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    Updated on Aug 29, 2020. Posted on Aug 26, 2020

    27 Products For Teens That Parents Swear By

    Just a bunch of products that teens *and* parents love.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    All sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. A to-do list that'll help forgetful teens stay on top of all their tasks. Being prepared is a lot easier when they can actually see everything that's on their plate.

    The planner
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this! It has everything my teens need to get reminders done for the day! I love it." —Stefanny the Great

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    2. And a set of ~purr-ty~ adorable cat gel pens so taking notes is a lot more fun.

    The pens
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are adorable! I bought them for my 19-year old daughter, and she loved them." —Jessica S.

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

    3. Wreck This Journal, an interactive book to encourage your teen's creativity and serve as an outlet for worries, stresses, and feelings they don't feel comfortable sharing with anyone else. It's filled with prompts that range from creative, to destructive, to just plain fun.

    Reviewer photo of a page of their journal with the prompt, "cover this page in tape (create some kind of pattern)"
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Bought for my 13-year-old stepdaughter for Christmas. She loves it, and looking through it before giving it to her, I loved the prompts and ideas. Great way to be destructive without parents getting upset!" —Mamameg

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    4. A pack of iPhone chargers for the teen who's notorious for breaking/losing theirs. These nylon braided cables have a 12,000+ bend lifespan meaning you can unsubscribe from your monthly Amazon order of a pack of chargers.

    The chargers, which come in three-foot, six-foot, and 10-foot lengths
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I’ve got these in my vehicle and by the bed. They’re very durable and can’t kink. They charge really well. I’m very satisfied with them." —Jamie S

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $14.99.

    Don't have an iPhone? These USB-C cables work great with most Android phones, and you can get them from Amazon for $7.99.

    5. A string of fairy lights if they want to create a little magic in any drab, dreary bedroom.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Teen daughter wanted to add these twinkle curtain lights in her room. They offer the right amount of color and ambience for her to relax. Very good product and price." —Adam B.

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99.

    6. A Fujifilm Instax Mini bundle because I have yet to meet a teen who doesn't want one. This is their chance to show off their skills behind the lens.

    Reviewer photo of the bundle and light blue camera
    amazon.com

    This bundle comes with an Instax Mini 9 camera, two packs of 20 film sheets, a camera case and strap, a 64-photo album, a selfie lens, four color filters, 10 hanging frames, 10 clips and string, 60 sticker frames, five plastic stand-up frames, and a microfiber cleaning cloth

    Promising review: "I purchased this Instax camera set for my daughter’s birthday. She has really enjoyed using the camera and case as well as all the accessories. The frames and other photo display items are perfect for my 13-year-old. I find it amazing that technology that fascinated me as a child has come back and is cool again. :)" —RC

    Get it from Amazon for $99.95 (also available in white).

    7. An eyeliner stamp that'll simplify your teen's winged liner routine. One end is a triangular stamp for the wings, and the other is a felt tip to connect the wing to the inner corner.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Check out my colleague's Cleopatra Cat Eye Stamp review (#3) for more deets and her pro tips for perfect application.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my daughter as a stocking stuffer and she absolutely loves it! She was very skeptical at first and thought no way is a stamp gonna make my liner look even and perfect. Well she had to eat her words. Someone who takes forever to do her liner cause it needs to be 'perfect' had nothing negative to say about this product. She’s completely sold on the item and is already talking about buying another. A definite recommendation from my adult teen who's obsessed with makeup." —Megmeg

    Get two from Amazon for $14.97 (available in three sizes).

    8. A clay mask so your teen can treat their skin to a spa-worthy mask. It may also help reduce the frequency of their breakouts *and* soften their skin. Reviewers with natural hair say it helped define their curls and clarified their scalp so moisturizing products could actually penetrate their strands.

    amazon.com

    Read our review of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay and discover more of its many uses.

    Promising review: "My son loves this. He’s a teen and has a lot of blackheads and oily skin. He loves to use it with apple cider vinegar instead of water. He says it feels tingly and tightens his skin, once he takes it off it feels so smooth." —Poodle Lover

    Get it from Amazon for $9.69 (available in two sizes).

    9. A blackhead remover vacuum with a powerful head to suction up blackheads, whiteheads, grease, and leftover makeup. It comes with four different attachments for all their skincare needs, as well as five suction levels so they can clear up their skin without painful blackhead-removing strips.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "If I could give this more than five stars, I would. My teen daughter loves it as much as I do. It removes the blackheads with ease. I have found that it does tend to work better after a steamy shower since your face is clean and your pores are open. My favorite probe might be the massage and exfoliate probe. I have been using this for two weeks now and can already tell a difference. My skin has a bit more glow to it. I looking forward to continuing to use this. I highly recommend this product!" —Windi

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95 (available in two colors).

    10. An acne patch for those days when a pimple pops up at the *worst* possible moment. Hydrocolloid, tea tree oil, and calendula oil are gentle on the skin while still drawing out fluids and pus from pimples.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I purchased these for my young teen daughter. She has the occasional blemish from time to time, however she had very sensitive skin and we have to be careful of what products she uses. Not only do they blend in with her skin, making them nearly invisible; but they work FAST! She had a deep blemish that was getting bigger in a tough to treat spot. She applied one of these to the blemish, and wore it all day to school...yep SCHOOL!! She was so excited to show me the results at the end of her school day. The blemish that had been hanging around for weeks, was completely gone. No raised area, no redness, just a faint pink spot where the blemish was. For self-conscious young teen girls, this is an amazing product." —Kelly M Carris-Sexton

    Get 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.50 (also available in XL square patches).

    Our in-depth review of Avarelle's acne patches gets into the nitty-gritty — why they work, how to use them, and why 2,000+ people can't stop raving about them.

    11. A bubbling clay mask if your teen struggles with blackheads and clogged pores. Reviewers say it de-gunks their pores without stripping the skin, plus you're helping your kid create content for TikTok!

    Reviewer photo of the mask looking bubbly
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Bought this one for my teenager daughter to promote her skincare adherence. Despite her age, she still likes toys and cute things. She was exited to get a cosmetic product with a funny picture on it and with a cute name. My plan worked perfectly. Her bathroom visits turn to the daily routine." —Alex Rosenberg

    Get it from Amazon for $9.79.

    12. Make Your Own Beauty Masks a recipe book that teaches you how to make face masks with ingredients you have at home, because what better way to bond with your teen when you can't go to a spa together.

    The cover
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I got this for a young lady just becoming interested in facial products; like most teens, there are some skin blemishes combined with a large dose of youthful self consciousness. Terrific way to try out recipes without breaking the bank — wonderful for bonding and talking. A must have on the list for mother/daughter/grandkids etc. bonding and fun! Easy to follow and comes with a sealed section behind the cover filled with trial mask templates. Super idea and experience!" —AnAmazonCustomer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    13. A Balm Dotcom trio that'll convince your teen that you're actually listening to them, and that yes, you heard them the first thousand times they asked for this. It's a hydrating skin salve made with castor oil, lanolin, and beeswax to lock in moisture and create a protective barrier.

    A trio of Balm Dotcom tubes
    Glossier

    Check out my colleague's Balm Dotcom review here for more deets! (#1)

    Promising review: "My 17-year-old niece who rarely wears makeup loved my selection of birthday cake, rose, and original. A little subtle sparkle and sweet pink color makes her gorgeous face glow!" —Beth

    Get it from Glossier for $30 (available in eight scents).

    14. A Revlon hot air brush so you don't have to wait an hour for your teen to get ready. This'll take them from wet, tangled, frizzy hair to a sleek and shiny blowout in minutes.

    amazon.com

    The brush has special vents that allow air to flow so hair dries faster. Plus, it's quicker than using a dryer and then a flat iron or curling iron, which equals less heat damage.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my teen who constantly straightens and damages her hair. I tried it first AND KEPT IT, then bought her one! We both love it. No need for a straightener. Just 13 minutes from out of the shower to dry AND straight." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $41.98+ (available in four colors).

    15. Differin, a once daily topical retinoid made to treat acne that hasn't responded to any other products. It contains adapalene, a retinoid that unclogs pores and speeds cell turnover so acne doesn't even have a chance to form.

    Reviewer progression photos of their acne slowly fading over time thanks to the gel
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have four teenagers and this is loved by each one! It helps minimize their breakouts. Now, it's not a miracle cream (teenagers have lots going on inside that causes breakouts), BUT it does help cut down on the length of time the pimples stick around. Now, it's very drying. So, I wouldn't slather it all over your face. A little goes a LONG way, peeps." —Jenny

    Get it from Amazon for $11.69.

    16. A lightweight Nalgene for eco-friendly teens who want to ditch wasteful, single-use plastics. Also! They can add stickers to their water bottle!

    The bottle
    instagram.com / Via @nalgene

    Promising review: "I originally had this reviewed as four stars, because I like it but it's only a water bottle...it holds water without leaking, which is pretty much all I'm going for. However, yesterday one of the teens (who uses this bottle nearly every day at school) was jumping out of the car and dropped it. He scooped it out from where it had rolled under the car and the thing was fine. So I'm giving this five stars for clumsy, rough, teenage boys who drop things and toss their backpacks with water bottles on my tile floor everyday after school. Thanks for keeping things dry." —Equi_Sally

    Get it from Amazon for $7.05+ (available in 29 colors, styles).

    17. And speaking of stickers, a pack of waterproof vinyl stickers if your teen, like every other teen, is obsessed with water bottle stickers.

    Reviewer photo of the stickers
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I ordered these for my teen daughter. She is still obsessed with different types of stickers with random things on them so these are perfect! When they start to wear off she has plenty to add more on!" —Kelly Gordon

    Get 50 from Amazon for $5.99.

    18. A cookbook for teens because it'll help them feel more confident in the kitchen (and it'll spare you from having to eat some very questionable creations)!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this cookbook for my son who will be headed to college next year and wants to learn to cook for himself. The explanations are so well laid out making it super easy to follow. He has made three recipes so far and they have all turned out great! He loved the beef stroganoff and the pancakes he’s made, and his favorite dessert is the chocolate mug cake (and he’s convinced that may be the only dessert he needs to get through college 😂) I highly recommend this cookbook since it’s given my son so much more self confidence in the kitchen!" —Theresa Vecchio

    Get it from Amazon for $15.47.

    19. A 14-piece brush set that'll help your teen master their makeup. It's a great starter pack for beginners, but it also has enough variety to impress more skilled makeup gurus.

    The brush set
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Great set for beginners! Don't shed and lots of variety to help with your style. My teen loves them. And I love that they were low cost so she can 'mess' them up while she's learning. Great value." —msaonika

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in four colors).

    20. Some wireless earbuds to spare yourself the stress of buying $159 AirPods even though you darn well know your teen is going to lose one before they even get a chance to use them. These'll do the same thing and look cool while saving you some big bucks.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Bought these earbuds for my son, he's had very expensive buds before and they either get lost or stopped working these were nicely priced with great reviews! Needless to say I was excited cause I didn't have to spend a bunch of money on a maybe. These earbuds exceeded my expectations the sound was good, it came with instruction so no guessing when it came to pairing, my son has used them for four hours so far and hasn't had to charge them. I also appreciate that it's waterproof just encase I forget to check his pockets before tossing pants into the washing machine :)" —Carolyn S

    Get them from Amazon for $34.99 (available in five colors).

    21. A Raspberry Pi starter kit for budding teen coders who want to learn new programming languages. They can use it to build a retro gaming machine, automate their home, or build a garlic bread robot like my roommate did.

    Reviewer photo of the raspberry pi
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Purchased for my teen and I to start a hobby. He came across it after organizing his TV stand for an upgraded TV for gaming. We didn't even use the TV. He got the kit out and started learning on his own over the weekend. Easy to use and understand. He's 13 and has no issues with the materials nor instructions." —Gonzo

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in four styles).

    22. A pair of Converse high-tops if you need a fail-proof gift for a teen. These classic kicks go with everything and have been deemed cool by actual teens.

    Reviewer wearing black Converse with a gray T-shirt dress
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "My daughter begged for these shoes for months before she finally got them and they are her absolute favorite! They were a good purchase and a happy teen is priceless! They are a versatile and can go with any look. We haven't had any issues with staining socks due to the dark color, which is always nice! My daughter can wear them all day long with no blisters and no soreness of feet. They are very comfortable for her and we highly recommend them should someone want this look. She and her friends also have matching pairs, which makes for great fun. These also pair well with just about any color as they are black and white." —Shawna

    Get it from Amazon for $20.94+ (available in sizes 5.5–14 and 25 colors).

    23. Or a pair of equally cool Air Force 1s because all-white shoes are always a look. Even though they were originally designed as basketball shoes, they're still a slam dunk off the court thanks to their lightweight cushioning for all-day comfort.

    The shoes in white
    Nike

    Promising reviews: "My 19-year-old daughter loves these!" —Nandita M

    "Got these for my daughter's Sweet 16 and she loves them! Worth the money." —Karmeltinat

    Get them from Nike for $90 (available in sizes 5–12 and also in black).

    24. Some photo clip string lights that'll basically be the IRL version of your Gen Z teen's Myspace Top 8 (something only millennials will remember).

    The lights
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a great addition to my teen's decor. What a great way to display their Polaroid pictures in their room. The lights also make a subtle night light." —Sassles

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    25. An inspirational Women In Sports book that profiles 50 groundbreaking athletes so your teen is always reminded of what they can accomplish.

    The cover
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This was the perfect book for my 13-year-old who was looking for some inspiration. The book is beautiful and really engaging and chock full of stories about female athletes. A great representation of many sports! —Witherow

    Get it from Amazon for $13.29.

    26. A pair of pocket leggings — yes, a pocket! — to make your teen forget all about the $100 leggings they were begging you to buy them last week.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am so impressed with these leggings. Great price for high quality! They are thick, but not bulky. Not see through. My teen daughter loves the phone pocket and loves these leggings for dance, workouts, and everyday wear!" —Minnesota Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL).

    27. An oddly soothing bubble wrap iPhone case for fidgety teens who need to keep their hands busy.

    The phone cases
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Got this for my daughter, who has ADHD. She loves it and so do all her teenage friends!! Big hit!" —J Marcel

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three colors and compatible with iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, and iPhone X).

    Happy parents *and* teens high-fiving after buying these products:

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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