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    22 Gifts Teens Actually Want To Receive For The Holidays

    We asked and they told us.

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    We asked teens of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what they really want for the holidays this year — yeah, you're welcome, we did the hard work for you. Check out some of the things they're wishing for!

    1. A pair of Bluetooth headphones like the fancy schmancy Apple AirPods, or some super comfy Beats headphones for those who are frustrated by the lack of a headphone jack on new iPhone models, aka all of us.

    Target, Amazon

    "This whole deal with removing the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and up really just makes me need a pair of Bluetooth headphones." —sofia112704

    Get the Apple AirPods (left) from Target for $159.99, or the Beats Solo3 wireless on-ear headphones (right) from Amazon for $239.95 (originally $299.95, available in 13 colors).

    2. A teddy jacket to ensure they're decked out in what is going to be a huge winter trend, and for good reason. It's fluffy, soft, and hella cute.


    "Trendy clothes. The teddy bear jacket is a good option." —maggienorahbruce

    Get it from Amazon for $7.89+ (available in seven colors, and sizes S–3XL).

    3. A pass or perhaps a whole planned vacation to Disney or Universal that'll bring out their inner kid. Just because they're a teenager, doesn't mean they're too old for some Disney magic — take it from me, a 24-year-old Disney fanatic.

    Samantha Wieder / BuzzFeed, @sam_wieder / Via

    "Lots of adults seem to think that once we reach teenage-status, we lose interest in theme parks such as Disney World or Universal because we are 'too old.' Truth is, the best present I could receive is tickets to go to Disney this year!" —themaddiehatter

    Check out these travel booking sites to start planning your perfect Disney/Universal vacation, or any other trip your heart desires:

    For flights + accommodations

    For accommodations

    4. A Tarte makeup palette such as the collector's set on the left filled with eyeshadow, brushes, eyeliner, mascara, and more, or the blush palette and clutch on the right.


    "Tarte isn't super affordable for us teens (at like $30 for an eyeshadow palette), but their products make great gifts if you’re only buying one. Also, products like eyeshadow and highlighter don’t require shade matching, so you can order them online!" —maarykatherine

    Get the collector's set (left) for $49 (a $364 value), or the blush palette and clutch (right) for $39 (originally $42, a $132 value).

    5. A weighted blanket to help give them the best night of sleep of their life. The pressure from the blanket is said to provide a sensory input to the brain to release seratonin, which can help people calm down.


    Blanket is made of 100% breathable natural cotton, and the filling is environmental non-glue polyester padding and hypo-allergenic, non-toxic, odorless glass beads. The weight of the blanket you choose should be 7%–13% of your body weight, don't choose an oversized blanket.

    "They’re the new trend, and they’re incredible." —notaglassoflemonade

    Get it from Amazon for $65.50+ (available in 15 colors, and 14 sizes).

    6. A Bluetooth shower speaker that'll make getting up in the morning to shower for school a way less painful experience — dare I even say... a fun one?!


    They can even bring it to the beach, pool, or a party to listen to songs from their phone without worrying about liquid damage. Speaker comes with a rechargeable battery that can last up to six hours.

    "One of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten is a waterproof speaker! I keep it in the shower and it can connect to Bluetooth. It’s the perfect gift." —verifiedteen

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in four colors).

    7. A ticket (or set of tickets if you're feeling generous, so they can go with their friends) to what is going to be the HOTTEST concert tour of 2019 — aka Ariana Grande's Sweetener World Tour.

    @arianagrande / Via

    "Tickets to Ariana Grande’s Sweetener tour!" —acamps

    Get them from Live Nation, or find re-sale tickets from StubHub or SeatGeek.

    Be sure to check out Live Nation, StubHub, and SeatGeek for more great event tickets, or let them choose their own show with a Live Nation gift card!

    8. A portable mini printer to print out photos from your mobile phone wherever you are. This generation will never know the struggle of having to bring photos to get developed somewhere, ugh.


    You can even connect your social media accounts to the free HP Sprocket app and instantly convert your photos into beautiful prints. The app also allows you to add text, borders, emojis, stickers, and more! It includes the photo printer, a setup card, HP ZINK sticky-backed photo paper (10 sheets, the recommended paper), a micro USB cable, and a regulatory sheet.

    "I asked for a mini printer for my phone, so I can take pictures and print them out instantly!" —jabrich

    Get it from HP for $99.99 (originally $129.99).

    9. A vanity mirror that'll make them feel like the glamorous star they are every single day when they're getting ready to go to school or just hang out with friends.


    The bulbs feature warm light and daylight settings and adjustable brightness. It has smart touch control to adjust the brightness with just the simple touch of a sensor. Plus, there's no need to replace the bulbs! No wiring or assembly required.

    "A vanity mirror for a makeup loving teenager is always so fun. Any size — I've been absolutely dreaming of one." —gaby1172

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    10. A personalized name necklace for a piece of jewelry you already know they can get a ton of use out of.


    "It's meaningful! Take it from a teenage girl, this is a great gift." —gaby1172

    Get it from Amazon for $159.90 (available in six finishes, and five sizes).

    11. A giant teddy bear to keep their hearts extra warm and happy. The last few years have been a shit show, snuggling up to a big-ass teddy bear is what we all need and deserve.


    "Guaranteed none of us, (the softies at least), will be disappointed with a giant teddy bear. There’s just no way someone can look at them and not smile ear-to-ear." —disneyr21

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    12. An Amazon gift card that'll give them free rein to pick out something nice to buy themselves. Amazon has pretty much everything they could possibly want, and takes out the guesswork for you.


    "A generic gift card like Amazon, because if you want me to actually have something I want/like, it’s probably not something you're going to pick out yourself." —jord0n

    Get it from Amazon for $25+.

    13. A copy of the The Sims 4 or one of the many expansion packs — a game that people of all ages, including myself, can't stop playing.


    "Sims, Sims, Sims, Sims, Sims, and did I mention, SIMS! Plus, the expansion packs!" —beautybelleyt

    Get it from Amazon for $34.98+, and check out the following expansion packs: Get to Work, Jungle Adventure, Cats & Dogs, Backyard Stuff, City Living, Dine Out, Get Together, Get Famous, and SO.MANY.MORE.

    14. A pair of quality running sneakers like these Asics gel shoes (available in women's and men's sizing) to give them a comfy and durable gift they can use while working out at home, in gym class, or just for everyday use.


    "I would love a really good pair of running sneakers. I burn through the cheaper pairs that I buy in a few months, so having something that is a bit more durable and higher quality would be awesome!" —frenzicartist

    Get them from Amazon: the women's gel ventures (left) for $54.95 (available in 10 colors, and sizes 5–11), or the men's gel ventures (right) for $53.91 (originally $65, available in 15 colors, and sizes 7–15)

    15. A clothing or department store gift card that'll allow them to pick out their favorite wearable items, because no, that shirt you picked out is not cute, they're just being polite when they tell you that it is.

    Forever 21, Target

    "We love gift cards. We are always so indecisive and always like the freedom to pick and choose what we like. Clothes stores are great as well as department stores. You can’t go wrong with Forever 21 or Target." —miaolson09

    Get the Forever 21 gift card (left) for $15–$150 (available in 13 styles), or the Target gift card (right) for $5–$1,000.

    Some other stores that are good to check out? Urban Outfitters, Tobi, Asos, and Nordstrom.

    16. A Sephora subscription box for a gift you can truly keep on giving them once a month — perfect for gifting the beauty fanatic in your life, or someone who's interested in getting into new products, but doesn't know where to start.


    Each box includes five trial-size samples and a beauty bonus, a book of tips and tricks, a digital guide with videos and tutorials, and a pass worth 50 bonus points.

    "A subscription to Play! by Sephora!! It’s a monthly box with beauty products!! —sthepotato

    Get it from Sephora for $10+/box.

    17. A pair of Timberland boots — available in both women's and men's sizes — to get them through the upcoming winter and all of its yucky weather conditions.


    "They're trendy, and you can wear them with sooo many things!" —ImagineAmbassadors

    Get them from Amazon: the women's premium boots (left) for $163.19 (available in four colors, and sizes 5–11), or the men's premium boots (right) for $109 (available in various colors, and sizes 5.5–18)

    18. A drawing tablet that'll keep your up-and-coming graphic designer busy for hours, days, weeks, months, years....


    Tablet is compatible with all major graphics applications including Corel Painter, CorelDraw, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Fireworks, Macromedia Flash, Comic Studio, SAI, Paint Tool SAI, Infinite Stratos, 3D MAX, Autodesk MAYA, Pixologic ZBrush, and more! Compatible with Windows XP/Vista/Win7/8/10, and Mac OS 10.8.0, or above.

    "Art is my favorite thing ever, and I wanna start practicing animation now, so I can get a job at a big company." —evieh4e286eb6d

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    19. A unique item from Etsy (like a cool enamel pin or some statement jewelry). Etsy just has so many amazing crafty products to give as heartfelt gifts.


    "Crystals, pins, statement jewelry, and other Etsy items are in right now." —emilyp3ck

    Get them on Etsy: the enamel pin (left) from PinCollectibles for $9, or the tassel earrings (right) from laalee for $20.80+ (originally $26+, available in two finishes, and five tassel colors).

    And be sure to check out all of the amazing sellers and products on Etsy, because it truly is such a wonderful site.

    20. A 23andMe DNA kit to show them where their ancestors came from, and give them an opportunity to learn more about what makes them who they are.

    @23andme / Via

    "Gen Z is said to be the most diverse generation ever. Some (ALL) of us want to know exactly where our ancestors from." —tg106

    Get it from 23andMe for $99 (ancestry kit), or $199 (health and ancestry kit).

    21. A Taylor Swift merch item, ya know, if they're a Taylor Swift fan. As a totally unbiased fan myself, I do agree that anything from her merch line makes a great gift.

    Taylor Swift Official Merch

    Again, totally unbiased. It's not like that green snake tee is my favorite shirt I own or anything.

    "Personally, I would really love merch. Specifically Taylor Swift merch because I’m a super huge fan, haha." —Jacksontaylor

    Get them from Taylor Swift Official Merch: the green snake tee (left) for $20 (originally $50, available in sizes S–2XL), or the snake ring for $30 (originally $60, available in six colors).

    22. And last but certainly not least, when all else fails... MONEY. A tangible gift, or even a gift card is more heartfelt than a card filled with cash, but hey, the teens won't say no to money if you give it to them.


    Happy holidays from Taylor and me.

    Taylor Swift / Via

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