gift guide for teens

20+ Of The Best Gifts for Teens (That They’ll Actually Like)

What are the best gifts for teens in our tricky techy new age?

Digital natives with an eco-conscience, the kids are harder to buy gifts for now than they’ve ever been.

But we’ve been working on the best gifts for teens and have compiled a gift guide for teenagers that as all tastes (and budgets) covered.

We’ve got suggestions from parents of teens and asked our resident teen to put together suggestions of what’s hot when you’re in secondary school:

Adidas Clothing

You can’t go wrong with clothing from Adidas. Hoodies are a firm fave if you’re unsure what they’ll like.

They come in a variety of styles and colours with limited editions and new collections being released seasonally.

Apple vs Android

Like the rest of the world, you’re either firmly entrenched in the Apple or Android tribe.

The first phone you get for your child (after much nagging no doubt) tends to be the kind they’ll stick with for life, so for ease, just get them whichever you have so you know how the phone works and you can stick those parental controls on sharpish.

If your teen is a little older and looking for their first laptop, we’re fans of the MacBook Air but if your teen is a tad clumsy, start with something cheap and cheerful.


If your teen is into all things flowery and pastel, Anthropologie is the shop for them. There isn’t a specific ‘teen’ section but sizes start at size XS and UK6.

Their dress collection is second to none (and perfect for a special occasion) and the pretty homewares and furniture collection can spruce up a tired teen bedroom. Their sales are pretty good too.


ASOS seems to sell everything and is particularly good for when your tween is too old for kid’s clothes but not old enough for adult sizes less she look much older than she is.

Sizes start at a UK4 so can fit kids from 12ish up. There are lots of racy styles (for women) on the site so you might want to check your teen’s basket before she checks out!

Aveda Vegan Hair Care

When you’ve moved on from the baby shampoo but sill want something mild yet effective, try the vegan haircare range from Aveda.

There’s products for various hair and scalp concerns, none of which have been tested on animals or contain animal-derived ingredients.

Bumble and bumble BB Curl

If you’ve got a curly girl or boy at home, you need a range especially designed for curly hair.

The BB Curl range is reasonably (ish) priced, has lovely packaging but more importantly, is gentle on curls.


Converse is a classic, and for good reason. They’ve been loved by all ages, races and genders since 1917 and if you’re the same size, you can borrow the pair you buy for them.

We particularly like the new OG Pro Leather High Tops.

Dr Martens

Another classic choice that’s stood the test of time, these are great for school and/or casual wear.

Elf Cosmetics

Cruelty free cosmetics perfect for if/when your teen starts experimenting with makeup.


If your teen is into crafts, they can set up their own shop on Etsy and start selling their wares.

If they’re not but like a gift a little more individual, Etsy is perfect.

Fila Disruptor

Chunky trainers are still on trend and Fila do a reasonably priced pair.

Free People – The Vegan Shop

Free people do a great range of faux leather pieces for teens who want to dress sustainably.

GHD Max Styler

While we don’t recommend your teen straighten their hair regularly if they must, it’s important they use a good heat protector (we like Tresseme Heat Defence) and straighteners.

The highly rated GHD Max Styler irons have ceramic plates and are great for long, curly and thick hair.

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment

Teen skin can be temperamental at the best of times and the best-selling cult-classic Supermud from GlamGlow does a great job clearing the complexion and working on clogged pores, excess oil, and dead skin cells.


If your teen is on Instagram, they’re probably well aware of Gymshark, an athleisure brand that uses diverse models in their advertising.

Sizes range from XS to XL and look great on a range of body types. They also offer a student discount.

Hunter Wellington Boots

Their days of Forest School may be over but we still want them to enjoy the great outdoors.

Get them a good pair of wellies and go on that family walk you’ve been threatening.

JD Sports

If all else fails, get them a voucher to spend in JD Sports. It’s a teen mecca!

Clothing, shoes and accessories, JD (as it’s affectionately known) is the one.


Another heritage brand, you can’t beat a good jean jacket and a Levi’s one (even better if you can find one vintage) will last and last.

Look Fantastic Beauty Box

The Look Fantastic beauty box is a monthly box that is guaranteed to be worth over £50, contains six products, an educational beauty box magazine plus an ELLE magazine each month.

A great gift for teenagers, prices start from £13.00 a month for a 12-month subscription, to £15.00 for a one-off box, making it good value for money and a nice way for teenagers who are interested in beauty to try new products at an affordable price.

The addition of a magazine with its real-world, old school scrolling capacity might just get your kids hooked on actual print – which can only be a good thing.

Long Tall Sally

If your daughter is tall for her age, you know the pain of finding trousers that fit!

Long Tall Sally is the best place to find good quality clothes that come in a range of leg lengths. Sizes start at 8 and go up to 24.

Lush Cosmetics

Despite the overpowering smell when you walk past a Lush store, the products are cruelty-free and vegan.

There’s even a spa you can visit together.

 The North Face

The North Face outerwear is kinda pricy so might be more pocket-friendly to buy post any growth spurt.

Victoria’s Secret Pink

Seen lots of teen girls walking around with ‘PINK’ on their tops and wondering what it’s all about?

Teens are buying Victoria’s Secret underwear just yet but they are very much into their activewear. Here’s hoping it encourages them to actually be more active!

If you’re buying gifts for teens, what’s on your/their wishlist?


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