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107 Gifts for 16 Year Olds

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Potensic Upgraded A20 Mini Drone

It's easy to control, has 15-18 mins of flight time, and 3 speeds.

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Manual to Manhood

Contains 100 step-by-step instructions on stuff a guy needs to know.

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Tactical Pen

Not just a pen; an LED flashlight, a glass breaker, and a multi-tool.

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Microsoft Surface Go 2

10.5” screen size, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB storage, and 10 hrs battery life.

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97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School

With tips like hosting a film festival, making a podcast, and more.

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Dream Catcher

It’s handwoven from natural cotton thread that’s non-allergenic.

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Everything Your Coach Never Told You Because You’re a Girl

An inspiring look at what defines the most competitive females.

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Nintendo Switch + SanDisk

Play in 3 styles and connect over Wi-Fi for multiplayer gaming.

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Nintendo Switch Lite

Provides handheld play with a sleek design and integrated controls.

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Razer Kishi Mobile Game Controller

This iPhone gamepad is compatible with leading cloud gaming services.

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Enhance Xbox Controller

More portable with superior ergonomics and intuitive button layout.

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UGG Slide Slippers

Made of sheepskin with a sheepskin-wrapped midsole and rubber outsole.

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Monogram Necklace

Hypoallergenic 14K gold plated pendant with adjustable chain.

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Magnetic Dart Board

A 2-in-1 game, double-sided board that measures 19.4" x 16.5”.

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Rotibox Bluetooth Beanie Hat

It's 100% acrylic with a high-quality Bluetooth headset for music.

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TinyName Custom Name Necklace

It's 18k gold-plated and available in 3 colors and 5 different sizes.

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Vera Wang Princess Eau de Toilette Spray

Features rich heart tones of guava, chocolate, and tuberose.

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LED Beanie

100% acrylic and features a 3-mode hands-free light and strobe.

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Anker PowerCore Portable Battery Pack

Long-lasting portable power with dual device charging capabilities.

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Go Pro Camera

Go Pro Camera

A waterproof action camera that takes 23 MP photos and 5.3 K videos.

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Hidrate Spark Smart Water Bottle

It's BPA-free, holds 20 oz and is available in 3 different colors.

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Inspirational Sports Stories

A life lesson tool about perseverance from resilient athletes.

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Over-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

Allows 30 hours of wireless listening for up to a range of 30 ft.

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Soontrans Gaming Chair with Footrest

With a 90-150° reclining backrest, PU leather, and high-density foam.

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Wooden Marble Run Set

Build the 254pc 3D puzzle using logic and eye-hand coordination.

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LED Light Up Basketball

Glows with each bounce for maximum visibility in the dark.

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Magnoloran Led Photo Clip Remote String Lights

It measures 7.2 ft in length with 20 warm white clips and a remote.

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LED Multi-colored Flameless Candles

Vanilla-scented ivory wax measuring 3" wide and 4” to 6" tall.

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Noise Cancellation Headphones

Noise Cancellation Headphones

You get 40 hrs of high-resolution music in noise-canceling mode.

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Manual to Manhood

Contains 100 step-by-step instructions on stuff a guy needs to know.

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3D-Hoodie

3D Hoodie

88% polyester and 12% spandex without fleece, with a drawstring hood.

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Gamepad Neon Sign

Made of a flexible silicone light strip and has a low-voltage design.

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Birthday

Beats Flex Wireless Earbuds

12 hrs of listening time with built-in mic and audio sharing features.

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LED Light-Up Baseball Cap

It has 3 different settings: fast flashing, slow flashing and solid.

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Portable Basketball Hoop, Goal, and Stand

Height-adjustable and made from steel and all-weather nylon mesh.

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Neon Sign

Made of LED strip lights and an acrylic backplate — USB powered.

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Fleece Hoodies

Made of cotton and polyester with a cotton-lined hood and ribbed cuff.

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OontZ Angle Bluetooth Speaker

Water-resistant with a 100-foot Bluetooth range for continuous play.

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Superhero Bath Gift Set

With a fresh scent that isn’t too overpowering.

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Sleek Wireless Headphone

Get 40 hours of battery life with these multifunction on-ear controls.

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JBL Clip 4 Portable Mini Speaker

Waterproof, dustproof; clip it on and venture into the great outdoors.

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Classic Snack Package

Pack contains granola bars, potato chips, cookies, and other goodies.

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Rubix Cube Set

A 5-pack of Rubik’s Cubes with good cornering and smooth twisting.

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Big-Hearted Stuffed Animal

Strong stitching keeps seams from unraveling and it's easy to clean.

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126-Piece Art Set with 2 Drawing Pad

Includes quality acrylic paints, oil pastels, paint brushes and more.

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Multifunctional Bluetooth Charger

Functions as a Bluetooth speaker, night light and charging station.

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Rose Gold Compact Makeup Mirror

The message is laser engraved to ensure it stays clear and sharp.

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Under-Armour-Boys-Shorts

Under-Armour Boys Shorts

Perfect for sports as the fabric draws moisture away from the body.

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WaveRunner Glow-in-the-dark Basketball

This luminescent ball comes complete with a pump and batteries.

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SYMA Remote Control Helicopter

This aircraft has 16 minutes of flight, altitude hold, and 2 modes.

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Hot Sugar Makeup Kit

46 eye shadows, 20 lip balms, 2 blushes, 2 lip glosses, and more.

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Kids-R.C.-Drones

Kids R.C. Drones

Easy to fly, durable, and comes with a high-definition camera.

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Stylish-Watch

Stylish Watch

Lightweight, water-resistant, and a favorite among sports people.

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Pin-Art

Pin Art

3D images made from moveable metal pins on a 5 by 7-inch frame.

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All-in-one Portable Ping Pong Set

Weighs about 2 lbs and is easy to set up on any table up to 72" wide.

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Money Maze

This non-toxic 3x3x3 money holder is ideal for both kids and adults.

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Selfie Stick LED Light with Tripod Stand & Phone Holder

Will hold most 2.5” x 3.7” phones; has a control distance of 32 ft.

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Clocky Alarm on Wheels

Clocky Alarm on Wheels

Super loud, will jump, wheel around and make sure you’re awake.

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Vinwark Northern Lights Projector

It’s a star projector, Bluetooth speaker, and white noise machine.

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Sterling Silver Pressed Flower Teardrop Earrings

It features real dried flowers grown in Mexico and preserved in resin.

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Switch Carrying Case

Has a durable hard shell and a hook loop to secure the device.

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Purple Wall Collage Kit

With 50 pictures printed on cardstock that cover 3 ft x 3 ft of space.

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Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror

With 16 LED lights and a touch screen sensor that adjusts brightness.

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Spikeball Outdoor Lawn Game Set

Weighs ‎7 lbs and has foldable legs for easier set-up and storage.

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Salty-and-Sweet-Care-Package

Salty and Sweet Care Package

Gift basket with potato chips, cheese crackers, candy, and cookies.

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KODAK Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera

A combination of a powerful 5 MP sensor with a wide angle f/2 lens.

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Shot King Dart

Shot King Dart

Measures 18 x 18 x 1.5 inches, weighs 9.1 lbs, and is easy to set up.

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How to CookBook for Teens

It has 100 teen-friendly recipes and it teaches cooking fundamentals.

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Wireless Karaoke Microphone

It can be used as a wireless speaker, MP3 player, and recorder.

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Elastic Shoe Lace

Made with zero-memory elastic rubber, they offer a comfortable fit.

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Smart Self-Balancing Electric Scooter

A safe-to-ride transporter that runs on a lithium-ion battery.

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Bluetooth-Cube

Bluetooth Cube

3x3 speed cube that’s app-enabled to keep accurate stats of your play.

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Astro Boy Building Kit

1,258 pieces set of creative collectible build-and-display models.

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Phone-Camera-Lens

Phone Camera Lens

It comes with a 198° fisheye-, 120° wide-angle-, and a macro lens.

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MRCOOL Night Light Bluetooth Speaker

It features 4 levels of brightness and supports 18 hours of use.

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Shape-Shifting-Fidget-Cube

Shape Shifting Fidget Cube

With 36 rare earth magnets, it transforms into over 70 shapes.

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LED Neon Game Sign

With a low-voltage LED tube, it’s very safe and saves energy.

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Man Gift Box

Man Gift Box

A variety of items for the man who loves adventure and the outdoors.

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Stainless Steel Watch

Has a 22 mm band width and scratch-resistant mineral crystal glass.

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Sony SRS-XB13 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Extra bass, durable for the outdoors, and has a 16-hour battery life.

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AirPods Pro

These voice-activated earphones enhance your listening experience.

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Mobile Gaming Controller

Connects to iPhone lightning port with rounded edges for better grip.

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Guitar Pick Punch

Make custom handmade guitar picks with this premium guitar pick maker.

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Fun

EXIT: The Lord of The Rings – Shadows Over Middle-Earth

For 1 to 4 players; 1-2 hour play time; 2 out of 5 difficulty level.

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“Exit The Game: The Abandoned Cabin”

Includes 92 pieces, designed solely for single use over 1 to 2 hours.

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Pickleball Set

Fiberglass paddles, 2 x 40-hole and 2 x 26-hole outdoor-indoor balls.

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H.D. Binoculars

The 42 mm objective lens offers a wider range and clearer images.

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Hover Soccer Ball

It's made from non-toxic materials with an upgraded performance motor.

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Led Gloves LED Shoelaces LED Jazz Hat Set 3 in 1

It contains 3 AG13 button batteries, and 9 flashing lights.

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SANKILL Unisex 3D Novelty Hoodies

It's made of 92% polyester and 8% spandex and available in 15 designs.

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ATIMO LED Multi-Function Waterproof Watch for Kids

It's water-resistant for up to 50 meters, with a durable resin strap.

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MUSICOZY Bluetooth Ear Muffs for Winter

Has silicone covers, Bluetooth 5.2 and a rechargeable lithium battery.

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Solar Robot

The 190 pc set builds 12 types of robots that are powered by the sun.

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“The Social Skills Workbook”

Features 35 tips and tricks to thrive in social situations.

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RazorX Electric Skateboard

With a kick-to-start motor that can go up to 12 mph for up to 40 mins.

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Curling Zone Indoor Game Set

With 6 air-propelled, battery-operated curling stones and play mat.

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Funny Socks

They’re comfortable, stretchy, and won’t lose color with washing.

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Jigsaw Puzzle

Has 450 pcs made of premium chipboard and a soft-touch matte finish.

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Tortilla Blanket

Tortilla Blanket

71” double-sided throw blanket made of 285 gsm soft flannel.

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Potensic Upgraded A20 Mini Drone

It's easy to control, has 15-18 mins of flight time, and 3 speeds.

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Mini Pocket Drone

Learn cool tricks with auto hovering features, and 3D flips.

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Personalized Travel Jewelry Case

Made from faux leather, it’s waterproof and seals with a zipper.

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No-Skid Memory Foam Slippers

A textured bottom grips the floor to prevent sliding or slipping.

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Bluetooth Beanie Hat Headphones

Double-knit material with up to 20 hours of wireless listening time.

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Sushi Box Socks

3 pairs of socks made of 80% cotton suited for casual and formal wear.

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Tactical Pen

Not just a pen; an LED flashlight, a glass breaker, and a multi-tool.

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Throw Throw Burrito

A dodgeball family-friendly card game for 2 to 6 players.

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“The Way Things Work Now”

Captures the latest developments in tech that most impact our lives.

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Paladone Escape Room Game

Solve riddles, puzzles, and math problems to open the lock to win!

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Cravebox Snack Package

A box with 50 various food items ideal for the office, home, or dorm.

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Selecting gifts for 16-year-old family members can be tough as one can never be sure of their preference at such a happening age. These teens’ personalities and interests change daily, which means you will have to put a lot of effort into finding the perfect gift for them. To make your gift hunt easier, we have researched for you and put together this well-curated gift guide perfect for any occasion.

Choosing the best gifts for 16-year-olds

Teenagers go through a lot. There are bodily changes, mood swings, academic pressure, and above all, peer pressure. While they may have unique interests and hobbies, a lot of what they like will be influenced by what those around them like. This can put pressure on you to provide only the most trendy items available when it comes to birthdays and special occasions.

So what does one get a 16-year-old? Well, at this stage, they’re likely going through a period of self-expression and self-awareness as they mature cognitively. By now, they may be interested in social causes and world views as well as being more empathetic to those around them. 16-year-olds are beginning to think in more abstract ways, identifying previously difficult concepts around them. They might start thinking about their futures and the consequences of certain actions. This may lead them to develop certain interests and hobbies that, if healthy, should be encouraged. Choose gifts that allow them to explore potential career paths and discover new things that they previously did not know about. This could be in fields such as art, writing, technology, or science. A growing trend within the art sector at the moment is 3D art and this can pave the way to a lucrative career opportunity.

Their freedom has also expanded somewhat, with many 16-year-olds acquiring their driving license. This is also a good opportunity for gifts, as you can help them decorate their cars or customize them with cool gadgets, accessories, and decals.

When looking at gifts, it’s best to keep their interests in mind and do some research as to what the latest items are. If they’re into sports, think of new shoes with optimal comfort, accessories to help with the aches and pains and cool athleisure wear for them to slouch around in. Ask questions as much as possible and take interest in their opinions. Not only will this give you a good idea as to what to get, but it’ll show them you care.

How we identified the best gifts for 16-year-olds

One of the ways we identified the best gifts for 16-year-olds was by taking a look at what they were most influenced by. This generation of teens is highly influenced by social media, in particular, Tiktok and Instagram. These platforms are a center for teen entertainment with many products in fashion, photography, and beauty going viral. Just take a look at the increase in orders for the famous Sunset lamp. Purchasing decisions amongst teens are largely determined by what influencers are pushing, more than any other opinions. That, and their friends. Corporate social responsibility is also becoming a factor for teens, with many being concerned about what the company does for the world. This is why many of our products are ethically sourced and manufactured and chosen by reputable companies.

The vast majority of our choices in our guide lend themselves to one of the most important factors of being 16: self-expression. We’ve selected items that no matter what fashion niche they fall into, there’s something for everyone. From psychedelic hoodies to sterling silver necklaces, whatever trend your teen is into, we’ve got it covered.

Teens are also all about decorating their environment to suit their tastes. In our guide, you’ll find a wide variety of products tailored to their specific interests so that they can decorate their room however they like.

We’ve also focused on hobbies that could potentially lead to future careers for them to explore such as art and technology. In the digital age, there are many avenues they can go into and it’s best to start discovering them now while they’re still young. Some of our gift choices focus purely on the fun of it all. Just because they’re nearing adulthood doesn’t mean they don’t like to be goofy. Many of our fun choices are colorful, eccentric, and quirky and will enthrall even the most serious 16-year-old.

Tips for buying the best gifts for 16-Year-Olds

  1. Consider how they express themselves
    When choosing a gift for a 16-year-old, consider how they express themselves through their clothing, music choices, opinions on the world, and what is important to them. This will narrow down the search and help you choose a fitting gift that they’re sure to love.
  2. Think of their changing needs
    At this age, their bodies are changing as well as their minds. When selecting gifts, think of what they most need. Do they require a new skincare item or a bigger hoodie? Have they grown taller? Pay close attention and try to identify areas where there is a direct need for something.
  3. Encourage new discoveries
    If they’ve shown partiality to a particular hobby, try to encourage them to explore it. Now is the time to start thinking about the future and what they want to do when they graduate. Search for items that prime them for the real world and things that spark curiosity to dig a little deeper into a subject.