Wednesday 6 December 2023

How to pick the perfect Christmas gifts for your older children!

I always say that when my girls were little children it was so easy to buy Christmas presents for them. They would mark things off in the Argos or Smyths catalogue, the selection of toys was huge and they would write letters to Santa asking for various things which would give me more ideas. Now they are older things have changed and it is so much harder, gone are the days of dolls houses and Peppa Pig toys now it's always a struggle what to get them especially when my youngest Ellie says all she wants is clothes! She doesn't need anymore clothes!!

 Teenagers and young adults are a whirlwind of changing tastes, evolving interests and go through a sprinkle of unpredictable fads. One day they're loving a particular band, the next day they're obsessed with a certain TV show. How on earth are we supposed to keep up?

Christmas Presents

Here are some ideas on how to pick the perfect Christmas presents for teenagers and young adults.

Stealthy Observation!
Teenagers and young adults might not spell out their interests but they definitely leave clues. Pay attention to the posters on their bedroom walls, the books on their shelves or the conversations they're having with friends. Just by peeking at my girls computers and in their bedrooms I can see this year they are all about Taylor Swift, books and Grey's Anatomy.

An online wish list!
In the age of technology wish lists have gone digital. Whether it's Amazon, a favourite online store or a dedicated wish list app. These not only save you from guessing but also ensures they receive something they genuinely want. My girls have both sent me wish lists from Amazon which really help!

The Power of Practicality!
Gone are the days when a sparkly toy would be enough. Teenagers and young adults appreciate gifts that seamlessly fit into their daily lives. Think practical yet thoughtful. A cosy blanket for those chilly evenings, a subscription to a streaming service like Netflix or even a stylish planner.

Experiences Over Stuff!
Material gifts are fabulous but experiences are something special. Consider treating them to a day out, a fun workshop, concert tickets or a weekend getaway. These memories often leave a longer lasting impact than physical objects and it's a great way to spend some time with your child. I have already bought Becky tickets for a show that she wants to see, it's just a shame she has to wait until the middle of next year.

Go Old School with a Twist!
Bring a touch of nostalgia into the mix. Consider reviving a childhood favourite but with an adult twist. Maybe it's a revamped board game, a classic novel in a gorgeous edition, or a throwback to a shared childhood passion. It's a sentimental journey with a grown up flair.

Gift Cards!
When all else fails, go for the fail safe option, a gift card! While some may argue that it lacks a personal touch, let's face it teens love choosing their own treasures. Go for popular retailers or platforms that offer a wide variety of options. It's a win win situation and they'll thank you for it.

Do you find teenagers or adult children hard to buy for?


  1. Some really good ideas, thanks for sharing! My son in particular is really hard to buy for as he never knows what he wants. I usually go for books as he has some quite specific interests and will read almost anything around those, but experience gifts are definitely a really good option that I could think about.

  2. It's the thoughtfulness behind the gift that matters most. Thanks for sharing this helpful guide!

  3. These are great ideas and suggestions because I sure do find it hard to buy gifts for my grown-up boys! I used to ask them what they wanted and the oldest would always ask for an expensive manga figurine. He has so many!! So I bought both clothes last year as they aren't really into fashion and needed new T-shirts etc. and their regular clothes were looking tatty. I wish for the days when I would buy them toys. I think I love toys as much as they used to.

  4. Thisiswhereitisat7 December 2023 at 12:40

    Fantastic ideas that I would never think of X