The Best Teen Gift Guide for Christmas 2018 (minus any affiliate links)

If you've already read our tween gift guide then you will know why we made the decision to leave affiliate links out of our Christmas gift guides this year. (If you haven't then check it out here). With our gift guides we will provide you with a shopping link, but don't hesitate to do a quick google if the item isn't available in your region or you want to see if you can find it cheaper. Everything we have chosen you should be able to purchase no matter where you are in the world (aside from maybe one or two items sorry!) Without further ado, we present to you, the best teen gift guide for Christmas 2018! Happy shopping x

1. Kånken Backpack

Why we love it: With the Swedish mantra in mind, “Straight backs are happy backs,” Fjällräven created the first Kånken in 1978 to spare the backs of school children, as back problems had begun to appear in increasingly younger age groups. Simple, stylish and functional, the Kånken backpack soon became a common sight in schools around the country, quickly spreading to cities around the world as an iconic (yet highly functional) Swedish export. Made out of durable, lightweight Vinylon F, the Kånken has a large main compartment with a large opening, two side pockets, a zippered pocket in the front, handle at the top, narrow, supple shoulder straps, a sitting pad in the pocket and logo that doubles as a reflector plus there are 54 colour combinations to choose from! This style is very popular with teens today!

Purchase from: Fjällräven

 

2. Moxi Lolly Roller Skates - Floss

Why we love it: My 13 year old daughter has these in 'Strawberry Pink' but we are also big fans of the 'Floss' colour. Ahh, let's face it, we pretty much love all the colours on offer! Floss soft suede high top roller skates can be used for indoor or outdoor skating. They come with Moxi Gummy seafoam wheels and an adjustable toe stop. Moxi Lolly Floss Skates are a mid-range lifestyle skate, designed for recreation and street skating. The soft leather boot breaks in quickly with minimal discomfort and forms to your foot more than less expensive synthetic skate boots. They are an investment so are more suited to the serious skater.

Purchase from: Moxi

 

3. Chameleon 22 Pen Deluxe Set

Why we love it: If you have a teen that loves to draw then they will love Chameleon Pens. Much more than a normal marker - they give you the power to change colour and bring simplicity to your art. Each pen goes from as light as a hint of a tint to rich tones, eliminating tonal gaps in your collection. They aren't cheap (but well worth it - we have a set at home) however the 22 pen deluxe set makes a lovely introduction into the world of Chameleon changing colour pens.

Purchase from: Chameleon

 

4. Crystal Bar Soap

Why we love it: Crystals are huge at the moment, why not combine them with their love of soaps (Lush anyone?) by giving a crystal bar soap!

Crystal Bar Soap is a Vegan and Cruelty Free Soap company that uniquely embeds healing crystals within every bar. Everything they create is made with the idea that everything should be sustainable, eco-friendly, and cruelty free. These beliefs are strongly carried throughout the entire range of Crystal Bar Soaps.

Pictured here is the Spirit of Eternity Crystal Bar Soap, enhanced with an embedded Opalite crystal, known as the "Stone of Eternity". It is said to bring forth the understanding of the true-self, the true spirit, to free the spirit. The knowing that one can soar higher than expected, can reach unimaginable goals and join as one with the ultimate all, the whole of who we are and why we are.

Purchase from: Odisya

 

5. Fuji Instax Square SQ6

Why we love it: For the teen who has outgrown their cute little Mini 8. A more grown up looking version of the much loved FujiFilm Instax Mini, the difference between the two isn't just their looks but that the SQ6 takes square shaped photos just like the polaroid snaps we grew up with! Available in 5 colours - Graphite Gray, Aqua Blue, Blush Gold (pictured), Ruby Red and Pearl White. We love the Grey, Gold or White for your teen.

Purchase from: Amazon

6. Hobbytiger H301S Ranger Drone with Camera Live Video and GPS

Why we love it: Suitable for beginners, this drone captures high-quality live video and aerial photos. Teens can enjoy Real-Time Viewing right from their iPhone or Android phone device. Put the drone in 'Follow Me Mode' and the drone automatically follows and captures them wherever they move. Keeping them in the frame at all times, catching every moment of your vacation from a birds-eye perspective. Best thing about this drone is that it will automatically return to home precisely when its battery is low or the signal is weak when flying out of range, never worrying about losing the drone!

Purchase from: Amazon

7. Apple AirPods

Why we love it: After a simple one-tap setup, AirPods are automatically on and always connected. Using them is just as easy. They can sense when they’re in your ears and pause when you take them out. If your teen is listening to music constantly they are going to love these! Connects Wirelessly Through Bluetooth to iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad or Mac

Purchase from: Apple

8. Uppercut Deluxe Deluxe Pomade

Why we love it: If you have a hair obsessed teen he (or she providing she has a short cut) will really thank you for this one. Not only does this product hold super well, it smells nothing short of delicious (caramel!!) Its formulation is water based, meaning it washes out easily leaving no ugly residue. This product is used and loved in the Somewhere Between household!

Purchase from: Uppercut Deluxe

9. Fila Disruptor II

Why we love it: First it was Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars Hi Tops in black, then it was all about Adidas Superstars. Followed shortly by black Vans Low Tops and now it's white FILA Disruptors!!* Yes, these are the latest "in" shoe for your teen. A 90's favourite, featuring a man-made upper, sitting on an extra chunky moulded rubber sole, this super-chunky style embraces ugly, which pretty much speaks for itself: Nostalgic style and throwback vibes, comfortable, durable and great looking, this athletic shoe is a new twist on an old favourite.

*dating back only as long as I've been parenting a tween/teen!

Purchase from: Cotton On

10. Xcentz Mini Portable Charger - Compact Battery Pack with Flashlight

Why we love it: This small and lightweight pocket size portable charger (small as lipstick and lightweight as one egg) doubles as a flashlight. While it is small and only has enough power to charge your phone once that's enough to get you through the day or on your travels. No more excuses from your teen that they couldn't phone you because their phone ran out of battery!

Purchase from: Amazon

11. Fitbit Alta HR

Why we love it: A tracker that's as versatile as your teens are, the Fitbit Alta HR Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband helps them stay informed and motivated as they work out. Built for an active individual, the Alta HR provides comprehensive heart rate and activity tracking, sleep monitoring, and automatic exercise recognition to keep your teen in the zone. Not to mention it's beautifully designed so they will be happy to wear it!

Purchase from: Harvey Norman (currently on sale at nearly 50% off!)

12. Essential Crystal Bar Soap Chakra Set

Why we love it: Crystal Bar Soap is a Vegan and Cruelty Free Soap company that uniquely embeds healing crystals within every bar. Everything they create is made with the idea that everything should be sustainable, eco-friendly, and cruelty free. These beliefs are strongly carried throughout the entire range of Crystal Bar Soaps. This set of seven handmade Crystal Soaps have been combined to create an Essential Chakra Kit. Each soap is unique and inspired by one of the seven chakras, and each bar was created to enhance the energy and experience of the stone within.

Purchase from: Odisya

13. Catan

Why we love it: We grew up in a family that LOVES to play board games so it comes as no surprise that both my sister and I have our own tradition of gifting our families a new game every Christmas. Board games are such a healthy way to spend time with each other. Catan is on my sister's list this year. Suited to 3-4 players aged 10+ years, Catan uses clever trading, strategy, tactical skill, and luck. Picture yourself in the era of discoveries: after a long voyage of great deprivation, your ships have finally reached the coast of an uncharted island. Its name shall be Catan! But you are not the only discoverer. Other fearless seafarers have also landed on the shores of Catan: the race to settle the island has begun! This is the base game, if your family falls in love with it then there are an additional four expansion base games.

“Over the past few years, Settlers of Catan has transformed from an activity enjoyed by a small niche of gamers into a mainstream hit.”
- The Atlantic

Purchase from: Amazon

14. Herschel Supply Co. Edward Wallet

Why we love it: Featuring ample card and currency storage, the Edward wallet is a classic bi-fold with synthetic leather details and signature Herschel Supply finishes. Perfect for storing cash, random loyalty cards and too many receipts. It also uses technology designed to block RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) readers which helps protect against identity theft by guarding smart cards from illegal scanners. Clever, right?

Oh and if they aren't keen on the Kånken backpack you could definitely opt for a Herschel backpack instead!)

Purchase from: ASOS (and it's currently on sale, yay!)

15. Apple iPad Pro

Why we love it: With the new iPad Pro, you get what you need from a computer, while being more powerful than most computers and more portable than all of them. The iPad Pro is also thinner than the thinnest laptop and weighs less than 500 grams so won't weigh your teen down if they are taking it to the library or friends house to study. It also has up to 10 hours of battery life. The iPad Pro comes with features like Face ID, the most secure facial authentication system in a tablet or computer. And it has features like Intelligent Tracking Prevention in Safari, which helps protect against websites collecting personal data. If your teen is a creative type they will also love the new Apple Pencil which attaches magnetically (and starts charging automatically) onto the side of the iPad Pro!

Purchase from: Apple

16. FresheTech Splash Tunes Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Portable Shower Speaker

Why we love it: Because what teen doesn't want to listen to music in the shower? The Splash Tunes Waterproof Bluetooth Shower Speaker from FRESHeTECH is a waterproof Bluetooth speaker that will allows them to listen to music while in the shower, washing (your) car, sitting by the pool, or anywhere you would be worried about getting a traditional speaker system wet. The speaker also has a built-in microphone that will allows them to make speakerphone calls from their mobile device for that phone call that really, really just can’t wait. With a suction cup that will stick to just about every surface and easy-to-use buttons for controlling volume, skipping songs, playing/pausing, and for power, this is the perfect indoor/outdoor waterproof speaker. Whether they use it in the shower, at the beach, or by the pool, you can now relax in the knowledge that your teen's phone is tucked away from sun and sand and water.

The Splash Tunes Shower Speaker is compatible with all iPhones, Androids, and all other smart devices with Bluetooth capabilities.

Purchase from: Amazon

17. Beats by Dre Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Why we love it: With up to 40 hours of battery life, award-winning Beats Solo3 Wireless (pictured here in Rose Gold) are your perfect everyday headphones. With Fast Fuel, a 5-minute charge gives you 3 hours of playback. The headphones also allow you to take calls, control your music and activate Siri with the multifunction on-ear controls. Available in 10 colour ways.

Purchase from: Apple

18. Bubble Tea Kit

Why we love it: Bubble Tea is a massive hit with tweens and teen at the moment. Now, thanks to Katie and Dustin Watts's make-it-yourself kit, you can whip up a hot or cold batch of your own. With two flavors of tea — classic black and rooibos chai — tapioca pearls, and two reusable stainless steel straws, this addictive delight is now home-brewable. Just add your choice of milk (or not!) and enjoy.

Purchase from: UncommonGoods

19. Teen Breathe Inspirational Planner

Why we love it: What are your daughter's goals for the next 52 weeks? Whether she wishes to excel in school, finish creative projects, or invite more mindfulness into her life, this planner is the perfect guide to help her appreciate how far she has come and thoughtfully plan for the future.

With this planner she can learn more about history’s most influential women while she plans her goals and dreams for the year ahead. With inspiring editorial, creative activities, bonus stickers, and prompts for list-making, this 200 page planner, offers 13 four-weekly blocks with plenty of space for thoughtful reflection. The pages are undated so can be saved for another year if need be.

Purchase from: Teen Breathe

Teen Breathe Magazine Subscription

Why we love it: Are you mindful? The word seems to be everywhere these days. But what does it really mean? And who, and what, is it for? Well, it’s about paying attention in a particular way that encourages curiosity (not as easy as first imagined), it’s for everyone and it helps you understand how the mind works and appreciate all the good things in life – no matter how small they might seem. With helpful articles and inspiring creative activities, Teen Breathe Magazine is your daughter's go-to guide for healthier and happier living.

Purchase from: Teen Breathe (Australia) (New Zealand) (Rest of world)

Teen Breathe Boys Special

Why we love it: Is mindfulness just for girls? We don't think so and thankfully Teen Breathe Boys doesn't think so either. This one-off special from Teen Breathe magazine is packed with tips, ideas and activities that show how paying attention to the moment can help boost confidence, tune into thoughts and feelings and bring out your best - no matter who you are. From protecting your son's future self on social media and getting creative with code breaking to giving water sports a go and learning how to handle anger, ultimately Teen Breathe Boys is about being yourself, being kind to others and being ready to find - and follow - your dreams.

Purchase from: Teen Breathe U.K.

Bright Lite Magazine Subscription

Why we love it: Bright Lite is an independent magazine created for girls, ages 10 to 16. Published bi-annually, the magazine is a collection of submissions from girls all over the world, including photos, interviews, articles, recipes, crafts, journals, music and advice curated just for them.

Purchase from: Bright Lite

20. Crystals: The Stone Deck

Why we love it: This enlightening deck makes it easy to cultivate good vibes whenever the need. With gorgeous photography, engaging descriptions, and a sleek contemporary design.

Featuring beautiful photography and engaging descriptions, Crystals Deck makes it easy to bring healing, strength, and positive energy into everyday life. The deck includes 78 cards, each with a stunning crystal on the front and a description of the stone's powers on the back. Users can select a crystal based on their needs or pull a card at random to see what the universe has in store. Plus the accompanying booklet explains how to use and care for crystals.

Purchase from: Book Depository

21. 808 Dude Starter Pack

Why we love it: Carolyn Palliardi, former beauty editor and author would stand in the aisle of a supermarket looking for options for teen boys – absolutely nothing! Everything that was on the shelves was either for adult males or kids. There was nothing that actually catered for the hormonal changes going on in a teen boys body. “A boy’s skin is not the same as a man’s nor is their hair,” she says.

“There are male products or pimple products full of chemicals that work but at what long term cost to our kids? I was looking for something that was easy to use, effective and most importantly, chemical free with no chance of any of its ingredients being linked to cancer in the future. I come from a desire and passion to help boys and keep them healthy – naturally. I also wanted something a teen could recognize in the shower as their own.”

If the idea of a natural skin care product range was going to be accepted by teen boys it had to be cool. So 808 DUDE was created, trademarked and nurtured to life.

808 Dude Starter Pack contains full sized natural shampoo & body wash, natural face wash and an organic aluminium-free deodorant in a shower proof sustainable cotton calico bag. Perfect for camps and hang outs.

Purchase from: 808 Dude

22. Lush Mask Of Magnaminty

Why we love it: A minty, multi-purpose mask with a mixture of gentle yet effective ingredients, including honey and kaolin, to help maintain magnificent skin.

Easily smoothed over the skin, this mask is made with peppermint oil to stimulate, marigold oil and chlorophyllin to treat the skin; evening primrose seeds and aduki beans to gently exfoliate as its washed away. There’s mineral rich kaolin to nourish, honey for its antibacterial properties, and they've used just the right amount of peppermint oil to stimulate blood cells under the surface of the skin to leave skin looking bright and refreshed.

Purchase from: Lush

23. The Art of Wellbeing

Why we love it: This book is an illustrated collection of inspirational meditations, inspiring words and plant-based recipes from bestselling author Meredith Gaston. Building on her uplifting philosophy of thankfulness and gratitude for what we have and enjoy, Meredith shows us how to live well and enjoy a healthy life in her highly anticipated new book, The Art of Wellbeing. Divided into four chapters - Nourish, Comfort, Energise and Blossom - Meredith takes the reader on a beautiful journey to find peace, calm, vitality and healthfulness. Through restorative, plant-based recipes, meditations, yoga practice and other healthful ideas, this book draws on nature to guide us to good health in both mind and body. Meredith's whimsical, heartfelt illustrations bring these ideas to life, animating a mind-set of happiness and sensitivity, and finding beauty and magic in your daily routine.

This is a beautiful gift or self-purchase for anyone looking to find the magic in everyday life.

Purchase from: Book Depository

Charmaine Ana Chung
Charmaine Ana Chung

{Founder of Somewhere Between} From record labels in Sydney to barefoot & pregnant in Vientiane. Now back in my hometown, Canberra, with the husband and four kids. Getting through each day the opposite of a supermum.

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