Let’s face it, picking gifts for teens is a nightmare. They are a notoriously fickle, picky group when it comes to gifting. But fear not, we have channelled our teen spirit to put together the ultimate Christmas gift guide for teens. Whether they are into music, tech, fashion, beauty, books or homewares, we’ve got it sorted.
1. Embrace the analog trend
Despite the fact they were probably in nappies when Polaroid announced it was no longer to produce instant film, teens just can’t get enough of print photos (instant gratification and all that). The Fujifilm Instax Mini instantly prints photos, plus it includes an all important selfie mirror and comes in an array of cute colours.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9, £74.99, John Lewis.
2. Go for a failsafe classic
A good beanie is never going to go out of style (and it beats socks or slippers).
The Merino Ribbed Wool Beanie in orange, £18.50, Asos.
3. And don’t forget washi tape to stick them up with
Yes we know it’s just glorified Sellotape but humour them, it's so on trend and it won't gloop up your walls.
Unicorn Star washi tapes, £8, Paperchase.
4. Help them save the planet
For the eco-conscious teen who is never without their flat white, a reusable cup is a must. Chilly’s tumblers come in every design under the sun, including the apparent synonym of millennial excess, the avocado.
Chilly's Insulated Coffee Cup, £25, Amazon.
5. The sleekest of shaving kits
Possibly the most aesthetically pleasing razors we have ever come across, Harry’s know how to do branding.
Despite their super sleek packaging, the razors are actually really affordable, making them a great option for teens (sooo, much better than your standard Lynx Africa gift set).
There are tons of options available at Amazon, Boots and the like – and prices are reasonable, too.
6. The most low maintenance diary
This journal is a low maintenance version of a diary, just one line, everyday, for five years – perfect for the attention span of a teen who'd rather be on Snapchat.
One Line a Day Five Year Memory Book, £11.99, Waterstones.
7. The most expressive, affordable, customisable artwork
This will be all over their social media by Boxing Day, hopefully without expletives.
Love where you are Letterboard, from £12, Iamfy.
8. A practical (but also incredibly stylish) rucksack
If you haven’t seen that red fox bobbing about in front of you at some point you must have been living under a rock. The Fjallraven Kanken has become an essential part of a teen's wardrobe, but as well as being super stylish they are also incredibly practical.
Fjällräven Kanken Classic Backpack, £80, John Lewis.
9. A quirky mug to brighten up their morning
Regardless of age, who wouldn't want to drink out of this?
Awesome People Club Mug, £12, Oliver Bonas.
10. For more beautiful laundry
We aren’t promising that these super cute laundry bags will encourage them to clean up their floordrobe, but you know, it could be start…
Hana Floral Travel Bag, £19.50, Oliver Bonas.
11. Headphones for uninterrupted listening
Whether they are crashing around their room to Slipknot or chilling out to Adele, with pristine sound quality, liberating wireless freedom, built-in microphone and the retro design, these Sony headphones are perfect for teens with any music taste.
Sony WH-XB900N Noise Cancelling Extra Bass Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones, £129, John Lewis & Partners.
12. A YA book subscription
The Willoughby Book Club will send out a new YA book each month, tailored to your teen’s preferences.
Young Adult Book Subscription, £34.99, Not on the High Street.
Find more book lovers' gifts (that aren't all reads but are ingenious) in our buyer's guide.
13. A speaker to take anywhere
Portable, super durable and completely waterproof, Ultimate Ears Wonderboom is the best way for them to blast music by bands you’ve never heard of.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom, £64.99, John Lewis.
14. A very on trend macrame kit
This DIY macrame kit is a creative teen's dream come true.
Macrame wall hanging, £28, Wool Couture Company.
15. A portable charger (basically a teen live saver)
The smartphone is a teen’s lifeline. That’s common knowledge. So you can't go wrong with buying them a gift that ensures their phone never dies on them.
Typo concrete wireless charger, £20, ASOS.
16. Some (budget friendly) interior inspiration
Okay, so maybe your 13 year old might not be interested in how to make uni halls more homely, or how to turn your rented flat into a dream space, but for older teens who are leaving home for the first time, tips on how to style your first home (who are we kidding we mean room) can be super valuable. Grab them a subscription to Real Homes which is filled with a ton of advice for renters who are on a budget, plus lots of inspiration from well... real homes.
17. The snuggliest hot water bottle
How cute is this hot water bottle and eye mask set? If you have the tradition of your family being allowed to open one prezzy on Christmas Eve then we reckon these would be perfect.
18. Teen approved shower speakers
We're obsessed with this watermelon waterproof speaker ; now your teens can keep their questionable singing to the shower!
Typo Watermelon Shower Speaker, £20, ASOS.
19. If in doubt... bath bombs
You simply can’t go wrong with bath bombs. Seriously, stick them under the tree and you’re golden. But this year we have fallen in love with this reduced plastic box filled with novelty, fruity fizzes, bubbles, and lathers. Bee Beautiful Bath Bomb, £7.99 from Amazon.
20. An instant cinema
They will thank you when Zoella's recent Asos haul can be transformed into a glorious cinematic experience. All they need to do is slide their phone into the back of this Smartphone Projector and voila, there she is, larger than life, looking irritatingly peppy telling your teens about clothes they can't really afford.
Smartphone Projector, £19.99, Firebox.
21. Nike Air Force 1 Sage Low
The trainers to buy your teen this Christmas? Nike Air Force 1 Sage Low – they're the must-have trainers that (apparently) crease less than old Air Force and add a bit more height with a bolder wedge than before.
Get them at JD Sports.