More than any other age group, teenagers go through a crazy roller coaster of changes. Once they bid farewell to the “little kid” years, they really start to explore who they are, who they’re not, and who they want to become. They are on a constant quest to find a voice (and, perhaps, the #perfecthashtag). We think this period of self-discovery is really awesome. Here at UncommonGoods, we’re all about encouraging individuality. So we hand-selected 20 of our coolest items for the savvy, curious, flourishing and fun-loving teens in your life. These gifts will not only be Instagram worthy keepsakes, but also little stamps of uniqueness during this holiday season and beyond.
Put a human face on technology.
Make saving up their pennies like a party for your teen! Bonus: you don’t actually have to break this bad boy to get the cash out.
Looking for a gift that’s one part pet, one part science project? This aquarium looks like a magical glowing orb, but it’s actually illuminated by living plankton!
This kit features all-natural ingredients, and enough of them to make five tins of lip-smacking goodness! Perfect for a fun group activity or a day of self-care for your teen.
Your teen may be used to doodling blooms in the margins of their notebooks, but this kit really brings them to life. Perfect for budding creators who are ready to take crafting to a whole new level.
Dudes and dudettes alike will flip for the ’80s cool this print evokes.
Empowerment never goes out of style, nor, we decree, do petite pink pom-poms.
Somewhere over the rainbow you might find a matching set of earrings, but they wouldn’t be half as cool as these.
Tired of having to compete with your teen’s phone? You might as well give it the official party invite.
For the teen with an affection for analog stuff, consider this minimal magazine rack. (Yes, they still make magazines… and LPs, which this also holds. Jeez, Mom, get with it.)
Sleepover parties just got an adorable upgrade.
It’s about time your teen gets those tentacles in a row.
Froyo is so last year.
Keep calm and punch holes (into these special paper strips that make music).
When being a teen just can’t get any tougher, those awkward moments remind us that there’s always room for extra embarrassment. This game reminds us that there’s even more room for extra laughter.
Because coding is the must-have job skill of the future, right?
For the teens who are rock legend ready, this portable practice tool allows them to hone their chord progression skills on the go, without making a peep.
A daydream is a terrible thing to waste.
She may not have conquered the glass ceiling yet, but why not show her that you believe she can?
Because moldable magnetic putty makes for the coolest time lapse videos ever.