When it comes to gift buying for Christmas, teenagers are some of the most difficult to please. Their tastes tend to change rapidly, which makes it hard to shop in advance for them. Instead, make Christmas shopping easier this year by buying a gift card your teen so she can use it to buy whatever her little heart desires:
1. Most clothing stores offer gift cards for Christmas. You probably know where your teen likes to shop, so invest in a $50 gift card at Abercrombie or Hot Topic. Avoid department stores unless she really likes to shop there, as the clothes tend to be more bland than specialty shops. If you’re not sure if your gift recipient lives in a place where there is a specialty store, look online for store locations or get her a Christmas gift card for Target. She will find a way to spend it on something that she likes.
2. If your teenager is plugged in, buy an iTunes gift card for Christmas. These cards, which are sold online and in the checkout aisles of major retailers, will enable your teen to buy anything from music to television shows that she loves. When you give her the gift card, make sure she knows that she will need to have iTunes installed on her computer in order to take advantage of your gift. iTunes is a free and safe program, however, so it shouldn’t be difficult unless she only uses a public computer.
3. Although teenagers can be materialistic, they enjoy the gift of experience. Why not buy your teen a gift certificate to her favorite movie theater? She can buy tickets and popcorn for herself whenever she and her friends go out for movie night. These gift cards typically are sold in the theater, so pick one up the next time you take her to the movies. Another good experience gift card idea is a certificate for Dave and Buster’s — it’s the adult version of Chuck-E-Cheese.
4. If your teen drives, a gas card might be a nice reminder to fill up the tank when she gets back from her friend’s house. Most service stations offer gift cards year-round, not just at Christmas. Usually you can’t choose the amount you want to spent on the card, as it is pre-printed, so be prepared to spent anywhere from $10 to $100 on a gas gift card.
5. If all else fails, buy a Christmas gift card through a credit card issuer such as MasterCard. Your teen can use these cards anywhere, which will suit any teen, no matter how many phases she goes through. Sometimes you can reload these cards, making them the perfect Christmas gift for your child or a close relative because you can figure out when he has run out of money.
6. Sometimes, a preprinted gift card just won’t do for Christmas. If your teen is a little more offbeat, make your own gift certificate that you can hand him. Perhaps it will be good for a night at a local playhouse for the two of you, or can be redeemed for one batch of his favorite cookies. Use your imagination (and a few fun art supplies) to make a Christmas gift card that your teenager won’t soon forget.