Christmas Gift Ideas for Teens

More Than 50 Christmas Gift Ideas for Teens

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If your teenager isn't into the latest computer game craze or doesn't have an ongoing hobby, it can be difficult finding ideas for Christmas gifts.

Friends and relatives always begin asking long before I even have my own Christmas gift ideas for my children.

Here is a list of things you can get that are bound to be a hit with any teenager, followed by a list of gift tips for specific items.

Big Ticket Gift Ideas Where Price Is No Object

  • Vacation or travel tour
  • Car
  • Money
  • Television VCR/DVD Combos
  • Laptop computer
  • Stock or CD with The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens
  • Cell phone complete with a paid plan
  • Furniture
  • Skis and equipment
  • Snowboard equipment
  • IPod or MP3 Player
  • Digital camera
  • Stereo


Clothing makes a wonderful gift and it helps if you are budget shopping. Getting clothes that you would otherwise have to purchase in a less fun manner saves your family money. Plus teens, especially girls, really enjoy getting fashionable items as Christmas gifts -- just be sure you have the correct size and the colors they are looking for. If not, you may want to just get a gift card for their favorite clothing store.

  • Jeans
  • Sweaters
  • Boots
  • Ski jackets
  • Ski pants
  • Scarves
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • Slippers

Gift Ideas For Girls Only

Girls like little things that are pretty and smell good. When purchasing these items keep in mind the teen's sense of style. Trendy is always popular with all teens, but some prefer to give options and you can choose from those because it doesn't matter if you think you have style or not, your teen is the one who is receiving the Christmas gift.

  • Barrettes
  • Headbands
  • Necklace
  • Earrings
  • Bracelet
  • Perfume
  • Make-up

Gift Ideas For Boys Only

  • Favorite team items
  • Necklace
  • Cologne or aftershave
  • Suit and tie

Medium Price-Range Gift Ideas ($50-$250)

  • Gifts for Your Teen's Room
  • Watches
  • Video games
  • Video game equipment
  • Ticket to a concert
  • Ticket to a sports game
  • Gift certificate to a favorite store or restaurant
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player

Economical Gift Ideas (Less Than $50)

  • Self-help and inspirational books
  • Devotionals
  • Calendar
  • Picture frame or empty photo album
  • Body pillow or decorative pillows for their bed
  • Desk accessories
  • Hobby equipment
  • Framed print or poster for his/her bedroom wall
  • Cell phone case
  • Movie tickets
  • A piece for their collection
  • Journal or diary
  • Board game
  • Funky puzzles -- 3D puzzles

Hope Chest Items

Items such as dishes or small appliances are wonderful for an older teenager who is looking to be out on their own in one or two years. These can also be considered an economical item, as it is very useful for the young adult or older teen.

  • Sheet set
  • Kitchen gadgets
  • Towel set

Gift Tip #1

Money for College Funds: If you have a fund set up for your teenager for college, this is a good time to let people know it. I've set up the TAP program for my daughters and I have given the account number to my parents, my husband's parents, and anyone who asks! This keeps them from buying huge toys that are just not used.

Gift Tip #2

Books: Even if your teenager isn't an avid reader, there are some great books out right now that might tempt them to become one. The Chicken Soup for a Teenager Soul series is absolutely excellent, Harry Potter makes life a fantasy, and Judy Blume's books have not gone out of style.

Gift Tip #3

Time: One-on-one time is very valuable and can be the most important gift you give your teen. Make a date with your teenager for lunch and shopping or dinner and a movie. If you have more than one child, make a date with each one separately. Give them your attention for Christmas. If you’re looking for things to do, try this list.

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