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Christmas gift shopping for teenagers can be a tricky business and, if all else fails, remember that no teen has ever turned their spotty nose up at an envelope with cash in it. But if you prefer to give a proper present then there’s a lot of valuable knowledge on the Mumsnet forums from parents keen to share their present-buying hits and misses.
We’ve come up with our teenage gift guide with help from our Mumsnetters, a few handy teenagers and good old-fashioned research, and we think we’ve got the festive season cracked with a selection of present ideas for every age, every budget and every type of teenager.
Here are the best Christmas gifts for teens.
1. Best overall Christmas gift for teenagers: Oodie Hooded Blanket
“Bought Oodies for the whole family last year. They’ve been well worth the money to be honest. Meant we kept the heating off for longer too! They’re extremely well made, double layered, very soft and wash really well.” TyrannysaurusXXrightshoarder
Ultra-soft fleecy hooded blankets are all the rage at the moment and, as the OG of the blanket hoodie world, the Oodie is this year’s must-have Christmas prezzie for older kids. They may seem pricey, but trust us. Our Mumsnetters swear by the overall quality and kids will appreciate the huge range of designs.
2. Best budget Christmas gift for teenagers: LED Strip Lights
Price: £10.99 | Buy now from Amazon
A teenager’s bedroom is their sanctuary, and they love nothing more than personalising their space with quirky touches and questionable posters. LED lights are always a safe buy for older children, even if they already have some. These lights are a good buy thanks to being corded so your teen won’t be pestering you for batteries all the time.
3. Best fashion Christmas gift for teenagers: Vans Classic Slip-On White Trainers
Price: £52 | Buy now from ASOS
If you're in possession of a teenager, or at least you think there’s one lurking around your house somewhere, then you’ll probably know that they’re all kinds of obsessed with the Netflix hit series Squid Game at the moment. What you may not know is that these classic Vans trainers are the very same that are worn by all the doomed characters as they fall to their gruesome deaths, a fact that will not be lost on your twisted teen who is sure to appreciate the sentiment.
4. Best beauty Christmas gift for teenagers: Cloud Nine The Touch
Price: £139 | Buy now from Amazon
“On my second pair of Cloud Nines and wouldn't look back. My hair texture is curly and sometimes frizzy. It really helps to tame it!” Latheritup
Mumsnetters love their Cloud Nines and so do we. Toppling the once mighty ghds from their perch, Cloud Nine hair straighteners have stealthily become the UK’s favourite thanks to their almost instantaneous heat - they’re ready to use just a couple of seconds after clicking the plates together - and their mineral-infused ceramic plates which care for your hair while they style it. No style-obsessed teen would turn a pair down.
5. Best Christmas gift for teenage girls: Lush Christmas Bathtime Bazaar
Price: £10 | Buy now from Lush
“Lush is a winner.” Cantstopthewaves
Everyone loves a Lush bath bomb, and far be it for us to determine who gets to use one, but there’s no denying that teenage girls love Lush and everything in it. So if you’re looking for a smelly treat for an older girl then look no further than this cute Christmas set, all neatly packed with a ribbon to save you the hassle.
6. Best Christmas gift for teenage boys: Bomb Cosmetics The Distinguished Gentleman Gift Pack
Price: £9.47 | Buy now from Amazon
“They're great and cheaper than Lush.” Daisychainsandglitter
There’s a lot of love for Bomb Cosmetics on the Mumsnet forums. Gift-wrapped in sky blue paper with a navy ribbon, The Distinguished Gentleman Gift Pack contains generous servings of vivid-hued soap, minty shower gel (in a hand grenade dispenser) and soothing body lotion. Perfect for encouraging your teenage boy’s sophisticated inner gent to develop his own daily rituals.
7. Best Christmas gift for music-loving teenagers: PowerLocus Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones
Price: £16.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“I have a set of PowerLocus. Had them nearly three years and have been happy with them. Both kids have the same.” gigglingHyena
These sleek headphones from PowerLocus are a great wireless option for older kids and teens who will love to block out your constant nagging with their own choice tunes. These particular headphones feature active noise cancellation which gives an impressive audio experience and there’s also an in-built microphone which enables them to be used with a mobile phone.
8. Best Christmas gift for gamers: Nintendo Switch Lite
Price: £194.29 | Buy now from Amazon
“We have a Switch and it has been a great addition to the home. We play Animal Crossing together, and recently bought Ring Fit Adventure.” WaveOverMe
The Switch Lite is the younger sibling of the meatier Nintendo Switch, but makes for a more compact and lightweight option for gaming on the go. Your teenager will love to be able to hook up and play with their pals online and, while it’s certainly at the pricier end of the gifting spectrum, you’re ensured massive brownie points for giving such an awesome gift! Don’t forget to buy a game or two with it though.
9. Best e-Reader for teenagers: Kindle Paperwhite
Price: £99.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“Love my Paperwhite - not just for dark, but also when it’s bright outside. Yes it’s more expensive but they are good quality.” MuchasSmoochas
A Kindle is a fantastic gift for bookworms of all ages but particularly for tech-savvy teens who can use it to download their own books. Plus, with many classic books available to download for free, a Kindle is a relatively cheap way to expand your teen's library. We’ve picked the Kindle Paperwhite as our best tech gift thanks to its built-in adjustable light and the fact that it’s now waterproof - ideal for clumsy kids.
10. Best board game for teenagers: Scotland Yard
Price: £16.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“Scotland Yard is brilliant! I play it with DS22 and DS9 and they both love it.” catinb00tz
If you’re after a gift that you can enjoy with your teenager rather than having them holed up in their lair, then Mumsnet parents rave about Ravensburger’s hit board game, Scotland Yard, where you move around London by taxi, bus or underground in pursuit of master criminal Mr X. It’s a great strategy game for older kids that will have you all hooked this Christmas.
11. Best novelty Christmas gift for teenagers: Global Gourmet American Waffle Maker
Price: £29.95 | Buy now from Amazon
“(Get) a waffle maker, then buy a Belgian waffle mix to start off. Include fresh strawberries, a jar of Nutella and some lovely maple syrup. Bought last year for DD and she loves it!” LittleEsme
Teenagers love to make a massive mess in the kitchen and then leave you to clear it all up, so how about channelling their culinary efforts into this neat little gadget that whips up delicious American-style waffles in no time? Waffle mixture can be bought if your teen needs a helping hand, but it’s simple enough to follow a recipe and make it at home. You never know, you might even get breakfast in bed one day!
12. Best tech Christmas gift for teenagers: Amazon Echo Dot
Price: £39.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“Be warned - they can be addictive. We now have three dots in bedrooms and a Show in the kitchen/diner. Use it a lot to 'drop into' the kids’ rooms and call everybody for meals using 'announce'!” LegoLady95
Thanks to Amazon’s ever-popular smart speaker, the Echo Dot, Alexa is pretty much part of the family for many of us. She packs a punch when it comes to sound too with richer and louder audio than ever before, playing all your teenager’s favourite tunes via their streaming service. And, if you get the compatible kit, the Echo Dot will even turn the bedroom light off for a lazy bones who can’t be bothered to get out of bed.
13. Best stationery Christmas gift for teenagers: Ottergami Bullet Journal
Price: £12.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“I am a BuJo convert and it has changed my life!” DazzlePaintedBattlePants
Bullet journalling (aka BuJo) is a big deal with our Mumsnetters who are always on the lookout for new ways to organise the thousands of thoughts that race through a parent’s head. Your teenager may have seen one of the many famous Instagram or YouTube bullet journal experts and become inspired, but anyone can get involved - all you need is a dotted notebook like this lovely one from Ottergami and some nice pens. It’s a lovely gentle hobby, and a great way of encouraging mindfulness and time outs.
14. Best Christmas gift active teens: Wheelive Adjustable Inline Skates
Price: From £49.99 | Buy now from Amazon
Who wants to spend life on boring old feet when you can be whizzing about on wheels? Rollerskating is hugely popular, so if you’re looking for a gift with a bit of ‘wow’ factor, then these colourful inline skates from Wheelive will do the trick. We especially love the light-up LED wheels which glow as you roll.
15. Best Christmas gift for bookworms: Penguin Modern Box Set
Price: £60 | Buy now from Amazon
Penguin Modern Classics have been a gateway to a world of sophisticated ideas since 1961 and this 50-book collection from some of the world’s finest writers is a timely reminder that great writing and great ideas stand the test of time. These lovely editions with their trademark eau de nil spines are both a stylish addition to any teenage bookshelf and a great introduction to the heavyweights of modern literature.
16. Best Christmas gift for budding YouTubers: AKASO EK7000 4K Sport Action Camera
Price: £52.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“Generic action cameras are very good and are more likely to come with a section of mounts included at a fraction of the cost of just the equivalent GoPro with no extras.” Tommika
Action cameras are a great gift for teenagers, particularly if they’re a sporty or outdoorsy type who loves to get involved with cycling, skiing or water sports. Even if they just want to film themselves getting up to antics with their pals, you can guarantee someone somewhere in the world will want to watch it! We’ve picked this much cheaper alternative to the famous GoPro as our recommendation for a great entry-level action camera to get your teenager’s influencer career off to a flying start.
17. Best Christmas gift experience for teenagers: Young Driver Experience
Price: £44.99 | Buy now from Buyagift
Most teenagers can’t wait to get behind the wheel of a car and 17 can seem so far away, so this superb driving experience is a great opportunity for them to give driving a go on a replica road system and learn a few basics along the way. This 30-minute session is open to children aged 10 to 17 and there are 69 different UK locations to choose from.
18. Best Christmas gift for artists: Copic Ciao Marker Set
Price: £20.49 | Buy now from Amazon
“For manga, Copic markers are the absolute best.” StinkyWizleteets
“Copic markers are also a good buy if your DD likes to do illustration or fashion design.” celtiethree
‘What to buy for budding artists’ is a question that regularly appears on the Mumsnet forums, and one of the most common answers is this: a set of Copic graphic markers. Initially created for Manga artists, these pens are specifically designed for illustration, and are loved by professionals and hobbyists alike for their smooth application and dual ends. Copic markers can be blended and layered to create amazing effects and are a super gift for any wannabe designer or illustrator.
19. Best Christmas gift for bedrooms: Subcold Classic4 Mini Fridge
Price: £39.99 | Buy now from Amazon
“We've bought a pink little Subcold one from Amazon for DD for £39. Really pleased with it.” Spagbog5
Teenagers will love this slightly gimmicky gift that lets them keep their own drinks and snacks nicely refrigerated in their room, thus eliminating the need to come to the kitchen and make contact with the rest of the family. This cute fridge comes in four different colours and can hold up to six regular cans. Handily, it can also be switched to be a warming device and can keep food hot up to a temperature of 65 degrees celsius.
20. Best skincare Christmas gift for teenagers: Clean & Clear Essential Clear Skin Starter Kit
Price: £7.48 | Buy now from Amazon
“Clean and Clear. Not expensive and works brilliantly. I used it as a teenager and now DD and DS both do.” Arosadra
It might be a touchy subject with your teen but there’s no hiding from the fact that most adolescents go through that spotty skin phase at some point, and they might be appreciative of a shove in the right direction. So how about this Clear Skin Starter Kit from experts Clean & Clear? It has wipes, an exfoliating wash and a dual-action moisturiser all designed to help combat the excess oil and surface nasties which can exacerbate teenage acne.
21. Best Christmas gift for keen bakers: BakedIn Monthly Baking Subscription
Price: £57 for a six month subscription | Buy now from BakedIn
“DD got the BakedIn boxes one year for six months as a birthday gift and we really liked it.”. Reluctantbrit
“We get this - it's great! Every month is totally different and it's great to have everything there. Good for trying different things and also for the monthly novelty of the delivery!” Questionsquestionsquestions
Most of us don’t need more stuff cluttering up our homes, so subscriptions are a fantastic way of giving a gift that’s useful all year round. Our Mumsnetters really rate the monthly baking kits from subscription service BakedIn, particularly as a gift for teens who like to get involved in the kitchen, or perhaps who have been inspired by The Great British Bake Off. They send you all the dry ingredients you’ll need (already perfectly weighed out) and a recipe card so all your budding baker has to do is add fresh ingredients and dive on in.
What’s the best thing to get a teenager for Christmas?
We recommend an Oodie Hooded Blanket as the best gift to buy for a teenager this Christmas. These snug bundles of warmth are the best thing for snuggling up on the sofa for a boxset binge, or keeping warm at a sleepover, and come in tons of different colours and designs.
What’s a popular gift for a teenage girl?
While any of the gifts on our list are a great choice for a teenage girl, Mumsnet parents recommend Lush as the best place to go if in doubt. Bookworms will appreciate the convenience of a Kindle Paperwhite or the more traditional set of Penguin Modern Classics. More sporty and active gift suggestions are the AKASO EK7000 4K Sport Action Camera or these awesome Wheelive Inline Skates which are bound to be a hit.
What’s a popular gift for a teenage boy?
Boys will appreciate The Distinguished Gentleman Gift Set from Bomb Cosmetics or a pair of white classic Vans trainers in white as featured in Squid Game for an on-trend look. Or how about getting them baking up a storm in the kitchen with a BakedIn subscription or this fun Global Gourmet American Waffle Maker? Anything to stop them asking you what there is to eat every half an hour!
How we chose our recommendations
Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out what Christmas gifts discerning Mumsnet users had bought for their teenagers.
We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which presents for teenagers had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites and print media, and what customers' reviews said about them. Having collated all that information, we picked the Christmas gifts for teens we thought would make the best buys in several interest categories.
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