Choosing the right gift for a teenager is no easy task. Their interests seem to change from one day to the next and it can be hard to pin down what they truly like. Plus, you don’t want your present to be too grown-up, but you don’t want it to be childish either. It’s enough to leave you wondering if you should even try. Don’t worry. Help is here. This article will assist you in choosing the best teen gift ideas for holidays, birthdays and any other special occasion.
Consider their personality and interests
Before you head out shopping, think about the teenager’s age and maturity level. Some gifts are appropriate for both 13-year-olds and 19-year-olds but not all are. Take the time to identify their passions and hobbies and don’t assume all teens want the latest video game or a cellphone. Some teenagers may prefer experiences over material items.
Get to know the teenager
If you don’t know the teenager very well, casually ask them about their interests and let this inform your shopping. You can ask about how they spend their free time, what books they like to read, or which bands they obsessed with. At the same time, observe what they like to wear and how they speak so you can get more clues about who they are. You can compile the things you learn and ask another teenager with similar interests what they would suggest.
Rope in their parents
If the teenager is a relative or child of a close friend, ask their parents for tips or ask the teen to see their room. The posters they have on the wall, décor they choose and objects they leave lying around can give you helpful hints. You may also see something that reminds you of your own adolescence and you may be better able to identify with this teen.
Head to social media
Look at the teenager’s social media account (if it’s set to public) and see the things they choose to share. See if they keep reposting things from a certain brand or if they and their peers are constantly talking about a particular item. If the teen posts a lot about comic characters or a new piece of technology, you can be sure it’s something they really like. Just be sure to check with their parents so you don’t buy something they were already planning on getting them.
Make a list and check it twice
By now you should have a pretty good idea of the teenager’s personality and interest. List these things along with potential gifts which match each characteristic. Write down as many things as you can think of. Narrow down the options based on what you can afford, what you can access easily and how much time you have to make it happen. You can also ask the teen’s parents or siblings about which option you should go with.
Choosing a gift for a teen can seem difficult but if you approach it strategically, your gesture should be well-received. Get to know the teenager and be sure to consider both educational and entertaining presents. Run everything by the parents and everyone is sure to be happy.