This is my daughter and I last week on her 17th birthday. And this is the great gift I got her: a few pieces of sushi and a shared salad during a rushed lunch. And the promise to repaint her bedroom. Someday. And maybe a pair of combat boots if she finds the perfect pair at a reasonable price. In other words: nothing.
In childhood, there is a steady march of appropriate iconic presents for every birthday. There’s the teddy bear then the rocking horse then the tricycle then the baby doll then the basketball hoop then the play kitchen then the bicycle then the doll house then the skateboard then the baseball mitt then the laptop then the mountain bike then the corner office. These are big ticket items that deliver a wallop.
But as the years accrue, and your teen’s basic needs are met, it becomes very difficult to purchase useful gifts you feel aren’t just for gift’s sake.
The following ten great gifts for teens may not pack a wallop as big as the keys to a brand new car, but they represent useful items with a resonance that continues beyond the gift’s opening. Shall we?