What teens really want this holiday season

The holidays promise twinkly lights, nostalgic Christmas tunes and cozy nights by the fireplace. But along with holiday magic comes a certain anxiety-inducer: gift-giving. For this gift guide, I metaphorically put on my Santa hat to ask students what they wanted this holiday season, so all suggestions are straight from teenagers’ wishlists. 

For the caffeine-addicted teen in your life, a French press or tea kettle would be sure to please. This would add a little bit of sophistication to their morning ritual.

Instead of getting a reader a book they may or may not like, a custom book embosser will give their library a personal touch. 

Nail polish is a sure way to add a pop of color to a teen’s life. This random set of 10 Essie nail polishes on Amazon is a fun gamble. Alternatively, this mood color-changing polish will clue you in on how your fickle friend is feeling.

Jewelry is never a bad gift. If you’re just looking to supply sparkle without ending up engaged, Francesca’s and Madewell are good options. Pura Vida offers woven options perfect for a free-spirit. A necklace is a perfect addition to enhance any outfit, so the fashion-forward teen would appreciate an initial, religious or minimalist chain

To start the new year, the people in your life will appreciate an upgraded phone case. If you’re looking to splurge on a friend, CASETiFY has cases for a variety of phones and aesthetics. Alternatively, Casely might be a little more price-inclusive.

Girls overwhelmingly cited cozy season essentials: candles from Target or Bath & Body Works, throw blankets and as many fuzzy socks as possible. To protect against the winter chill, lip balm from Glossier, Chapstick or Burt’s Bees was mentioned as well.

Also on the approved list were Squishmallows, claw hair clips, coffee mugs and bath bombs.

Card games offer a fun group activity for various maturity levels. Exploding Kittens was one particular brand that was mentioned.

Whether it’s Fortnite or Cookie Run Kingdom, game currency or battle passes for a friend’s favorite video game are a much-appreciated purchase to fuel their gaming goals.

For a friend whose love language is quality time, a gift card to Pinstack, U.S.A. Bowl or Top Golf would promise a fun shared experience.

LED lights would be perfect for the friend looking to add some color to their room.

In terms of gift cards (the gift that’s never wrong), people most frequently mentioned Barnes and Noble, Starbucks, Amazon, Target and Xbox as stores they’re always eager to spend money at. 

With this list, you’re sure to give the perfect gift. Regardless, it is always the thought that counts.