Teens may have their own style, making it tricky to buy them things they’ll like, but this year think outside the gift card with gift picks for everyone from the geeky, uber-glam, to the gamer. Imagine their surprise when they find a wrapped gift under the tree!
Clocky($27.89 from Amazon)— Any teen that ever has trouble getting out of bed won’t with Clocky, an alarm clock with personality who can force even the most tired out of bed. Upon going off, Clocky emits an annoyingly loud shriek before jumping off the bedside table and rolling across the floor (works on carpet and wood). Annoying? Yes. Effective in getting you out of bed in order to get it to be quiet? Absolutely! Just remember to turn it off on the weekends. Trust me on this.
Belkin RockStar Multi-Headphone Splitter ($19.95)— This headphone splitter allows your teen to share the latest viral YouTube sensation or coolest new song with 5 friends. Everyone plugs in to listen at once which is much better than trying to strain to hear the audio in a loud room. Just remember to unplug before rocking out too much or you may anger those who you were previously attached to.
Mini Dot Make-Up Brush Roll ($19.50)— Eight makeup brushes are stored neatly, making them easy to find when they are returned to their proper place and easy to pack for touch ups on the go. Monogram this compact set for a special touch since she’ll have this for years to come. Pottery Barn is offering free shipping on this product.
Jawbone Jambox ($199.99)— Whether in your dorm room or on the go, Jambox is an attractive portable speaker that easily fills an entire room with sound. Don’t be fooled by its compact appearance. Just plug it in to your laptop or use the Bluetooth connection to play music from your phone and stand back because the sound is THAT good.
The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave by The Art of Shaving ($10, Sephora)— Start your teen off on the right foot with this quartet of shaving essential from The Art of Shaving, a company well known for their high quality products that use a blend of botanicals. The set includes lavender pre-shave oil, lavender shaving cream, a shaving brush, and lavender after shave balm. Giving the gift of luxurious shave products helps to decrease the probability that this set also doubles as a lesson in hygiene.
Oregon Scientific’s High Definition All Terrain Video Camera with G Force Sensor($349)— Young movie makers with a preference for extreme sports will love that the All Terrain Video Camera can be mounted almost anywhere to capture the most extreme sports in high definition thanks to its rugged waterproof casing. Take this camera underwater, on the slopes, or through the mud on motor cross adventure. It can handle the bumps and water and will even capture the force of gravity upon acceleration thanks to the G Force Sensor. A must for extreme sports enthusiasts despite the initial sticker shock.
Philosophy Much Mistletoeing Lip Shine Set ($20, Sephora)— Philosophy’s set of 4 shiny glosses is an affordable and festive gift that promises to keep lips beautifully moisturized throughout the winter. Colors include the sheer pink shimmery Marshmallows for Toasting, Cinnamon Buns (light gold sheen), the sheer red sparkly shade called Tinsel Town, and Peppermint Bark (sheer brick red.)
World of Warcraft Legendary Mouse($79.99)— Even though you may wish that your teen would spend more time studying and less playing World of Warcraft, this limited edition mouse is designed to enhance game play. The 11 customizable programmable buttons, ergonomic design, smooth feel in your hand, and lightning bolt design make it appealing to novices to the most experienced WOW player. So give in, let them game comfortably, and take pride in knowing you bought something that your gaming teen will love. At least until you take it away for spending too much time playing WOW and too little doing homework.
Namaste Cali Zuma Handbag($79)— Roomy for all her belongings, yet lots of pockets to keep her organized, the Namaste Cali Handbag comes in fun brights (Hollywood Pink, lime, or peacock) or classic colors such as black, eggplant, or red. The handles rest comfortably on your shoulder while the unique shape tucks right up against your body and the entire bag opens wide so you can find exactly what you need quickly.
iBoy by Kevin Brooks ($17.99)— Tom Harvey was just an average teen but a head-on collision with high technology has turned him into an App. With iPhone fragments embedded into his brain, Tom has new powers that effect his every thought. This science fiction book is a must read for any iDevice loving teen and can create some interesting dinner time conversations about the what-ifs of being transformed into an app.
Glory for Girls Spa Gift Set ($36)— Look great and smell even better with this wonderful array of luxury products from Pottery Barn Teen. Includes a mask, scrub, and clarifying pads in order to give skin that healthy youthful glow. Pottery Barn is offering free shipping on this product.
Disclosure: Product samples were received to facilitate the above reviews. Relationships with clients have been disclosed above and do not influence my opinion of the product. Amazon Affiliate links are included in this post. All images courtesy of the companies.
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