Buying a birthday gift for a teen can be a trying and difficult task. Teenagers are changing their interests so quickly that last year’s perfect gift could be this year’s trash fodder. When buying a gift for your teen, it’s especially important to keep up with their age and buy something appropriate to their likes. Many parents have a difficult time seeing how quickly their children are growing up, and therefore buy gifts that are appropriate for a thirteen year old, which is disaster when your teen is seventeen. Use this article to start on the right road to getting the perfect birthday gift for your teen.
One thing that may make a teen girl happier than any present you could give them is a great and elaborate birthday party, with invitations to all of their friends. While MTV’s Sweet Sixteen television show parodies and shows the extremes of this concept, the real life version need not be an occasion for opulence and spoiled brattitude. Many teens love nothing more than the company of their friends, and a great party will make a teen’s birthday party something to remember.
Consider renting out a local dining hall or hotel convention space. Hire a local D.J. to spin records or even a local band to perform. Many local bands will do so only for the exposure and perhaps some free food, so this need not be an expensive proposition. It also need not include a helicopter entrance or $4,000 dress, as seen on MTV.
But it all comes down to the gifts, and this is what you’re looking for, so let’s get right into it. Almost every teenager is heavily into the music of the day, so CDs and/or Mp3 subscriptions can make a great gift. If you go for CDs, make absolutely certain you know what type of music your teen enjoys. This can be treacherous waters for the parent who is not hip to the day’s music, and not knowledgeable specifically of his child’s tastes. Take a look at what’s hot on the Billboard charts, and compare this with the type of music you see your teen listening to. This can help you make a more informed decision about what kind of CDs to purchase.
If your teen is getting ready to go off to college, then a laptop computer is not only a great gift, it may be essential. Today’s college classes are not like those of a generation ago, and computer usage is mandatory. Make sure you do not send your child off to his or her classes unprepared. Also appropriate for college age teens would be a car, new school clothes, a television, a cell phone, or perhaps a video game system.
Buying the perfect teen birthday gift can be stressful, but remember that it’s the thought that counts. So, don’t get discouraged if you feel like there are too many options. Many people, especially teens of a certain age, are not inclined to give many helpful hints when it comes to what they want for their birthdays. With this article, and your own ingenuity, you are sure to find something that they will find useful and fun.