31 Best Christmas gifts for teenagers 2021
THE countdown to Christmas 2021 is on, and for those who want to get super organised, now is a great time to start shopping for gifts.
Buying for the teenagers in your life can be difficult, with their personal interests changing so quickly it can be hard to keep up.
But we have found a selection of the best Christmas gifts for teens this year, to suit sporty types, artsy youngsters, music lovers, gamers, or fashionistas in the making.
We have left no stone unturned when it comes to Christmas gifting, whether you are buying for your own kids, a grandchild, niece or nephew, or even a friend.
This selection of gifts will prove you’re “down with the kids”, with minimal stress and panic for you.
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It's also worth keeping an eye out for bargains during the Black Friday 2021 sales too.
The huge November shopping event is a chance to score some huge deals on popular items ahead of Christmas.
So if you're stuck for inspiration on what to buy the teens in your life this Christmas then keep reading.
1. Motion Control Drone Yellow
For the teens who fancy themselves as a bit of a tech wizard and who likes all the latest gadgets, this affordable drone will be a hit.
It comes with a motion remote controller that fits neatly onto your hand, which also makes for easy use.
It has six axis gyro stabilisation, four channels, blade protectors, as well as coloured LEDs, for a swish exterior.
- Motion Control Drone Yellow, £24.99 from Very – buy here
2. Nike Air Max 90 Premium
A stylish pair of new trainers are always a safe bet with teenagers.
The unisex Air Max trainer shape is ideal durable design for everyday wear, and the cushioning from the Air unit and midsole means they will never want to take them off.
We love this tonal grey and silver design, which features white and red accents for an added pop of colour.
- Nike Air Max 90 Premium, £125 from JD Sports – buy here
3. Sketch Your Style: A Guided Sketchbook for Drawing Your Dream Wardrobe
Whether the teenager in question has a general flare for creativity and fashion, or is studying textiles or even fashion design, this sketchbook could help them on their way to being the next Donatella Versace or Alexander McQueen.
It features over 50 tasks to help perfect your drawing and understand iconic fashion trends through the eras.
Sketch Your Style: A Guided Sketchbook for Drawing Your Dream Wardrobe, £13.49 from Amazon – buy here
4. Apple AirPods With Charging Case
Airpods are the latest must-have trend no matter what age, or music you enjoy listening to, these are what everyone is after.
The charging case not only protects your wireless earphones when not in use, but also keeps them protected to make for easy charging, so you can listen to your favourite tracks for hours on end.
Apple AirPods with Charging Case, £139 from Currys – buy here
5. Kylie By Kylie Jenner Lip Kit
Kylie Jenner is a fan favourite with teenagers.
Teens who are delving into the beauty for the first time, or wanting to experiment with their make-up looks, will love this top-rated Lip Kit from her popular beauty line.
This kit contains a matte liquid lip stick and matching lip liner, which you can use as a combo together, mix and match with other lip products, or even wear solo.
- Kylie By Kylie Jenner Lip Kit, £26 from Selfridges – buy here
6. Paco Rabanne 1 Million For Men Eau de Toilette
Paco Rabanne’s 1 Million fragrance is hugely popular, and the perfect option as a first scent for teen boys.
The luxe packaging is designed to replicate a gold ingot, while the scent itself is one you won’t forget.
It boasts deep notes of leather, amber and patchouli, blended with blood mandarin, peppermint and musk aromas.
- Paco Rabanne 1 Million For Men Eau de Toilette, £42.50 from Lookfantastic – buy here
7. Herschel Supply Co. Retreat Backpack
Whether they are returning to school or university, or just need a trusty backpack to see you through all year round, no matter the weather, Herschel is the go-to.
This design has a fully lined interior and a reinforced base, which makes this super durable.
It can hold contents in the main pouch, but there is also a laptop sleeve too, all protected by magnetic-button fastening straps.
- Herschel Supply Co. Retreat Backpack, £85 from John Lewis & Partners – buy here
8. Bose SoundLink Micro Water-Resistant Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The Bose Bluetooth Speaker is a must for serious music or podcast lovers.
The stylish portable speaker is lightweight and compact, so is perfect for those on the go.
It's also great for travelling with too thanks to the water-resistant design. We love the bright orange and midnight blue colourways that it comes in along with a black option too.
- Bose SoundLink Micro Water-resistant Portable Bluetooth Speaker, £89 from John Lewis & Partners – buy here
9. GHD Original IV Hair Straightener
GHD is a popular haircare brand that has stood the test of time.
When it comes to the teenage phase, youngsters are experimenting with hair styles and GHD straighteners are often the first hair tool to start off the collection.
Not only are these hair straighteners lightweight, but the ceramic plates also create sleek styled hair in seconds and they will last for years on end.
- GHD Original IV Hair Straightener, £109 from GHD – buy here
10. Stackers Mini Jewellery Box Lid
Some youngsters may have started to collect a few jewellery items by the time they reach their teens.
With jewellery it is easy to misplace items, or lose the butterflies to a favourite pair of earrings, but not when you have a safe and stylish jewellery box to stash your collection in.
This stackable case makes sure your earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets all have a special home.
Plus when your collection expands even more, you can add other stacks to make it even bigger.
- Stackers Mini Jewellery Box Lid, £20 from John Lewis & Partners – buy here
11. Glossier You Eau De Parfum
Glossier is one of our go-to beauty and skincare brands.
While the Boy Brow, Lash Slick mascara and Future Dew highlighter are bestsellers, the Glossier fragrance is a cult buy.
The distinctive light scent features spicy top notes of pink pepper and sweet, woody notes of ambrette seeds and warm, ambery ambrox, with a hint of iris floral freshness.
It is ideal for those looking for a subtle everyday scent, and a great way to start off young teenagers who are finding their feet when it comes to discovering fragrance.
- Glossier You Eau De Parfum, £45 from Glossier – buy here
12. ASOS DESIGN Oversized Recycled Puffer Jacket
Christmas means one thing – wrapping up all season to stay cosy and warm!
So it is no surprise a new jacket is always on the wish list come December to see you through the coldest months until spring.
This stylish Puffer Jacket from ASOS provides added warmth thanks to the quilted detailing and recycled polyester filling.
The added elasticated cuffs and high neck detail will also help to stop the elements from getting to you.
- ASOS DESIGN Oversized Recycled Puffer Jacket, £45 from ASOS – buy here
13. Bumper Retro Sweets Gift Box
Nothing says Christmas more than tucking into plenty of indulgent sweets and chocolates.
Whether you are looking for a stocking filler or an affordable gift for a teen, this hamper filled with retro confectionery is a no-brainer.
Sweet-toothed fans will be able to work their way through the Dip Dip sweets, classic Drumstick lollipops, Wham chewy bars and Jazzles.
You will definitely bag some mega brownie points with this gift.
- Bumper Retro Sweets Gift Box , £11.95 from Amazon – buy here
14. Grey And Pink Check Pyjamas In A Bag
Pyjamas are always a firm favourite come Christmas, and a popular gift to buy for everyone of any age.
This stylish long pyjama set boasts a soft grey and pink tartan check.
The top features button front fastening, long sleeves, as well as collar detail, while the straight leg bottoms have an elasticated waist for optimum comfort.
Plus, it all comes packaged neatly in a matching PJ bag.
- Grey And Pink Check Pyjamas In A Bag, £30 from Boux Avenue – buy here
15. XBOX Wireless Controller
The gamer in the family will go head over heels for the XBOX wireless controller, which has been given an update in the form of a redesigned hybrid D-pad.
You may not be able to tear the teens away from the XBOX after opening this gift – but that could be a good thing for those wanting some adult time after Christmas dinner.
- XBOX Wireless Controller, £54.99 from Currys – buy here
16. Sienna Hoodie Blanket
Christmas is about comfort, no matter what age.
For those who love to snuggle up in the winter months, you can’t get any better than the Sienna Hoodie Blanket.
This design is made to fit all sizes and is so soft to the touch thanks to the sherpa interior lining and luxury micofibre exterior.
It is suitable for all ages and is unisex, so it may just be the easiest gift you’ve ever bought.
- Sienna Hoodie Blanket, £17.99 from Amazon – buy here
17. Merci Maman Personalised Pastille Chain Bracelet
A personalised gift is always a popular choice, especially around Christmas.
This chain bracelet is a simple yet stylish design, which has a little extra luxe because it is made from 18 carat rose gold plated material.
You can engrave up to 10 characters on the front and reverse of the disc, so choose your words wisely for an extra special touch.
- Merci Maman Personalised Pastille Chain Bracelet,£59 from John Lewis & Partners – buy here
18. Intergalactic Bath Bomb
Whether you are gifting to a friend or young family member, Lush is always a great place to look – after all, everyone loves a pamper session.
For those on a budget who still want to get something nice, this Lush vegan bath bombs is sure to be a huge hit.
The invigorating peppermint scent and shimmering stardust are perfect for unwinding in the bath at the end of a long, cold winter day.
- Intergalactic Bath Bomb, £4.95 from Lush – buy here
19. Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection
Whether you know a teenager who is a bookworm, fantasy fanatic, or Harry Potter super fan, this complete box set is hands down a winner.
This new edition is perfect for teenagers of all ages to dip into time and time again – plus it will look great taking pride of place on their bookshelf too.
- Harry Potter Box Set: The Complete Collection, £40 (Was £62.99) from The Works – buy here
20. Instax SQUARE SQ1 Instant Camera
Budding photographers will love this fun Instax Square instant camera that allows them to capture fun moments forever.
Selfie fans will also be able to make good use of the camera which also features a selfie lens and mirror. You can also pick up some fun themed square film from Instax too, so hey can make use of their new gift on Christmas Day.
- Instax SQUARE SQ1 instant camera | £119.99 from Amazon – buy here
21. Old English Name Necklace
Love Island’s winner Millie Court’s Sagittarius necklace has inspired many to jump on the nameplate necklace trend.
For those who look up to this year’s champion for style inspiration, or are a jewellery buff, a personalised necklace will be a keepsake for years on end.
Whether you have the teens name, nickname, initial, or star sign on a pendant, that extra personal touch will make this present even more sentimental.
- Old English Name Necklace, £18.19 from Etsy – buy here
22. Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk On-The-Go Makeup Gift Set
We all love Charlotte Tilbury, especially teens.Whether they are younger teenagers dabbling in the beauty world, or older and have perfected their make-up look, this bundle will be a huge hit.
It comes complete with Charlotte Tilbury's most popular buys from the Pillow Talk range, including Push Up mascara, Lip Cheat lip liner, Matte revolution Lipstick and an eyeshadow stick.
- Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk On-The-Go Makeup Gift Set, £39 from John Lewis & Partners – buy here
23. Luckies Deluxe Scratch Map
Budding travellers, or youngsters who are taken with geography, will love this interactive map.
After you visit a country simply scratch off to uncover the area.Not only is it fun and interactive for youngsters, it is educational, and also works as a creative art piece for the wall too.
- Luckies Deluxe Scratch Map, £24 from John Lewis & Partners – buy here
24. Emirates Stadium Tour for One Adult and One Child
Extend the Christmas treat with an experience you can enjoy with your teen when the festive chaos calms down – plus, what could be more special than making memories together?
Virgin Experience Days has a whole host of events to suit every child's interests and your budget, but this one is ideal for the football fanatics out there.
- Emirates Stadium Tour, £40 from Virgin Experience Days – buy here
25. Derwent Metallic Mixed Media Set
Buying for the arty kids? This mixed media kit, complete with various paper, paints and pencils will encourage them to channel their inner Van Gogh.
- Derwent Metallic Mixed Media Set, £45from John Lewis & Partners – buy here
26. Revlon Salon One- Step Volumizer for mid to long hair
Revlon's volumiser is a top-rated beauty buy we are a huge fan of, as it takes the hard work out of styling your locks.
This device works on wet hair, as it dries your tresses and styles them at the same time so you can achieve a salon-like blow dry at home.
- Revlon Salon One- Step Volumizer for mid to long hair, £33.99 (Was £59.99) from Amazon – buy here
27. Argos Home Blanket And Eyemask Gift Set
Cosy up this Christmas with this super affordable winter essential.
The bundle comes complete with a fleece throw and an eye mask, so you can settle down in front of the telly watching the festive films.
- Argos Home Blanket And Eyemask Gift Set, £15 from Argos – buy here
28. Young Driver Experience
Though your little one may not be ready to get behind the wheel just yet, and have a couple of years (or months) to go until they get their licence, this is for them.
Red Letter Days has a variety of gifts for couples, experiences for him, her, as well as little ones, including this young driver experience, suitable for 10 to 17 year olds.
- Young Driver Experience, £44.99 from Red Letter Days – buy here
29. Phone Movie Projector
Movie buffs will go head over heels for this affordable gadget, which transforms your phone into the big screen with ease.
All you have to do is pop out the individual pieces to create your own projector, pop your smart device inside, get the popcorn ready and watch.
- Phone Movie Projector, £10 from Argos – buy here
30. LEGO Marvel Sanctuary II: Endgame Battle Avengers Set
No matter how old you are, a new LEGO set will go down a treat.
This set allows you to recreate your own Thanos Spaceship, so your teen can imagine they are in the Marvel universe.
- LEGO Marvel Sanctuary II: Endgame Battle Avengers Set, £35 from Argos – buy here
31. Lumie Bodyclock Rise 100
Struggling to get your teenager up for school in the morning, or in general? This may help.
The Lumie Bodyclock works to simulate sunrise and sunset, while also combatting SAD, which can leave us feeling groggy on those cold, wet and dark winter mornings.
- Lumie Bodyclock Rise 100, £78 from Amazon – buy here
What should I get a 13 year-old for Christmas?
Buying for a younger teen can be tricky.
You don't want to buy something too childish that they won't like, but on the flipside buying something that is too grown up will equally be as disappointing.
Asking the recipient what they would like is obviously the best tactic, but if this isn't an option start by getting an idea of their interests and hobbies.
If you're still at a loss, vouchers and experiences are also a great options that give the gift receiver some flexibility over what they choose to buy.
What should I get a 16 year-old for Christmas?
There are a multitude of options if you are buying for a 16 year old.
The easiest place to start looking for inspiration is to have a think about what sort of things the person you are buying for is into.
If you're buying for a makeup fan you can't go wrong with a beauty gift set, or if you have a tech fan to gift, why not opt for a mini portable speaker or activity tracker.
Experience gifts are also a great option, with a wide variety to choose from, ranging from spa days to hot air balloon rides. Retailers like Virgin Experience Days, Buy A Gift and Red Letter Days are a great place to start your search for the right gift and they often have great discounts and offers on popular experiences.
What's a good Christmas present for a teenage girl?
It all depends on what the teenager is into.
If she's into make up, there are a number of affordable must-have beautybrands that she will love (Fenty, ELF and Glossier are all great options)
Or if she's a pro already picking up treats from Huda Beauty will go down well this Christmas.
If you're really stuck, a voucher for ASOS or Amazon means she can get whatever she wants.
What do you get a teenage boy for Christmas?
If you're looking for a Christmas gift for a teenage boy, try opting for some affordable tech, sporting accessories or some fashionable clothing or trainers.
Wireless headphones are a great buy, perfect for gaming andlistening to music or audio books, plus they and will work with any smartphone.
For boys into sport, finding accessories, games or merch for their favourite sports teams will no doubt be a winner.
Or you can't go wrong picking up some stylish trainers from Nike or Adidas.
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