I know parents who have broken down after their kid has entered the terrible teens. I don’t know what happened, they say? They used to be so sweet and now they’re slamming doors, listening to loud, angry music and yelling I hate you.
If that sounds familiar the first thing to remember is that all kids go through the teenage years. Some have a more rocky experience, but all parents have to handle it. Eventually they grow up and you feel more connected to them than ever. For now though, let’s think about how to handle your kid when are in the middle of the teens. Specifically, what do you do when you need to buy them a gift. I’m talking about birthdays and special occasions. It can be difficult can’t it? Well don’t worry, I’m here to help.
Merch Is A Must
One of the safest options when buying for teens is to opt for merch. You probably have a vague idea of what their favorite band is or which game they love to play. You can then look for merchandise online related to this particular brand. For instance, one of the most popular games with teens right now is Assassins Creed. Did you know you can get assassin hoodie here that has the same type of design as the hero’s costume in the game. There are probably plenty of teens that would love a gift like that for their birthday. It’s not the only type of merch available of course. You’ll find plenty of other brands online to suit the specific interests of your teen.
Have Some Fun
Maybe the best way to go about it is to aim for a fun gift. However, it’s important that they are in on the joke. For instance, you can buy them a dirty laundry basket that looks like a basketball net. Any sports obsessed teen will love this and is sure to see the humor. Alternatively, you might want to think about buying them a poster for their room. It could have a funny message and make a constantly moody teen smile. Be creative but don’t treat them like a little child. This is the worst thing you can do, particularly when your teen is passing through puberty.
Out Of Options? Let Them Buy It Themselves
Or finally, you can just let your teen buy whatever they like by giving them money. There’s a few things to consider here. First, they might use your money to buy something you don’t approve of. They may also find that by you giving them money, you’re showing you don’t know them at all. It sends a very clear message that you didn’t know what to get them because you don’t understand who they are. That’s a dangerous road to go down with a teen. My advice is make an effort. Even if they don’t like what you end up buying, it’s the thought that counts.
I hope this article helps next time you need to buy some gifts for your own teenager.