What Christmas Gifts Are Best for Teens This Holiday?

Finding Christmas gifts for teenagers can be challenging. Teens are developing many different interests and are figuring out who they are. Their tastes are changing every week — and sometimes more often than that. This is why buying presents for them can be so difficult.  If your teen has already told you what they’d like, go for that!

My name is Chloe Casto and I’m 17 years old.  As a teen girl, I find it hard to tell my parents what I might want for the holidays. When I was younger, I would see advertisements on TV and know the toys that were most appealing. But now that I’m older, it’s harder to point to specific items that would be great presents.

There are lots of everyday items I need and like, but not all that much rises to the level of a holiday gift. When people say they know a gift every teenage girl would adore, then they must not know many teenage girls! Every one is different, and not all like to follow what is “trending.”

I’m a very feminine girl who loves anything to do with makeup, hair, or fashion. And there are many other teenage girls who are like that, too. But there are also countless other girls that are the complete opposite. They’re into sports, art, or many other activities. (And by the way, the same goes for teen boys — they have a wide range of tastes and interests).

Gift giving is not black and white, and what’s the right gift for a teen one month, could be the wrong gift two months later.  Teenagers world are ever-changing and they are attentive to who they are becoming. That’s why I think gift cards are usually the safest way to go.

The key to making most teens happy is to give them space. This provides a chance for them to make their own decisions when buying items. Obviously, money could be given as their gift, but money isn’t very thoughtful. Though a gift card may not be the most thoughtful gift, at least you chose somewhere you think they’d enjoy. Showing that you know what stores or hobbies they like is a good way of demonstrating how much you care about them — and listen to them.

Personally, whenever I receive a gift card to my favorite store, I am elated, because I can use it on anything I like in the store. It’s totally up to me and I don’t need to worry about a parent or friend choosing something that I might not really love. It’s all on me and that’s great! I think we can all agree there’s nothing worse than getting a gift and pretending that you really like it.

Luckily, if you’re still unsure what to buy your teen, I have the inside scoop for you.  Here are some links for gift cards from stores where most teens could find something they love:

Forever 21
Barstool Sports
American Eagle
Urban Outfitters

Bath & Body Works

Beyond the gift cards, if you have a teen that loves things like cookies and brownies, you can always get him or her something fun like Cookie Cakes or Popcorn Tins. These cakes and tins are a wonderful addition to a holiday party, or get-together with friends.

Settling on a gift card or two, plus a food gift delivered directly to them, you’re most likely going to give your teen something he or she will really love. Lastly, if you’re reading this and it’s the last minute, check out this blog post “Last Minute Christmas Gifts.”

Written By Chloe Casto (Age 17)

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