Gift ideas and the giving of gifts: A father of teens and tweens makes suggestions for choosing gifts for this age.
Cell Phones as Gifts
If they do not already have one, a cell phone is the number one gift desired by teens (well, maybe a car but let’s get real). If they do have one, you still have a few options for gifts:
- There are a few accessories that you might check on such as a leather cover.
- You could offer to pay part of their bill–that is a double gift for the teens and their parents.
- SMS (Short Messaging Service) Messaging (Sending text messages to cell phones). Only. Some plans allow for texting only, as well as Apple’s proprietary messaging service.
Computers as Gifts
Next to a cell phone, teens stay in touch with computers. The computer itself is a welcome gift but in lieu of that gifts can include:
- Computer games
Digital Cameras as Gift
Though now quite antiquated, a digital camera (for those opposed to cellphones) is also welcomed by teens who do not have one. And for those who do have one, more gadgets and upgrades are excellent gifts.
The Latest Style as Gifts
If, and only if, you have a teenager to help you choose, go after the latest style in clothing or accessories.Keep that receipt, though, and don’t be surprised if your teen wants to return the gift.
Money as Gifts
Did I say cell phones were the best gifts? Money may be the best gift for some teens. My daughter wants presents to open, though, so be careful if you decide to send money.