Christmas present ideas for teens

What great ideas are you using this Christmas to help your teens shop creatively for gifts? This one is perfect for scrabble fans.  For more ideas about thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise children follow this blog or get my book Homemade Kids, out of the library. This post is by Nicola Baird, also see www.nicolabaird.com

Alphabet necklace: find old scrabble letters; fit a 2.5mm or 3mm drill bit into a hand drill and get to work. Then thread the letters on to ribbon or bevelled edge leather.

Alphabet necklace: find old scrabble letters; fit a 2.5mm or 3mm drill bit into a hand drill and get to work. Then thread the letters on to ribbon or bevelled edge leather.

My teenagers long for Christmas. They want big presents to give and to get. They want to be able to treat their friends and their family. So far, so sweet.. but they’re not that keen to use their own savings. And the one who does babysit uses this money mostly to travel to college and buy 80p cups of coffee when she’s there.

So how do I find a way for them to get their friends a present everyone will be satisfied with – ideally without spending much money? It seems that even spending a lot of money you might not get the sort of gift you want – just seen a box of super long matches on sale for £9.99!

A few months back I saw a jar of scrabble letters for sale in a charity shop and thought they might make a clever gift if I had the right drill bit. And so it turns out: drill a letter into a scrabble square and then use a specially bought bit of leather cord, or a pretty ribbon and you’ve got a perfect teen gift. What’s more the kids are doing the making.

If you’ve got any ideas what teens can give to teens in a creative, thrifty and eco-friendly fashion then please share them here! Thanks.

If you liked this post, you might enjoy https://homemadekids.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/worrying-what-to-get-kids-for-christmas/

 

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3 Comments on “Christmas present ideas for teens”


  1. Hi Nicola! Here’s an idea I came up with:

    The teenager can print off a small photo of themselves with their friend. Then buy a cheap glass and clips frame (like from Wilko!). Then on pieces of different coloured paper, they write down favourite memories they have with that friend, like “The day we went to Thorpe Park”, “The time we couldn’t stop laughing in maths.” etc. Cut those out and stick them around the photo, and then into the frame.

    It’s a lovely personal gift they can make for each of their friends, and of course every one is unique 🙂

  2. nicola baird Says:

    Vanessa-Jane – thanks for this great idea! Looks like it will work forever or while they are FF (forever friends)! Thanks. Nicola


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