The Top 40 Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Teenagers

by Caitlin McCormack | Last Updated Mar. 5th, 2016

They might no longer believe in the big man in the red suit, but that doesn’t mean they still don’t enjoy getting in the festive spirit.

Teenagers can be notoriously difficult to shop for, but we’ve got several great gift ideas that are sure to please nearly anyone on your list this year. Even though recommended ages might be lower, teens will still get a lot of enjoyment out of these items. In no particular order, here are 40 of the best Christmas gift ideas for teenagers.

1. Apple iPad Air 2 MH0W2LL/A 10-Inch Retina Display, 16GB (Gold)

Really wow your teen with the gift of an Apple iPad. This model features retina display and stylish gold casing and is available in a number of sizes and configurations.

Key features:

  • Choice of three colors
  • Battery lasts up to 10 hours
  • Lightweight and easily portable

Cost: *Est. $439.97

2. Syma X5C Explorers 2.4G 4CH 6-Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter With HD Camera

This remote controlled quadcopter features an onboard high definition camera and 2GB micro SD memory card to record all your teen’s high flying adventures.

Key features:

  • Suitable for use indoors or outdoors
  • Wind resistant
  • 7 minutes of flight time per charge

Cost: *Est. $43.99

3. Osmo Gaming System for iPad

This groundbreaking gaming system for the iPad helps encourage your child’s creative thinking skills and social interaction. Play or create your own games as a solo player or as a family for hours of entertainment.

Key features:

  • Compatible with iPad 2 to most recent model
  • Games can be downloaded for free
  • One of Time Magazine’s top inventions of 2014

Cost: *Est. $74.79

This compact and easily portable game provides hours of building and balancing fun for tweens and the whole family. It is suitable for 1-4 players at a time and helps to develop cognitive skills and hand-eye coordination.

Key features:

  • Available in single or double packages
  • Choose from four levels of play
  • No tools required

Cost: *Est. $15.13

5. Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit

This electronic discovery kit teaches kids STEM concepts while still being fun and practical. It has won multiple awards including the National Parenting Center-Seal of Approval, Dr. Toy 100 Best Children’s Products, and Dr. Toy Best Educational Products.

Key features:

  • Optional frustration-free packaging
  • Choose from over 100 exciting projects
  • Includes working electrical circuits

Cost: *Est. $20.99

6. Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit

This modern day racetrack kit allows you to battle and race the supercars of the future on a selection of eight epic track setups via your mobile device. Set up challenges with friends or go head-to-head with AI-controlled racers. Easily customize speed, weapons, and defenses to win the battle.

Key features:

  • Quick and easy setup
  • Includes Skull and Ground Shock robotic supercars
  • Optional expansion tracks and supercars

Cost: *Est. $149.99

7. Miposaur

This little dinosaur features artificial intelligence that responds to the user either via the trackball controller, app, or with hand gestures. It’s smart enough to learn and follow your child’s commands.

Key features:

  • Compatible with Bluetooth-enabled devices
  • Batteries required
  • Dino has its own personality

Cost: *Est. $93.28

The ultimate building set from K’NEX, this model includes 375 pieces that can be put together to create 30 different building ideas.

Key features:

  • Storage tub included
  • Easy-to-follow instructions are color-coded
  • Provides hours of open-ended fun

Cost: *Est. $19.95

9. Apple MGNR2LL/A iPad Mini 3

The latest iPad Mini is available in a number of sizes and configurations to suit everyone on your list. Teens will love having all their favorite social sharing apps right at the tips of their fingers.

Key features:

  • Choice of three colors
  • Battery lasts up to 10 hours
  • Lightweight and easily portable

Cost: *Est. $299

The whole family will have fun with this game that features many different LEGO characters joining forces to battle in worlds outside of their own. It features the Dark Knight, a Wizard, and a LEGO Master Builder that allow you to let your imagination run wild.

Key features:

  • Available for multiple gaming systems
  • Suitable for everyone aged 10 and older
  • Expansion packs available

Cost: *Est. $99.88

This great little kit comes complete with 15 electronic building blocks, along with detailed instructions to complete 12 different projects. It also includes all the accessories and tools for your little inventor to get busy creating their own designs.

Key features:

  • Helps teach STEM concepts
  • Instructions included or use for open-ended play
  • Recommended for children aged 8 and up

Cost: *Est. $199.95

12. jamstik+ Portable SmartGuitar with Interactive Guitar Lesson Apps for iOS and Mac

Let your musician unleash their creative genius with the world’s first digital smart guitar. It connects to an iOS device and includes an interactive teaching app that can have your teen playing the strings in minutes.

Key features:

  • Provides instant feedback
  • No musical experience required
  • Easily portable

Cost: *Est. $299.99

Perfect for the child looking to get their feet wet in the world of music, this starter kit includes an acoustic guitar made of full wood construction and an extra set of strings just in case of breakages.

Key features:

  • Gig bag included
  • Includes strap and pick
  • Available in a choice of colors

Cost: *Est. $38.18

14. Gravity Maze

This fun little game is a logic-based puzzle that challenges your teen to build a path through the towers for a falling marble. It provides hours of solo play that’s sure to fire up his or her brain.

Key features:

  • 60 challenges included
  • Varying levels of difficulty
  • Helps develop spatial reasoning and planning skills

Cost: *Est. $23.99

15. UDI U818A 2.4GHz 4 CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter with Camera

This remote controlled quadcopter has an integrated stabilizing design that helps ensure precise positioning and crystal clear image quality. Each two hour charge provides 7-9 minutes of flight time.

Key features:

  • Easy to install modular design
  • Remote works up to 30m away
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $47.48

16. Funko POP! Marvel: Dancing Groot Bobble Action Figure

This cute little Groot action figure features a bobble design that gives the impression everyone’s favorite little sapling is dancing away. A fun keepsake for your teen to display in the bedroom.

Key features:

  • Made of vinyl
  • Recommended for children aged 8 and up
  • Fits in the palm of your hand

Cost: *Est. $6.25

17. Nintendo Wii U 32GB Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Set

This boxed set comes complete with the Wii U system, game pad, game pad stylus, game pad stand, sensor bar, AC adapters, an HDMI cable, and Wii U console stand, plus Mario Kart 8 pre-installed for easy playing right out of the box.

Key features:

  • 32 GB internal storage
  • Download card for 2 packs of bonus DLC included
  • Includes new characters, tracks and vehicles

Cost: *Est. $299

18. Singing Machine SML-283P CDG Karaoke Player

Let your teen’s inner rockstar loose with this karaoke player that features built-in speakers that make it easily portable. With two microphone jacks, your kids can even partake in their favorite duets.

Key features:

  • Available in choice of colors
  • Available in a Frozen-themed bundle
  • AC adapter- or battery-powered

Cost: *Est. $45.99

19. Razor E100 Electric Scooter

This electric scooter is available in a wide variety of color choices to suit any rider’s personality and features a simple kick start motor that provides enough power to reach speeds of up to 10 mph.

Key features:

  • Battery charger is UL approved
  • Built-in rear handbrake
  • Provides up to 40 minutes of continuous use on a single charge

Cost: *Est. $107.99

20. LEGO Creator 31010 Treehouse

This LEGO Creator kit can be built as either a farmyard barn, tree house, or lakeside hut for hours of creative and imaginative play. It boasts a secret trapdoor with lock and a fold-down ladder and storage area.

Key features:

  • Treasure map included
  • Features 356 pieces
  • Child minifigure included

Cost: *Est. $29.99

21. Barbie Collector 2015 Holiday Doll

This special collector’s edition Barbie holiday doll is the 27th annual iteration of this special toy and features a festive garnet-colored gown with beautiful silvery accents and accessories.

Key features:

  • Includes premium gift packaging
  • Suitable for children aged 6 and up
  • Includes a pair of shoes

Cost: *Est. $32.99

22. LEGO Friends 41101 Heartlake Grand Hotel Building Kit

This LEGO building set features 1552 pieces to let your teen build the ultimate grand hotel for several LEGO friends, or whatever else their imagination can think of.

Key features:

  • Includes a single bed, flat screen TV element and sliding door to balcony
  • Bellboy trolley, suitcases and more included
  • Includes 5 mini-doll figures

Cost: *Est. $119.99

This remote controlled set features both a launching car and remote controlled helicopter to let your child’s imagination run wild while they conquer the ground and air.

Key features:

  • Batteries required
  • Impact resistant
  • Indoor use only

Cost: *Est. $29.99

24. Ripstik Caster Board

This fun board functions like a cross between a skateboard and snowboard and helps your teen develop their balance skills while keeping active outdoors. Spiked traction pads make it easier to stay on and the caster wheels provide snowboard-like carving.

Key features:

  • Available in a choice of colors
  • Suitable for use by those weighing up to 220 pounds
  • Recommended for those aged 8 and up

Cost: *Est. $58.54

The ultimate kit for your magic-loving teen, this award-winning set has been tested for durability and is made from the highest quality materials to provide years of reliable use.

Key features:

  • Easy to learn
  • Wooden storage box included
  • Helps improve fine motor skills and develop confidence

Cost: *Est. $29.77

Rummy, one of the world’s most popular games, gets a fun twist in this tile game that is fun for the whole family. It comes complete with 106 easy-to-read tiles, four playing racks, and instructions so you can get playing right away.

Key features:

  • Helps teach STEM skills
  • Suitable for 2 or more players
  • Recommended for kids aged 8 and up

Cost: *Est. $9.74

27. Full Size Blue Electric Guitar with Amp, Case and Accessories

Give your music-loving teen the gift of music with this all-in-one guitar kit that comes complete with an amp, carry case and accessories to get your child strumming in no time.

Key features:

  • Perfect for beginners
  • Tremolo Bar and extra strings included
  • Made of maple and rose woods

Cost: *Est. $99.95

28. Chrono Bomb Action Game

This action-packed game is suitable for solo or group play and challenges your child to cross the laser field before time runs out.

Key features:

  • Free app included
  • Recommended for kids aged 7 and up
  • Batteries required

Cost: *Est. $19.99

29. Magic: The Gathering Arena of the Planeswalkers Game

This tactical board game will help your teen develop their critical thinking skills as they try to move their players through the 3D board game and battle arena.

Key features:

  • Includes 5 Planeswalkers figures
  • Terrain boards included for added gameplay
  • Suitable for 2-5 players

Cost: *Est. $19

30. Rev (2 Cars Included)

This cool set features two smart cars that allow gameplay between either two persons or solo play as they battle it out to see who is the most cunning car on the road.

Key features:

  • Up to 16 players in one game
  • Controlled via your smart device
  • Suitable for most flooring surfaces

Cost: *Est. $78.34

31. Laser Maze Logic Game

With challenges that have been created by world famous puzzle-creator Wei-Hwa Huang, this logic game offers hours of single player fun that’s great for anyone aged 8 and up.

Key features:

  • Varying levels of difficulty
  • Includes over 60 challenges
  • Helps develop planning and sequential reasoning skills

Cost: *Est. $29.33

32. Apples to Apples Party Box (Family Edition)

The came of hilarious comparisons, this version of the award-winning classic family card game features updated content and is ready to play right out of the box.

Key features:

  • Recommended for those aged 12 and up
  • Suitable for 2 or more players
  • Helps develop quick thinking

Cost: *Est. $28

33. Wild Pets Spider Habitat Playset

This realistic pet spider will provide your teen with hours of fun and helps to develop their caring skills and sense of responsibility. It can be controlled with the touch sensor on its back and will creep, explore, or attack wherever you take it.

Key features:

  • Habitat with handle included
  • LED lights change color
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $19.99

34. Classic Yahtzee

Everyone will get a kick out of this classic board game, even your teens. It features the same styling as the original version and comes complete with five dice, an aluminum-rimmed dice cup, score pad and bonus chips.

Key features:

  • Suitable for two or more players
  • Recommended for kids aged 8 and older
  • Helps develop strategic thinking skills

Cost: *Est. $10

35. Girl Scouts Cookie Oven

This Girl Scouts-themed oven lets your little baker make their very own Girl Scout cookies from the comfort of home. The oven preheats up to 4X faster than other toy ovens for quicker cooking times.

Key features:

  • No assembly required
  • Works with all Girl Scouts cookie refills
  • Includes a Thin Mints starter mix

Cost: *Est. $44.99

36. Ideal 100-Trick Spectacular Magic Show Suitcase

Give your budding Houdini the gift of magic with this kit that includes the secrets to 100 tricks that are sure to wow family and friends. It even comes with a step-by-step instructional DVD featuring magician Ryan Oakes.

Key features:

  • Storage suitcase doubles as performance table
  • Includes props, hat and wand
  • Recommended for kids aged 8 and up

Cost: *Est. $39.66

37. Moose Toys Chocolate Bar Maker

Teens can be picky eaters but this kit lets them create their own chocolate bars featuring delicious topping of their choosing. Easily melts chocolate right in your microwave.

Key features:

  • BPA-free materials
  • Deco pen, stamps and wrappers included
  • Chocolate and candies not included

Cost: *Est. $11.07

This game takes the classic game of telephone and merges it with pictionary for hours of laugh-out-loud family fun with no special drawing skills necessary.

Key features:

  • Includes 8 erasable sketch books, 8 dry erase markers, 8 clean-up cloths
  • Award-winning design
  • Recommended for those aged 12 and older

Cost: *Est. $19.49

39. No Stress Chess

Take the stress out of learning this classic tactical board game with this version that features a double-sided game board with hints on one side for those just learning. It also includes action cards that explain the movements each piece can make.

Key features:

  • 16 Staunton chess pieces included
  • Helps develop strategic thinking skills
  • Play two ways

Cost: *Est. $14.99

40. Sky Rover Voice Command Heli Vehicle

This remote controlled helicopter also features voice-recognition technology that can follow 12 different commands for hands-free operation. It’s recommended for indoor use only and boasts a built-in gyro-balanced engine for a steadier flight.

Key features:

  • Headset and replacement parts included
  • Batteries not included
  • Includes working lights

Cost: *Est. $34.99

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