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The BEST Teen Gift Ideas That Inspire Creativity, Movement & Fun!

The BEST Teen Gift Ideas That Inspire Creativity, Movement & Fun!

Coming up with creative gifts ideas for our favorite teens can be a challenge for even the most talented gift giver! Gone are the holiday mornings and birthdays filled with surprise and magical wonder—and gift cards and clothes can only go so far in the spirit of fun!

If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly looking for ways to inspire your teens to be more physical, creative, and socially engaged—to shift their faces out of their phones and into the great, big world! They’re getting older, but I still want to ignite their playful side, offering surprise and wonder for years to come!

With that, I’ve come up with some of The Best Teen Gift Ideas For Teens.  These gifts will get your teens going—inspiring creativity, movement, and fun during the most wonderful time of the year!

3 Ball Kit by Spikeball:


AS SEEN ON SHARK TANK – Spikeball is a fun, active, and competitive (if you want it to be) 2 on 2 outdoor/indoor sports game (with rules kind of like volleyball) played on college campuses, tailgates, the lawn, yard, backyard, beach or gym.
Suggested Age: N/A
Price: $59.99
Link To Purchase

Design Your Own Sneakers

Yellow Converse

My kids are obsessed with sneakers! They spend hours working the perfect personalized designs just for fun. When cash finally does come their way, they strut their cash in style! These yellow Converse were an incredibly thoughtful gift from my daughter, personalized just for The Sunny Side. This gift is a creative cross between function and fashion!
Price: Vary
Link To Purchase: Design Your Own Converse / Design Your Own Nike
30 For 30 by ESPN:


For your sports fan! Inspired by ESPN’s anniversary, ESPN’s film 30 for 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring films from some of today’s finest storytellers.
Price: $39.99/season
Links To Purchase: Season 1 Season 2  Season 3  Season 4 

Slackline Kit by Flybold


FOR HEALTH (AND FUN) WITH KIDS, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS! Perfect for backyard family fun, get-togethers, summer camping, camping gear, parties, park and beach trips. A fun and easy way to improve your core strength, posture, balance, coordination, and focus
Price: $57.95
Link To Purchase

A Sunny Side Lifestyle 

The Sunny Side Lifestyle Co. is a positive-thinking shop, blog, and community that orbits around living balanced, active, social lives.  Products include apparel, jewelry, and accessories— perfect gifts for holidays and they partner with schools and organizations to make fundraising effortless. (Founded by yours truly!) We’re bringing happy back!

Price: Range $2-$48

Link to Purchase

Photo Clips Decorative Lights by Decute:


An ideal gift for your favorite teen to help to display and recall fun memories with family and friends. Perfect for hanging photos, holiday cards, artwork, or whatever lightweight crafty/decorative items you desire. Dimmable 50LED.
Price $12.99
Link To Purchase

Mini 2 HD Wireless Portable Mobile Instant Photo Printer by Kodak:


And now they have the simplest way to print those quirky and hilarious photos for their lights. Print high-quality social media photos, full-color prints – Compatible w/iOS & Android Devices. EASY PRINT TECHNOLOGY – Mini Smartphone Printer Lets You Print 2.1 X 3.4” Photos Direct From Android or iOS Device; No Cables or Buttons Necessary.
Price: $89.99
Link To Purchase 

Fitness Membership to his/her Favorite Studio:


Group fitness has taken off and is a perfect environment for your teen to stay healthy and fit while making friends. From Cross Fit to Parkour to local boutique studios-—there’s something for everyone! Wrap this gift in some studio merch—your teen will be pumped!
Price: Vary


GoPro HERO7 Black — Waterproof Digital Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K HD Video 12MP Photos Live Streaming Stabilization by GoPro:
Adventure begins here! Hyper smooth video stabilization, time warp video, and super photo. HERO7 Black is rugged, waterproof without a housing to 33ft (10m) and up for any adventure.
Price: $399
Link To Purchase

Mindfulness Game by Vertellis:

Mindful Card Game

A game for the entire family. Mindfulness card game to have more meaningful and insightful conversations with loved ones in offline settings. It’s the perfect addition for get-togethers with friends and family!
Price $15.99
Link to Purchase 

Monthly Tinker Crate Subscription Box by Kiwico:


For the budding creator or engineer. With a Tinker Crate Subscription, you’ll get materials to create cool and innovative STEM projects that are perfect for tweens and teens aged 9-16.
Price: $19.95
Link To Purchase

Tickets to A Sporting Event: 


There’s nothing like seeing your favorite sports team on the court, field or ice! Give the experience that will offer memories for a lifetime.
Price: Vary

Teens Cook by Megan and Jill Carle:


Package this book with a brightly colored set of kitchen gadgets! Teenagers like what they like (and will only eat what they like). Instead of  mealtime strife,  they can learn to cook their favorite foods themselves. With over 75 delicious recipes for meals at all times of the day (breakfast, snacks, sides, dinners, and dessert), Teens Cook is a guide to everything teenagers (and tweens) need to learn about conquering the kitchen without accidentally setting the house on fire. Written by teens and for teens in easy-to-follow instructions, authors Megan and Jill Carle give young readers advice on how to maneuver their kitchen in a language they’ll understand (and actually listen to).
Price: $13.99 (paperback) – $28.99 (spiral bound)
Link To Purchase

Sporting Equipment


Families that sport together…well, SPORT together!  Snowshoes, skis, hiking or adventure. Snowshoes Kit Adventure by G2 GO2GETHER: Snowshoes 30-inch designed for users and gear up to 250lb; 25-inch designed for users and gear up to 200lb; 21-inches designed for users and gear up to 150lb. Kit includes 1 pair of snowshoes / 1 pair of three section aluminum trekking poles with winter baskets / Travel bag, convenient for storage and carry. Lightweight Aluminum trekking poles with foam handle.
Price: $112 – $128
Link To Purchase

Bosebuild by Bose:


Build and personalize your own Bluetooth speaker Speaker Cube with cool lights and interchangeable covers and Bose-quality sound. Included app (for Apple devices) guides you through hands-on activities. Or double down and build your own headphones, too!
Price: $99.99
Link To Purchase 

Tickets to a Concert or Show:


Teens are filled with DRAMA! A concert, musical or performance would be a priceless gift with endless memories.
Price: Vary

Ascent Water Bottle by Simple Modern:


Hydrate in style!  Double Walled, Vacuum Insulated – The Simple Modern Ascent water bottle is double wall and vacuum insulated. This technology keeps your beverage hot or cold for hours. No matter the temperature of the liquid in this bottle, it will never sweat or be hot to the touch. Narrow Mouth, Vacuum Insulated, Double Wall, 18/8 Stainless Steel Powder Coated – 5 Sizes, 30+ Colors.
Price: $10.99-$22.99
Link To Purchase 

Volkswagen Beetle 10252 Construction Set by Lego:


You’d be amazed at how much joy a teen (or adult!) still gets out of Legos.  We picked up this VW set and put it together as a family over a long weekend– great fun! Build the world’s most popular car, packed with authentic 1960’s details! Includes curved fenders, distinctive hubcaps, round headlights, wing-mounted turn signals, surfer accessories, opening hood, trunk, and doors.
Price: $99.95
Link To Purchase

Professional RED MPK MINI MKII by Akai:


Your teen can learn the science and skill behind ‘Sick Beats’ and record some of their own! 25 synth-action mini keys, 4-way thumbstick for dynamic pitch and modulation control, 8 backlit velocity-sensitive MPC-style pads with Note Repeat & Full Level, 8 assignable Q-Link knobs for mixing, tweaking plug-ins, and more.
Price: $121.19
Link To Purchase

A Family Vacation:


This is a gift you can all get behind! Relax at the beach or explore new heights—put the phones away and create your own adventure!
Price: Vary

Family STAYcation:


Say YES to all your local favorites—movie tickets, ice skating, the most delicious dessert shop in town. Create an experience to live it up where you live.  They’ll never see their town the same!
Price: Vary

Just Dance 2019 – Wii Standard Edition by Ubisoft


You’re never too old to dance! This gift makes for fun with family and friends! Your Just Dance experience is now personalized as the game learns your dancing habits and suggests content! Experience eight exclusive choreographies created with the help of kids’ development experts to encourage healthy movement.
Price: $36.92
Link To Purchase

14′ Trampoline with Flash Light Zone and Safety Net Enclosure (Trampoline with Flash Light Zone) by Bounce Pro:


SteelFlex trampoline with the innovative Flash Light Zone is the perfect addition to any backyard. Bonus Flash Light Zone attaches easily underneath the jumping mat to the trampoline frame with bungee cords.
Price: $219
Link To Purchase

Vintage Camera Equipment:


See the world through their eyes. Vintage photo equipment is a blast that will last through the ages. They can explore film, angles, and see the world through a whole new lens.
Price: Vary



Improv, singing, swing from a trapeze!  Crafting a skill is a gift that will keep on giving and just maybe even turn a hobby into a career!
Price: Vary

Do you have more ideas to add to this list? I’d love for you to share!


  • Allison | Healthy Living in Colorado

    February 18, 2019

    I have a teen daughter, and she would love ALL of these! Thanks for the awesome gift guide!

  • Kim

    February 18, 2019

    I don’t have a teen but have teenage nieces and I think this is a great versatile list for anyone especially someone who is shopping for a friend or family member.

  • Tiarra

    February 18, 2019

    These look like such great ideas! I would love many of these for myself. Guess I’m still part teenager!

  • Cassie | White Sands and Cool Breezes

    February 18, 2019

    Love this list! Especially the Slackline. This has been on my wish list for awhile 🙂 When my son gets just a bit older I’ll definitely be getting it. Thanks for the great list.

  • Bellissimamma

    February 18, 2019

    This is a super fun list! Gifts of experiences (tickets, classes, vacations) are really great for teens!

  • Erin

    February 19, 2019

    Love this list! I’m not a teenager, but I would love most of these things!

  • Sherry Lee

    February 19, 2019

    My kids would love some of these ideas! I may be looking into that Mindfulness game for myself! 🙂

  • Arianne P

    February 19, 2019

    I got a gym membership at 16. It has been my favorite gift so far. A close 2nd is a massage.

  • heymamajess

    February 19, 2019

    Yessss!! These are wonderful gifts for teens!! Id love these now. Your kids are lucky you are their momma.

  • sevenbykat

    February 19, 2019

    I adore these ideas!!!!! So creative! I love the mindfullness game that you posted about… I’m buying it as I simultaneously comment. 🙂

  • Sonja- Too Much Character

    February 19, 2019

    What a great list! I am saving this for later for my nephew’s birthday. Tickets to see anything were always a hit with me – and still are.

  • Sarah

    February 19, 2019

    This is an awesome list!! And do much better than those “wish lists” or “hottest teen gift lists” I see

  • Jessica

    February 19, 2019

    I love all of your ideas! It has been harder to figure out fun and meaningful gift ideas for my two oldest lately. We got my daughter a similar mini printer and light string set for Christmas. I also love giving tickets to concerts/events and vacations as gifts – memories to last a lifetime!

  • Tori

    February 19, 2019

    These are great ideas! Thanks!

  • Ashley

    February 19, 2019

    Teens can be so hard to buy for. Thanks for the ideas!

  • Anh

    February 20, 2019

    Great list! There are some things on here that I want for myself! lol

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