2014 Gift Guide: Teen Gifts

Finding that perfect gift for your teen can be tough, but gift cards aren’t your only option. We guarantee one of these fresh ideas will connect with even the hardest-to-please teenager.


1. SamsSimpleDecor Prints: Your teen will love the prints available at this Chicago Etsy shop. They can show their local pride with a Chicago typography map (also available for Boston, Manhattan and Milwaukee) or stay motivated with a favorite quote. $15-60

2. Vintage Marquee Lights: Light up your teen’s bedroom with their initial or favorite symbol, or even spell out a word. Each sign (12”, 24” or 36”) comes with a hanging bracket to make wall installation easy. $159-329

3. Monkey LightsKeep your bike-riding teen safe while also showcasing their personal style. Monkey Lights strap to a bike’s spokes and display brightly colored LEDs as you go for a spin. Plus, there are up to 42 themes and 16 colors to choose from. $40, REI, 888 Willow Road, Northbrook, 847-480-1938

4. Bandolier: Your teen wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without her phone, but she doesn’t want to be weighed down. This phone case comes with a strap and slots for a driver’s license and credit card. Choose from a variety of colors and materials, including faux snakeskin and leather. $40-125, Valentina, 227 E. Westminster Ave., Lake Forest, 847-535-9600; 566 Chestnut St., Winnetka, 847- 446-5480

5. Guinness World Records 2015: This book has been printed for 60 years, and the newest edition will showcase how much has changed in that time. Your teen will love flipping through photo-filled pages with new categories like 3D printing, alien hunting and social media records. $29, The Book Stall, 811 Elm St., Winnetka, 847-446-8880

6. Made with Love Bracelets: Give back by purchasing these flexible bracelets made with recycled rubber by women in Djenné, Mali. When you purchase six bracelets, you’ll give a child one day’s care at the “L’Empire des Enfants,” a center for homeless children in Dakar, Senegal. $28, Juniper Boutique, 1346 Shermer Road, Northbrook, 224-326-2412

7. iFLY Indoor Skydiving: Give your teen the gift of skydiving without actually jumping out of a plane. Packages include two or four flights, training session and flight instructor, flight suit/helmet/goggles rental, and a personalized flight certificate. $70-141, iFLY Chicago (Rosemont), 5520 Park Place, Rosemont, 779-368-4359; iFLY Chicago (Naperville), 1752 Freedom Drive, Naperville, 779-456-4359

8. Faux Fur Neck Warmer: This super-soft scarf, which also doubles as a hood, is the perfect gift for the teen looking to stay warm without sacrificing style. $48

9. Sbyke: This skateboard-scooter combo provides a cardio workout with balance and muscle-toning benefits, but is still a fun way to get from one destination to the next. $149-249, Brookstone, 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie


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