If you have teenagers, the holiday season may look a little different than when you are the parents of little ones. Finding a present for a teen that won’t make her roll their eyes or give you that dead stare can be tricky. There are only so many video games and electronic devices you can get your teen before you run out of ideas.
Before you give up and plan how to wrap up gift cards or cash, take a deep breath. We did some digging and came up with a list of amazing ideas that can help you get through your Christmas shopping. Let’s look at eight fun and different holiday gifts for teens that will get you more than half of a smile.
For the teen who is all about skincare
Oh, the joys of teenage hormonal acne. Your child can have everything they’ve ever wanted but still struggle with acne. You can get them a kit like Murad’s Acne Control or get them different pieces and create a personalized kit.
If your child just loves skincare products, it is never too early to start a great routine that will help her love her skin for decades to come. Go to Sephora and look at the teen skincare section and make her a fun basket of amazing skincare products.
For the teen who needs some comfort
The teenage years are hard. Just because he probably doesn’t have bills to pay or a mortgage to worry about doesn’t mean he lacks things to stress about. If your teen needs some extra comfort when he is at home, get him the original Magic Weighted Blanket. Whether your child has anxiety or has trouble falling asleep, this blanket can keep him cozy at home.
For the teen who loves the movies
We want this one for ourselves, but you can use the idea for your child. Get her the 100 Movies Scratch-Off Poster. From oldies but goodies to the movies your kids will actually have heard of, this poster has 100 great movies for your teen to watch. You can make it a fun family event where you try to knock the poster out together or let her complete it with her friends.
For the teen who takes all of the pictures
If your child takes more pictures than steps in a day, a camera accessory for his phone is a fun idea. Get him a printer for his phone so he can print out some of those thousands of pictures and be able to delete a few. The HP Sprocket Portable Instant Photo Printer prints the pictures with a sticky back so your teen can put pictures in his locker, room, or on his laptop.
For the teen who loves to cook
If your kid loves to help in the kitchen – take that idea and run with it. There is a cookbook theme based on pretty much any show or movie. Grab your teen The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook and learn how to make treacle tarts or wear pink on Wednesday and let your kid try to make something from The Burn Cookbook. You can get some meals and treats made and get to see your child use her Christmas gift at least once.
For the fangirl or by who loves a favorite show
Does your teen have a show he has to watch all of the time? Then get him a replica item from that show. Something from Devi’s room in Never Have I Ever or a jacket his favorite character on Stranger Things wears would be great. Find something specific he likes from the show and snag it for him. Etsy will be your friend for this one.
For the teen who loves her room
Some (or most) teens just want to stay in her room every minute she is home. Rather than trying to pry her out, make her room a comfortable space that she will even better enjoy being in.
Grab a moon lamp. It can change the color to match the room’s aesthetic, but it also gives off a soft, calming light that can help your teen sleep better. You should also look for a bed tray, but not just any bed tray. Get your teen a bed shelf. If she has a smaller bed, it’s awesome because it hangs off of the side of the bed.
For the bookish teen
If your teen loves to read, get him a bookish subscription. Whether for a month or a year, you can get him a box full of adorable bookish items. There are boxes with just books, boxes with self-care items, boxes with wearable bookish items, and so much more. There are plenty to choose from to find the right one for your teen.
We know there is at least one gift idea for your teen on this list. We hope you are now excited to brave the stores or get comfy and order from your couch. No matter what your teen is into, you’ll know at least one of her presents won’t get stuffed in her closet. Have an easier holiday shopping experience with our holiday gift guide, and if you know of another parent struggling with ideas, help them out and pass this list along.
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