Dear teens, just a few months ago, Amazon introduced a way for you to shop online independently of your parents’ accounts, so we decided to make the selection of top teen things to buy on Amazon to help you choose and buy the best. But first I have to share with both you and your parents, a few thoughts on today’s teenagers. Although in the following lines we’re going to deal with shopping only, the truth is that what teens are buying and how they are spending money can say a lot about how they understand the world around them as well as themselves.
Just a few days ago I found myself in a local mall when, by chance, I heard a conversation of two (let’s say) 15-year-olds (being somewhat a rare species in the malls these days, since a huge number of them is now shopping using, no more, no less Amazon). What struck me the most, besides them being in the mall early in the morning, is the topic of their conversation. They were discussing why the public transportation in our city is such a disaster, but not on the I-hate-crowds-and-smelly-passengers level. They were actually talking about ways the city’s transport infrastructure can be improved; they were figuring out how to write a complaint letter to the mayor of our city. I was pleasantly surprised. Apparently, the GenZ is very much aware of the world around them and most importantly interested in making a difference. It’s like they are not as selfish as “normal” teenagers; as teenagers from just a decade ago. And that’s just my conclusion based on a morning small-talk between two 15-year-old girls. After all, they are the generation that didn’t live in the world without the Internet, global warming and unfortunately, terrorism. They are the generation that lives in a country where an 8-year-old needs to be familiar with a Lockout and Lockdown drills and the “chief” arms teachers with guns. So, it is hypocritical to expect that teenager’s biggest problem nowadays would be picking the perfect prom dress. Or tuxedo, for that matter. The thing is that Information is their weapon of choice, and goals, well, are different. Nevertheless, most of those youngsters already put a heavy emphasis on figuring out what they will do and what they will become in life. Those who are planning to go to college, mostly choose a major that will make them money and that they can tolerate. Not everything is black and white in life, and there’s definitely more than 50 shades of gray. Luckily, these days window(s) of opportunities are opening on every corner, and those skilled, persistent and smart will eventually find their way.
But, to get back to teen things to buy on Amazon – figuring out what teens want is always challenging; for God’s sake, even they are figuring themselves out, constantly. We were all a mess at this age, remember? So, the safest way to start an investigation on what do teens buy (on Amazon), or what to buy to one in order to be rewarded with a smile (hopefully), although they would just love a few hundred dollars instead, was to check out surveys on what’s cool among teens these days. So, I come up with two of them; the first survey was conducted by Google, and the other by Piper Jaffray on more than 130,000 teens. They examined spending patterns, brand and media preferences, as well as fashion trends among teens in high schools across the U.S. The next stop, was Reddit, of course, where we conducted our little survey by reading 500+ answers on “Teens of Reddit, what is considered cool right now?” It was, well, interesting, to say the least. Let me just add that hip-hop, rapping, Uzi, XXXTentacion, and Lil Pump are mentioned too many times (for my taste). Next, I checked Quora. The last stop was Pinterest, and its selection of teen stuff as well as our article on things teens buy the most. Eventually, I managed to single out the categories of products (things) that are most mentioned and thus most popular among these Snowcloud and Instagram worshipers. Needless to say, first came electronics and games followed by skating and music-related products. Of course, there was some jewelry, as well as clothes and shoes, for our ladies and some of the gentlemen. Then I turned to Amazon and its lists of products arranged in categories, what truly helped me when making the final selection. And yes, I did figure out what teenage girls want thanks to the “Amazon gifts for teenage girls” category where you can find gifts for 13 yr old girls, as well as things useful for 19 yr old ladies. As for the boys, the list of cool gifts for teen boys was pretty useful. Regardless of their age, they are always into the same stuff, am I right? I even took a peek at the list of best gifts on Amazon under 25, for my own sake. Finally, teen things (products) are ranked according to the lowest price of a product within each category, with those cheapest at the top of the list. However, have in mind that, although being listed as cheap on our list, some types of products can be quite pricey, and ranking would be definitely different if I did it according to the most expensive product within a category. This way you’re definitely going to find some cool things to buy on Amazon under 10 bucks. I also singled out products with the best reviews (from each category) and a decent price labeled “teens only”. In the end, you should know that being geeky, athletic and social is cool nowadays. The same goes for the hip-hop/rap music. After all, teenagers do like to look tough and macho.
Now, prepare your wallets and dive into the list of 17 teen things to buy on Amazon. We are almost sure that some of the products are going to show up on the list of useful things to buy on Amazon which is soon to be published.