When you have grandkids, you find that you have all sorts of presents to buy throughout the year - birthday presents, Christmas presents, gifts for achievements like finishing school, passing exams, and securing places in the school play.
But as they grow up, the things that you can buy for them tend to gradually change. Little kids are pretty easy to buy for. You can pick up teddy bears, dolls, jigsaw puzzles, train sets, and toy cars.
As they begin to approach adulthood and they are reaching their teenage years, they’re going to consider themselves “too grown up” for “little kids toys”. At this age, many kids want to feel grown up.
So, when you get them presents, you should bear this in mind. Here are a few ideas that can get you started in the right direction!
Aftershave or Perfume
Aftershave and perfume are the holy grail of presents for kids. They’ve seen these item adorning their parents and your shelves and cabinets for years, seeing adults spray it on before a day or night out. So, look at brands aimed at teens. They generally come with a lower price tag and packaging that may be endorsed by their favourite artists, models, and bands.
Toiletries and Toiletry Bags
Many kids go on extended trips with their schools around this age. So, you might want to give them a parting gift for the first time that they are away from home without their parents. Toiletries and toiletry bags are a great idea. They’ll be used to using whatever toiletries are available at home. But for this trip, they can have their own for the first time! Choose popular brands amongst teens and fill up a mens toiletry bag or womens toiletry bag. They’ll feel grown up in next to no time!
Vinyl is coming back into fashion, but you want to start your teen off with a low cost turntable, as they can easily break or damage the arms and needles, so you don’t want an expensive piece of tech ruined as they get used to using a traditional record player. Crosleys are a good starter piece when it comes to turntables. They come in a range of appealing colours, so you’re bound to find one that suits their taste. They also come with a lower price tag than other models on the market.
Teens tend to love adorning their walls with photos of them and their friends. Seeing as they tend to take most of their pictures in digital format, this can involve having to wait for extended periods of time for physical prints to be returned from professional printers. Instead, they could access their pictures instantaneously with an at-home photo printer!
These are just a few ideas that you might want to consider for your teen grandkid! Sure, they may seem difficult to buy for, but you just have to adjust yourself to their changing tastes and interests!
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.