Updated for 2022! Shopping for a tween or teen girl or boy and wondering what in the world to get them? I have two teenage girls so this teen Christmas list is filled with ideas they’ve given me to include and things I know they’ve been asking for recently.
And while many of these gifts are based on my teen girls’ Christmas lists, there are a lot of gifts that are unisex and work for teen boys as well! Gone are the days of turning down pages in a toy catalog, now teens want electronics, beauty products, and clothes.
You’ll find gift ideas for teens in these categories below:
- Tech Gift Ideas for Teens
- Lifestyle Teen Gifts
- Beauty Gifts for Teens
- Subscription Box Gifts for Teenagers
- Gifts Ideas for Teen Travelers
- Eco-Friendly Teen Gifts
- Games for Teens
- Room Decor Gift Ideas for Teenagers
- Gift Cards Your Teen Will Love
Also, check out these great teen stocking stuffer ideas and teen advent calendars!
Tech Teen Christmas Gift Ideas
From chargers to earbuds, these tech gift ideas are popular with teens.
Magnetic Battery Wireless Portable Charger
Many teens push their phone battery levels to the limit. Having a portable battery charging pack can help them top up if they're out all day. And as most teens don't want to carry around cables, this one charges newer phones wirelessly with a magnet.
NEBULA Capsule Max Mini Movie Projector
Have a kid that loves to play video games or watch movies in their room? Here's a portable projector that is about the size of a pop can that can allow your teen to project their favorite games or movies on their bedroom wall. There are cheaper projector options, but this one has good reviews and is very portable.
If you want to use streaming services, you'll likely need to invest in a higher model projector or find an HDMI input projector and use a fireTV or chromecast stick.
Apple AirPods with Charging Case
These are one of the most popular ideas on a teen Christmas list. They're also one of the most stolen items at schools, so make sure your teen can be responsible with them.
Most teens like the classic model, not the pro models. Check prices at Target and Amazon, and check because some have charging cases that have to be plugged in while others have wireless charging cases. Your teen might not care either way.
If your teen loses stuff easily, like their car keys, purse, or backpack, these Apple AirTags are great for tracking your items from your Apple phone.
If your teen already has some Airpods, there are some fun and creative airpod cases available on Amazon. There are even cases shaped like Takis, Goldfish, and Mac n Cheese!
Nylon Lightning Charging Cable
My teens seem to always be misplacing their charging cords - and they're surprisingly hard on them. They often start to fray near the connection ends. These Anker cords are more heavy-duty and work very well for charging! Anker also makes cords for phones that don't use lightning cords (i.e. USB-C).
I also really love these colorful silicon Anker charging cables!
Wireless Charger Stand
If your teen has wireless charging capabilities for their phone, one of these wireless charging pads is a great gift idea. They're quick and save on the wear of your phone port.
Wireless Car Charger Mount
If your teen drives, this wireless charging phone mount works well for navigation and music. Of course, have a serious talk with your teens about not using their phones while driving!
FM Transmitter Wireless Radio Car Kit
If your teen has an older car and wants to be able to listen to their own music from their phones, this fm transmitter works to broadcast their music on their phones to a radio station on their car radio.
Fujifilm Instax Square Instant Camera
If you have a teen that likes to collect snapshots, this new style of instax polaroid camera is cute and useful!
Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Does your teen like to hang out at friends' houses or in the backyard? This portable bluetooth speaker can clip easily to a backpack and lets them listen to music with their crew. It's also perfect for listening to music in the shower! Plus, it comes is 11 great colors and designs!
Apple Watch SE
If you're shopping for an Apple Watch for your teen, this SE model is a great compromise between features and price. It's one of the newer model lines but comes with a reasonable price tag when compared to the higher-end models.
Make sure you know if you want to buy a GPS-only version or a GPS + Cellular version. If you buy a watch with GPS + Cellular you'll have to pay an additional phone "line" expense with your wireless phone carrier for usage. But it means the watch can be used fully independently of a cellphone, whereas a GPS-only watch doesn't let you use the phone capabilities unless you have your phone nearby.
Lenovo 11.6" HD Touchscreen 2-in-1 Chromebook
If you're shopping for a cheap Chromebook for your teen Christmas list, this one has great reviews and can become a tablet or laptop.
Google Nest Mini Smart Speaker
Teens love listening to music, setting alarms, and asking questions to smart speakers. We subscribe to Google Play Music, so the Google Home Minis can play our personal playlists, too. And if you have a smartphone with light switches wired to your Google Home system, teens can control those things from these as well.
Night Light Bluetooth Speaker
This is a fun bluetooth speaker that also has some color light options that are popular for those teens who always want to sit in the almost dark. :)
Speck Phone Case
You'll have to know what type of phone your teen has and then you can get them a new phone case for the holidays. My teen likes things simple, the fancy glitter cases aren't really what she or her friends are into. This simple clear case is protective and simple.
Fun Lifestyle Teen Gifts
These are some fun lifestyle Christmas list ideas for a teenage girl.
Mini Zodiac Crystals Gift Set 2 Piece
Crystals have become very popular with tweens and teens and this gift box pairs crystals with zodiac signs. Each box comes with a clear quartz crystal which is believed to amplify the energy of other stones, paired with one of 12 polished stones chosen for its correspondence to each zodiac sign.
Gemstone Necklace | Etsy
Help your teen conquer their troubles with one of these various gemstone necklaces. You can choose the type of chain as well as what gemstones. It's the perfect teen gift!
Bullet Dot Grid Notebook
Many teens are into bullet journaling and these Scribbles that Matter journals look nice and have thick paper, perfect for special pens and markers.
Prismacolor Advances Hand Lettering Set
My teen has really become interested in hand lettering and pretty pens. This is a great way to get your teen creative and pairs well with a bullet journal!
Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook
This is a fun gift for the doodler or writer -- they can draw or write then pop the notebook in the microwave and it magically disappears! The Wave uses a microwave to make the writing disappear, whereas the classic rocketbook uses water.
If you live in a hot environment or your teen keeps their books in a hot car or window, skip the wave and go for one of the classic rocketbooks. The rocketbook fusion offers multiple "page" designs like a planner and grids.
Ohuhu Marker Set Alcohol-based Art Marker
If your teen loves to bullet journal or draw, these markers are very popular with artists. They're similar to the popular Copic markers but at a lower price point!
Lettering and Modern Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide
Help your teen learn a new skill with this hand lettering guide and workbook.
lululemon Align" Pant 28"
My older teen absolutely loves these leggings. They're a bit of a splurge, but a great gift idea if you have a loungy teen.
Everywhere Belt Bag
If you're lucky enough to score one of these TikTok famous trend items, your teen will be happy!
Nike Sportswear Club Fleece
Nike hoodies are worn by both of my teens, and I see them often being worn by their friends.
Nike Blazer Shoes
These are the trending shoes for teens in 2022.
Aloe Infused Cozy Cabin Socks
Something of mine that my teen has tried to steal is my fuzzy socks. She loves to wear them around the house. And since teens seem to veg better than any other age group, fuzzy socks will keep their toes warm during said lounging.
Here's a funny gift for your teen! Give them this torilla blanket or one of the other styles like waffle or pizza!
LED Strip Lights
My teens both love these LED strip lights. They decorate their rooms and desks with them.
Crystal Box Various Crystals Aligned Personalized Box Mix of | Etsy
Rock and crystal collectors will love this gift box that can be personalized and offers a variety of crystals to help your tween and teen send positive energy into their lives.
BodyMark Temporary Tattoo Markers
Gone are the days of drawing on your body with normal pens, BIC now has created these markers specifically to allow skin artists to draw and doodle temporary designs.
Numi Dancing Leaves Flowering Tea and Glass Teapot Set
If your teen loves tea, here is a beautiful gift idea. This clear teapot comes with five hand-sewn blossoms that combine white, black, or oolong tea with flowers like amaranth and lavender.
These are a unique type of skateboard that are trendy. You can also find them under "cruiser skateboards" if you want to save some money by not getting the Penny name brand.
Stainless Steel Hair Tie Bracelet
My teens always are wearing hair ties around their wrist - this is a fun piece of jewelry that looks pretty and prevents the wrist indentation marks!
Money Maze Puzzle Box Money Holder
Planning to just give your teen some cash? This fun puzzle box will make them work a bit for those dollars.
Beauty Gifts for Teens
If your teen is into makeup and body products, this is these gift ideas are perfect for them! I often find great sales at Ulta and they have fun gift sets.
Morphe Quad Goals Multi-Palette
These Morphe stackable palettes are popular with my makeup-wearing teen. They have four items stacked in one. Comes in a variety of color options, but all are created to complement the other colors in the palette.
Olive & June Manicure System
An extremely popular nail polish and nail care set - perfect for teens who love to do their nails and want to up their manicure care game!
Mini-Fridge for Skincare or Drinks
Skincare fridges are becoming a trend, so one of these super small mini-fridges could be popular for girls or guys who love to keep their skincare cool, or for a more standard drink fridge for teens who never want to leave their rooms.
Finchberry Handmade Natural Soap Bar Gift Set
These Finchberry soaps are amazing and my girls love how they smell and look. This gift set is perfect for the teen in your life who wants to feel like she's old enough for the finer things in life. They're also handmade, gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and made without any harsh chemical preservatives.
tweexy Wearable Nail Polish Bottle Holder
Another great gift for the teen that likes to paint their nails.
Home Pedicure Kit
My daughter insists on painting her toes in her bedroom, this handy device helps them reach their toes more easily.
My teen loves e.l.f. brands cosmetics and skincare. She thinks it affordable and normally gets good reviews from "YouTubers".
These are a simple set of everyday brushes that are perfect if your teen wears makeup.
LUSH Body Products
This is another favorite store of my girls. They have some fun and unique body products and fabulous gift boxes!
Foreo LUNA Play Plus
My teen and I both have these and love how they make our skin feel after cleansing with it.
Makeup LED Vanity Mirror
Another great tool for teens who like to wear makeup.
Bath Bombs Gift Set
My tween still loves to take baths and I bought this set for her last year and she loved it!
Aromatherapy Shower Steamers
Great gift for teens who love aromatherapy and showers!
Subscription Box Teen Gift Ideas
My girls both love to get a monthly subscription in the mail. Here are the ones we've tried and other popular subscription boxes for teens.
Pura Vida Monthly Bracelet Subscription
We have two of these subscriptions -- I get whatever designs the girls don't want. :) They're really cute and we love all the seasonal packs!
This is a monthly make-up and skincare subscription that sends you 5 sample size items of popular brands each month. You can pay more for full-size subscription boxes.
Once Upon a Book Club Box (Young Adult Edition)
A great gift for teens who love to read (YA titles recommended for 14+)! Each month your teen will receive a newly released book and 3-5 wrapped gifts that are labeled with page numbers. As they read, they'll be directed to open the gifts at the most important moments to bring the book to life!
The BlackLIT Box
Curated by an educator who loves her community, BlackLIT is on a mission to increase representation & close the literacy gap. Each BlackLIT Box includes 1 brand-new book (Black author), 1 T-shirt (Black creative), 3-5 products from black-owned businesses, and a minimum of 5 discussion questions so you can engage in thoughtful dialogue.
Earspiration of the Month
A fun gift subscription box for teens who like to wear earrings. Each month they'll get a pair along with an inspiring challenge card to help your teen be their best self.
Keep your teen artists inspired with a monthly subscription of art supplies along with a theme.
Mix Box by Homemade Bakers
If you have a teen baker, they'll love getting these subscription boxes with recipes and ingredients.
The Inky Box
Does your teen love journaling and doodling? This box comes with fun journaling tools like brush pens, watercolors, paint pens, and more!
Escape the Crate
If your teen loves escape games, this is a monthly box that will test their puzzling skills.
Shopping for a Harry Potter fan? This is the perfect subscription box for teens who love the magical world of HP!
Does your teen love snacking? I know mine do! Here's a subscription box that sends snacks and candies from a different country each month. Sure to be a hit with their friends!
My teens love sheet masks and this is the perfect subscription box for teens like them!
Here's a monthly club for about $5 that sends 2 lip balms to your teen each month.
STEM, STEAM & Science Kits for Kids
Kiwi Co has a few great boxes that are perfect for teens who like to tinker and create. Their kits targeted for older teens and adults are the Maker (art & design) and Eureka (engineering) kits.
If you have a teen reader, LitJoyCrate boxes would be perfect. They'll receive a book and matching themed items each month.
Christmas List Ideas for Teen Travelers
Do you take trips with your teen? Here are some of the popular travel gear my girls like to use on vacation.
Hydro Flask Water Bottle
This is the most popular brand of water bottle right now for teens. It's great for travel but also great for everyday life. You can get tons of great colors, too!
Rose Gold Suitcase
I have a rose gold suitcase and my girls both fight over it. If your teen needs a new suitcase this one would probably be loved.
Twist Memory Foam Travel Pillow
Here's a fun travel pillow that would work for airplanes and long road trips!
Herschel Supply Co. Retreat Backpack
I have one of these bags and my teen loves to use it on vacation. It's bigger than a traditional school backpack, so great for traveling. Herschel is also a really popular brand right now.
Travel Toiletries Bag
Teens will start to have their own body products and skincare they want to bring on vacation, so get them a toiletry bag to use on their trips.
Men’s Travel Size TSA Compliant Essentials Kit
Need a gift idea for a teen boy? If he's taking any trips this travel kit will come in handy!
LiquiSnugs Leak Proof Travel Bottles with Adjustable Labels
Great gift idea for the teen who wants to travel with their own body products.
Gillette Venus Snap
This is more of a stocking stuffer idea, but it's a perfect gift for a teen traveler.
Burt's Bees Minis Travel Set
My girls always love body product sets and this one is travel-sized from a popular brand.
This is a great gift for creative traveling teen girls. They can write and draw to remember their trips or use pens and washi tape to stay organized and plan what they want to do on vacation.
Eco-Friendly Teen Christmas List Ideas
Here's a list of gift ideas for teens who are passionate about the earth and shrinking their footprint. However, keep in mind that one of the best things we can do is to shop responsibly. Buy only what is needed and consider gifting experiences instead of stuff. :)
We subscribed to this monthly subscription for a while. The bracelets are really popular with my girls and every bracelet is made from recycled glass and plastics. There are tons of colors you can choose from, each bracelet represents an animal that is impacted by our ocean health. Plus, each purchase helps fund ocean clean-up around the world. They have lots of other branded reusable merchandise, too.
Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
I recently bought these for my daughter after realizing we were going through sleeves of makeup remover pads when she took off her mascara. Now she's got a reusable solution and a washing bag for them. They make black ones too, in case she doesn't want to see stains.
Natural Cork Ballpoint Pens
Reduce plastic use with these ballpoint pens made from cork and wheat!
Hydro Flask Water Bottle
Getting rid of single-use plastics is a huge step towards lowering our impact on the planet. Having a quality reusable water bottle is a must for teens.
Reusable Collapsible Straw
Our whole family is trying to stop using drinking straws These silicon-tip collapsible straws are perfect for the eco-conscious teen on the go.
Razor Made with Recycled Ocean Plastic
Here's a razor that green fans will love - it works well and is made from recycled plastic as well as allowing you to recycle the razor when you're ready to retire it.
Bamboo Toothbrush with Travel Toothbrush Case & Charcoal Dental Floss
An eco-friendly teen will love having a bamboo toothbrush instead of plastic ones. You can buy package-free toothpaste tablets, too, at places like LUSH and Bite.
Zero Waste Food Kit
If your teen packs their own lunch, this kit is perfect for helping them pack their food in an earth-friendly way.
Solid Shampoo & Conditioner Set
Ditch your plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles and switch to a solid option that comes in recyclable packaging.
Live Green: 52 Steps for a More Sustainable Life
Here's a book your green-teen will love reading. 52 simple tips, tricks, and ideas that we can change in our daily lives.
Sustainable Badass: A Zero-Waste Lifestyle Guide
A popular and well-rated book on how to implement a sustainable lifestyle into your home, eating, and shopping.
Fun Games for Teens
Does your teen like to hang out with friends or play games with their sibling(s)? Here are some of the popular games that my teens love or have on their Christmas list this year.
Cards Against Humanity
One of the most popular games for the teen crowd, but recognize that the subject matter probably means it's best for older teens. There are multiple expansion packs with varying themes.
Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza
Wildly popular party and family game, this one is a bit like Uno meets SlapJack, but not really. :)
Throw Throw Burrito - A Dodgeball Card Game
Collect matching sets of cards faster than your opponents while simultaneously ducking, dodging and throwing squishy airborne burritos.
Beat That! Family Party Game
Win by betting on your ability to successfully complete a series of ridiculous dexterity-based challenges. With a variety of tricky and outrageous challenges to test your skills, this board game will have you hooked in seconds.
Exit The Game
Does your teen love escape rooms? Most teens do! These are packaged escape room games that your teen can play at home with friends. The box comes with everything they need to solve the puzzle...will they escape?
Apples to Apples Party Box
Here's a game perfect for teens and great for family game night!
Nintendo Switch Game Console
My girls aren't huge gamers but we used to really enjoy playing on the Nintendo Wii as a family. We recently upgraded to the Nintendo Switch and they love it! Plus it can be used as a portable handheld game system which is great for road trips!
Does your teen like strategy games? This is a really popular game that followed up the popularity of Exploding Kittens.
WHAT DO YOU MEME? Party Game
Older teens only! My girls are asking for this one, too, but it has a recommended age of 17+ due to mature topics. It's designed for adults, but it is what a lot of my girls' friends are playing.
Ring Fit Adventure - Nintendo Switch
This is a brand new game for the switch that we just got! It's a bit like the Wii Fit - you'll play challenges that are actually making you work out a bit!
New Phone, Who Dis? - Adult Party Game by What Do You Meme?
Older teens only! Another game that is trending with the teen crowd but clearly states for ages 17+ due to mature themes. Use your parental choice to decide if your teen can handle it,.
Room Decor Teen Christmas List Ideas
My teens practically live in their rooms. And they both like to have a few special items to express their personality. They also tend to keep their rooms clean now that they're proud of the decor!
My teens both love succulents and clean colors. These pots are perfect for their rooms -- just know you'll need to give a gift card to a nursery or buy some succulents yourself to plant.
LED Photo Clips Fairy String Lights
"Fairy Lights" are really popular with my girls. They both have one wall covered in little lights. This one is made to be a photo display, but you can buy others that just hang down like long icicles.
Oversized Poly Fleece Sherpa Throw
Every teen I know loves fuzzy blankets! You can often find them on sale during the holidays, but this one from Target is a favorite of my teen!
Chunky Knit Luxury Throw Blanket
These chunky knit blankets are really in right now and my oldest loves hers!
MOON POD Lounge Chair
Our generation's bean bags have been upgraded! These Moon Pod loungers help you float, not sink! They take up little space in teen rooms and can easily be transported around the house for lounging in front of the TV or sitting in their room scrolling on their phones!
My teens love having candles in their rooms and these zodiac candles are popular - both of my girls love having gifts with their symbol.
Birthstone Ceramic Jar Candle
Another beautiful candle for teens with a special scent tailored to match their birthstone.
Ultra Soft Indoor Rug
If your teen likes to lounge on their floor with friends, this fluffy area rug would help make the space cozier.
Silver Metal Marquee Letter
Dress up their room with one of these fun light-up letters.
Cinema Light Box with Letters and Emjios
Both of my girls received these as gifts and have fun creating messages on them.
Felt Letter Board
Your teen might prefer one of these old-fashioned letter boards versus the light-up one above.
Does your teen insist on eating or drinking in their room even when you've asked them not to? Here's a handy shelf they can use to hold their stuff while lounging in bed.
Indoor Basketball Hoop for Room
Teens who love basketball will love this indoor mini basketball hoop. It has great reviews and even keeps score!
Hammock Chair Hanging Rope Swing
My oldest really wants one of these hanging chairs in her room!
"If You Really Love Me You'll Let Me Sleep" Throw Pillow
This one seems to be fitting for most teens I know! This is just the case so you'll need to pick up a cheap throw pillow or reuse one around your house.
Heather & Willow Photo Collage Kit for Wall Aesthetic
These aesthetic color-coordinated wall art photos will be popular with many teen girls. They go well with the fun light-up LED clips I linked above.
Gift Cards Your Teen Will Love
Do you have a teen on your holiday shopping list? Are you at a loss as to what to buy them? You aren’t alone. Thank goodness for gift cards, because teens are so hard to shop for!
Gift cards are great because while you are putting the thought into what type of gift card is just right for the teen you are buying for, they are still able to be independent and make their own choices with their gift.
There are so many awesome retailers out there though so it’s hard to know just what gift card to buy. That’s why I put together a list of some of the most popular gift cards out there that your teen will love.
Visa or Mastercard Gift Card
Teens are pretty open to where they shop and there is a lot of online shopping in a teen's world. That’s why a Visa® or Mastercard® gift card is always a great choice. They can buy whatever they want with it with no restrictions on where they shop.
You can even personalize a Visa Gift Card to be printed with a photo of your choice!
One downside is there is a fee associated with these types of gift cards (usually around $5).
Amazon.com Gift Card
You can never go wrong with an Amazon gift card, no matter the age. You can find basically anything on Amazon, so they won't have any trouble finding something they want or need.
Also, have you set up your teen with a teen family member account? It's awesome!
Apple Gift Card
If your teen loves Apple products or downloading music and games from iTunes, this is a great gift card!
Google Play Gift Card
For the kids who have a non-apple smartphone, the Google Play gift card is ideal. They can get all kinds of great stuff with this, including a Google Play Music subscription.
Regal Entertainment Gift Card
Movies are expensive. Most adults have to budget in order to afford a night out at the movies, so you know that it is a hard thing for teens to do. A Regal gift card will help them enjoy a movie night with friends! Check to see if their local theater is a Regal or AMC, or get a Fandango gift card if you're not sure.
Happy Teen Gift Card
If you can't decide what store your teen will like best, you can pick up one of gift cards that works at a few different stores popular with teens.
Ulta Beauty Gift Card
For the makeup-loving teens, an Ulta Beauty gift card is an excellent choice! They will have a blast shopping at Ulta with their gift card.
Nike Gift Card
Nike is a hot brand for teens. With a Nike gift card, they can score some hot new kicks or tees and joggers. These gift cards can be either be used online or at any Nike store or outlet.
Starbucks Gift Card
Teens tend to gather around coffee shops these days. Having a Starbucks gift card in hand will keep them able to join the crowd.
Hollister Gift Card
Hollister is another popular clothing store that teens love.
GameStop Gift Card
The gaming teen in your life will love to get a Game Stop gift card! It's a gamer's favorite place to shop.
PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo Gift Card
Subway Gift Cards
Teens are hungry! Subway gift cards and gift cards to other fast food places are always a great gift idea for them.
I hope this list of teen gift ideas has helped you with your teen Christmas & holiday shopping! Happy Holidays!
More Christmas Ideas for Teens
25+ Teen Advent Calendar Ideas They'll Love
Check out these fun teen advent calendar ideas.
Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Since your teens probably have more valuable gifts versus lots of gifts, send them on a Christmas Scavenger Hunt around the house for them to follow the clues to their special gift.
Christmas Wrapping Ideas: Number Mystery
Do your teens shake and rattle packages trying to determine what's inside? Or do they compare the number of their gifts with their siblings? Our family does a number mystery opening game every year so everyone is surprised with what package is for who!
The Perfect Gift Guide for Teen Bookworms
If you have a reading teen, here's an excellent list from my friend Tamara with ideas for your teen bookworm.
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