I remember coming home from my friend’s birthday, 14 years old, and digging through a plastic goodie bag to discover the awesome things inside. I giggled with the excitement of receiving Lip Smacker flavored chapstick found inside, cherry, naturally. We will often say that teens can be so hard to figure out. That may be true for a lot of things in life, however, I feel like most will love the items found on my list of teen birthday favors.
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Best Places to Shop
Since you will be trying to buy for around 10 people, it best to head to the shops that offer the most bang for your buck. The important thing is to plan your bag to have an idea of the kind of do-dads you want to throw in there. Some of my favorite places to go shopping for these items include:
- Target- they have a fantastic area in the front to find fun seasonal merchandise that is well priced. The other option is to look in the accessories areas for packs of items you can break down into individual items for the bags.
- 5 Below- if you haven’t been to one, DON’T. Just kidding. They have so many great things for… below five dollars. You may even find some things for yourself that you won’t be able to resist (I just got a great yoga roller there!)
- Dollar Tree- while it seems like an obvious choice, there are always new things coming into the store. I was just there and saw lavender and vanilla make-up removing wipes. They are great and only one dollar!
- Bulk Stores like Sams & Costco- when you need to purchase a large amount of something, these stores reign supreme. Perfect for decadent candy and fun packs of snacks.
- You can always consider a few of the thrifty party shops that most people forget about.
Best Teen Birthday Favors for Girls
When I think about people that love all things glamour, then I can quickly arrange a list that will have them squealing delight. I have seen these items in the places above. I know the items are in packs that you break apart, or in bins for a thrifty price. Keep an eye out for these great finds!
Miniature nail polishes
I have found these minis in packs of 15 that make it a breeze to gift one to each guest. Who doesn’t love a new, fresh bottle of polish? Count me in!
Nicole Miller Striped Mini Nail Polish Set – 15 Glossy and Trendy Colors
Pick out a few different styles or learn to make your own bath bomb at home.
Lip Smackers was the big brand when I was a teen and it still holds true to this day. But most novelty sticks will provide multiple flavors in a single pack.
Lip Smacker Skittles Party Pack, 8 count
Packs of nail stickers can be cut easily into strips to make for quick gifting. Just make sure that you cut them in 10s so the friends have one for every finger, lol.
Jytrading Nail Art Sticker, Pack of 40, Watermark Slider Flower Butterfly Nail Art Stickers Manicure Decals
Make-up removing wipes
If the teens are getting to the age of make-up, let us instill some good habits as well. We should remind them if put the make-up on, they take it off before bed. We don’t need to allow more chances for acne to strike.
I’ve recently become a fan of headbands that look like headscarves. My noggin can’t keep a full headscarf on to save my life. These are cute and stay in place all day long.
Messen 6 Pack Headbands for Women – 3 Bow Headbands and 3 Chiffon Pearl Hairbands, Cute Fashion Cross Knot Pure Color Hair Hoop Headwrap Headwear for Women Girls Hair Accessories
I feel a little more glamorous with my hair pulled slightly back and a lovely flower placed into my flowing locks. Teens will love an excuse to toss one of these delicate-looking blooms in their coiffe.
I would usually go with a more neutral tone for this item. You may also consider clear with glitter because, c’mon, glitter is the best!
The packs of 24 earrings are one of my favorite gifts for teen birthday favors. They can be easily cut apart and come in all styles.
There are so many styles to choose from when it comes to bracelets that teens love. Acquiring a pack of these will be simple, I’m sure!
- Slap bracelets
- Jelly bands
- Chunky costume
- Tattoo style
If you are having a great theme party, you can find necklaces to match the occasion. Throwing a unicorn birthday party can lead to having an adorable charm necklace to remember the fun of the event.
Look for the rings that have the stretchy band to fit most hand sizes. I really like the rings that have far too many rhinestones but sparkle like a Lady Gaga prom dress.
With all the amazing make-up items these days, you will be hard-pressed to find an easier goodie bag treasure. You may come across more glitter fun too!
Teens love fun scents like cotton candy, sour apple, and unicorn fart. You read that correctly. Alas, it smells awesome. I found the Dollar Tree is currently carrying some lovely concoctions, too.
Ownest 10 Pack Fruits Extract Fragrance Hand Cream,Moisturizing Hand Care Cream Travel Gift Set with Shea Butter For Men And Women-30ml
I just found mermaid make-up brushes at the Dollar Tree! They would be a perfect favor for throwing a mermaid-themed birthday party. I bet they are only going to come out with more exciting items soon enough!
For me, the ultimate hair clip was the butterfly clip. These are making a comeback and with the fury! I’ve never seen so many colors and styles. I wish we had those in the nineties!
Be pampered and pretty with single-use face masks. My favorites are the ones that have animal faces on them or the sticky kind that you have to peel off your face. I used to love seeing all the grim that was pulled off in the end.
I prefer to pick up the glitter make-up that is in a rollerball or lotion application. This will help with the ever-present teen clumsiness that causes a glitter explosion.
12 Colors Self-adhesive Chunky Body Face Glitter – Holographic Cosmetic Glitter For Hair Eye Nail Art, Colorful Mixed Makeup Palette for Festival, No Need Extra Glue
Best Teen Favors for Boys
Boys, especially teens, are all around the age when memes, video games, and media are kings. Pick some fun items that celebrate their goofball nature that is overflowing. Here are my favorite items for the guys.
Whether it is Magic the Gathering, Pokemon, or any of the countless others, these small packs of cards are a cool gift to receive.
Collecting sports cards is a pastime enjoyed by many a young man. This is a fun way to celebrate a particular sport that they may be into.
Never underestimate the power of a good pun on a pair of socks. Or socks that are just ridiculous- did anyone order the laser cat tacos?
This super fun gadget will lead to hours of entertainment. The guys cannot get enough of this cool gift.
Flying Ball, Crystal Flashing Hand-Controlled Infrared Induction Flying Toys with LED Light,Rechargeable Light up Sensor,Colorful Flying Helicopter Toys,Suitable for Kids, Teenager
Tiny ukulele or guitars are a funny present to receive in a teen birthday favor bag. Kids love trying to create actual songs on these ridiculous instruments.
Remote Controlled Mini Cars
By giving them something that feels like a video game controller, they may find themselves not staring at a screen for the first time in a while. This is pretty fun for the couple of bucks it’ll cost.
Great Teen Birthday Favors for Everyone!
Adult Coloring Books
I can spend a good hour relaxing with a coloring book. It helps creativity and imagination and I think it is great for kids around this age to perform these quiet moments during the day.
Fun Gel Pens
Packs of rainbow pens, glittery pens, or even scented novelty pens will be well received by the guests. These are very useful and enjoyable.
I know these are completely invaluable in my household. You can never have too many charging cables floating around. Now, these are very easy to acquire at an affordable price.
For the roughest age group with technology. It is nice to have a new screen protector for those phones. Make sure they are cleaning them too! Those hands are dirty so those phones are too!
Earbuds come in all colors and styles. Having a pair on hand is great anytime. I try to keep stocked up on earbuds, you never know when that random pair is going to be your saving grace.
Finding phone pops that are funny and desireable is easy to do. Again, Five Below is one of my favorite locations for low priced tech accessories.
I’ve been seeing these cable-biting animals popping up everywhere and I have to say, they really extend the life of your charger and your phone’s charging port.
CKANDAY 12 Pack Cute Animal Cable Bites Protector Saver Chompers Chewers Buddies Protection for Cellphone Phone Accessories Charger Cord USB Charging Cable
Hold the phones… Bluetooth shower speaker for $5? Yes indeed! I was surprised at the volume you get with these inexpensive and compact devices.
With keys coming just around the corner, novelty key chains are a hit. I once had one that was a hampster that would walk and vibrate when you pulled the string. The ones they have out now are even better at making you chuckle.
Sushi Cat Clever Idiots Nekozushi Keychain – Blind Box Includes 1 of 5 Collectable Figurines – Features a Detachable Keyring – Authentic Japanese Design (Version 1)
If you choose a great party theme for your teen, pick up a matching bag that carries it through until the end. For all the styles, there is a great thematic bag that will fit.
My favorite because my kids go through them like hotcakes. We are always searching for another bag to put some kind of miscellaneous items into for a trip or activity.
KUUQA 15Pcs Multicolor Drawstring Backpack Bags Cinch Sack Pull String Bags Bulk Christmas Gift Bags for School Sport Gym Yoga Traveling
I hope this has helped you decide on some fun teen birthday party favors for your next celebration.
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Kim’s is the party planning, cupcake loving, celebration catalyst behind the Thrifty Little Mom Blog. Kim was a pro event planner for over 7 years before she became a full-time blogger. Kim is the author of: Live, Save, Spend, Repeat: The Life You Want with the Money You Have. She’s been featured on Time.com, Money.com, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Day and more! Kim aims to inspire you to create parties, celebrations and gatherings that everyone loves!