This time of year it’s always a mad dash to try to find the perfect gift for the teens in my life. All things techie seem to be a sure thing with this age group, but I truly hate to add to their growing pile of electronics.
This year I was struggling yet again. My boys are now straddling the teen/tween world and their interests have changed over the past few years. I decided to do some market research and ask friends with teens what non-techy items topped their teen’s holiday wish list.
Here are a few favorite tech-free gifts for teens.
iKNOW Trivia Game ($16)
iKNOW Trivia Game is perfect for some family bonding over the holidays. Test your trivia knowledge and use your bluffing skills to excel at this game. Even if you aren’t the best trivia player at the table, you can excel this game by using your bluffing skills to lead other players to the incorrect answer. Ages 15+ 2-6 players.
Kendama‘s have been a big hit around here, providing hours of entertainment. First made popular in Japan, the Kendama is a hand-held game.The number of tricks you can do with this wooden toy is endless.
Spikeball is all the rage. It’s the reverse of volleyball. Hit the ball on the net to your opponents who have three chances to bounce it back. This can be played inside or outside.
The Jamstik Electric Guitar does have a little tech in it, but I’m OK with that since it’s being used to make music. This compact and portable instrument makes learning guitar simple.
The KOOBA magnetic target game is such a clever concept. By combining the action and dexterity of darts with the strategic play of a board game the goal is to be the first to stack your markers to win the race.
Solarbotics Perpetual Motion Marble Kit ($44)
This Perpetual Motion Marble Kit is a great gift for any teen who loves to build. It’s easy to put together with some solder, glue, and tools you have at home. Once built it will collect energy from its solar cell and will then release that energy in pulses turning the gear wheel.
Fascinations Metal Earth Grand Piano 3D Metal Model Kit ($11)
If you’ve never tried a Metal Earth model now’s your chance!The Metal Earth Grand Piano model is amazingly detailed which is fun and challenging to assemble. Each model starts out as 4 inch square metal sheets and you simply pop out the pieces using wire cutters and follow the included directions to assemble.
Ready for your teen to learn the ukulele? Check out this Ukulele Starter Kit which comes with everything you need to start playing immediately.
Over-The-Door Mini Basketball Hoop ($28)
For all the teens out there who love sports, this is a great gift. The Spalding NBA Slam Jam Over-The-Door Mini Basketball Hoop is a quality hoop that will provide hours of entertainment for your teens and friends.
Design Your Own Headphones ($30)
Such a great idea! Crank up your creativity and Design Your Own Street Art Headphones. With bright paints and cool stencil shapes, there are endless ways to make them your own.
Do you have any favorite tech-free gifts for teens to add to the list?