8 Must-Have Gifts for Your Teen From beauty queen to skater girl, here are eight unique gifts for your teenage daughter. BY MARIE HARTUNG
Tapping into your teen's interests is a good guide when purchasing a gift.
“ Give your teen a taste of old-school photography with a modern smartphone printer that prints pictures in the style of instant Polaroids.”
It’s easy to fall into a rut with your teen and simply give cash or a gift card for every birthday and holiday. While most teens would gratefully accept money they can spend on whatever they want, they also might appreciate a few well-thought-out gifts, too. Give your picky teen something to unwrap with one of these eight must-have gifts.
1. Monogrammed Beauty Organizer
Do you have a few kids who share a bathroom or bedroom? Help your teen keep her beauty items differentiated from her siblings’ stuff with a custom monogrammed beauty organizer.
Headphones that stick out from your head are so yesterday. Hip teens wear beanies with removable headphones built right in. These aren’t grandma's knit hats, but instead come in a variety of styles, ranging from camouflage to athletic.
3. Skate Shoes
Pair a beanie with the right shoes for you teen who's into skateboarding. Not only will she look cool, but she’ll have the right gear to fit in. Nike makes a variety of skateboarding styles in every possible color and design to complement any board.
4. Mini Fridge
Teens want the autonomy to do what they want when they want. Give your teen a taste of dorm room life with a mini retro beverage fridge. Sleepovers will be more fun with her favorite drinks and snacks stowed in her bedroom. These also come in several colors, so it will match her bedroom decor.
5. Smartphone Printer
Give your teen a taste of old-school photography with a modern smartphone printer that prints pictures in the style of instant Polaroids. While you are at it, give her a mini Polaroid-style photo album to store her photos in. The photo album comes in 12 different colors.
You might not like your teen's taste in music, but show that you are paying attention to her preferences by getting her a concert promotional poster for her room.
7. Nail and Makeup Set
When your teens’ friends sleepover, make up and nails are high on their to-do list. Your teen will love showing off her nail art talent with a 20-piece nail art brush set. Don’t forget to complement the brushes with a mammoth 48-piece nail polish set. They’ll never run out of fun color combinations to try. If you really want to add to the glam, get her a makeup kit with a wide range of on-trend colors.
8. Video Game Accessories
Gamers need gear and staying current with the latest technology keeps teens looking awesome with their peers. Gaming chairs are a must-have for any video game fanatic. Leather surround sound chairs with separate volume, bass and input controls will make your teen gamer smile. If your gamer has an Xbox One, she might enjoy an Xbox Wireless adapter for Windows. This USB device allows your teen to use her Xbox controllers with any of his PC games, bringing gamepad control to the games.
Marie Hartung has 15 years' experience as an HR Manager and Diversity Consultant. She's conducted case-study research on employee motivation and designed and developed innovative programs to attract and retain talent. She lives in Monroe, WA and can be found on Twitter @MarieHartun.