Christmas Gifts for Teenagers

Some people on your list are hard to shop for, but teenagers are pretty easy to please if you follow a few simple tips when it comes to unique gifts for teenagers. It's a fine line between getting the most popular gadget of the season versus coming up with something that is as unique as your teen is.

Many teens are passionate about something-whether it's endangered animals, a particular rock band or a certain sport. Find a great gift for teens that is tailored toward that passion and your teen will be grateful. Make a donation in a teen's name towards her favorite charity or arrange for a charitable activity for her to do. Adopt an endangered animal on behalf of your teen; the monthly updates will keep your teen posted on how things are going. For those with a celebrity crush, look for clothes, concert tickets, memorabilia, pop culture magazine subscription or even a DVD collection of the celebrity as unique gifts for teens.

Of course, gadgets and technology are a big part of most teens' lives, so gifts in that area will always be appreciated. Consider an MP3 card, essentially a gift card for downloadable music. A DVD rental subscription is an inexpensive option that gives your teen a chance to pick the movies he wants to rent and teaches him about responsibility when it comes time to managing the account. CDs, DVDs and video games are great gifts for teens as well. For the budding photographer, give him a reasonably priced digital camera.

You'll never go wrong with a gift certificate to a clothing store or plain old cash, but there are clever ways to give these kind of gifts for teenagers. Set up a treasure hunt, with the first clue wrapped up under the tree. The final clue leads them to an envelope with a gift certificate inside. Give a teen girl a dozen money roses. Simply arrange one or two bills around a silk rose stem as "leaves" and attach with small green rubber bands. Lay the bouquet in a floral box for her to open. Be more direct by giving the teen a book and placing the bills throughout the pages. Make a money tree, by taking a dead branch with lots of twigs and attaching the bills with rubber bands all over. Put the branch in a terra-cotta pot filled with gravel.

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