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What do Teens Really Want for Christmas?

  1. Tom.Gilbert profile image57
    Tom.Gilbertposted 7 years ago

    I've been kicking around some ideas lately, but it's hard to settle on physical gifts for teens instead of just gift certificates or a wad of cash.  I could always spring for an iPhone, but the monthly service fees are pretty high (and we all know who's paying the bill once your teenage son loses his job at Ben & Jerry's).  Anyone got any bright ideas?

    1. Eileen Hughes profile image84
      Eileen Hughesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Dont spend lots of dollars  Christmas is supposed to be the thought that counts.
      It is too commercial these days.  Enjoy their company and be a family together sharing.  These are the important things for kids really.  Make memories for them

      1. Tom.Gilbert profile image57
        Tom.Gilbertposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I hear ya, Eileen.  I'm thinking of doing a bunch of DIY gifts for some of my family members this year.

    2. rebekahELLE profile image89
      rebekahELLEposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      google top ten gifts for teenagers and lots of ideas you will find... I used to let them make a list and I would choose from that list, so they still didn't really know what they would get.
      good luck!

      1. Tom.Gilbert profile image57
        Tom.Gilbertposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I like that idea a lot.  Thanks, Rebekah!

    3. profile image0
      L. Andrew Marrposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Prostitute.

      1. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
        GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Good idea nyahahaha big_smile

        and a cool treat too j/k...

      2. Tom.Gilbert profile image57
        Tom.Gilbertposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        C'mon I don't want to get Santa Claus rigged up on kidnapping charges for carrying hookers around in his sack.

    4. ChattingMaster profile image57
      ChattingMasterposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Your boy already works at Ben and Jerry's?!!? That's the dream right there! Don't buy the little brat anything.

      1. Tom.Gilbert profile image57
        Tom.Gilbertposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        No, but I had a job at a Ben & Jerry's (just the ice cream parlor, not the company) back in high school one summer.  Lost the job though.

  2. frogdropping profile image86
    frogdroppingposted 7 years ago

    Teens always want the thing you hadn't thought of/something you can't afford/something they wouldn't let them have.

    Its a teen thing - so no suggestions other than (bit lame) to say 'good luck' smile

    1. Tom.Gilbert profile image57
      Tom.Gilbertposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hilarious.  I totally agree.  I seem to remember a friend of mine from high school asking for a $400 water pipe from his parents once for Christmas.  Didn't go over so well.

  3. Len Cannon profile image89
    Len Cannonposted 7 years ago

    You're better off just asking them.

    1. Tom.Gilbert profile image57
      Tom.Gilbertposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      This approach makes the most sense to me too, Len.  The only problem is that the kids always reply "I don't knowwwwwwww!  Something coooooooooool!"

  4. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
    GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years ago

    TLC... big_smile

  5. Jane@CM profile image60
    Jane@CMposted 7 years ago

    I wrote a hub on this smile

    I have two teens and they are tough to buy for, one in college and one in middle school.  We've told them both we are cutting back (hubby is unemployed) this year, but we have our Christmas account.  My SIL picked up a CoolPix camera on Black Friday for my daughter for 89.00 (1/2 off) so I'll be buying that from her to give to my daughter. I'm also getting her some college logo clothing.  My son - he is a tough one!  If he could have an unlimited snowboard pass for the winter he'd be happy smile

    1. Tom.Gilbert profile image57
      Tom.Gilbertposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That's a great deal on a CoolPix camera, an awesome gift for anyone.  If you're looking for a cool gift for your son, might I suggest a paintball gun or a trip paintballing?

  6. prettydarkhorse profile image64
    prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago

    the latest release cellphone and tech gadgets plus MOOLAH

    1. GeneralHowitzer profile image65
      GeneralHowitzerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Moolah would be great nyahahaha... always...

      1. Tom.Gilbert profile image57
        Tom.Gilbertposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Moolah's always a winner with teens.  I just have a sneaking suspicion that most teens spend 99% of their money on fast food and pot.

    2. emievil profile image79
      emievilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Agree smile. When I was still in my teens (not so long ago tongue) my aunts / uncles will just give us money to buy whatever we want. Or failing that, gift certificates to the nearest mall. smile

  7. Ms.Lavae profile image58
    Ms.Lavaeposted 7 years ago

    I WOULD SAY

    1.Laptop
    2.Camera
    3.pre paid phone
    4.game console of some type
    5.shoes
    6.clothes
    7.watch/earrings, etc.
    8.Ipod
    9.Ipod dock
    10.Last resort MONEY

    1. Tom.Gilbert profile image57
      Tom.Gilbertposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Great ideas all, Ms. Lavae.  I think I may have found what I was looking for in the Ipod dock.

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      AdviceDoctorposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Are these really great gifts? I have a 14 year old and I have no idea what he wants... ca How much is a decent laptop?

  8. Chloe Comfort profile image59
    Chloe Comfortposted 7 years ago

    My nephew (14) has all the latest gadgets so that's not an option but he does go to the movies every weekend so it's gonna be a gift card to the movie theater he goes to. That way he can do something he enjoys and it doesn't cost him a thing.

    1. Tom.Gilbert profile image57
      Tom.Gilbertposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Good idea.  It's best not to swim against the tide.

  9. facebookchat profile image60
    facebookchatposted 7 years ago

    Haha it's the hardest question in the world! Just remember that whatever you decide upon, in 12 months it'll be gathering dust in the cupboard (unless it's a vacuum cleaner)

    1. Tom.Gilbert profile image57
      Tom.Gilbertposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      How true it is.  Makes MOOLAH sound even better...

  10. Jane@CM profile image60
    Jane@CMposted 7 years ago

    Victoria Secret PINK - teen girls love it!

    1. Tom.Gilbert profile image57
      Tom.Gilbertposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Ha I'll leave that one to the female members of my family to give.

    2. ChattingMaster profile image57
      ChattingMasterposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Teen girls?! Sexy underwear?! Things have changed from the 60's....oh wait...no they haven't... big_smile

      1. profile image0
        AdviceDoctorposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I highly doubt any teenage daughter wants lingerie from her father.

  11. Amanda108 profile image91
    Amanda108posted 7 years ago

    It really depends on what the teen is like. Contrary to popular belief, we aren't all the same wink And, unless he or she is a horrible brat, the gift *will* still be appreciated.

    1. profile image52
      squshiposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      that is sooo true... lots of teens would be fine/happy with getting something small

  12. pylos26 profile image76
    pylos26posted 7 years ago

    A nice assortment of drugs...?

  13. profile image52
    squshiposted 7 years ago

    wow.. i think i am like the only teen in the world that sad i don't get me anything.. well i did ask for something but its not something that will brake in 3 years... see my fiancee is in boot camp for marines.. and he graduates in Feb. so i asked my family to help me get there. smile it may seam like a lot but I'm paying for most of it.. even if i wasn't going there i would probably just want to see my family.. i think that people spend to much for Christmas... just make something..

  14. jobister profile image59
    jobisterposted 7 years ago

    Well it depends, is it a boy or a girl and what are they into?

    Girls: probably boots (Ugg boots), bags or purses, perfume, gift certificates for clothing stores, iPods, cannot go wrong with books either.

    Boys: if into sports then something sports related, it could be video games as well, books if they like to read.. there are tons of options. I wrote a few hubs on  buying gifts check them out and tell me what you think.

  15. elisabethkcmo profile image73
    elisabethkcmoposted 7 years ago

    a stocking full of little gifts is always a hit, even candy and silly little toys

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    TMinutposted 7 years ago

    My son is hard to buy for too because he wants things like a copper tube, capacitors, things like that. I don't know what to tell anyone when they ask what he wants other than money to get these things. Though he does want a particular computer game.

 
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