It's never too early to get the holiday shopping done and over with, especially when you have a teen on the list of recipients. Their preferences could change overnight, and it's challenging to stay updated with the latest trends that could help you pick out a cool gift. Luckily, we did some digging!
We're always looking for ways to make shopping an easy affair, so that's why we picked the best Christmas gifts for teens. Perhaps a Scratch Off Poster with 100 movie suggestions for the cinema buff teen? Along with that, we've included nine more gift options to suit varying likes and preferences. Then, we've attached a buying guide to help you explore your gift possibilities.
Teenagers can be hard to shop for, because they often know exactly what they want but won't tell you! We've picked out a variety of gifts from stocking stuffers to electronics that should keep most teens happy.
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Top 100 Movies Scratch-Off Poster
Kodak Smile Instant Print Digital Camera
Letters to My Future Self
PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger
Gift Card in a Holiday Pop-Up Box
iPad Keyboard Case
DropMix Music Gaming System
One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer
Worry About What Movie to Watch No More
Print Smiles in an Instant
Turn a Gift into Something Priceless
Equip Your Teen With Reliable Portable Power
Let Your Teen Decide on a Gift
A Great Stocking Stuffer for Teens
A Guide to Becoming a Social Media Influencer
A Versatile Keyboard and Case for an iPad
Harness Your Inner DJ With This Party Game
Bad Hair Days Don't Stand a Chance
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The buying guide below was curated to help parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or friends of teens who are at a loss on what to get them for Christmas. We've divided it up by age range and provided some ideas for awesome gifts the teens in your life will love.
Teenhood can be categorized into three stages: early, middle and late adolescence. Preferences may change throughout these phases, but you can still get some unique gift ideas by looking at common obsessions during a particular stage.
Those around the age of 11 to 14 years old are considered early adolescents. This is usually the stage when they discover their likes and dislikes and get more ideas on their overall character or personality. With that said, you can get creative on a gift for pre-teens because they are on the road to discovery.
Whether it's clothes, accessories, shoes, or school supply essentials, chances are, they would like it, regardless!
Skincare products can be a great choice as acne usually arrives with puberty. It is also a great idea to get their skincare routine established at this age because it will keep their skin youthful for longer. You can grab a simple skincare set that is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic to get them started.
You can even introduce something new like puzzles, building kits, models, or other DIY kits that they could explore on their own. Just make sure it's not too simple, so they don't get bored with it.
Teens around the age of 15 to 17 years old are more decisive about what they want when it comes to gifts. Chances are, they have begun a particular collection or hobby that you can expand on. You can give them makeup, music, books, games, sports accessories – practically anything that complements what they spend their time on.
If your teen is a social butterfly, perhaps a board game they can share with friends would be good. Examples are Game of Phones, Catan, Cards Against Humanity, or Codenames. You can even consider getting them a book on dating and relationships if they are unsure of this stage in pre-adulthood.
As your teen goes off to college or moves out from home, gifts become more necessity-oriented. They might be traveling back and forth from home to school, so gas money or a public transport pass would be much appreciated.
If they’re staying away from home, you can get ideas on the things they need by looking at items that require replacement or replenishment. A new microwave, coffeemaker, bath set, or pillows are only a few examples of things your teen don’t usually know they need.
You can also get them school-related essentials such as a backpack or laptop bag. Listen to the stories they share of broken things or ask their friends for some tips. Lastly, you have the gift of cash or gift certificates and gift cards. These are always well-received by teens at this age because it gives them more control over what to get.
It's tough steering away from an electronic gift for teens. Plus, there's no way anyone could stay updated with all the recent models of whatever gadget is available in the market. There's always room for an upgrade or expansion. With that said, let's consider the electronics-related gifts you can grab.
You can look at whatever existing gadgets your teens have and consider an add-on. For example, get a monitor to go with their laptop to minimize eye strain or make gaming better. If you have an idea of the types of games they play on their devices, you can consider an expansion pack or DLC (downloadable content) too.
If your teen has an outdated laptop, tablet, phone, or other electronic necessity, you can invest in a newer one. It doesn’t have to be the latest iPhone or gaming PC, but a newer one than what they currently have means the device would operate faster and more reliably to suit their needs, whether for school, work, or entertainment.
All it takes is a bit of observation, and you can get really cool and thoughtful Christmas gift ideas. For example, a teen who loves to cook could always use a new pan, kitchen gadget, bakeware, recipe book, chef's apron, and so on.
If they’re aspiring social media influencers, then you might consider getting a better tripod, lighting, or green screen backdrop. Really, the options are endless if you go the route of getting them something for their hobby or pastime.
A photo album, Bluetooth frame, camera strap, Instax film, or a new camera are a few ideas for the teen into photography.
You can even introduce a new hobby to your teen by gifting them a starter kit of whatever activity you think they would enjoy. Things like a ukulele starter kit, robots and machines starter kit, gardening starter kit, or knitting starter kit can help them venture out into a new hobby.
You can always take this time to incorporate family time with your gift, given a teen's tendency to spend less time at home.
Thinking of giving them new items to match their hobby? Why not gift them a "coupon" on Christmas for a shopping spree? This way, they get to pick what they've had their eye on, plus you get to spend a few quality hours with your teen.
Perhaps you can consider activities meant to be enjoyed as a group, such as getting a tie-dye kit for your DIY-er and setting a day to tie-dye all the white fabrics in the house.
The gift of time together is another well-appreciated gift. You can attend a dance or yoga class with your teen or share a fancy dinner with the aspiring chef. If they're stressed out with studies, why not unwind with a spa day?
One approach parents have in tackling more expensive gifts for teens such as laptops, their first car, and the like, is to become a financial partner. You can write a letter to be handed over on Christmas, saying you would be paying for half of the item. This is a great way to ensure that the gift is valued and treasured.
Are you looking for more gift ideas? We've got you covered with great gift ideas for everyone from co-workers to loved ones.
There's no more need to scratch your head in bafflement when choosing a gift for a teen this Christmas! You can use so many things like their hobbies, gadgets, school necessities and the like to your advantage for ideas. Say goodbye to giving socks (although there's nothing wrong with that!) because you are now equipped with many more options.
Author: Hana Otsuka
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