Great 13th Birthday Gifts under $30

    10th September, 2019

Break out that gift wrap, because we've got some awesome gift ideas for teens that all ring in under $30!

Some people think teens are difficult to shop for, but we completely disagree! Why, you ask? Because teens love stuff! Trinkets and other treats. If anything, they might be one of the the easiest groups to shop for, as long as you know what's 'in' at the moment. We've researched the top things teens want right now, and we are giving ourselves bonus points for keeping them all under $30.

Sushi Go! - The Pick and Pass Card Game

I absolutely adore Sushi Go! From the precious little sushis (look at that blushing wasabi! Who knew sushi could be cute?!), to yelling "Sushi Gooooo!!!!" this game is a gem! Buy it--you won't be disappointed!

In this fast-paced game, kids need to pick up the best combinations of sushi dishes as they pick and pass. In Sushi Go! - The Pick and Pass Card Game, they are the sushi masters and need to score points by collecting a full set of sashimi, or by making the most maki rolls. It makes a lovely 13th birthday gift for a food and sushi lover.

Strong Is the New Pretty

This is a gorgeous book full of inspiration. The pictures are unique and each one makes me think of a different triumph. If you are looking for a feel good, inspirational book of pictures this is it. It is not complicated but it is perfect. I really love it.

The lovely Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves is a hardcover book that presents 175 memorable photographs of girls being themselves. This fantastic 13th birthday gift shows what real beauty is: being your authentic self and owning it. The photographer Kate T. Parker finds real beauty in girls and captures it.

Hand Painted Elodie Unicorn Ramen Bowls

This is a great present and highly recommended. The way the bowls fit together is great and saves you some space while being cool to look at.

Almost everybody loves ramen, and whoever loves ramen should have a favorite bowl. The Smoko Ceramic Hand Painted Elodie Unicorn Ramen Bowls make a lovely 13th birthday gift for the young ramen (or unicorn) lover. The set has two ceramic bowls included that perfectly fit an instant noodle portion. They are microwave-safe, colorful, and super unicute!

Wreck This Journal: Now in Color Paperback

Bought as a Christmas Pressie for my niece and she adored this! A great way to express a little creativity every day as she can work her way through or complete randomly, a nice hobby and distraction which will be a cute keepsake when finished.

The International bestselling book Wreck This Journal is the coolest paperback wrecking journal ever. In this version, kids can paint and create with multiple colors the favorite prompts ever. It makes a fantastic 13th birthday gift for crafty kids who will have a blast while wrecking the journal and getting artistig in the process.

Buddha Board Mini Buddha Board

It's a great item for the kids who would rather draw then say build with blocks. You can draw with nothing in mind and it is relaxing/fun. You can also draw a planned picture and it is fun. Be sure to show it off before it fades away though!

No special skill or training is required to paint with the Buddha Board Mini Buddha Board. Kids will have fun by drawing on the surface of the Buddha Board with only water and the small brush included. This excellent 12th birthday gift is environmentally friendly and will last for years. When the water evaporates they will find a clean slate, ready to create all over again

2019 Bubble Wrap Calendar

I bought this for a friend who was stressing out over an upcoming math test. She loves it. Bought for myself but my son wanted one too! Gave him the first one and ordered another one for myself! Love the big bubbles!

This fantastic calendar will make kids happy to plan events and count days. The 2019 Bubble Wrap Calendar is a wall calendar made for everyone eager to pop. It makes an excellent 13th birthday gift idea that features each day covered in a bubble that can be popped when the day is past! The typeset of the calendar is in Helvetica Neue, so it’s easy to read and has a clean and modern look.

DOBANI Thumb Piano

The sound is beautiful, and it's fairly easy to tune. The wood construction is solid, not too heavy but not cheap by any means. This kalimba has two additional "sound holes" on the bottom that I discovered are perfect for recording. If you want a quality kalimba at a good price, this is the one.

Thumb pianos originated in Africa, and they are also called mbira or likembe. The DOBANI Thumb piano makes a lovely 13th birthday gift for young musicians - they just need to hold the thumb piano with their both hands, cover the vibrato holes with their fingers, and pluck the keys with their thumbs.

Letters to My Future Self

Bought as a gift for a friend - this is such a cute idea. The letters are adorable and feel really high quality; designed like vintage airmail letters/envelopes.All come with cute little stickers to seal your letters once they are written. A really lovely idea, keepsake and something to cherish for the future.

The amazing Letters to My Future Self: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever is a lovely collection of 12 letters that makes one of the best 13th birthday gifts out there. It allows kids to write letters for themselves, just like the entries of the journal, and seal them up with the included stickers. After that, they just need to assign a date and wait to read them!

Contigo AUTOSEAL Kangaroo Water Bottle

I really love this water bottle. There are no leaks from the lid or from the place where you sip. I truly love this water bottle and carry it with me everywhere! I highly recommend this product. It was actually everything I was looking for for a gym bottle.

Tweens need to drink a lot of water. You can make it easier for them by giving them the Contigo AUTOSEAL Kangaroo Water Bottle with Storage Compartment for their 13th birthday gift. Made from BPA-free material, this bottle has a patented lid technology, in which the person can press to sip, and release to seal.

The Manual to Manhood

This a great book to give to teens and even 20 somethings at home still. It is a little like a scout handbook. It has a series of tasks and basic skills men should know. They are simple and seem a little silly or no-brainers but it is amazing how much confidence and self-esteem can be raised having completed the book.

The Manual to Manhood is a fantastic reference tool for the younger man. This excellent book makes for a thoughtful 13th birthday gift. The Christian author brings many references of the faith for those who follow it, and also regular things that every guy needs to know - tie a tie, grill a steak, plan a date, clean a bathroom, ask for a reference, throw darts, and more.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Paperback

I feel it is a wonderful resource for parents and teachers to share with all teens. The world is big and coming at them so fast. Lets equip them in every way that we can. Bought this for my HS students as an alternative read. They love it! I think I will buy a classroom set and use it as a part of my curriculum next year!

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is a paperback book that makes a great 13th birthday gift for ambitious teens. This fabulous book guides kids step-by-step to get them from where they are now, to where they want to be in the future. This is a useful and thoughtful gift, that discusses real issues and relevant themes like cyberbullying and social media.

The Hunger Games Box Set: Foil Edition Paperback

WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!! OMG what a story, what a book. This is Amazing. I loved this book. This book one of the best books I have read in a long time. If you haven't already read it, do it!

The Hunger Games Box Set: Foil Edition features the 3 Hunger Games Paperback books in a gorgeous package. The groundbreaking New York Times bestselling books, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay make a fantastic 13th birthday gift choice for a kid who loves to read - or who would love to discover the adventure of Katniss and her friends.

Teens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat

This is my boys' go to cookbook. They love the recipes and the food comes out really good. My oldest is not an in the kitchen kind of kid, but he does really well with this cookbook. Awesome, we love it!! Great book for starter cooks

Breakfast, sides, snacks, dinners, or dessert - you name it. With the Teens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat cookbook, tweens and kids will learn to prepare the meals they love the most. This book makes a fantastic 13th birthday gift for anyone who is hungry. It has easy-to-follow instructions that will provide kids with the tools they need to conquer the kitchen.

Smash Up Game

Smash Up is a brilliant game. Loads of fun! My favorite ones are the bears and the plants!! They're just so cute and make it easier to win. ;) Would definitely recommend this and the other smash up expansions!

A game where you can fight as a Pirate-Alien to defeat the Ninja-Zombies - the Smash Up Game! In this shufflebuilding game, players need to draft two faction decks and combine them into an ultimate power force. This fantastic game makes an excellent 13th birthday gift for those who love pirates, ninja, aliens, robots, and zombies. Combined.

PopSockets: Collapsible Grip & Stand for Phones

It was for my daughter new phone and she loves it

The PopSockets: Collapsible Grip & Stand for Phones and Tablets is a cute and useful birthday gift idea for any friend. This one has “GRL PWR” in pink and black. The PopSocket allows a hands-free use in flat surfaces, and a secure hand grip for one-hand texting, selfie-taking, and to prevent phone drops.

LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

I have been using this for 4 nights now. I noticed a big difference on the 2nd day, I woke up and my lips were not as badly cracked! They were become smoother. Now on the fourth day my lips have no cracks at all. It really does make such a difference

The LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask is a fantastic birthday gift idea for that friend who treasures skin and lip care. They only have to apply this mask before bed with the built-in spatula so that it moisturizes the lips beautifully and make them ready for the next day.

14-in-1 Educational Solar Robot

Amazingly engineered, terribly manufactured. The amount of stuff you can do with this is amazing. Someone was exceptionally smart when they engineered this. You can make so many different gear trains, it's crazy complex, it's an engineering marvel how many different things you can make with little plastic parts.

Kids and teens will love the 14-in-1 Educational Solar Robot. This excellent fifteenth birthday gift gets a future engineer to build a robot that can be used in 14 different modes. With this robot, teens will learn about robotics and solar energy right in their home. The robot works on land or water, depending on the mode - it’s exciting and fun to see how it behaves in different environments.

Lined Writing Journals Notebook (Value Pack)

They are beautifully made! The pages feel nice, the pen is high enough quality that it does not detract from the quality of the journal, and the charm is attractive.

The Lined Writing Journals Notebook is a meaningful birthday gift to anyone who needs or likes to write. With 80 sheets (160 lined pages), this leather notebook is refillable - the kit features a 2 in 1 touchscreen pen, a binder index table, a card pouch, and a zipper pouch.

NERF Sports Vortex Aero Howler Toy

I spent countless hours outside with friends and family playing with this football. Absolutely the most fun, durable and truly enjoyable toy on the market!

The NERF Sports Vortex Aero Howler Toy is a fantastic fifteenth birthday gift for the teen with a good throwing arm. The foam ball has a hand grip and a long-distance tail that is amazingly good in sending it to fly far away. The ball howls as it flies, and it’s super exciting to play with!

Brain Twisting Solitaire Game

Very engaging activity for kids & older folks. Grandkids love it! Son & I raced (I bought 2) to see who could solve puzzles faster. This is a fun game no matter your age. Encourages problem solving, practice of spatial relationships, & reading of a diagram.

Brain puzzles with endless replay value are a must for any teen in the digital age. They should always have a game like Educational Insights Kanoodle - Brain Twisting Solitaire Game that entertains them whenever they’re tired of the screens. This fantastic fifteenth birthday gift idea includes 200 puzzle challenges, 12 puzzle pieces, a 48-page illustrated puzzle book, and a carrying case, great for traveling.

Elenco AmeriKit Learn to Solder Kit

I highly recommend this kit for the beginner or for someone wanting to improve rudimentary or rusty soldering skills. The project is straightforward and worked properly the first time after completion by my grandson.

Teens who are interested in building and electricity will love the Elenco AmeriKit Learn to Solder Kit. This fantastic fourteenth birthday gift is amazing for young problem-solvers who want to get their hands on everything. It includes a solder, soldering iron and wire cutters - with them, they will be able to learn to solder and practice with the printed circuit board (PCB).

The Teen's Guide to World Domination

My brother loved the book, I even caught him reading it a second time. I gave it to my 14 year old son for his birthday and he found the authors sense of humor engaging enough to read the first 2 chapters that night.

The Teen's Guide to World Domination makes a thoughtful fourteenth birthday gift for any teen who's just startying to become independent. Full of knowledge, guidance, and skills, this excellent book takes from the author's life experiences. It gives excellent advice, entertaining stories, and endless life lessons.

Mindfulness Therapy Games: Social Skills Game

OMG, my kids are so excited about the arrival of our new game. They have know idea how much they're gonna gain from this. This is a sure winner guaranteed to become a definite classic. Absolutely recommend this to anyone who wants a fun challenging approach to teach the kids something they will use on a daily basis!!! Winner!!!

Including 40 cards for calmness and mindfulness practice, the Mindfulness Therapy Games: Social Skills Game makes a wonderful birthday gift. It is a fun game, great especially for kids and teenagers. The cards are durable and sturdy, and the group play is fantastic for social skill development.

Lingo Playing Cards | Language Learning Game Set

We love these cards and take them with us everywhere we travel. It is a fun way to learn a language as you play. Instead of saying the name of the card we say the phrase on the card and the other person has to transalte! Fun, easy, compact, perfect to travel with You can't go wrong with these cards!

The Lingo Playing Cards | Language Learning Game Set is an innovative way to help anyone to learn a new language by combining the familiar flashcard aesthetics with the fun of playing cards. This excellent gift idea features 4 suits of 52 playing cards and 2 Jokers. Common phrases and their pronunciations are present in this game set, available in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Indonesian, Japanese and Mandarin.

One Question a Day: A Five-Year Journal

I was given this gift for my 20th birthday, and it is the perfect time to receive it because the next five years of my life are going to be so formative. Being still in college, I've been able to do it with my roommate every night, making me reflect on my experiences

People who find it hard to track their lives in a regular, diary-like journal, will love the One Question a Day: A Five-Year Journal as a birthday gift. This journal is extremely simple, offering one question per day for five years. It doesn’t take much time for busy people, who will get to journal their daily lives over a long period, a great way to encourage reflection and introspection.

Compact Styler by Tangle Teezer Cream Rose Gold

Beautiful color, compact design. Easy to carry in handbags or while traveling. My hair has become beautiful.

The Compact Styler by Tangle Teezer Cream Rose Gold is an surprisingly beautiful hairbrush, great to give as a gift to anyone with mid length to long hair. This on-the-go accessory features a removable cover to protect the teeth, which are designed to keep a hair glossy, tangle free, and smooth.

Nancy B's Science Club Stir-It-Up Chemistry Lab

This is great for my little aspiring scientist. She loves doing the experiments. This kit is great because it goes into the science behind the experiment before you do it and then has you think about the experiment after, having you write down what you think happened and why based on the mini lesson at the beginning.

Made especially for girls, the Educational Insights Nancy B's Science Club Stir-It-Up Chemistry Lab & Kitchen Experiments Journal is the cutest and coolest science kit ever. It makes an excellent 13th birthday gift to any young scientist. Kids will get to observe the outdoors with the lightweight, high-tech binoculars, and make lots of experiments with the included 4 test tubes, beaker, rack, lab glasses, graduated cylinder, dropper, funnel, and stirring rod. The activity journal is filled with experiments using regular household ingredients.

4M Table Top Robot

This is amazing kids learning robot.This funny robot is super easy to put together. My son, MY daughter and Daddy put together in few minutes only. You love it when your kids start jumping when the robot really start walking on the top of table.

The 4M Table Top Robot features everything needed to construct a working robot crab - it is a hands-on science kit that will teach any kid the basics of robotics. It makes a lovely 13th birthday gift that challenges a kid’s imagination and performs acrobatic tricks on a regular tabletop.

4M Magnet Science Kit

My son had a blast with this kit. He is into all things science, but magnets are one of his favorite things to learn about and play with. This kit allowed him to put together a little car, so that was a bonus. He still uses this kit, even months after receiving it. If you know kids, you know how fickle they can be with their toys. This is a keeper

Young scientists will have a blast while learning about the effects of magnetism with the 4M Magnet Science Kit. It makes an excellent 13th birthday gift that includes everything needed to build a fishing game, a magnet wand, a levitron racer, and more - it can be used to build 10 fun experiments and games in total.

Collect and Build Robo Battlers Series Stomper

Makes a cute robot toy and the pieces are all reusable. They can combine sets to make more complex robots. Great toy for your budding engineers.

This bright-colored robot is super motorized for exciting mechanical movement. The Collect and Build Robo Battlers Series Stomper is a large-eyed robot with a jumping and stomp motion. This lovely toy is motorized with 118 K'NEX parts and makes an excellent 13th birthday gift for the young robot lover.

82 Piece Deluxe Art Set in Wooden Case

I bought this for my granddaughter and she is thrilled! It’s well made, sturdy, with quality art tools. I have been searching for a great art set and couldn’t be happier!

Christmas is any day of the year with the Xmas edition of the adorable Gallery Studio 82 Piece Deluxe Art Set in Wooden Case. This excellent art set makes a great 13th birthday gift for the young artist. It features 24 color pencils, 24 watercolor cakes, 24 oil pastels, 2 drawing pencils, 2 paint brushes, and accessories. They all come beautifully packed in their own wooden carrying case, plus a free Christmas-themed coloring book.

Fugetek Professional High End Selfie Stick

I wanted a sturdy selfie stick that would be able to hold my phone which is inside a heavy duty case, and this one is just great. It feels like a quality stick. I like the many options one has available, be it the extension to different lengths, being able to use the back camera of the phone, and it being a bluetooth connected stick so one can take pictures with the little remote control.

Philips Sonicare Essence Sonic Toothbrush

Great affordable basic electric toothbrush.

Super Bright Handheld LED Emergency Flashlights

No problems. The beam is adjustable by pulling and pushing the lighting tube that holds the lens. Excellent product. Absolutely to best flashlight I have ever owned. This is about the 10th one I have purchased for family and friends.

This multipurpose light makes a fantastic 13th birthday gift for the young explorer. The Super Bright Handheld LED Emergency Flashlights uses an ultra-bright, original US made CREE chipset, powered LED light. This is an essential piece for any adventurer’s travel kit - kids will feel like they are on a mission with their tactical team.

Swimline Inflatable Pizza Slice Pool Float

This raft arrived as described and it is very vibrant and colorful. The 'crust' portion of the raft is slightly elevated and perfect for resting your head on. It also has two cup holders which keep your drink stable even during periods of movement. It has also remained adequately inflated and comfortable after repeated use.

Pizza lovers will love this Swimline Inflatable Pizza Slice Pool Float. This great gift has a pizza crust headrest, for additional comfort, and dual drink holders. Teens will get to float and chill by the pool on an inflatable slice of pizza anytime they want - and if you're going to join them, just buy a second slice, that can be rafted up to theirs for a shared chilling time.

Always Remember You are Braver Than You Think

Adorable! Nicer than I expected! Smooth, clear, bright, and easy to read. I love this! Very well made and looks wonderful on the wall. Very pleased with this purchase.

Teens often benefit from some inspiration. By giving them the Always Remember You are Braver Than You Think Wall Sign 12x12 as their fourteenth birthday gift, you’ll provide them with a daily boost whenever they look at their bedroom wall. Made from Baltic birch wood, this wall sign has a permanently printed design on the wood that will last for years without chipping, peeling, or fading.

Voice Originals - When in Rome Travel Trivia Game

Finally something to do with my Alexa that isn’t just playing music and telling jokes. The game is fundamentally good and made more interesting with the voice interaction and local voices. Brilliant game! No reading the rules, tell alexa to start a new game and she hosts for you and explains all. Questions good, voice actors were easy to understand, trash talking was hilarious. Would highly recommend.

A fantastic combination between traditional board games and technology, Voice Originals - When in Rome Travel Trivia Game Powered by Alexa makes an excellent fourteenth birthday gift. In this game, Alexa will be the host - with an endless variety of places, players will experience flying around the world, hearing from real locals, and have more than 20 hours of interactive dialogue!

COOP Sport Scatter Dodgeball

Bought two sets for camp to use with teens. The kids loved it and played it over and over again. I recommend this set for anyone looking for a great game for kids of all ages.

The COOP Sport Scatter Dodgeball is an action-packed, new twist on the original dodgeball game. This exciting, fun gift for teens includes 12 wristbands, 1 soft-impact dodgeball, and 1 dice - each player chooses a color to wear and rolls the dice to begin the game. The dice decide who is going to play next.

Can You Imagine Light-Up Air Power Soccer Disk

Super fun indoor toy for playdates, especially during the winter. My 8 yr and 4 yr old kids play with it inside and I don't have any issues with scuffing or denting.

The Can You Imagine Light-Up Air Power Soccer Disk is so great for teens who like to play soccer. This soccer disk floats on a cushion of air - the cushion is made of foam, that surrounds the edge of the disk, protecting furniture from damage. It features powerful LED lights so that teens can play even at night.

Amazing Bacteria Science Kit

This kit is a good basic kit for growing bacteria. Instructions are clear and easy to follow. My daughter loved this and she said it made her feel like a "real scientist" because she was using real science supplies. High quality kit with plenty of swabs and droppers for sampling surfaces.

Teens who are into microbiology or just want to have a great science fair project will love the Amazing Bacteria Science Kit. This fun gift lets them to see bacteria and fungi grow. The plates for bacteria growth are covered with a thick agar surface, which prevents them from cracking and drying, while also feeding the microbes that kids want to study.

Exploding Kittens Card Game

The rules are very easy to understand, and since it involves some luck, it is a great game for people who are new to card games. It also involves some strategy, which is perfect, as the more you play, the better you get! Keeps things fresh and interesting!

The Exploding Kittens Card Game is a card game made for people who enjoy explosions, kittens, laser beams, and sometimes goats. It is family-friendly and can be played by 2-5 players with one deck (each deck featuring 56 cards). This card game is a fun gift for kids and can be given as a 13th birthday gift for the tabletop game lover.

Logitech Wireless Mouse

I have 3 of these now. Once you get used to kicking the scroll left and right to go back or forward, you won't want anything else. Durable, you don't ever have to shut it off (unless it's in something that moves) and the battery lasts forever.

The Logitech Wireless Mouse is a lovely bright-colored red-stripped mouse, made especially to cheer up a teen’s day. This wireless mouse makes a fun gift for kids who continuously use laptops and computers - it roams up to 10 meters away from base without any problems. The mouse is super comfy to use, and the web wheel whirl around quickly and smoothly.