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Top 6 Trending Back-to-School Gift Ideas for Teenagers

It’s that time of year again. It’s the Black Friday of back-to-school shopping, where every store vies for your dollar with a promise to have your teen looking the most fashionable on campus. Back-to-school sales are the perfect way to find a gift your teen is sure to love at a price your wallet can handle.

From clothes to shoes to personalized gifts and more, we’ve narrowed it down to the top six back-to-school gifts your teen will love.

1. Care Package Deals

A tradition in some European schools is to equip younger children with a cone full of goodies to prepare them for the start of school. Why not do that for your teen? Throw together some of their favorite goodies, school-related and otherwise, and show them that you care. Use a service like Happy Box or make your own. 

2. New Shoes and Threads

Not many stores offer something for the average parent’s budget, a cool vibe and both practicality and self-expression all wrapped in one. Finish Line does just that. From clothes to shoes to backpacks, this back-to-school sale will get the essentials marked off your list without breaking the bank. And the best part? Your teen will love the style options. 

3. Hydro Flask

A hydrated brain is a functional brain, and we all want to help our teens do their best as they head back to school. Grab a Hydro Flask, which are known for their durability and crazy ability to stay cold or hot (whichever you need) for longer than should be possible. This is another brand doing good; to date, they’ve contributed over $2.5 million to building, maintaining, restoring and providing more equitable access to parks. 

4. Locker Kit

Lockers are a great way to let kids express their unique style while also creating a practical space for organizing the day. You can create your own locker kit in the style of your teen or buy a pre-made kit from places like Tools for School. Grab shelving, mirrors, lights and magnets to create that home-away-from-home locker feel.

5. Headphones

Teens love their music and the many back-to-school sales are a great opportunity to get some new headphones at a discounted price. Keep your eye out for AirPods, Bose or Jabra (just to name a few of our faves). Use a service like Honey to help you find the best price on the internet. 

6. Photo Printer

Help your teen get those back-to-school photos off their phone and into their hands. Photo printers are fun, easy and portable. Your teen can print any pictures from their device and share them with friends, hang them in their locker or stick them in a purse or wallet. Photo printers are a great way to share memories. A couple of our favorite printers are Fuji Film Instax and the Canon SELPHY Square.

Back-to-School Sales Are for More Than School Supplies

Back-to-school sales aren’t just for checking off a list of school-recommended classroom supplies. They’re a great way to turn supplies into gifts for your teen, giving them an opportunity to express themselves affordably while also getting what they need. 


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