With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your gift list. If you have teenagers, you’ll know that they are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for at this time of year.

Determining an appropriate and useful present can be a challenge but below are some great ideas to help you earn some major ‘top parent’ points:

An adventure experience
We all know teenagers love a bit of adventure, so why not make their dreams come true with an activity experience they won’t ever forget? You can choose anything from zorbing and segways to skydiving and mountain biking. Alternatively, you could book for them to have an animal experience, go clay pigeon shooting or have an archery lesson.

Gadgets and technology
According to The Register, research, last year from uSwitch found that nearly 85 per cent of parents spent £243 on electronics for their kids for the holidays. The top gadgets craved by the kids and teens were tablets, video games, smartphones and digital cameras. As technology continues to evolve each year, there’s no doubt your teen will be craving the latest tablet or smartphone that has arrived recently.

A new watch
A brand new watch from is the perfect gift for a stylish teen who is on the go. Whether you opt for chic digital, vintage leather or glamorous rose gold, a watch is bound to impress them, and as a parent, you are helping them to be on time!

A clothing gift voucher
Every teenager wants to look their best and keep up with the latest fashion trends so why not treat them to a shopping spree in their favourite shop? You can get kids clothing from popgear or go for a gift voucher they can go shopping in the January sales with their friends without having to spend their own money. Plus, if there’s a pair of trainers that have seen better days and you’ve been dying to throw away, this is the perfect excuse!

An everyday survival hamper
If your teen is currently at university, an everyday survival kit can be the perfect gift to prepare them again for when they return next term. You can include everything from tea bags and biscuits to mugs, pain killers (for those hangovers), kitchen utensils and their favourite band’s most recent album – perfect for keeping calm during those long nights studying. You could also freeze lots of their favourite meals and include these so they have a good stash for when they go back; any student will be appreciative of this!

Music subscription or downloads
Why not give your teen access to all their favourite songs this Christmas? According to NME, a survey of over 2,000 consumers found that nearly half of all music-related gifts are given at Christmas. The research by BPI, the trade body that represents the music industry, revealed that 55 per cent of 15-19-year-olds would prefer to receive music in a digital form such as an iTunes voucher or subscription to music streaming services such as Spotify.