Teenage is a time when your child is trying to cope with the physical and emotional changes that he is going through. It is a phase where his interests are changing and things that thrilled him once may not interest him anymore. Although picking a gift for a teen may seem to be a difficult task, there are lots of options available to cater to the wishes of today's teenagers.
Selecting the perfect gift for a teenager depends on his age, interests, personality, and your budget. Before buying anything, it is always advisable to do a bit of research about his hobbies and interests.
Almost all boys are interested in sports, and sports equipment is a great gifting idea. You can go for a complete baseball, cricket, or tennis kit, as per the interest of the teen. Presenting a personalized football kit, skateboard, or snowboard, can make him feel special. One can also go for sports accessories like gloves, safety pads, wristbands, caps, hooded sweatshirts, etc. Buying tickets for his favorite sporting event could also be an excellent gift.
Music and Movies
Music is something that most teenagers enjoy, and collecting albums is their favorite hobby. A little inquiry about his musical preferences can go a long way in helping you select a music CD that he would like. A new music system with a set of speakers, equalizers, and a woofer can be a fantastic gift for music lovers. Or you can present him an iPod, an MP3 player, or a portable CD player. If you think your teen has an inclination towards music, you could present him with a musical instrument, such as a guitar, keyboard, drums, or violin. Movie tickets or a DVD of the teenager's choice can be a fabulous birthday gift as well. A complete collection of his favorite TV show could also be an ideal gift.
In today's tech-savvy world, teenagers are quite knowledgeable about the latest electronic gadgets. If your budget is high, you can go for a personal computer, a laptop, or a mobile phone. Video games have become a fad among teenagers and popular video game systems like Nintendo (Wii, GS, Advance SP), Xbox 360, and PlayStation can prove to be wonderful gifts. So what if the teenager already has these game systems? You can always add to his collection! Teenagers love playing games like Thriller and Killer Games, Quake 3, Counterstrike, etc. Sport games like FIFA Soccer are also popular among teenagers.
Books are an ideal gift for teenagers who love to read. Fantasy and science fiction are two of the most popular genres among boys. Harry Potter, Famous Five, and Hardy Boys are some of the books that teenagers are crazy about.
Clothes and Accessories
Clothes are one of the most common birthday gifts. You must remember that every teenager has his own style and can be very choosy about clothes. You can go for jeans, personalized t-shirts, cargo pants, shorts, track pants, and jackets. Accessories like shoes, belts, watches, wallets, and caps can make wonderful birthday presents. Funky jewelry, like chains with tribal lockets, beaded necklaces, rings, and bracelets are also cool gifts for teenagers.
Gift Vouchers or Hampers
Gift vouchers are the simplest option for a birthday gift, if you do not have a clear idea about the teenager's preferences. They are available at almost every music, clothes or book store, and electronic gadget showroom. Teenagers love them because they get a chance to buy something of their choice and you are ensured that your money will be put to good use. So, make sure that the gift vouchers are given for something that the teenager likes.
Older teenagers can be given a car, or, if they already have one, they can be given accessories for their car, like a new stereo system with speakers, seat covers, car cleaning supplies, and even decorative items. A holiday trip with friends is another good option for a birthday gift. You can also take the teenager for adventure sports like bungee jumping, ice skating, rock climbing or river rafting. Make your teenager's birthday a special one by gifting him something that he will love and watch him shriek with delight!