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The 36 coolest Christmas gift ideas for tricky teenagers

Teens can be hard to buy for, but we guarantee there’s a Xmas gift here they’d love

Katherine Robinson

Looking for a Christmas present idea for the teenager in your life? Teens can be hard to buy for – and with that in mind, we’ve scoured the best online retailers for the best Xmas present ideas for teen girls and teen boys of all ages.

Whether you’re shopping for your fashion and beauty-obsessed teen niece or your avid gamer teen son, we've got you covered. These cool gifts will earn you major brownie points on December 25!

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Brazen Python 2.0 Bluetooth Surround Sound Gaming Chair, £99.95, Amazon


A fantastic gaming chair for console-mad teens with the added benefit for mum and dad that it folds in half for easy storage when not in use! The chair is powered by the mains and has two surround-sound speakers built in to make sure your teen is fully immersed in the action whenever they’re gaming. Compatible with all devices (Switch, Xbox, PS4) it's also remarkably comfortable to sit on, rocking back and forth as you extend your legs, allowing for acrobatic celebrations when that virtual goal is scored. Those more into PC gaming may prefer the Brazen Phantom Elite.



10-piece essential brush set, £39.99, Spectrum


Every teen needs a decent set of make-up brushes, and Spectrum's 10-piece set has all of the essentials. They'll love the pink handle and dip-dye brush too - so Insta-worthy!


Nike Air Force 1 Crater, £94.95, ASOS


The sneaks that redefined street style have been given a revamp for 2020 and they couldn’t be more cool. Get these freshly-launched Nike Air Force 1 crater trainers before they sell out.



Get off your phone activity book, £12.99, Firebox


Need to give your teen a subtle hint? This Get Off Your Phone book is part journal, part colouring book, part advice on how to take a break and make the most of the real world. It’s sure to raise a smile – and who knows, it might just work!



Super Mario Bros heat changing mug, £12.99, Firebox


Chances are your teen struggles to get out of bed in the morning? If they’re into gaming, a cup of tea in this might help them get to the next level (get it?). Just add a hot brew to bring the old school telly to life. When empty it shows a black Super Mario menu screen, with added heat the screen comes to life, showing everyone’s favourite pixilated plumber mid leap!



BaByliss Big Hair Styler, £45, LookFantastic


Give them the tresses of their dreams with BaByliss' famous rotating brush which adds gorgeous volume to her locks - all to give that perfect blow-dry look straight from your own home. 



MAC Fireworked like a charm mini lipstick kit, £25, Lookfantastic


MAC’s limited-edition Christmas kit is great value – it’s worth 36 but priced at 25 – and it’s bundled in a gorge sparkly metallic pink pouch. You get three MAC mini lipsticks: Snow Boundaries, Beaujolais Slay and Igloo’d to you. If your teen girl likes to be more bold, there’s also a red lipstick tone set available for scarlet ladies.



Eco friendly metal straws, £6, River Island


If your teen is green-minded, they'll love these eco straws. Durable and reusable - and with a cleaning brush included - they help save the planet and look super cool in the process. 


Mudmasky limited edition classics set, £98.94, Mudmasky


Remember the days when a face mask was just gunk that you spread on your face to make your skin glow? Sigh. Well, these cruelty free, all-natural face masks (of the traditional pre-2020 meaning) are not just seriously brilliant, they're perfect for busy teens as they're designed to be left on. So there's no sitting around for ages waiting for them to work and you can skip the messy wash off. That's with the exception of the delicious-smelling morning boost mask, which you simply smooth on, brush your teeth, then wash and go. This fab gift set has over £202 worth of product for just under £99.


Marshmallow set: top £26.40 bottoms £36.96, Butterfly Breeze set: top £49.03 bottoms £41.49, Creamsicle set: top £49.03 bottoms £41.49, Blackbough Swim


Blackbough Swim are known for their gorgeous Influencer-approved swimwear, but they also do fab cosy loungewear that teens are sure to love, especially tie dye enthusiasts. And when we are finally allowed to travel again, they can get the bikini to match!



An Unofficial Harry Potter fan’s cookbook, £12.99, Amazon


If your teen muggle thinks cooking is boring then this book will turn them into a wizard chef before you can say Hufflepuff! Fun and easy recipes include Hogwarts’ style beef wellington, Hagrid’s rock cakes and butterbeer ice cream. Spellbinding!




Personalised Gothic game necklace, £28.99, Etsy


Every teenager needs a personalised gold name necklace – this trendy gothic version is great for both teen boys and teen girls and comes in a number in a number of different chain lengths and styles.


Vlogging light, £19.99, Firebox


Do you have the next YouTube star at home? If your teen loves recording makeup tutorials or videos of themselves gaming then this is an essential piece of kit. It has three settings – cool light, warm light, warm yellow light and adjustable brightness for the perfect close up and it clips to any surface to hold your smartphone in place for hands-free vlogging



Boxed bath set £6, mirror £6, bath confetti £3, 12pk bath fizzers £4, Primark


Primark has been busy celebrating #Mickey90 with a range of goodies, and we know any beauty-loving teens who are also Disney fans would adore these cute beauty products.



ICONIC London Ultimately Iconic gift set, £60, Lookfantastic


ICONIC London is the cruelty-free, vegan brand that has turned the heads of a number of cool celebs, including Ariana Grande, Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner and JLo – so you can guarantee you teenage girl would be thrilled with this Iconic London Christmas gift set. It contains over £100 of products, including the brand’s best-selling Prep-Set-Glow and Illuminator as well as their Triple Threat mascara, Sheer Blush in Powder Pink and their Brow Silk Kit. And it's all packaged up in a chic cosmetic carry case.



Iconic London Ultimate Brush set, £75, Harvey Nichols


Also from ICONIC, this is arguably the ultimate brush set, featuring every eye and face tool you could ever need  – including contour and fan brushes  - to create every makeup look imaginable. And it’s so pretty! The 12 ultra-luxe pearl-gold brushes have high shine ‘stiletto’ handles, and you get a powdery pink faux leather case to store them in.



Pioneer DDJ-200 Smart DJ Controller, £119.99, Selfridges


Got the next big EDM star in your fam? If your teen is obsessed with the latest dance tracks, they’re sure to be in heaven with this Pioneer DJ controller gift. Just connect it to a smartphone, tablet or PC or Mac to start mixing, and it comes with free usage of the WeDJ app to help them get their music career off the ground.



PopGrip Lips 100% Cotton Candy (more flavours available) £16.99, Popsockets


If your teen has a mobile (highly likely) then they need a PopGrip – it sticks on to the back of the phone and serves as a grip or stand so they can take better selfies or watch cat videos hands free. The special Lips edition has a built in, refillable, cruelty free lip balm and it’s swappable so they can change designs or flavours as the mood suits them. Perfect!



Instax mini LiPlay camera Stone White, £134.95, Amazon


This hybrid camera is both a printer and polaroid-style camera in one. It’s even better than the retro style polaroid, however, as you can retake your picture as many times as you want before you print it, and add filters and barcodes and sound to your snaps.



Luna mini 3, £139, Foreo


Any beauty-obsessed teen will love this facial cleansing massager gadget – it gives spa-worthy, clean glowing skin with the touch of a button at home. Just apply your usual cleanser and let the Luna Mini do its thing while you glide it over your face – the quick press glow boost mode gives you a perfect cleanse in 30 seconds! The great thing about this gadget for teens is that if you lose it, there’s a smartphone linked ‘find my Luna’ function which will make it vibrate until you find it again. Smart!



Luxury perfume bottle Apple Earpods case, £2.99, eBay


There’s something very Emily in Paris about this cute Earpods case. It’ll surely stop your teen girl from misplacing them and provide many chances for Instagram-worthy snaps too!


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Tommy Hilfiger Boy 50ml cologne, £20, Lookfantastic


With top notes of Bergamot, Grapefruit and mint mingling with middle notes of green apple and cranberry for a subtle fruity twist, Tommy Hilfiger’s classic scent is fresh and crisp and your teen boy will love it.



Nightmare Horror Adventures, £24.99, Amazon


Teens aged 16 and over who love scary movies will love this spooky emersive board game. Up to five players step into the roles of the five Crafton children who were orphaned 15 years ago after a grisly murder ended the lives of their parents. They must revisit their childhood home and work as a team to explore forgotten rooms, discover repressed memories and uncover the truth step by step.



ghd Platinum+ and Helios limited-edition gift set, £368, Selfridges


Every day will be a good hair day with this snazzy limited edition gift set from hairstyling powerhouses ghd. Inside the stunning midnight blue vanity case you’ll find the top of the range Platinum+ hair straightener and the lightweight hair salon standard Helios hair dryer. Grab one before they’re gone forever.


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Eyelash emporium stunt double lash thickening serum, £19.95, Superdrug


Fake lashes are nice for special occasions, but your teen girl can have thicker, fuller natural lashes every day if you get her this eyelash serum for Christmas. It’s clinically proven to increase lash density up to 79% by enhancing thickening lashes from the root with its special peptide-containing formula.



Good Karma cards, £7.99, eBay


Who couldn’t use a bit of extra karma? Each card contains a prompt to help your teen boost their karma. It’s a motivational gift that encourages acts of kindness, you can’t get better than that.



ISSA 2 sonic toothbrush, £149, Foreo


If you’re always bugging your teen to take care of their teeth – you only get one set etc etc – then this space-age sonic toothbrush will help your case. It looks super cool, the ultra soft silicone bristles give a superior clean and the best thing – one charge lasts an incredible 365 days! No excuses!



Xbox series X and S, £449 and £249, Very


If your teenager’s into gaming, chances are you’ll be sick of hearing about the New Xbox launches, the Series X and the series S. With all online retailers sold out of their pre-order allocations, the things are like gold dust. But your best bet for getting one for Christmas 2020 is probably Very, who’ve updated their order page to: "more stock coming soon". Bookmark the page and keep checking back!



30 minute young driver experience, £39.99, Buyagift


Is your teenager desperate to get behind the wheel? Just because they can’t drive on a road until they’re 17 doesn’t mean they can’t practice before hand! The 30-minute young driver experience is run by the UK’s largest under 17 driving academy and is designed for 10-17 year-olds to learn the basics of driving with a qualified instructor. There are 61 locations UK wide that run the course. If they want a bit extra, there’s a one hour experience available.



Baby Yoda desktop LED light, £19.99, Firebox


With The Mandalorian Season 2 having kicked off on Disney+ on October 30 at a rate of an episode per week, you can guarantee that all teens will once again be obsessed with The Child – aka Baby Yoda – by the time Christmas rolls around. Get ahead of the trend by snapping up one of these newly launched baby Yoda desktop lights before they sell out.



Marc Jacobs Perfect eau de parfum 50ml, £68.50, John Lewis


Marc Jacob’s 2020 perfume launch for her, Perfect, was inspired by his mantra: “I am perfect as I am” – which is a message we should all get our teen girls to get behind. It’s a floral scent, with notes of rhubarb and bright daffodil and almond milk mixed with a soft dry down of cedarwood and cashmeran.



Benefit Magnificent Brow Show Gift set, £52.50, Lookfantastic


Any teen girl worth her salt knows that eyebrows absolutely need to be #onfleek – so she’d love to open this gift on Christmas morning. The Benefit Magnificent Brow Show Gift set nets you 112.50 worth of products for 52.50 – including five of the brands full-size brow bestsellers. There’s everything here you need to create beautiful, natural-looking full brows and it’s available in four different shades.



Speed classic micro scooter mint, £139.95, Amazon


You can cut the school run time in half – and encourage your teen to do some exercise of the non-boring kind – with a speed classic micro scooter. They’re unbelievably lightweight, agile and fast, and have a fancy shock dampening system to absorb bumps in the road. It also folds in half meaning it’s super easy to store and carry and is suitable from ages 12 to adult. The silver and mint versions are available on Amazon and the full range of colours is shopable at micro-scooters.co.uk.



Nike Velvet box bag in black, £24.99, ASOS


This Nike velvet box bag goes with everything and it’s just so strokeable – what’s not to love?



Adidas Originals New neutrals logo cropped hoodie, £44.95, ASOS


This super-soft, Adidas 3-stripe crop hoodie - as seen above on grunge pop princess Beabadoobee - is the perfect shade for Autumn/Winter.


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