Talk about economic home decorating. Flair4All has dozens of different styles of removable wall decals that let teens show their personality. Perfect for their bedroom or dorm. Each $20 set has a few sheets of multiple sticky decals, which don’t leave behind sticky goop and re-stick if you peel them off. Themes include flowers, spots, butterflies, music, shapes, destinations, and messages. There are even sets of decals for guys and toddlers. Buy it!
Worried about your kid drinking from plastic water bottles? Get ’em a personalized metal water bottle that plays into a passion of theirs. At theBottleShop.com you can choose from 15 colors, 20 categories of images, plus add a name or phrase to the bottle. The bottles are $11-$25, images and names are $3 each. Think of the possibilities! Buy it!
One of the most underrated electronic gadgets right now is the flip camera. No idea why they call it that, but it sure is fun. This flip camera is so easy to use you don’t have to read the manual, and lets teens make quick videos on the go. Low quality, yes, but very entertaining. Prices range from $100-200 depending on whether you get a 2GB, 4GB or 8GB flash drive. Amazon has a nice 8GB flip camera for $160. Buy it!
Teenagers want to get OUT of the house. So get them concert tickets – but don’t pay full price. Find discounts up to 50 percent off at Goldstar, where you can also buy gift certificates so they can choose themselves. Movie tickets are another great gift for teens who would really rather not be seen with you. Buy discounted movie passes through Costco or check with your HR department at work.
Dig this. Necklaces made of recycled vinyl records. How cool is that? There are five choices for what the necklace spells out, including “me,” “American Dream,” and “Role Model,” and “NYC.” You can also get one customized with your name. At $34-$36 they are not cheap, but I’m willing to pay a bit more for a unique gift. Aren’t you? Buy it!
Got a teen that likes to think? The card game Set gets your neurons firing. Set can be played with 1-6 players. The person who finds the most matching patterns in the deck wins. Set is a great present for anybody interested in math or patterns and can easily be simplified for young kids. Meant for ages 6 and up. Amazon has it for $9.68 (orig. $15). Buy it!
Loaded Questions is another fun game for teens who want to prove how much they know about each other. Players move ahead by correctly guessing how other players would answer questions. Sample questions include “What sport should cease to exist?” “Aside from smoking what habit to you hate?” and “What part of your body probably smells right now?” Amazon has it for $21.21 (orig $30). Buy it!
If you want to go lower: Buy an iTunes gift card in your price range.