When gift cards just won't do, Christmas gifts for teens that will make them smile.
Converse are cool. Go one better with this version that has a mini-corduroy texture and contrasting brown leather laces for a look that stands out without trying too hard. $95 at Likelihood (Capitol Hill)
An otter drinking coffee. What’s not to love? This super-cute sweatshirt features an original illustration, hand-printed in Seattle using eco-friendly, water-based inks on blue organic eco-fleece. A retro off-the-shoulder neckline and front kangaroo pocket with raw hem details complete the look. $55 at Monster Art & Clothing (Ballard), Frock (Phinney Ridge) and revivalink
If they have Pokémon fever, they’ll want one or both of these new games that introduce a swath of new Pokémon species, new battle moves and improved graphics. Trading is allowed across games. Rated E; For Nintento 3DS. $32 each at game sellers
It’s a lip gloss! It’s a ring! It’s the best of both worlds. This limited edition, silver-colored ring from Seattle-based Butter London contains lip-plumping, shimmering gloss that leaves a tingling sensation. Ring size 7. $22 at butterlondon.com
Your art lover can move into 3D pieces with this pen that extrudes heated plastic, which then cools into a stable piece almost instantly. The pen comes with an array of colored plastic strands, tools for cleaning, full instructions and more. $100 at fab.com
They can rock out at home or on the go with this portable, entry-level Bose speaker. Fun colors and easy pairing make it perfect for their bedroom or a game room. $129 at Nordstrom
Show her you think she’s out of this world with this mod tribute to the ringed planet Saturn. It features a half-inch disc made of recycled silver on a hammered brass band. Handmade-to-order in Seattle, each ring is one of a kind — just like she is. Allow 5–7 days production. $48 at Velouria (Pioneer Square) and etsy.com/shop/KnuckleKiss
This cheeky gym bag offers new motivation with the words, “After this we’re getting pizza.” Cotton twill with leather handles, gold hardware and a hot pink lining add appeal. Includes side pockets on both ends for easy access to her essentials. $28 at Northwest Art & Frame (West Seattle) and bando.com
This new board from local company K2 has forgiving flexibility to help riders get to the next level. And its bold colors will pop beautifully in the powder. $400 at Evo (Wallingford)
“You are awesome!” proclaims this kitschy coloring book from Seattle’s wackiness emporium. Everybody needs a little boost of self-esteem, and this book is funny and funky enough that your teen might actually spend some time with it. $7.50 at Archie McPhee (Wallingford) and mcphee.com
Celebrate a Seattle tradition since 1954 with this shirt featuring the classic colors and logo of everyone’s favorite local burger joint. Throw in some gift certificates for burgers and shakes with his buddies. $23 (includes shipping) at ddir.com or Dick’s Burgers locations
This pocket-sized mixer brings the fun without big pieces of equipment to worry about. It connects to up to two devices with a headphone jack and fades and adjusts levels. There’s also an output to a speaker for sharing with a crowd. $100 at uncommon
This mini notebook makes a great gift for the gadget-obsessed teen, with a screen-printed front that tells it like it is. Made in the U.S. with unlined paper, it measures just 5.5 by 8.5 inches for easy portability — like a phone. $5 at raygunsite.com
Celebrate the Huskies’ epic football season with these comfy, high-performance socks from Seattle’s Strideline company. $18 at strideline.com
The pop-soul superstar’s latest release brings more upbeat anthems to start the party or just provide some homework distraction. $10 at amazon.com
This comfy lounge chair will be the hit of the game room. It fills with air in seconds, then deflates and stores in a small, portable package to take outside or to a friend’s. Available in red, green or blue, the Lamzac fits one lying down or two side by side. On sale for $60 through Dec. 31 at Click! Design That Fits (West Seattle)
The Moto Z is thin and fast, but its real draw is the ease and functionality of its Mods — specialty attachments that stick to the phone via strong magnets. There’s an extra battery, a speaker, a projector, and a more advanced camera with a true zoom and flash. Moto Z, $700; Moto Mods, $60–$300 at motorola.com
Seattle company Union Bay has utilitarian style down. Case in point: This jacket, in dark grey, that goes with everything and will see her through the seasons. Made of cotton with spandex for shape, it features adjustable roll-tab raglan sleeves and a hood for rainy days. On sale for $30 at unionbay.com; free shipping on orders $25 and over with promo code HOLIDAY through Dec. 1.
Local company Ride’s new boots add a high-traction sole to make it easier to spend a day on the slopes. A dial allows for lace adjustments on the fly, and support liners and a new 3D formed tongue provide more comfort. $250 at Zumiez
Selfie-loving celebs are obsessed with this front-lit phone case, developed by a professional photographer. LED lighting on both sides of the phone makes everyone look their best. Dimmer button and rechargeable battery case included. $55 at Nordstrom and lumee.com
Note to readers: Store lists are not exhaustive. Please call for availability. Prices quoted are list prices. Savvy shoppers may find better deals.