One of the most requested gift guides this year was a gift guide for teenagers. Boy do we get it. We both have teens in our house and they definitely can be hard to shop for. We’ve searched high and low for gifts that will be rewarded with one of those elusive smiles.
We know that holidays with teens are different than the days of visiting Santa, but we know from our own experience that our teens still want the Christmas experience to be magical. And while we love a gift card, we also love the moment of unwrapping a gift that they can use RIGHT NOW.
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Candy Cake – Dylan’s Candy Bar: We love that this is kind of riduculous and 100% fun. Your teen will flip over something that is far above and beyond what we would normally say yes to, am I right?
2500 Stickers – Apparently excess is the name of the game. I was the kind of kid who collected stickers and regularly hosted sticker trades among my friends, so this definitely speaks to me personally. They can jazz up their planners, their phone cases and their water bottles
Phone Cases from Casemate: It wouldn’t be a gift guide for teenagers if we weren’t talking about their phones. Speaking of phone cases, why not grab them another one? A phone case is definitely an accessory these days, and why not be able to change your case to match your mood.
While we’re talking phones, we love this pocket sized phone charger, so you don’t need to worry about them losing battery life when they’re out without you.
Gaming Glasses – Yes, essentially these are just blue-light blocking glasses with a teen-friendly name. But if your teen spends a lot of time gaming, their eyes will thank you at the end of the day.
Gaming Keyboard – I’ll admit I was skeptical when my son insisted he needed one of these, but apparently it’s a thing. Can’t game on a laptop keyboard. Plus the rainbow lights are fun, right?
Flexible LED Light Strips – Choose from 16 colors with the included remote control. Teens can light up any corn of their room with these fun, flexible, glowing strips of light.
Adopt-a-llama – Teens with a mind for giving back will love that you adopted a llama in their name. Upgrade your donation and they’ll get an (on trend!) llama plush, a photo, and an adoption certificate.
365 Days of Art – Keep their creative juices flowing, and always have an answer for I’M BORED!
Door Pong – The description of “ping pong without the table” makes us laugh, but also this means that you won’t have ping pong balls flying through your house. This game attaches to a door, and partners thwap the ball (attached to the doorframe by a string) back and forth at each other. We cant’ guarantee siblings won’t fight over this game, but we can promise they’ll at least get a little physical activity while they’re at it.
Throw Throw Burrito Game – Okay, we lied. This is the funniest item on this gift guide. It’s described as a dodgeball card game, and you throw squishy burritos at each other to steal points? We don’t know, but with 4,000 5 star ratings, we definitely want to see it in action.
MasterClass subscription – Give your teens a subcription to MasterClass and open up a world of classes taught by experts. We’re talking Tony Hawk teaching skateboarding, Stephen Curry teaches basketball, Timbaland teaches producing and beat-making.
Nintendo Switch Lite – We hope Nintendo has kicked production into high gear because these are going to be the hot ticket this year.
Bluetooth Beanie. That’s it. That’s the gift.
DropMix Music Gaming System – Have a budding DJ in the house? This looks like the perfect gift. From one review:
For example one card might be a drum beat from RUN DMC “It’s Tricky” another card might be the horn section from Cake’s “Short Skirt Long Jacket” another might be vocals from an Ed Sheeran song. Lay the cards on the tray and they make a song. Lay cards on top of a card already down and it overrides that card always playing the music from top card. It works surprisingly fast and flawless.
Drone in a Protective Cage – Is your teen still into drones, but not quite capable of not crashing them into everything? This ingenious invention is the answer to their/your prayers.
DIY Bubble Tea Kit – For the boba fan in your house, wrap up this bubble tea kit, with tapioca pearls and two flavors of tea.
Boba Straws – Throw in this collection of boba straws to complete the gift.
Luna Weighted Blanket – Help you teen calm their anxiety naturally, with this weighted blanket from Luna. Available in a ton of sizes and colors, and with thousands of five-star reviews to back it, we think the weighted blanket could be the go-to gift for Christmas 2020.
Makeup Brush Cleansing Mat – Teach these YouTube loving whippersnappers that they have to take care of their beauty tools. This mat makes it fun and easy to do so.
Sonia Kashuk Brush Set – While we’re talking makeup, get them set up with a complete set of brushes of their own, so they stop stealing yours!
Mini-Skateboard – No one who knows Megan now would believe that she used to skateboard back in her younger days. Megan hardly believes it herself. Still, we’re charmed by these skateboards, available in a ton of fun colors.