When my kids were little, shopping for them was SO easy. A quick trip down the toy aisle and we were headed home. If we were shopping for a friend’s birthday party, I gave them a budget and a few extra minutes and we were good to go. Simple.
Now that Evan and Tessa are older, the items on their wish lists are a little more expensive and trying to come up with cool gifts that don’t break the bank can sometimes be challenging.
However, Tess received some really great presents this year and it started me thinking about teen worthy gifts. In case you are feeling like giving one more gift card to someone just isn’t working for you, here are my Top Five Gifts Fit for a Teen:
iTunes or gift cards
Sorry, let’s just face the reality. Teenagers are exerting more independence and a gift card (or movie passes) gives them the power to make their own purchasing decisions. Pure and simple, you aren’t giving a thoughtless gift card. You are giving the ability to control ones own mall destiny. Who doesn’t love that?!
Tess received several of these that made her birthday. She isn’t much of a writer, but she loves to draw and constantly carries something to sketch in. If you want to bump the fun factor up a notch, you can try out what one of the gift givers did. Tessa’s youth leader gave her a journal and filled the inside cover with post-it’s full of helpful high school tips for next year. The notes ranged from funny to sweet and are a part of the book that she will keep forever.
Pens & Pencils
If you’re going to give a journal or stationery, something to write with kinda rounds out the gift. For my young artist, these sketch pencils are perfect. However, Tessa’s Bestie is moving away and she was given these super awesome bookmark pens. Flat and colorful, plus she can write with them AND mark her book. 2 in 1 for the win!
Silly socks are a day maker no matter who you are! They are a fun way to express yourself without getting too whack-a-doodle in front of your peers.
Shhh…. don’t tell Tess, I’ve stashed these away for a later date.
I already mentioned some of the more meaningful pieces that Tess received. However, she was also given some beautiful items that are perfectly her and make her feel ready for high school.
Without a single Monster High Doll or Polly Pocket in the bunch, this post really drives home that my girl is truly growing-up. I remember that first birthday when I received similar gifts and feeling like I was headed into the big leagues… adulthood. I didn’t even miss the toys because I had received such fancy items.
What about you… what is the one teen gift trick that you keep up your sleeve? Do you remember that birthday or gift that made you realize that you were getting more grown-up? What’s up with the mustache trend? I don’t even know.
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