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Seriously cool gifts you can give your grandkids

What to buy your grandchildren this Christmas [Photo: Getty]

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Buying for someone fifty-odd years younger than yourself is no small feat. 

The younger generation like different things, wear different clothes, eat different foods and use almost an entirely different language to their grandparents, after all. 

But, stick to our guide and we’ll help make sure your Christmas gift is a hit. 

From the hottest tech of the year to a cult skincare product, one ‘woke’ book and stylish - yet durable - boots they can keep for years, we’ve rounded-up some great gifts to give your teenage grandchildren.

Shop our pick of the best gifts for teens from their grandparents

Benefit Cosmetics ‘Road To Gorgeous’ Make-Up Set | £34 at John Lewis

Worth £97, this make-up set contains four, full size beauty favourites all housed in a collectible vintage camper.

Nintendo Switch | £279.99 at Argos

This versatile console is ideal for first time gamers. It can be played on the move as well as at home as it connects to the TV and transforms into an on-the-go handheld device.

Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM Bluetooth Waterproof Portable Speaker | £59.99 at John Lewis

This portable speaker might be small but it packs a punch. It’s waterproof, dustproof and shockproof and built for outdoor and on-the-go use. Connect wirelessly via Bluetooth and control from up to 30 metres away.

Netflix Subscription | From £5.99 a month

Home to some of the best TV and films out there, Netflix is one of the UK’s most popular subscription streaming services. Rather than paying per programme watched, you pay per month (or per year) to watch as much as you want.

Sony WH-1000CM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones | £240 at Amazon (RRP £330)


These Sony headphones are firm favourites in the tech world. On Amazon, they have 1,347 ratings and an average of 4.5/5 stars. They might be expensive, but if it’s a top-notch pair of wireless headphones you’re after, look no further.

Greta Thunberg’s Book | £2.99 at Amazon

This paperback is a great extra little something. Featuring the history-making, ground-breaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young activist who has become the voice of a generation.

KiiPix Smartphone Photo Printer | £40 at Urban Outfitters

This small, compact device prints photos directly from a smartphone in just a few clicks - no camera needed. It folds up and can be transported easily and doesn’t require batteries, either.

JW Anderson x Converse Chuck Taylor High-Top Sneakers | £110 at Farfetch

These stylish unisex trainers will be a hit with any Converse fan. A glittery take on the US street wear brand’s classic Chuck Taylor high-tops, they’ll take your grandchild’s footwear to the next level - and score you some serious grandparent points.

Logitech G433 Wired Gaming Headset | £49.99 at Amazon (RRP £109.99)

This Logitech gaming headset features surround sound, a lightweight fabric shell with cool and comfortable ear pads and is compatible with Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One.

OH K! Brighten & Boost Face Mask Set | £12 at Oliver Bonas

Korean beauty is all the rage at the moment, so this four-pack face mask set by cult brand OH K! is sure to be a hit with teens. The perfect treat for tired complexions following the Christmas period.

Ticketmaster Gift Card | Any amount up to £250

Give the gift of live entertainment with Ticketmaster’s gift card. Select from a range of designs and add a personalised message. Send directly to your grandchild’s inbox or print at home to deliver it in person.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera | £64.99 at John Lewis

In case you missed it, polaroid cameras have made a comeback. This pocket-sized camera comes equipped with 10 images and will provide hours of fun over the Christmas holidays and beyond.

Dr. Martens 8 Eyelet Lace Up Boots | £139 at Office

You absolutely can’t go wrong with a chunky pair of biker boots. Ideals for both girls and boys, they’ll last a lifetime.

Popcorn Maker | £16.95 at Amazon

This retro machine lets you cook popcorn with no oil or butter required. The perfect film night snack for any teen.