Best Christmas gifts for teens: The presents teenagers actually want

Ellie Davis

The festive season is finally upon us and that means the race to finding the perfect gift is on.

If you have already secured a present for your mum, sister, dad, brother, best friend and little ones but are struggling for some inspiration for the teenager in your life, well look no further, ES Best has got you covered.

Teenagers can be very difficult to shop for, trends are always changing and they can be the pickiest of shoppers.

We’ve searched high and low to find presents that they will actually love that are Gen-Z-approved.

No festive miracle necessary, your hunt for the perfect gift starts here with our assortment of teen-tested items, from tech must-haves to stylish stationery.

Surface Go Laptop

The ideal everyday laptop, this device will be able to keep up with all the streaming, social media and socialising as well as homework and essays with performance and portability as the key main features. The touchscreen device has a battery life of 8.5-9 hours with a 4 or 8GB storage and there is even a special pricing for students, parents and teachers.

From £379 | Microsoft | Buy it now

Canon EOS 200D DSLR Camera

As the first Canon DSLR camera to feature selfie mode, this option will be sure to go down a treat with your social media-obsessed teen. There are also skin smoothing and background blurring features to ensure they get the perfect shot each time.

£569 | Currys | Buy it now

PlayStation VR Starter Pack

Will virtual reality be the future of gaming? Let your teen decide with this starter pack that has over 200 games and experiences to discover. Transport to the immersive worlds of some of the most popular games with impressive visuals, 3D audio and intuitive controls.

£189.99 | Amazon | Buy it now

AirPods

Simplify the listening experience with the Apple AirPods that means you never have to choose between charging and listening. The Pods are charged up using the same cable as the iPhone, connect wirelessly through Bluetooth and have clever features like Siri and the automatic pause function if one is taken out. They can also connect to Find My iPhone so you can track them down.

£159 | Apple | Buy it now

Snap Inc. Spectacles

The Snapchat founders have taken the app one step further with these hi-tech glasses that can record up to 30 second videos and save them automatically to the app's memory. Srsly.

£149.99 | Selfridges | Buy it now

Netflix Gift Card

This £50 voucher for Netflix will unlock hundreds of thousands of TV shows, movies, documentaries and more to binge-watch anytime and anywhere. The voucher can even be given to someone who already has an account.

£50 | Game | Buy it now

Wide Angle Selfie Lens

This clip-on device will solve that group shot selfie difficulties without the need for a selfie stick. The device works to make squashed photos into a panoramic pic so you don't have to choose between you and the Eiffel Tower.

£5.99 | Find Me A Gift | Buy it now

LUNA play

Break out are par for the course with teenagers so this present will help step their skincare regime up a notch. The LUNA play makes a fantastic introduction to Foreo in a handy, travel-friendly size. Use the cleansing brush for one minute twice a day to unclog pores and leave skin looking glowing and radiant. There are a range of colours available in the compact design, from pink to sunflower yellow.

£29 | Foreo | Buy it now

ghd Gold® Glacial Blue Styler

The iconic GHD styler has been given an icy blue makeover just in time for Christmas. The styler features the brand's dual-zone technology for evenly distributed heat to style hair with ease. The device turns itself off after 30 minutes of non-use so you never have that post leaving the house panic.

£139 | ghd | Buy it now

Pressed Flowers iPhone Case

They spend all their time on it so it seems just inevitable that at some point they will smash their phone - but this year that can all change with the stylish case that will protect their iPhone and look good while doing it. The case is made from a flexible plastic with easy to access buttons and a slim fit. It is also lightweight and offered for a range of different sized phones.

£9 | Not On The High Street | Buy it now

Oversized Wool Scarf

Wrap up from the cold in style with a wool scarf to help brave the British winter. We are loving this & Other Stories scarf that is available in a range of colours including baby blue, grey, yellow, pink and orange or for this All Saints option that comes in a variety of neutral hues.

£85 | All Saints | Buy it now
£49 | & Other Stories | Buy it now

Noel Bauble Tote Bag

An ideal piece for the festive season, this bag taps in to the hugely popular beaded bag trend yet still remains age appropriate.

£32 | Topshop | Buy it now

Mia Pointelle Sweater

This stunning jumper comes from LA-born brand For Love & Lemons who offer a covetable selection of clothing that will be sure to find its way to the top of any Christmas wish list. The lilac jumper has a pointelle diamond design and statement puff sleeves.

£195 | For Love & Lemons | Buy it now

Black and Orange Contrast Lined Pillow Puffer Jacket

A puffer jacket is a winter staple and Urban Outfitters has mastered the art of the essential quilted piece, offering a range of colours on its stylish silhouette.

£76 | Urban Outfitters | Buy it now

Adidas Originals EQT Colour-Block Fleece Half-Zip Jacket

It's all about retro sportswear right now and this fleece from Adidas harks back to the sportswear giants archives with a 90s-inspired design. Composed of a plush fleece with a three-tone blue colour block design, this jacket will go down well come Christmas morning.

£100 | Mr Porter | Buy it now

Emblem Beaded Bracelet

From the very Instagrammable jewellery label, Ania Haie, this sterling silver bracelet has an on-trend medallion charm that will allow you to tap into the coveted jewellery trend without breaking the bank. The bracelet is offered in rhodium, rose gold or gold plated.

£29 | Ania Haie | Buy it now

Tortoiseshell Square Earrings

It’s all about statement earrings this season and this stylish pair will be sure to go down a treat. A fun alternative to hoops, they feature a timeless tortoiseshell design and have quickly become a fan favourite.

£8 | Topshop | Buy it now

Tarte Passport to Paradise Collector's Set

This set from Tarte is a multi-tasking win for older teens already at uni or heading into it. The set boasts some of the label's best-selling and hero products including the Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-In-1 Mascara, the Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint, Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, the Sex Kitten Eyeliner as well as the Limited-Edition Amazonia Clay Eyeshadow Palette with 15 must-have shades.

£42 | QVC.uk | Buy it now

EOS Lip Balm Gift Pouch Exclusive

For a teenager of any age, this lip balm set from EOS will make a great stocking filler. Inside the brand's iconic spheres feature four flavours; Strawberry Sorbet, Coconut Milk, Sweet Milk and Honey Apple to combat dry, cracking lips this winter and beyond.

£18.50 | Look Fantastic | Buy it now

Lynx AJ Gold Duo Gift Set

Lynx has launched a limited-edition grooming range with the World Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua that includes a body spray and wash that can be personalised to feature the name of the recipient.

£14.50 | Lynx | Buy it now

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Palette

The Fenty Beauty collection is always highly sought-after so you can safely assume that any beauty obsessed older teen would love this palette so they can get creative with their festive season looks.

£42 | Harvey Nichols | Buy it now

Body Hero Duo

No beauty addict will be able to resist the gift of the Glossier pink pouches on Christmas morning – and we particularly love this duo with their highly Instagrammable bottles. The set comprises of two products; the Daily Oil Wash with a combination of seven natural oils and the Daily Perfecting Cream, a daily moisturiser. The formulas have been tried and tested to leave your skin clean, hydrated and enhanced. They are also hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, cruelty free and vegan.

£28 | Glossier | Buy it now

S’ip by S’well​ Chasing Rainbows Bottle

This innovative water bottle will make a fantastic gift for gym bunnies and novices alike as well as those looking to reduce their single use plastic consumption. Keeping drinks cold for 24 hours, and hot for 12, the stylish bottle has a fun rainbow design but there are many more to choose from, including a Harry Potter-inspired collection. It is also leak-proof, condensation free and the mouth is big enough for ice cubes.

£20 | Amara | Buy it now

Skinnydip Card Holder

To keep cards organised and in one convenient location, this Skinnydip card holder is ideal. It has a playful iridescent silver finish and multiple pockets.

£8 | Skinny Dip | Buy it now

Pineapple Planner

This planner from stationery extraordinaire Papier will ensure the woman in your life can start the year right, with their life and mind organised in one handy book. The planner contains 56 pages of soft Mohawk paper with a week view and space for extra notes and important dates. This option has a playful pineapple design but there are many unisex designs to choose from and it can be personalised with the person’s name.

£16.99 | Papier | Buy it now

Professional Wooden Art Studio - 83 Pieces

With an impressive 83 pieces, this set offers any budding artist everything they need, including pull out draws and a storage case jam-packed with watercolour and sketching pencils as well as acrylic paints, brushes, oil pastels and much more.

£20 | The Works | Buy it now

A5 puff print lines avocado notebook

It's official, we are a nation obsessed with avocados and its the younger generation leading the way. This fun notebook has 80 lined pages and a fun cartoon avo design.

£10 | Paperchase | Buy it now

The 100-Day Planner

In the age of social media and the immense pressure on young children these days, we could all use a bit of happiness. This 100-day planner helps you plan and schedule your life, homework and tasks as well as set goals and self-reflect. Each day begins with an inspiring thought and ends with gratitude to train your mind to always think about the bright side of life.

£20 | The Happiness Planner | Buy it now

Locomocean A4 black lightbox

These little message boards have become hugely popular. The set contains 85 letters, numbers and symbols so they can create their own messages and display in their room or as a fun additions to the living room.

£18 | Paperchase | Buy it now

Beyonce On Socks

For the person that has everything, it can often be difficult to find the perfect gift. Enter Beyonce on socks. Your present search is officially over.

£8 | Central 23 | Buy it now