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50+ unreal Christmas gifts for teens they won’t hate

50+ unreal Christmas gifts for teens they won’t hate

Right now it’s the #1 question we’re getting asked via messages to our Facebook page and Facebook group: what are the best Christmas gifts for teens? We’ve had aunties, family friends, grandmas, mums and dads message us. Surely, they all say, a gift voucher isn’t the only present?

I’ll be honest with you. Gift vouchers are most definitely great Christmas gifts for teens. At this age, their preferences are very specific and anything outside of those very specific boundaries is, like, OMG, literally, what even is this?

So, by all means, get them cash or a gift voucher. I’d even go so far as to ask them in advance exactly where they would like that gift voucher to be from. I know, I know. There’s just no fun it it, is there? You may as well hand over cash.

{Here’s a great round up of gifts for tweens too}

It’s a cash win (sadly)

Which brings me to say that no, gift vouchers actually aren’t the best gifts for teens. Let’s face it, cold, hard cash is the best present and the more the merrier. I’m sorry! It’s true!

Go ahead, give cash in a Christmas card and you’ll be loved forevermore. 

You’ll also feel cheated and flat and maybe just a little bit like an eftpos machine. It won’t be any fun. It’s just… not Christmassy. The joy is in the giving!! It really, truly is.

So, here are loads of Christmas gifts for teens to go along with a gift voucher or cash or just stand alone and be awesome. We promise they will love them.

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{More awesome gift ideas for everyone in your life here}


Unreal Christmas gifts for teens for $10 and under

Personalised wire organiser

Personalized Leather Wire Organizer Earbuds Holder Cord image 0

Unless they’re lucky enough to have airpods (that they haven’t lost), every teen has headphones that require careful keeping in the school bag. Even the Bluetooth ones need wrapping. This cute little leather wire organiser is just the thing. Good for any gender, it’s personalised with their initials to make it extra special.

Get it from etsy for $9.95

Burt’s Bees lip balm

Burts bees lip balm - great gifts for teens under 10

This brand has been around forever and is still the balm of choice for lip-parched teens. This is a cute pack that supports the bees – something your eco-conscious teen will appreciate.

Buy it at Priceline for $6.99

*MY* Nutella

Nutella spoon for Christmas

There will be no mistaking who owns the Nutella when this personalised spoon hits the house.

Buy one at etsy for $8.50

Handmade pencil case*

Your gift is made by and helps support artisan producers affected by leprosy and disability in India. Each pencil case is made by hand and therefore completely unique and thoughtful.

Buy them from The Leprosy Mission for $10

Nice hands

Floral gift pack Christmas gifts for teens

A sweet little hand cream, scrub and nail file gift pack for six bucks? Put it on the list!

Get it at Woolies for $6

Key to hearts

Personalised keyrings make great Christmas gifts for teens

I reckon these personalised keyrings would make a fantastic gift tag!

Buy them at etsy for $6

Coloured hair chalk

A small, impermanent hair rebellion.

Buy it at Kmart for $5


Bad language affirmation cards make a fun Christmas gifts for teens

I should probably pop a language warning on these sweary affirmation cards, but many teens will absolutely love them. And so might you.

Buy them at etsy for $10

Harry Potter house banner

For kids who grew up on HP, this cute ‘lil drink bottle will be spot on.

Buy it *on sale* at Typo for $10

Animal highlighters

Animal highlighters are a cute Christmas gift for teens

Pretty sure I’m buying a set of these for myself this year… I’m a sucker for a face on a pen and your teen is sure to be too.

Buy a set at etsy for $9.99

50 Ways To Feel HappyAwesome gifts for teens: Feel Happy

50 Ways To Feel Happy is a very practical, very fun way to improve the happiness levels of everyone around you. Especially YOU! You’ve gotta admit, happiness seems a pretty amazing gift for under 20 bucks!

Buy it from Booktopia for $6.25

Compostable lip balm*

Gorgeous zero waste balm by River Balms that delivers hydrated lips and a clear conscious.

Get it from Buy From the Bush for $9.95

{Remember: the gift giving formula helps a lot}


Fab Christmas gifts for teens for $20 and under

A Christmas chook*

Gifts for teenagers - chickenOxfam is a charity we’ve supported for a long time and their Christmas chicken is the ideal gift. Teens are remarkably charitable and they will feel proud to have contributed to such a worthy cause via your gift. There are birthday and ‘just because’ options too.

Get one at Oxfam from $13

Tiny elephant earrings

These sterling silver tiny little elephants are simply too cute not to buy for the teen in your life.

Get it at etsy for $12.73

Affirmation cards

Affirmations cards

Nine cards to remind your teen that they are enough. We try not to be gender-specific around here, but we’re pretty sure one of the cards says ‘girl’, so bear that in mind. You could always slip that one out if it’s not for your boy.

Get them at etsy for $15

Millennial slang

Millennial slang

This mysterious deck of cards is the key to your teen launching into even more language that you don’t understand.

Get a pack at Yellow Octopus for $19.99

Personalised air pods case

Cute and practical! The case itself is clear and you can pick from a few different fonts for the name or initials (not all of them are girly).

Get it at etsy for $15.61

Engraved pencils

12 Mix Match Engraved Pencil Set funny pencils tv show image 1

Remarkably, teens still take coloured pencils to school (see what I did there with re-mark-ably? I know!). Each pencil in this set of 12 has a unique joke, quote or saying and you can mix and match and build the perfect set for your teen.

Grab them at etsy for $16.98

DIY Letterboard

Awesome gifts for teens: LetterboardCreate cool messages and reminders or even Insta memes with a letterboard.

Get it at Kmart for $16

Emergency tech kit

A handy one for the school bag.

Get it at Yellow Octopus for $17.99

Bluetooth speaker

Bluetooth speakers are a great Christmas gift for teens

Take the disco wherever you go – especially during the Black Friday Sales when this baby is under 20 buckaroos (usually around 60)!

Get it at Dick Smith for $19.99

Customised gamer socks

Gamer socks

They will see these socks as more encouragement than we probably want to give… and they’ll love them.

Get them at etsy for $12

Would You Rather? card game

Would you rather - gifts for teens

Teens love playing games that explore truths and this one is a good one. It’s the kind of game kids play anyway, but this official version has some truly fascinating dilemmas for them to sort out.

Buy it at Yellow Octopus for $14.99

Books galore

We bloody love a book around here. Our picks for a happy teen at Christmas include:

The Man In the Water by David Burton – $17.50
On his first day of Year 10, Shaun sees his first dead body…

The Fire Star by Allison Tait – $15.25 
A maid with a plan. A squire with a secret. A missing jewel. A kingdom in turmoil.

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim – $16.25
A nourishing tale about the crevices of culture, mental wellness and family…

{Click here for loads more great book gift ideas}


Fab Christmas gifts for teens for $40 and under

A little sunshine every day

Hello Sunshine

Yup, heeeello sunshine!

Buy it at etsy for $33.44

Axe throwing

Axe throwing game

Yup, axe throwing is a thing but luckily this set is made of foam and velcro! I love their slogan: give boredom the chop.

Buy it at Yellow Octopus for $24.99

Yiwarra Kuju jigsaw*

Jigsaw puzzle gifts for teens

I think we all forget how wonderfully absorbing and calming jigsaw puzzles are until we get one out and days go by and all you’ve done is put together 11 pieces. But they were good days.

Buy it from Welcome To Country for $35

Large and squishy bean bag chair

Squishy beanbag chair makes one of the best Christmas gifts for teens

A teen loves nothing more than to throw themselves onto something and not move for hours. This is that something.

Get it at Kmart for $30

DIY ceramics

Craft kits for teens

I love kits and I’m pretty sure there are lots of teens in your life who love them too. This one is great for all genders.

Grab it from etsy for $39.20

Beary Christmas

Bear carving craft kit for teens

This one is also adorable.

Get it at etsy for $49.62

Try these craft kits for teens too:

Envirocask drink bottle*


The Aussie Hydroflask (and much nicer in my opinion!). Made local by a small family business.

Buy it from Spend With Us for $30

Leather bracelet

Personalised Leather Bracelet Custom Mens Bracelet Third image 0

You can get their name stamped, or a fave quote, or whatever you like. There are six leather colours to choose from too. I think any gender would like to wear this.

Buy it at etsy for $24.90

Safecracker wooden puzzle

Safecracker puzzle

This handmade puzzle is based on a 1911 design. The object is to get each of the 16 columns of numbers to add to 40 at the same time. It’s a wonderful gift for Maths-lovers and puzzle-solvers.

Buy it at etsy for $37.54

Say no to plastic

Cutlery set

A personal set of cutlery in a go-anywhere tin is just the thing for eco-conscious teens. We’ve also found that as kids get to high school, they are more likely to eat a salad or leftovers than a sambo. So this set is perfect for their school bag.

Buy it at Yellow Octopus for $29.99


When a card game comes in a plush wookiee you know you’re going to love it. The object of the game is to stop the wookiee getting too angry and it’s harder than you think!

Get it at Yellow Octopus for $26.99


For wannabe writers

So you want to be a writer - Allison Tait and Valerie Khoo

This book by Allison Tait (my sis!) and Valerie Khoo is packed with everything an aspiring author needs to know about writing a book and getting it published. Teen voices have never been in stronger demand, so inspire them to have theirs heard!

Buy it at Booktopia for $28.25

Awesome gifts for teens for $50 and under

Pro lighting for vids

Professional lighting for online

This will up their Tik Tok / Snap / BeReal game. It holds both the smartphone steady and the key to good looks online!

Get one at Yellow Octopus for $36.99

Drawsome game

A fun game to gather the friends over (or the family on Christmas day) and yep, it’s totally drawsome!

Buy it at Yellow Octopus for $39.99

Tonic Revive Heat Pillow*

TonicA really lovely gift to help a teen relax and pause for a moment. The pillow is filled with barley, rosemary, cinnamon, peppermint, sandalwood and lemon-myrtle for a refreshing, relaxing way to ease tension.

Get it at Tonic for $40

Beach blanky

Pizza at the beach

It’s more blanket than beach towel and who doesn’t love an oversized pizza on the beach?

Buy it at Yellow Octopus for $63.99

Floating along

Who wouldn’t want to glide around the backyard pool on the back of a Sunnylife swan? I know I’m up for it!

Get it at Gifts Australia for $89

Kombucha crazy

Kombucha kit makes a great gift for teens

My son is mad for kombucha and we brew our own at home. This kit has everything your teen needs to get started and keep the booch coming. Highly recommended as a healthy alternative to soft drinks this summer!

Buy it at Yellow Octopus for $42.99

Amazing Christmas gifts for teens for under $100

Music always

Guitar for Christmas

Whether they play guitar or not isn’t the thing. The thing is it’s surprisingly easy to learn and it’s a bloody wonderful thing to know. Check the tutorials out here:

Buy it at Dick Smith for $75.99

Lazing away

Christmas gifts for teens - A hammock is a great present

Teens and hammocks are great companions. This one is super easy to string up in the backyard or out camping. It comes in this gorgeous blue, or pink or orange.

Get it from BCF for $79.99 ($39.99 if you become a club member, which is free)

Give them the world

They might have a few landmarks they can scratch off already (one at least) and this poster will inspire them to visit many more.

Grab it at Yellow Octopus for $58.99

A few more good scratch posters:

Terrasphere Dartboard

Awesome gifts for teens: dart boardA decent dartboard is a fine thing in any family. It will be useful for helping teens unleash their aggro, plus always a handy skill later when they’re ready for pub life…

Get it at Rebel for $59.99

Teen Breathe magazine subscription

Teen Breathe Magazine Sub

A magazine may seem like a bit of an old fashioned gift for a teenager, but hear us out. Mags are the gift you give now for someone to enjoy all year. They are a slowing down, keeping for reference, non-screen way to catch up, be inspired, dream a little. In other words, the perfect gift!

Get it at isubscribe for $65.70

Camping freedom


Here’s the thing: camping with friends is beyond awesome for older teens. There’s just something so wholesome and bonding about being in the outdoors together (even if they sneak some drinks, etc along!!). This hiking tent makes things super easy – hike in, set up camp, enjoy, hike out.

Buy it from BCF for $104.99 ($69.99 club price, which is free to join)

Aroma-Mod diffuser*Awesome gifts for teens: Diffuser

Good smells are very important to have around teens… … … This Aussie-made fragrance diffuser will be welcome in any teen’s bedroom. Minimalist design that will appeal to kids of both genders.

Buy it from Lively Living for $53.95

Digital metal detector

Metal detectorThere’s something really absorbing about hunting at the beach, bush or just the backyard for treasures. Keen teens could even make a buck out of this one.

Buy it at Australian Geographic Shop for $74.95

Double Helix magazine subscription

See above for why magazines make such a good gift for teenagers. This one is especially good as it’s science disguised as really good fun. Lots of practical experiments, intriguing facts and all the intelligence the CSIRO can pack into a mag.

Get it at isubscribe for $79.92

Noise cancelling ear buds

Sure, they’re not AirPods (see below), but they’re a fifth of the price, discreet and they work well. Might need to get a pair of these noise cancellers for ourselves 🙂 x

Get them at Dick Smith for $39.99

Neat and tidy gamer

Gamer stand from etsy

Is there such a thing as a neat and tidy gamer? We can only try. This stand is personalised, so there’s an added impetus to use it.

Get it at etsy for $86.39

Vans checkerboard slip ons

Great gifts for teens: VansTrends come and go (VSCO, anyone?), but Vans shoes live on. You can’t go wrong with getting them a pair of these. They’ll wear them out long before they throw them out. AAAND Dick Smith randomly sells really good value Vans, so they’re affordable too.

Buy them at Dick Smith for $59.99

Cheeky chucks

Chucks are bargain 70 bucks!

Get them at Dick Smith for $69.99

Neon, neon

Neon signs make great Christmas gifts for teens

Their name lit up in neon. I can’t see any teen turning that down!

Create it at etsy for $70.74

Extra-special Christmas gifts for teens $100+

Stand up and be counted

Christmas gifts for teens - stand up paddle board

Exxy for sure, BUT the club member price on this BCF stand up paddle board is around $279 less than the RRP. So that’s something!

Get one at BCF for $579.99 (or $299 club price and becoming a club member is free!)

Walking on air

AirPods are the only ear buds to be seen dead in (apparently). Dick Smith sell them a bit cheaper than most, but be warned that it might be the even-more expensive AirPod Pros that your tweenie is coveting.

Buy them at Dick Smith starting from $185

Affordable Birkies

Birkenstocks from Dick Smith

Dick Smith also randomly sells Birkenstocks… and we thought they were just for electronics. See also, ‘Vans’ above! I can’t stress enough that you should go to the Dick Smith store for a look-see. Bargains galore.

Buy them at Dick Smith for $114


Still the one the kids want this year. I like that it’s a ‘home’ and ‘away’ experience. It supports multi-player games really well, which is an added bonus. The more social the better!

Get it from Dick Smith for $469

What are you getting the teens this year?

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50+ Christmas gifts for teens they won't hate


Saturday 11th of December 2021

Bron! Where is your 2020 tween gift guide? I’m chasing the lip balm kit you had listed. Do you still have the details and would you mind resharing? Thank you x

Bron Maxabella

Monday 19th of December 2022

I'm sorry, I only just saw this! I updated the list as the lip balm was no longer available via the link I shared. BUT I think it was Burt's Bees and you can get a similar one here: Merry Christmas!


Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Thank you so much for including our Malibu Crush Soy Candle from #buyfromthebush in your round up. You are just to gorgeous Bron. Thank you x

Bron Maxabella

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

Pleasure! All the best for your company, Lisa.

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