Gifts Fit For A Teen

Gift Ideas for Teens |

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

Teen Gift Ideas |

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?!

A Journal

Journal Ideas |

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

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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!

Funky Socks

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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.

Pretty Accessories

Accessories for Teenagers |

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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  1. Alex says:

    Great ideas lady!! I am still in the Monster High is super cool phase so I fully anticipate being wrangled with self doubt once the monsters turn 13. Until then I am just going to find ways of practicing the various ways to wrap gift cards.

    • Danielle says:

      Girl… get on that! I would love to see your ideas for fun ways to wrap gift cards. Mine include sticking them in a card or a gift card shaped box. Total snooze-fest! I’m sure you would have some much better presentations.

  2. Victoria • Restoring our Victorian says:

    Great ideas… I got a really wonderful notebook of handmade paper for some teen-year birthday and I loved it SO MUCH… that I never used it. Seriously. That’s a good gift!

    p.s.- I was just exposed to Monster High… I don’t think I’ve fully comprehended it yet and it’s been a whole month.

    • Danielle says:

      The Monster High thing brings me such joy in knowing that there is a job that exists in this world where someone is paid to try and make old school monsters appealing to 10 year old girls. You end up pitching characters like Abbey Bominable that wears righteous fur boots and speaks with a russian accent. Sounds like a fun day at the office.

  3. Gilit says:

    I remember when I transitioned into these things! Re: the mustache trend I have no idea why it took off in the past few years, but I’ve loved mustaches for as long as I can remember for no good reason. They just make me laugh

    • Danielle says:

      Ha! The mustache is so very fun, thus my failure to resist the pink socks. And I forever love your mustache party… it was so clever. However, mustaches are just the absolutely most random trend in the world. Utterly, utterly random. 🙂

  4. Lisa @ Cooking with Curls says:

    I would love to know what that whole mustache thing is about as well 🙂 Those are perfect gifts, in fact I think my daughter probably has all of those things and uses them constantly! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board. Have a wonderful weekend and please join us next Friday.

    • Danielle says:

      Thanks, Lisa! It has been a blast hanging with you ladies and seeing all the creative ideas that get shared at your party. Looking forward to being involved again soon!

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