- Electronics and Games. This is always a popular category among teenagers… you can’t go too far wrong with video games and electronic gizmos. If your teen is a gamer, Black Ops II and Assassin’s Creed III will be out in time for the holidays. The Playstation Vita, Sony’s new portable game system, is also a popular pick. The Kindle Fire will probably be a hot item this year, and the fourth generation iPad and the iPad mini should be out in early November. And of course, the iPhone 5 is already out, and will no doubt be in high demand over the holidays.
- Books and Movies. Twilight is still popular, and the newest and last movie will be in the theaters in mid-November. Christmas is a perfect time to gift the teen in your life with the Twilight book sets, or the DVDs of the first several movies in the series. And given the timing of the last movie’s release, you should have no trouble at all finding Twilight merchandise in the store. Another popular movie among teens right now is The Hunger Games. It’s already out on DVD, so you can easily pick that up, and if your teen hasn’t read the trilogy that the movie is based on yet, the books are a good gift item too. And as with Twilight, The Hunger Games T-shirts, posters, and other assorted merchandise should be readily available.
- Experiential gifts. If nothing else really seems right, consider that what a teenager usually wants is to get out and do something, usually with their friends. That’s why cash is always welcome, but cash isn’t the only way to give them something to go and do. Consider buying tickets to a concert, movie, or sporting event that your teen has been talking about. Buy more than one ticket though, so she can bring a friend. She’ll probably remember the fun experience longer than she would have kept any material item you could have given her.
If you’re having trouble figuring out what your teen wants and don’t want to spoil any surprises, consider enlisting the help of your child’s friends. If you have more than one child, siblings can be a great source of gift ideas. Good luck on your holiday shopping!