Finding the right gift can be a challenge, especially when it comes to kids and teens. A gift can’t only be something they would use or like, it has to be cool. Assuming cool is still the word kids use to describe something cool. This leaves many of us in the adulting world stumped and looking for easy options. Sure, cash is always appreciated, but it lacks a personal touch. Don’t go to that last resort wad of dollars. There are gifts you can get that the younger generation appreciates.
The best way to see a band or catch a game is live and in person. There is something about physically being there that creates a sense of wonder and magic no virtual or streamed version can compete with. Tickets lets you give that special young person an experience they can Instagram to the world.
What’s the difference between gift cards and cash? Gift cards show a kid that the person who bought it cares enough to pay attention to what they like. It doesn’t matter what the child is into. Fashion. Sports. Gaming. Comics. There’s a gift card for anywhere available somewhere.
One factor that makes gift cards such a great idea is that they allow kids to buy something that a parent or other family member may not be able to get easily. For example, there will always be some new game expansion or character skin a gamer will want. Gift cards give it to them.
There’s always a new and better phone or tablet that kids will want. It can get pricey, but there are ways to get a new phone or device without breaking the bank. Shop around. The deals are out there.
The right device can even save money. It’s often cheaper to rent the e-book version of a textbook for college than it is to buy or rent a physical copy. Plus, it’s easier than lugging a backpack full of books around.
The speed in which a kid can go from liking My Little Pony to death metal is one grade. That pink bedroom with frilly princess curtains they loved so much is suddenly the most horrible thing in the world. It may seem frivolous, but a child’s room is where they will be spending a lot of their time. Make it a place they will be happy to be grounded in – but not too happy.
Remodeling doesn’t have to be expensive. Sometimes all it takes is a new coat of paint, maybe a beanbag chair, and new sheets sans cartoon characters – or with the cartoon characters the kid is now into. Doing the remodeling with the kid can be a great way to bond while teaching them something.
The Wild Card Gift
Sometimes the best gift is the one the kid never asked for. We’ve all gotten the educational gifts snuck in between the regular stuff we asked for, but the wild card gifts don’t have to be educational. Something like a prank calling app, a funny board game, loot boxes, or a classic horror movie collection can be the surprise that a kid loves.