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Coolest Gifts for Teenagers

What are the best sensory gift for teens?

First, it has to be a product they want! It’s not rewarding to give a gift that teenager is going to toss into the deep recesses of their closet. Second, it has to benefit one or more senses. The entire idea is to stimulate your teenagers sensory system and help them to help themselves if they’re feeling stressed or out-of-sorts.

Hormones are hard enough on our teenagers, so let’s make their lives easier and more enjoyable by treating their sensory systems to some TLC (tender loving care). My theory is, if you have to purchase gifts for the holidays, make them gifts that count! Shhhhhh, don’t tell them there is therapeutic value already included. 

***Affiliate links for amazon.com provided below, but you may find these items at your local mall, Costco, and at many online stores. I always shop around for the best prices out there.

Lava Lamp

These are great to visually mesmerize your teenager to sleep, or calm them after school before doing homework. Lava Lamps are beautiful, soothing, and cool. A must have for your sensory teen!

Lava Lite 2124 Classic 14.5-Inch 20-Ounce Silver Lava Lamp, Yellow Wax/Blue Liquid Lava Lite 2158 14.5-Inch Metallic Lava Lamp with Metallic Base, Yellow Wax/Purple Liquid/Purple

Bean Bag

Not just for hippies, these are wonderful for proprioception. Just think, it’s like giving your teen a big,bear hug. After a long day, your teen may need to chill out or play some video games. It’s hard work keeping it together at school. Lovesac offers these deluxe beauties in 6 foot bean bag and 4 foot been bag. Maybe you can cozy up and read a book in it when your teen isn’t home! They are so comfy.

Comfort Research 6-Foot XL Fuf in Comfort Suede, Black Onyx  Comfort Research 4-Foot Large Fuf in Comfort Suede, Black Onyx

Slinkies!

I don’t think we ever outgrow the awesomeness of these simple toys.  We recently got the Original Slinky Ginormous Rainbow and it’s given us endless entertainment on the stairs, or just playing with it as a fidget.  They’re truly mesmerizing and calming.  Score!!

The Original Slinky Brand Metal SlinkyOriginal Slinky Brand Ginormous Rainbow Slinky

 

Headphones

Many teenagers are into music and what better way to relax after a long day at school than listening to their favorite tunes? There are many options for noise-reduction headphones to give their auditory system a break from outside noises. Headphones are an investment, so make sure your teen takes proper care to keep them in a safe place when not in use. Sony, BOHM wireless, and Bose are all excellent.  Many teens insist on Beats. Choose whatever is best for your teen.

BÖHM Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Technology - Features Enhanced Bass, Inline Microphone & 18-Hour (Max) Battery - Gold/Tan, B-66Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones - Apple devices, Black - Wired

Diffuser

We use this Calily Essential Oil Diffuser below. It’s easy to use, is attractive, and super powerful. An entire room is infused with lemongrass in minutes. Create a pleasurable scent experience that is soothing and alerting in one. Great for using while doing homework. **The diffuser does get hot so please use with caution and in a dry, safe, place.

Use any essential oils you please. I usually purchase organic oils at Lassens, but I adore these Calily Essential Oils as well. We use Lavender for sleep prep, Eucalyptus or Tea Tree Oil at night to keep our sinuses clear, Peppermint or Lemongrass for alertness, and Sweet Orange as a stress reliever.

Calily™ Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser Aromatherapy with Relaxing & Soothing Multi-Color LED Light - Perfect for Home, Office, Spa, Etc.  Calily™ Premium Aromatherapy Essential Oil Basic Starters Gift Set - 100% Pure Undiluted Therapeutic Grade - 6 bottles/10ml each (Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Sweet Orange, Peppermint)

Polaroid Camera

Almost any camera is great for your teenager’s visual motor skills. If your teenager is uncomfortable in social situations, often having a prop or activity like photography can give them an ice breaker, or a focus until they feel comfortable to interact. It’s also a wonderful way to express their creativity.

We like the Insta-Mini 8 camera because it gives instant feedback and is easy to use, there’s not a lot to it. You can write on the blank Fujifilm Instax Mini Exposures.

Fuji Instax Mini 8 N Black + Original Strap Set Fujifilm Instax Mini 8N Instant Camera  Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film, 10 Sheets x 5 packs

Pick up some fun rainbow, stained glass, candy pop, and shiny star instant film options so your teen can fill up their bulletin board with their favorite pictures.

Fujifilm InstaX Mini Instant Film Rainbow & Staind Glass & Candy Pop & SHINY STAR Film -10 Sheets X 4 Assort Value Set

Spa Supplies

What can be more soothing than a relaxing foot spa? If your son is reluctant, plant him in a Lazy Boy in front of his favorite movie or while playing a video game. He’ll come around quickly. You can add Tea Tree Oil Epson Salt if he has a foot odor issue, or Lavender Epson Salt if you’re looking for optimum relaxation. This goes for the young ladies too!

In our home, we fully utilize the spa day experience. We love bath bombs and neck and shoulder wraps. You’d be amazed at how quickly a headache goes away with a large glass of water and a heated neck. If it’s a sinus headache that your teenager is prone to, try these hot/cold gel face masks.  Absolutely divine. And don’t ever under estimate the power of comfy, cozy socks.

Conair Waterfall Foot Spa with Lights, Bubbles, and Heat Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak With Epsom Salt, Helps Treat Nail Fungus , Athletes Foot & Stubborn Foot Odor 16oz Dr Teals Lavender Epsom Salt - Soothe and Sleep - 3lbs - 1 bag   Bath Bomb Gift Set - 6 Pack of Large Organic Bath Fizzies - Lush, Luxurious and Fizzy Healing Soak Bombs with Essential Oils, Shea Butter and Epsom Salts - Moisturizing & Perfect Gift Idea - USA Made Sunbeam 885-911 Renue Heat Therapy Neck and Shoulder Wrap, Green Elasto Gel Hot / Cold Sinus Mask  6 Pairs Of excell Mens Soft Warm Fuzzy Socks, Solid Colors, #1469Keds Women's Supersoft Cozy Socks - 3 pack, Pink Dots

Coloring Books

Sophisticated coloring books have been all the rage this year and there’s good reason, they’re known to be soothing. What better way to decompress after a long day at school? Find stress relieving animal designs, pattern designs, and flower designs. Not convinced? Check out this article on how coloring combats stress in adults.

Colored pencils and a pencil sharpener wrap up this gift that keeps on giving. Maybe your teen will even share a page or two with you.

Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs   Pattern and Design Coloring Book (Volume 1)   Flower Designs Coloring Book (Volume 1)

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 24 Pack, Assorted Colors Crayola 50ct Long Colored Pencils (68-4050)Prismacolor Scholar Colored Pencil Sharpener (1774266)

 

Fidgets

Teens and young adults benefit greatly from fidgets. Often they can reduce stress during a test, a meeting, or anytime someone is feeling anxiety. Some fidgets have a key ring so they can be attached to backpacks (helps to not lose them), and some can fit in the front of backpacks to be easily accessible when needed. And having a teenager, I know that gadgets and games are cool. Other kids will either want to play with them too, or they won’t even notice the fidgets.

Mesh Squishy Ball (Pack of 12)Toysmith Wacky Tracks, Assorted ColorsAbilitations Rainbow FidgetBallLiquid Motion Bubbler for Sensory Play, Fidget Toy, Children Activity, Desk Top. Assorted Colors by Super Z Outlet®Finger Fidget Pencils - Set of 4 - Pencil Fidgets from Express PencilsTM Tangle Relax TherapyFIDGIPOD BY DESK BUDDY NUMBER ONE SELLING HAND FIDGET FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN WITH SENSORY ISSUES

Cooking Gadgets

It’s empowering for teenagers to be able to cook for themselves, which is why these easy to use kitchen gadgets made the Best Sensory Gifts for Teenagers list. To be able to learn which flavors they prefer, different textures, and a variety of smells. Cooking is one of the transitions to independence and a vitally important life skill.

My teen loves to make blueberry waffle sticks, gluten free donuts, and quesadillas. Teach them to use these kitchen gadgets safely and watch their taste buds soar.

Babycakes Donut Maker, Mini George Foreman GFQ001 Quesadilla Maker, RedBabycakes Waffle Stick Maker, Mini

Juggling Balls

I recommend these for your teenager, or if you have to purchase a gift for someone else’s teenager. Why juggling balls? Because the act of juggling is scientifically proven to reduce anxiety, build white matter in your brain (creating better overall health and improves hand eye coordination), and may improve academic work. Check out this article, The 5 Benefits of Juggling if you so desire. Find this set of juggling balls and a video here.

3 Quality Juggling Balls + Burlap Bag + FREE online Instructional Video by MisterM

Multi-sensory Experience

Okay, some of these items are just different and cool. Light-up shoelaces. Color-changing lighted shower head. Now that’s a sensory experience I’d like to try out! Karaoke dance machine. Now, that’s a sensory gift for the entire family. Have fun with it. Provide the sensory experiences that you feel will be most beneficial for your teenager.

Now I’m obsessing over this light up keyboard. Since I often find myself typing in the dark, this could be awesome! My teenager will go nuts for this. How about yours?

Topcabin 7 Colors LED Light Shoelace in 7 Colors Flash Lighting the Night for Party Hip-hop Dancing (Blue)  DreamSpa® All-Chrome Water Temperature Color-Changing LED Shower Head / SPECIAL HOLIDAY PRICE! Singing Machine SML-385 Top Loading CDG Karaoke System With Sound and Disco Light Show (Black)Azio PRISM USB Keyboard with 7 Colorful Backlights (KB507)