Buying presents for teenagers can be tough! Add in an Autism diagnosis, and you may be left wonder what is the perfect gift. Autistic children express themselves differently and may like different things, but they are children all the same!
The trendy new movies, video games, and hot topics are always a great place to start. If you need a jump start on some of the best gifts this season that your autistic teenager will enjoy, you are in the right spot! Here are 75+ gift ideas for autistic teenagers:
Gift Ideas for Teenagers with Autism
1. Amazon Echo Dot
Amazon Echo Dot has so many cool features and can even be customized with a “blueprint” for family use. We love using ours to play music, play trivia games, and so much more. You can also make phone calls and use a ton of other skills to make the most of this amazing device.
2. Mightier Emotional Regulation
Mightier is a great gift for preteen and young teenagers. With their biofeedback games, kids learn self-regulation to help them thrive while having a blast! Your child will a heart rate monitor (provided with the system) that controls the difficulty of the game. They learn calming skills to stay focused and in control to win the game. To find out more, click here.
3. Tall Bubble Lamps
Ever thought of bubble lamp or similar items? You can even find them in the form of speakers with Bluetooth, to combine with other pieces. These are used in occupational therapy a lot, and have amazing benefits along with being fun! These are great gift ideas for autistic teenagers!
4. WordSearch by Goliath Games
The race is on with WordSearch by Goliath Game. This exciting version of the classic hidden word puzzle – it turns a solitary activity into a fun group word game as players go on a word search.
Rotate the specially-designed circular board to reveal the word that the players will race to find on this turn. Everyone plays at once, and the first player to locate the word marks it with transparent colored tiles.
You can create your own custom Wordsearch cards with the online Puzzle Generator. It’s super quick and easy!
5. Squeeze Reliever, The Multi-Functional “Pressure Therapy”
Do your teens love intense pressure and sensory of that kind? You place your hand into the squeeze reliever and it strokes and vibrates to produce the neural input that your kids love. If your teenager has autism and enjoys sensory input over their hands, the squeeze reliever is an excellent gift ideas.
Pokemon is entertaining and still a hot ticket item for all children. Something about Pichacu that captures the attention of everyone! The most popular item out there is the sets of Pokemon Cards.
7. Color Smash by Pressman Toys
Slap your way to victory with Color Smash by Pressman Toys. This test of color coordination and smash the splat with the same color and name to win the deck! It’s quick to learn and easy to play! When it comes to great gift ideas for autistic teenagers, ColorSmash is an awesome choice
8. Pinch Me Therapy Dough
Pinch Me, Therapy Dough is a therapeutic dough with many uses; strengthen hands, lowering anxiety, having a sensory input. It is a fabulous gift idea for autistic teenagers.
9. Society Socks
Society Socks is a bold sock company with a social cause. With every pair sold, another pair is donated to charity. They create adorable socks that even the pickiest of teens will love. You can purchase a whole year’s subscription to give as a great gift and they’ll know their gift not only provides them something cool but helps people in need!
10. Driving Lessons
Teens with special needs may learn differently. You can make driving lessons happen if learning how to drive can be an option. Contact a driving school for extra training. Teenagers with autism require extra practice and need to be offered the chance if driving can be a reality.
11. Noise-canceling headphones
If your autistic teenager struggles with noises, you should acquire a good pair of noise-canceling headphones. There are a ton of options, both with and without speaker capabilities. These wireless noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones are amazing!
Squishmallows are all the rage right now and there is a good reason why! These awesome plushes are so squishy and such a sensory relief! They come in multiple different sizes, colors, and characters. Some varieties even have bellies with sequins or different textures to make it the ultimate sensory toy!
Whether your teen just using them as a pillow, something to squish, or a toy, they will be absolutely in love with these Squishmallows. You may even want to order one for yourself!
This is a puzzle game highly recommended by many parents with autistic teenagers. This Star Wars Death Star Perplexus brings a-maze-ing lights and sounds to the award-winning range of Perplexus 3-D games!
14. Slow Rising Squishies
Slow Rising Squishies are all the craze right now and reason so! They give great sensory input and are fun to collect. Some of them like this jumbo dog-shaped squishy are scented!
15. Spaghetti Headz
Spaghetti Headz go into girl’s hair easily to great a trendy look. Girls with autism find it a simpler option to catch up with the current trends that their counterparts are up to.
What better way to access their favorite shows than on-demand! Hulu can be used on smart TVs, Smartphones, Firesticks, Rokus, tablets and more. It can be a perfect addition if you recently got them a new device or a way to make those old devices more interesting.
17. Gift cards that permit them to practice independence
It can be a Visa card and tries to teach them on budgeting, how to spend and being independent in society. A great place to get real gift cards at a real discount is Raise.com
18. Large Sensory Pillow
These large sensory pillows provide gentle sensory stimulation with the soothing textures. The Sensory Pillow is super soft and comes in very gentle colors. Your teen will love using this at home and one the go!
19. The WOW cup
The Wow Cup is a great stocking stuffer and practical gift for an autistic teenager. Perfect for those who are unsteady or don’t have great spatial awareness.
20. Pin Art
Pin Art is a classic gift that is still awesome/ This can be fantastic gift ideas for autistic teens as they will love capturing 3-D images with pin art.
21. Liquid motion bubbler
This sensory toy helps to regain a sense of calm through the soothing repetitive liquid drops falling from top to bottom. Liquid motion bubblers are great gift ideas for autistic teenagers.
22. Flowing sand panel
The flowing sand panel is a rotating picture frame filled with colored sand that creates unique, relaxing images every time you flip it over. This is a calming gift idea for autistic teenagers. You can put it in your relaxing area to aid overstimulated students to relax.
23. Fidget Set
Though fidgets were all the rage, they are extremely useful. Buying an entire set of fidgets offers a larger variety of toys for your autistic teenager to use.
24. Pressure vest
Deep pressure provides calming from anxiety and stress. There are a ton made for little kids, but there are some made for adult sizes like these weight vests by Harkla.
25. Music light show Dj
Music light show Dj is a perfect gift idea for autistic teenagers. The light show provides visual stimulation combined with awesome sounds.
26. CuberSpeed Rainbow Ball Magic cube Fidget toy puzzle Magic Rainbow
CuberSpeed Rainbow Ball is in the shape of a ball with 12 holes and 11 colorful balls inside that you fidget to pass balls from one hole to the other. The objective is to scramble the colored balls, then figure out how to get them all back into their matching colored slots in all holes.
The puzzle ball might look simple at first, but this fun addictive puzzle will keep kids busy for long periods of time.
27. Self-color changing egg
Can You Imagine Self Color-Changing Egg is a soft, translucent-rubber egg glows with color? It can be set to stay one hue or to change very slowly from purple through blue, green, orange and red to purple Very Zen.
28. Soothing mini volcano
Warm Fuzzy Toy Volcano is a great gift idea for autistic teens. It can set perfectly on a desk, has a Mesmerizing volcano flow with special lighting effects
Get ready to cross-train your brain with a brand new Kanoodle game featuring over 300 new puzzle challenges! Features 2-D, 3-D, and NEW sliding 2-D puzzles! From basic to truly tough, there are hundreds of possible combinations and hours of fun to be had!
30. Original Tangle with texture
Tangle is one of the favorite fidget style toys in our home. Twist and shape this fidget how you please, even being able to combine multiple Tangles together. There are even different sizes!
31. Cosmic UFO
Another awesome gift idea for autistic teenagers is the Cosmic UFO projector. The UFO “windows” light up in 3 different sequences. Motion sensor triggers UFO flying sounds
The UFO plays 2 soothing sounds (Symphony 51 and Warp Drive) and Projects multicolored Northern Lights effect. There is a 23-minute sleep timer automatically shuts off lights and sounds.
32. Soothing Vibrating Roll Pillow
For teenagers with autism, not every present has to be a toy. This Soothing Vibrating Roll pillow features comforting vibration that makes it great to hold and squeeze. The pillow’s soft corduroy shell provides an interesting texture for people to rub their hands over.
33. Deluxe Jellyfish Lamp
Jelly Fish Tank Aquarium Mood Lamp is a perfect gift idea for autistic teenagers. Realistic life-like jellyfish models
34. Fidget roller
A lot of the fidgets on the market are geared for little kids. Teenagers have a tendency to want to feel more grownup. These Metal Fidget Rollers are great gift ideas for autistic teenagers.
35. Penguin Popper
Penguin (and other characters) Poppers are such a blast! They are great for working on hand strength while hilarious to shoot at friends! Not quite a Nerf gun, but just as fun!
36. Teen Talk
Communication is a hard thing for autistic children. Teen Talk is a great gift idea for an autistic teenager. Teen Talk in A Jar had a ton of Discussion starters and icebreakers on just about everything teens want to talk about.
37. Strobotop Gift Pack
The Strobotop is a very neat toy that teaches about animation techniques. Illustrates the principals of animation and how the mind perceives motion pictures! It combines the old with the new, marrying a simple spinning top with cutting-edge LED technology to make pictures come to life and move.
38. Crash Pad
By jumping into a crash pad, autistic teenagers receive a large amount of sensory support that provides deep pressure from the leg and knee muscles to the joints, which is good for muscle tone and their core strength.
38. Spinning Lollipop tree
With a quick twist, Lollipopter magically transforms from a “swirl” to a “burst” and back again in one amazingly elegant motion. To transform it, simply spin the handle and watch the magic unfold. To change it back, just spin it the other way. Intuitive, relaxing, fun…and addictive!
39. Silver Plasma Lightning Lamp
Another great gift idea for autistic teenagers is the classic Plasma
If you touch the ball, the lightning bolts will combine into a strong beam and follow the movement of your finger. Clap hands to it and watch the pattern in its striking pulsations.
40. Social Skills Comics for teens
Social Skills Comics for Kids: Conversational Skills in School Book w/CD is an amazing gift idea for teens with autism. These 25 comics are designed to show children the expected and unexpected ways to behave in a variety of typical schools social situations.
41. Vibes earplugs
Vibes earplugs are perfect gifts for sound-sensitive teenagers with autism. They are made to protect your ears while being virtually invisible to anyone else. Perfect for a teen who doesn’t want bulky headphones on!
42. The Empathy Game
The Empathy Game is a card game that helps players recognize the importance of empathy, a central component of emotional intelligence. As children try to read other players’ nonverbal cues and guess how they’ve responded to Question Cards, they practice this skill in a fun way
43. Laser Stars Hologram Projector
Look for the Shooting Stars Across the Night Sky with the Laser Stars Hologram Projector. With 2 Built-In Precision Glass Lenses Transforms the Largest or Smallest Rooms into Your Own Personal Animated Universe Creates Thousands of Stars with or without Cloud Formations
44. DSLR Camera
Noticing the extra details can lead to some awesome careers. Encouraging art is a great gift idea for autistic teenagers. There are all sorts of amazing cameras out there to choose from. My personal favorite is the Nikon D3300 since it connects wireless with
45. This or that
Another great game, This or That is the quick and clever get to know you game that is great to start conversations and build friendships.
46. Web Riderz web swing
This awesome Web Riderz web swing can hold up to 600lbs, so it is a swing that will last quite some time!
47. Kanoodle Duplexity
Kanoodle Duplexity puts your brainpower to the test with 200 magnetic-puzzle challenges. It includes 28 two-color, magnetic pieces; 100 double-sided challenge cards; and a carrying case that doubles as a playboard. These great gift ideas for autistic teenagers build spatial-reasoning and problem-solving skills.
48. Heavy Duty Enclosed Trampolines
Another great gift idea for autistic teenagers is a heavy-duty enclosed trampoline like this one from SkyWalker. Trampolines are a great resource for sensory seeking autistic teenagers. who crave proprioceptive and/or vestibular sensory input.
Sensory integration products and activities like trampolines help regulate their bodies so they are more content, calm, focused and ready to learn.
49. Dream wave night light
This small LED projector turns your room to a calming oasis. The Dream Wave Night Light can create a great calming space for autistic teenagers.
CamoPod Hanging Cocoon Chair Hammock is another great gift idea for autistic teenagers. It provides a perfect place to read, do homework, or just relax to some tunes.
Sculptapalooza is the hilariously creative, ridiculously fun, squishy, squashy sculpting party game! Scultapalooza is a Fast-Paced family game: teams race against the clock to sculpt, guess, and win 5 crazy categories: sculpt with your eyes closed, sculpt a prop to act out your scene, or tag-team play in the Lightning round
52. Cocoon Bean Bag Chair
Bean bags are awesome, but often too small for teenagers. The Cocoon Bean Bag Chair is a perfect size! Sinking in this cozy chair can help teenagers with autism relax and relieve pressure.
53. Large Weighted Blanket
Weighted Blankets have insanely huge benefits for autistic teenagers. They help relieve anxiety and provide a sense of calm. You can read all about the benefits of weighted blankets here.
54. Slime Kits
Who doesn’t like slime? Not counting when it gets into your couch, slime is a favorite of most kids and teens. Getting your autistic teenager a slime kit will provide hours of creativity and sensory input.
54. Blue Tooth light spinner
Fidget spinners were a quick fad that started with real benefits. They provide sensory input along with help focusing on those with ADHD and similar diagnoses. The Bluetooth Light Up Spinners are the new version and are perfect gift ideas for autistic teenagers.
55. Patterned Fluorescent light filters
Patterned Fluorescent light filters reduce glare and flickering, creating a calming work environment. They attach to standard ceiling fluorescent light fixtures with super-strong, built-in magnets that keep filters in position.
56. Soothing sands
There is something soothing about sand running through your fingers. Kinetic sand is an awesome way to get that same sensation while also being able to mold and play with it. There are a ton of different colors to fit any personality.
57. Asperger’s on the Job Book
Asperger’s on the Job, is a must-have advice book for those who have autistic teenagers. Written by an accomplished young man on the spectrum, Rudy Simone, this book addresses many of the issues and challenges that those on the autism spectrum face on the job including social blunders, sensory issues, and bullying by coworkers.
58. Torking Pen
Have lots of fidgeting fun with the new Torking Pen. This gear inspired pen features several gears that you can twist in different directions to keep your fingers busy.
59. Mediterraneo Stand and Chair
This stylish and space-saving Mediterraneo hammock chair system is perfect for tight spaces. It is exceptionally durable with a
60. B-Calm Headphones
The b-Calm Headphone system is different from most noise reduction earmuffs in that this system features comfortable headphones with audio engineered “acoustic shield” tracks. These tracks feature designed white noise that makes typically distracting noises unnoticeable to the listener. It also features soothing nature tracks to help calm and recenter agitated special needs students.
Use them to help students block out distracting noises to help with focus or to protect special needs kids from overstimulation.
61. Lunar Light Show
This detailed, photorealistic moon isn’t just for show– use it to make your very own stellar light display! The Lunar Light Show can be controlled via remote to emit beautiful hues and blinking patterns. Place it in any room to create a beautiful display of light and color.
62. Calming sensory room
Creating a perfect calming space for you autistic teenager can go a long way! Though you can’t wrap it in a box, it is still a perfect gift idea for autistic teenagers.
63. The Autism Playbook for Teens
The mindfulness-based activities in The Autism Playbook will help teens to calm their minds, relax their bodies, have fun, and build better relationships. Through systematic exercise, teens will develop their ability to concentrate, detect cues from their environment, and manage their experiences of emotions in a positive and proactive manner. Relatable stories throughout the book offer support and practical examples for teen readers.
64. Buddy talk
Buddy Talk is a creative and engaging game that allows for hilarious conversations and discussion to spark with every question in just a matter of seconds! Since it is small and portable (think travel-sized!), it is perfect for on the go.
65. Social skills bingo for Teens
Do you need a fun new activity to help the teens you work with learning about social skills? The Social Skills Bingo Game for Teens features conversational prompts that will get your students talking and learning about social attitudes and behaviors.
66. Aku rings
Aku Rings are soft and very flexible rings that can be easily bent, twisted and caught due to their unique soft, studded surface.
67. Wristful fidget
Your child will love wearing the Wristful fidget. It feels like a wearable bean bag. It’s filled with small pellets that are sewn inside stretchy spandex that’s fun to stretch and squeeze. Best of all this item is discreet – it looks like a sports wristband!
68. Foot fidgets
The foot fidget is designed by physical therapists with years of experience supporting students with special needs. It gives your autistic teenager some discreet movement opportunities to help with attention and focus.
69. The Original Buddha Board
The Original Buddha Board– Simply fill the stand with water. Then dip in the bamboo brush (included) & start drawing, painting & writing. You’ll create soft, beautiful images with a rich, inky Japanese look. Appreciate your creation at the moment, and then as the water evaporates and your masterpiece slowly fades away, practice the art of letting go.
70. Sirius Vibrating Massage Pillow
Many children with sensory difficulties love soothing vibration. Now you can provide this stimulation with the popular, pressure-activated Sirius Vibrating Massage Pillow! It starts vibrating as soon as you squeeze it. Children love to sit on top of the pillow, lean back on it, or hug it to feel the relaxing and calming vibrations.
71. Abraka rings
There is just something visually mesmerizing about the Abraka Rings. Two solid metal rings appear to turn inside out, but they never flip. Reverse the direction you turn the rings and the effect looks different.
72. The Aspie Teens Survival guide
The teenage years are a time when being social is the number one priority for kids. But for kids with Asperger’s who have acute social challenges, these years can be the most difficult, confusing time in their lives.
Enter J. D. Kraus, a young man who has been there, done that! He offers practical advice to his peers so they can get the most out of middle school and high school, both academically and socially. From sensory sensitivity to awkwardness, dating to driving, The Aspie Teens Survival guide tackles it all!
73. Playable art ball
The Playable Art Ball is another fun gift idea for autistic teenagers.
a mesmerizing sensory item that twists and moves to create a wide variety of designs and shapes. This item is perfect for kids, teens, and adults who are highly visual. It is a fun quiet activity that can be taken anywhere!
74. Inner reflections – Zen Garden
Soothing and proper tactile activity for teenagers with autism. The Inner Reflections Zen Garden provides the perfect resource for sensory breaks.
This set includes a pound of soft white sand, wood sculpting tool, sand roller, a stone inscribed with the Japanese symbol for “Peace” and a bamboo tray.
75. LED Fiber Optic Softie
By far the priciest gift ideas for autistic teenagers, but an amazing resource that your teen would use endlessly. The LED Fiber Optic Softie is the ultimate when it comes to sensory room accessories.
The Wipe Clean Fiber Optic Softie provides an amazing interactive sensory experience for your students with autism and sensory needs. Students will love sinking into the soft bean bag chair and interacting with the attached fiber optics.
The fiber optics are totally safe – no electricity flows through them. They are illuminated using light from an attached calming light source.
76. Personalized Krazy Straws
Personalized gifts are so hot at the moment. It is fun and inexpensive. The Krazy Namesake Straws are a fun way to tell everyone that this is your drink!
Gift Ideas for Autistic Teenagers
Finding the right gift ideas for autistic teenagers may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. These specialty items and ideas are able to work well with autistic teenagers and are socially appropriate. During shopping, you should consider the development age of your teenager that you are shopping for. Let us know which of these 75+ gift ideas for autistic teenagers was your favorite, down in the comments below!