Buying for teenagers isn’t always an easy task and it can be difficult to find out what’s “hip” or “cool”, or even if hip and cool are the appropriate terms these days!
If you’re not sure what to get the teenager in your life this Christmas, not to worry – we’ve put together ten of the best gifts to put under the tree this year.
Bluetooth Speakers – Easily connected wirelessly to your phone, tablet or laptop, these small devices are convenient for travel but also create a great sound that can easily replace a bespoke music system. The prices and quality can vary greatly with some costing in excess of £500 so it can be tricky to find the best bang for your buck. The HMDX Jam offers both good audio quality and simple and quick connections to all wireless devices. A sleek design and available in a variety of colours, the Jam is a bargain as either a luxury stocking filler or as a main gift.
Find it at Amazon for £17.43
Streaming Subscription – Or instead of giving them something to listen with why not give them something to listen to. Currently boasting 50 million users and 12.5 million paid subscribers, Spotify has become the leading music streaming choice. With over 30 million songs and 20,000 more added each day, there is something for everyone and gifting a paid subscription could be the prefect present for the musical teen.
Gift cards available in £10 or £30 at Spotify
Chromecast – This is an excellent and inexpensive gift for tech savvy teenagers. The thumb-sized media streaming device works by being plugged into the HDMI port on your TV and controlled with an Android phone, iPhone, tablet or computer. Once connected you can cast your favourite entertainment and apps right onto the big screen – everything from YouTube to BBC iPlayer.
Find it at Currys for £30
Soundwave Print – The people over at House of Yve know the special importance music can have. Their personalised soundwave brings together music and art in a fresh and personal way. All you have to do is send them the song of your choice which they then convert into a printed soundwave in a variety of colours. The options are endless, it could be their favourite song or a song of their own but the soundwave, like a fingerprint, will be a one of a kind and would make a great memento for any music lover.
Find it at Not on the High Street for £15
Makeup set – If you know a teenage girl who is already interested in experimenting with her hair and makeup, a makeup set could be a big hit. Benefit is a popular high street brand and makes fun, practical products in bright packaging, perfect for young makeup wearers. Kits like this ‘Do The Bright Thing’ set come with instructions and all the products you need to create the look.
Find it at John Lewis for £23.85
Tetris Tetrimino Light – One of the most renowned and successful puzzle games of all time and one of the few to become a household name; everyone knows Tetris. This set comes complete with seven different coloured glass shapes which instantly illuminate when they touch, allowing for any number of designs and combinations. The Tetris Tetrimino is playful and interesting twist on the popular puzzler, allowing you to create unique and retro mood lighting.
Find it at Amazon for £29.99
LED Teak Cube Alarm Clock – Appearing to be a simple block of wood this alarm clock is a stylish and innovative little machine. Scrolling between the time, the date and the temperature at a click of your fingers, the clock can do a lot without the usual flashy bells and whistles. Its understated and sleek design is mature while also being a little bit of fun.
Find it at Not on the High Street for £28
Selfie Stick – If the teenager in your life is constantly glued to their smartphone and enjoys taking pictures, the selfie stick is a great option, and might be more useful than you think. The stick makes it easy to take pictures of yourself with background – a feature that might be especially welcome to a shy teen.
Find it at Amazon for £4.20
Pyjama Onesie – Not too long ago the pyjama onesie was avoided by anyone with any sense of style. However over the last few years the onesie has been adopted as comfortable loungewear and the outfit of choice for an evening spent hanging around with friends. You can find them in a range of styles – and prices – from the affordable all the way to the designer.
Find it at John Lewis for £39
Digital Camera – If you’re looking for the showstopper, this might be it. While teenagers today tend to rely on their smartphones to take pictures, digital cameras have become popular for another reason – vlogging. If you haven’t heard of it before, don’t worry; in essence, it’s a hobby where people take videos of themselves throughout the day to share what they’re doing with friends or on YouTube. It’s an incredibly popular pastime right now and this is the camera the most established vloggers use.
Find it at Amazon for £279
Found any great presents for your own teenagers? Leave a comment below!