Best 2023 Gift Ideas for the Holidays That Are Just for Fun!

What are the holidays without a few, just-for-fun presents for everyone on your list?  Here are our best gift ideas for the holidays for your teens, college kids, and young adults, too.

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Best Fun Gift Ideas for the Holidays

1. notes to self® socks (notes to self®)

Remind your teens and college students of how much you believe in them with a gift of notes to self® socks with a positive message on each toe.

2. Purse Hook for Car (Amazon)

Many cars don’t have a place for women to leave their purses. The solution: a purse hook for easy hanging on the back of the seat. Now your daughter will not have to leave her bag on the floor. Plus, it can also be used to hang jackets, backpacks, and more.

3. Book Light (Amazon)

If they share a room with a roommate and want to study or read late at night, a reading light is ideal for not keeping their roommate awake with the big light. This reading light offers 3 colors, 6 brightness levels, bendable arms, is rechargeable, and is long-lasting. This can also be used for camping, travel, and more.

4. Rain Poncho Blanket (Amazon)

This hooded stadium blanket is waterproof and windproof. It can withstand extreme cold, strong wind and other weather. It will keep your teen warm, comfortable, and dry at all times. It comes in 17 colors and is machine washable.

5. Frother (Amazon)

If your teen loves coffee, they can make the most delicious lattes in the morning with a frother, to make their milk extra creamy. It can also be used for cappuccinos, hot chocolate, matcha, or powdered drinks.

6. Sunrise Alarm Clock (Amazon)

For a more gentle way to wake up, this sunrise alarm clock offers a sunrise simulation light with 7 natural sounds, gradually from 10% brightness to 100%, 30 minutes before alarm time. It also doubles as a bedside/reading light. Plus, there are many color lights to choose from, including blue, indigo, purple, red, orange, yellow, and green.

7. Electric Fly Swatter (Amazon)

For getting rid of flies or mosquitoes in a dorm or apartment, an electric fly swatter is the best solution. It is compact and lightweight and will kill the bug instantly. It comes with batteries, so it is ready to use.

8. Heated Jacket (Amazon)

For staying warm on those freezing cold days, a heated jacket is ideal. This one has 3 heating levels to generate consistent heat for 9 core body parts, including the neck, back, abdomen, and waist, helping to maintain body warmth, and promotes blood circulation.

9. Soda Stream Sparkling Water Machine (Amazon)

Turn tap water into sparkling water in less than 30 seconds with this fizzy drink machine. Intuitive LED lights help measure the level of carbonation from light, medium, or heavy fizz.

10. Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven (Amazon)

For a more fun and unique way to cook, this rotating tray oven turns continuously to ensure even baking and saves as much as 60% in energy compared to a conventional oven. It is a fast and easy way to bake frozen, homemade, take-and-bake, and deli pizza, but can also be used to cook chicken nuggets, fish fillets, egg rolls, cinnamon rolls, cookies and much more

11. Weighted Sleep Mask (Amazon)


Nodpod gentle pressure sleep mask has a patented light-blocking design for sleeping. It is bead-filled, machine-washable, and BPA-free. The beaded weight will help your teen to relax and fall asleep easier.

12. Rechargeable Hand Warmers (Amazon)


These rechargeable hand warmers can be used for up to 20 hours, have 3 levels of temperature to meet the needs of various places, and have fast heating up in just 3 seconds.

13. Cuisinart Egg Cooker (Amazon)

For an eggcellent gift, this machine can cook 10 eggs in shells to a hard, medium or soft consistency. It also has a poaching tray with 4-egg capacity and an omelet tray with 3-egg capacity.

14. What Do You Meme? (Amazon)

Best gift ideas for teens and young adults this holiday For adult kids only, this card game is a rowdy bit of fun for small or large groups.

15. 100 Movies Scratch Off Wall Art  (Uncommon Goods)

Secret Santa gifts for teens and college kids How fun is this? It’s a movie “scratch off” poster. It lists 100 popular movies of our time and, after your teen watches one of the movies, they can scratch off the box to learn a little bit of trivia about the movie. Perfect for that film buff on your list.

16. Handcrafted Baseball Game  (Uncommon Goods)

Best gift ideas for the holidays For the baseball fanatics in your home, here is a way to enjoy a favorite sport until opening day next Spring. Beautiful hand-crafted game comes with everything you need (except for the peanuts and crackerjack…)

17. Spikeball (Amazon)

Best gift ideas for the holidays College kids across the country have discovered this lively game. Described as a cross between four-square and volleyball, this is great for cross-training or a super-energized workout.

18. Telestrations(Amazon) Best gift ideas for the holidays

Board and card games have become super-popular in the teen and young adult crowd and this one, based on the telephone game we all played as kids, looks fun. Great for ages 12+.

19. Portable Table Tennis Set (Amazon)

Best gift ideas for the holidays Our kids love to play Ping Pong (with and without beer!) but in dorm rooms and small apartments there just isn’t room for a full-sized table.  Enter this great idea from Umbra. Two paddles, two balls and a weighted net that can be set up on any size table up to 72 inches wide means that any table becomes a ping pong table.

20. Back Scratcher (Amazon)

A back scratcher is a funny gift, yet also SO useful. This one extends to different lengths and has a comfortable cushion-grip handle. It can also be used on pets to give them a comfortable massage.

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Awesome and Super-Popular Holiday Gifts for Him 

Holiday Gifts for Her That She Will Love 

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About Madeleine Korn

Madeleine Korn is a recent graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After graduating, she worked in marketing for a cybersecurity company for a year and a half. For the past year, she has been traveling the world while volunteering in hostels. Some of the countries she has visited include Portugal, Croatia, Greece, Albania, Cyprus, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and more. You can follow along with her travels on TikTok and Instagram. She loves writing and creating videos and really enjoys working for Grown and Flown!

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