Buying the perfect birthday gift for kids is never easy. Their tastes change so fast they’ve already moved on by the time you buy something. You would think the challenge would get easier as they grew and their tastes settled. You’d be wrong. No one is harder to buy gifts for than a teenager. If you have a teenage boy, you might be totally lost for ideas. At least with a girl, you can opt for fashion and makeup. Boys don’t even have that! You could get him something new for that games console, but how can you be sure what’s good? The best way to stop present panic is to get a few ideas!
We’re not saying you should snoop in your son’s room, but have a quick look at his CD collection when he’s not home. If there’s more than one CD for the same band, chances are they’re his favorites. Why not buy him tickets to see a concert? Bear in mind that you’ll need purchase a ticket for his friend to go, too. He’s not going to want you cramping his style! Of course, if the band are no longer together, or have passed, you’ll need to pick another. Think back to any bands he may have mentioned. Take note of any posters he might have on his walls. There are clues all around you!
HIS FIRST WALLET
A man’s first wallet is a crucial moment. It’s a step towards independence, and can make a guy feel great! Even if your son’s had cheap wallets before, buy him an expensive one for his birthday. This is something he can cherish and will have for a long time to come. Well, assuming it doesn’t get lost or ruined (he is a teenager, after all). You could opt for a traditional leather wallet, or get something a bit different, like a crocodile wallet. Think about your son’s personality when considering. If he likes to stand out from the crowd, something different will work well. If he likes to keep to himself, traditional is better.
AN IMPORTANT BOOK
Connecting with teenagers can be hard. Why not give your son a book that that meant a lot to you when you were his age? Again, it’s important to take his personality into account, here. Don’t buy a book you know he’ll never enjoy! Think about his tastes, and see if there’s a book that suits them. This will give you something to talk about, and could come to mean a lot to him!
A DAY OUT WITH MATES
If all else fails, you could always opt for a day out with his friends. If you’re stuck for ideas, look out for the chance to ask his friends what he would enjoy. Paintballing, go karting, and theme parks always seem to go down well! If you want to keep things cheap, opt for an activity day with a set price. Otherwise, this could end up as a pricey present!