We may love them, but buying for them is never easy, and if you are shopping for the perfect gift for teenagers, or slightly less demanding but just as difficult-to-please tweens, you need to up your game. Tech trends change in the blink of an eye, as do fashions and must-have gadgets, and if you buy them something last-season, you’ll never hear the end of it. In our essential gift guide for tweens and teens, you’ll find the perfect gift for sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, and trendiest youngsters in town.
Best Backpacks For Tweens & Teens
If you are looking for a practical gift for a teenager, one that won’t break your budget, a cool backpack is the perfect place to start. They need one for toting their school essentials, and they can use it at the weekends when heading out with friends, but of course, it needs to look good if they are to consider throwing it over their shoulder. We’ve rounded up a few favourites from leading European brands that guarantee to impress the most trend-setting of teens, along with fabulous fanny packs for tweens who aspire to be just as trendy as their older siblings.
Made by leading European brand ENGEL, the Zipper Backpack is a compact carry-all for school days, sports events, and weekend fun. It comes in two sizes to appeal to tweens and teens, and it is equipped with a range of zipped pockets and bottle holders for organisation. Eco-conscious kids will love the fact that the zippers are made from recycled plastic bottles, and as it is water-resistant, it guarantees to keep their books dry on the way home from school. Its bold mustard colour works with everything, and if you are looking for a cool gift for the teenager in your life, this is it.
The Sunshine Kids Fanny Pack is a stylish carry-all for on-trend tweens. It’s large enough to carry writing essentials and a notepad, or a smartphone and purse, yet it is small enough to wear around the waist as a bum bag or across the shoulder as a tote. This season’s must-have for fashion-forward kids, it promises to impress the most discerning seven-year-old you know! It’s a great gift for sisters, nieces, cousins, and best friends, and it is the type of present that you can give for any occasion.
Best Jewellery Gifts for Tweens & Teens
By the time they reach 7 or 8 years old, kids are more than ready for a little bit of bling, and so jewellery makes a fabulous gift for tweenagers and teenagers. The beauty of costume jewellery is that it doesn’t cost a fortune, and as modern designers update their collections with the seasons, it is easy to find something on budget and on-trend. If you want to splash out on a gift for a sweet 16 birthday or special occasion, a watch could be a perfect choice. It’s something that they can hold on to for years, and who knows, it might even make them on time for once!
A fun gift for tweens, especially those with newly pierced ears, these Pop Art & Banana Soup Earrings by the Yellow Owl Workshop are the perfect birthday gift. Handmade from ethically sourced materials, they are gilded in 22 karat gold and beautifully embellished with colour-rich ceramic in vibrant shades of red and yellow. Featuring two mismatched stud earrings, one shaped like a banana, the other like a can of tomato soup, these Pop Art Earrings will make any eye-catching addition to any outfit. Your daughter, sister, niece, cousin, and goddaughter will love them!
As worn by the trendiest celebs in town, these enchanting Silk Stacking Bracelets by Yab Studio guarantee to delight the lucky teenager in your life. Designed by Danish jewellery designer Lone Kejser, they feature fine strands of silk rope beautifully embellished with gold-plated detailing and artsy tassels for a designer touch. They come in a choice of eye-catching colours, and they are adjustable to fit all sizes. When it comes to buying a jewellery gift for sisters, friends, nieces, and goddaughters, these gorgeous Gold Plated Silk Bracelets are hard to beat.
If you are looking for a keepsake gift for older teenagers, the Amfiteatro Nego Watch could be the perfect choice for your daughter, sister, or niece. Inspired by the monumental amphitheatres of ancient Greece, this modern timepiece features a bold stainless steel case, a high precision Japanese movement, and a luxurious turquoise suede strap. Designed to add a pop of colour to any outfit; this watch will appeal to young ladies who like to stand out in a crowd. The perfect Sweet 16 or 18th Birthday gift.
Best Accessories & Gifts for Tweens & Teens
If you are looking for an unusual gift for children aged 8 – 18, you may need to think outside the box. What do they need? What can they use? What will be the envy of all their friends? There are lots of items to choose from such as wall art, bedroom furnishings and accessories, and everyday essentials such as water bottles, so you really don’t need to stick to toys, clothes, and chocolates. Here we’ve selected a few unique gift ideas for teenagers and those desperate to reach double digits.
Introducing kids to the importance of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle at an early age is essential, and so there is perhaps a no better gift for a tween or teen than a stylish water bottle. The Collar Water Bottle is suitable for all cold beverages, and with its Teflon coated stainless steel body and brass-coated screw cap, it will make a stylish addition to any school backpack or lunchbox. Trendy teenagers will love the attention it grabs, while younger tweens will love having something that all their friends want.
The ultimate gift for kids who love outdoor adventures, this Stainless Steel Water Bottle by Black + Blum is the perfect travel companion. Made from quality stainless steel, it has a leak-proof lid, a vegan leather strap that serves as both a lid retainer and a convenient carry strap, and a wide spout to facilitate drinking on the go. If you are looking for a unique stocking filler for teenagers, this could be it. With its quality construction and stylish design, it guarantees to become their new favourite accessory.
If your teenager is a fussy eater, this Stainless Steel Sandwich Box could be the perfect gift for them. An eco-friendly alternative to plastic sandwich boxes, this stylish steel version, made from easy-clean materials, features an anti-bacterial bamboo lid (also useable as a chopping board), and it includes a BPA-free silicone strap to keep it securely closed when running for the school bus. It keeps chopped fruits crisp, salads crunchy, and there’s no better way to transport homemade pasta. It fits neatly in school backpacks, making it the ideal gift for kids.
When shopping for gifts for a family of tweens and teenagers, you cannot go wrong with this Set of Classic Board Games by Vilac. Handmade in France from sustainably sourced materials, it features stunning vintage artwork and retro illustrations by Ingela P. Arrhenius, a revered Swedish artist. This bumper games set includes two double-sided wooden game boards for playing backgammon, goose, small horse, and queen. There’s a deck of 52 cards and a game rule book, along with all the counters, dice, and pawns you need to play.
When it comes to buying birthday and Christmas gifts for older children, try to avoid what you would have loved as a child, and go for something truly unique. If it’s Pinteresting, Tic-Tok-able, and worthy of a selfie, you’ve made it!