‘Tis the season to be merry, and to make people merry by giving them gifts they can use and enjoy. That’s a tall order with teens, but the North Pole elves and I wanted to offer some assistance. Here are some of the most popular Christmas presents for teens.
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Music – Spotify Premium
A subscription to this music streaming service was a big hit with my teen and really was the gift that kept on giving. I rather love that it isn’t a thing that has to be put away, dusted, or found. Music is important, especially at this age. We all remember tunes from our teen years, right? This allows kids to listen to, create and share their own playlists, without ads. There’s a subscription option for Spotify Premium for Students. Another options is a Spotify gift card.
And once you have music, you have to look cool while listening to it, and that means AirPods. While wireless ear buds may be tiny, they are big with teens. (You might want to gift these with the caveat that they aren’t to be used during class, even if a teacher wouldn’t notice them. Seriously, kids are doing that.) These definitely count as a splurge, or a good option for those looking to go in as a group for a gift that has a big impact.
Hydro Flask Water Bottle
Who knew hydration was so trendy? My teen had a Hydro Flask on the top of her list. (She specified one with a straw lid. There are also handle lids and sport caps and open mouths, so you may want to ask to make sure you get jut what their heart desires.) It keeps liquids inside cold for 24 hours and warm for 12. A fun option is purchasing stickers for the flask so you child can personalize theirs (and make it harder to lose, hopefully.)
With Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime, there are a ton of streaming services available now. Chances are your teen would like an account with one, or several. Series like The Office and Friends are popular with teens, and a subscription makes them easy to binge and that can be a good way for parents to connect with teens and tweens.
Also, a Roku is key to making the streaming possible and they won’t break the bank.
Giving memories and experiences rather than physical items is a popular approach, and one that teens appreciate, especially if the experiences are tickets to a performance or sporting event they’d enjoy. One of my daughter’s friends is really hoping for tickets to a Blackhawks game and another is crossing her fingers that she’ll get to go to a Dan + Shay concert. Find 8 Experiences that make great gifts here.
Winter break is a perfect time to curl up with a good book! There are lots of recently released books that would be great gifts. Find a list of books that make great gifts here and get suggestions of ones about current events that serve as solid conversation starters here.
Food and/or Candy
It sounds simple, but teens would be delighted to get a gift bag full of their favorite foods. Many adore candy and gum. Check out Crave Box. Energy bars may be a good option for the health-conscious.
When I heard teens talking about “water speakers,” I was confused. They are speakers that also have a tiny enclosed fountain and LED lights that react to the music, so it’s a sound and light show. They’re fun, and a cheaper option than the wireless headphones.
Speakers that work in the shower, another kind of water speaker, also got big thumbs up.
Lotions, bath products, perfume and room scents are popular with the girls. Products with essential oils that promote energy or stress relief are welcome after finals. LUSH and Bath & Body Works both go over well, but the Target brand also got a thumbs up.
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