I find teens are the easiest people to buy presents for because when you ask them what they want, they have a long list! Day five of the Bargain Babe Hot Holiday Gift Guide is devoted to buying for these almost-adults.
We’ve also suggested electronics gifts, gifts at Sears, toys for kids, and mens’ shavers. Coming up are gifts for kids, teens, men, and women. There will also be a day devoted to unique and quirky gifts, and we’ll finish the gift guide on Dec. 9 with a roundup of the best overall gifts.
Don’t forget to enter to win a $100 Sears gift card as part of the Gift Guide! Contest ends Monday, Dec. 5!
What is it with teen girls putting
brightly colored feather extensions in their hair? I understand hairstyles are a powerful expression of self, but I’m too old to get on this bandwagon. Luckily, feather extensions start at $2.49 plus shipping on Amazon. This gift is gentle on the wallet!
Take hair feathers to the next level with a faux fur animal hoodie, above. These are not hoodies in the traditional sense, but are over-sized head coverings with limb-like extensions that hang down, forming pockets. Many of the hoods sell for about $30 on Amazon, while you can find more realistic looking ones for $129 and up at Spirit Hoods. (Kids sizes start at $79). Buy a Spirit Hood depicting a wolf, polar bear, panda, or snow leopard, and 10% of profits go to helping that particular animal.
An iTunes gift card is a no-brainer for a generation saturated with media. They can spend it on music, movies, TV shows, and audio books. If you are a Costco member, you can usually find a pack of iTunes gift cards for slightly less than retail (pay $45 for $50 in gift cards, for example).
At $33-$60, TOMS shoes are overpriced, in my humble opinion, but these simple shoes are uber popular right now. The basic model has a rubber sole and canvas top, above. For every TOMS bought, a pair of shoes is given to a child in need. Reviewers say the shoes are extremely comfortable but sizes may run a tad small.
Movie passes are another no-brainer. I mean, what teen doesn’t jump at a few hours away from the ‘rents? Giving movie tickets through Fandango makes it easy for them to redeem at more than a dozen theaters, including AMC, Carmike Cinemas, Century Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, Edwards Theatres, Regal Cinemas and United Artists Theatres, American Cinematheque, Brenden Theatres, CineArts Theatres, Cinebarre, Cineplex Odeon Cinemas, Cobb Theatres, Hollywood Theatres, IMAX, Kerasotes Theatres, Majestic Crest Theatre, Premiere Theatres, R/C Theatres, Wehrenberg Theatres and Winchester Theatres. The teen can use Fandango cash to see any movie available for ticketing on Fandango.com. When I checked this morning, the options included Breaking Dawn Part 1, The Muppets, The Adventures of Tintin, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, among many others. Give movie tickets through Fandango now.
Money is last on the list of gifts for teens. Perhaps you want to earmark it for a school trip, sports equipment, 529 plan, or other event in the teen’s life. I recommend cash over pre-paid bank cards, which almost always have fees and surcharges just to spend the money! Giving cash does not have to be tacky. It’s all about including it in a thoughtful card with a hand written note supporting the teen.
Electronics gifts — Hot Holiday Gift Guide Day 1
Value gifts at Sears — Hot Holiday Gift Guide Day 2
Toys for kids – Hot Holiday Gift Guide Day 3
Mens’ shavers – Hot Holiday Gift Guide Day 4
Gifts for teens — Hot Holiday Gift Guide Day 5
Unique and quirky gifts – Hot Holiday Gift Guide Day 6
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