The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Teens

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Gift Ideas for Teens

The wait is over. We (finally) present to you the ultimate teen gift guide for Christmas 2019! These are all genuine recommendations and have been teen approved.

If you are looking for even more suggestions, please don't hesitate to check out our gift guide from last year. There's plenty of awesome ideas there as well. Or if you have a pre-teen in your life then you'll want to have a look at our Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Tweens!

Happy shopping! x

Disclaimer: We have included a link for you to purchase (usually Amazon) but feel free to Google to find the best price or availability in your region. We will sometimes include products that have been gifted to us throughout the year. We will only do this if our kids have loved the item and we genuinely recommend them.

1. Swatch Maxi À Coteé Wall Clock

Why we love it:

Yes, just like we had in the nineties! Show your passion for Swatch style with the exceptionally large MAXI wall clock. It says 'Big is Beautiful' in a unique way for fans in every time zone. As the only Swatch art you can’t wear on your wrist – at 6 feet 11 inches – they’re even taller than you! It's the ultimate in teen decor!

Purchase from: Swatch but you can check out the full range available here and also at Urban Outfitters

2. The Mind card game

Why we love it:

Nominated for the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) in Germany, The Mind is a unique experience unlike anything else. Easy to learn and difficult to master, this is the perfect on-the-go game for 2-4 players. The deck contains cards numbered 1-100, and during the game you try to complete 12, 10, or 8 levels of play with 2, 3, or 4 players. You start the game with a number of lives equal to the number of players. Lose all your lives, and you lose the game. Complete all the levels, and you win!

Ages: 8 + | Players: 2 - 4

You might find the following two reviews helpful in deciding if it's right for your teen: ARS Technica and Co-op Board Games

Purchase from: Amazon

3. Mario Badescu Facial Spray 4 Pack

Why we love it:

The cutest little limited edition gift set of the four bestselling (and very popular with teens) Mario Badescu facial mists that work to keep your complexion hydrated, plump and refreshed. This is a great option to test all the fragrances out and see which one works well for their skin type before purchasing the full size.

We also love the Acne Starter Kit!

Purchase from: Mecca

4. All-new Kindle 9

Why we love it:

Amazon’s updated entry-level Kindle now has a better sceen and a front light to match the Kindle Paperwhite.

The new Kindle not only has a similar light to the Kindle Paperwhite, but also mirrors its design from 2015, with rounded plastic sides, a bottom chin and a lip to the screen where the front light is held. It is 8.7mm thick and weighs 174g, making it 0.4mm thinner but 13g heavier than the previous version, which Amazon says still makes it easy to read while holding in one hand.

A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours (Amazon says the redesigned e-reader still has a six-week battery life based on 30 minutes of reading a day with wifi turned off).

Available in black or white with a range of cases available.

Purchase from: Amazon

5. Good Intentions Jewelry Collection from ban.do

Why we love it:

These necklaces are little reminders of what we're working on. A beautiful gift for your teen to wear so they may seek unconditional happiness, help recognize and appreciate all the good in their life or to be kind to themself and others. Choose from Confidence, Strength, Optimism, or our favourites Kindness, Joy and Gratitude!) They will carry this intention with them throughout the day, so they can be their very best. And by purchasing you’ll be spreading even more positive vibes, as a portion of the proceeds will go to Girls Inc., a non-profit helping girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

Purchase from: ban.do

Moving Mechanical Safe Kit

Why we love it:

This amazingly engineered kit forms a fully functional, three-digit combination safe. Basically, before you crack it, you have to build it: assemble 179 laser-cut, numbered Baltic birch parts to form a desktop safe to hold small essentials or diminutive dossiers. The customizable combination will keep aspiring safecrackers guessing. No hatchets or hand saw shortcuts, please. The all-wood kit requires no glue or hardware. This will keep them busy for a long time!

Purchase from: Uncommon Goods

6. Ray-Ban Round Metal Classic Sunglasses

Why we love it:

The retro classic worn by icons for decades with these round, metal sunglasses from the one + only, Ray-Ban. Inspired by ‘60s counterculture and favored by legendary musicians with thin metal wire frames etched with subtle, decorative detailing along edges. Topped with 100% UV-protected tinted crystal lenses and padded nose bridge.

Purchase from: Amazon or Urban Outfitters

100 Movies Scratch Off Poster

Why we love it:

For the movie buff of the family! From Casablanca to Jaws, this poster will invites them to screen 100 iconic films. As they do, they can use a coin to scratch off each title and reveal surprise, movie-related artwork underneath. It's an interactive way for your teen to enjoy essential viewing.

For a partial list of the movies included click here.

Purchase from: Uncommon Goods

7. Frank Body Shower Together Kit

Why we love it:

You won't find a teen ungrateful opening this up on Christmas day! The Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub quickly became a cult classic and there's a reason millions of babes all over the world love their cruelty free, coffee-based products: they clear blemishes, fade marks and leave you glowing all over.

The Shower Together Kit includes the Original Coffee Scrub and a Rose Gold Shimmer Scrub.

Made in Australia without Parabens and PEGS.

Check out all of their available kits here.

Purchase from: Mecca

The Original Clemens Habicht's 1000 Colours Puzzle

Why we love it:

For the puzzle lover or artist / designer in the house! Clemens Habicht's 1000 Colours is a CMYK colour gamut jigsaw puzzle of 1000 pieces. Each tile is an individual colour and the task is to place each colour exactly in relation to every other colour.

Purchase from: Lamington Drive

8. Washable Lunch Bags

Why we love it:

'Cause kids in high school still bring their lunch to school (they just don't want it in a kiddie lunch box!) These insulated linen and paper blend bags will keep their lunch cool and style cooler. Available in three neutral tones.

Purchase from: Uncommon Goods

9. Ultimate Ears BOOM 3

Why we love it:

Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 is a super-portable wireless speaker that is super-popular with teens right now. It's seriously waterproof and drop proof - the ultimate go-anywhere speaker.

We love their myBOOM Studio, where you can totally customise your BOOM 3 or you can choose from the four readily available colours (night black, lagoon blue, ultraviolet purple, and sunset red). Every now and again they will release a special colour-way like the Unicorn (pictured). If you love the Unicorn as much as we do then give it a Google cause it's on sale at multiple retailers now!

Purchase from: Ultimate Ears

10. Kiwi Co Doodle Crate

Why we love it:

KiwiCo was built out of a belief in the importance of developing creative confidence. They believe that this confidence helps kids think big and act like creators and producers instead of just consumers. Kids with creative confidence don’t assume one "right way" to build with blocks, paint a picture, or solve a problem.

It's a subcription service where you can choose a monthly, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription. Seriously fun & enriching science & art projects, delivered.

Check out this video here for an example of one of the crates in the Doodle range which is suitable for ages 14+.

I recently ordered the Doodle Crate for my 14 year old. We are yet to receive it but I will let you know what she and I both think of it in our Facebook group. I also think she would have loved the Maker Crate. She's big on arts and crafts!

Purchase from: Kiwi Co

Disclaimer: The link above is my referral code that will give you 60% off your first crate. I can also offer you $10 off (you choose which is better for you!) If you do not wish to use my referral code just visit their home page and order from there 🙂

11. Wildflower Limited Phone Cases

Why we love it:

Fun and crazy designs, Wildflower limited edition iPhone cases and accessories are designed in Southern California and are hugely popular right now! What makes them different to other cases is that the designs are limited - once they sell out that's it. They are also quite unique by including materials like fabric into their designs and some come with stickers so they can be customised. Aside from being super cute they do actually do a good job of protecting the phone as well. My 16 year old niece says they are THE BEST!!

Purchase from: Wildflower

12. Tommy Hilfiger TJ Corduroy Bucket Hat

Why we love it:

The timeless bucket hat is back 'in' and reinvented for the season, with textured corduroy lending it a vintage vibe! We chose this one because Tommy is cool with kids right now and we're loving the navy pure cotton corduroy making it totally unisex.

Purchase from: Tommy Hilfiger

13. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order™

Why we love it:

A galaxy-spanning adventure awaits in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order™, a new third-person action-adventure title from Respawn Entertainment. This narratively-driven single player game puts you in the role of a Jedi Padawan who narrowly escaped the purge of Order 66 following the events of Star Wars™: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith™. On a quest to rebuild the Jedi Order, you must pick up the pieces of your shattered past to complete your training, develop new powerful Force abilities, and master the art of the iconic lightsaber - all while staying one step ahead of the Empire and its deadly Inquisitors.

This is the game of the year that has got everyone talking! Only released earlier this month, it quickly became the fastest-selling digital Star Wars game! The title has sold more digital downloads than any other Star Wars game to date in its first two weeks of availability. Some critics acclaiming it to be one of the best Star Wars games in over a decade.

Definitely one for the gamer in your life.

Purchase from: Amazon

14. Hydro Flask

Why we love it:

Are you even in a VSCO girl if you don't use a Hydro Flask? Seriously though, these bottles are made with professional-grade stainless steel and have a wider opening for faster fill. Designed with TempShield™ double wall vacuum insulation, it will keep ice water refreshingly ice cold up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot up to 12. BPA-Free and Phthalate-Free. Oh and did we mention they have a lifetime waranty against manufacturer defects? Where can I buy one?

Purchase from: Amazon

15. Nudie Glow Mini Beauty Fridge

Why we love it:

For the beauty loving teen, the Nudie Glow Mini Beauty Fridge is the perfect place to store skin care products and prolong product shelf life! Whether it actually makes a difference is still questionable (although natural or organic formulas might just be the exception) however we still think they are ridicously cute and they're going to love you for it! With a tempered glass front door that's available in five gorgeous colours, this 6-litre fridge will makes a chic addition to any vanity table.

Purchase from: Nudie Glow

16. Trivial Pursuit Netflix Stranger Things 'Back to the 80s' Edition

Why we love it:

For fans of the Netflix original series, and those looking for a lighthearted and entertaining board game for game nights, get-togethers, and parties, the Back to the 80s edition of the Trivial Pursuit game makes a great choice.

How well do you know the 80s? Head back to a great decade in history and challenge friends with questions about the wild, wacky, totally tubular 1980s and all things Stranger Things! This edition of the Trivial Pursuit game features 1500 trivia questions from 6 categories: Movies; TV; Music; Famous People and Events; Trends, Tech and Fun; and Stranger Things. The party game also includes Portal Spaces; land on one and you have to flip a section of the board over and send all players to the Upside Down where you can lose wedges. The first player to collect 6 wedges wins.

Ages: 14+ | Players: 2 to 4

Purchase from: Amazon

17. Nike Womens Air Force 1 Shadow

Why we love it:

Another 'cool' shoe to add to the list! Nike takes the iconic Air Force 1, and adds extra flair, and and extra layer, resulting in the Air Force 1 Shadow! Transcending foot coverage since 1982, this once hoops shoe was named after Air Force One, the aircraft that carries the U.S. President. It was the first basketball shoe to house Nike Air, revolutionizing the game for players like Moses Malone and Charles Barkley while rapidly gaining traction around the world, from the hardwood to the blacktop to the core of hip-hop culture. Today the Nike Air Force 1 stays true to its roots with soft, springy cushioning and a massive midsole, but the Nike Air technology takes a back seat to the shoe's status as an icon.

Purchase from: Platypus

Tesalate Towels

Why we love it:

A revolutionary new type of beach towel that's large yet lightweight, super absorbent (over 1 litre of water), fast drying (half the time of a regular beach towel) and totally sand-free. We love the range of designs, with plenty of unisex styles like the "Tidal" pictured here. Worth the hype? Well they are sold in over 130 countries and have over 20,000 5-star reviews so we are thinking they must be good!

Purchase from: Tesalate

18. The Body Shop Finest Facial Mask Duo

Why we love it:

Funny enough, we, I mean my daughter, owns both of these masks (purchased separately) so I can personally recommend them. The Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask is enriched with bamboo charcoal from the Himalayas and Community Trade tea tree oil from Kenya, leaving your skin feeling tingly and purified. It's great for combination skin/oily T-zone (which my daughter has). The British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask is enriched with real rose petals, rose essence, rosehip oil from Chile and Community Trade organic aloe vera from Mexico, to re-plump skin with moisture and reveal a dewy glow. I have normal-dry skin and seriously LOVE this. It gives my skin a similar feel as to when I use a Go-To Transformazing Sheet Mask! (Not quite as good but a very close second). Reviews for this multi-masking duo are 5-star and customers love using both products no matter what their skin type.

Purchase from: The Body Shop

Champion® Men's Super Fleece 2.0 Pullover Hoodie, Furry Logo

Why we love it:

The kids have all been spotted wearing Champion this year. This second generation Champion® Super Fleece 2.0 Hoodie amps up street style with an elevated, faux fur logo. Their famous ultra heavyweight fleece has a modern, streamlined fit that gives it the edge over ordinary sweats. Available in four colours.

Purchase from: Champion

19. Hair Clips, Pins and Barrettes!

Why we love it:

Hair clips are totally in and these are the perfect stocking filler. These metal allow, imitation pearl and acrylic resin hair clips will make your girls day! This package comes with 20 pieces with 20 different non slip styles but you should be able to find some in any store that sells teen clothing.

Purchase from: Amazon

20. KIT Magazine subscription

Why we love it:

KIT Magazine is an engaging bi-monthly mindfulness magazine for tween and teen boys and girls who enjoy learning by doing and getting out into nature. Each issue is filled with inspiring articles on how they can strengthen their courage and resilience, develop emotional intelligence, defeat negative self-talk and build their self-confidence. As well as this they can enjoy information on exciting community groups, sports and hobbies, and entertaining science facts.

Perfect for teens and tweens with an active mindset who enjoy sports, hands-on activity and outdoor adventure.

Purchase from: Lovatts Magazines

Beaded Wrap Bracelet

Why we love it:

We've been crushing on Odisya's range of ethically sourced, sustainable lifestyle essentials for some time now. From 5,000 year old Peruvian woven jewellery to Kenyan Masia bead and leatherwork to brightly hewn bags made traditionally by the Hmong Hill tribes in Thailand. Odisya’s mission is to support, empower and collaborate with some of the most beautiful cultures in the world, and for every sale made, they donate $1 directly to not-for-profit program kiva.org, who connect and distribute funds through lending to alleviate poverty.

Pictured here is their colourful Peruvian beaded wrap bracelet. Handmade in Peru from Alpaca wool and glass beads.

Purchase from: Odisya

21. GPO Brooklyn Portable Boombox + Music System

Why we love it:

Straight outta the ‘80s, this retro-look boombox from GPO is equipped with modern tech. Upgraded with modern features, this boombox does it all and can play cassette tape, CD, via Bluetooth or line-in and radio too. You can even use it to make your own mix tapes by using the record feature. Controls for volume, balance, bass and treble get the sound just how you like it. It's portable, uses a rechargeable lithium battery, has a headphone + microphone port and has 4 hour playback time and more. The only problem I would have is choosing between silver and black!

Purchase from: Urban Outfitters

22. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

Why we love it:

For the teen who values self development. Adapted from the New York Times bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is the ultimate teenage success guide.

Imagine you had a roadmap—a step-by-step guide to help you get from where you are now, to where you want to be in the future. Your goals, your dreams, your plans… they’re all within reach. You just need the tools to help you get there.

That’s what Sean Covey’s landmark book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, has been to millions of teens: a handbook to self-esteem and success. Now updated for the digital age, this classic book applies the timeless principles of 7 Habits to the tough issues and life-changing decisions teens face. Covey provides a simple approach to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, and appreciate their parents, as well as tackle the new challenges of our time, like cyberbullying and social media. In addition, this book is stuffed with cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes, and incredible stories about real teens from all over the world.

There are over 800 positive reviews on Amazon alone. I found this critical review informative.

Purchase from: Amazon

23. Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Printer

Why we love it:

The Instax Mini Link Printer allows you to access the essence of the Instax range of products, using the camera of your smartphone. A truly portable product, the Mini Link printer is sleek in design, while the downloadable Mini Link App allows you to do the bulk of your editing, including adding frames and filters in your smartphone before printing. Photos from your camera roll can be sent to the printer via Bluetooth, while at just 200 grams you can choose between bringing your printer along to make your prints on location or wait until you get back home to sort out your Instax album. The printer can connect to up to five smartphones via the Instax Mini Link App and as a fast print time of only 12 seconds!

Purchase from: Urban Outfitters

24. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 70 High

Why we love it:

I can't believe in my short time of parenting tweens and teens I've already seen Converse do full circle back in style, ha ha! Please excuse my #mumjoke 😉

The "Chuck 70" is a reproduction of the All Star from its manufacturing peak of the 1970s. With "upgraded" materials like heavier canvas and nickel eyelets, the improvements aren't simply cosmetic: inside is a plusher midsole for longer wear time.

Purchase from: Hype DC

Fjallraven Re-Kanken Mini

Why we love it:

Just in case you didn't get the memo, mini backpacks are "in"! Form and function converge in Fjallraven’s signature Kanken Mini backpack. This special edition Kånken Mini, pictured here in Midnight Blue, is made entirely from solution-dyed polyester recycled from plastic bottles. This compact yet surprisingly spacious bag is durable, lightweight and resistant to dirt and water. The multiple compartments keep everything organised on the go, while the front logo doubles as a reflector in low light and features long shoulder straps that can be adjusted to fit both children and adults.

Purchase from: Fjallraven

 

Charmaine Chung
Charmaine Chung

Charmaine Chung is one half of the lady boss team behind Somewhere Between, a resource for super mamas everywhere raising kids in the feisty pre-teen and early teen years. Beginning her career in retail fashion, before moving onto the music industry, working for major record labels, Charmaine eventually moved from Sydney to Laos to follow her dreams of starting a family. Four kids and 14 years later, she’s back in Canberra where motherhood has won her over, leading her to develop Somewhere Between - for mums just like her - raising kids who are navigating that space between their childhood and teenage years.

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