Buying positive gifts for teenagers is a task easier said than done. But being a mother often teaches us some tricks of the trade. Here are some gift ideas for your teenager that should have a positive impact!
1) A book
Okay, before you tell me that teenagers aren’t interested in books, hear me out. All kids love to learn, including teenagers – it’s actually school that they have a problem with. So, get them a book that they’d be interested in reading. It does not have to be one of the new teenage vampire romance books, it can be educational.
For instance, my son loves to play the guitar, so I bought him a book on the history and composition of the guitar. He loved it. He learned so much about something that he already loved.
Figure out something positive that your teenager already loves, and then help them learn more about it. It could be about movies, a TV show, a restaurant, or whatever they’re interested. By getting them a book in a topic that they are already interested in, you will teach them the value of reading.
2) Personalized Gift
If there’s one thing that teenagers like, it’s to feel unique. So get them something personalized for their room. There are lots of different options at Personal Creations for these types of gifts. A personalized gift gives teenagers that treasured sense of autonomy without actually getting any more freedom.
For my teenager, I went for a rustic metal sign that said “David’s Man Cave.” He loved it. You could also go fancier, though, and get him a personalized pocket watch or set of golf balls. The possibilities are endless! The trick is to make your teenager feel more independent; if they have something personalized, then they have something that nobody else in the world has.
Be sure to choose your gift with discretion. Meaning, don’t get your teenager a personalized beer holster.
3) Tickets to an Amusement Park
Teenagers like to seem independent. So, it’s important to give them a gift which allows them to be independent, but still inside your parental gaze and guidance. A couple of tickets to an amusement park can do just that. You could also buy tickets to a carnival, theme park, or water park.
With this gift, be sure to give your teenager more than one ticket so that they can invite their friends. If you’d like, you could go with them to the park, but I recommend letting them roam and decide what to do for themselves, if you do. You will have essentially given them a wonderful experience with their friends that they will love you for.
Reminder: this does not mean that they shouldn’t do something with their family as well. Friends are important to teenagers and you should try your best to foster good relationships. So, it’s okay, for a birthday, to have a party with family, and then an experience with friends. The point of the gift is to give your teenager a little freedom to have a positive experience with their friends without relinquishing too much control.
I hope these gift ideas helps when shopping for gifts for your teenager or teenagers, if you’re lucky enough to have more than one.
Author Bio – Sally Barker is a full-time mother and wife who loves sharing ideas with family-focused blogs. Originally from Butte, Montana, Sally now lives with her family in Boise, Idaho. She likes to hike, fish, and relax in the great outdoors. In the even greater indoors, Sally loves to cook, garden, and read.