Shopping for a teenager? Here are some cool gift ideas for teens ranging from the latest electronics and books to stylish furniture for their rooms.
1: Apple iPod touch
The iPod touch, a thin and sleek multimedia device that is essentially an iPhone without the phone capabilities, is the ultimate gift idea for teens. It includes a multimedia player (for music, movies, tv shows, youtube), internet browser (accessible on any wireless network), GPS feature (including directions from your current location), address book, email applications, and the huge selection of applications created for the iPhone (including Yelp, Youtube, and Wikipedia, and tons of physically interactive games!) Because the iPod touch responds to movement, you almost feel like you are playing a Wii. The iPod can be used as steering wheel for car racing games, or even as a tennis racquet in tennis games!
2: Party Games
Party games like Taboo, Scattergories, Pictionary, or Cranium are great gift ideas that will entertain teens while spending time with their friends or family. They provide affordable and fun entertainment at parties or get-togethers, or on regular Friday or Saturday nights when they don’t feel like going to the mall or to the movies.
3: Apple iPod shuffle
If you are shopping for a teen who wants an iPod, but prices in the hundreds sound a little too high, the iPod shuffle is a sleek, compact, and very popular iPod gift idea that costs less than $50. This tiny little music player by Apple comes in a variety of fun colors and weighs so little you don’t even notice it’s clipped onto your clothes, which makes it perfect for working out or traveling. Unlike the larger iPods, you cannot scroll through the menu of music and select a specific song, but you can choose to have your songs play in your designated order or in random order. Although the compact size means that you will obviously have less memory on the shuffle, you will still be able to fit over 100 songs on it. This popular little iPod shuffle is a practical and sleek gift idea for a great price.
4: Unlocked Cell Phone
Shopping for a teen who would be thrilled to get a new cell phone? Don’t know what service they use? It doesn’t matter! Check out the huge selection of new unlocked cell phones online for a gift idea that you know he or she will be able to use with any service provider. If you are a teen shopping for a friend, see if you can get a group of friends to chip in for a cool new cell phone.
5: Magazine Subscription
Shopping for someone who loves to browse through magazines? A year’s subscription to a favorite magazine is a great gift idea that will save them both time and money. Take a look at the list of most popular magazines, and find a topic (sports, entertainment, food, TV, shopping, news) you know they’ll enjoy.
6: DVDs of TV Shows or Movies
DVDs are a practical and affordable gift idea for any teen, whether they are fans of comedies or dramas on TV or on the big screen. DVDs are not just limited to movies anymore; most popular TV series can be purchased on DVD, even TV shows from the 70s or 80s. Don’t know what DVD to get? Check out this list of the best TV shows on DVD , or this list of the most popular movies on DVD .
7: Sony Portable DVD Player
Are you shopping for someone who loves watching TV or movies? A sleek new portable DVD player is a great gift idea that provides entertainment anywhere, whether on a long road trip, at family gathering, or while hanging out with friends. It’s also the perfect way to keep kids and teens occupied during long rides in cars, trains, or airplanes.
8: Messenger Bag for Teens
Teens always need a cool, reliable bag or backpack for school. Messenger bags have become extremely popular gift ideas because they are cool alternatives to backpacks for both guys and girls. Browse this list of the top messenger bags for teens.
9: Apple iTunes $25 Music Card
Need a gift idea for a music-loving teen? You can’t go wrong with an iTunes gift card, which will let them download any music, music video, TV show, or movie they want!
10: Flex Chocolate/Mint Futon
Most teens will appreciate some cool furniture for their rooms or dorm rooms, where they can invite their friends to hang out. Check out this cool comfy futon chair, or this list of popular furniture gift ideas for teens.
11: Flip Video Camcorder
This sleek, compact video camera is a fun and practical gift idea for teens, especially those who love the latest tech gadgets. Teens with all kinds of hobbies and interests will be able to make good use of this cool little device, whether they are aspiring film makers, adventurous travelers, fans of the outdoors, nature lovers, athletes, singers, concert goers, or just like to make movies with friends or for school projects. Want a video of your next family trip or your daughter’s next basketball game? These videos can easily be transferred to the computer, where your teen can use creative editing skills to create professional-looking movies, then send them out to family and friends.
12: Bestselling Books for Teens
Books are always a great gift for teens. If you aren’t sure which book to get, check out this list of bestselling books for teens for some ideas.
13: Sports Accessories or Fan Gear
Think about what sports your gift recipient enjoys playing, or whether he or she has a favorite sports team. If they like running, how about an arm band for their iPod or a similar gift idea? If they like hiking, how about a handy water thermos or some new sunglasses? If they have favorite football or basketball teams, would they like a jersey of their favorite player, or tickets to an upcoming game? Check out the top sports gear and accessories here.
14: Desktop Photo Holder
Teen girls love displaying photos of their friends or family in their rooms or dorm rooms. This cool photo tree is a practical gift idea and a creative way to show off a lot of fun photos.
15: Compact Photo Printer
If you know a teen who loves taking pictures with their digital camera, he or she will also love being able to instantly print out professional-looking photos at home. A great gift idea and a worthwhile investment for photo fans, this handy gadget will save you lots of time and hassle.
16: Kenroy Table Lamp
Everyone needs a desk lamp, but it doesn’t have to be a boring one. A rich, stylish lamp is a practical gift idea and a great way to decorate and personalize a room or dorm room.
17: Canon PowerShot Camera
Digital cameras have come a long way in the past few years, making them cool and affordable gift ideas. New cameras now come with a host of features like image stabilizers and greater zoom capabilities that make your photographs sharper than ever. If your teen doesn’t have a digital camera or needs a new one, the Canon PowerShot series is a line-up of high quality cameras with unbeatable value.
18: Fish-Shaped Fish Bowl
Nothing provides instant entertainment and decor like having fish swimming around your desk in hilariously-shaped fish bowls. This will be a great gift idea and popular attraction for family and friends when hanging out at the house or in the dorm room.
19: Noise-Reducing Ear Buds
Any teen who listens to music will appreciate a gift idea of noise-reducing ear buds, which fit comfortably and snugly in your ear while drowning out surrounding noise.
20: Logitech QuickCam
Teens love being able to video chat online with family or friends across the world from their very own computers. Logitech webcams are affordable and high quality gift ideas, providing clear picture and sound quality for a reasonable price.