Christmas Gifts for Teens & Young Adults


When buying Christmas gifts for teens and young adults, you should keep several factors in mind. Is the gift for a male or female? Is the person in high school or college? The best way to determine what to purchase for the teenager or young adult in your life is to discover what their interests are.

If you are still unable to decide after considering these things, you may way to pick up a traditional Christmas gift.


  • If you know what size clothing she wears, every teenage or young adult female enjoys getting clothes as a Christmas gift. Whether it's a pair of designer jeans, shoes, sweaters, or sweatpants, clothes are always a big hit with teenage girls. Jewelry, such as earrings, rings and bracelets, are also a great gift idea.

    If you're unsure of her clothing and jewelry sizes, consider buying her some makeup or perfume. Visit your local department store's makeup counter and ask which items and brands are most popular among teens and young adults.


  • Purchasing a gift for a teenage or young adult male may seem difficult if you are unfamiliar with his preferences. However, there are many universal Christmas gift ideas to choose from that most young males will enjoy.

    If you know what size clothing or shoes he wears, consider picking up a trendy clothing item as a Christmas gift. Watches and gold chains may also be an option.

    Nearly all teenage boys and young men enjoy playing video games. Stop by a local video game store and pick up a new, popular game for him to enjoy over the holidays.

Traditional Gifts

  • Unfortunately, picking out the right gift for a teenager or young adult isn't always easy. If you don't know him or her very well, it can be a bigger challenge.

    According to Lorraine Bodger, author of "1,500 Great Gift Ideas", "Feel free to present him or her with a gift certificate or e-gift certificate to a favorite store. Contrary to popular wisdom, everyone loves the luxury of choosing exactly what he or she wants!" (Ref. 1)

    If you are unsure of which stores the person may like, it is acceptable to give him or her cash as a gift. Although it can often be considered impersonal, just as a gift certificate, most teens and young adults enjoy the freedom of buying what they want or need.

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  • "1,500 Great Gift Ideas"; Lorraine Bodger; 2003
  • Photo Credit Christmas Gift image by Mary Beth Granger from
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