15 Christmas Gifts Teens Actually Want (That Aren't Just a Gift Card)
While you can’t go wrong with a gift card or a Venmo deposit, there are real gifts high-schoolers and college students want. It’ll just typically take multiple texts and DMs to find out what they are. To help you out, we scored some ideas (and even a couple of links) from a group of teens to create this roundup of fun gifts. #yourewelcome
Lego Harry Potter Hedwig
They haven’t outgrown Legos or Harry Potter. (Proof: #Potterheadforever and #Potterheadforlife have 100,000+ tags on Insta.) This new set featuring Harry Potter’s beloved owl delivers wow factor without breaking the Gringotts’ bank.
Taylor Swift Folklore Vinyl
If the teen on your list already has a turntable (it was last year’s hot gift), fill out their record collection. Swifties will be thrilled with the Target-exclusive red vinyl of Taylor Swift’s latest album. But you can find an exclusive pick for every teens’ musical taste.
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
Trick out the gaming experience for a teen who already loves their Nintendo Switch. This larger controller is easier to use—especially for gaming marathons.
It’s the unofficial remote school uniform: This one-size-fits-all cozy wearable blanket is on many teens’ lists. No joke! We heard they’d even like a couple in different colors.
Keds X Rifle Paper Co. Scout Boot
Rain boots for Boho fans: Teens might actually wear appropriate footwear around campus (so many activities have been moved outdoors!) if you pony up for these beauties with a dreamy wildflower print and water-resistant leather.
Loungefly Wonder Woman 84 Cosplay Backpack
At long last, the Wonder Woman 1984 movie debuts on Christmas. Superhero fans will geek out over this well-made mini backpack that looks just as good on a walk around the neighborhood as it does at a Comic Con (they’ll be back).
This stunning puzzle brain teasers will keep their neurons firing during winter break.
Amazon Fire TV Stick
The latest version of this college must-have offers faster HD streaming. And with the new Alexa voice remote, teens can easily search and launch their favorite shows.
Travelpro X Travel + Leisure Luggage
A high-quality suitcase will last teens well into adulthood. Feed their wanderlust with a spinner or backpack from this well-made line plus an IOU for a trip later in 2021.
Give ‘Em Face Masks Artist Set
Remember when face masks were something you shopped for in the beauty aisle? This set from a teen-fave brand contains four colorful masks that each offer a targeted treatment, like brightening and hydrating. It’s like gifting teens an at-home spa day.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Document Dunk Mini Basketball Hoop
Old papers and candy wrappers might actually end up in the garbage if your teen had this trash can in their room. It’s a win all-around!
Bose Sound Link Micro
For a music-obsessed teen: This small, durable speaker has awesome sound quality. Plus, it’s water-proof so they can bring it outside whether they’re shoveling snow or at the beach.
Buydeem 3-Quart Dutch Oven
Older teens who love to cook want their own good-looking, high-quality tools that they can eventually take to college or their own apartment. Teens can even make bread in this cast-iron beauty that will surely show up on their SnapChat. Treat yourself to one too!
Dash Super Straw
A Mother Earth-approved stocking stuffer: Eco-minded teens will use this magnetic stainless-steel straw in a cute carrying case to slurp up their Starbucks order.