We know shopping for teen gifts can be pretty challenging, but in our experience, tech is pretty much always a hit. All year long, we’ve been keeping our eyes on the hottest new tech trends so we can share them with you (and us too) this holiday season. Keep in mind, we also have some fabulous recommendations for tech gifts for tweens and big kids coming soon, but these tech gifts for teens are for our older kids who know how to use (and take care of) these gifts. Well, hopefully. Truth be told, we’d be happy getting any of these gifts ourselves even though we’re a few years past our teens. Ha.

This post has been updated for 2021

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Polaroid Pop: Cool tech gifts for teens

Polariod POP Instant Digital Camera Nothing beats the instant-gratification of a Polaroid camera printing your photo out seconds after you take it. And we’re seriously impressed with the new Polariod POP, which lets you print photos with their iconic border but also stores photos and digital video too. ($59.99 on sale)

Related: 10 cool tech gifts each under $25


Tech Holiday Gift Guide for Teens; The JBL Charge 4 Portable Bluetooth speakers in lots of colors and designs

JBL Charge 4 – Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker We’ve been longtime fans of JBL’s relatively affordable speakers, and their room-filling sound. This durable, 10″ speaker is perfect for teens who want a little more color than a typical black or white speaker — though those are available too. ¬†($149 on sale)

Tech Holiday Gift Guide: Teen Gifts for Teens | Cinemood projector

Cinemood portable movie projector This tiny projector is just 3″ big, but it can display up to a 12-foot digital image on your wall. Slumber party movie night, made. But what will keep your kids coming back to use this one over and over is the fact that you can access your favorite streaming services, including YouTube, Netflix, you get the idea. And as a mom who’s becoming more and more concerned about blue light effects on my kids, I like that Cinemood gives your eyes a break by eliminating blue light. It’s pricey, but really, really cool. (Note: you can now buy refurbished and guaranteed versions on Amazon for around $320)

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Tech Holiday Gift Guide: Teen Tech Gifts | Nintendo Labo Robot
Nintendo Labo Variety Kit This cool new Nintendo Switch capability of the Nintendo Labo allows your kids to build their own robots, vehicles and gaming accessories out of cardboard, then use them as controllers for their Switch games. There are a variety of kits to choose from, and if you have a STEM-loving teen who already has a Nintendo Switch at home, this will be a big winner. ($57)


Tech Holiday Gift Guide: Teen Tech Gifts | the new MacBook Air
The new MacBook Air Liz wrote about why we think the new MacBook Air a perfect laptop for families, at Apple’s most affordable price yet.¬†So if a new laptop is on your kids’¬†need¬†list as well as their wishlist, we think the holidays are a perfect time to splurge on a new computer. Update: Be sure to check out the 2020 MacBook Air, currently on sale on Amazon for around $949

Related: Here’s why your teen wants Apple AirPods¬†


Tech Holiday Gift Guide: Tech gifts for teens | 3Doodler Clutch Kit
3Doodler Create Clutch Kit The clever 3Doodler Create+ 3-D Printing Pen lets your teen create any 3D object they dream up, simply by drawing it. But this clutch kit gives them the accessories they’ll need to create their own bag with a cool wave or trendy floral design on it. Note: you also need the 3Doodler Create + pen in order to complete the project. ($19.99 plus the pen)


Holiday Gift Guide: Teen Tech Gifts | Xbox One X
Microsoft Xbox One with Wireless Controller Want to win best mom-dad-aunt-grandparent-uncle ever this year? Give your teen the new Xbox One X. It’s the top-of-the-line console, with 1 terabyte of memory for super-fast game play. And select new games have earned the “Xbox One X Enhanced” logo, meaning they’ve been built to take full advantage of this console’s power. In other words, it’s crazy good. ($729 new, or $449 refurbished)


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Awesome holiday tech gifts for teens: Hoverboard Electric Scooter with Bluetooth Controls

Hover-1 H1 Electric Hoverboard with Bluetooth connectivity¬†Do hoverboards still freak us out a bit? Yes. However we love the safety features built into this updated scooter — like overcharge protection and ultra-bright LED headlights. But our kids love that they can connect their phones to adjust settings, and play music via the scooter’s Bluetooth speakers as they glide down the sidewalk. Or just down the driveway. (Be safe, kids!) ¬†($249.99)


Tech Holiday Gift Guide: Tech Gifts for Teens| Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate This is going to be the game of the season, and we can see why. (Edited to add: It’s still a huge hit in 2021 and so, we were right!) Super Smash Bros. has all our favorite characters, from Mario and Luigi to Link and Donkey Kong. It’s great for family play — our families love the player battles, where we can play against each other — but also good, clean fun for kids to play on their own. ¬†($45.99)

Related: 3 spooky fun Nintendo Switch games for kids who like things a little dark


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Tech Holiday Gift Guide: Teen Tech Gifts | Bluetooth Beanie
Beanie with Bluetooth speakers This smart beanie has Bluetooth headphones built right in, so your teens can go in and out of the cold weather without missing any of those educational podcasts they’re listening too. Ha, we’re kidding. But in addition to streaming their music for 5 straight hours, they can also answer calls and even skip ahead to the exact song they’re looking for. ($16.99 on clearance if you hurry)


Cool tech gifts for teens: GoPro Hero 9 camera for amazing action footage
GoPro Hero9 Camera Let’s be honest, the¬†GoPro is a splurge, ¬†but if you have a kid who’s serious about photography and filmmaking this would be an amazing gift to get their career started. So incredible for shooting while biking, skiing, swimming, or just running around outside with friends. Or if you can spend just a few bucks more, find everything you need in one package with the GoPro Hero9 with Accessory Bundle. ¬†($445-489)
Tech Holiday Gift Guide: Teen Tech Gifts | HP Sprocket Printer
HP Sprocket portable photo printer We keep coming back to the HP Sprocket for anyone on your holiday gift list, especially teens. This tiny, portable printer (it’s smaller than your phone) fits in your pocket, but it prints high quality photos on sticker paper via Bluetooth. Your teen can take it to their next sleepover and all their friends can connect to it to print their favorite pictures of the night.¬† ($219)


Tech Holiday Gift Guide: Tech Gifts for Teens | Harry Potter Bluetooth Speaker


Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Bluetooth speaker For those Potterheads out there, this gorgeous Bluetooth speaker is the perfect gift for the kid with their Hogswart House in their Insta bio. ¬†We’d include¬†Harry Potter series on audiobook too, for your younger fans to listen to as they go to bed at night. ($80, Pottery Barn Teen) ¬†

Tech Holiday Gift Guide: Teen Tech Gifts | Texting Gloves by Free People
Fingerless texting gloves It’s not like they’re going to give up texting all winter, right? But taking gloves on and off to let Mom know you’ve arrived safely is so annoying. We love these knit fingerless gloves in lots of colors, each designed to let them keep on texting (stylishly!) without letting their hands freeze. ($45)


Tech Holiday Gift Guide: Teen Tech Gifts | PlayStation VR Headset by Sony
PlayStation VR by Sony There are tons of VR options out there now, from really cheap to really expensive, but Sony’s VR headset for PlayStation is a top choice from reviewers at a mid-range price. And for teens who are into gaming (and already have a PlayStation 4¬†— or a brand new PS5, lucky kid!) this is a great choice. It has simple plug-and-play functionality, and takes games to a whole new level. ($249)

Be sure to check out our tech holiday gift archives for lots more ideas!

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