‘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 is at the top of my teen’s list. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Finding a sought after kind of tennis shoes under the Christmas tree would please many teens. I know, this list is seeming almost practical. Don’t ask questions, just go with it. Adidas Ultra Boost are the ones that are “cool right now, and NMDs are good, too.” Or so I’ve been told.
Find the top gift card suggestions for teens 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. Energy bars may be a good option for the health-conscious.
Not all teens have a Netflix subscription and if you know one in the camp, chances are they’d like one. Series like The Office and Friends are popular with teens, and a subscription makes them easy to binge.
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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