Bie Facial Toner

Bie Carefree Calming Facial Toner, made with rosewater, essential oils and CBD, doubles as a room spray.

A blend of lavender, ylang ylang and bergamot calm the senses for gentle stress relief. Users see benefits by applying it to their skin as a toner or by spraying it in their room of choice. Who doesn’t love dual purpose? Plus the relaxing scent…ahh.

Price: $42.99


Paint Those Piggies

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SOPHi by Piggy Paint allows health-conscious women to have a worry-free manicure. This advanced water-based formula is virtually odorless, cruelty-free, & vegan. Also, it’s nail polish that leaves nails healthy and doesn’t cause them to yellow or become brittle. Non-toxic & SOPHisticated nail polish – we’re down!

Prices start at $6.99


One Loves Natural Nutrition

One Love Remedy is a line of delicious, natural nutrition bars that would make great stocking stuffers.  Each variety is made locally with sustainably sourced ingredients. One Love chooses to only include the purest and natural ingredients because it believes that there are no replacing life’s simple pleasures.

Box of Three: $8.99


One by Wacom

Wacom, which makes pen tablets and interactive pen displays has an easy to use, easy to pack  One by Wacom. The tablet makes it easy to write, sketch, draw digitally with a simply-natural pen experience. Users just connect the USB cable to their Mac, PC, or Chromebook and download and install the driver and they’re ready to go. The pen tablet is also compatible with many educational and creative apps.

This would be a great gift this holiday season for the creative minds looking to explore their artistic side digitally and need a tool to easily do so.

Price: $49.95


Semi-Permanent Hair Commitment

Celeb Luxury is the creator of the plant-based semi-permanent color depositing shampoo and conditioner category, No Fade Fresh, and is the “1st Clean Hair Color” and DIY product in mass market. The products are multi-cultural, and come in a variety of shades – from traditional browns, blondes and reds to pastels and vibrant colors from pink to blue.

All of the products contain a bond rebuilder to heal hair, are 100% vegan, cruelty free, and can be applied in the shower in 2-5 minutes. They are semi-permanent dyes, so there is no long-term commitment, but the products keep hair looking ‘salon fresh.’ The products do not contain any “dirty dyes” and offer a safe, healthy alternative to other hair color products.

Price: Any 2 for $22.49


Love and Other Sins

Love and Other Sins is an emotional coming-of-age YA drama about family, love, violence, and the residue of abuse set against the backdrop of contemporary Los Angeles. When Mina meets Oliver, you’ll remember your own first love and just how fast it swept you under.

Here’s the synopsis in a nutshell: Mina’s life is going according to plan, she’s acing AP Calc and is perfectly content with her non-existant social life. Though only a high school junior, Mina knows time is an investment and she’s putting all her capital into academics.

Oliver is ready to burn down his old life and start from scratch – complete with a new name and emancipation papers – in L.A. When the two are thrown together through circumstance and develop an unexpected connection, they discover how hard it is to keep the past in the past in Love and Other Sins.

Price: Hardcover ($24.95), Paperback ($12.95), and eBook ($9.99)


Head(Band) Lite

Liteband is the world’s first line up to 210 degree wide beam LED headlamp. The unique balanced design and wide beam illumination provides the most comfortable and effective headlamp on the market. Our full line of headlamps offers the right combination of features and price to satisfy any user from the runner,  outdoors enthusiast, and the tough to buy for teen in your life.

So, think bike riding, painting figures, painting, you name it. 

Price: $29.99


Holly Jolly Jelly Belly Gum

Teens can be tough to shop for, but gum is always a hit! The new Jelly Belly gum gives Jelly Belly enthusiasts the flavors they LOVE in a long-lasting gum format. It comes in Watermelon, Berry Blue, Island Punch and Very Cherry.

Ad din the fact that each flavor is sugar free and it’s ideal for teens that want to lessen their sugar intake. 

Price: Pack of four flavors $14.99 plus free Prime shipping


History in a Fun Package

When was the first use of Uncle Sam in a cartoon? Which president had a stuffed animal created in his name after a cartoon of him was published? Find out by learning with a collection of 50 cards by Historic Cartoons covering over 200 years of American history.

Each card touches upon major moments in American history from the colonial period through the civil rights era. They’re  printed on high quality card stock in the original color and style. On the reverse side of each cartoon is a full description of the historical context and an explanation of the image.

Price: $36.99


Henna Freckles

If your teen is a fan of TikTok and beauty products, they’ve undoubtedly seen the freckle trend booming. 

The perfect blend of creative fun and flawless execution, the DIY Henna Freckle Kit from Mihenna has everything your gift recipient needs and the henna is pre-mixed in the perfect consistency and ready to use. Plus, there’s never a “batteries not included” notice to ruin the day.

Price: $18.99


Señor John Coffee Fix

This one’s definitely for older and college-age teens that need a caffeine fix or just love the taste of coffee. Enter Señor John, a coffee company that packages cold brew flavors made 100% at its origin. 

And you know, you don’t have to just buy it for your teen – adults (aka, me) love the flavor and texture, too. 

Price: 6 Pack for $15 


Beessential Lip

Beessential lip balm soothes dry, chapped lips and keeps the delicate skin around the lips looking beautiful. Its Natural Lip Balm protects your lips from chapping, dryness, and irritation while also protecting you from harsh ingredients like pesticides, chemicals, additives, and synthetic fragrances. 
Beessential is a beekeeper-owned natural bath and beauty company in Ohio; all products are produced in Cleveland. Beessential Natural Lip Balm made with a unique blend of replenishing Virgin Olive & Coconut Oils, moisturizing Beeswax, Aloe, Honey, Hemp.

Price: From $3.29 each


Help with Cash Flow 

CASHFLOW and CASHFLOW for Kids aren’t your average financial literacy games. The award-winning personal finance games use the best components of stock-investing games, business-building games, and real estate-investing games to challenge players’ perceptions of how to generate and sustain wealth.

The object of the board games is to increase each player’s financial IQ so they can maximize earning potential, build more passive income through investments, stop working so hard and find ways to make their money work for them. Ultimately, players will learn how to get out of the “rat race” and onto the “fast track” – both in the game and in the real world.

Price: $114.98 for a bundle of two games


Curling Headband

 The satin Curling Headband by RobeCurls creates heatless curls or waves while you sleep… or play.  Wear overnight or out for the day (even to the gym!), then unwrap for perfect curls.

Made of luxurious satin that prevents friction and breakage, reducing frizz and promoting hair health, inside is an integrated wire and plush microfiber fleece lining so your hairstyle is comfortable and secure while it curls. Simply wrap and twist! It’s the perfect alternative to traditional hot tools and curling irons.

Price: $28



Escape Notice Games just launched Spies of Liberty, their second escape room-style multiplayer game that you can play at home. Players engage in Revolutionary War espionage as members of the Culper Spy Ring, where they help George Washington outwit the British forces. Historic spycraft tools help players solve puzzles, read ciphers, navigate vintage maps, and uncover hidden codes.

Price: $44.95


Pumpkin Enzyme Skin Care

does your teen ever use acne creams that are so harsh it can even bleach your towels and pillow case? Just think of the damage it’s doing to your teen’s skin. The pumpkin enzyme mask from Banish exfoliates skin without harsh scrubbing. Made with a blend of raw pumpkin, lemon, orange, glycolic acid, bilberry fruit extract, and ginger root to deliver beneficial renewing and radiance boosting ingredients directly to the skin. Vitamin C and Beta Carotene increases skin firmness and reduces the appearance of fine lines.

It can also act as a spot treatment for those who just want to apply this on problematic areas. Even if you don’t have acne, this mask will be great for exfoliating, softening, brightening, and toning skin!

Price: $39



 Grip2u has cases for the new iPhone 13, with a grip band to prevent drops. They are made of the highest quality polycarbonate and TPU for maximum shock resistance and the BOOST model even goes through extensive drop testing – Grip2ü drops the cases 1,000+ times!

The company also has interesting stocking stuffers like their universal bands (like a PopSocket, but with a grip design to prevent drops and wireless charging capability), and cases for AirPods and AirTags, too.

Price: Cases start at $29.99


Murder & Co

Looking for a game that marries intelligent crime solving with rad, curated gifts, because who doesn’t like murder AND gifts? Murder & Co. is a crime-solving subscription box game with several different subscription plans, this is the perfect gift for the true crime lover on your holiday list. Each story consists of six episodes and mixes storytelling, puzzle-solving, and code cracking, with curated gifts that often act as clues or evidence.  


With an obsessive attention to detail, Murder & Co presents a deeply immersive and narrative-driven mystery game that is no walk in the park. Each case will pull you into the world of the victim as you become the investigator. Whether you are on the campus of an Ivy League University, in 1970’s Hollywood or swept up into the dark underbelly of Voodoo and magic, curated gifts will not only bring you a lavish crime-solving experience, they will often act as clues.

The first in the 6-part series is Snow Angle, available now.

Price: $63


Pop Freak

Here are two fun, easy to transport and pack games from Smith Street Gift that are great for family get togethers and games nights

POP FREAK!($25.00)- Get ready for charades like you’ve never played them before. You can play Pop Freak! with as many people as you can find. Teams take turns to collect as many cards as they can by correctly guessing exactly what’s written on each of them. One person in the team does the talking (or not) to the rest of the team, who do the guessing.
For every correct guess, your team gets to keep the card. The winning team is the one who has accumulated the highest score over the three rounds. Round one: say anything you want besides the words or phrases on the card. Round two: only one word. Use it wisely. Round three: no talking or sounds. Hopefully, your team memorized what was on those cards! This game was collated by the editorial staff at Smith Street Books who are enthusiastic (read: bad) actors. 
WHO SAID THAT($25.00)– Match inspiration, amusing, and simply flabbergasting quotes with their source, in this fun game you can play from anywhere! Discover the movies, celebrities, politicians, artists, writers, and historical figures responsible for the world’s most inspiring, amusing, and just plain weird quotes.
Who Said That? will test your general knowledge, and along the way, you’ll uncover some of the best gaffes that modern history has to offer. This game was collated by the editorial staff at Smith Street Books, who were both inspired and shocked as they sifted through some of history’s best (and weirdest) quotes. 

I Want My PonyBack, PonyBack, PonyBack


Ponyback Hats lets you wear your hair up or down and look great. For tween and teen girls everywhere, it’s easy to make a fashion statement meet an on-the-go lifestyle with three styles that go with whatever they’re wearing.n 

The Ponyback stretch fit combines the quality of a high-end fitted hat, with the functionality of a ponytail hat. The large back opening accommodates any height from the top button to the bottom of the band. When the back opening is not in use, the discrete magnetic seam makes sure the back stays closed to look like a normal fitted hat, perfect when wearing your hair down.  

Price: Starts at $49 per hat

Love and XO Julia

Love and XO Julia is a curated collection of clean skincare and beauty products and accessories for tweens and young teens just beginning their self-care journey. Products can be purchased through a monthly subscription service called “XO Insiders” or as individual purchases or gifts through their e-commerce shop.
They source products and accessories with tweens and young teens in minds, meaning that they are gentle enough for skin that is between the ages of 10-14; products are named with appropriate titles for a younger audience – the ingredients in each product promotes a youthful glow. All are free from parabens, SLS and phthalates, too.
They ship nationwide and have a number of really fun products and gift sets all under $100 that would make excellent beauty gifts for tweens and teens.
Shown Above: Holiday Glam Box ($59) and Smell Ya Later Box ($39)

The Envy of the Murder Mystery Party

This DIY escape room kit from Lock Paper Scissors will transform any space into the dark and enigmatic world of Envy! A 1920’s Gatsby style murder mystery game of debaucherous luxury and deadly feuds, get ready for a stay-at-home night of blood-stained velvet gloves. 

Envy Murder Mystery Party is a ready-to-play party pack that transforms any room into a DIY escape room. What’s it like? Well, imagine what would happen if you mixed an escape room and a house party in a cocktail shaker. That’s Envy.

In this world, your friends will be racing to solve the murder mystery in teams of 2-4. You can have any number of teams by simply printing out the game once per team. Best of all, there are no spoilers so you’ll get to enjoy it too!

Price: $29
Patented Pro-Verte™, a proprietary anti-aging complex combines Papain, a natural brightening exfoliating enzyme derived from papaya and quartz to gently exfoliate skin unlike harsh physical exfoliants.  The results, brighter illuminated skin for a more radiant polished skin. 
All KARYNG™ products strive to avoid controversial ingredients in our products and packaging. Free of parabens, propylene or butylene glycols, phthalates and BPA, the company doesn’t include dimethicone, petroleum, BHA’s, PEG’s, TEA, DEA, or synthetic fragrances. All products are gluten free, vegan and not tested on animals.
In addition, the paper for our cartons is harvested from a  sustainable forest. We’re digging the Illuminate Enzyme Mask that:
  • Brightens and lightens skin
  • Clears pores
  • Improves skin texture and appearance
  • Exfoliates dead skin cells
  • Absorbs oils and impurities
  • Improve ssebum control barrier within the skin

Price: $45


Brighten Her Day with a Custom Goodie Box

Want to send a box to brighten your teen’s day, but want someone to do all of the leg work? Enter Jennifer Louis Co. The company’s goal is to put a smile on every person’s face that receives a JLC box, so much so that they work with you to make sure YOUR gift ideas come to life. There are no limitations on any of the boxes – if you are looking for something specific & custom, all you have to do is shoot them a message.
How cool is that? You can add anything from loofah soap to a confetti popper to a personalized skinny tumbler. 
Prices: Vary depending on box selections

Nomadic Tech Lifestyle

If you’re looking for super high quality watch bands, iPhone cases, and genuine leather products, definitely check out Nomad. Its line of tech accessories is sturdy and not only that, really nice to look at. The iPhone case we’re loving has spaces for bank cards and gift cards, and both of the Apple watchbands are so sturdy and pretty we haven’t stopped wearing them. 
Modern Folio Leather iPhone Case: $79.95
Apple Silicone Sport Watch Band: $59.95
Apple Leather Modern Slim Watch Band: $69.95

Easy on the Eyes

Everyone loves a great pair of sunglasses and Blue Light blocking glasses, especially with everyone working and schooling from home now. The CEV Collection for those with a Focused Vision encouraging others to follow their dreams. 

CEV’s Ashe Black ($95) lenses protect your eyes from the blue light from screens and LED lighting which causes digital eyestrain and fatigue. These lenses also block glare from computer monitors or TV screens – my daughter has been using them everyday since they arrived. 

Its Langston Black ($75) are large metal aviators with polarized UV 400 lenses to protect your eyes from the sun. The light weight metal allows for long-time wear without feeling uncomfortable or having the sunglasses to start sliding down your face. 

Think Outside the Odds

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What’s the secret to achieving the impossible? This thought-provoking book will take you through the lives of underdog innovators and help you discover the answers along the way.

We are often told to “think outside the box” when solving problems. But in the real world, constraints around our innovation are more real than cardboard. From inaccessible resources to low self-esteem, they stack the odds against us. We are told that success lies in overcoming these disadvantages. But what if the key to innovation is harnessing them instead?

Vedika Dayal set out to find answers. She sought a diverse group of underdog founders and discovered that obstacles can be your biggest asset for innovation—if you’re intentional about it. In Think Outside the Odds, Dayal weaves together psychological insights, entrepreneurship case studies, and thirteen captivating stories of innovators to show how you can harness the same power of intentionality.

Price: Paperback – $13.99


True Teryn

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Lilla must recruit the biggest and most dangerous army in the Seven Galaxies, but the Teryn emperor will not comply unless Lilla earns the blessing of the Teryn Guardian Goddess Laoise. Dealing with gods is never easy. Guardian Goddess Laoise’s condition for bestowing her blessing is for Lilla to bring her the mysterious Heart Amulet.

Now Lilla is trapped in a strange place with no way out, no idea where to go or how to find the amulet.The only way for Lilla to complete her mission is to uncover the biggest secret of all Teryns. Will she survive discovering the secret of what it means to be a True Teryn? Read more of True Teryn to find out. 

Price: $11.99 for paperback version with free Prime shipping

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