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Christmas Shopping Guide for Teens

Picking out gifts for Christmas that teens will love is harder than throwing a dart blindfolded while swimming in shark-infested waters. Or so it seems. We’ve created creative ideas for mom, dad, husband, and boyfriend and now you’re in luck because we’ve consulted the experts, and have compiled a detailed list of gifts for teens. The key with Christmas shopping for teens is pre-shopping research to know some specifics. They all have screens, so which ones, which model, which brand. Armed with this information you won’t feel like you’re swimming with the sharks. 

For All

There are some gifts that work for all teens. If the teen you’re shopping for has an iPhone, AirPods and/or a decorative iPod case are a great accessory (of course don’t forget our Smartphone ornament to go along with it). Most teens already have a phone case, but if you know which phone they have, a replacement case both reflects their personality and interests. Many teens make videos with their phones and a selfie light enhances photos and videos. A portable speaker is a popular iPhone accessory, and cable bites are a funny add-on to a phone gift. A fun game that uses phones is also a popular idea for holiday get togethers. 

Vans have been cool forever, and are currently popular with most teens. They have unisex styles and styles popular with both girls and guys. Also for the feet and new pair of Ugg slippers are a splurge and a treat for all feet at all times. Cool socks are a fun gift and there are countless styles for all. 

Chances are the teen you’re shopping for has one, but water bottles and coffee tumblers are super popular a replacement or addition to their collection won’t be turned away. They could also cozy up with the ever-popular Patagonia fleece in many colors, popular for both girls and guys. 

For Teen Girls

If you’re shopping specifically for a girl, and the unisex options didn’t quite fit the bill, lots of teen girls are carrying around all their gear in the cute and colorful Fjallraven backpacks these days. The Instamax polaroid cameras are a safe choice, and there’s even a fun bag to contain the film and camera to safely lug it around. A felt letter board or lighted cinema box are creative gifts that encourage self expression, and scrunchies and Love Your Melon hats (good for the guys too!) have them covered when heading out. But for fun at home, a cozy pillow to snuggle with and a mochi ice cream making kit is a unique, but fun activity for a busy teen girl. A Caboodle, from ages past, is an accessory or makeup box, that many times carries with it some nostalgia. 

For Teen Boys

A safe bet are many of the unisex options mentioned above, but video games are always a popular bet with boys (and some girls too!). A Nintendo Switch Lite is a small and simple hand-held video game console, and with games and a case, can make a great gift (for girls too!). It comes in different colors, and new games are released often. If they play video games on an Xbox or Playstation then new games or gift cards for that specific gaming system (much of the purchasing of games is done online) are instantly used gifts. Sometimes these gaming systems come out with new wireless controllers and they make good gifts. Unlocking the vault of time, and giving the gift of an old school handheld arcade game is exciting for both the giver and the receiver. 

Of course, we always think that ornaments finish off great Christmas gifts and for teens we think you can’t miss with the Smartphone ornament, high tops (in black or pink!), sloth, avocado, tacos, or ice cream, but with over 1,500 designs to choose from, we’re confident you’ll find the perfect ornament to match the personality and interests of the teen you’re shopping for.

October 30, 2020 by Rachael Mitchell

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Rachael Mitchell

Rachael Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington, and has over 15 years of writing experience. She’d never be able to pick just one favorite ornament, but narrowed it down to the S’more and Tennis Ball. She always looks forward to s’mores in the summer with friends and family adding gourmet ingredients, and played 4 years of college tennis in the mid-west.

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