15 Totally Cool Gifts for Teens Under $20

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Some people think teens are tough to shop for, but I completely disagree. Wanna know why? Because teens love STUFF. Any stuff, all stuff, lots and lots of stuff. Of course, it has to be cool stuff -- unless one wants to be forever known as the lamest gift-giver ever. "Yeah, and then my mom gave me socks. Socks for Christmas!! FAIL." So just in case parents are not sure which stuff is cool stuff and which stuff is lame stuff, we've put together a list of 15 awesome and affordable gifts for teens.

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Thinking about buying a teen something tasteful and practical? THINK AGAIN. Unless it has an animal face on it or can connect to their iPhone, teens don't want to hear about practical gifts. Which would be fine, except that it's hard to know as a mother what is cool and what is so lame that even a teen wouldn't touch it. But have no fear! We did a little sleuthing and found some gifts that any teen would love come Christmastime. Not only that, but all the gifts we've found are under $20! So no need to blow the budget buying them the latest Xbox or Playstation.

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Read on to see which gifts we think a teen will really dig ... do teens still say "dig" anymore? Anyway, break out the giftwrap and take a look at these great gifts for a teenager that are all under $20.

  • Adjustable Initial Ring


    These Adjustable Initial Rings are super cute and super affordable -- not to mention super chic. (A mom might have to pick one up for herself, too. No shame.) And they're available in uppercase or lowercase! ($6.50, etsy.com)

  • Star Wars Cookie Cutters


    Gingerbread men are fine, but gingerbread Darth Vader and Yoda are way cooler. These Star Wars Cookie Cutters also include Boba Fett, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and a Stormtrooper. Adorable even without decorations! ($14.99, thinkgeek.com)

  • Glow-in-the-Dark Colorful Twinkle Stars


    We all know kids love sticking stuff on their walls (and ceilings). Trust us, we've seen too many teen-inspired bedroom "collages." These Glow-in-the-Dark Colorful Twinkle Stars are the perfect addition to any aspiring stargazer's bedroom. ($6.37, walmart.com)

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  • 3-D Pineapple Phone Case


    Is there anything better than a super unique phone case? This one even has glitter! Sure, teens don't need another reason to be obsessed with their phones, but with this cool case, could parents really blame them? ($10.69, amazon.com)

  • Harry Potter Coloring Book


    Coloring isn't just for little kids anymore! In fact, this Harry Potter Coloring Book features illustrations so enchanting, moms and dads might be tempted to pull out the crayons themselves. So try to have some restraint and give this one over to the kiddies! ($10.56, walmart.com)

  • Build On Brick Mug


    Make that cup of morning cocoa more fun with this Build On Brick Mug. It doesn't come with additional bricks, but now parents finally have a use for all those stray Lego pieces that've been floating around the house for years! And any teen will think this is pretty rad. ($14.99, thinkgeek.com)

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  • iPhone Charger Sticker Faces Set


    For the parents whose kids are constantly asking to borrow their phone charger because they can't find their own, this iPhone Charger Sticker Faces Set could help! These reusable vinyl labels from designer Sativa Turner are too cute to lose. And yeah, we grown-ups kinda want them too. ($12.95, uncommongoods.com)

  • Pizza Luv Keychain


    Keeping track of a kid's house key will be delicious with this Verameat Pizza Luv Keychain , which is colorful enough to stand out in even the most crowded backpack. Yes, this is a practical gift, but it's pizza so it will totally pass the teen cool-test. Grab a slice and give it as a gift with a new set of car keys (okay, we'll stop kidding now). ($16, verameat.com)

  • Emoji Minimergency Kit


    Speaking of gifts every mom will want to steal from her kid, every purse should have an Emoji Minimergency Kit: It includes such travel-size essentials as hairspray, clear nail polish, nail polish remover, an emery board, lip balm, clear elastics, earring backs, double-sided tape, stain remover, a deodorant towelette, pain relievers, a tampon, breath freshener, dental floss, adhesive bandages, and even a sewing kit! ($18, pinchprovisions.com)

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  • Fiendish Japanese Pocket Puzzles


    Get the kids off their phone (for once!) with these addictive Fiendish Japanese Pocket Puzzles. It won't only test a child's brainpower and fine motor skills -- it might just test Mom's too! Perfect for a kid who loves games and needs something constructive to do while on the go. ($12.99, thinkgeek.com)

  • Bluetooth Beanie Winter Knit Hat


    Possibly the only way a teenage boy would wear a winter hat. The XIKEZAN Bluetooth Beanie Winter Knit Hat is both a hat AND a pair of headphones. The hat comes on black or gray and has a side panel where one can go forward, back, or pause their music. A good pair of headphones for under $20? Consider that a steal! ($17.99, Amazon)

  • A T-Shirt to Let Everyone Know How They Really Feel


    Someone has to be the cool aunt. And this year it might be the lucky lady who sees this! This hilarious shirt shows off how a teen really feels about homework. ($19.95, amazon)

  • Girls' Cartoon Animal Over-the-Knee Socks


    Not just a pair of socks, these cutesy-critters are a twee compliment to any outfit. Perfect for the teen girl who is obsessed with all things cute, and a cozy way to make sure she stays warm in the winter. And what's better is that a pack of eight is only $17.89! ($17.89, amazon)

  • A Fun Onesie


    If there is one piece of advice I can offer, it's this: Get a teenager a onesie. Hilarious, practical, and they come in all sorts of animals and characters -- these things are solid gold. This SpongeBob one is particularly nice for the jokester, but there are plenty of other onesies in superheroes and animals. ($14.98, Target)

  • Animal Ear Headphones


    Earphones really are the gift that keeps on giving. And these earphones are purrrr-fect (sorry). These cat-ear earphones are simply adorable and come in multiple different colors. They also come in bear ears, if grizzlies are more appealing. ($17.96, Amazon)

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