When your children are younger, it’s so much easier to choose Christmas presents for them as they’ll usually tell you exactly what they want and the numerous turned down pages of the various Smyths and Argos catalogues that they leave lying around.
Teenagers, however, are often much more difficult to choose gifts for, as they rarely seem to know what they want themselves. If we as parents find it tough, just imagine how difficult how the challenge the extended family have, how does a Grandparent or Godmother choose the perfect Christmas gift?
I love buying my teens experiences like tickets to concerts or sporting events however I equally love wrapping up gifts for them to open on Christmas Day. So whether or not your teenager loves reading, technology, design, sport or none of the above, there’s something for everyone in this gift guide.
For the teen who loves to design and build
Do you have a budding Dermot Bannon in your home? If your teen is interested in architecture or design in general, then I can highly recommend Arckit. We love Arckit in our house and recommend it every year as it’s one of the best ‘toys’ for teens to have ever come into our home. Created by Irish architect Damien Murtagh, this amazing sets are made in Co. Wicklow and sold worldwide.
The latest addition to their growing range is their Sports Stadium kits. Sports and sporting events are such an important part of all our lives whether we are playing or supporting our favourite teams. Now everyone can design their very own theatre of dreams, or create a miniature stadium representation of their favourite local, college, or professional team.
You can source Arckit from many stockists around Ireland however the best deals to be had are on their own website. Arckit have 20% and 30% off the model kits in the teen section on their website, including the new stadium kits.
For the teen who loves tech
Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera
I’ve yet to meet a teenager who doesn’t like taking photos so why not encourage their photography skills without needing their mobile phone. A new take on the classic Polaroid camera, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is a popular Christmas gift. With an LED flash for low-light photos and a small mirror for taking selfies, it’s a fun gift. The pictures are 2.4 inches by 1.8 inches.
Remember to buy film for the camera so that they can start taking pics on Christmas Day.
Phone Battery Power Bank
One rule in our house is that our teens must have their mobile charged when they’re out and about in case they need to get hold of me or I need to get hold of them. So help them by getting a good quality power bank. This power bank has 20000mAh and has the capability to charge an iPhone 8 seven times.
For the teen who loves art
Help your teen explore their creative side by giving them a 3D pen. It’s simple to use, just plug in the pen (to the wall or a power bank if out and about), load up the plastic colour, and once the pen heats the plastic, they’re ready to create your own 3D project. It comes with an app that provides step-by-step interactive instructions that will inspire them to complete custom art projects.
For the teen who loves to exercise
Since these activity trackers came onto the market ten years ago, their popularity has soared. They are not cheap but they’re a great way to motivate movement as well as measuring heart rate and sleep quality. The waterproof FitBit Charge 3 is a gadget that is sure to raise a smile from your sporty teenager on Christmas morning.
For the teen who likes to travel
If your teenager is interested in travelling why not give them a scratch off map so that they can keep track of all the interesting places they’ve been to as well as helping them to plan their future travels.
All teenagers love their sleep and if your son/daughter/grandchild will be spending any time on a flight, train or as a passenger in a car then the innovative Trtl travel pillow is the perfect Christmas gift. It costs under €30 and there are four colours available.
Trtl currently have 10% off their products online if you use the code GIFT10 at checkout.
For the teen who likes to read
Unless you work in your local library, you might struggle to know what exactly your teenager has and hasn’t read. The way I get around this is to ask your teen what their favourite book or series is at the moment and then search for that book (or series) on Amazon. Scroll down and look for the section ‘Customers who bought this item also bought’. Here you’ll see other authors in that genre that your teen may enjoy. It’s a great way to help your teen discover new books.
Another great reading option is to a magazine subscription. If your teen is interested in movies then why not consider a subscription to Empire magazine or if your teen in interested in science then the BBC focus magazine subscription is a brilliant gift.
Other Christmas gift ideas for teens
These bottles are brilliant for keeping cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks hot for 12 hours. There are some funky designs available and the 750ml version means that they’ll have enough water to last the whole school/college day.
Still a popular gift, the 14.5 inch lava lamp would look cool in any teenager’s bedroom and at a cost of only €13, it’s an affordable and fun gift.
There you have it, some great ideas for Christmas presents for the teenager in your life. Have you come up with any great Christmas gift ideas that you could add to this list?
Disclaimer : This is not a sponsored post however there are some affiliate links with Amazon which means that if you choose to buy this product from here then we may earn a very small amount. We were gifted with a set from Arckit however we had already purchased our own Arckit set. We were also gifted with some Trtl travel pillows which gave us a chance to discover just how useful they are. All thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and our own.