Teens are one of the hardest groups to buy a gift for. One common thing most teens LOVE is money! If you have a teen on your gift list, why not give them a gift basket that could eventually turn into a side hustle or job so they can earn their own cash? Here are 43 Unique Gift Ideas that will help teens make money. These gifts are great for any budget because you can choose one or more of the items for each side hustle gift. I’d also recommend adding some of the books from the entrepreneur gifts to the other gift ideas, Become a Teen Boss or 10 Steps to your First Small Business for Teens will give them a good business foundation that applies to any of the other side hustle gift ideas.
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Entrepreneur Gift Basket that will help teens make money
This is a “basic” basket of gifts that could lead to lots of different businesses…You could include:
Avery has a ton of free business card templates. Once your teen has decided on a business, it will be simple to design custom business cards.
This looks like an amazing book to help teens discover different avenues of online moneymaking (blogging, youtube) while emphasizing how they can make a positive difference in the world with their work.
This book has 10 actionable steps from concept to sales for teens to start a small business.
This is a manual that helps walk people through the ins and outs of taking an idea from concept to product (digital or otherwise). Although it isn’t specifically written to teens it has amazing visuals and emphasizes thinking about the end-user while creating a product/business.
Print a free “seed money” tag to put on an envelope and slip some money into it to help fund their business venture! You can grab your tag by signing up for The Gifty Girl newsletter and Free Printables Library below.
YouTube Creator Gift Ideas for a Teen Side Hustle
YouTube Video creation is a legitimate way to make money and something a teen can work on in their spare time. It’s a little scary as a parent so I’d recommend grabbing this book so you can understand better what your child is getting into Help! My kid wants to become a Youtuber book for parents
Here are some great gift ideas for teens who want to become a YouTuber:
This book gives great info to kids wanting to begin their YouTube endeavor. YouTube is more complicated as a creator than most people realize and this book breaks it down into things that kids and teens can understand.
This book delves into how to get a following on YouTube and how to monetize your YouTube channel.
This microphone will provide better sound for YouTube videos or podcasts and is very affordable.
Phone stand with microphone
If your YouTuber will be using their phone to record videos this stand also includes a microphone.
This is a great basic video camera that would be perfect for beginning YouTuber Creators.
This ring light includes a phone holder that will give better lighting for YouTube video creation
This backdrop is 5 foot by 7 foot and folds up so it could make a great (and sparkly!) backdrop for YouTubing or Vlogging.
This green screen backdrop makes it so you can change the background using an app. You could purchase a backdrop stand like this one or just use the included clamps to hook it up somewhere in your house.
Besides being super fun, learning to bake and decorate cakes and cupcakes could turn into a great side hustle for teens. Help them make flyers and business cards and they could get a fun side business going!
This kit contains TONS of products needed for decorating cakes including springform cake pans, decorating tips, rotating cake turntable, chocolate mold, cake leveler, and more!
This set is less expensive and may be less intimidating. It contains tips, frosting bags, a frosting knife and a case
I love the Wilton colors, they are the richest and very easy to use. This is a 12-pack of basic colors.
This book looks amazing! It has step-by-step photos and detailed explanations of everything cake making and decorating. This would be a great reference point for teens learning about cake decorating.
These would be super fun to decorate. It is a pan for jumbo-sized cupcakes
This book has 150 pages of cupcake recipes to increase your baker’s repertoire.
I love this adorable cupcake apron! It would be a fun addition to this cake/cupcake decorating gift for teens.
Coding Gifts to create a Teen Side Hustle
Teens and their phones are inseparable and coding is a skill that is very valuable in today’s workplace. Giving a teen the tools to be able to code and create their own app…which could be monetized is an awesome gift idea for teens. They’ll be learning a new and valuable skill and having fun!
This book addresses different careers for Coders but also has true stories of teens who are coding.
This book shares info and some inspiring stories about girls and women who code.
This is an amazing gift that contains things your teens need to build their own computer…(you will need to connect it to a screen). Not only will it help them learn how the computer works, but it also runs through programming so they will gain some basic coding skills. We bought a Raspberry Pi for our son when he was little and it was so cool to see him learn and build.
This book has 10 lessons that teach kids how to code using Scratch.
This notebook will give them a spot to write what they’ve learned and great app ideas!
Face painting gift ideas for a teen side hustle
Besides being fun to do, learning to face paint could be a very marketable skill for a teen. Carnivals, birthday parties, Halloween…here are some gifts that could turn into a great teen side hustle.
This is a basic set that contains face paints, glitter and some paint brushes.
This is a bunch of face painting crayons, which are sometimes easier to work with than face painting and brushes.
This book looks awesome, it has flexible binding and has 30 different faces with step-by-step face painting tips.
This book has 40 step-by-step face painting projects for kids, they range from simple to more complex and have lots of good ideas for face painting.
This book gets much more complex with 50 different tutorials of pretty fancy face painting!
This is a good tool to have when you are painting faces!
Another good item to have in a face painting kit to clean up mistakes.
This would be a great place to store face painting supplies and let your clients see how they look.
Balloon animals are another simple side hustle that teens could do at a variety of venues from birthday parties to special events. The following gifts would be fun to give a teen to help them develop this unique skill.
This kit includes 100 balloons, a book, a pump and a dvd.
100 extra balloon animal balloons for practicing and tying.
This book has 32 different balloon animals and gives step-by-step instructions on how to do each.
This DVD has over 50 different balloon animals in a “course” that teaches balloon animal tying.
These aprons come in a bunch of colors and have pockets to carry everything you need for making balloon animals.
Henna painting is growing in popularity and is a fun way for teens to express themselves artistically. They could also open a booth at a fair or do henna painting at birthday parties or even bridal showers!
This has great reviews. It is actually Jagua berry-based so the color is a bit different than henna. It is supposed to look more black-blue than traditional brown henna. This kit contains stencils as well.
This is one of the most popular brands of henna powder (not all are created equal!) You will need to purchase essential oils and applicator bottles as well.
This was an oil recommended as a good one to mix with henna.
These bottles have a fine tip to make application easy.
This has step-by-step instructions and examples of henna tattoos (they are beautiful!)
These stencils will make it easy when starting out henna painting until your teen feels more comfortable giving it their own artistic touch.
I hope these gift ideas will spark some entrepreneurial spirit in your teen. Do you have any more great side hustle ideas I could add?