15 Screen-Free Gift Ideas for Any Teen That Will Arrive by Christmas!

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woman eating cheetos on couch under a cheetos print snuggie blanket

Step outside the tech box this holiday season. 🎁

The best gifts for teens don’t have to be a tech screen. Our top gift picks are affordable, approved by teens, and are still right on trend.

Be sure to check out our Christmas Shopping Challenge – it has a gift guide for everyone on your list this year! 🎁🤩

Shop our top screen-free gifts for teens:

screen free gifts for teens collage with various numbered gifts on white background

1. Mini fridges are cool gifts for teens that are also versatile.

mini fridge open with beauty supplies and skincare bottles inside

AstroAI Mini Fridge$44.35+ 

Every teen will want to stock this mini fridge with all of their favorite snacks and drinks – or even beauty essentials! This is a super chill gift that they’re sure to love, and it’s available for under $40!

If your teen prefers more of a retro vibe, check out this Frigidaire mini fridge that our hip sidekick Rachel bought for her teen son.

2. Give teens a gift that will make them feel all warm and cozy.

woman eating cheetos on couch under an cheetos print snuggie blanket


These Snuggies are a genius gift if your teen loves to feel cozy and if they are spending time at home. We love these fun snack-inspired Snuggies at Walmart because they’re affordable, nostalgic, and sure to perfectly suit your teens’ personality. Whether they are 5 feet tall or over 6 feet tall, this oversized blanket Snuggie will be the perfect fit.

As an alternative, you could splurge on the popular Comfy hoodie for just under $45 if a more neutral color suits their aesthetic.

3. Teens. love. candles. and. cereal. So there’s no reason not to grab this gift for teens. 

Lucky charms, wax pieces in cereal bowl candle with spoon

Cereal Bowl Candle – $18 (regularly $22.99) 

Don’t get your teen just any candle, get them this Lucky Charms cereal bowl candle. 🤩 Even teen dudes will appreciate this candle and plenty of reviews state that it smells just like French vanilla and looks just like the adorable pictures online. Needless to say, this gift is going to be lit. 🔥

Check out this $5 DIY Ice Cream Bowl Candle Kit at Five Below!

4. Customize a sign for them to hang in their room or dorm.

purple neon maddyn name sign with heart on window sill

Custom Neon Sign $49.99+
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Teens love neon signs and with this customizable gift idea from Amazon, there are an endless amount of possibilities. Plus, this is the perfect gift idea for a guy’s game room or a girl’s bougie space considering they have numerous font choices and color options.

5. These no-show socks are the best on the market and show off their personality too.

Various pairs of Bombas socks on white blanket

Bombas Socks – $19.99+

We know teens typically don’t love the most practical of gifts, but Bombas socks are one brand they’ll actually love unwrapping. Bombas socks stand out as the ultimate choice for no-show and non-slip socks. They’re extra cushiony and comfy, making them ideal to pair with your favorite shoes or perfect for athletes. Bombas offers a vibrant array of colors, patterns, and styles to suit every teen’s personality.

Looking for high top socks? We hear teens love Nike athletic socks. 😉

6. Elevate their space with these fun stickable strip lights. 

Blue LED light strips and hang out room

These lights are simple to install and will make any ordinary space feel so fun! Plus, they come with a remote and endless color combinations. I used about two rolls of these in my teen boys’ room and they love using them while hanging out with friends or during intense video gaming sessions.

7. An inflatable paddleboard is something they can take on the go and it will keep them active during summer. 

man in the water with a Roc Inflatable Paddle Board

Roc Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle Board $199.99 (regularly $599.99)

Roc’s premium inflatable paddle boards are made of high-quality military-grade material. They offer some of the most durable and lightweight boards on the market making it a great gift idea for your teen. Plus, this set comes with everything they need to hit the water once the weather warms up. A paddle board is a gift they’ll enjoy on their own, with friends, or with family.

8. This is Collin’s favorite game to play with her teens and it gets them out of their rooms.

the chameleon game box on table

Chameleon – $19.79 (regularly $21.99) 

This game is simple. A secret word is selected from one of the topic cards and everyone knows what the word is, except for the player with the Chameleon card. Each player shouts out a related word to prove their innocence and tries to track down who the Chameleon is, but will they blend into the group and escape – or will they get caught?!

This award-winning game is recommended for 3-8 players, ages 14 and up so it’s a board game for adults that’s suitable for all teens. It happens to be Collin’s favorite game to play with her kids!

Already have Chameleon? Check out our other team approved board games.

9. A Tokyo Treat box is a unique gift for teens that is filled with fun foreign snacks.

Various foreign snacks, laying on the table with Tokyo treat box

Tokyo Treat Monthly Surprise Box $37.50
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Final cost $45 shipped for your first box!

*Order by 12/15 for Christmas delivery. 

Delight your teen’s taste buds with an array of unique Japanese foods and drinks that they can’t get anywhere else! After all, food is the way to their heart. When you buy a subscription, they’ll receive a Tokyo Treat box with 15-20 full-size food and drink items from Japan. Each box is just $37.50 plus shipping which breaks down to $1.88-$2.50 per treat! The boxes include a surprise assortment of items including rare flavors of Coca-Cola & Fanta sodas, Ramen, soba, udon, Kit Kats, sweet and sour candies, cakes, cookies, chips, and more! It’s a unique and really fun gift idea they may love too much to share. 😉

Head over to our full product review of the Tokyo Treat Surprise Box to read more about why your teen likely needs this in their life!

*Note you can save more by choosing a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription instead of the monthly option. Also, note that this is a monthly subscription, but you can cancel after your first month if you aren’t satisfied. 

10. These scrunchies are the perfect place to stash away cash or a key. 

two scrunchies a pink with a key inside and a green with a 20 dollar bill inside

Hidden Pocket Scrunchies 2-Pack – $20 
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Does your teen carry their money in a phone case or pocket where it can easily fall out? Gift them these trendy scrunchies that have a hidden pocket to safely stash cash or even a house or car key! We adore these trendy scrunchies that are a perfect blend of style and practicality!

Shopping for a teen who doesn’t wear scrunchies? Check out this unique Secret Money Puzzle Box!

11. Air Force 1s are a timeless pick for teen guys and girls.

hand holding a pair of white air force 1s

There is no denying that teens love Nike Air Force 1s. In fact, if you’ve taken a look at what they’re wearing on their feet, nearly all of them are sporting some style of Nike shoes. Air Force 1s are a timeless choice that will go with so many of their favorite wardrobe essentials.

Wanna snag a deal on Air Force 1s? Nordstrom has several color options on sale for women and men.

Hip Tip: Shop the current hottest Nike deals on the market right now!

12. These inflatable chairs are genius for traveling, camping, festivals, and more.

Teen girl sitting in black inflatable chair at beach

Inflatable Lounger Air Sofa Chair$31.98 (regularly $39.98) 

Your teen will be convincing all of their friends to grab one of these chairs after they see the ease and convenience of toting this thing around! It gives a totally new definition to inflatable chairs since it self-inflates with a simple whisk through the air and is compact enough to fit inside the included tote bag.

13. Teens will use a drawstring bag for nearly everything if they don’t already have one. 

Teen wearing white sweatsuit with navy blue Lululemon drawstring bag on back

Lululemon Lightweight Gym Sack 13L – $39 shipped (regularly $58) 

A drawstring bag is an essential item for any teen to take to the gym, a friend’s house for a sleepover, work for a change of clothes, and so much more. It’s a convenient bag that they’re sure to use on a regular basis.

Looking for a drawstring bag that’s more affordable? Check out this trendy Adidas drawstring bag available for just $15.

14. Grab this under $10 stocking stuffer that will get them outside and playing like a kid again. 

Man, standing with sunglasses and tons of flying silicone frisbees coming at him

Teens still wanna have fun and these flexible silicone flying discs are something that will get them outside and off the screens. They’re softer than a traditional frisbee and are perfect for teens to goof off with friends, or even play with the littlest of siblings without the risk of injury. They make a great stocking stuffer and something they can easily take with them on the go.

As another option, check out this frisbee that lights up.

15. Give them an experience they’ll never forget. 

family in peru

Experiences – priceless 😉

Teens will appreciate the joy of receiving an experience over material things if it’s something that they’ve really been wanting to do. Plus, there are not many Christmases left before they head off to college, so you might as well make them enjoyable. There are endless options when gifting an experience, depending on your teen’s interests, hobbies, and personality. Best of all, you can customize your gift to suit any budget!

Consider an escape room, indoor rock climbing, a baking or arts and crafts MasterClass, private lessons related to their sport or hobby, bowling passes, amusement park admission, tickets to a sporting event, concert tickets, or even a visit to a special destination.

Search your local Groupon for more experience ideas for your teen!

What are your suggestions for the best screen-free gifts for teens? Please share your favorite gift ideas in the comments below!

Check out our other holiday shopping gift guides! 🙌

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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Comments 11

  1. CSexton311

    Bombas are hands down my favorite socks. Yes, they are pricey but that is because they stand behind their promise of replacing socks if you ever get a hole or rip in one. I’ve had the same pairs for about 7 years and they replaced the pair that developed a hole no questions asked. Yeah it took 7 years to get a hole in my sock. They are built to last and are super soft. I absolutely love them and recommend them.

    • Sara (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s wonderful to know, CSexton311! Thank you for sharing that with us!

  2. Jessica

    I was gifted a pack of Bombas socks from my inlaws last Christmas and was like oh… socks. But then I tried them and now I’m gifting them to my kids this Christmas because I love them so much haha.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      😆 Great to hear how much you’ve been loving them, Jessica! Hoping your kiddos enjoy them just as much! 🧦🎉

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing, Kat! 💞

  3. Ali S.

    Both of my teens love their LED stick up lights, fancy socks, and brand-name hoodies. I also buy more charging blocks and cords every year as well as a fancy electric toothbrush.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome to hear what your teens have been loving! They sound just like my kiddos! 🥰

  4. Jenk

    Roc Paddle Board is awesome and that is a great price for them! We are considering on adding another one to our collection for when friends are over!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh awesome! Thanks for the feedback on those boards, Jenk! ❤️🎉

  5. sheilaann

    I got 2 at Walmart

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