It’s that time of year again. Time to buy Christmas gifts for the teenagers in our lives.
Talk about pressure for parents! You want to get something they’ll like – but not spend too much. You want the gift to hold their interest for more than a few days. And it wouldn’t hurt if it was educational too.
That’s a tall order, isn’t it? Well, I’ve done some homework for you. I’ve found five cool, affordable Christmas gifts under $50 that are sure to be a hit the morning of Dec. 25.
All are available on Amazon. Order early – you never know when Santa might make a run on these gifts.
5 Cool, Affordable Christmas Gifts For Teenagers
This sleek aluminum device can store about 500 songs and operate for up to 15 hours on a single charge. It has easy-to-use controls for playing music, audiobooks and podcasts. Your teenager can clip the iPod shuffle to their shirts, backpacks or purses and listen on the go. The shuffle comes in five colors: silver, blue, green, orange and pink.
2. Video Rocking Chair – $28
Teens love video games, and they’ll love this chair. It allows for hours of comfort and entertainment. A hardwood frame is covered in padded vinyl that can be wiped clean. Weighing only 14 pounds, the video rocking chair can be easily moved. Available in red, blue, and two-tone shades of red/ black, silver/ black and blue/ black.
3. Magnet Balls Earth Puzzle – $25
A total of 216 powerful round magnets can be combined in an endless ways to test your imagination. They can be lined up in rows or fashioned into 3D creations. The magnet balls challenge a teenager’s brain while easing stress. This is definitely an addictive conversation-starter.
4. Lego Clock – $20
Kids have loved Legos for decades. The new Lego clock in the Lego collection is useful and fun (and appeals to those over 10). The battery-powered alarm clock has a large, lighted digital readout and a snooze button. It measures 6 inches high, 5 inches wide and 4.5 inches deep. Like Lego blocks themselves, the clock can be stacked with other electronics, such as the Lego boombox or a different Lego digital clock. If a clock isn’t what your teen needs, maybe a cool Lego brick light should do the trick.
5. Scrabble Flash Cubes – $15
This is a variation of the classic Scrabble board game that challenges players to form words with random letters. In this electronic version, contestants arrange blocks that light up, beep and display scores when words are formed. Scrabble Flash Cubes is fast-paced fun.
There you have it–my list of five cool, affordable gifts for teenagers. Feel free to add any good finds you’ve stumbled across in the comments section.
Edit on Dec. 4, 2011: I just discovered a radio-controlled helicopter for $23.99 that would also be a fun, inexpensive gismo for Christmas morning.