Figuring out what to get a teenager for Christmas can be a real head scratcher. But this list of tried and true ideas from a mom of 3 teens makes it easy.
It’s hard to believe it, but that little boy you used to snuggle with has grown into a tall teenager!
Where does the time go?
Of course you want to get him the perfect gift. Something that shows how much you love him.
But how can you manage that?
He hardly wants anything at all. And the few ideas you’ve managed to wiggle out of him are well above your budget.
What do you get a teenager for Christmas?
It’s a tough task…but not an impossible one!
Let’s explore a few ideas that are just right for your beloved teen this year.
(If you can’t tell, I have 3 teenage boys of my own. But don’t worry, there are ideas here that work for a boy or a girl!)
What To Get A Teenager For Christmas
Tech Gift Ideas
Technology is an obvious first stop, since most teenagers are obsessed with it.
Non Smart Phone
Maybe your teen is “the only person on Earth” who doesn’t have a smart phone.
The truth is, more and more parents are looking for old flip phones for their kids…even teens.
(It’s just too easy to get in trouble when you have unlimited internet access.)
The good news is that you can get your child a phone with no access to the internet. It allows phone calls and texts. It takes pictures, but you can’t send them to anyone.
And best of all (for them), it looks like a smart phone. So your child doesn’t have to be embarrassed about using it.
Another option for parents who are thinking about getting their kids a smart phone is to subscribe to Bark. It’s our favorite way to keep tabs on our kids without constantly grabbing their phone to read through every message.
One of the most requested gaming systems is the Nintendo Switch.
(These have been really hard to find lately, so make sure you grab it when you see it in stock!)
Other Techy Ideas
Non Tech Gift Ideas for Teens
Honestly, I think some of us are just “tech-ed” out. These things to get teens are good for people who would like to see more of their face. 😉
Sarcastic shirts, hoodies are always a hit!
Passes To Fun
Find out if your amusement park was open this year and get them a pass for roller coasters!
How about tokens for the batting cages?
Or some time at a local basketball court?
It’s A Blanket! It’s A Hoodie! It’s…
If you have a teen who likes to walk around the house wrapped up in a blanket (like I do), this is the perfect warm and comfy gift!
For The American Ninja Warrior Fan
You’re not going to turn your couch potato into a ninja with this gift.
But if your teen loves the idea of making it on one of those reality shows of obstacle courses, give them the chance to try their own!
Get them a CD if you want to teach them a history lesson about music. (My poor Gen X heart!)
These days they probably want a subscription to a service. This article has a good breakdown of options.
Not just for little guys anymore.
A car washing kit.
How about a fun car sticker?
Yes, you can actually make your teen happy with a real gift this year!
Any of these teen gift ideas will make them come out of their rooms for the holiday this year.
By the way, if that teen has been looking for ways to earn some extra cash, send them this list of ways to earn money for teenagers.
What awesome gift for a teenager was a hit at your house?