See, it’s one of my best friend’s (Sophie’s) brithdays coming up soon – in May, I think?
Seriously, I can barely remember my own birthday – don’t judge me for not knowing everyone else’s. But anyway, this whole “best-friend’s-birthday” coming up has reminded me of something: buying presents is hard. So (I already know what I’m getting her, haha) I decided (seeing as I have an addiction to lists, you probably noticed) to help the rest of you out by writing a few (teen) gift ideas down. Because buying gifts for teens is hard. And who knows what teens like better than a teen, right?
Probably anyone other than me for reasons I’ll explain in my next post, but that’s a whole other story.
1. CD’s – Sounds cheesy, but honestly: we love music. All teens do. Buying CDs for bands/singers the teen in question likes (or you think they will like, but be careful with that one) shows you know them and . . . well, is basically a great present.
2. iTunes Cards – Most teens have an iPod of some sort, or something by Apple; so the iTunes card can buy apps, movies and books or (if they have a good, old-fashioned mp3 player) music.
3. Clothes. EVERYONE likes clothes. I mean . . . they’re clothes. You love clothes, I love clothes . . . clothes are just great. But make sure you know their size, their style and keep the receipts.
4. Trainers. Or shoes. Boys love trainers (and so do girls, actually; it just depends on the brand – the preferred usually being Converses or Adidas) and girls love shoes. Find out their shoe size and you’re good to go.
5. Books. Okay, this one really depends on the teen; (lots of people love books; lots of people can’t be bothered with them. Which is their loss.) lots of avid readers might like a particular genre (for example, I like paranormal fiction, action, comedy, biographies, but I also love mysteries and crime. And I still reread Skulduggery Pleasant and HIVE all the time. But still. That’s totally mature, like.) but giving them your personal favourite is an idea. Or buying them a favourite series of theirs.
Or you could buy them a book relating to a hobby of theirs (ie my friend, other Sophie, is into art, so her mum bought her a guide to drawing manga) or a guide – like ‘The Girl’s Book Of Secrets ( http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Girls-Book-Secrets-Shhh/dp/1906082383/ref=pd_rhf_ee_s_cp_3_XHJ1 )
6. Magazine Subscriptions. While it’s really something you can tie up in a cool box (I love boxes, so this is a sad moment in my life . . .), a magazine subscription is a gift that keeps being useful. Also, you can find magazines on pretty much anything – so any hobbies or particular interests the person you’re giving your gift to might have can be used.
7. Earphones. Weird to think, but earphones are actually really useful – they come in all sorts of cool colours too. But earphones are another example of useful things that people like to recieve – and are easily misplaced. I love having a few pairs of spare earphones floating around.
8. Concert tickets.
A slightly more expensive option, but definitely well recieved. Concert tickets for their favourite singer/band (or just one they like) is a group activity pretty much any teenager would be excited to recieve. Just . . . make sure you have a ticket for a friend too.
9. Jewellery. (Did I spell that right? I feel like I didn’t spell that right . . . Oh well, let’s get on with it. Just . . . don’t look at it too closely. Oh, damn now it’s watching me . . .)
People like sparkly things. (I mean, some take it too far – *cough cough* the shit excuse for a vampire that is Edward Cullen *cough cough*) Teenagers are no exception. I mean, everyone should have a nice (or secret, some people want to look tough – that’s cool, bro) collection of jewellery they can wear. And jewellery is something that is pretty impossible toget wrong.
Everyone has a favourite show. Or a show that holds memories, or something. Example – at my school, we all watch the Inbetweeners so regularly we can quote it to each other. Birthday Sophie and I love How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory and Harry Potter (in that order for me; I don’t really fangirl over Harry Potter, I just love the facebook pages…) so any of those would be a good candidate to get her.
And now, I’m just going to list items because – quite frankly – you’re probably getting bored of reading my voice.
- Hair stuff (bobby pins, headbands, clips, bandanas etc)
- Fluffy Socks
- Band Merch (Band shirts, bags, badges, phones covers etc)
- New phone covers (or iPod covers, or tablet covers)
- Fairy Lights
- Computer Games
- A Computer (LOL, my parents wouldn’t go for that either)
- Duvet Covers
- CHOCOLATE PIZZA
- Money Box
Websites you should check out:
Vouchers You Should Consider:
- New Look
Here are just a few ideas; I mean I’m not actually following any of them, but . . . well. Want to know what I’m getting Sophie? I’m writing her a book. Yeah. Au revoir. x