A teenaged boy’s birthday list – the part of it that we could print – would probably include a very fast sports car, a wifi-enabled laptop, a gas credit card, the latest model Smartphone, and a very large iTunes gift card. Since you’re googling for gift ideas, however, we can safely assume that you don’t have the income or the inclination to drop $40K on little Johnny’s birthday.
So, here are some ideas to consider as birthday gifts for the teenaged boys in your life:
1. A Newer Generation iPod
Yes, the young man in question has probably already received at least seven or more of these devices in his short years. But, they usually stop working after being submerged in water, run over by a skateboard, or slammed shut in a school locker door. Besides, the newer ones are smaller, have capabilities that the first lunar explorer rockets couldn’t have dreamt of and are relatively inexpensive depending upon your choice of vendor.
2. An iTunes Gift Card
Even if you decide not to “invest” in Johnny’s personal music player, you can certainly help him out with the selection of music that he’s able to listen to. iTunes gift cards are available for any amount you’re willing to part with and will be appreciated by the young recipient -at least until next week when he forgets who financed his new tunes, television shows, videos, or even movies.
3. An Amazon.com Gift Card
With all of the gifts and gizmos and whatchamacallits that kids have nowadays, how in the world are you supposed to keep up with what games they own, what game platforms they also have, and what technical requirements are necessary for any said game to be playable? The answer is you can’t. Let them figure it out with your gift card acting as a partial down payment.
4. A Magazine Subscription
I know, this is an antiquarian suggestion thrown into a high-tech suggestion list. However, this gift choice gives you the option of choosing a magazine subscription that might actually coincide with a young man’s interests and encourage reading for pleasure. Sports Illustrated, Baseball America, Rolling Stone, Spin, ESPN, Maxim, Gourmet or even those magazines devoted to video games, all can arrive monthly – or weekly – to provide information and entertainment to the birthday boy.
Nothing says you’re on your way to being a young man quite like the coolest cologne to splash about yourself. Plus, it helps cover that teen “funk” that will inevitably follow the young man around until around age 18. The of-the-moment cologne changes faster than the ad campaigns, but I’m sure that you can convince one of the young man’s colleagues to whisper the secret name of the magic elixir.