Teens are a notoriously fickle bunch and shopping for them during the holidays can be a challenge. It's easy to offer up the latest in gadgetry, but there are also plenty of non-tech gifts suited for this crew. Here are just a few gift ideas that may grab the attention of teens and young adults.
LEGO brick model of the NASA Apollo Saturn V, $119.99, shop.lego.com: Build a model of the first rocket to get people to the moon. The display kit features authentic details and three removable rocket stages including the S-IVB third stage with the lunar lander and lunar orbiter. There are three stands to display the rocket horizontally, and new this year are the three astronaut micro-figures offering role-play options for teens who want to re-create moon landings. A booklet about the manned Apollo missions offers a bit of history with the fun.
Fresh Pretty in Pink Lip Gift, $25, Sephora: For teens who have a thing for pink, this fresh lip gift set is girlie and grown up at the same time. Colors include Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15, Sugar Petal Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 and Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15. Gift the entire set or the Sugar Lip Treatments can be pulled apart to make three gifts.
"Ultimate Marvel, " $40, Barnes & Noble: Serving as the definitive guide to the Marvel Comics Universe, this book gives all the facts on significant Marvel Comic characters, locations, vehicles and weapons in chronological order. The lineup includes Thor, Hulk, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Storm, Loki and more. It also features artwork from the original comic books.
Rock & Ruddle Hair Brush, $52, Neiman Marcus: Keep hair tame during the holidays with the Holiday Miss Daisy hair brush. The plastic brush with natural boar and nylon bristles features an image of Miss Daisy holding gifts from Neiman Marcus.
Tinker Crate Subscription Box, price varies, kiwico.com: Designed for kids ages 9-16 and older, the Tinker Crate offers a monthly STEM project with materials, instructions, a video and additional activities. You can order just one box or a subscription for three, six or 12 months. Prices start at $20 for a one-time box.
Catamount Popcorn Popper, $22.50, Williams Sonoma: Teens can whip up a favorite (healthy) snack with a microwave popcorn popper. The popper can be filled with whole-kernel corn and microwaved without using butter. If butter is required, add it to the lid, where it will melt while the popcorn is popping.
XIKEZAN Unisex Bluetooth Beanie Winter Knit Hat, $18, Amazon.com: Keep heads warm and music pumping with this unisex beanie that features Bluetooth technology and is compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled device. Teens can dial hands-free, listen to music and much more. The cap is machine washable when you remove the speaker.
Parrot Mambo Quadcopter, $120, Best Buy: A good drone is hard to find, but the Parrot Mambo Quadcopter minidrone is perfect for teens. It comes equipped with a cannon to fire mini-balls at moving objects or use the transporter claw to move things through the air. The drone can also do a range of acrobatic tricks and flips while in flight.