Best last-minute Christmas gifts for teens 2021: what to get for hard-to-buy-for teenagers

HOLIDAY shoppers are almost out of time to snag the rest of the presents on their shopping lists. 

If you’re still shopping because you don’t know what to get the teen in your life, here’s 10 gift ideas for hard-to-buy-for teenagers.

FOR FOODIES

PRICE: $39.99 – $479.99

Teenagers like their personal space, so what better way to give it to them than by gifting them their own personal mini-fridge?

There is a range of options at all stores where small kitchen appliances are sold, and Target has tons of options for all budgets. 

Target offers mini-fridges just for drinks, fridges that include a small freezer, and even fridges for skincare if that’s what your teen is into. 

Pro tip: If you have teens who fight over leftovers a lot, getting them their own fridges will help restore some peace because they can store their food separately. 

MEMORY SAVER

PRICE: $49.99

There are so many digital products to buy these days that it can be overwhelming. 

An instant camera like the Polaroid back in the day is a sentimental twist to new technology. 

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If a teen in your life loves taking photos, this might be a fun way to do so.

It’s been back in style for a few years, and its popularity does not seem to be waning.  

You can buy instant cameras in-store at Target, Michael’s, and several other brick-and-mortar retailers.

Walmart currently has the Fujifilm Instax Mini 7+ Camera on sale for $49.99.

IN THEIR OWN WORLD

PRICE: $7.49 – $2,000

Let’s face it: Teens are always listening to something, whether it’s actual music or an endless river of TikToks. 

Headphones or earbuds are practical presents that a teen will appreciate – especially if they're an upgrade from what they currently have.

There are dozens of products to choose from – closed and open-back headphones, on-ear headphones, over-ear headphones, wireless earbuds, noise-canceling headphones, and so on – so it’s important to get an idea of what they like. 

Headphones come at a wide variety of price points, as Best Buy offers everything from earbuds for $7 to high-tech headphones for $2,000.

THE ENTREPRENEUR 

PRICE: $12.98

Speaking of technology, if you know a teen who is constantly on social media and dreams of a life that allows them to post Reels and get paid for it, consider buying them an entrepreneurial book focused on social media and influencing.

Plus, if their dream does work out, you can go to bed knowing that you played a small role in the teen’s career.

There is a myriad of social media influencing books to choose from, and How to become an influencer: Take your passion for social media to the next level and become an influencer is offered at the affordable price of $12.98 at Barnes & Noble.

SAFETY COMES FIRST

PRICE: $9.95

While safety is more likely a parent’s concern, there’s a chance your teen is also worried about the uncertainty of internet safety. 

A cute camera cover ensures that your teen will only be on-screen when they want to be and will prevent potential hackers from using their devices’ cameras from afar.

Need a stocking stuffer? This is a smaller item and could certainly fit the bill.

Urban Outfitters offers silicone camera covers for under $10.

THE OVER-ACHIEVER

PRICE: $7.39

Teens have so much stress placed on them to be involved in extracurricular activities and achieve satisfactory grades while working to get into a good college – and for many, while also working a job. 

Some teens thrive under that pressure, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t cause them unnecessary fatigue. 

A mindfulness journal will help your over-achieving teen recenter and can help ease stress by reflecting on their daily life and things they are thankful for. 

Mindfulness journals are largely available wherever books are sold, but if you’re making a Target run, they have one for just $7.39.

BORN IN THE WRONG GENERATION

PRICE: $69.99

Has a teen you know complained about being born in the wrong generation? 

There may have been some skepticism when record players came back in style a few years ago, but it looks like they’re here to stay.

So, it might be time to get your teen one so they can experience their favorite tunes in a new way.

Of course, record players these days are nothing like the ones that came into the mainstream at the turn of the 20th century.

The Victrola All-in-1 Record Player sold at Macy’s has Bluetooth capabilities, a built-in radio, and a headphone jack so folks can listen to music in a variety of ways.

SOCIAL TYPE

PRICE: Varied

If the teen you’re shopping for is always with pals, getting them a group game to play will give them something new and exciting to try.

The We’re Not Really Strangers Card Game is on sale for $24 at Urban Outfitters right now. 

Alternatively, the “Would you rather?” of card games, Pick Your Poison, is sold at Target for $20.

KEEP THEM HYDRATED IN STYLE

PRICE: $34.95

A reusable water bottle is a practical gift that has two benefits: It's environmentally friendly and helps keep your teen hydrated on the go. 

Hydro Flask is a very on-trend brand with durable water bottles that can be used for years to come.  

The company offers bottles in a variety of sizes, colors, and styles, and even offers customizable drinking options.

Dick’s Sporting Goods sells the standard 24-ounce Hydro Flask for $34.95, but the bottle can be found at other retailers such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Tilly’s, Bass Pro Shop, West Marine, and more.

SICK KICKS

PRICE: Varied

Getting your teen shoes is a win-win situation for parents. 

Teens are often wanting new kicks, whether it’s because their feet keep growing or they want the in-style brand.

Some brands currently trending are Vans, Doc Martens, Converse, and Sanuks.  

Of course, teens can be very specific about how they look, so asking them about a shoe they’ve been wanting to try before purchasing one is your safest bet.

If your teen always wants to be left alone, at least they’ll be running away from you in style!

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