Every parent gets used to the idea of getting new clothes, gear and shoes at the change of each season, and it doesn’t cease just because your kids have reached their teen years. Fall is a great excuse to upgrade your teenager's wardrobe and gadgets, just in time to head back to school and hunker down for the winter. Whether your teen has a birthday coming up, you’re looking ahead to the holidays or you just want to put a smile on their face, check out this guide to select the perfect gift they’re guaranteed to love.
Teenagers are at the forefront of any trend–especially any movements in the fashion industry. Give your teen’s wardrobe a stylish boost with new clothes that are both cool and functional for the colder months. A warm jacket, a good pair of lined leggings, a few mens Irish sweaters or a cool, new beanie or hat make great, sleek gifts that will make the fall and winter a lot more comfortable.
Chances are, one of their favorite artists has a few new hits to stream, and your teen needs a way to play their favorite tunes while sitting on the bus or walking to and from school. Fall is a great time to invest in a really nice pair of over-ear headphones, as the extra cups double as ear warmers, too.
Your teen may seem to be done growing, but that’s no reason to stop seasonal shoe shopping. Go big and grab a pair of boots or sneakers that your teen wouldn’t be able to afford with whatever is leftover from their summer job earnings. You’re sure to get bonus points if you scour the internet for the latest trends and get a pair that will garner attention from everyone in their friend group.
When in doubt, go for a gift that will give them a stylish way to store their stuff. Grab a durable duffle bag for gym class, a fashionable backpack from a trendy European retailer or a new sleeve to keep their laptop safe while walking from class to class.
Show your teen you’re up on all the coolest musicians, events and galleries by scoring great seats to a show. Confer with one or two of their friends ahead of time to see if they’d like to join, too, and make it a special night for their crew by sending them off to dinner before the show.
Your teen may grow weary of reading the teacher-assigned classics required for school. To help foster their love for a good book, one that they won’t need to write a summary or report on once they finish the last page, give them the latest release in a favorite series, a book you treasured when you were their age or even a subscription to a magazine or periodical for bite-sized information.
At the end of a long school day, few things are nicer than cozying up on the couch to catch up on your teen’s favorite show. Give them even more of a reason to look forward to this ritual by giving them a really soft, warm blanket that they won’t have to share with any younger siblings.
Your teen’s newfound independence is one of the most exciting things about this season in their life. They may have just gotten their first job, or just passed their driving test. Think of a way to make their new adultlike autonomy a lot more fun while they’re out on the road cruising around with their friends. A gift card for a drive through or a local movie theater provides entertainment for both them and their friends, and you won’t have to worry about where they are when you know you’ve given them the gift of a good, wholesome time.
Publish Date: September 14, 2021 9:48 PM