Christmas Gift Guide For Teens – My Family Ties

Christmas Ideas For Teens

It’s nearly time for getting ready for Christmas and it’s getting harder and harder to think of great gifts to buy for my daughter who turned 15 this year. I have included gift ideas that I think would suit my own teen, so I hope this may be useful for ideas for your own teenagers. Siobhan loves games so I have included what I think she might like in my Christmas Gift Guide this year. 

Nail Creations Gift Set – £12 at

With nail wraps, glitter and nail varnishes to suit all occasions, this pretty gift box contains everything needed to create a variety of nail looks for the party season. Gift box includes: Nailwear Pro+ in Liquorice, Pastel Pink and Starry Night, 10ml, Nail Art Design Strips in Bows for You, Nail Decoration Tool and Glitter Pot in Silver.

Available Now From Avon

Magnetic Songwriters Kit – £ 6.99 –
This No. 1 hit for the fridge may be just the thing to entice those sleepy teenagers out of their bedrooms.
Each kit contains 320 magnetic word tiles themed for one of six musical genres. The Hip Hop is guaranteed to amuse and entertain anyone who dares to dream of being the next Jay-Z! 
This is a great gift for all those wanna-be songwriters who require a little lyrical inspiration every now and then!

Fitbit Flex – £79.99 –

Powered by the latest Bluetooth Technology, the latest activity tracker is worn as a wristband. If measures steps, distance, calories burned and sleep efficiency. Available in a range of colours for everyone in the family, and with the added bonus that the coloured straps are interchangeable, and waterproof.  A great gift idea for your sporty teenager or to help encourage your teen to improve their activity in the new year. 

You can set goals and track your progress to help you achieve them. The Fitbit Flex comes in a variety of colours (see above) and is iOS and Android compatible, this is the ultimate motivation for monitoring and improving your fitness for the new year. 

Available Now From FitBit, Argos and Amazon 


Spotify Gift Card – £10 & £30 –
The ideal choice for those who want to avoid the high street during the busy Christmas period, or for that last minute purchase, you can buy online or in stores.  My teen daughter, as do lots of teens,  loves to listen to music, and this is the ideal gift choice for a teen as it is so versatile.  Not only can you choose the amount you pay (by monthly subscription) it gives the listener such a wide variety of music choices.

You can also have this great gift idea e-mailed directly to your inbox or to your loved ones inbox with a personal Christmas message. Go to their website and you can purchase 1, 3, 6, and 12 month gift cards from as little as £9.99

The only flaw in this gift idea for my own teen daughter is that I think I would end up using it as well! As it is such a brilliant concept of accessing your favourite artists. 

Jelly Belly Nail Polish and Lip Balm Duo  £4.00  
A perfect little stocking filler for the teenage girl with one Very Cherry flavoured lip balm and one Very Cherry scented nail polish.  If you have tasted the Jelly Belly range you will be familiar with the amazing and very authentic scents of their sweets, this product is no exception as both smell wonderfully of  delicious cherries, a very special treat for any young lady. 

EA Sims 4 –  £59.99 – 

The Sims 4 is the highly anticipated life simulation game that lets you play with life like never before. This will be on the top of every teen’s Christmas list so that they too can create new Sims with intelligence and emotion. 

With the new Sims 4 you can experience the new fun intuitive tools, with the update which allows your Sims to come back as ghosts if they die, and take on a variety of mischievous characters dependant on the method of their death. 

There are also Star Wars character costumes for your Sims to dress up in – Darth Vadar, and X-Wing fighter, Yoda and Princess Leia. A great gift idea for your teen if they love the EA Games, I know my teen would love to find this under the tree!

Available Now From Sims EA Website 

U Star Novels is a lovely keepsake for your teen, by personalising a classic book, or their favourite book, they can star in the novel and enjoy reading about their own escapades within the story.
It is a really easy process, first select the book you want, from Huckleberry Finn to Alice In Wonderland there are plenty to choose from (not just children’s books, they also have an adults range too) once you have decided, just fill out the form to personalise it to your child, you can even add a photo of them to feature on the back of the novel, and it will be with you in no time. 
You can even feature your teen’s friends or family and even their pets in the novel. It could be Toto from the Wizard Of Oz starring your pet dog, or Dinah from Alice In Wonderland with your cat as the star, a lovely way to make the novel a classic to keep forever with your very own personal stamp on it.
If you want to add in any friends or family into the narrative of the novel you can do so very easily on the online form (very user friendly) and before you know it your Auntie/Cousin/Friend/Brother will become the supporting cast members of Frankenstein or Dracula.
What a great way to personalise a classic book for your teen to treasure, and all the personal elements will really catch their eye and this will make it a memorable and very special Christmas gift from you.

Available Now From U Star Novels From £7.99

      Jam Transit Bluetooth Headphones £59.99  – 

No more tangles wires with these Jam Transit Bluetooth Headphones, stylish and sleek they deliver excellent sound quality with no fear of tangled wires! 
They also feature an integrated microphone for taking calls on the go and are compatible with all bluetooth-enabled devices, including smart phones.  The Jam Transit Headphones connect wirelessly up to 30 feet.
With rechargeable batteries that will allow up to 6 hours of wireless play, these Jam Transit Headphones in black are a great choice for your teen for Christmas.

Available From HMV & Amazon 

A great stocking filler from Me To You for your teen, a sweet smelling gift of seven Tatty Teddy bath fizzers to add to the bath, an ideal little gift for your teen.
Available at Sainsburys
This great range is available now from Poundland, a very purse friendly way of putting some lovely bath and shower treats under the tree for your teen.  The Argan Body range comes in the creamy bath (500 ml) and shower cream (250 ml) both enriched with Moroccan Argan oil and highly moisturising with a subtle scent that will last all day and keep the skin silky soft.
Available From Poundland At £1.00
Another great range with a wide range of products, from Poundland is the Squeeky Clean range.  What a great way to stock up on your teen’s toiletries for Christmas without breaking the bank. The whole Squeeky clean range is fresh and fruity with the delicious scent of raspberry and pomegranate. The range consist of; 
Scrubaholic Face Scrub 100ml 
Pore Pow Wow Face Mask 100ml 
Movie Matte Photo Finish Moisturiser 100ml
Daisy Fresh Shower Detox 250ml
Body Better Body lotion 200ml
Super Strong Nail & Cutie Cream 100ml
Glow Stopper Instant Tan Matte 100ml
Saint or Shimmer Lotion 100ml
All Priced At A Fantastic £1.00
Bronze Ambition £1.00 – £2.99  Bodycare Stores & Bronze Ambition Website
If you are looking for a cost effective yet professional looking way to get a golden glow this Christmas then the Bronze Ambition range is a great option.  Treat your teen with this easy to use and very effective range this Christmas, to a non-streaky golden tan that gives you an instant golden colour which builds up over a short time to a stronger colour.  The Bronze Ambition range also comes with a lovely shimmer which is perfect for all the festive parties.  The range consists of;
Fake Don’t Bake Natural Looking Tannin Cream 100ml –  £1.00
Glow ‘N’ Go Instant Tan Matte 100ml  –  £1.00
Glow ‘N’ Go Instant Tan Shimmer 100ml  –  £1.00
Bronze Me Mousse Instant And Self-Tan Foam: Medium 200ml  –  £2.99
Bronze Me Mousse Instant And Self-Tan Foam: Dark 200ml  –  £2.99
Available at selected Poundland stores and Bodycare stores.
Available from £1.00 – £2.99
Christmas Games From Winning Moves

Little Book Of Bananagrams £6.99
Bananagrams £14.99 

The perfect companion to the Bananagrams game here is your guide to the fast, fun anagram game that my teenage daughter loves! 
Hours of fun to be had at Christmas with the word themed,family friendly Bananagrams game, which is conveniently housed in a portable pouch for you to play on the go or at home. Bananagrams is an international phenomenon as well as being award winning and very popular with many celebrities, such as the cast of ITV’s Downton Abbey, Dame Judy Dench, Scarlett Johansson, Caroline Flack, Cher Lloyd and Matt Edmonson. 
You can buy Bananagrams games and books at many high street and independent retailers such as John Lewis, WHSmith, Waterstones, a range of supermarkets as well as
For more information on this Bananagrams gift idea, or to get some inspiration on another game for Christmas from their extensive game range visit 

Liar Liar – £20
A fun and wickedly twisted trivia game for outwitting your family this Christmas. A great gift for your teen to play to fib and fabricate their way to victory by falsifying the truth to the other opponents, to race to the finish for victory. The family game to play on Christmas day to guess if your ‘truths’ are in fact lies, and where who lies wins!  
You can also purchase at where you can see the whole range of games they have on offer.

 Available to buy at WHSmith, Waterstones, John Lewis, HMV, and Amazon.

Wing It – £20

While you are in the mood for board games on Christmas day, why not try your luck at Wing It, a family game where you are in a race around the British countryside in a madcap bird watching challenge.  Full of official RSBP illustrations, with input from RSPB wardens and within the game using actual RSPB reserves, this fun over-land game is sure to be a hit with all the family.

You can also purchase at where you can see the whole range of games they have on offer.

Available to buy at WHSmith, Waterstones, John Lewis, HMV, and Amazon.   

Album Cards – Personalised Music Cards – From £9.99 (or less)   –    

You can deliver the gift of music this Christmas with the unique and exciting gift idea from Album Cards. If your teen loves music as much as mine this will be a dream gift as you can simply select the album  (or albums) you want to deliver, then personalise the greeting card, and finally arrange for the gift to be posted either on a specific day or if you want to have it delivered the next day, providing you order by 2pm.   

The beauty of this gift is that it is all done online, you can tailor it to your teens musical taste and even if you are really late in doing your Christmas shopping, you can have it delivered the next day.  The music is really easy to download, once you have been gifted the music all you do is go the Album Cards website with your unique code, enter it and you can download your music onto your device.  What a great idea that you can give to friends and family in the UK or worldwide.

Available Now From Album Cards 

Ticket Coaster – £6.00 each – Your Ticket Made Into A Coaster

A lovely and inexpensive gift idea to have a lasting keepsake from an event or concert, taking that ticket and transforming it into a coaster.  Ticket Coaster is a British company that takes your used tickets and transforms the actual tickets into a great quality coaster, for you to use again and again.  You can use Ticket Coaster to preserve the memories from a sporting event, a concert, a theatre trip or any even you like that you needed to purchase a ticket.  

Ticket Coaster will process your order once you have filled out an online form, you just need to then print it out and enclose the tickets you want to make into coasters.  It really couldn’t be easier, a lovely and very personal gift idea that gives you a memento you can keep.

Available from Ticket Coaster Website Starting From £6.00

Toblerone £1.19 – 
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without some chocolate treats, and this Christmas treat is no exception. Toblerone with it’s instantly recognisable triangular shape is always asked for on our daughter’s Christmas lists. This year  Toblerone has a new twist on the Christmas favourite, a 60g limited edition Toblerone is the perfect shape for popping into a stocking, a bite sized treat perfect for Christmas day. It still has the same great taste, filled with honey and almond nougat, with Swiss chocolate, this will certainly go into my daughter’s stocking as she loves Toblerone at Christmas time.

Available Now From All Good Supermarkets 

I have been buying my kids Terry’s Chocolate Oranges at Christmas since they were little and Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without them now.  Tapping the Terry’s chocolate Orange open on Christmas Day is a treat we all share, so it is no wonder that last Christmas Terry’s Chocolate Orange was trending on Twitter as the number one most mentioned food product!

Available Now From All Good Supermarkets

I hope this has given you a few ideas for your teenagers this Christmas,. I know it can be quite stressful buying Christmas gifts so this year I think I will be buying all my gifts online, how about you, will you be doing your shopping on the high street this year or online?

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Merry Christmas!


  1. November 27, 2014 / 10:17 pm

    some fab ideas, I love the squeaky clean range

    • January 11, 2015 / 4:19 pm

      Me too Samantha – such good value!

  2. November 28, 2014 / 6:15 am

    Don't have to be a teen to like these. Love the Cherry nail varnish!

    • January 11, 2015 / 4:20 pm

      I agree, lots of these would be perfect for me (and i'm no teen anymore!!)

  3. November 28, 2014 / 10:57 pm

    This is a great list, I have no idea what teenagers would want nowadays x