Practical and on everyone's gift list, the REI Therum Down Vest is warm, versatile and comes in cool colors such as lime green and red plum. It has a water-repellent 650-fill power duck down insulation and teens will love the inner pocket for electronics with a functional cord port for easy listening. ($79.50 at REI stores or online at www.rei.com.)
What teen doesn't want to shop all of the January sales and buy what they want? Fashion from Justice, Aeropostale and H&M; electronics from Best Buy and the ever popular iTunes and GooglePlay cards are there for the gifting. Best of all, if you purchase gift cards at supermarkets like Giant Eagle or Shop 'n Save, you can save money on gas and other stuff while you are shopping.
Sephora, the mothership of all things beauty, always has an amazing holiday offering and this year the Makeup Academy Blockbuster ($49.50) lives up to its billing. It features 130 colors for complete eyes, lips and cheek looks including applicators and primers in a Hollywood-style wedge box that any teen would drool over.
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Various big-box retailers like Target, Kmart and CVS are always well-stocked on value-priced Beauty Product Gift Sets starting at $9.99. Look for popular brands such as AXE body products for guys, Burt's Bees, Dove and Ed Hardy for girls. Pair it with some cool fleece and fresh white tees and you have a gift that is sure to be appreciated.
Tech gloves are all the rage this season for their versatility in handling those expensive smartphones that Santa is sure to bring. Under Armour ColdGear Combine Training Tech Gloves ($34.99) provide a silicone, no-slip grip pattern on the palm and are available for men or women in mod color combos like orange and gray.
Teens love movies. They hang out at the theater and make a night with their friends. Movie Night Gift Cards are a great gift because they can be used for admission and food -- a big bonus. Pick them up in various amounts at your local theater or online at Fandango.com.
Just when you thought that we could not make any more hybrid riding vehicles, along comes Sbyke -- part bike, part scooter and all fun. A motocross style handlebar and fork is attached to a large front wheel and scooterboard with rear-steering technology. It comes in three sizes for ages 5 to adult and is priced from $99 to $249. Available online at brookstone.com, sharperimage.com and amazon.com.
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