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16 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 wireless earbuds like the popular AirPods, or a less expensive, but still awesome option like TaoTronics. They can listen to their favorite music, shows, movies, audiobooks, and online lesson plans just by connecting to Bluetooth.

2. A candle to give their space a pretty scent and a cozy vibe. It's basically science that you can't go wrong with giving a candle as a gift.

3. A subscription box like Beauteque Monthly or Book Club Box that'll curate a box of fun goodies for them, so it's less guesswork for you.

4. A gorgeous earring set so they always have beautiful ear candy options to choose from. Whether they like studs, hoops, or something else, a set helps to gives them lots of exciting options.

5. A Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite to help keep any teen that loves to game, entertained for hours. I am an adult, and my Nintendo Switch is one of my favorite quarantine gifts to myself.

6. And whether you're getting them a Switch for the first time, or they already own one, you can't go wrong with getting them a game to go with it. Of course, there's the beloved Animal Crossing: New Horizons. If they have a need for speed when it comes to gaming, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is another great option.

7. A comfy blanket like this faux fur blanket on Amazon with a cult-following. It's soft, warm, and all around perfect.

gray blanket hanging over a chair

8. A pair of boots like Dr. Martens for a sturdy, reliable boot option that'll look great and get them through the roughest of cold weather months.

black classic dr marten boot

9. Or a pair of sneakers like Adidas. They make a great option in the shoe department, as they're comfy, stylish, and something they will get a ton of use out of!

a reviewer wearing the white, black, and gold adidas sneakers

10. A laptop of their own so they can finally stop hogging up the family computer to do homework, attend Zoom classes, and watch YouTube videos.

11. A record player that'll allow them to listen to their favorite artists in the coolest way possible — on vinyl, of course.

12. A Squishmallow they can, well, squish. These adorable squishy pillows are bound to make them smile.

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

14. Fuzzy socks to keep their feet feeling nice and toasty. Socks truly make great, useful gifts and we love that teens recognize that.

various colors of fuzzy socks

15. When all else fails, 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!

the amazon gift card in a holiday box

16. And last — but most certainly not least — an answer from a teen that I think we can all agree with: for everyone to wear a mask! Life is strange right now, but it's so important that we all do our part to keep ourselves and others safe!

person putting on a mask

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