When gift cards just won’t do, Christmas gifts for teens that will make them smile.

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GNU Money C2E Snowboard

This “baller on a budget” board from local company GNU looks good and rides even better with a soft flex and C2E rocker that lets them take on any terrain. $350 at Evo (Wallingford) and evo.com

Moody Girls Temporary Color Masks 

They can play with on-trend pastel hair color, without the commitment, with these easy-to-apply temporary masks that add lovely shades of blue, pink, green, peach and yellow. The formula lasts for three to six washes and shows up best on light-colored hair. $28 at moodygirls.com

Sub Pop Black Knit Mittens 

He can show off his local indie music cred and keep his hands toasty with these knit mittens heralding the local record label. $15 at megamart.subpop.com

Original Cinema Lightbox

Let them have their say with this retro, cinema-sign-style LED lightbox. Four sizes and extra packs of letters, fonts and symbols are available so they can express themselves endlessly. $39–$48 at Butter Home (Capitol Hill), Urban Outfitters and mycinemalightbox.com

Orangewood Austen Guitar

This new line of high-quality guitars out of California are all priced under $200, with dreadnought and grand-concert body styles, all made from spruce or cedar with mahogany backs. Get them started with the Austen, which has a bold, smooth sound perfect for encouraging beginners. $175 at orangewoodguitars.com

Clockwise from top: Orangewood Austen Guitar; “Dirty Dancing 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Box Set”; Sub Pop Black Knit Mittens; “101 Things to Do Instead of Playing on Your Phone”
Clockwise from top: Orangewood Austen Guitar; “Dirty Dancing 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Box Set”; Sub Pop Black Knit Mittens; “101 Things to Do Instead of Playing on Your Phone”

PBteen Harry Potter Marauder’s Map Pillow

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good,” reads this pillow cover from PBteen’s new Harry Potter collection. The plush velvet and linen pillow glows in the dark to reveal the secret map of Hogwarts, truly bringing the magic home. $49.50 (plus $14 pillow insert) at pbteen.com

Madewell Cashmere Hoodie Sweater

The teen staple gets a makeover in soft ribbed cashmere, with relaxed sleeves that tie at the wrist for casual, effortless cool. $175 at Madewell

Sock It to Me Socks

Designed in Portland, these fun, comfy knee, crew and ankle socks let your teen show off their personality. Pool sharks, ninja kittens, alien sweater patterns — there’s a pair for everyone. $9.50–$12 at Monster Art & Clothing (Ballard) and sockittome.com

Headline Shirts Slotherine Men’s Tee

Combine super-hot sloths with a superhero homage and you have one cool tee. The clever design and soft cotton-poly blend fabric, made with eco-friendly manufacturing techniques, are sure to make him smile. $24 at Fuego and headlineshirts.net

“101 Things to Do Instead of Playing on Your Phone”

This great stocking stuffer by Ilka Heinemann reminds them (and their parents) to look up every once in a while. Prompts for short creative and physical activities are fun and get conversations flowing. $6 at amazon.com

“The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs” Expansion Pack

Add a big dose of puppy love to their “Sims” game with this expansion pack that lets them create cats and dogs with unique appearances, behaviors and outfits. They can also become a vet and run a clinic. Requires “The Sims 4” game. Rated T; for PC. $40 at major retailers

Clockwise from left: Madewell Cashmere Hoodie Sweater; Thames & Kosmos Word Slam; Spotify Premium Membership
Clockwise from left: Madewell Cashmere Hoodie Sweater; Thames & Kosmos Word Slam; Spotify Premium Membership

Philips Wireless Picopix Pico Projector

This pocket-size portable projector lets them share media wherever they go. LED technology projects HD videos and images up to 60 inches wide via HDMI or USB from any device. Connect to Bluetooth speakers for a movie-theater experience on the fly. $270 at Urban Outfitters

Foamy Wader Five Stone Ring Kit

She can make her own trendy stacking rings with this kit that includes sterling silver wire and gemstones from local jewelry designer Foamy Wader. The beginner-level set has materials and instructions to make five rings. Each ring takes about 30–45 minutes to craft, for a great girls’ night in. $24 at Ugly Baby and La Ru (Pike Place Market) and etsy.com/shop/FoamyWader

“Dirty Dancing 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Box Set”

A sleepover classic, this tale of overcoming the odds and falling in love comes packaged for its 30th anniversary with exclusive memorabilia including a Kellerman’s key chain, dance-step cards and an “I carried a watermelon” wristlet. The Blu-ray and DVD releases feature more than six hours of special features, including cast interviews, deleted and extended scenes, outtakes, music videos and more. $39 at amazon.com

Spotify Premium Membership

Give the gift of unlimited music. With a Spotify membership, your teen can listen ad-free to almost any published song without buying them individually, plus make and share custom playlists and download music to listen offline. $5–$15 a month at spotify.com

“Turtles All the Way Down” 

YA master John Green’s newest book is no less emotional and honest about teens’ lives than his previous work. It combines an unflinching look at mental illness with a mystery about a missing millionaire and a story of female friendship. $20 at booksellers

Clockwise from top left: “Turtles All the Way Down”; Sock It to Me Socks; Foamy Wader Five Stone Ring Kit
Clockwise from top left: “Turtles All the Way Down”; Sock It to Me Socks; Foamy Wader Five Stone Ring Kit

Kikkerland Disco String Lights

The party’s in their room with this string of 10 festive mini disco balls powered by internal LEDs. $10 at kikkerland.com

Thames & Kosmos Word Slam

In this creativity- and laughter-inducing game, each team gets a storyteller who choses word cards to describe a secret item. Like charades, teammates try to guess the item before the other team. $30 at Mox Boarding House (Ballard) and thamesandkosmos.com