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Presents Beneath $25 for Teenagers, School Youngsters (2023)

October 19, 2023
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Looking for inspiration for less expensive gifts for your son or daughter? Take a look at our Christmas Gift Guide, which is filled with presents under $25 that might also make thoughtful birthday gifts or cute Secret Santa gifts, too.

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Christmas gift guide for teens (all under $25)

1. Stasher Reuable Silicone Bags (Amazon)

Your teens will never go back to using disposable baggies once they have their own Stasher bags. Dishwasher and microwavable safe, they can be used for food storage, filled with liquids, or used for makeup storage in a travel bag. They are available in many colors and sizes.

2. Resistance Band Set (Amazon)

Resistance bands

Here is a great, well-priced fitness idea — these compact resistance bands are a way anyone can work out, even in a small dorm room or apartment. Perfect for anyone who travels.

3. Anker Power Bank (Amazon)

Power up a phone with while on the go. Compatible with iPhone 15/15 Plus/15 Pro/15 Pro Max/14/14 Pro/Samsung/Pixel/LG. 

4.Bombas Socks (Bombas)

We love these socks for their durability, comfort, variety of styles and sizing. Plus, for every sock purchased, Bombas donates one pair to someone experiencing homelessness.

5. Apollo Tool Kit (Amazon)

dorm essentials

A basic tool kit is a useful part of dorm life and, later, when your teens move into an apartment, they will be happy to have one. This one has 39 pieces which come in a durable box storage case.

6. MAC Lipglass Lip Gloss (MAC)

Love, love, love this lip gloss.

7. ESPN Trivia Night (Amazon)

Your teens can challenge their friends in this mega trivia game with 1000 questions. This could also be a fun family game to play during the holiday season.

8. Master Lock Portable Safe Lock Box (Amazon)

master lock

Keep valuables safe with this mini lock box. Interior dimensions are 1-1/4 inch H x 8-1/8 inch W x 3-1/2 inch D

9. Zodiac Ring (Etsy)

zodiac rings

These slim rings are massively popular this holiday season.

10. Journal Pens (Amazon)

Pens for journaling

If your teen likes journaling or color-coding notes and assignments, this best-selling pen set would be a nice gift, especially with new journals.

11. Men’s Henley T-Shirt (Target)

This Henley shirt is available in eight colors and styles and is very well-priced.

12. Phone Bike Mount (Amazon)

roam bike mount

So your teen can keep both hands on the bike handlebars instead of holding their phone; this holder will keep it secure and visible.

13. Cell Phone Stand (Amazon)

This phone stand would be a practical gift for anyone on your list. Both sturdy and portable, it folds, making it easy to throw into a backpack for use at home, work, and school. Phones can be used in a horizontal or vertical orientation.

14. Carhartt Cuffed Beanie (Amazon)

Available in loads of colors, Carhartt beanies may be the only hat your son will wear. They are great for girls, too, and would be an incredibly thoughtful gift for anyone moving to a colder climate. This is a #1 best seller in hats on Amazon.

15. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

This best-selling lip treatment would be a nice gift for anyone who loves health and beauty products.

16. Hidden Pocket Scrunchies (set of two) (Uncommon Goods)

These velvet scrunchies, in lavender and blue, feature a hidden pocket with a zipper to store your essentials, like keys and cash.

17. Essential Oil Shower Steamers (Uncommon Goods)

Place one tablet in the shower, turn on the water, and enjoy spa-like scents that infuse the steam. Choose ROSE, LAVENDER & GERANIUM, EUCALYPTUS, ORANGE & MINT, and PINK GRAPEFRUIT.

18. Olive & June Mini Neutral Nail Polish Set (Target)

Three Olive & June neutral colors and a top coat make this a very nice gift.

19. Bronax Cloud Slippers (Amazon)

Super-comfortable, these slippers are available in many colors and would be great for anyone on your list.

20. The Defining Decade: Why Your 20s Matter and How to Make the Most of Them NOW (Amazon)

Defining Decade

Dr. Meg Jay is a clinical psychologist and an associate professor of education at the University of Virginia. She has written a compelling case for how young adults can take their twenties seriously and why they should.

21. Left Center Right (Amazon)

Left Right Center

This is one of THE most popular games among the Grown and Flown community.

22. Make-Up Travel Brush Set (Amazon)

makeup brush set

A gorgeous set of makeup brushes in these dynamic colors might inspire your daughter to throw out her old brushes and begin 2024 with an all-new and clean makeup routine. While made for travel, they are equally functional for use at home.

23. Photo Snow Globe (Amazon)

snow globe

Teens can make their own snow globe with the photograph of a best friend, a furry friend, or the family that loves them dearly. This is a cute, seasonal alternative to a more ho-hum picture frame.

24. LED Photo Clips String Lights (Amazon)

string light photo display

This string light photo display is a whimsical decoration and an easy way to dress up a drab dorm wall or bedroom wall.

25. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse (Amazon)

The boy, mole, fox and hound

This international bestseller is all about kindness, friendship, and home. The gorgeous illustrations are unforgettable.

26. Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone (Amazon)

Do Your Laundry

Author and illustrator Becky Blades wrote this book and created the gorgeous artwork as a goodbye letter to her own college daughter. Don’t forget to add your message at the end. This is the right gift to give your soon-to-be-flown daughter.

27. Lightweight Vest (Target)

There are few outwear garments as flexible as a vest and we think your son might love this lightweight quilted one in either navy or black. It can be worn over a sweater or hoodie or under a jacket.

28. Letters of Gratitude (Amazon)

gratitude book

We can talk to our teens about being grateful, but here is an excellent way for them to show it.

29. Ninja Wallet Multi-Tool (Amazon)

ninja tool

This credit-card-sized tool has 6 Hex wrenches, a can opener, fruit peeler, bottle opener, ruler (standard & metric), letter opener, box opener, phone stand, eyeglasses, Phillips, and Flathead screwdriver. Genius!

30. Mario Badescu Facial Sprays (Amazon)

facial spray

Mario Badescu has a big following, and the facial sprays are one reason. This set will allow your teen to sample aloe, rosewater, and lavender scents.

31. Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza (Amazon)

taco cat goat cheese pizza

With a name like “Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza,” we were instantly intrigued and had to buy this fun and fast-to-learn card game for our families.

32. Glossier Hand Cream (Glossier)

This luscious hand cream from the super-popular brand Glossier will be something your daughter would love. Smells so good.

33. Men’s PJ Joggers (Target)

These 100% cotton joggers might be the pajama pants your son will wear all holiday long.

34. Bracelet Hair Tie (Amazon)

bracelet hair tie

If your daughter has long hair, she likely wears a tie on her wrist when pulling her hair up. Now, she can wear a cute bracelet instead that converts to a pretty hair tie.

35. Shower Speaker (Amazon)

shower speaker

This shower speaker has been a big hit with our sons, who love to sing in the shower. Bluetooth and waterproof, they’re available in 6 colors.

36. Makeup Remover Pads (Amazon)

make up pads

Here is a genius remedy to makeup stains on nice washcloths — washable makeup pads that come in a mesh wash bag. Less waste than using paper pads, too.

37. YETI Tumbler (YETI)


YETI makes a variety of unique tumblers, and the 10 oz one is under $25. They keep hot or cold beverages at the desired temperature for hours, come in various colors, and can also be customized (additional expense for that).

38. Faux-Leather Crossbody Bag (Target)

This compact cross-body bag is available in many pretty colors and is just the right size to keep a phone and a few valuables: adjustable strap and zipper closures.

39. Harry Potter Keychains (Pottery Barn Teens)

Consider one of these beautifully-designed keychains if your teen is a Harry Potter fan.

40. Winter Gloves With Touch Screen Sensitivity (Amazon)

Cute gloves that keep your daughter’s hands warm, and she does not have to take them off to use her phone to call you!

41. Athleta Coffee Run Wallet (Athleta)

Keys, two cars, and some cash-grab it and go.

42. Soak Mineral Bath Salts (Sephora)

Ninety-two percent of users recommend these bath salts.

43. 6 Pack Sport Bands Compatible with Apple Watch Band (Amazon)

If your teen has an Apple watch-here’s a chance to change it up on the daily.

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