Christmas with teens

When my children were younger they'd open their presents and play with them. I loved helping to build new lego sets, feeding a new doll, pretending to eat playdoh cakes, marble runs etc. But now they are teens their presents are a bit boring, there's not much fun to be had with socks and perfume. We'll have a puzzle on the go leading up to Christmas (put it away Christmas Eve before bed so we can use the table for Christmas dinner) and will be playing board games and watching movies leading up to the big day. I don't want us to all be a bit bored and looking at our phones all day.

What do other families with teens do? It's just us, we don't have extended family to see. 
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  • Hi Jamei74, we are at the same stage as you with teens, Totally get the feeling that all the fun has disappeared when the toys disappear.
    We enjoyed Geocache last Christmas break, makes reluctant teens far more interested in going out for a winter walk.
    We also tried an escape room in a box which was interesting, gets everyone talking and working together to solve it and a bit different to the usual board games which we all enjoy anyway. .Good luck
  • sheramber
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    My son has bought a game for Christmas Day. Outsmarted is a a remote played quiz game .There are various topics depending on where you land on the board.  There are over 6000 questions.

    We have had trial run and it was good fun, especially when our guesses were wrong.

    As it is done on mobile phones my son and his partner in Europe will be able to join in too.
  • kimwp
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    Try an agreement that everyone will provide/lead some entertainment on the day. So they could teach everyone a new game, a dance, run a quiz, create a treasure hunt, perform etc. Preparing for it might provide some entertainment in the run up to the day as well.
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