Shopping for teens can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be.
Past the point of toys and mundane stuff. Yet not quite adults. Cash is still king, but if you’re looking for something else, try these.
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1. Gift Cards to Do “Stuff”
While this may seem like a cop out on the shopping side and not a need, I disagree.
Now is the time they are going out with friends and maybe beginning to date. So outings they can go on with their friends without dipping into their parent’s pockets is good.
What’s in your area that teens like to do?
Movies out, Redbox movies in or getting fast food. Mini-golf. Roller skating. Ice Skating.
When in doubt who doesn’t love one of these…
2. Life Straw Water Bottle
This water bottle is not inexpensive. But it does have great features:
Reusable LifeStraw Go BPA-free water bottle filters water while drinking; great for travel, backpacking, camping, and emergency kits
Award-winning LifeStraw hollow fiber membrane water filter removes bacteria and protozoa from lakes, streams to ensure safe, clean drinking water
2-stage activated carbon filter reduces odor, chlorine and leaves zero aftertaste
Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites without chemicals, iodine or batteries
Durable, 23-ounce, leak-proof bottle made of BPA-free Tritan and features a food-grade silicone mouthpiece; replacement filters available separately
If they hike, camp, or play sports this is great because you can refill on the go without worrying about the quality of the water at its source.
3. Sleeping Bag
This is the time to go big or go home.
Look for sales, look for coupons or go in with someone else. But get a good one like this. Done right, this gift can last a lifetime.
Whether your family camps or your kids get involved in scouts or goes on sleepovers or tents in the backyard. Or heads off on a road trip with his girlfriend at 21.
A good sleeping bag is an awesome thing to have. And the Wiggles one won’t last, neither will Toy Story. Cheap bags are too small and not at all warm.
Not to mention, he will not want to snuggle with his girlfriend inside The Wiggles sleeping bag. Then again, on those occasions, anything will do 😉
We have THIS one by Eastern Mountain Sports
We also have another one by Northface bought back around 1995. It’s still perfect.
Grab one of these to go with the sleeping bag for a great theme gift.
Coghlan’s Single Wide Rectangular Mosquito Net, WhiteColeman Cooler Quad Portable Camping Chair, BlackJetboil Zip Cooking System (Black)Outdoorsman Lab Ultralight Sleeping Pad – Ultra-Compact for Backpacking, Camping, Travel w/Super Comfortable Air-Support Cells Design…
Walnut Hollow Creative Versa Tool with Versa-Temp Variable Temperature Control and 11 Woodburning Points
We have this one.
For teens who like to do hands-on projects.
With lots of online tutorials and ideas on Pinterest, this is a great set for making gifts or learning a trade.
Another fun teen indulgence, adults too. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Spotify is a monthly music subscription. I don’t get any commission for referring you to Spotify, we just like it.
Download music. Listen anywhere. No ads. Enjoy non-stop music. Make your own playlists. Play any song. Unlimited skips. Listen offline.
At this time, you can get a free 30-day trial, $9.99 per month afterward. Student subscriptions are only $4.99 per month. They even have a family plan for $14.99 with individual accounts.
6. A Blog
So this one is a whole different kind of gift. Some teens might be more interested in a Vlog (video blog, a YouTube Channel). You know those crazy guys they watch that are playing video games. 🙄
But if you have someone who likes to write or wants to try their hand at internet marketing. This one on writing mechanics and this one about writing by Stephen King are two of my favorites.
To find out more go to my Start a Blog tab by clicking HERE. I don’t have a tutorial yet, but I do have a list of all the tools, some free, some paid that I use for this blog.
7. Cards Against Humanity
If you know this game, I’m gonna take some hits for including it in a teen gift list.
I have given this game out to adults four times. I recommend you check it out well before you buy. You can find videos of people playing on YouTube.
Here are Nicole Richie, Derek & Julianne Hough playing on The Ellen Show.
So while controversial to get for your teen, be honest with yourself.
Most kids are hearing this language every day, at school, on social media, and in movies. Younger than you think.
Riding the bus will grow hair on your chest.
With most things, I’m not typically a fan of “since they are exposed anyway so what”,
BUT…language is pretty free flowing in our house. Though I wouldn’t say we are vulgar necessarily with the context.
While our son does own this game, our younger two haven’t seen it.
Yet, they do ride the bus 🤨
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