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28 best Christmas gifts for teenagers

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It can be very hard to get the right Christmas gift for your teenager. They're at the stage of their life where they are very much trying to figure what sort of person they are and what sort of person they'd like to be. 

Despite this, there are certain gifts that are trendy even with the changes they may be going through: from puffer jackets and Nike Air Force 1s to faux Game Boys and street art tours. 

While nobody knows your teen like you do, we think we've got Gen-Z down, so here are the best Christmas gifts for the teenagers of 2019.

For inspiration on what to get the younger ages, see our guide on the best Christmas gifts for kids or babies and toddlers.

1. Urban Outfitters Shearling Boo Pillow

£50, Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters Shearling Boo Pillow Credit: Urban Outfitters

Teenage bedrooms can often become, well, how shall we put this? Like they've been sucked into a vortex from hell and thrown back out again? At least this cushion will mean they're nice and cosy among their mess.

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2. Nike Air Force 1 '07 ​

£79.95, Nike

Nike Air Force 1 '07 ​ Credit: Nike

Trainers are always a welcome present if you're a teen. These 'creps' (slang for sneakers) in white will become a staple item in their wardrobe. Just don't expect them to stay this colour for long. 

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3. Orient Express Green Ceramic Glasses Tray

£11, Oliver Bonas

Orient Express Green Ceramic Glasses Tray Credit: Oliver Bonas

If they wear glasses then this is definitely something they need. By now you're probably tired of them losing or breaking them. Hopefully, now they have a spot for it, and the expensive nightmare will stop.

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4. Take Better Selfies Lens Kit

£19.99, Firebox

Take Better Selfies Kit Credit: Firebox

Do we want them to spend yet more time taking selfies? Not really. But will they love this handy kit? Yes... It's time for you to give up on the idea of their phone not being an extension of themselves. 

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5. Topshop Faux Leather Padded Puffer Jacket

£55, Topshop

Topshop Faux Leather Padded Puffer Jacket Credit: Topshop

A puffer jacket is a teenager-approved way to stay warm this winter. They'll look cool and original (despite the fact their friends will also have puffer jackets).

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6. No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference By Greta Thunberg ​

£2.99, Urban Outfitters

No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference By Greta Thunberg ​ Credit: Urban Outfitters

There's a new kind of 'it' girl in town and it's no longer about fashion and parties. It's about change, making real change. Greta Thunberg writes this inspirational guide on how to make societal changes on the simplest level possible. A must-read for your young'un.

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7. Eyeko Christmas cracker

£15, ASOS

Eyeko Christmas cracker Credit: ASOS

They'll love the opportunity to own some slightly more upscale make-up so this Eyeko Christmas cracker will feel like a real treat.

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8. Palace Roundhouse 2 Da Face Crew Sweatshirt 

£118, Palace

Palace Roundhouse 2 Da Face Crew Sweatshirt  Credit: Palace

Palace is one of those skate brands that has broken out into the mainstream and this sweatshirt, worn oversized if at all possible, will give them instant cred.

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9. The School of Life Am I Normal? Cards

£10, Magma

The School of Life Am I Normal? Cards  Credit: Magma

We all remember that feeling of not being sure of who we are so this little stocking filler will help them figure it all out. 

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10. App Store and iTunes Gift Card

From £25, Apple

App Store and iTunes Gift Card Credit: Apple

Don't even try to buy them any music, apps or games. They know what they like and they don't need you to get involved, so let them choose what to download with the help of an Apple gift card.

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11. ASOS DESIGN Small Cat Eye Sunglasses

£6, ASOS

ASOS DESIGN Small Cat Eye Sunglasses Credit: ASOS

Teeny tiny sunglasses are a huge trend. It may be winter but that won't stop the style conscious teen in your life from wearing these cat eye shades.

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12. Sega Smartphone Controller

£17.99, Firebox

Retro Handheld Console Credit: Firebox

We know, we know, yet another way for them to waste time, but this is a pretty cool gift. This is basically a knockoff Game Boy, but with a whopping 150 games on it, who cares? They'll never be bored ever again.

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13. My Clarins Christmas Kit

£21, ASOS

My Clarins Christmas Kit Credit: ASOS

Teenagers are all about their skin and also about the environment, so get this My Clarins gift set which has fruit and plant-based ingredients in all their natural and nourishing glory. 

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14. Champion Bobble Beanie Hat

£39.99, Natterjacks

Champion Bobble Beanie Hat Credit: Natterjacks

Champion came back a few years ago and it's still a street style staple. They've been making sports apparel since 1919. While your teen probably doesn't know that bit of detail, they'll love the hat nonetheless.

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15. Emirates Stadium Tour for Two

£50, Virgin Experience Days

Emirates Stadium Tour for Two Credit: Virgin Experience Days

Football fans will love the chance to see behind the scenes at their team's stadium. Exchange Arsenal, of course, for whichever team they actually support.

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16. Missoma Gold Claw Celestial Ear Cuff

£55, Missoma

Missoma Gold Claw Celestial Ear Cuff Credit: Missoma

Missoma is a jewellery brand with influencer approval, and while it's a treat, isn't overly expensive. This cuff is perfect for someone who hasn't yet had their ears pierced.  

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17. Polaroid OneStep+ Instant Camera

£139.99, Polaroid

Polaroid's OneStep+ Credit: Polaroid

The Polaroid OneStep+ was chosen by Telegraph Recommended as the best instant camera thanks to its retro styling, ease of use and the nostalgic pictures it takes. Instant gratification shall be theirs.

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18. 31st State New Starter Set with Wash Bag

£53, 31st State

31st State New Starter Set with Wash Bag Credit: 31st State

They'll appreciate this gift set that comes complete with face wash, hair and body wash, clearing pads, deodorant and hair putty, all developed with the specific needs of teenage boys in mind. 

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19. Buffalo Classic White Sneakers

£149, Office

Buffalo Classic White Sneakers Credit: Office

Don't you love it when the brands from your own teenage years come back around? Buffalo's huge flatform sneakers are a thing once more. Just don't tell your teen that you wore them first.

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20. Ticketmaster Gift Card

From £10, Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster Gift Card Credit: Ticketmaster

Whatever they're into, whether it's music, theatre, sports or the arts, a Ticketmaster gift card will allow them to experience it up close.

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21. Carhartt WIP Phil Backpack

£75, ASOS

Carhartt WIP Phil Backpack Credit: ASOS

Traditional workwear brands like Dickies and Carhartt are go-tos for teens and this mustard hued backpack will take them from school to college to a festival.

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22. Love Inc Bespoke Name LED Neon Light

From £375, Not On The High Street

Love Inc Bespoke Name LED Neon Light Credit: Not On The High Street

Light up their lives (and gloomy bedrooms) with a bespoke neon LED light. Best to leave ample time when ordering this one as delivery can take about around six to eight weeks. 

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23. London Street Art Photography Tour

£20, Virgin Experience Days

London Street Art Photography Tour Credit: Virgin Experience Days

Another gift that'll make them popular on Instagram. They'll get an expert tour of the most photo worthy street art in London.

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24. & Other Stories Cropped Mock Neck Sweater

£35, & Other Stories

& Other Stories Cropped Mock Neck Sweater Credit: & Other Stories

Cosy, a high neck and cropped? Perfect for a fashionable teen. This one has an elegant ribbed finish too which they'll love the look of. 

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25. Rick And Morty Get Schwifty Sunset T-Shirt

£12.99, Game

Rick And Morty Get Schwifty Sunset T-Shirt Credit: Game

Now they can show their love for Rick and Morty with their clothes too. Wait, is this a good thing or a bad thing? Try not to be too concerned if they start saying "wubba Lubba dub-dub" if you know what that means. 

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26. A Little Lovely Company LED Lightbox

£60, Selfridges

A Little Lovely Company LED Lightbox Credit: Selfridges

Let your teen can express themselves with this cool lightbox. Or you can use it to leave messages for them. They may even start leaving messages back.

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27. Cloud Nine The Alchemy Collection Original Iron Gift Set

£159, Cloud Nine

Cloud Nine The Alchemy Collection Original Iron Gift Set

Teens love to experiment with their look, so give them a helping hand with the Cloud Nine Original Iron. With its Kinder Heat Technology and Signature Mineral Infused Ceramic plates, they'll be able to style their hair every day without causing too much damage. This limited edition set comes with a style case and texture comb too.

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28. LIKEtoKNOW.it: Stories from the Influencer Next Door 

£20.99, Amazon

LIKEtoKNOW.it: Stories from the Influencer Next Door Credit: Amazon

Teenagers know all about influencers and bloggers so if they're a fan of both, or of fashion, then they'll love this book from LIKEtoKNOW.it

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For more Christmas features and gift guides, see www.telegraph.co.uk/christmas.

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