Let’s face it: finding the perfect Christmas gift ideas for teens is probably the most difficult decision you will make this Christmas season. They’re still learning about the value of a dollar (“Do you have any idea how much a new ____ costs?!”), they want something the same or even cooler as their friends (“But Mom, everybody’s getting one!”), or they want one of everything (Thank you, Pinterest or Giftster, where your teens can make a looong list of items).

As a teen’s parent, you might want to indulge them in one of their top-list items, but you also might want to add an element of surprise and find something unique, just for each teen’s individual personality. Here are a few Christmas gift ideas for teens.

28 Best Christmas Gift Ideas For Teens

As a teen’s parent, you might want to get one of their top-list items that you know they'll love. Here are a few Christmas gift ideas for teens.

For the Techie

Cyxus Adjustable 3 Stages Brightness Night Selfie Enhancing Mini Spotlight (Clip to Device)

Nintendo Switch

Audio Technica ATH-PDG1 Open-Air Gaming Headset

PopSockets Expanding Stand and Grip for Smartphones

Star Wars Levitating Death Star Bluetooth SpeakerParrot Bebop Quadcopter Drone

For the Athlete

KanJam Ultimate Disc Game

GoPro Hero Sessions Action Camera


Quiet Punch Doorway Boxing Bag

Jabra Elite Sport True Wireless Earbuds

Hands-Free Hydration Armband

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For the Musician

Bose Soundlink Bluetooth Speaker

Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Ernie Ball Musician’s Tool Kit

PreSonus AudioBox 96 Studio USB 2.0 Recording Bundle with Interface, Headphones, Microphone and Studio One Software

Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth

28 Best Christmas Gift Ideas For Teens They Will Love

For the Foodie

Elite Cuisine 3-in-1 Breakfast Station

Pizza Rescue Kit

Star Wars Cookie Cutters

Mini Pretzel Maker

Oster Jelly Bean Two Slice Toaster in Purple

Coffee Gator Cold Brew Coffee Making Kit

For the Student

Library Card Socks

Edison Desk Lamp

Makey Makey Invention Kit

Amazon Echo

Carve the Mark (Book by Divergent’s Veronica Roth)

Catan 5th Edition Game

Then there are the designer clothes, the phone apps, the laptops, room decorations, hygiene products and colognes, the coolest shoes, and on and on. So if it all gets too overwhelming, buy the gift cards. They’ll thank you!

Tammy Tilley
Tammy Tilley
Tammy Tilley, mom of two adult children, cares deeply about parenting issues. Although she’s looking in the rearview mirror of her hands-on parenting days, once you’re a parent, you’re always a parent. She enjoys sharing a few memories and a touch of advice about spending energy on the things that matter. Tammy has a BA in English from Anderson University (IN) and a MS in Education from IUPUI.