It can be very difficult to come up with a present for even the closest of friends and family. But if you’re looking for a teenager, multiply the difficulty factor by 20, at least. Teenagers can be somewhat hard to buy for, especially since it’s such a crucial time in life where interests come and go each year that passes by.
So without further ado, here are the top 10 best gift ideas for teens:
1. Polaroid Cube+
In our new selfie culture, it’s no doubt teenagers love their cameras. However, a smartphone camera can only do so much, having limitations when it comes to quality, including lighting, editing, and more. The Polaroid Cube+ is extremely small, portable, and fits between your fingertips. One of its best features is that it can stick to any metal surface, whether it be a bicycle handlebar or the tip of a metal shoe. It’s also weather resistant, and can be brought on the next beach trip or family vacation. The design is simple, but it works, and it comes in at nearly $100 less than the competition.
2. Brookstone Pocket Projector
Streaming Netflix, Hulu, or any other video service on a cell phone may be convenient, but it isn’t the most practical for marathons or movie nights. However, with the Brookstone Pocket Projector Micro, anything on a cell phone can be shown on a wall or any other surface, making it perfect for parties with friends or hang outs. The only caution would be to make sure streaming doesn’t take up too much data on the smartphone plan, as this can result in many long nights of movie and TV marathons.
3. Playstation 4 Uncharted Bundle
It’s never a better time to go next-gen, as some of the major video game releases have started to make their ways to the shelves. For gamers, a study break with a game console and a new release is perfect. The PS4 stands out as one of the best current-gen consoles with amazing graphical capabilities, easy to access menus and applications, and gaming capabilities. This Uncharted bundle comes with a remastered version of the trilogy, having some of the most critically acclaimed games in the history of the PS3.
4. Singing Machine Disco Light Karaoke System
Are you the next talent on The Voice or just need some singing practice for the band? This karaoke machine is for any teen who loves their voice to be heard. Colorful lights are on the exterior, while many sound options allow for control when singing your favorite tune. The best part about this machine is that it contains an output to plug a phone or other device in, allowing for any lyric video to be searched online and sang along to. This particular model does not require any expensive karaoke programs, just pop in a CD or hook up a tech device for endless nights of fun, whether it be for a party or singing alone.
5. iWish Aquarium
Pets are important part of any animal lovers life, whether it be a dog, cat, bird, or fish. This unique aquarium tank, the iWish Aquarium, has a distinct apple-shaped style and is perfect for tropical fish that may illuminate in the dark. The color of the tank can be changed with a remote, showing a variety of colors. There is also a built in filtering system that makes cleaning the tank a bit easier. Either way, it’s a great gift to have on one’s desk, shelf, or room and is a suitable home for finned friends.
6. 23-Piece Instrument Kit
Although this Christmas gift may seem a little far fetched in terms of likability, this 23-Piece Instrument Kit by Wetsco is an awesome gift option for teens who may be interested in learning different musical instruments. This kit features 23 instruments from around the world that he/she has probably never played. From Japanese drums to Native American ankle bells, there’s a wide variety of cultural instruments to learn and play. It also comes with an instructional DVD as a start on each instrument, teaching how the beats and how each piece can be played to achieve that sound. It’s definitely a unique gift bundle for all of those who may be interested in learning something new.
7. Sports Speed Agility Kit
For teens, playing sports can be a big deal, especially for the very athletic. This package by Champion makes a great gift for teens as it includes hurdles, a reaction ball, cones, ladders, a speed chute, and more in order to improve agility, or quickness for any game, from football to tennis. This is a great kit for at home fitness stations, as well as to bring on the go or at a gym. Agility is only one factor, as there are several different kinds of kits available online, from yoga to resistance and more. There’s bound to be a kit out there for any athletic teen.
8. 104-Piece All Media Easel Set
Art class can be one of the best and most fulfilling electives a teen can take in middle or high school. Art allows one to express themselves and find a creative medium. If you know a teen who is always doodling, painting, or drawing, this 104-piece Art Kit by Royal & Langnickel may be for them. Featuring top of the line supplies, this media set allows for creative artwork in many forms, from paints to pencils. If your artist wants something more high tech, you could always get an electronic tablet instead for digital art, which are available from several outlets online.
9. Darkside by Sphero
What’s cooler than a robot controlled by your smartphone or tablet? Not much else. Darkside by Sphero is a robot that can do several jumps or tricks, having durable tires around the edges so you don’t have to worry about breaking it like other motion controlled toys or vehicles. It has quite a bit of speed as well, making it a super-fun experience. It also has built in LED lights so it can be driven in the dark. The controls are all from the Darkside application, making it more convenient to control. This is bound to be a fun gift for any age, teen and beyond.
10. Bluedio Wireless Headphones
Headphones are essential for teenagers, since music is so important at that age. Bluedio’s awesomely designed headphones are wireless, making it an easy connection from Bluetooth to any electronic device in range. It also features top of the line sound and a flexible headband to eliminate any discomforts from wearing these on one’s head. These headphones look awesome and are high quality and are currently much lower than their list price.
Price: $79.99 (56% off MSRP)