Tips for successfully gifting teens

Giving gifts during the holiday season may be rewarding, but certain people on your shopping list may leave you scratching your head wondering what to buy.

Teenagers often fall into that confusing category. As trends and interests change at a moment's notice, adults may not know what to get the teenagers on their list. These suggestions can set you on the right course.


Teens like staying abreast of the latest technology, and what better way to do so than with hot-off-the-assembly-line products? Moderns teens use multiple mobile devices - from tablets to smartphones to notebook computers - so an outlet multiplier with surge protection could be the way to go. A charging caddy that keeps all of their devices organized and within reach while replenishing the batteries can make for another go-to gift.

While shopping for gadgets, think about investing in Bluetooth-enabled earbuds or over-the-ear headphones. This way teens can enjoy their favorite streaming music stations or binge Netflix series without disturbing others.

Gym equipment

Adolescents are conscious of their personal health and body image. To foster positive experiences, gift givers can encourage healthy physical activity. A gym membership or personal fitness equipment can help teens get on track with a weekly regimen.

Luggage/travel gear

A thirst for exploration may inspire teens to travel the country or the world. A high-quality piece of luggage can be a building block for teens' travel gear. Other travel items to consider are RFID blocker ID and credit card holders, money toward a passport or an overnight toiletries bag.


Many teens immerse themselves in gameplay, whether solo or online multiplayer. Games can be enjoyed while using various consoles, computers and even smartphones. Find out which platform teens are using and then purchase gift cards, points or e-codes so that they can get new games or enjoy in-app purchases and upgrades.

School funding

Some gifts can focus on the future, including teens' education. Consider donating to or opening up an account to help fund college costs. Different plans have different annual contribution limits and tax deferments, so it's a good idea to speak with a financial professional to figure out which avenue is right for you and your gift recipient.

Retailer gift cards

Teenagers always enjoy some extra purchasing power, so gift cards to their favorite retailers are likely to be a hit. If you're not sure where the teen on your list shops, consider a gift card good for any store in a local mall.

Shopping for gifts for teens can be a little easier if shoppers get a nudge in the right direction.



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