For the music lovers, these are fantastic gift. I use mine every day, almost without fail. My favorite cheaper ones so far are Panasonic ones, which you can find on Amazon and possibly Ebay. The ones that are closest to mine you can find here. They're the best ones I have ever owned by far. If you wanted a more expensive option, I've heard that Beats are good. I have never owned a pair, but they seem to be liked by the majority. Also Bose are supposed to be really good as well.
Before you "what the crap" lemme explain. Ukuleles are the easiest instrument to learn, and the sound so sweet and happy. Plus, if your teen is a Twenty One Pilots fan, it's a win-win situation. Also, learning any instrument is good way to learn perseverance and patience, so I guess it's a win-win-win. anyway, I think it's a good gift idea. ;) A Soprano uke is recommended for beginners, though I would opt for the ones in the $50 range, not the ones in the $20-$30 range. Why? because I have a very distinct feeling that you will get a better quality uke that way. Just my opinion. I am by no means an expert.
Prismacolor color pencils and a sketch pad
For the artists, or anyone who loves to draw or doodle. Prismacolor pencils are praised by professional artists. My sister (who is very artsy) has a set, and they are lovely. The set of 24 that my sister has are not bad at all as far as price. They can sell for up to $50 in some places so I would recommend Amazon or Walmart for the better prices. As far as a sketch pad, Walmart has a decent selection for a different prices. Note: Make sure the sketchpads are acid free. The drawings will last longer if they are acid free.
Is there a band in town that your teen loves? Buy them tickets. I'm pretty sure they'll love you forever (okay I hope they do anyway but you know). Note: you may have to do some discreet research or asking around to determine the favorite band.
This ties in to the concert tickets. band merch makes band fans very, very, very happy. You may have to do some discreet research or asking around to determine the favorite band though.
We teens are growing, therefore we need food. Especially Oreo's and chocolate and those things that are not good for us at all.
For readers, these are LIFE SAVERS. When one can't sleep, and when one is riding in a car late at night, they prove to be most useful. And, they may make the reader want to read an actual book instead of a kindle, which is healthier for them right? (Truth be told I'm just making excuses because I want one). this one clips onto the book, and is affordable too. this one though (it is a little more expensive), looks like it would be amazing. It's all according to your budget though.
Something to benefit a hobby or passion of theirs
What are they passionate about, or what do you notice about what they like to do? Get something that they could use for their hobby or passion. For example, if they like to knit, get them patterns or yarn, or if they like photography, get them their own camera or a new lense. They'll appreciate the interest in what they are interested in.
A giant teddy bear
I'm 100% serious. Everyone needs it in their life. Granted, they are not the cheapest thing in the world, but in my opinion, IT'S SO WORTH IT. ESPECIALLY, if the teen needs a bit of comfort in their lives. Believe me, stuffed animals are wonderful for emotional support. Especially giant ones. I don't know why. But they are.
A bag for all their tech (laptop, tablet, etc.)
technology is taking over the world (actually that sounds awful. lets not let it please.). Most teens have a laptop or tablet or phone or all three. you can get plenty of sick as frick messenger bags or cases for all of it, and at affordable prices now, too. (this is also a great option for someone who loves to stay organized. I know I do.)
A cool mug for coffee or tea
Even if they just drink hot chocolate or something. I would highly recommend looking on Etsy for one. They have one for just about every fandom or family member, with hundreds of quotes and such. Funny ones, sweet ones, majestic ones. I'm telling you. They have just about everything. Plus, it feels great (especially if you have siblings ;)) to have your own special mug.
What's one of the most memorable gifts you ever received? Merry Christmas everyone!!