14 Best Gifts for Teens 2020
But many teens also feel the weight of the world on their shoulders. According to a 2019 survey by the Pew Research Center, 70% of teens consider anxiety and depression to be a significant problem among their peers. “We can find ways to help manage that at home,” says Catherine Pearlman, an assistant professor in the social work program at Brandman University, a parenting adviser, and the mother of two teens. Comforting and relaxing gifts like a weighted blanket or a subscription to a mindfulness app may help.
We relied on Pearlman, Mayer, and other toy and child-development experts—as well as on the collective experience of parents and other caregivers on our staff—for gift ideas that will help teenagers relax, laugh, and grow. And if your teen has a specific focus, some of our other guides may help you locate an ideal gift. For gaming enthusiasts, check out our gaming guides for the best Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite accessories and the best gaming headsets. Athletes may appreciate something from our health and fitness guides, including yoga mats and fitness trackers.
For more gift suggestions, we also have guides to the best gifts for 9-year-olds, 10-year-olds, and tweens. If you’re looking for ideas for younger kids, check out our guides to the best gifts for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, 7-year-olds, and 8-year-olds, as well as wonderful stocking stuffers for kids. And please share your own best ideas in the comments below.