Christmas Toys for Teens
Christmas teenager toys
Teenagers are perhaps the hardest people to buy for at Christmas time. Often it’s easier to buy a gift card or simply give money, but personally I prefer to try to put a little thought into what I buy and quite often this is much appreciated.
There are many cool toys out there that are ideal toys for teenagers at Christmas, and believe it or not they are not all electronic – OK so most of them are, but there are a few toys that are suitable for teens.
Here are some of my picks for hot Christmas toys for teens:
Kindle Fire HD
Perhaps not really a toy, this superb little Tablet will be a huge seller this Christmas. With the ability to read books, play games, use apps, watch movies, surf the web and play movies this is an ideal toy for the teen that really wants an iPad - the bonus is that it is only $170! It will have competition from Microsoft, Google and Barnes and Noble who have similar products, but so far the Kindle seems to be the best, or at the very least, the best supported.
The trusty old Nerf gun has been around for quite a while but in recent years has seen a resurgence, and has seen the evolution of more powerful and fun guns. There are simply dozens of different types of guns available, and even some swords and axes. The cool thing is that not only is it a safe game for indoors, but you’ll find your teenagers running around outside (yes doing some exercise) as they form teams with their peers. Not only will it get them away from the gaming console, but it teaches team work as well as providing some great exersize.
Not all teens like gadgets:
While this article focuses more on the electronic toys that are available, I should point out that not all teens want the latest gadget. Many teenagers are very happy to receive some of the following items:
- Board Games – there are some excellent games such as Story Cubes available; games like Monopoly, Risk etc are always popular too. Themed games (like Harry Potter games) are always popular.
- Art Supplies – the budding artist will always be looking for paints, brushes, canvas and other important art supplies.
- Clothes – keeping up with the latest trends is often very important to teenagers. Whether it’s the latest designer clothes, or the coolest punk outfits, you’re sure to be on to a winner especially if you let your teen choose their cloths.
- Gift Cards - perhaps a cowardly way to go, but it’s probably easier to let your teen choose their own gift.
- Music & Movies – not all teens copy music and movies, so why not give them an iTunes card for Christmas.
- Soft Toys – you’re never to old to own a soft toy!
- Puzzles – lots of teens love to challenge their mind, so why not buy the latest puzzle from Rubik, even the good old Rubik’s cube is still popular.
And of course, let us not forget that there are many teens who simply want quality time with their family, and perhaps the chance to help others at Christmas!
Product Highlight: Kindle Fire HD
The Kindle Fire HD is the hottest Christmas Gift since the Nintendo Wii was introduced. Already Amazon have sold millions even before the product has been shipped, and it’s likely they are going to be in short supply this Christmas. The Kindle is undoubtedly one of the better tablet computers available and does most of what the iPad does for less than half the price. While the iPad is the best, the Kindle Fire is a great tablet, especially as a Christmas gift for teenagers.
Microsoft XBOX One and Sony PS4
While you’d love to get your teenagers running around and doing things more productive with their lives, you’re going to find a high proportion that simply want video games for Christmas! So why not get your teen the coolest toy for Christmas 2013 that combines video games with ‘exersize’.
The Microsoft XBOX One and the Sony PS4 represent the next generation in video game consoles, using a camera and microphone, and in the case of Sony a hyper sensitive ‘wand’ as well, to allow the video game to mimic the actions of your teenager. So they still get to play the latest and greatest video games, but they get so immersed in the game play that they don’t realize they are actually getting some exercise while doing it.
This is definitely a top toy for Christmas for teens.
Why on earth would you want to buy a summer toy for your teenager at Christmas? Well lets be honest – most teenagers are often vindictive when it comes to having fun – there’s nothing better than soaking your best friend when it’s snowing, and seeing them run off to get a nice cup of hot chocolate. Like Nerf Guns, the water gun has come a long way recently, and there are more water guns available than you might believe.
Well this isn’t a new toy, but it’s one of the best video games I’ve played. Watch your teenagers have fun with this game, listen to them sing and watch them attempt to play some of the really tough songs – with the latest ‘Warriors of Rock’ game, you might even find yourself joining in! This really is a great family game and is definitely a great Christmas gift for teenagers.
iPad – this is really for teenagers who simply must have every gadget! The iPad is like a little minicomputer that allows your teenager to surf the web, use thousands of Apps, play music, surf the web and read a book – it’s essentially like a large iPod Touch, but definitely one of the must have gifts for teens this year. The days of the iPad of being a toy for geeks is gone - it is now an essential tool for the modern teen.
iPod Touch – the latest and greatest in the ubiquitous line of mp3 players from Apple is the iPod Touch. It’s the most intuitive iPod ever and features a great touch screen – it also allows the user to download and use Apps as well – this is one of the coolest gifts for teenagers this Christmas.
iMac – is your teenager getting older? Starting to think about college perhaps? Then there’s nothing better than the superb iMac – it’s one of the most secure computers on the market, and is ideal for students who are thinking of doing art, graphic design and music production in college!
Laptop / Netbook
If you’re not a Mac lover, you can still buy a very decent Laptop, for less money, and get practically the same features as the Mac – the range of Laptops that are suitable for teenagers is amazing, ranging from a $399 model that is ideal for surfing the web, up to the top of the range $1000+ Laptops that are designed for high end games or Graphic Design applications. Also, the new Netbooks are more compact and have the same power and functionality as a cheaper Laptop.
There’s no doubt that one of the biggest toys this year for teenagers is the Gaming System. With new technology and improved consoles being released, your teenager will definitely love to get the latest one. Here are the top ones for this Christmas:
Microsoft XBOX One –with the improvement of the ‘no hands required’ Kinect and an upgraded system, Microsoft are hoping to make the XBOX One, the best selling console – with a whole host of games coming out, this is going to be a great console for Christmas 2013 for teenagers.
Sony PS4 - Sony have probably the most rounded console and are competing with both the Wii U and the XBOX One by introducing the Sony Move which promises to really immerse the player in the games – there’s not really that much between the top consoles, but the this is an attractive choice of gifts for teenagers this Christmas.
Nintendo Wii U – the Wii U has updated the graphics, improved the controller and added a new tablet like addition to make the Wii more interactive.It still remains a top seller and is definitely a cheaper alternative to the XBOX One and PS4 – what’s more it is more family oriented and may just pull your sullen teenager back into the fold! Nintendo are also introducing their next generation system although not a lot is known about it today aside from the inclusion of a tablet like controller that gives you additional functionality.
Android Consoles: With the introduction of the Ouya gaming system, and other Android based gaming consoles, there is suddenly a cheaper alterative to the established consoles. These consoles are cheap, allow the player to play most of the games available on the smart phone, and be able to buy games a lot cheaper than the traditional console games. A great choice for the smart teenager at Christmas.
Don't forget to check out some of the top video games for Christmas too.
This year sees the introduction of some new technologies that will be perfect for teenagers this Christmas; on top of that, some traditional old favorites like the Nerf guns have taken on a whole new life and caught on amongst teenagers. So there are definitely lots of options and choices for toys for teenagers for Christmas.
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