I’m a budget driven person. That personality trait kicks into high gear as my wife and I decide what gifts will be wrapped and given to our kids. The two criteria I have for the gifts for my two children are that they have an equal number of gifts, and that their cost come in under budget.
My wife, on the other hand, has other ideas. She has visions of the kids coming down the stairs on Christmas morning to find a tree with a pile of presents spilling out from under it. She has dreams of passing out gift after gift while our children futilely try to guess what is in each wrapped box.
My wife’s perfect gift is even harder to achieve when teenagers are involved. Both my kids are teenagers, who’s preferences seem to change daily. So how can a parent get the perfect gift for the hard-to-shop teenager and stay on budget?
If you are expecting this same problem this year, here’s a list of five last minute inexpensive gifts that any teenager would love to open:
My kids have a habit of winding their headphones around their phones as they leave the house. Eventually this habit seems to cause one or both of the ear buds to cease functioning. Therefore, every couple of months they need a new set. A decent pair can be had for $10 to $15.
Everyone in my home uses the same Apple ID, and there’s one rule when purchasing songs, apps, or games: Give dad the money before you buy something. While this sounds like a good idea, it’s a nightmare in practice. For Christmas this year both my kids are getting a $20 iTunes gift card and their own apple ID to manage their own funds.
3. Heated Blanket
We keep our home downright cool in the evenings. My daughter loves to snuggle up under her heated blanket we picked up at Costco for under $25 and watch her favorite shows. She’s even given a couple to friends who have been to our home and witnessed first hand the awesomeness of a heated blanket.
4. Bean Bag Chair
There never seems to be enough seating in the living areas of our home when the kids have friends over. That problem can be solved by giving each of our teenagers their very own bean bag chair in their favorite color for around $25.
Teenagers become increasing self-aware, including how they smell. Whether it’s from Bath and Body Works for my daughter, or something Axe for my son, I can pick up a new fragrance for my teenagers for just a few dollars.
There are plenty of gift ideas that can be appreciated by your teenager…