Teenagers are notoriously difficult to shop for when it comes to gifts- they’ve outgrown toys, probably won’t want to wear that sweater you knit for them, and are likely to say gift cards or cash when asked for a wishlist. But if you want to add an element of surprise to their gift yet still give them something that they’ll actually use and enjoy, check out this list of unique ideas that are sure to please.
Your kid might have set aside their Legos or Barbies years ago, but that doesn’t mean they’re completely ready to give up on having fun. Racing drones make for a great, grown-up toy that is sure to please, no matter where their interests lie. Although they’re entertaining to fly no matter what the situation, they can offer even more. For the daredevil in your family, drones with high speeds and advanced aerial capabilities can have them pulling off stunts that will satisfy their adventurous streak without setting off too many of your own maternal instincts.
This is one of those gifts that its intended recipient might not think of asking for on their own, but won’t be able to live without once they have it. Teenagers and music have always gone hand-in-hand, but playing music for a group is limited to either the low sound quality options like a phone’s built-in speaker or bulkier options like laptops and larger speaker sets. Portable Bluetooth speakers provide a happy medium- they provide a high-quality sound but are easy to transport, which is a must for any on-the-go teen. This gift will make your kid the life of the party anywhere they go- from the cafeteria on their lunch period (if the school allows them, of course), to hangouts at the park or the beach, or even just lounging around at home.
Coloring books have recently made a resurgence in popularity thanks to the advent of adult coloring books. While they might have had books filled with simple illustrations of their favorite cartoon characters back in the day, their more mature equivalents are much more intricate. There’s an almost infinite variety of books out there to choose from- ranging from zen mandalas to pop culture sensations like Star Wars and Game of Thrones, you’re guaranteed to find something they’ll love. Throw in a giant box of colored pencils or crayons, and you’re all set. Plus, in addition to providing your teens with nostalgic entertainment, adult coloring books have shown other benefits as well- coloring has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as strengthen the brain.
A Donation to Charity
Does your teen spend their Saturdays volunteering at an animal shelter or tutoring younger students? Maybe they’ve made a conscious effort to try and turn your household more green. No matter what their passion, a donation to your teen’s favorite cause is sure to make them proud. And these days, charitable gifts can go far beyond simply writing a check in their name. Organizations like Heifer International allow you to directly support providing families with livestock that are vital to their survival, while One Tree Planted and similar charities allow you to help curb deforestation efforts on behalf of your loved one. If your son’s or daughter’s interests are a little more local and not directly tied to a large organization, then it’s time to get creative! It can be simple- if they’re a dedicated coach for an after-school sports program, consider donating some new gear for the team, or grocery gift cards for the food bank they’ve spent countless weekends organizing.