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5 Cool Teen Birthday Gifts

Jun 18, 2008
Buying for teens can be a pain. How do you know what they want? How can an uncool parent possibly please a hip teenager?

Let's be honest, no kid really wants another shirt for school or pants for church. And no matter how good your taste in sweaters, you'll probably never find one that your teen thinks is hip.

So if you're interested in buying something your kid actually wants for a change, but you don't know where to look or what to look for, here are some gifts that your fickle teen will love. And, who knows, maybe they'll even think you are cool -- if only for that fleeting moment.

1. Design and Customize a Pair of Nikes

This is a great way to create a unique gift that is both very personal and also pretty darned cool too. You can change almost every element of these personalized Nikes, from the color to the inscription on the side. Or, if you don't trust your own coolness factor, let your teen design his or her own.

2. Duct Tape Wallet

I know what you're thinking - a wallet made out of duct tape? But remember, you're uncool. You're teen isn't. And that's why they'll love this gift. Made from Super Duct Tape, which doesn't fray or peel, the duct tape wallet is the height of cool and a fashion statement to boot.

3. Personalized Dog Tags

Another trendy gift, personalized dog tags will show your teen you care while also proving to them that you aren't a total stick in the mud. Hey, dog tags have been cool for decades, so this might just be a hip gift that you can relate to (or you can at least pretend you do).

4. Shocking Liar Electronic Game

This game is just what its name implies - if players lie, they receive an electric shock. To play the game, everyone places their hands in a lie detector device. You then ask them questions, and if they don't tell the truth, they receive a mild shock. This device takes games of truth or dare to a whole new level. (And it's great for interrogating your teen when he or she comes home after curfew too!)

5. Yoga Starter Kits

Get your teen into yoga with a starter kit. Hey, it's cool - all the stars do it - but it might also help your teen get centered, relaxed, and more aware. Imagine -- a gift that they think is cool that actually helps them focus more and possibly even improves their grades. Talk about a win-win situation!
About the Author
Scott Russell is a writer, website editor, and internet consultant. For many more cool gifts for teens, birthday gifts, and cool gifts for any occasion, be sure and check out ubercoolgifts.com.
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