Shopping for Christmas gifts for tweens and teens can be frustrating – it’s often difficult to know what they’ll like, and what’s cool one month may be considered ‘lame’ the next. If you’re having a hard time figuring out what might be the perfect gift for a teen or tween boy on your list, this list of gift ideas should get you pointed in the right direction.
Sports: Many young men in this age bracket are into sports. Even if they don’t play, they most likely have a favorite team or player. Sports equipment can be a good gift, although most kids this age will already have most basic items. In that case, it becomes necessary to think outside the box. If you know their favorite team, a jersey, hat or other memorabilia type of gift can be perfect. And don’t limit yourself to the typical sports – does your young man like fishing, paintball or another less common sport activity? These are all things to consider when you’re shopping for gifts.
Decorative Room Accessories: Most teens love to have unusual items for decorating their rooms. There are specialty stores that sell eclectic items like lava lamps, ‘lightning’ lamps and other types of room decorations. You should have no problem at all finding a gift that he’ll love.
Clothes: Clothing makes a fantastic gift, but it can be a little tricky. Most teens belong to specific ‘cliques’ in school and, like it or not, what they wear is a very important part of their identity. If you want the clothes you buy to be worn, it’s important that you know what style your young man is interested in. Take note of the brands and styles that he uses. Brands especially can be very important to teens. Another way of choosing clothes is to follow his interests. For example, if he loves skateboarding, go to a skateboard or surf shop and choose from the clothing there.
Electronic gadgets: Mp3 players, mini-televisions, and handheld game systems are always a home run. The only caveat with this is to check with mom and dad first to find out what he already has to avoid doubling up. Another option is to buy a gift certificate for an electronics or gaming store and let him choose his own. Many gift certificates can also be used online; check and see if this is an option for you.
Magazine Subscriptions: If you know your young man’s interests, consider a magazine subscription that fits it. For a young athlete, a sports magazine would surely be appreciated. Youth that are more into computers or video games will love magazines that appeal to their interests, too. Whatever your teen’s interest might be, you’ll be able to find a niche magazine that fits.
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