Our 10 best gifts for teens in 2020

 

Can you buy a cool gift for a teen that’s actually from a small business? Of course! They’re the coolest. in fact we had trouble narrowing it down to just ten… so be sure to look at the rest of our guide for holiday gifts teens will love too.

Our 10 Best Gifts for Teens | Small Business Holiday Gift Guide 2020

 

 

 

All gifts have been editorially determined by our staff. There has been no compensation for inclusion. (We know that's rare.)

There are affiliate links in this guide, which means that some purchases will generate a small commission to help support our own small woman-owned business, at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting us!

All prices accurate at time of publication but subject to change.

Be sure to visit our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide posts and our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide posts for even more fabulous gift ideas
including 50+ cool gifts for kids and teens, all under $15

 

 

 

10 best gifts for teens : Impala roller skates | Small Business Holiday Gifts 2020

Roller skates from a local skate shop

These Impala skates were the hottest ticket this summer — and still are. Credit TikTok for that.

$99.95, Five Stride

10 best gifts for teens : Social justice bracelets from MudLove + a donation | Small Business Holiday Gifts 2020
10 best gifts for teens : Inspirational  bracelets from MudLove + a donation | Small Business Holiday Gifts 2020

Stand for Equality Bracelets or Inspirational Bracelets

Handmade in the US and supporting terrific causes. In fact,  Add in an additional donation to a cause you know they care about — teens care about a lot these days.

Best gifts for teens: Online lessons from a local expert | Small business holiday gift guide 2020

Online lessons from a local pro

Guitar? Singing? Playwriting? Chess? Coding? Caligraphy? Dance?
Find a local pro or tutor who’s now giving lessons over Zoom. 
Image: Jonnelle Yankovich

Search for ” ____ lessons near me” for prices

10 best gifts for teens : National Book Award Finalists in Young People's Literature | Small Business Holiday Gifts 2020

National Book Award: Young People’s Literature 2020 finalists

Open their hearts and minds to a new perspective with one of these highly-lauded books for teens. Like,
We Are Not Free, Traci Chee 
Every Body Looking, Candice Iloh
King and the Dragonflies, Kacen Callender 
Apple, Skin to the Core, Eric Gansworth 
The Way Back, Gavriel Savit 
How we Got to the Moon, John Rocco 

Prices vary, Indiebound online or your local independent bookshop

 

Related: All the best, award-winning children’s and YA books to read in 2020

10 best gifts for teens: Custom Funko Pop from Little Pop Workshop (Brooklyn 99 cast shown here) | Small business holiday gift guide 2002

Custom Funko

Want to surprise them with their favorite Funko Pop! figure that’s not available in stores? This shop makes character from The Good Place, Good Omens, Brooklyn 99 (above), Supernatural, Community, Deadpool, Spiderverse… or a totally 100% custom Funko, with a little lead time. (Check out Jordan Peele!)

From $55 for ready-to-ship, and up

10 best gifts for teens : Seeing eye heart necklace from Peggy Li | Small Business Holiday Gifts 2020

Seeing Eye Heart Necklace

Teens love everything mystical, and this gender-neutral necklace (from one of our favorite small, woman-run jewelry brands) lets them wear the eye next to their hearts, to protect and ward of everything bad. 

$55, Peggy Li

Top 10 gifts for teens: Headphones from Grade Labs, handmade in Brooklyn | Small Business Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Handmade headphones by Grado

Wait…,you mean there’s still a small business, carefully handcrafting audio equipment in Brooklyn, NY? Why yes. Yes there is. For an audiophile teen, this is way cooler than the big brands. 

10 best gifts for teens : Make your own bubble tea kit | Small Business Holiday Gifts 2020

Make Your Own Bubble Tea Kit

One of the best gifts for teens? Anything related to bubble tea. 
Lattes out, bubble tea in.

$38, Uncommon Goods

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