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15 coolest gift ideas for tricky teenagers

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

Best gifts for teens
Katherine Robinson
Senior Lifestyle Editor
Updated: June 3, 2024
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They're "too old" for some things and might just turn their noses up at gifts that are "uncool" - teens can be hard to buy for! if you need a gift idea for the teenager in your life then you're going to want to read this - we’ve searched high and low for the best 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 birthdays and special occasions.

Our Senior Lifestyle editor Karen Silas was on our testing panel and knows all too well the struggle of shopping for teens. She says: "After spending over a decade buying cute toys for your little one, I have to admit it’s kind of a shock to the system when your baby is suddenly a teenager with a very narrow definition of what’s cool, and a whole new repertoire of eye rolls.

"And to them, there’s nothing worse than a gift that says, ‘My mum gave this to me.’ I’m a mum who has nearly survived my son’s teen years, and a proud aunt of tweens. So I know that gift cards and Amazon wish lists are a godsend. But if you really want to surprise them, I’ve been most successful when I’ve paid attention to what they’re wearing – accessories have been a big hit – and what they’re chatting about when they do spare the time for us oldies. And if all that fails, channel your inner teen and check out TikTok to see what’s trending."

How we chose the best gifts for teens

  • Personal experience: Several members of the HELLO! Online team are parents to teens or have plenty of experience in shopping for teen family members. Where possible, we included products tried and tested by us - and actually gifted to real-life teens  - and we only recommend something if it got the thumbs up
  • TikTok trends: We keep our eye on TikTok for the latest trends that teens love. If it’s hot on TikTok - or other social media, you can find it in this guide
  • Reviews: Where we couldn’t test the products ourselves, we focused on reviews from verified shoppers - and we only included products that received a good number of consistently positive reviews.
  • Variety: Teens come in all shapes and sizes. Some are tech-obsessed, and others are massively into makeup. We tried to include something for every type of teen.
  • Price: Some shoppers might be looking for a blowout main present, and others might be looking for a gift in the ‘small treat’ variety. We tried to cater to all budgets, and looked for teen gifts on sale.


Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

I guarantee this is a gift that will make any teenage girl squeal with joy. It’s pricey so it definitely falls into the luxury birthday gift category, but it’s worth every penny. I’ve personally tried this hairdryer and it really does deliver - it dries hair incredibly fast and leaves it super soft and shiny.


Fjallraven Kanken Classic backpack

Fjallraven Kanken Classic backpack

This best-selling backpack has cool Scandi design vibes and is as durable as they come. With a 16L capacity, it has plenty of room for all the essentials and it’s made of long-lasting, water-repellant fabric. It comes in a rainbow of colours to suit all tastes if the plain black is too boring. The backpack features top carry handles, adjustable shoulder straps, two side pockets, and a zipped front pouch. It's finished with the brand label sewn on the front.


Stanley IceFlow Flip traw Stainless Steel Leak-Proof Tumbler

Stanley IceFlow Flip traw Stainless Steel Leak-Proof Tumbler

“Whether your teen needs a cup that keeps up with the amount they drink or need a cup to make drinking more water more convenient, the Stanley range will make it possible - all while looking trendy! This cult classic is perfect for your teens every day, in class, or hanging with friends. I'm a big Stanley fan - For me, having this personal-sized 40oz water bottle means I'm refilling less and always have a chilled drink. The handle and FlowState lid makes it easier to travel with and the lightweight stainless steel tumble’s vacuum installation keeps my drinks cold for 11 hours." Nichaela George, HELLO! Online's Social Video Producer


LEGO Audi RS Q e-tron

LEGO Audi RS Q e-tron

They might be a few years away from getting their driving licence, so give the car-obsessed teen the next best thing - their own Audi. All be it made from LEGO bricks. This kit includes over 900 LEGO bricks to be created into a sleek black remote-controlled car - doesn't get much cooler than that!


Teenacetamol - joke gift for teens

Teenacetamol - joke gift for teens

This is a novelty gift that’s purely for the lolz - but it couldn’t be more perfect! Teenacetamol - Moodbiotics Capsules, for rapid relief from Stroppyteenacitis. If only they really worked! In reality they’re just a pack of jelly beans, but the box is pure comedy gold - it’s full of hilarious dosage instructions and side effects “Warning: May increase desire to be nice to your family” and there’s even a realistic-looking pharmacy label you can personalise with the “patient’s” name. Genius.


Desire Deluxe Hair Chalk Gift

Desire Deluxe Hair Chalk Gift

Teens love to experiment with their look so this hair chalk set will go down a treat - and you can breathe easy knowing they’re temporary. They’re non-toxic and non-allergenic and you get 10 bright and vibrant colours in each pack. They’re extremely popular on Amazon, where they have almost 19k positive reviews.


Junior Supercar Taster Driving Lesson

Junior Supercar Taster Driving Lesson© Find Me A Gift

If you’ve got a supercar fan in the family, this is a dream come true gift. The lucky recipient will get to choose from one of 15 supercars (including a super-sleek Lamborghini or a supersonic Audi R8) for a three-mile driving session after a training session from a seasoned pro. To top it all off, once they’ve finished their drive, they get to be the passenger, as they’re given a white-knuckle ride with one of the seasoned pros. Wow! The experience is available for youngsters aged 10-16 at 20 different locations across the UK.


Mother & Daughter Photoshoot

Mother & Daughter Photoshoot© Find Me a Gift

This is a really unique gift idea for teen girls - and the end photos will no doubt be something both mother and daughter treasure forever! It’s really good value - you get a consultation followed by hair and makeup and a one-hour portrait session. Then you arrange a separate viewing day to see all your images and pick your favourite to be printed. You can also purchase any additional images from the session.


Harry Potter Ultimate Movie Quiz

Harry Potter Ultimate Movie Quiz© Prezzybox

Looking for the Ultimate gift for your Potterhead teen? We’ve found it, you’re welcome! Players choose a house, spin the spinner and take the corresponding movie card which they have one minute to answer. Answer correctly and you keep the card - and you need one from each movie to win. Your teens might just have to binge-watch all the movies to get a refresher!


Positive Thoughts Inspirational Quotes Flipbook

Positive Thoughts Inspirational Quotes Flipbook© Prezzybox

The gift of positivity - it’s a meaningful gift for teenagers that you can’t lose with. There are 365 positive quotes and affirmations - one for every single day of the year in this colourful flipbook. It will definitely help them start the day on the right note!


Personalised Makeup Bag

Personalised Makeup Bag© NotOnTheHighSt

This would look lovely on your teen girl’s bathroom shelf or bedside table - and help her keep all her makeup organised. And the extra special touch is the hidden message concealed on the inside of the bag. Absolutely adorable!


Personalised Snack Bowl

Personalised Snack Bowl© NotOnTheHighSt

If there’s one thing that teens love to eat, it’s snacks. They’ll be delighted with this personalised snack bowl - great for games nights or movie sessions, it can be personalised with the text of your choice and comes in two different sizes. It’s made of durable enamel too - so there’s no danger of it being broken it it’s dropped. Phew!


Teen Girl Pamper Kit

Teen Girl Pamper Kit© Etsy

If you’re stuck for gift ideas, you can’t go wrong with this Teen Girl Pamper kit. There’s everything inside she’ll need for a self-care session, including: A fluffy sleep mask; Galaxy cookie crumble; a facial sheet mask; a hot chocolate sachet; Parma violet sweets; love heart sweets; heart socks; nail file; pink tea light; lip gloss and sweet popcorn.


Official Playstation Geist Gaming Chair

Official Playstation Geist Gaming Chair© Menkind

Whether your teen is crazy for Fortnite or more partial to a bit of GTA, this is the perfect companion to ensure those long gaming sessions are as comfy as can be  - plus it’s super stylish, honestly one of the coolest gifts for teens out there. It’s compatible with both PS4 and PS5 consoles and features a powerful 2.0 headrest-mounted audio system for a fully immersive experience.


Jewellery Stand and Mirror

 Lisa Angel Jewellery Stand and Mirror© Lisa Angel

If there’s one thing teen girls have plenty of, it’s jewellery. This gorgeous jewellery stand will help her keep it all organised and there’s even a mirror handily worked into the design. There are plenty of hooks and hangers and the stone-effect resin base - which features a pretty pink, orange and blue terrazzo pattern - also has a padded underside to protect surfaces.

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