24 Gifts For 13-Year-Olds That Will Win You Major Cool Points
Turning 13 is a huge milestone, and with this newly minted teen status, your child is probably developing a variety of new interests while also holding onto some of the things they've loved through their childhood. Whether you're a parent, family member, or friend to a 13-year-old, you know that this marks such an exciting time in their lives where you get to see them grow and embrace their personalities like never before — but it can also complicate knowing exactly what they're into, especially going into the holiday shopping season.
Finding a gift that will elicit excitement for any teen can be tricky enough, but 13-year-olds present a special kind of challenge. Fortunately, you can elevate their older interests with "cool" things they and their teen friends would love while still honoring the new and exciting things they're discovering a liking for. If you're totally lost on both of those fronts, we've got you covered. As shopping experts, we know exactly what products are popular right now and also what those notoriously picky 13-year-olds will probably have on their holiday wishlist this year — and we're here to help you find a holiday gift so great, it will solidify your status as the cool member of the family.
From bean bag chairs and Polaroid cameras to fruity lip glosses, a mini golf pad, and even classically cool sneakers like a pair of checkered Vans, find the best gifts to give 13-year-olds below.
— Additional reporting by Alessia Santoro
A Travel Gift For 13-Year-Olds: Uncommon Goods Ticket Stub Diary
Perhaps your 13-year-old isn't traveling too much these days (at least not yet), but soon enough their teen years will be filled with weekend trips with friends, concerts, and so much more. Help them cherish these precious memories with this Uncommon Goods Ticket Stub Diary ($14).
A Goofy Gift For 13-Year-Olds: Sushi Socks Box
We'll admit, these Sushi Socks ($23) are a bit of a specific gift. But hey, if your kid loves sushi, they'll definitely get a kick out of showcasing their love for the food with this goofy set, which comes complete with three pairs of themed socks.
A Magical Gift For 13-Year-Olds: Elwood the Unicorn Cereal Bowl
Your teen can scarf down their cereal in style with the Elwood the Unicorn Cereal Bowl ($42) before running to catch the bus. The whimsical and colorful bowl gives a whole new meaning to "tasting the rainbow" with its magical unicorn design and rainbow-wrapped print.
A Sporty Gift For 13-Year-Olds: Retrospec Quip Mini Cruiser Skateboard
Got a sporty teenager on your hands? They'll spend endless hours at the skate park or just riding around the neighborhood with this stylish Retrospec Quip Mini Cruiser Skateboard ($34) in tow. Plus, if the navy hue isn't their vibe, the board also comes in several other colorways, too!
A Coloring Gift For 13-Year-Olds: World Map Coloring Tablecloth
The more time you can get your teen to spend in a creative and crafty space, the better! This World Map Coloring Tablecloth ($30) will help your kiddo to step away from the TV or tablet and encourage them to spend their afternoons creating something awesome instead.
A Sneaker Gift For 13-Year-Olds: Vans Classic Sneaker
Are you even a teenager if you don't own this cult-favorite Vans Classic Sneaker ($65)? Your kiddo will feel so trendy and cool in this classic style from Vans, which boasts a slip-on design that makes it comfortable and incredibly easy to wear at home or while on the go.
A Trendy Gift For 13-Year-Olds: Athleta Girl Limitless Convertible Mini Bag
This Athleta Girl Limitless Convertible Mini Bag ($35) doubles as the most perfect dupe for some of the other, pricier crossbody belt bags out there — many of which are frequently sold out. We love the versatile blue coloring, and the bag's subtle yet sporty silhouette!
A Cool Gift For 13-Year-Olds: Pizza Embroidered Snapback Cap
Who doesn't love pizza? Well now your 13-year-old can declare their love for the cheesy dish with the help of this Pizza Embroidered Snapback Cap ($20). The classic, dad hat style is wrapped in a denim-like material that gives it a nostalgic flair. Anyone else have a sudden urge to order pizza now, too?
A Thoughtful Gift For 13-Year-Olds: Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera
Your teen years can often prove to be some of the most memorable of your entire life. Help your 13-year-old capture every little memory with this super-cool Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera ($90, originally $100). The nostalgic camera even prints little photos out almost immediately, so your teen can hang them up all over their bedroom.
A STEM Gift For 13-Year-Olds: Remote Control Robot
You can't go wrong with a gift that'll challenge them. The STEM Remote Control Robot ($33, originally $40) will teach your teen new skills and inspire them to start thinking in whole new ways. Plus, with the interactive building process, it also makes for a fun group activity, too!
An Innovative Gift For 13-Year-Olds: Makey Makey Invention Kit
With the Makey Makey Invention Kit ($50), your teen can flex their creative muscles by turning virtually anything into a working electronic device (casual!). A doodle becomes a computer keyboard, or a banana becomes a remote control — the world is their oyster, and this gift gives them the freedom to think in whole new ways!
A Pop Culture Gift For 13-Year-Olds: BB-8 App-Enabled Droid
Any Star Wars fan will love having this BB-8 App-Enabled Droid ($225) by their side — and honestly, maybe even any non-Star Wars fans, too. The little droid robot will provide endless hours of entertainment for the whole family, and it can even be programmed to sync up to an app for iPhone-enabled fun.
An Educational Gift For 13-Year-Olds: Let's Start Coding Ultimate Coding Kit For Kids
If your teen has shown interest in computers, you're definitely going to want to get them this Let's Start Coding Ultimate Coding Kit For Kids ($175, originally $250). The product comes with over 60 code projects that can help them learn if this is a career they would like. Plus, it will get them thinking in brand new ways and spending less time on their smart phone or computer in the process (bonus!).
A Hands-on Gift For 13-Year-Olds: Hogwarts Castle Lego Set
This giant Hogwarts Castle Lego Set ($470) is the best gift for an entire family to bond over. You might not be able to actually transport your teen into the Wizarding World, but with this Lego set, you can at least bring some very real magic into your household.
A Lounging Gift For 13-Year-Olds: Pottery Barn Teen Vegan Leather Modern Lounger
Your 13-year-old will want to spend hours lounging around in this stylish and unbelievably cool Pottery Barn Teen Vegan Leather Modern Lounger ($299). The plush seat is wrapped in a vegan leather material that's both comfortable and durable. Whether they use it as a gaming chair or a cozy seat to do their homework in, it will definitely prove to be a staple in their bedroom.
A Decor Gift For 13-Year-Olds: XO Magnetic Wall Decor
Take cork boards to the next level with these supersleek Magnetic XO Wall Boards ($129). The cute decor pieces will elevate any bedroom space, while also doubling as a place for teens to display their favorite photos, ticket stubs, thoughtful cards, and so much more.
A Radiant Gift For 13-Year-Olds: LED Photo Clips String Lights
Help them to show off all of the cute photos they've taken this year with the help of this string of LED Photo Clip Lights ($19). You can forgo the need for photo frames altogether with this radiant decor piece, as it holds up to 50 photos alone!
A Satisfying Gift For 13-Year-Olds: Uncommon Goods Bubble Wrap Calendar
Whether they are counting down to winter break or a big test, this cool Uncommon Goods Bubble Wrap Calendar ($25) gives them the satisfaction of a daily pop. The quirky calendar will actually get them excited to track down upcoming dates and events, plus it will double as a fresh decor piece in their bedroom, too!
A Trippy Gift For 13-Year-Olds: Star Galaxy Projector
With this trippy Star Galaxy Projector ($34), your teen can reach for the stars and see them projected all across their bedroom, too (casual!). Beyond the magical projection, the tool even features a built-in remote speaker, so they can play their favorite tunes while admiring the galaxy, too!
A Sporty Gift For 13-Year-Olds: Mini Golf Pool
The Mini Golf Pool ($119) is something that kids and adults alike will be able to enjoy — and all within the comforts of your own home, too. Whether they love golf or pool, it's truly the best of both worlds. The interesting mashup comes with 16 golf balls that look like billiard balls and two putters.
A Practical Gift For 13-Year-Olds: Hydro Flask Water Bottle
Reusable water bottles are such a practical gift, and this durable Hydro Flask Water Bottle ($38, originally $50) is a particular favorite. Your 13-year-old will be able to take it with them wherever they go, from a sport's practice to the classroom and beyond, they'll be able to stay hydrated and keep the planet a little cleaner, too!
A Personalized Gift For 13-Year-Olds: Minnie & Emma Phone Case
Give the gift of personalization this holiday season with Minnie & Emma's super cute, soft silicone iPhone cases ($59). Pick from one of 20 colors for the case and from two dozen hues for the initials. The brand also features other fun motifs for phone cases, such as smiley faces, tie-dye, blooms and animal prints and recently did a collab with fan-favorite brand, Love Shack Fancy.
A Nourishing Gift For 13-Year-Olds: A Lip Balm Set: Laneige Sweet Dream Trio
Our editors are notoriously big fans of the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, and with this Laneige Sweet Dream Trio ($32), they can get three bestselling flavors in one delicious bundle — including berry, plus two festive flavors, pumpkin spice and peppermint. To learn more about the product, check out this review of the original Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask.
A Skin-Care Gift For 13-Year-Olds: Pacifica Reusable Silicone Under Eye Mask
Middle school can be exhausting, and even your 13-year-old could use an excuse to relax and unwind — with the help of this Pacifica Reusable Silicone Under Eye Mask ($15), of course. Simply incorporate the under-eye masks into your skin-care routine and reap the benefits of brighter, more energized eyes.