Top Gifts for Teens: The Best Gifts for Teenagers

teen approved sealLast year our gift post got over 1 million views! I know many of you have been waiting for our top gift post for teens and tweens this year…Remember to figure out the top gifts for teens and your kids you can just ask them! But, we know that sometimes teens have no idea themselves.  Hopefully this list of the best gifts will help you pick out a great Christmas gift or Hanukkah gift for your teen.
Some of our Top Gifts 2008 are still awesome and our post Best Unique Gifts for Teens and Tweens has some great ideas as well!
All of our interns and teen reviewers selected and awarded our Teen Seal of Approval to the gifts listed below:

Best Gifts for Girls

Here are the top gifts picked from our teen team for 7-18 year-old girls this Christmas or Hanukkah (or birthday 2009).

Knitted Arm Warmers

Knit Armwarmers in multicolors are very in right now and can be a great stocking stuffer or small gift for girls of all ages.  Appropriate and trendy!

Fogless Shower Mirror

If your daughter or kids take forever getting ready in the morning, especially if (like in my house) you had a girl who takes a shower, does her hair and ‘a little’ but of make-up before school, you should consider getting a fogless shower mirror, they are really cool!

Butter By Nadia

Ok, I admit, this went on my wishlist as soon as one of my teens showed it to me. It is a single piece of fabric that can be worn about 60 different ways as a wrap dress, pants, scarf, suit, shall, top…and has really cute video demos.  A little pricey but it is like 80 different outfits!

Screen shot 2009-11-19 at 10.20.33 AMPouch Tea Mug

A lot of girls are drinking tea, this is a really great mug to have over the winter.  Why didn’t I think of this?

Clothing Items
This is broad I know, but it was listed often in our wishlist survey with our teen reviewers.  Here were some of the top gift choices by teens for clothing:
  • Hot Topic Gifts
  • Anything from American Apparel (leggings especially are so in right now!)

Uggs
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Uggs * Metallic Soft Gold *is a perfect example of the new take on the classic Ugg boot.  Comfy and now shiny?

Best Gifts for Boy and Girl Teens

Here are the top gifts for 7-18 year-old girls this Christmas or Hanukkah (or birthday 2009).

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Of all the cameras out there I think that the DXG High-Def Camcorders are the best, especially for teens! I recently got a bunch for my interns and they love them.  They are way less expenxive than some of the other options out there and they are small and durable. Some of them are blinged out too, very cool.

Converse Sneakers
Converse are very in right now and you can get your teen/tween a pair and then show them how to customize their converse! Very fun, very cool and very DIY.

Fingerless Knit Gloves

These are essential for iPhone, iPod weilding teens, tweens and kids.  This will keep their hands warm but allow them to search for music at the same time. They also comes in tons of colors so can be unisex.

Dance Dance Revolution (Hottest Party 2 with Dance Mat)

DDR keeps your ids active and is a really fun game to play by yourself or with friends. Was listed on a few of our different top teen gift wishlists!

TokyoPop Manga

If you do not know about Manga, you should.  TokyoPop seems to be the most popular brand amongst kids and tweens. Even for non-Manga fans, some of the cheap and cute books could be a fun alternative to the boring books under the christmas tree while still getting them to read over break!

Gift Cards

It is great to get money, but if you must get a gift card at least get them for cool places.  Here were the top 5 most popular gift card locations for teens 2009 that our teen reviewers picked:

  • Target Gift Card
  • iTunes Gift Card
GPS

Garmin Portable GPS Navigator is essential if you have a teen who is driving or is learning to drive in the next 12 months.  Not only will it make life easier for them (and is a cool high tech gadget), but it will also make life easier for parents knowing you child will be safe getting to where they need to be and not getting lost on the way home–great gift for soon to be driver!

iSomething

I feel this will be on teens and kids gift wishlists for the next 100 years, almost every teen put an iPhone, an iPod, an iPod Touch or an iPod Nano on their wishlist.

Best Unique Gifts

Rosetta Stone or other Language Courses

Some kids love learning languages (some hate it) but some of the langauge courses can be great for travel savvy teens or kids who are really excited for High School spanish.

Trip

We are getting into some of the more expensive gifts, but there are some great learning trips and cheaper adventure trips teens and kids can go on during summer break or after graduating. Intrepid is a great program provider.

Portable Charger

This is for techies teens (read: almost all teens). Basically this device charges at home and stores the energy so when your cell phone/mp3 player is running out of battery, you can charge it on the road. The Tekkeon TekCharge MP1800 is an example.

Get-out-of-trouble free Coupon

A suggestion by one of our teens…the question is are parents willing to risk it? :D (invalid after one use?)

A Light Up Shirt

This is an awesome shirt where the panel on the front moves as it senses sound (for music or just someone talking).

Eco-friendly Products

This has environmentally friendly products such as bags made of recycled plastic/paper and yet are WATER-PROOF…..plus each thing you buy, the company plants a tree!

Yoursphere Membership

Yoursphere was one of our sponsors a few weeks ago and we thought that a membership is a great idea for a holiday gift for a teen that loves hanging out, playing and spending time online…but you want them to be safe.

Screen shot 2009-11-19 at 10.16.32 AMTransformer USB Drive

I mean this is so cool…

Record-O-Clip

This could be a present for everyone.  You know how you or your kids are always nagging each other not to forget lunch, sign a test or take messages after someone calls? This is a pretty cool device where you can leave short recorded messages for people.  I think ti would be great to leave a message for your kids to remind them of their daily schedule, or have a relative who has trouble remembering what to pick up from the store, or to put by the phone instead of pen and paper.

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Also see:

Best Stocking Stuffers for Teens

Top Ten Gifts for Any Teen in Your Life

Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Teens and Tweens

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