Gift guide: what to buy for teenagers
Their birthday is fast approaching and it’s been a few years since you were a teen. 'What do they even like?', you think to yourself, and the stress starts to kick in. No need to fear, with this list of go-to gifts for all kinds of personalities and interests.
We've chosen the top six gifts for five different categories to help you start your gift-hunting journey.
If they're always buying the latest gadgets and have a nice little collection of tech, we think it's safe to say that a tech-related gift will impress. Electronics can get a little expensive, so set yourself a budget and get looking. Below are the top six tech picks for teens.
Pictured: 1: Ultimate Ears Wonderboom portable speaker from Myer, 2: Swann Xtreem Atom II Lightning Fast Mini RC Quadcopter from JB Hi-Fi, 3: Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 instant camera from JB Hi-Fi, 4: Cygnett ChargeUp Digital 10000mAh portable power bank from JB Hi-Fi, 5: Fitbit Charge 2 from JB Hi-Fi, 6: Sony MDRZX110NC noise-cancelling headphones from JB Hi-Fi.
From monogrammed pouches to stylish watches, there are almost too many options when it comes to accessories for teens. It’s all about finding what gift is the right one, so just take note of their style; if they live in their sneakers, opt for a fresh pair, or go for a watch or another piece of jewellery if that's their preference.
Pictured: 1: The Horse Original watch from Universal Store, 2: The Daily Edited Taupe Structured crossbody bag from David Jones, 3: Herschel Heritage backpack from David Jones, 4: Pandora Modern Lovepods bracelet, 5: adidas Originals Superstar shoes, 6: Swarovski Swan Lake bag charm.
Beauty and grooming
With teenage years being chaotic to say the least, give them a gift that will make them feel a little special and fresh. For girls, you can’t go wrong with a floral perfume and bath bombs, and for the boys a cologne or hair product can be a winner.
Pictured: 1: Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Soiree perfume from Priceline, 2: Coach For Men EDT from Priceline, 3: LUSH Marmalade jelly bomb, 4: Comoy Mach 3 Razor and Boar Bristle Brush shave set from Shaver Shop, 5: Urbane Mess Men's Hair Styling grooming wax from Priceline, 6: Hask Argan 5-in-1 leave-in spray from Priceline.
For those teens who are starting to explore out from their hometown already, get a gift to help prepare them, whether it’s a portable charger for those long trips, a backpack to hold all of their essentials or even a world map where they can scratch off all the places they have visited.
Pictured: 1: Apple AirPods from JB Hi-Fi, 2: Scratch Off world map from Lincraft, 3: Rubi Traveller backpack, 4: Cygnett ChargeUp Pro 10K 10000mAh portable power bank, 5: The Daily Edited Black Mini travel case from David Jone, 6: Typo Nomad convertible neck pillow
Most teenagers will fit into this category, which is hard when you'd love to get them a gift that they would really like. Here are a few more ideas that may just fit the brief from the quirky to the lifesaving gift card when they inevitably say they don't know what they want.
Pictured: Westfield Gift Card, Happy Socks Big Dot socks from David Jones, Target popcorn maker, Ultimate Ears Boom 2 portable bluetooth speaker from JB Hi-Fi, Speak Out game from Target, iTunes gift card from Woolworths