Are you wondering what to give your teen for the holidays?
If you haven’t already, today is a great day to…
Ask your teen!
If you get the old “I dunno”…. then you’re faced with a few decisions:
- TEEN RESEARCH: Ask your teen to make a list of gifts that they’d like for $500 or less, $100 or less, $50 or less,$20 or less, and $5 or less.This will give you a sense of what they’re interested in, and give YOU some options to work with within your budget (and to share with the Grandparents). Give your teen a deadline to get you their list.
- Focus on FEELINGS: Start a new conversation about how your teen would like to FEEL over the holidays…brainstorm together the activities that would help them to feel that way….you might discover the need for some new equipment (a snowboard or skates for winter sports) or an activity (a hot air balloon ride, a concert) that would make a great gift, AND give your teen an activity to look forward to, rather than more “stuff”.
- RANKING: Create a list of gifts that you think your teen would like, and have them rank their top 3 choices.
- GIFT CARDS: This is the ULTIMATE personalised gift, because your teen can choose what they want (within your budget, at a store they love). ITunes, movie theatres, book stores, electronics stores. Many shops also have electronic gift cards or store credit. Some shopping malls even sell gift cards that are valid throughout the entire mall.
- The “I owe U”: Does your teen want to go somewhere over spring break? Is your teen going away to college next year and already wondering how they’ll get home for Christmas? Write your teen an “I Owe U”for future travel, like “I owe U one airfare home next Christmas”. Or “I owe you a zip line tour on our next trip to Costa Rica”. Make sure you create a reminder for yourself about what you’ve promised.
Part of the struggle of holiday shopping for teens is that there are so many EMOTIONS around gift giving and receiving! Stay tuned next week for more about TEEN WANTING and why our teen’s wants pushes our buttons!
Take a deep breath! We’ll get through this together 🙂
Take good care of yourself this holiday season! When emotions are running high, that’s a great signal that a bubble bath, a hot cup of tea, and an early bedtime (FOR YOU!) are in order. At the end of the day, your teen needs YOU at your best to help them navigate all of these emotions!