17 gifts that teens actually want

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Teenagers love to feign excitement over a gift and then rush to return it. In turn, they tend to get a lot of gift cards. But where's the fun in that?

There's an ocean of cool gifts that teens are pining for, plus a few they don't even know they want.

Below, we've found 17 quality presents that adolescents might genuinely want.

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Feed their sweet tooth.

Feed their sweet tooth.

Treat House is a gourmet bakery in New York City that ships Instagram-worthy treats nationwide.

In addition to its holiday Rice Krispie treat box (pictured), the bakery makes treat pops and marshmallows in a variety of holiday-inspired flavors.

Price: $36

Snag them a fresh pair of kicks.

Snag them a fresh pair of kicks.

Sneakers are a necessity for every teen. These high-top Vans are made of leather, so they won't get destroyed by the elements during winter.

Inspired by the Vans classic Old Skool, they're like the sneaker version of boots.

Price: $80

This camera was made for #TBT.

This camera was made for #TBT.

Millennials are all about immediacy, so give them a camera that spits out photos the minute they're snapped.

With a retro-chic design, Lomography's Lomo'Instant Sanremo comes with three different lenses for endless photo possibilities.

Price: $169

Turn them into a DJ on the go.

Turn them into a DJ on the go.

Your teen is sure to be the life (and DJ) of every party with this pocket mixer.

The pocket-size unit plugs into the headphone jack of an MP3 player, laptop, or phone, and it doesn't even require a power source.

Price: $100

Buy them a whole set of polishes.

Buy them a whole set of polishes.

Deborah Lippmann's Dressed to the Nines nail polish set is valued at $108. It includes eight bold shades and a "Hard Rock" polish that doubles as a base and top coat.

Price: $45

Get him his very first shaving kit.

Get him his very first shaving kit.

Introduce him to the art of shaving with Anthony's Perfect Shave Kit, which includes a glycolic facial cleanser, pre-shave oil, shaving cream, and aftershave balm.

Price: $65

This is the makeup palette she's dying for.

This is the makeup palette she's dying for.

All the beauty vloggers on YouTube are raving about this palette, which means the teen girl on your list wants it for sure.

Full of jewel-tone eye shadows in matte and metallic finishes, Urban Decay's Vice4 palette will last her until next year's Vice5 drops.

Price: $60

Treat him to a watch he can wear with everything.

Treat him to a watch he can wear with everything.

Inspired by military field instruments, the Ranger 45, from luxury accessories brand Nixon, is bold and sleek. He can wear it to school, special occassions, and his first job interview.

Price: $200

A mobile printer brings their Instagrams to life.

A mobile printer brings their Instagrams to life.

From food porn to selfies, your teen is constantly snapping photos. This Zip Mobile printer by Polaroid lets them print out their greatest shots and post them in the real world.

Price: $130

This backpack is guaranteed for life.

This backpack is guaranteed for life.

JanSport backpacks have a lifetime warranty, so this is potentially the last backpack your teen will ever need.

The Right Pack Expressions backpack comes in a variety of patterns, like this gray varsity felt design. They're also designed with a 15-inch laptop sleeve and padded shoulder straps.

Price: $64

Make sure they have a lifeline for the most important thing in their life.

Make sure they have a lifeline for the most important thing in their life.

Scrolling through social media, listening to music, and texting sucks the life out of a phone battery fast. Throw your teen a lifeline with this Jackery mini charger, compatible with Apple, Galaxy, and GoPro products.

At under four inches, it's pocket-size and comes in four different colors.

Price: $11-$15

Get him the cologne that will become his signature.

Get him the cologne that will become his signature.

It's time for him to adopt a signature scent. Polo Red Intense by Ralph Lauren is a bold fragrance with notes of ginger, leather, and coffee. It's also bottled in a festive red flacon.

This gift set includes a 4-ounce and 1.3-ounce fragrance.

Price: $93

Snag the Kylie Jenner look for less.

Snag the Kylie Jenner look for less.

If she follows Kylie Jenner on social media, she's familiar with the reality star's collection of pricey Cartier love bracelets and probably wants one for herself.

For thousands less, get her this Cityscape Astor Studded bangle by Michael Kors. It's similar to the Cartier bracelet without looking like a cheap knockoff.

Price: $150

Find him a shirt he'll actually wear.

Find him a shirt he'll actually wear.

Thank the Brooklyn hipsters — flannel shirts are more popular than ever.

Worn alone or over a T-shirt, this organic cotton flannel by Patagonia will keep him warm, and it won't get all ratty in the wash.

Price: $89

Treat her to the women's fragrance of the year.

Treat her to the women's fragrance of the year.

Voted women's most popular fragrance of the year, Taylor Swift's Incredible Things eau de parfum has notes of vanilla, pink pepper, and grapefruit.

It's feminine, clean, and youthful, without being sickly sweet.

Price: $40

Check out these shiny headphones.

Check out these shiny headphones.

In-ear headphones are easy to transport and fit under snug beanies and ear muffs.

Happy Plugs is a Swedish fashion and lifestyle brand that offers earbuds in a variety of different finishes, including gold and cheetah print.

Price: $40

Pick up Kendall Jenner's signature lipstick.

Pick up Kendall Jenner's signature lipstick.

Here's another one for the Kardashian-Jenner fans in your life: Kendall Jenner's online-only, limited-edition lipstick.

It's a red-orange shade with a matte finish and hydrating formula. The case is emblazoned with Ms. Jenner's signature, in red, naturally.

Price: $30

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