You’ve crossed off your parents and best friends from your list, but gifts for teens in your life have you stumped. So many new, cool things have dropped leading up to the holidays that at least one of them will fall under the teen/tween bracket. You may be far removed from their Tide pod-eating ways and obsessive Tik Tok-ing habit.
However, shopping for a plus size teen or tween isn’t as hard as it used to be.
Nowadays, we’ve all scratched our heads over what teens and tweens are into the trends they’re into. If you’ve scrolled through your Instagram explore page, then you know your teenage interests differ greatly from the older millenials.
On the other hand, the teens of today are into just as much makeup, skin care, and things in tech as you and I are!
It’s (almost) as easy as shopping for yourself. Between the limited-edition drops for the sneaker head in your family and the beauty collections for the makeup geek there’s a lot to choose from. Once you see what potential gifts we’ve picked for our list, there may be a few you want for yourself!
We think so…
Here are some of the coolest picks we found that your teen or tween will love.
Holiday Gift Guide For the Plus Size Teen & Tween
Shopping gifts for teens & tweens in your life isn't as hard as you think. The makeup drops, sneaker collections, and fashion lines leave you with plenty of plus size options.
Kitty and Vibe is a brand that offers comfortable (and colorful) swimsuit options for sizes up to a 4X.
The innovation behind its swim, though, is that it takes butt size into account so your teen isn't left with a droopy booty or unwarranted thong on vacation. Plus, the bra cup sizes recently went up to a G cup.
Organization probably isn't at the top of your teen or tween's priority list. But this see-through Caboodles makeup organizer will hopefully let them see how tidying up will save them time getting ready in the morning.
If you're truly not aware of what your teen or tween is digging these days — go to Hot Topic. Trust and believe there will be tween-related options for you there like this Riverdale Southside Serpents mini bag. And if your teen isn't down for Archie and the gang, there's a plethora of other pop culture-inspired lines from Harry Potter to Star Wars.
When we think of teens, we think gloss. And Aunty RiRi's Glossy Posse holiday gift set is filled with 5 glossy pieces. If you're a fan of Fenty Beauty's other glosses, Rihanna released four new shades of her Gloss Bomb in addition to her Fuzzy shade. They all come in mini sizes, too, making them easy to carry between classes.
If it wasn't easy for you to find cool combat boots for your feet and calves, your teen could be struggling, too. These lace-up and zip combat boots are great to gift your teen or tween. If you really want to tease them, gift them a pair of socks, first.
Some parents (including mine) are opposed to real tattoos. But Inkbox offers semi-permanent tattoos that last for up to two weeks. They come in various sizes, but there aren't any obscene tattoos offered on its site, making it perfect for teens and tweens alike.
Urban Outfitters is another place teens (and probably you, too) often drift towards. Its Ohii collection includes this easy-to-use Fresh Toner Pads. These are way easier than carrying a bottle and cotton pads separately.
Would you get any of these for the teens/tweens in your life? Any gifts you would add that’s missing on our list? Are there any picks here you would want for yourself?
Ari is a plus-size blogger and writer with a focus on representation in fashion and beauty from a Black, fat, and queer perspective. Having worked in media for over 10 years, she has delved into television and fashion show productions as well as public relations. Ari and her work have been featured in Bustle, Apartment Therapy's sister site, The Kitchn, Revelist, Narcity, Refinery29, The Cut, the late Babe.net, and now The Curvy Fashionista