Skip To Content
  • Gifts Kids Will Totally Love badge

16 Gifts Teens Actually Want To Receive For The Holidays

We asked and they told us.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

Hey! While we’re doing our best to make sure the products we feature will arrive in time for Christmas, shipping times are especially tricky this year and can vary depending on where you live, which product you purchase, and more. Shop early and be sure to double check the retailers’ websites for shipping information to ensure that your gift will arrive in time for the 25th!

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.,

Suggested by: dancemat660, taybruin05, sinomsani, swimmer712, spacemonkey11, thekeirariver

Hello! I am not a teen, however, I am a recent AirPods customer, and am here to vouch for why these wireless headphones make for an awesome, useful gift. For starters, I will say that I was very hesitant about splurging on AirPods. I already had the wired Apple headphones, and splurged a couple years ago on these super cushiony Beats headphones — the last thing I needed were AirPods.

Alas, Amazon had a good deal on them on Black Friday, so I purchased them, and after a week of use, I'm already wondering why I waited so long to buy them. It's truly wonderful not having to worry about untangling a wire, or there even being a wire separating my earbuds and my device. When I wanna go for a walk, I no longer (literally) feel tied to my phone. When I'm sitting down at my laptop doing work, and need to get up and stretch or walk around the room for a minute, I don't need to take my headphones out or bring my laptop with me. Plus, one of the features I love about these, is that whatever audio you're listening to automatically stops when you take them out of your ears. They also automatically turn on when you start wearing them. So, basically, they're magical, and I love them, and I highly recommend them! —Sam Wieder (aka, ME!)

Get the Apple AirPods (left) from Amazon for $128.98, and the TaoTronics (right) from Amazon for $49.99.

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.

Paige's Candle Co, Sweet Water Decor / Etsy

Suggested by: starbucks8307, ektug96, ruby_starling, alexandriac415aaa60d, taybruin05, olivialevy1, thekeirariver, a47f0715fa

Get the lavender candle (left) from Paige's Candle Co for $15+ (available in three sizes), and warm + cozy candle (right) from Sweet Water Decor on Etsy for $20.

BTW! Paige's Candle Co is an awesome Black woman-owned company selling deliciously scented vegan candles! Sweet Water Decor is a woman-owned business that sells cozy candles, gorgeous mugs, beautiful jewelry dishes, and more items that'll make fabulous gifts.

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.

Beauteque Monthly / Cratejoy, Book Club Box / Cratejoy

Suggested by: dancemat660

A lot of teens mentioned they wanted makeup and/or books, so this is a wonderful way to gift it to them. Of course, there are subscription boxes to fit any other interests they may have like cooking & baking, crafting, jewelry, snacking, and more!

Get Beauteque Monthly from Cratejoy for $22/month, and Book Club Box from Cratejoy for $32.50/month. And be sure to check out all of the awesome subscription boxes Cratejoy has to offer!

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.

Free People, BaubleBar

Suggested by: anniegrace1995, laura_alio, ammusteata, swimmer712

Get the studded earring set (left — comes with 20 pairs) from Free People for $20 (available in 10 colors), and the 18K gold huggie hoop earring set (right — comes with five pairs) from BaubleBar for $98.

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.


Suggested by: epithet1, afriasiaabc, olivialevy1, delaneygreczyn

Hi, it's me again! I got the Nintendo Switch back in April, and it's still one of my favorite quarantine purchases I've made. For starters, at a time where things are... stressful, to say the least, it's been really nice to have a mindless form of entertainment whenever I want to just de-stress.

I bought my Nintendo Switch to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I loved playing Animal Crossing on my GameCube when I was younger, so the nostalgia aspect of the game was a big selling point for me. The best part of it though is the fact that it truly feels like an escape from reality. I love that I can spend hours interacting with my adorable villagers, designing my dream home, and building/re-arranging my very own island. I definitely want to explore other games, but from the standpoint of someone who bought this console literally for just one game and still loves it, I can tell you this really is a great purchase. —Sam Wieder (aka, ME!)

Get the Nintendo Switch (left) from Best Buy for $299.99 (available in three colors), and the Nintendo Switch Lite (right) from Amazon for $199 (available in four colors).

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.


Suggested by: mschanes, hengstlr

Get Animal Crossing: New Horizons (left) from Amazon for $59.99, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (right) from Amazon for $59.99.

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

Suggested by: epithet1, mysadiecat, laura_alio, starbucks8307, ektug96, ruby_starling, hengstlr, taybruin05, olivialevy1, thekeirariver, a47f0715fa, mbonnett29

Check out BuzzFeed's write-up of this extremely cozy Chanasya faux-fur blanket.

Promising review: "I LOVE THIS THROW. It is sooo soft and comfortable, and it looks way more expensive than it costs. I only wish I had bought the bigger size! I got it in gray, which is a lovely neutral, and goes perfectly with my living room. One side is the soft faux-fur side, and the other is the soft fleece-y side. Both sides are warm and super soft. I like that the color isn't flat, it's varied with different shades, and I feel like that makes it look much more posh." —Raechelle

Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in various colors, and five sizes).

P.S. — throwing this hilarious and deliciously cozy tortilla blanket in here as another fun gift option.

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
Dr. Martens

Suggested by: laura_alio, squishers

Promising review: "Looking for a pair of high quality boots? These are it. Takes a couple of days to break in, but once they do, they're a dream come true." —Sydnei W.

Get them from Dr. Martens for $150 (available in four colors, and women's sizes 5—11), or $160 (available in men's sizes 7—14).

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

Suggested by: anniegrace1995, mysadiecat, thekeirariver

Promising review: "You can find me wearing these shoes literally every single day no matter the weather. They go great with shorts, leggings, and jeans. They are seriously my favorite sneaker. Get them! I usually wear an 8 in tennis shoes but sized down to a 7.5, and they are perfect!" —Karrie

Get them from Amazon for $66.28+ (available in two colors, sizes 5–10).

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.

Best Buy

Suggested by: ammusteata, ainsleys013

Get them from Best Buy: the Samsung Chromebook (left) for $299, and the MacBook Air (right) for $749.99+ (available in two storage capacity sizes).

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

Amazon, Urban Outfitters

Suggested by: elliegraceee04, peppermintsmiles

Get the Victoria Vintage record player (left) from Amazon for $44.99, and the Crosley Tourmaline Cruiser record player (right) from Urban Outfitters for $69.

And if you're looking for some good vinyl records to help them start their collection, two very good choices are Harry Styles Fine Line and Billie Eilish WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

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


Suggested by: epithet1

Get the Squish-Doos Reina Squishmallow (left) for $12.99+ (available in three sizes), and the Squish-Doos Lexie Squishmallow (right) for $12.99+ (available in three sizes).

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


Suggested by: brianlarge, taybruin05, thekeirariver

Get them from RedBubble: the travel sticker for $2.64+ (available in three finishes, and three sizes), and the SpongeBob sticker for $2.70 (available in three finishes). Be sure to shop the rest of the amazing stickers on RedBubble!

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

Suggested by: epithet1, ammusteata, avasexton64, olivialevy1

Get them from Amazon for $24.99 (available in various styles, and pack options).

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

Suggested by: ryebanzo, mschanes, swimmer712, peppermintsmiles, starbucks8307, jojobunny7, olivialevy1, thekeirariver

Get the Amazon gift card, from, well, Amazon for $50+. BTW, two other stores the teens said they liked were PacSun and Hollister!

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
Damircudic / Getty Images

"Honestly, for Christmas, I just want everyone to wear a mask." —jazziegirl139

If you're looking for some great masks and accessories to give as a gift or get for yourself, check out our roundup of 41 Face Masks & Accessories That Would Actually Make Great Gifts.

Want to be featured in similar BuzzFeed posts? Follow the BuzzFeed Community on Facebook and Twitter!

Did you know BuzzFeed Shopping can now send you product recommendations RIGHT to your phone?! Learn more here.

the number to text for BuzzFeed Shopping product recommendations: 332-334-9081

Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

What's your favorite product?

Tell us about your favorite product
Your review may be featured in a post.
Minimum 25 characters, 1500 characters left
Max 10 MB. Accepted file types: .jpg, .jpeg, .png.