Holiday

13 gifts for teens they'll actually be into

Picks that are sure to please — promise.

Picks that are sure to please — promise

(Source, left: walmart.ca; middle: uniqlo.com; right: deserres.ca)

Teens are tricky to shop for: This cohort knows what they want and are pretty much trendsetters in and of themselves (naturally). To avoid feigned "thank yous" and awkward looks that have "OK BOOMER" written all over them this holiday season, here are some items that a special teenager in your life will actually love receiving. 

Just like those glow-in-the-dark ceiling stickers of yore, this little TikTok-famous gadget casts a mesmerizing projection of twinkling stars on bedroom walls. Teens love it, and chances are you will, too. 

BlissLights Sky Lite Laser Galaxy Projector, $64.99, Bed Bath & Beyond

A fire fit would not be complete without a teddy bear fleece jacket. This casual style from Uniqlo is cozy, windproof, and best of all, machine-washable.

Uniqlo Windproof Pile Lined Fleece Jacket, $59.90, Uniqlo

Win best-parent/sibling/relative-of-the-year with this cute replica of the very necklace Harry Styles donned in his music video for 'Golden.'

Harry Styles 'Golden'-inspired necklace, $23.62, Etsy

A solid mechanical keyboard is a must for gamers. This model by Razer is fully-customizable, super responsive and will level-up their already impressive Fortnite game. 

Razer BlackWidow Mechanical Green Switch Gaming Keyboard, $159.98, Best Buy

Teens who love journaling and planning will need a sturdy agenda. Leuchtturm1917's dotted notebooks boast high-quality paper, numbered pages and are great for bullet journaling. They also come in an array of bright colours! 

Leuchtturm1917 Medium (A5) Dotted Journal, $24, Indigo

White tube socks are a quarantine outfit staple, so a 6-pack of classic Nike crew socks is sure to be well-received by any teen on your list. 

Training Crew Socks 6 pairs, $24, Foot Locker

Got a K-Pop stan in your household? These playful patches inspired by the memorable locales in BTS's "Dynamite" music video are sure to be a big hit.

BTS Dynamite Patches, from $9.20 each, etsy.com

Whatever their medium of choice, young artists could always do with a fresh set of supplies. This pack of watercolour markers from DeSerres makes a lovely gift for those who love sketching and calligraphy. 

DeSerres 24-Pack Watercolour Maestro Markers Basic Colours, $30, DeSerres

They can never have too many scrunchies! Opt for ones in luxe fabrics, like this silk set from Canadian brand Cilque that reduce breakage and keep hair soft and shiny.  

Cilque 3-Pack Large Silk Hair Scrunchie Set, $35, The Bay

Who would've thought dancing would be the biggest trend to come out of the pandemic? Those looking to up their TikTok choreo game will enjoy Just Dance 2021, available for Nintendo Switch, Xbox and PlayStation. 

Just Dance 2021 (Nintendo Switch), $59.96, Walmart

We have Gen Z to thank for single-handedly making Crocs relevant again. (ICYMI, Justin Bieber's collab with the polarizing footwear brand last month sold out within 90 minutes after launching.) They'll love lounging around at home in this toasty fleece-lined version of the classic model.

Crocs Classic Lined Clog, $59.99, Crocs

This over-the-door basketball net by Spalding is a classic, and since they're likely to spend most of their time holed up in their lair, they'll definitely put it to good use. 

Spalding NBA Slam Jam Over-the-Door Unit, $42.99, Toys R Us

A lightweight hip pack, like this colour-blocked version by Patagonia, is a practical and stylish way to carry around their everyday essentials (wallet, keys, phone, earbuds). And to think there was a time when fanny packs were considered uncool…. 

Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Mini Hip Pack, $35, MEC


D'Loraine Miranda is a Toronto-based editor and writer. Follow her on Instagram @dlorainem.

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