What to buy for a 16-year-old
A 16-year-old can be difficult to buy gifts for. They are past the stage of wanting kids toys, but they’re not quite adults yet either. They’re independent thinkers who are in the middle of exploring their personal tastes. The right gift can show them that you know what they’re into — and encourage them to branch out. Whether they like sports, fashion or music, there’s something out there for the special 16-year-old in your life.
Best gifts for 16-year-old boys
Levi's Men 505 Regular Fit Jeans: available at Amazon
If you’re struggling for ideas for a teenage boy, jeans are a great option that can’t go wrong. As long as you know their correct size, a new pair of jeans will be gratefully received. These regular Levi jeans are available in an array of colors and sizes and are easy to style, making them a great wardrobe staple for any 16-year-old boy.
Tommy Hilfiger Men's Quartz Stainless Steel Watch: available at Amazon
This Tommy Hilfiger watch is a great gift for any 16-year-old boy. It is simple and stylish and ideal for any smart occasion as well as more casual, everyday use. It’s not only attractive but functional too — the watch is water-resistant up to 50 meters and the analog face displays the day and date.
For something extra special, check out this luxury cologne by Tom Ford. Its scent is fresh with a tropical hint reminiscent of being by the beach. It's definitely an expensive cologne, so if you're looking for something a little less pricey, other brands will give a great bang for the buck.
ESPA Men's Triple Action Grooming Oil: available at SkinStore
This three-in-one oil can be used as a facial oil, a shaving oil or a hydrating oil to moisturize beards. Its multipurpose formula is designed to rejuvenate dry skin and keep it smooth and hydrated. It is enriched with vitamins A and E which work to replenish moisture for healthier skin.
Best gifts for 16-year-old girls
New Balance Women's 520 V5 Running Shoes: available at Amazon
If the teen you’re buying for spends most of the time on the trails, a new pair of running shoes will not go amiss. These New Balance running shoes are reasonably priced and offer excellent quality. They’re lightweight and versatile but still provide great support and cushioning.
This eau de toilette is the ideal gift — its scent is popular and not overpowering, so it’s likely to be a hit with most. With notes of bergamot and blossom, it is classed as a youthful perfume and is reasonably priced too. The perfume is available in two different sizes, so you can choose a larger or smaller bottle depending on your budget.
Women's Coach Perry Rose Gold-Tone Mesh Bracelet Watch: available at Amazon
This rose gold watch makes a statement without being too large or bulky. The simple and elegant design features a round 28-millimeter face and rose gold mesh strap with a sliding buckle for size adjustment. It is also water-resistant up to 30 meters.
Women's Floral Crewneck Sweatshirt: available at Etsy
These minimalistic forest green sweatshirts are all individually handmade and feature simple printed flowers on the front. The designs are also made using eco-friendly inks. The size options range from small to 4XL.
Best gifts for any 16-year-old
Apple’s AirPods are extremely popular and for good reason. While they are on the more expensive side for earbuds, the quality is worth the price tag. The AirPods Pro offer customizable sizing to fit your ears securely. They also feature a noise cancellation feature, which is great for tuning out parents and siblings.
Nintendo Switch bundle: available at Amazon
This Nintendo Switch bundle from Amazon not only includes the 32GB console but also comes with a handy travel case, cleaning wipe kit, glass screen protector and more. The Nintendo Switch can be played anywhere, with automatic transitions to the handheld mode when you lift it out of its dock. It makes a great gift for any gaming fanatic.
Portable basketball hoop: available at Amazon
This portable basketball hoop offers heights that are adjustable up to 10 feet high. With a strong base that ensures it will remain fixed in place when it’s being used, it’s great for sporting practice for those who want to improve their skills but is also great for recreational use for any basketball enthusiast.
Oversized hoodie blanket: available at Etsy
This plush hooded sweatshirt is a brilliant gift for any 16-year-old who loves to be comfy and cozy around the house. It’s available in a range of colors so there’s something to suit everybody’s taste. It’s super soft on the outside with a luxurious Sherpa lining for ultimate comfort.
XNS Neoprene Dumbbell Weights: available at Amazon
For the teens who love fitness, these hand weights will add something new to their workout routine. They’re available in a range of colors and weights ranging from one to ten kilograms, so there’s something suited to everyone. Their neoprene grip makes the weights easy and comfortable to handle, no matter how sweaty you are.
Gravity weighted blanket: available at Amazon
Teenagers and sleep go hand in hand, so almost every 16-year-old is bound to love this weighted blanket. Available in several weight and size options, these weighted blankets have been proven to aid better sleep. They’re soft, cozy and help to reduce anxiety and stress with gentle pressure.
Heather Roy is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.
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