Your teen may just want gift cards, but these surprises are sure to please.

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Top gifts for teens for the 2018 holiday season:

PB Teen Beanbags

Provide the ultimate crash pad for their room with an oversized beanbag chair. Choose from a ton of covers, including faux furs, cute animal faces, shimmery velvet and “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter” themes. Starting at $99 at

Baleen Pom Hoops

Cute and a little bit sassy (perhaps like your teen?), these locally handmade, shiny gold-plated hoops feature a little something extra: a happy little pastel wool pom in the middle. $42 at Baleen (Ballard) and

Pandora’s Box 5s Video Game Console

Introduce them to your childhood classics with this plug-and-play console that connects to any HD TV or PC to deliver hundreds of old-school video-game classics in all their pixelated glory, including Donkey Kong, Galaga, Ms. Pac Man, Dig Dug, Space Invaders, Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter and more. Great for family bonding, rainy days, school breaks and sleepovers. $170 on

“Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel”

Inspired by the hit Broadway show, this moving novel retains the power of the original, telling the tale of Evan, who struggles with anxiety, and a big lie he creates in the wake of a classmate’s suicide. $19 at booksellers

Zombie Ninja Escape Room

This challenging escape-room adventure makes for a fun family outing or experience with friends. You have 60 minutes to solve clues in order to escape from a locked room with a zombie chained to the wall. But the clock is ticking … as time passes, the zombie’s chain gets longer and he’s coming for you! Play as a team or duel friends. Ages 16 and younger must be signed in by a parent, who can play, leave or watch from the “contamination room.” Reserve online at least a week in advance. $32 per person at Ninja Escape (Fremont) and

Nau Down Scarf
Nau Down Scarf

Nau Down Scarf

This oversized, recycled-down scarf out of Portland coordinates with their puffy jackets, and packs away into a built-in zipper pocket to transform into a travel pillow for a quick nap between classes. A water-resistant finish keeps it — and them — dry and warm while looking cool. $100 at REI and

Apple AirPods

Wires and big headphones are so last year. Now teens want wireless earbuds that connect instantly when you put them in your ears and magically pause when you take them out. Tap them and Siri activates, ready for your voice command, whether it’s “Play my walk-to-school play-list” or “Call Mom.” They last five hours on a single charge. $159 at Apple stores and

Jane and the Shoe Kiki Faux Shearling Slide

These trendy shoes, designed in Seattle, give the two-buckle slide a fun, modern makeover with faux-shearling straps in mustard, dark gray or blush atop a slight wedge heel. It’s basically hip hygge for her feet. $70 at Nordstrom and


This lauded new video game tells a new Spider-Man story, with advanced combat and web-swinging mechanics, a detailed design of New York City and a compelling narrative. Rated T; for PlayStation 4. $60 at major retailers

Newton and the Apple Grammar Pencils

Stuff your grammar nerd’s stocking with these clever pencils in ombré shades of green. Each has a common set of grammatical trip-ups, such as “there, their & they’re,” “your & you’re” and “who, that & which.” $10 at

Butter Home Glazen Peel-Off Glitter Nail Lacquer

A new innovation from the local line’s Glazen collection, this opaque glitter nail lacquer will give her holidays extra sparkle. It peels off easily with no muss, no fuss and no basecoat, for easy glamour on the run. $12 at Ulta and

Memebox I Dew Care Masking Minis Set
Memebox I Dew Care Masking Minis Set

Memebox I Dew Care Masking Minis Set

The popularity of K-Beauty and masking continues to grow, and this adorable bundle combines both. The set includes eight tiny winky-face pots, with five clay masks and three glittery chrome masks in black, purple and green, plus a silicone brush. $38 at Sephora, Ulta and

Fuego Fox Knit Beanie

Your teen will look terribly clever in this cozy acrylic knit beanie in rusty orange with cute, fuzzy white ears. What does the fox say? Thank you! $20 at Fuego and

Liberty Bottleworks Insulated Water Bottle

They carry a water bottle everywhere; shouldn’t it be quality? The Union Gap company’s vacuum-insulated, stainless steel water bottle holds 20 ounces of liquid and features Bellingham artist Phoebe Wahl’s night owls flying across a starry sky. $29 at

Sabukan Sling Bag

A bigger, better fanny pack, the Sling is worn hands-free across the body and expands to contain three 12-ounce beverages in the front and a small tablet, phone or notebook in the back zippered pocket. Built locally in White Center, it comes in white camo, black camo and solid gray. $89 at Burnt Sugar (Fremont) and

Jam Hangup Bluetooth Speaker

They’ll never have to be without their music with this small, colorful waterproof speaker that has an adhesive pad that can stick to almost any wall — even shower tile. Available in six colors with eight hours of playtime. $20 at Best Buy and

Subsonic Skateboards

These sought-after performance longboards for downhill, distance, cruising and free-riding are handcrafted in Seattle. Customize the shape, stiffness, construction, color, graphics and components with a custom board builder, or select from an array of ready-made boards. $145–$200 at Motion Board Shop (University Village) and Gravity Sports (Renton) and