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Christmas gifts for teenagers 2018

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Put a smile on even the ficklest of teens this year.

How many times have you been met with forced smiles and half-hearted “thank yous” when handing out Christmas gifts to the teenagers in your life? But when you get it right and you’ll know when you do their reaction is priceless. With a little research into the latest trends this year, you can totally win Christmas in the eyes of your teen.

Top Christmas gifts for teenagers 2018

Teens can be fickle — obsessed with one thing one moment, and onto something new a minute later. So needless to say, shopping for them can be tricky. Until now.

Plinrise Dinosaur Shape Cell Phone Stand
Plinrise Dinosaur Shape Cell Phone Stand

Amazon

Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa
Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa

Amazon

Magnetic Poetry - Original Kit
Magnetic Poetry - Original Kit

Amazon

What Do You Meme? Adult Party Game
What Do You Meme? Adult Party Game

Amazon

Lewo Wooden Stacking Board Game
Lewo Wooden Stacking Board Game

Amazon

Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera
Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera

Amazon

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

Walmart

Christmas gifts for teenage girls

Real Pink Dry Flowers Resin Bracelet
Real Pink Dry Flowers Resin Bracelet

Amazon

Smart Jewelry Personal Safety Device
Smart Jewelry Personal Safety Device

Amazon

Glow in the Dark Constellation Blanket
Glow in the Dark Constellation Blanket

Amazon

Unicorn Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Unicorn Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Amazon

Smartphone LuMee Selfie Case
Smartphone LuMee Selfie Case

Amazon

Bare Minerals: Nothing Beats The Original
Bare Minerals: Nothing Beats The Original

Amazon

Polaroid Zip Mobile Photo Printer
Polaroid Zip Mobile Photo Printer

Urban Outfitters

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Amazon

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette
Urban Decay Naked2 Palette

Sephora

642 Things To Draw: Journal
642 Things To Draw: Journal

Amazon

Matt & Nat Leto Vintage Backpack
Matt & Nat Leto Vintage Backpack

Amazon

What Do You Meme? Adult Party Game
What Do You Meme? Adult Party Game

Amazon

Christmas gifts for teenage boys

DIY Guitar Pick Punch with Leather Key Chain Pick Holder
DIY Guitar Pick Punch with Leather Key Chain Pick Holder

Amazon

QCopter Green Drone Quadcopter
QCopter Green Drone Quadcopter

Amazon

Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Backpack
Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Backpack

Amazon

Canon Selphy CP1200 Wireless Printer
Canon Selphy CP1200 Wireless Printer

Amazon

642 Things To Draw: Journal
642 Things To Draw: Journal

Amazon

Guitar Picks and Pick Holder Case
Guitar Picks and Pick Holder Case

Amazon

Xbox One S Madden NFL 18 Bundle
Xbox One S Madden NFL 18 Bundle

Amazon

LEGO® Star Wars™ Poe's X-Wing Fighter™ 75102
LEGO® Star Wars™ Poe's X-Wing Fighter™ 75102

Target

$20 PlayStation Store Gift Card
$20 PlayStation Store Gift Card

Amazon

UMS Orbiters Magnetic Fidget Toy
UMS Orbiters Magnetic Fidget Toy

Amazon

Punisher Skateboards Day Of The Dead 40
Punisher Skateboards Day Of The Dead 40" Longboard

Target

Fashion editor’s picks:

Maralyn & Me Faux-Fur-Trim Hooded Puffer Coat
Maralyn & Me Faux-Fur-Trim Hooded Puffer Coat

Macy's

Looking to buy gifts for someone else? See the rest of our guide to Christmas gift ideas.

How to pick the best Christmas gift for teens

Teens can be hard to shop for, but these tips should help you pick out the perfect gift:

  • Research the latest trends. Teens are usually on board with the latest trends in technology, gaming and pop culture, so do a little digging on your own to find out what the kids are into these days.
  • Get creative. The teen you’re shopping for might be getting lots of gifts from other friends and family members, so you might want to make yours creative and out-of-the-box to avoid duplicate presents.
  • Ask their parents or friends. If you’re shopping for a niece, nephew or other teen who’s not your own, try asking his or her parents, friends or other family member what they might need or want.
  • Gift cards to the rescue. Although not the most personal of gifts, gift cards can be a good choice for the ever-changing wants and needs of teens.

What can I get a teen who has everything?

Know a teenager who seems to have everything under the sun they could possible need or want? Try these creative gift ideas:

  • Learning gifts. Is he or she into computers and coding? Python or similar software might make an excellent gift. Or lessons for things like music, art, horseback riding or other sports.
  • Monthly subscription boxes. What teen doesn’t love getting something fun in mail that’s actually for them?
  • iTunes or Apple Store gift card. Most teens are all about music and apps, so this gift card could be a safe bet.
  • Art or journaling supplies. Know an artsy teen? Grab some professional colored pencils, pens, canvases, journals or other supplies to spur their creativity.

What are the best DIY Christmas gifts for teens?

If you really want to get creative and wow your recipient, try one of these DIY Christmas gift ideas perfect for teens:

  • DIY terrarium kit. This can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like. Use a glass mason jar, spherical ornament or other enclosed container, and include soil, rocks, moss and other terrarium essentials.
  • Personalized mugs. Use a permanent marker to write their name or other fun design on a plain mug, then bake it in the oven to seal it on.
  • Hand-made tote bag. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, whip up a tote bag to carry all their everyday essentials — and then some.
  • Gift card snow globe. Spice up the way you give a gift card and make a cute snow globe out of a mason jar or other container they can use after opening.

Top gift cards for teens

In a pinch for time or still stuck for ideas this Christmas? A gift card to a teen’s favorite retailer, store or restaurant is sure to be appreciated.

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Gabrielle Pastorek

Gabrielle Pastorek writes about fashion, beauty and finance. Gabrielle loves helping people find a great deal, whether it's in their shopping cart or on a credit card. In her free time, she exercises her creative muscles by writing short stories.

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