Buying a gift for a teen can sometimes be a little intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. While there are a lot of high tech gifts for teens, there are also some more traditional type gifts that are very popular and well liked by teens. Make sure that you think about what your teen enjoys, likes, and spends their time doing when choosing a gift. The more closely you match your purchase to what the teen has a natural interest in the more your gift will be appreciated now and in the future.
Games have come back into style for entertainment for teens. A very popular board game is Da Vinci's Challenge, and this has won an award from Mensa. This game has players create increasingly more challenging shapes to solve the puzzles and win the game. If your teen likes to be challenged and enjoys thinking outside the box this may just be the right gift.
Always popular electronic devices, toys and gadgets are a great option. This year the Roboraptor is a very popular gift. While not just a remote control device, this futuristic looking dinosaur has infrared sensors, touch and sonic sensors to allow it to move about with ease. For teens who like to have the latest in cool toys the Radica 20 Question handheld game allows players to try to outsmart the artificial intelligence of the game with an old-fashioned game of 20 questions.
The key to purchasing music players is to realize that you will get what you pay for. Avoid buying the low end or discount models, as they generally will not stand up over time. The middle of the line models or even high end of the price range will usually last longer and will have better service and warranty plans. IPods, MP3 players and cell phones with music capacity are the current popular items. They are very sleek and slim, and even the smallest MP3 player can usually hold up to one hundred songs and can be very easily downloaded to.
While braided jewelry is still popular, beading is becoming the next trend. Beads are available from all over the world, and teens can make their own hair accessories, jewelry, necklaces and other items. The beads allow a unique sense of style and creativity to be developed, as well as keeping young people right in style.
Regardless of the gift you choose for your teen the key is to make it match their personality. By spending a bit of time to consider their likes and dislikes you are more likely to match your gift with the teen, and make sure that the gift is a hit both now and in the future.