Are you buying Christmas gifts for tweens and teens this year? In my experience this can be quite a tricky group to buy for, so hopefully this gift guide will help.
I’ve rounded up lots of great gifts for tweens and teens here, so if you’re looking for inspiration it’s a great place to start. Happy browsing!
If you’re planning the pre-Christmas treats along with the gift shopping, you might also like to check out this post on vegan advent calendars.
Great gifts for tweens
Let’s start off with a great little gift that will help kids deal with their feelings in a positive way. Create Your Own Calm is a fun activity book which is designed to help kids understand their big feelings and develop ways to feel calmer. My nine year old has really benefitted from using it, and it’s also a brilliant activity book that the whole family can have fun with.
This Snoozy Fox Tea Set from Small & Wild is a cute gift which also has a nod to being grown-up. It contains a lovely silk-screen printed mug and a pack of 100% natural, caffeine-free herbal tea. I like the fact that the tea can be brewed cold or warm, making it safe for little hands.
If they love their art, or just enjoy doodling, the A4 Personalised Pencil Sketchbook from Proper Goose is a really nice way to make a stationery gift more personal. The paper is lovely and thick, and the hard cover will protect those precious drawings. I like the fact that you can personalise a second line as well as the name.
This Personalised Paw Prints Photo Blanket from Asda Photo is ideal for pet loving tweens. You can choose from three sizes and four backing colours, and it’s really quick and easy to design online using your own photos.
They’re not too old for a cute cuddly toy! The funky jumper and perky pose of this Knitted Sausage Dog from Best Years is really cheerful and modern – perfect for tweens.
If you’re buying for a Bake Off fan, the Personalised Star Baker apron from Always Personal will be a big hit. It’s available in sixteen different colours too, so you should be able to find their favourite!
How about a gift they’ll love which also helps to keep their room tidy? This Cat Laundry Basket from Red Candy is perfect for dirty clothes, but you could also use it to store toys or hobby equipment. And if they’re not into cats there’s also a shark, dinosaur, unicorn and elephant design.
If hair styling is their thing, Hair Flair Deluxe from Interplay is a fun kit for them to experiment with. It contains a range of hair chalks and styling tools, which can be used with or without online tutorials to create lots of different styles. The chalk is made from kid-safe ingredients – and you’ll no doubt be pleased to know it washes out!
Pokémon is definitely one of the most popular brands in my nine year old’s year group. If you’re buying for a Pokémon fan, this new Pokémon Battle Academy game is a good gift option that won’t double up on their existing card and figure collection. The game is based on the principle of two Pokémon trainers doing battle, and includes tutorial guides which make it easy to play straight away.
Gift ideas for teenagers
First on my list for teens is a great little book to help build confidence, deal with difficult feelings and boost happiness. Be Happy Be You is a practical, hands-on resource which is designed to help teens strengthen and support their emotional wellbeing, looking at themselves, their relationships and the world. The book is written in a lovely relaxed style, with just the right tone for teens and plenty of graphics and colour to keep things interesting. My teenager has found it really helpful during what has been a pretty challenging year!
This is one for the would-be petrol-heads, but also a really practical gift for teens who are approaching driving age. A Young Driver driving lesson allows 10-17 year olds to get behind the wheel of a real car, learning how to steer, change gear, brake and even reverse park. There are 70 Young Driver venues in the UK, all with specially created road systems and qualified instructors. If your tween is also keen on having a go there are lessons available for 5-10 year olds too.
A fitness tracker is a popular gift for teenagers, and there’s a wide range of smart watches available to suit your budget and your teen’s requirements. It’s a good idea to go for a waterproof smart watch for this age group; as well as being able to use it while swimming, you’ll avoid damage caused by sweat, hand-washing, or simply forgetting to take it off in the shower! This guide from superwatches looks at nine options for waterproof fitness trackers.
A great gift for a teenager who loves taking photos or videos on their phone, the Joby Freehold Universal Kit is designed to easily allow you to use your smartphone in new and fun creative ways. The Freehold is much more than a finger loop – when you slide the loop down, it reveals a connection point where you can attach flexible wrapping arms or a tripod adapter. The perfect accessory for budding film-makers and photographers.
Teenagers and gadget cables go hand-in-hand, so how about taming the clutter with this Personalised Wireless Phone Charging Pad from Always Personal. It’s compatible with any mobile phone that supports wireless charging, and can be personalised with a name, message or quote.
Still on the tech theme, the Gaia Laptop Sleeve from Made of Stories is a beautifully practical gift that will protect their laptop in style. The neoprene outer is resistant to water, oil and heat, and it’s fully lined with gorgeously soft faux fur. There are lots of other lovely designs in the range too.
One for festival goers and backpackers, the Bestie Blanket from Kelty is the perfect size for wrapping up warm. It’s lightweight but effective at keeping in the heat, and rolls down small into a handled stuff sack – perfect for outdoor adventures.
If they’re planning their travels, this Traveller Notebook from Adventure Accessories will help them keep a journal of their trip. The pages are hand-sewn into the funky cork cover, and the faux suede cord wrap keeps everything tidy. A great little lightweight gift that they can easily tuck into their rucksack.
Staying with the travelling theme, the Hammam Towel from Harfi is a multi-function item that will definitely earn its space in a backpack. It’s lightweight, compact, highly absorbent, and dries very quickly. It looks gorgeous too.
Encourage their green fingers with this cute little Frida Planter from Sass & Belle. The vibrant colours and fun design are perfect for showcasing a houseplant, you could even add the plant itself so all they have to do is water it!
This Leather Loop Keyring from Russell Russell would make a lovely stocking filler. It’s handmade from fine Italian leather and is available in ten different colourways. Perfect for a little touch of luxury, but also really functional.
This Teen Skin Supplement fom HRi is another great stocking filler idea. It’s a full multivitamin complex for teenagers and young adults, with ingredients designed to keep skin nourished and blemish-free, while also helping to regulate hormone activity and balance blood sugar levels. I think it’s a great way to gently encourage them to take care of themselves.
Have I managed to inspire your Christmas shopping with my gifts for tweens and teens? I hope this gift guide has done some of the hard work for you – and do leave me a comment if there are any great gift ideas you think I should know about 🙂
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