Gifts for Teenagers: 10 Sources Under $50

Shopping Guide

Teenagers have a reputation for being fickle and finicky, and it's easy to get stumped when shopping for them. If you're looking for affordable gift ideas for a pre-teen, high school kid, or college student, here's a list of sources to get you started.

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What's the perfect gift for a teenager with too much tech? A charging station that wrangles all their phones, cameras, and MP3s in one place! This Kikkerland Charging Station (with faux grass) is fun and affordable at $30.

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Almost any gift you buy at this Brooklyn store will make you seem cool. They have a variety of home accessories in all price ranges, including lots of unusual pillows and wall decor in their signature "urban, youthful" aesthetic. Shown: Purple Laptop Log Pillow, $49.

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This San Francisco-based online store stocks the best of contemporary design (including dorm decor) and they carry prints and posters by Hybrid Home, Upper Playground, and other popular graphic designers. Shown: Limited Edition Print by Hybrid Home, $40.

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For the minimalist teenager, this Japanese store (with locations in New York and a national e-commerce site) has bags, organizers, and travel gear that's cooler than your average backpack. Shown: Canvas Shoulder Bag $30.

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This online shop (they also recently opened their first ever 'door store' in Brooklyn) believes that "great design should be fun and entertaining." Shop here for Lego-shaped digital cameras and desktop robots. Shown: Juno Cheeseburger Phone, $26.

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For a kid who needs a little help staying organized, how about classic modernist calendar? Designed by Massimo Vignelli in 1966, the Stendig Wall Calendar ($39) has remained a stylish icon that fits in anywhere.

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For a kid whose tastes are constantly changing, try impermanent peel-and-stick wall decals. Blik's wall decorations are inexpensive, removable, and come in hundreds of styles. Shown: Socket Light Wall Decal, $25.

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How about a book with some serious hipster cred? Maxwell reviewed Todd Selby's book and had this to say: "So packed with cool people that by the end, I wished that there were MORE famous people in the book, more spectacular interiors." Find it starting at $23 on Amazon.

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Instead of a fussy jewelry box, why not go modern and try West Elm's lacuqer office storage boxes? Ranging from $10 - $40, the collection is affordable, versatile, and simple enough to fit in anywhere. (They work as catch-all organizers for guys, too.)

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Make a teenager's bedroom a little more cozy (or set up a study spot) with some new floor pillows. Urban Outfitters carries a few inexpensive and colorful styles, including these Corduroy Floor Pillows for $28 each.

Photo: A & G Merch