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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 Disney+ subscription so they can enjoy all of their favorite Disney classics, as well as some fun, new originals.



    Plus, they can add up to three other people to their account, so other friends or family members can join in on the fun, too!

    Subscribe to Disney+ for $6.99/month, or $69.99/year.

    2. Adidas sneakers for a functional, but trendy pair of shoes they're bound to get PLENTY of good use out of.,


    Promising review (for the women's shoes): "Love these shoes! Super cute and fashionable, and easy to pair with almost any outfit. I love how comfortable they are. These shoes have become my go-to for when I'm traveling. They are great in the airport, on a plane, and while walking and exploring miles and miles of my destination. I would easily purchase these shoes again." —Sadie

    Get them from Amazon: the women's sneakers for $41.70+ (available in various styles, and sizes 5—11), or the men's sneakers for $24.83+ (available in various styles, and sizes 3.5—20).

    3. A laptop of their own so they can finally stop hogging up the family computer to do homework, fill out college applications, and watch YouTube videos. Not to mention, this will be super handy if they decide to go to college, whenever that may be!

    Best Buy


    Get them from Best Buy: the Apple MacBook Air (top) for $1,099.99+ (available in three colors, and two sizes), the Samsung Chromebook for $189+ (available in two system memory options, and two two storage capacity options), or the Dell Inspiron for $449+ (available in two processor model options, and two storage capacity options). Be sure to check out all of the amazing laptop options at Best Buy!

    4. Leggings with pockets for a super comfy pair of pants they'll practically want to live in! Plus, they can use the pockets to store snacks... and that's super important.



    Check out our write-up of these oh, so wonderful leggings!

    Promising review: "Ok I never write reviews but these leggings are amazing!! I have two pairs and I’ll probably buy about 2-3 more. They’re so comfy and they make your booty look good! Plus, some leggings attract dog hair and stuff (I have two long haired pups) and it’s impossible to get it off. These don’t!! Plus they’re squat proof, so no worries about that. And they have that hidden pocket in the front to hold your keys or cell phone while working out. Love, love, love these leggings." —Jennifer

    Get them from Amazon for $9.98+ (available in various styles, and sizes XS—XL).

    5. A portable printer so they can print pictures they take on their phones out from wherever they bring this gadget.



    Promising review: "We bought this for our teen daughter, and it is pretty cool and a lot of fun. The printing was better then I expected. It is not a high-quality glossy print from Walgreens, but it prints a decent photo. It took my daughter about two minutes to read directions, download an app, and print pictures from her phone." —Fun Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $89.95 (available in four colors).

    6. A reusable water bottle like the Hydro Flask or Nalgene, known for their abilities to keep drinks at their desired temperatures for a long time. Meanwhile, you'll be helping them do their part to make the Earth greener, and that's a beautiful thing.,


    Promising review (for the Hydro Flask): "Holy Hannah! This water bottle is amazing. I’ll put ice water in it before bed, and the ice will be there when I wake up eight hours later! It’s very sturdy, and makes a calming chime noise when dropped in a cement parking ramp and rolls down the slope. It survived that stop, drop, and roll with only a scratch on the lid — no dents or chips in the body! Wow! The only caveat of this water bottle is it doesn’t fit in any of my cup holders. Car, gym, bike, you name it, doesn’t fit. But it’s comfortable to carry around!" —Shannon C

    Get them from Amazon: the Hydro Flask for $39.95 (available in various colors), and the Nalgene for $17.10 (available in various colors).

    7. RedBubble stickers for decorating their laptops, water bottles, notebooks, phones, and whatever other items they want to personalize!



    Get them from RedBubble: the travel sticker for $2.64+ (available in three finishes, and three sizes), and the SpongeBob sticker for $3.06+ (available in three finishes). Be sure to shop the rest of the amazing stickers on RedBubble!

    8. A ticket to see their favorite artist in concert, or even a play or sporting event, because tangible gifts are cool, but the memories from going to a special event are unmatched.



    Be sure to check out Ticketmaster and Live Nation for all of your ticket needs, or StubHub or SeatGeek for re-sale tickets!

    9. A pair of Crocs for those who know the shoes are making a surprising comeback. You can say what you want about their look, but the comfort and functionality of these shoes truly makes them a staple. Don't forget the charms!

    @crocs / Via


    Get the classic clog from Crocs for $44.99 (available in 29 colors, and sizes 6—12). And be sure to shop all of the other wonderful shoes and charms Crocs has to offer!

    10. A portable speaker that'll allow them to play their favorite songs anywhere! Plus, it's waterproof, so it'll make for the perfect addition to trips to the pool or beach with their friends!


    Promising review: "This speaker is absolutely amazing, and definitely worth the price! I have been using this speaker ever since I received it in the mail. I was so impressed with the quality, the sound, and the bass. The speaker came with a wrist strap, which is really awesome, and also a charger. The packaging is very nice, and I am going to use that as a place to put my JBL when I finish using it. It is very easy to pair with a device, and if you choose to download the JBL Connect+ app it is also easy to pair with as well. The battery life is spectacular, so you don't really have to worry about charging it often. Overall, great speaker! I would recommend this to anyone!" —Kyia S.

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95 (available in nine colors).

    11. The Sims 4 so they can immerse themselves in what's still probably the most fun game to ever exist. If they already own the base game, an expansion pack like University, Get Famous, or Island Living are also great options!



    Promising review: "I don't know what came over me, but I had an urgent need to play Sims. I used to have every single game, starting with the first Sims. Graphics are just perfect. I don't play for too long, but I personally found it more interesting than Sims 3. Just my humble opinion!" —Nigina

    Get the Sims 4 base game from Amazon for $39.99 (available in various formats), and be sure to click the edition drop-down button to shop the various expansion packs!

    12. A beauty subscription box, like GlossyBox, that'll deliver a curated assortment of amazing beauty products for them to try each month.

    @glossybox_us / Via


    What they'll get: Each box comes with an assortment of five hand-picked beauty products wrapped beautifully in their signature pink box.

    Get it from Glossybox: a one month plan for $21, a three month plan for $58.50, a six month plan for $111, or a 12 month plan for $210.

    13. Apple AirPods so they can listen to music on their phone WHILE being able to charge it at the same time. The struggle of the new iPhone headphone jack is still just as annoying years later, and I'm sure the teens can agree with me.



    Promising review: "These earbuds have been fantastic so far. People criticize the price, but I’m sorry, there is a reason for it. I never tried the previous version, but these ones connect to my iPhone, iPad, and Bluetooth transceiver almost instantly. They are very comfortable and stay in my ears with no issues. I’ve tried cheaper Bluetooth earbuds, in the $50 range, and the difference was night and day. I would pay the extra $100 on these every day for the increase of build, quality, and performance." —Chris Wadden

    Get them from Amazon for $144.

    14. A fun game like Cards Against Humanity or What Do You Meme? that'll provide entertainment and laughs for them and all of their friends. You may even find yourself borrowing their games to use with your friends, too. Why not?!



    Get them from Amazon: Cards Against Humanity for $25, and What Do You Meme? for $29.99.

    15. Sets of fun socks featuring cute prints to get for the smart teen in your life who knows socks really do make a wonderful gift, especially as the weather outside gets colder.



    Promising review: "I like to mix and match fun prints on my socks. It's like a fun little inside joke with just myself. These are great for that and my everyday wear. There's a wide variety of fun colors and prints to choose from and the quality is better than the novelty socks available at Walmart or Target. I don't expect them to last forever, but I'm over a year into my first set with no casualties. The ankle elastic stays nice and tight, but isn't 'leave an indent' tight, and they don't slip down the back of my ankle. What more could you want?" —Karen

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $7.99 (available in various styles).

    16. A mini projector they can connect to their phone so they can watch their favorite videos, shows, and movies right up on the wall — no television needed.,


    Promising review: "I've had this projector for less than a month. Needless to say, so far, so good. Its been amazing — from movie night in the backyard, to an in-home cinema experience. We have even used it while crafting. This has been a purchase worth the money." —Kascey ifil

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    17. An exciting trip, whether it be one the whole family takes, or one you help contribute money to — the gift of allowing them to take in sights from around the world and gain valuable experiences makes for a really special memory.

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    Check out for awesome deals on flight and hotel accommodations, because if you're gonna treat 'em to a trip, you should be smart about where you're putting your money!

    18. A Morphe eyeshadow palette featuring vibrant pinks, purples, and shimmers with a touch of glitter that'll have their eyelids looking bejeweled and unleash their creativity.

    @morphebrushes / Via


    Promising review: "The colors are super pigmented and blend super easy! The shimmer toppers are so sparkly and I'm obsessed! It's my first Morphe palette and I'm definitely getting others." —Kylie

    And for that matter, I highly recommend ANY Morphe palette! I bought the James Charles x Morphe palette when it was first released, and drama aside, I absolutely love it. The shades are beautifully pigmented, rich without going too overboard, and it's actually a really great value for such a large palette. Plus, it's long-lasting!

    Get it from Ulta for $35. Be sure to shop all of the wonderful Morphe palette options at Ulta!

    19. A sentimental book you can fill in with passed down family recipes, so they can whip up their favorite home-cooked meals whenever they're in need of something that tastes like it was made with love.


    Promising review: "My mother passed away this past summer and my sisters and I were searching a way to honor her memory in a way that can be passed on to others again and again. We decided to make family cookbooks similar to the one she made us. This is the perfect book for that special project. The book is lovely, as I would expect from such a dear author and illustrator. The pages are easy to write on, they make sense in their structure, and the artwork and quotes inspire. My mother would truly love this. I highly recommend." —Tryshah Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $10.78.

    20. Water color brushes to get the creative teen in your life who can spend hours crafting, whether they're into it professionally, or just for fun!



    Promising review: "I underestimated these since the bristles seemed so thick and coarse, thinking it wasn't adequate for the supple brushes that watercolors tend to work best with. I was wrong. When wet the bristles become very soft and supple, and you can control the water flow as you paint. There's so much control here, with such a beautiful effect. I can't help but recommend this for everyone, especially those that like to take their journals on the road and paint outside." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon: $6.49/three, $10.99/six, or $21.99/12.

    21. A sewing machine for those who have an interest in either making clothes or fixing them up. This is something the whole family can enjoy, because it'll be a lot easier to repair your beloved ripped shirt yourself than bring it somewhere to get done.



    Promising review: "I love this machine! I took a very basic sewing class about 10 years ago and I was intimidated to try again, but this machine is so easy to use. Love the needle threader, the extra feet, and automatic bobbin drop-in feature. The stitching is nice and even. Overall, it is a great machine for beginners." —Andrea W.

    Get it from Amazon for $85.

    22. And of course, when all else fails, money or a gift card to a store like Amazon, so they can pick out their own gifts. After all, they are teenagers, and no offense to them, but they can be a tad difficult to shop for!, Alfexe / Getty Images


    Get the Amazon gift card, from, well, Amazon for $50+. Get the cash, well, from your wallet.

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