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Shopping for teenage Christmas gifts does not have put fear into your holiday shopping. The teen in your life may not have asked for much more than money or a gift card, but if you learn about their interests, hobbies, and future goals, you can find a teen gift idea that may be a pleasant surprise. And many of these Mom and Dad are sure to approve of also.

Think Summer for Teenage Christmas Gifts               

Think ahead to summer plans for your teen gift ideas. Offer pay for a summer camp registration of their choice or buy a season pass to a local amusement park or water park. Many of these attractions sell season passes year round.  

Support a Hobby

If the teen has a hobby, or even an interest in a hobby, support that by buying supplies. For the sports player, give new sports equipment, give books for the reader, and art supplies for the artist. If they love photography they may need a new camera or memory card, or the guitarist may like custom-made guitar picks. The outdoorsy type may need a new outdoor backpack or hiking GPS unit.

Promote Career Exploration

Does the teenager have an interest in a particular career? Teenage Christmas gifts can encourage them to explore this career path. Give a membership to a professional association, a magazine subscription, or a book written by someone in the field. Tickets or a year’s membership to a local museum may also help a teen explore a particular career path.

Get Them Ready for College

For the high school senior, college is looming and so are some big expenses. Depending on the teen’s plans, you may want to give a gift card to the college bookstore or an online textbook retailer such as Textbooks.com or Half.com. Other ideas include giving dorm room supplies, such as a small microwave or coffee maker or storage items. Think of the must have item you used in college and give that as a Christmas present for the soon-to-be college student. 

The Old Standby Teenage Christmas Gifts

Gift cards may have been invented for teens. And it’s OK to rely on the most common teenage Christmas gift, the gift card.  Most teens will use gift cards to clothing stores, the movies, for music to download, and even restaurants. Other standby teenage gift ideas include the ones often thought of by teens as the cool Christmas presents: the latest tech gadget that came out last month, video games, clothes, and movie tickets.