Heart inflammation investigated as possible rare COVID-19 vaccine side effect in teens and young people

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A nurse gives a 13-year-old a shot of the vaccine at a vaccination clinic at Health First Medical Centre. On May 12, 2021, the CDC approved the use of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine in 12 through 15-year-old adolescents.

  • A new study has raised the possibility of a heart condition being a very rare side effect of the Pfizer shot.
  • Seven US teen boys experienced chest pain within a few days of having their second COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Eligible teens are still being encouraged to be vaccinated, the CDC said.
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A new study, published on Friday, has sparked concerns that a heart condition could be a very rare side effect for teens and young adults receiving the second dose of COVID-19 vaccines.

Health authorities are investigating whether reports of heart inflammation in seven US teen boys across several states can be linked to the administration of a Pfizer shot, the Associated Press reported.

The study, published in the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, shows that the seven boys – aged between 14 and 19 – experienced chest pain within a few days of having their second coronavirus vaccine.

Heart imaging tests showed a type of inflammation of the heart muscle called myocarditis.

None of the teenagers were critically ill and all were sent home from the hospital after two to six days, Dr. Preeti Jaggi, who co-authored the report, told AP. It is currently believed that the inflammation was temporary, Jaggi said.

Read more: New guidance says businesses can require employees to get vaccinated and bar unvaccinated employees from returning

This study follows news from Israel that suggested there is a “probable link” between receiving the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine and the appearance of myocarditis, Israel’s health ministry said on Tuesday.

Out of more than 5 million people who got the vaccine, 275 people reported heart muscle inflammation, mainly young men, the health ministry said.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month recommended investigating the possibility of a link between myocarditis and mRNA vaccines, which include those from Pfizer and Moderna, Insider’s Sarah Al-Arshani reported

The rate of reported myocarditis cases after COVID-19 vaccinations, however, was not different from the baseline rate, which means there may not be a link between vaccination and the condition, Al-Arshani wrote.

Eligible teens are still being encouraged to be vaccinated due to a rising number of hospitalizations among young people, the CDC said.

The CDC has allowed the use of the Pfizer vaccine for people 12 years old and up.

In the UK, the nation’s medicines regulator has approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds.

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More teens are ending up in the hospital with COVID-19, now the CDC is urging parents to get them vaccinated

Natalie Ruiz,19, receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a FEMA vaccination center at Miami Dade College, Monday, April 5, 2021, in Miami.
Natalie Ruiz,19, receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a FEMA vaccination center at Miami Dade College, Monday, April 5, 2021, in Miami.

  • Coronavirus hospitalization rates among teens rose in March and April, the CDC said.
  • CDC Director Rochelle Walensky called the trend alarming.
  • Walensky is encouraging parents to get their teens vaccinated against COVID-19.
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The number of teens hospitalized with COVID-19 increased in March and April, after having declined earlier this year, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the trend was alarming and encouraged parents to vaccinate their eligible teens.

“I am deeply concerned by the number of hospitalized adolescents and saddened to see the number of adolescents who required treatment in intensive care units or mechanical ventilation,” Walensky said in a statement.

The CDC has allowed the use of the Pfizer vaccine for people 12 years old and up.

While the majority of those hospitalized for COVID-19 are still adults, the study found between January and March, a third of the 204 teens hospitalized for the coronavirus required a third required intensive care unit admission, and 5% required invasive mechanical ventilation.

“Much of this suffering can be prevented,” Walensky said in the statement.

She added that those who are not yet vaccinated should continue to wear masks and socially distance to protect themselves.

“Vaccination is our way out of this pandemic.  I continue to see promising signs in CDC data that we are nearing the end of this pandemic in this country; however, we all have to do our part and get vaccinated to cross the finish line,” she added.

A Washington Post analysis last week found that while COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations have been on the decline as more Americans get vaccinated, rates for those who are not vaccinated have not significantly shifted. People who are not vaccinated yet are still at high risk for infection and severe illness.

About 41.4% of the total US population is fully vaccinated, according to the most recent CDC data available at the time of publication.

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56 cool, unique Amazon gifts that teenagers will actually love, from Spikeball to astrology jewelry

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  • Teens are notoriously difficult to shop for, especially when it comes to gifts.
  • To help ease your shopping stress, we put together a list of 56 cool gift ideas for teens.
  • All the gifts are available through Amazon.

Teens might be difficult to shop for, but you don’t need to search far and wide for gift ideas – Amazon has options in everything from tech to beauty gifts.

From a book that Netflix adapted into a hit movie to a Sonos speaker, we’ve rounded up the best 56 best gifts for the teens in your life. They cover a range of prices and brands, including newer startups you didn’t even know you could find on Amazon.

Check out all 56 gifts for teens on Amazon:

Smart lights that are compatible with Amazon Alexa

LE Smart Light Bulb

They can use their voice to control these smart light bulbs through an Alexa Echo, Echo Dot, or Google Home Assistant. They can also give hands-free commands to set the brightness, turn lights on and off, change colors, create timers, and more to customize their space.

A cute, heart-shaped waffle maker

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Sometimes all anyone wants is anything delicious and aesthetically appealing — like heart-shaped waffles. This waffle maker is small, too, so it shouldn’t crowd their kitchen too much.

A fun outdoor game they can play with friends


On a beautiful, sunny day in the city, you’ll probably see at least one group playing this fun and active game in the park. With rules similar to volleyball, it’s incredibly easy to learn — so friend groups or families can get involved.

The Nintendo Switch

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The Nintendo Switch is one of the gifts that, with good reason, tend to elicit lots of excitement. This model has a battery life of up to nine hours and can be played with friends or solo, and at home or on the go.

A multi-color alarm clock that doubles as a speaker

Night Lights Bluetooth Speaker

Beyond helping ensure they’re up on time, this alarm clock doubles as a Bluetooth speaker and as a dimmable, multi-color bedside lamp.

An effective electric toothbrush

Oral B Pro 1000

We love this electric toothbrush as a budget-friendly option that doesn’t compromise on performance. It’s also the path of least resistance to helping your teen build their own healthy habits.

A beanie with built-in headphones


Soundbot makes soft beanies that have built-in headphones for on-the-go listening. They have a rechargeable battery, built-in microphone, and wireless range of up to 33 feet. 

A gift box of bath bombs

HanZá 8 Bath Bombs Gift Set Ideas

If their favorite pastime is some version of decadent self-care, then a gift set of bath bombs will go over well. This set has an array of great scents: sandalwood, eucalyptus, lavender, vanilla, rose, ginger, cedar, lemon, and orange.

A GoPro

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For travel and even in-depth school projects, a GoPro is one tech gift that’s hard to oversell. There’s a newer version, but it costs about $200 more.  

An Echo Dot with clock

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The Amazon Echo Dot is the most popular Amazon device for a reason — it’s compact and has all the capabilities of Alexa (weather updates, recipes, music, and news). 

An instant camera


Instax’s cute instant camera is great for anyone who loves taking photos. All they need is some film to get started. It features a small selfie mirror to ensure proper framing, a macro lens attachment, and a variety of modes to account for different indoor and outdoor environments.

A necklace with their zodiac sign


Zodiac signs, and the unique personality traits tied to each one, have become extremely popular in recent years. Pick up their sign in a dainty, gold-dipped necklace they can wear every day.

PopSockets for the back of their phone


PopSockets have become their own cultural phenomenon. Besides being useful, they offer a bit of personalization to tech and come in a variety of colors and patterns.

A portable charger

Gifts for coworkers Eleject

Whether used for traveling or keeping in contact with friends or parents while on the go, this external battery is great for giving parents and teens convenience and peace of mind. We named this model by Elecjet the best portable charger iPhone users can buy

New video games: The Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening

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Ultimately, no gift may compare to a great new video game they can test out solo or with friends. 

New video games: Borderlands 3

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New video games: Luigi’s Mansion 3

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New video games: FIFA 20 Standard Edition


A hair towel that cuts drying time in half

Aquis, $21

Aquis’ cult-favorite hair towels can cut the amount of time it takes your hair to dry in half — a claim we’re happy to report holds up. They also help keep hair protected from harmful friction in its most vulnerable state. If the teens in your life have ever complained about frizzy hair, this and a silk pillowcase are thoughtful gifts they’ll actually use.

The new Fire HD 10 tablet for music, games, and media

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Amazon’s Fire 10 tablet now has its largest display screen and is 30% faster than older iterations. On it, they can stream movies and videos, play games, read the news, and access their social media accounts. It has up to 12 hours of battery life.

One of the best young adult books ever written


For the kind of gift they’ll still mention 10 years later, give them one of the best young adult books you’ve ever read — or one of the 37 best young adult books Business Insider staff members recommend. Or, check out Amazon’s list of the 100 books you should read in a lifetime.

A splashproof, portable Bluetooth speaker

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This under-$100 Bluetooth speaker connects to smartphones to give their songs a stereo-sound treatment. It has an IPX7 waterproof rating, so they don’t have to worry about rain or spills either. 

A set of Korean sheet masks

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The best way to initiate a pampered staycation is a cult-favorite, 16-pack of Korean sheet masks — something any beauty- or skin-care-obsessed teen will likely already know about.

The book Netflix made into a movie


You’ve probably heard about this Netflix movie from teens and adults alike. A third movie is imminent, and they’ll love getting to experience it all over again in a book. If they’ve already read the first book, pick up the sequel “P.S. I Still Love You” here.

Comfortable, high-quality sheets for their bed


We recommend Brooklinen often, and for good reason. Most of the Insider Reviews team sleeps with Brooklinen on their own beds; we think they’re perfect for sleeping in on lazy Saturday mornings.

A surprisingly good projector that’s the size of a soda can

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Anker’s Nebula Capsule is tiny but mighty. It’s the size of a soda can, weighs only one pound, and has a quiet and continuous playtime of four hours. It’ll take family or friend movie nights up a notch, and they can easily pack it on trips. Find a full review here.

Mario Badescu’s cult-favorite facial mists with aloe

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Mario Badescu’s cult-favorite facial mists refresh and hydrate the skin for a dewy glow. They’re available on Amazon individually or in a two-pack of the rose water and cucumber sprays.

A leather toiletry bag for grooming and beauty essentials

leatherology shave bag

Leatherology’s shave bag is a great purchase if you want to gift your teen a leather beauty bag that will age gracefully.

Comfortable headphones with long battery life and good sound

beats studio 3

The Solo3 headphones are perfect for commuting, studying, or zoning out during family road trips. They offer good sound quality and up to 40 hours of battery life, but the best part? Five minutes of charging equals three hours of playback. 

A waterproof speaker to liven up their showers

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Teens can use this waterproof wireless speaker in the pool or the shower to listen to their favorite music anytime.

A slime-making kit


One of the ongoing internet trends is a fascination with slime, and teens have run successful businesses by sharing videos of it. And what’s better than vicariously living through TikTok slime-makers? Making your own. 

A gentle facial cleansing device


FOREO’s cult-favorite Luna 2 cleansing device gently and effectively cleans with thin, antimicrobial silicone touchpoints, and claims to remove 99.5% of dirt and makeup residue without irritating the skin. Plus, it’s waterproof, and the battery life lasts for a few months per charge. The Luna 2 is available in five varieties: men, normal, combination, sensitive, and oily skin. Find a full review from a female reporter and a male reporter here.

A Fitbit

Fitbit Charge 4

Fitbits track the wearer’s health and fitness as well as offer insights into their sleep and physical activity trends. Teens can set personal goals and get real-time updates during workouts. It’s water-resistant up to 50 meters, and its battery life can last up to seven days. 

A cult-favorite clay mask

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The Aztec Clay Mask is one of those cult-favorite products that’s been plucked from obscurity and gone straight to the limelight of YouTube testimonials with over 4 million views and widespread popularity. You can read a full review here.

The Sonos One

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The Sonos One delivers great sound and convenience. The audio is rich and easily fills the room, and the device can be controlled by voice, the Sonos app, or Apple Airplay 2. It’s also a great replacement for a traditional alarm clock. 

A waterproof e-reader with a no-glare screen

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Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof, has double the storage of its previous model, and is Kindle’s lightest and thinnest version yet. The glare-free display adjusts to accommodate the light you’re in — even bright sunlight — and has a battery charge that lasts weeks. 

String lights with photo clips


Perfect for creating the archetypal teen room that’s most often seen in Netflix movies and old Taylor Swift music videos, photo clip string lights add warm light to your teen’s favorite Polaroids or memorabilia. 

Colorful reusable straws


Trying to adopt more eco-friendly habits is one of the great characteristics of younger generations, especially teens who grew up among videos of sea turtles being harmed by discarded plastic straws. These are colorful, bendable, and fun to use. 

Gift card for everything: Visa

Visa gift card

For teens who often rely on part-time jobs to fund their hobbies and cravings, gift cards are one gift that’s always appreciated. Here are some of Insider Reviews’ top choices:

Gift cards for everything: Amazon

Amazon gift card

A gift card to Amazon is a gift card to pretty much anything they’ve got on their wish lists — tech, clothing, books, and more. 

Gift card for coffee: Starbucks

Starbucks gift card

Whether they’re ordering multi-hyphenate drinks at Starbucks or regular hot chocolates, they add up.

Gift card for food: Chipotle

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One of the mainstays of teenage life is meeting up with friends at fast-casual restaurants — and Chipotle is a perennial favorite.

Gift card for gaming: Xbox

Xbox Gift Card

If you know they have an Xbox but don’t know which games they already have or need, this is a great way to ensure they get exactly what they want.

Gift card for clothes: Nordstrom


No matter how spot-on your gifts are, your giftee is the best person for the job of dressing themselves. And even if you nail the latest trend they’re excited about, there will be more in the future — this lets them pick things out for themselves, without having to dip into their allowance or savings.

Gift card for tech: Best Buy

Best Buy gift card

Unsure of which tech they already have or which tech they’d want? A Best Buy gift card will save you the probing questions and help you give them a gift they’re really excited about. 

A music subscription that includes 50 million songs


If they don’t already have a music subscription, give them access to 50 million songs with Amazon Music Unlimited. 

Colorful scrunchies


Scrunchies are having a moment. If you want to get something particularly on-trend, you may want to look into a few. This set comes with a whopping 46 colors.

An audiobook subscription

Audible Prime Day Deal 2x1

If they love to read, or you’re trying to get them to love to read, a gift subscription to Audible is a great idea. They’ll get three free titles for each month they’re a member (one audiobook and two Audible Originals), and 30% off any additional audiobooks they buy. They can listen and read anywhere and anytime using the free app. 

A fidget toy


Speks makes one of our favorite fidget toys, perfect for relieving nervousness and boosting productivity and focus.

A popcorn machine for movie nights


Perfect for movie nights with family or friends, this popcorn maker can make as much as six quarts of popcorn for a night in. 

An eyeshadow palette


If they’re getting into makeup, an eyeshadow palette is one of the coolest gifts you can probably give them. This option has 16 shades, almost 15,000 reviews, and a 4.4-star rating overall. 

A karaoke machine that allows duets

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This system has more features than a really nice car. It has two mics, a sing-along and record function, and 300 songs ready for action.

A cool, holographic fanny pack


What’s old is new and cool again — and that includes fanny packs!

A mini griddle for individual servings of food


This tiny griddle is perfect for making individual servings of breakfasts and pretty much any food — from eggs to cookies to grilled cheese.

Cool backpacks from a popular startup

Women's Lorimer backpack

State bags are a popular accessory thanks to both a laid-back, on-trend design and their give-back program. State’s #GiveBackPack(s) mean that every State bag purchased translates into the company donating one backpack filled with supplies to a local child in need. The Lorimer and Bedford are two of the company’s bestsellers.

A pack of smart plugs so they can control devices from a distance

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Perfect for staying in that comfy position on the couch or that moment when they wonder if they turned their hot iron off, smart plugs let them control devices from a distance. All they need is the outlet, the Kasa app, and an iOS or Android device. 

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The 32 best gifts for teen girls on Amazon, from a tie-dye kit to a karaoke microphone

  • Buying gifts for teen girls doesn’t have to be difficult or send you searching across many sites.
  • Using my own sisters as inspiration, I chose 32 Amazon gifts that cover many interests and budgets.
  • Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all Insider Reviews gift guides here.

Buying gifts for teen girls can be a daunting task, which is probably why they end up with seven identical lip balms from different relatives every year.

But getting a thoughtful, fun, and useful gift is easier than you think. In fact, it doesn’t even require you to leave Amazon. Below, I’ve rounded up 32 gift ideas, all of which you can find on Amazon, for the teen girls in your life. As someone who was once a teen girl and who has teen sisters, I feel confident in saying this is a good jumping-off point.

Shop the 32 best gifts for teen girls:

A tie-dye kit for making colorful shirts

Tulip One Step 5 Color Tie Dye Kit; gift for teenage girl

There’s no need to buy tie-dye clothing when they can use this kit to make their own. Five dyes, gloves, rubber bands, and an instruction guide come in this easy-to-use set. It’s not only a fun art project, but they’ll get some vibrant, stylish, homemade shirts from it, too.

One-Step 5 Color Tie-Dye Kit (button)
A console for a true gamer

Nintendo Switch; gift for teenage girl

For the serious gamer in your life, a Nintendo Switch could be just what they need. This console has been all the rage thanks to its innovative design and ability to travel well. They can play popular games like Animal Crossing, Among Us, New Pokémon Snap, and more.

Read our full review of the Nintendo Switch here

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A pair of plush slippers they won’t want to take off

Ugg Fluff Yeah Slide Slipper; gift for teenage girl

Comfort is key when it comes to teenagers. These fluffy, supportive Ugg slippers are great for wearing around the house and also outside of the home. You can read more about why we love this slide slipper in our guide to the best women’s slippers.

Fluff Yeah Slide Slipper (button, Preferred: Amazon)
A neon sign to light up their bedroom

DIVATLA Neon Light Sign; gift for teenage girl

Coming in blue or pink, this neon sign can serve as a relaxing piece of decor in their bedroom. It’ll brighten up their space, whether they hang it on a wall or place it on their nightstand or desk. We even ranked this one as the best for bedrooms in our guide to the best neon signs.

Unique Sweet Dream Neon Sign (button)
An apron for the aspiring chef

Maison d' Hermine Kitchen Apron; gift for teenage girl

If you constantly find your teen cooking or baking in the kitchen, it might be time to get them a nice apron. This one has an adjustable neck strap and long waist ties to help them get the right fit. Plus, there are plenty of colorful designs to choose from. 

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An initial necklace that’s a staple piece


This simple but personal necklace will be a welcome addition to a teen’s growing jewelry collection. Its initial design makes it the perfect staple piece they can wear every day and with any outfit. 

A DIY manicure kit


With it being safer to stay home right now, DIY manicures are more popular than ever. These cute nail stickers make it quick, easy, and affordable. 

A felt letter board for fun quotes


This felt board adds a cute and personal touch to their room. You can choose from 25 colors to match their decor aesthetic. It’ll be the perfect setting for inspirational quotes or funny pop culture lines. 

A Bluetooth microphone to sing karaoke

Wireless microphone

Whether or not they can carry a tune, it’s a fun item to have for friend hangouts or to recreate carpool karaoke. All it takes is connecting a phone to play music through the microphone’s speakers.

A popular book series

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the cultural phenomenon of Netflix’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” has probably touched your life. If they’re a fan, this set lets them enjoy the book series the movies are based on.

A cool new Popsocket


Beyond making it easier to hold or prop up their phone, PopSockets are a great way to add personality to the tech they use every day. 

The most popular and useful Fitbit

Fitbit Charge 4

The Fitbit Charge 4 is one of Fitbit’s best and most popular models. It’s not bulky like most smartwatches, yet it’s comfortable to wear and you still have a usable display that gives you plenty of info. It has a built-in heart rate monitor, in-depth sleep tracking, advanced workout features, and real-time workout tracking. You can learn more about the Fitbit Charge 4 in our guide to the best Fitbit trackers and smartwatches.  

A mini waffle maker for a small but satisfying breakfast

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A favorite breakfast food just got a whole lot cuter. This lightweight and easy-to-use waffle maker can give them a small sense of independence in the kitchen, and it’s available in 20 unique colors and designs. 

A beanie with Bluetooth connectivity so they can listen to music on the go


An increasingly popular accessory among teens is the Bluetooth Beanie Hat, which lets them listen to music while wearing it. The headphones pair with a tablet, Apple watch, or smartphone, and the Bluetooth range is up to 33 feet. There are even built-in controls for adjusting the volume, skipping songs, and pausing/playing music.

Smart lights for studying and dimming at night before bed

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Smart lights mean she can change the lights to a range of colors, create customized lighting for watching a movie or studying and set a schedule for the lights to turn off or dim at different times during the day. 

A personalized zodiac necklace


Zodiac signs have become even more popular in recent years, as has the mainstream interest in horoscopes and astrological personality types. If they’re into the topic, or you just want to find a small way of personalizing an affordable gift, pick up a gold-dipped zodiac necklace that they can wear with anything. 

An Echo Dot for an alarm clock and games

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The Echo Dot is popular on Amazon for a few reasons, and one is how compact it is. They can stack it on top of a pile of books or on their nightstand, use it as a speaker or an alarm clock, and get access to all the capabilities of Alexa (weather updates, recipes, music, news, connections to other smart devices). It also has a decent speaker.

Read our full review of the Amazon Echo Dot here.

An instant camera and some film

Gifts for teens Instax

Maybe because it’s now possible to document and curate everything just-so online, but the spontaneity and authenticity of instant cameras have experienced a rise in popularity in recent years. If it’s a comfortable purchase, they’ll probably get a lot of use out of the $60-something camera. It comes in fun colors, and they can hang the pictures up around their room. Pick up some film so they can get started right away. For more, check out our guide to the best instant cameras

The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Whether they saw the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary (which this was featured in), consider RBG amongst their favorite celebrities, or they may appreciate a keepsake that focuses on an empowered woman in history, this is a great gift that combines fun, creativity, and education. 

A bunch of Korean sheet masks

Dermal Face Mask

Few things are as fun as lounging around with a decadent sheet mask slapped across your face. It’s also an affordable gift that gives outsized fun to the recipient, and a great addition to sleepovers with friends. 

Really nice new bedding

Brooklinen set

We recommend Brooklinen often, and for good reason. We think they make the best high-end sheets at the best price, and most of the Insider Reviews team sleeps with Brooklinen on their own beds. If she may appreciate a more grown-up gift, this is a good one. 

Read our full review of Brooklinen sheets here

Hanging glass terrariums for their room

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A living green thing is nice in any space, especially in the form of a pretty hanging terrarium like this. The set includes three types: a water drop, diamond, and triangle shape. Plus, you can help with hanging them in their room. 

A projector the size of a soda can

Nebula Capsule Smart Mini Projector

Anker’s Nebula Capsule is tiny but mighty. It’s the size of a soda can, weighs only one pound, and has a quiet and continuous playtime of four hours. It’ll take movie nights up a notch, and it travels easily. 

Read our full review of the Anker Nebula Capsule here.

A hair towel that cuts down on drying time

Aquis, $21

This hair towel can cut in half the amount of time it takes for hair to dry. It also helps protect hair during its weakened state while wet. If they’ve ever fought frizzy hair, this and a silk pillowcase are especially thoughtful gifts. 

Wireless headphones with up to 40 hours of battery life

Beats Solo3 Wireless On Ear Headphones

Beats Solo3 headphones are good for zoning out to music, studying, and blocking out the noise on family road trips. They have good sound, up to 40 hours of battery life, and five minutes of charging equals three hours of playback. 

Read our full review of the Beats Solo3 headphones here

A facial cleansing device that removes 99.5% of dirt


Foreo’s cult-favorite Luna 2 cleansing device gently and effectively cleans with thin, antimicrobial silicone touchpoints, and claims to remove 99.5% of dirt and makeup residue without irritating the skin. Plus, it’s waterproof and the battery life lasts for a few months per charge.

Read our full review of the Foreo Luna 2 here.

A fluffy, eco-friendly comforter


Buffy is an eco-friendly startup that makes fluffy, cruelty-free comforters. The Cloud is made from a cool-to-the-touch eucalyptus fabric that’s even softer than cotton, and the comforter is made from 50 recycled bottles.

Read our full review of the Buffy comforter here.

A streaming media player


Bringing smart skills and the experience of Apple TV+, Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, The Roku Channel, HBO, Showtime, Google Play, and cable alternatives like Hulu with Live TV and more to their TV is an especially useful gift they’ll never tire of.  

Read our full review of the Roku Express here.

String lights with clips for pictures

String light with clips

Perfect for creating the archetypal teen room that’s most often seen in Netflix movies and old Taylor Swift music videos, these photo-clip string lights use warm light to illuminate Polaroids or other memorabilia. 

An audiobook membership

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If they love to read, or you’re trying to get them to love to read, a gift subscription to Audible is a great idea. They’ll get three free titles for each month they’re a member (one audiobook and two Audible Originals), and 30% off any additional audiobooks they buy. They can listen and read anywhere and anytime using the free app. 

Read our full review of Audible here

More than 40 satin scrunchies

Satin scrunchies

Scrunchies are having a moment. If you want to get something particularly on-trend, you may want to look into gifting a few. This set comes with a whopping 46 colors in satin that won’t leave kinks in their hair.

A useful portable charger

Gifts for coworkers Eleject

Anyone with a phone can see the convenience of an external battery, and this one happens to be our pick for the best portable charger iPhone users can buy. Beyond convenience, it’s also great for when it’s safe to travel with friends again.

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Fidelity plans to offer no-fee investment services for teenagers who want to trade stocks and ETFs

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  • Fidelity Investments will offer no-fee investing accounts to 13- to 17-year-olds.
  • The firm said parents can use the accounts as a “teaching moment” to discuss finances.
  • Analysts have previously said Gen Z will be the most disruptive generation ever to markets.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Teens will soon be able to use a new no-fee service from Fidelity Investments to buy and sell stocks, exchange-traded funds, and Fidelity mutual funds.

The firm plans to offer investing accounts, along with debit cards and savings accounts, to 13- to 17-year-olds whose parents or guardians also bank with Fidelity, according to a Tuesday press release.

Parents can see what their teens are doing in the account and discuss the reasoning behind their child’s financial decisions. “Fidelity is committed to responsibly supporting young investors,” Jennifer Samalis, senior vice president of acquisition and loyalty at Fidelity Investments, said in the press release.

The youth account, which will become a standard brokerage account with more options when the teen turns 18, will also offer educational resources. In a pilot program of the new offering, Fidelity said 90% of parents and guardians used the account as a “teaching moment” to discuss saving, spending, and investing.

“Opening the account can create new opportunities for parents/guardians to engage their teens about money concepts, then allow the teens to independently take action and learn by doing,” Fidelity spokesperson Robert Bearegard said to Insider in an email.

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The offering comes amid the firm’s push to attract new investors. Fidelity added 1.6 million accounts for individuals 35 years old or younger in the first quarter of this year, which is more than three times the amount from a year earlier, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing the firm.

Bank of America analysts have previously said Gen-Z will be “the most disruptive ever” to the stock market, pushing it to focus more on technology, sustainability, and climate change, and less on classical institutions.

Social media platforms like Reddit and TikTok have helped drive the new wave of investors, along with trading apps such as Robinhood and Webull.

At the beginning of the year, an army of day traders on Reddit drove the GameStop stock price to surge from single to triple digits in an effort to squeeze short sellers. The rally signaled the power of a new wave of investors and a new trend of investing in so-called “meme stocks” like AMC and GameStop, among others.

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What teenagers and parents need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine, from side effects to dosing, according to experts

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Junior Molly Day gets her first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Ridley High School in Pennsylvania on May, 3, 2021 as part of a clinic for students age 16-18.

  • Kids aged 12 to 15 may be able to get their COVID-19 vaccines as early as next week.
  • Young people have robust immune systems, so teens should prepare for side effects.
  • If your child wants to return to school, play sports, and see their friends, get ready to book their shot.
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Younger teens may have access to a coronavirus vaccine soon – and with this expansion in eligibility, parents are likely to have questions.

The Food and Drug Administration is prepared to authorize use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in 12- to 15-year-olds by early next week, a development first reported by the New York Times. The vaccine was found to be extremely effective in adolescents – possible even more so than in adults.

Insider spoke with pediatric health experts about some of the questions that may be on parents’ minds as their teenage kids prepare to get their shots.

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When can my child get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla previously said he hoped to start getting adolescents vaccinated “before the start of the next school year.” In reality, some 12- to 15-year-olds will be able to get their shots even sooner.

Vaccines could be going into new arms as early as next week if the FDA authorizes use of the Pfizer vaccine in adolescents. Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CBS that about five million kids will be able to get the vaccine as soon as it’s authorized, and likely another five million would be vaccinated before the school year.

Kids younger than 12 will have to wait until the fall, as Pfizer is on track to announce trial results for them in September.

Are the vaccines for teens the same as the vaccines for adults?

It’s safe to assume that kids older than 12 will receive the same dose as adults, Donna Hallas, director of the pediatric nurse practitioner program at New York University College of Nursing, told Insider.

Although Pfizer hasn’t released the details of the vaccine trial in adolescents yet, kids who weigh 80 pounds or more typically can handle adult dosing for other medications, Hallas added.

“While children are not small adults – they are different, so that is why it is so important for us to do very targeted safety trials in the younger age groups – our body physiology does fundamentally work the same way,” pediatrician Christina Johns told Insider. “I do not anticipate any major difference.”

Will teenagers have side effects?

Kids have “tremendously robust immune systems,” Dr. Johns told Insider. That’s good news for them, but it also means that like other young people, teens should prepare for side effects.

Hallas said teens and children may experience some fatigue and chills after their second shots, just like many of their parents did.

“It wouldn’t be unexpected that the children who already have a good immune response might have a mild set of reactions after the second dose,” Hallas said. “Plan for that day – have the kid take extra fluids and rest.”

I already got vaccinated. Why does my child need it too?

Even if you’ve already been vaccinated, it’s important to make sure your child gets their shot as well. As more of the population gets vaccinated, the coronavirus will have less people to infect, bringing the country closer to herd immunity.

The COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective at protecting against hospitalizations and deaths. Early study results also suggest that vaccinated people may be less contagious to others, even if they contract a mild case of COVID-19 despite getting their shots.

“If this is building up a huge immune response in teenage children, then hopefully even if they come in contact with people, they’re not going to be spreaders – that’s what would be really exciting,” Hallas said.

Will schools mandate COVID-19 vaccines?

Many schools already have required vaccinations for the chicken pox; measles, mumps, and rubella; meningitis; and more. State law can mandate vaccinations in public and private schools, although most states allow medical and/or religious exemptions.

Already, some colleges and universities have announced requirements for students and staff to be fully vaccinated to return for the fall semester, so it’s not unlikely that some primary, middle, and high schools will do the same, Hallas said.

If you want your child to be able to return to school, play sports, and see their friends, it’s in your best interest to get them their shots.

Will my child need a booster shot?

We don’t know for sure if people will need to get booster shots to maintain COVID-19 immunity, but vaccine manufacturers are looking into it.

Pfizer CEO Bourla said it’s likely that people will need booster shots within a year after getting vaccinated. And Moderna is already a step ahead, with clinical trials of a booster shot tailored against the B.1.351 coronavirus variant underway with promising results.

“If variants are as persistent as they’ve been, people are going to have to get boosters,” Hallas said. “It’s going to be continuous public health initiatives for a long time.”

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