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Gift Ideas for Teenagers

My son will be having his birthday in a few weeks and we still haven’t gotten any gift that we think will make him smile.. Well, teens are really hard to please simply because they want it all, no matter what the prices are. They seem to have that notion that if their parents have the dough, they can definitely get what they wish for!

So, since money doesn’t grow on trees and one really has to work hard to have a decent living, we are just writing down some Gift Ideas for Teenagers that my husband and I think our son will love, but carefully selecting those which won’t cost us a fortune.

Gift Box
The list includes:

  • A not so expensive tablet but with all the necessary upgraded features wherein he could play his fave online games
  • A new mobile phone which also doubles as a tablet, still not too pricey
  • A new rane crossovers which he keeps on raving about for his musical instruments. A bit expensive but we have a friend who can sell his unused one for a much lower price.
  • A remote controlled helicopter he so wanted since last year
  • His own mini laptop or desktop computer. Will cost higher than the above but we really think he needs it for school

There are other little things he needs that we think we can include with one of the winning choice above. Perhaps, we can all sit down and discuss this, right? At least, we can explain to him about each item and contemplate if he really needs it and if it’s a necessity he could live without or something.

But, I guess, what we want him to remember the most is that we are doing everything we can so he can be happy and not just on his birthday. He needs to learn the value of money and that it’s something that doesn’t just appear in our wallets in a snap.

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  1. My kids are both teens and have asked for Chromebooks for Christmas. I love teenagers, they are very direct – I want this not that…

  2. Susan Smith says:

    The older they get the more expensive their gifts seem to be. My son the new Nintendo for his birthday.

  3. Adam Morgan says:

    Figuring out gifts for a teenager really isn’t that tricky. They either will just flat out tell you, or you just need to pay attention to what every other teenager is holding in their hands or on their head.

  4. Charlene. says:

    It’s so hard these days trying to figure out what to get a teenager. You gave me some really great ideas. At least it’s a place to start. Thanks for all the ideas.

  5. Bonnie B. says:

    Mine want the XBOX ONE.

  6. sherry butcher says:

    I have teenage grandkids and one thing my daughter has done is to have them get jobs – then they can pay for addons and extras even if it takes a year. They learn the value of money this way.

  7. Susan Broughton says:

    My daughter is now an adult but back when she was a teen it was always hard to get her a gift! I would make her list everything that she wanted then pick a couple of items off that list. It was the only way I could get something that she really wanted.

  8. All good ideas but I was hoping to find even more affordable options for my niece. I don’t spend that much on kids that aren’t mine. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Sweta Sonulkar says:

    great gift ideas who plan ahead of what has to be presented to teenagers birthday thinking of his necessities.

  11. Teenagers are SO hard to shop for, I think writing down a list then discussing it with him is a good idea! If you’d like a suggestion for the laptop, I use a Samsung Chromebook and I absolutely love it- the price is really great too!

  12. Amy Baker says:

    Teens are tough! It’s not just the electronics but also the “must-have-in-order-to-be-cool” clothes and shoes…I try to give mine one “practical” gift and one just for fun….a phone to keep in touch and the new pair of earrings she can’t live without…but she knows at 16 it’s time to work!

  13. Our teens always liked clothes so that was easy and practical.

  14. Sarah L says:

    No kids, but I can see how hard it is to buy for teenagers in this day and age. How about experiences rather than things: Hot air balloon ride, river rafting, etc.

  15. I have raised two teens to adulthood and have three more right now. They are so expensive. For items like cell phones, we make them earn themselves. We do indulge in new iPods, etc. at Christmas, although I have to save all year for them, lol.

  16. wyndwhisper says:

    my nieces and nephews don’t know what the word cheap or on sale means. LOL! on the other hand i think back to when i was their age and we didn’t have any of this stuff so it wasn’t an issue,right. their generation was raised on computers and almost all careers have some form of computer now. what are you suppose to do let them be the only one that can’t run one?

    tammy ramey

  17. rochelle haynes says:

    nice ideas

  18. Maria Iemma says:

    I was looking for some ideas on what to buy our teenage nephews for Christmas and this post has given me great inspiration. I specially like the remote control helicopter. I bet you they do not have one and our gift will be a hit.

  19. Ashley Miller says:

    I have 2 PreTeen 12 year old girls, a 10 year old girl and a 9 year old girl.. Between my husband and I and their grandparents buying them stuff, they seem to have everything and we struggle to even get out of them what they would want for their birthdays or christmas. We are having a horrible time figuring our their Christmas lists this year! Thanks for posting this! =)

  20. md Kennedy says:

    Thanks for the great ideas – I’m in the midst of getting the holiday shopping done and I am desperate for ideas!

  21. Maria Iemma says:

    I have two teenage nieces that I need to buy Christmas gifts for and I had no idea what to get them since it’s been a long time since I had teenagers in the house. I appreciate your ideas. You have just made my shopping trip easier.

  22. md Kennedy says:

    At least some of you guys get lists! I get a lof of “I dunno?!” I guess I’ll default to money and a shopping trip with a lunch1

  23. Heather says:

    Wow, great ideas! Thank you so much!

  24. Kelly Faber says:

    My kiddos have a while to grow until they are teenagers…I will have to keep these ideas in mind! Presents for that age is hard…they are expensive too! It’s a god idea to remind them the value of money ๐Ÿ˜‰

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