Once your teen has outgrown 'toys,' shopping for Christmas gifts becomes a little more challenging. Many of them are into electronics, but the latest technological gadgets can be expensive. And many teens want to pick out their own smartphones or tablets.
Clothing can be a tricky gift too. Many teens have their own taste in clothing and it's hard to know what is going to match their current preferences.
So if you're feeling stumped about what to buy your teen for gifts this year, you're not alone. Here are some gift ideas for teens by price range.
Big Ticket Items
If you're looking for a big gift idea, consider buying your teen an experience. A weekend getaway for the family at the beach, ski lessons, or tickets to the big game can create memories that will last much longer than traditional gifts.
Here are a few more ideas if money isn't an object:
- Car or driver's education class
- Laptop, tablet, or new smartphone
- Skis or snowboard
- Paddle board or kayak
Medium Price-Range ($50-$250)
- Video games
- Tickets to a concert
- Tickets to a sports game
- Gift certificate to a favorite store or restaurant
- Tech accessories
Economical (Less Than $50)
- Self-help and inspirational books
- Picture frame or empty photo album
- Body pillow or decorative pillows
- Desk accessories
- Hobby equipment
- Smartphone case
- Movie tickets
- Journal or diary
- Board games
You may want to get your teen a gift card to her favorite clothing stores if your teen is picky. But of course, sometimes it's more fun to open presents. So if you decide to buy clothes, here are a few ideas:
- Winter jackets
- Ski pants
Ideas for Girls
If you know a girl who enjoys looking her best, here are a few gift ideas she might enjoy:
- Gift card to get her nails done
- Gift card for make-up lessons
- Jewelry box
Ideas for Boys
While teens of both genders may like sports and outdoor activities, here are a few ideas that many boys might appreciate:
- Favorite sports team items
- Cologne or aftershave
Future Dorm or Apartment
Items such as dishes or small appliances are wonderful for an older teenager who is looking to be out on their own soon. These can also be considered an economical item, as it is very useful for the young adult or older teen.
- Sheet set
- Kitchen gadgets
- Towel set
- Small appliances, like a toaster or coffee maker
Money for College Funds
If you have a fund set up for your teenager for college, you can always add to it as part of a gift. Relatives may also prefer to contribute to the fund, rather than buy gifts too.
Even if your teenager isn't an avid reader, books can be a great gift. Consider a motivational book or a book about a specific hobby your teen has. A journal may also make a great gift.
Quality time is very valuable and can be the most important gift you give your teen.
Turn a special day into a gift for your teen. Make a date to go out to lunch and then go shopping. Set aside an evening for dinner and a movie.
If you have more than one child, make a date with each one separately. And remember, you can always do things that don't cost much money. Go fishing, hike a mountain, or explore a park together to create lifelong memories.