Best Christmas gifts for teens 2021: Fabulous present ideas for boys and girls

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The digital revolution over the past decade has changed everything. With new trends dropping every day and influencers influencing by the minute, it’s hard to stay on top of what’s ‘in’ for teenagers.

From TikTok to Snapchat, Gen Z have grown up speaking fluent Social Media in a way their parents can’t quite grasp. Fortunately though, we’re here to translate.

We’ve formed a gift list with something for teens of every age, interest and gender. Things to suit that inbeteen age where they’re almost adults, but won’t be impressed by a cashmere scarf in the same way a 30-year-old would be.

From beauty to tech to sustainable bottles, you’ll be hard-pushed not to find something the teenager in your life will adore.

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Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given

Florence Given released this accessible feminist memoir last year, and it’s the book that every woman wishes they had when they were younger. Focusing on beauty standards and our worth beyond looks, this is a must-have for those who are seeking to reshape our patriarchal society and how they view themselves.

Buy now £11.13, Amazon

Holy Stone Drone with HD Camera

What young person doesn’t want a drone? These nifty devices are the level up from playing with toy planes as a kid, but with the added bonus of capturing show-stopping images and videos that’ll impress your social media followers. This Holy Stone model is top of the range and sure to wow anyone who unwraps it - but is also affordable.

Buy now £79.99, Amazon

Soak Sunday The Beauty Sleep Set

After a long and arduous day of studying, sometimes you just have to take a nice long soak and indulge in a ritual of self-care. Soak Sunday’s products are not only divine, but they also have a practical element. The mini Pestle & Mortar to mix up your clay mask is a fun addition to a great gift set.

Buy now £32.00, Soak Sunday

Carhartt Knit Cuffed Beanie

Anyone who wears Carhartt is immediately a cool kid, and you can’t tell us otherwise. This unisex beanie is perfect for a teen with a skater edge, who prioritises both comfort and fashion. Thick acrylic yarn makes the hat a warm option for the colder months, and the stretchy material creates a stay-put fit for all head sizes.

Buy now £15.95, Carhartt

Slush Puppie Machine

What’s better than spending Sunday slurping on a Slush Puppie, munching popcorn and watching your favourite movie? This machine brings the cinema to your home and is certain to provide your teen with unbounded fun and sugar rushes.

Buy now £49.75, MenKind

Papier Gratitude Journals

Being a teenager is hard. All those hormones, new emotions, realisation of life’s hardships… But fear not: Papier’s Gratitude Journals are the perfect way to take a mindful moment and make happiness a habit. The designs are bright and cheerful, and the pages are filled with daily prompts for morning and evening. An amazing gift to improve teens’ mental health and self-awareness.

Buy now £24.99, Papier

Purple Tie-Dye Oodie

The Oodie is a super soft, one-size-fits-most hooded blanket. With soft flannel fleece on the outside and warm Sherpa fleece on the inside, you’re going to feel like you’re hugging a sheep. It’s is a must have for the impending winter months (aka snuggle season).

Buy now £59.00, The Oodie

Jaded London Cherry Swirl Print Slouchy Boyfriend Fit Jeans

Jaded London is fast becoming an iconic UK brand amongst fashionistas. Their bold, Y2K-inspired designs draw in a fashion-conscious Gen Z audience and are a favourite of stylish TikTok-ers. Any teenage girl would be thrilled to discover these futuristic cherry pants under the Christmas tree.

Buy now £65.00, Urban Outfitters

Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer

Sure, Polaroids and disposable cameras are nice… But the main mode of photography for young people these days is a smartphone. This Fujifilm printer allows you to edit and print your most-liked snaps in a matter of seconds, turning them into cute, retro looking pictures for your bedroom wall.

Buy now £109.00, Urban Outfitters


The teens of today have been left to clean up the godawful environmental mess left by previous generations. Luckily though, they’re keen to make a change. The #TOGETHERBOTTLE is not only insulated and anti-leak, but it’s made of recycled plastic and every one bought funds the collection of 1000 plastic bottles. Greta Thunberg, eat your heart out.

Buy now £40.00, #TOGETHERBAND

Spy Heroes Escape Room Game for Four

Does your teen fancy themselves as the next James Bond? Well, move over Daniel Craig: Virgin Experience Days are offering the ultimate spy thriller fantasy. In this immersive experience (featuring high tech games and a full laser room), skills and nerves are put to the test against the clock. This is the perfect gift for a group of friends or family to enjoy.

Buy now £120.00, Virgin Experience Days

Tyger by the Tail Customised Flat Ring

This unisex, customisable ring is all the craze amongst edgy Gen Z style icons, such as Romeo Beckham and Iris Law. Described as ‘slow-fashion’ – because each piece is handmade to order and can take up to five weeks to be delivered – this is a long-lasting statement piece for those with a strong identity.

Buy now £79.99, Tyger by the Tail

Sunset Projection Lamp

Not only will this lamp create a soothing atmosphere (much needed in the general chaos of teen life), but it’s also the perfect accompaniment to a TikTok video or Instagram shoot. Give the gift of a peaceful sunset and vibey lighting during the gloomy winter months.

Buy now £17.99, Etsy

Casetify Acid smiles case

These phone cases are not only super stylish, but ultra-protective. With 9.8ft drop protection and anti-microbial coating that eliminates 99% of bacteria, no matter what antics your teen gets up to, their phone is likely to stay in-tact. They come in a range of cool designs that make them perfect for mirror selfies, too.

Buy now £41.00, Casetify

Beauty Bay: The Backstage Beauty Box

Teenage skin can be troublesome, but this box of 11 premium skincare products promises to offer something for every skin type. There’s also a soothing candle in the box to really help set the self-care mood while you slather on serum. At a special 78% reduced fee (it’s worth £138!), it’d be criminal not to snap this up.

Buy now £30.00, Beauty Bay

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