Recommended Products - Teenagers


Mother and Daughter Letter Book

What a wonderful way to connect with your daughter while creating a keepsake that will last forever! A nostalgic set of 40 cards are meant to be sent, shared and treasured until the very last envelope is sealed. Need a little inspiration to get started? Look to the hundreds of personal prompts that encourage you to share facets of your personality that family otherwise wouldn't see. Once completed, cards find their way back into the secret pockets of the book. Rich with sentiment, each personalized book is meaningful way to honor your bond, and be passed down from generation to generation as an heirloom from the heart.


Teen Table Topics

At parties, on the phone, online - teens love to talk with their closest friends. These lively questions will provide thoughtful conversations and lots of laughter with friends.

And for parents, this is a treasure trove of questions to ask your teen to create more connection with fun, casual chats.

Sample Questions: Who's the funniest person you know? What five foods do you wish were banished from the earth? If you could shop for free at one store which would you choose?


My Life in Graphs Journal

All teens benefit from self-reflection and are interested in thinking about themselves, but not all teens are journalers. Now your teen can think about their life and chart their course with the miracle of fill-in-the-blank diagrams. Whether they’re looking for clarity in mundane matters or in life’s more intense topics, My Life in Graphs will help them simplify the whole process the infographic way -- one chart at a time. This fun and fresh book features topics as diverse as personal taste, self-image, and an attraction to snake-handlers. Includes a handy detachable ruler to aid in straight line execution and accurate percentage estimation. (And it actually teaches kids to understand graphs at the same time!)



Punch Bag / Laundry Bag

Now your teen can use their dirty laundry for a work out or just to vent some stress!

Big enough to hold a heavyweight load of washing and tough enough to take a beating. Hang the bag in your wardrobe or the corner of your room, until you're ready to take your laundry to the cleaners, literally. Ideal for boxers, trousers and shirts, there's even enough room to throw in the towel. (No puns intended).

  • Turn a chore into a workout
  • Big enough to hold a heavyweight load of washing
  • Measures 12 by 40 by 12-inches


Verilux Rise and Shine Natural Wake-up Light, White

A Better Way to Wake Up. Most teens need a little extra help learning to get themselves out of bed in the morning. But a jarring alarm puts anyone in a bad mood, and a sleepy teen is likely just to hit the snooze button. Unlike the sudden jolt of an alarm clock, the natural sunrise simulation of the Rise and Shine Wake-Up Light won't disrupt the last stages of sleep. As its soothing, white light progressively brightens, your teen awakens slowly, providing the body with the stimulus required to transition from sleeping to waking. The result is a feeling of being rested, revitalized, and ready to start the day. Gradually awakens even the heaviest sleepers.

  • Light gradually brightens to wake you gently and help normalize natural sleep patterns
  • Sleep mode feature slowly decreases lamp's intensity to aid in falling asleep peacefully and gradually
  • Wake to your choice of four natural soundscapes or FM radio stations. Dual alarm with snooze feature
  • Drug-free alternative for addressing sleeplessness, fatigue and lethargy
  • Also a reading lamp -- Select from 20 levels of light intensity
  • Provides the external cues required to regulate circadian rhythms


642 Things to Draw Journal

A rolling pin, a robot, a pickle, a water tower, a hammock, a wasp, a safety pin, a kiss. Budding artists and experienced sketchers alike will find themselves invigorated by this collection of offbeat, clever, and endlessly absorbing drawing prompts. Some are deceptively simple (just try drawing a bicycle!), some are conceptually mind-bending (sketching the sound of girlish laughter?), and some are refreshingly basic (the only hard thing about drawing an egg is deciding how you want it to be cooked). Hip and helpful, 642 Things to Draw is the perfect inspirational sketchbook, sure to entertain and provoke the imagination of anyone ready to pick up a pencil.


Aqua Farm

The Aqua Farm is a unique and interactive gift for your tween or teen that demonstrates a symbiotic ecosystem in a fun and visually intriguing fashion. It combines a 3-gallon fish tank with a vegetable and herb grow bed into one closed-loop system that fits easily on any kitchen counter. The waste from the fish provides nutrients for the plants, and the plants clean the water for the fish!

  • Self-cleaning fish tank that grows food.
  • Fish waste feeds the plants. Plants clean the water.
  • Includes everything you need to get started as well as organic seeds and a discount coupon for a Betta fish.
  • Fish waste feeds the plants. Plants clean the water.

Defenders of the Realm

Defenders of the Realm is a cooperative fantasy board game in which 1-4 players take a role as one of the Kings Champions (Choose from Cleric, Dwarf, Eagle Rider, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue, Sorcerer and Wizard). You, as one of the Kings Heroes make use of strategy, special abilities, cooperation, card play and a little luck in Defense of the Realm for a unique experience every adventure. Ages 12 and up.


DIY Lip Balm Kit

Kiss your newest project hello. Karen Lee and Mary Kearns' DIY kits will allow your teen to pamper themselves with all-natural emollients while providing valuable job-skills services for women in the Washington DC area. Assembling these lovely kits provides ladies living in transitional housing with the opportunity to build their resumes, develop basic job skills, and participate in a structured social skills program. 

Each kit includes everything your teen needs to make their very own moisturizing lip balm from Fair Trade cocoa butter and organic spearmint essential oil, for a delectable and refreshing fusion of chocolate and mint. Inside the recycled box, crafters will find a vibrant, soy-ink-dyed recipe card and valuable information about the contents of their lip balm to be, including cocoa butter, sunflower oil, beeswax, and organic essential oils. Every kit makes five tins of mint-cocoa balm, making it an ideal endeavor for a rainy day or a fun task to take on with a group of good friends.


Glow In The Dark Wonder Stars

If you had stars on your ceiling as a child, you'll know how terrific these are. If you didn't, wait until you lie with your child in her dark room looking at her glowing ceiling! Relaxing as kids fall asleep. Even teenagers love them.

These stars have a Lifetime glow guaranteed by the manufacturer. 50 "glow in the dark" plastic stars of varying sizes, with adhesive. Made by Great Explorations.



Hand Held Scalp Massager

The fastest way to instant relaxation! This innovative massager is a stainless steel conduit of healing energy. It relieves tension as it softly massages acupressure points and stimulates sensitive nerves in your scalp. Great for tweens right through the teen years, this invigorating device is a great way to unwind.

  • Increase blood circulation
  • Provides deep relaxation and helps reduce stress
  • Small enough to take with you anywhere
  • Set of two in assorted colors


Make Your Own Music Box

The Music Box hole punch is a music makers delight. A charming gift for tweens and teens that allows them to create their own melody by punching holes in the music paper strips provided. The Happy Birthday melody is included for you to get started. For musicians, crafters and lovers of music this is a must have item. Paper strip refills also available.





Notebook with 100 Elements

Is your tween or teen a writer or artist? This unique journal has a cool, changeable cover that your teen can personalize with icons, letters, and numbers.

  • Personalize your cover with icons, letters and numbers - a title or make sure everyone knows it is PRIVATE
  • Refill paper is available
  • Easy to push in elements stay in place
  • Lots of messaging options that can be changed over and over
  • Art quality paper unlined and lined


Ooze Tube

Very calming for kids from toddlers to teens. (Works for frenzied adults, too!) If you sit with your child to watch this the first few times, and hand it to your child when she's over-excited, you'll find that she gravitates to it when she wants to calm herself down.


Pick Punch

This fun tool will allow your musical teen to create guitar picks out of an endless supply of materials – from old credit cards to gym membership badges. The pick punch is the original and the best guitar pick making tool on the market and punches the standard 351 shape guitar picks.

 


Rubik's Cube

Preteens and Teens love to use their minds, which are exploding with new capacity for conceptual thinking.  The Rubik cube is a puzzle that teens love to experiment with, and it expands their problem solving abilities.  Terrific stocking stuffer!


Scratch Map

 Now your teen can track their travels with this beautiful scratch-off-where-you’ve-been map that charts globetrotting in a colorful and innovative way. Just scratch off the areas you’ve visited to reveal fun pops of color that are sure to enliven any room.


Stackable Lunch Pot

Make packing up school lunch easier and more fun! Simplify the process with this versatile lunch pail, designed with airtight containers and a smart stacking system for keeping food fresh and portable. Its two bins keep servings separate and cleverly pile into a tight, vertical column that saves space--and spills! 

You can pop either section into the microwave for a hot main dish and just as easily pop it into the dishwasher when you get home from work. Packed with a handy, reusable "spork" and a carrying strap, its thoughtful design is sure to please adults and teenagers alike.




Staying Connected To Your Teenager: How To Keep Them Talking To You And How To Hear What They're Really Saying

At last, a book of sage advice that will help frustrated parents reconnect with their teenager and keep that connection even in today's often-crazy world. The first step is simple: realizing that inside every teen resides two very different people -- the regressed child and the emergent adult. The emergent adult is seen at school, on the playing field, in his first job, and in front of his friends' families. Unfortunately, his parents usually see only the regressed child -- moody and defiant -- and, if they're not on the lookout, they'll miss seeing the more agreeable, increasingly adult thinker. With ingenious strategies for coaxing the more attractive of the two teen personalities into the home, family psychologist Mike Riera gives new hope to beleaguered and harried parents. Staying Connected to Your Teenager demonstrates ways to bring out the best in a teen-and, consequently, in an entire family.



Tetris Constructible Desk Light Lamp

The neon magic-cube design is sure to bring fun and style to your teen’s desktop. The seven interlocking pieces can be stacked in any combination. The light turns on when the pieces are stacked together, and it turns off when dissembled.



That Shakespeare Kid by Michael LoMonico

12-year old Peter is knocked unconscious & awakes unable to speak normal English. He can only speak Shakespeare. What to do?

The perfect gift for your literary teen, this book by English teacher Michael LoMonico strives to make reading (and teaching) Shakespeare easier and more fun!

Here's the plot (from LoMonico’s website):

Twelve-year-old Peter can't fill a teaspoon with what he knows about Shakespeare, but when a copy of the Riverside Shakespeare falls and hits him on the head, he wakes up spouting "What the dickens" and "But soft, methinks I scent the morning air."

He can write and text in normal English and his friend Emma learns to speak for him when he needs to be heard. His misadventures take him to CitiField to see a Mets game, to a school psychologist, to restaurants, and to his various classes in school.

But when a YouTube video of Peter speaking like the famous bard goes viral and he finds himself on the Today Show, he begins to wonder if he's doomed to be a freak forever. During the course of studying Romeo and Juliet in class, he and Emma get to play the star-crossed lovers in a school production and find themselves more and more attracted to each other. Will a kiss with his Juliet in a school performance be enough to break the spell?



Ticket Stub Diary

This handy journal is just the ticket for preserving and showing off tickets saved from sporting events, museum openings, rock concerts, and more. The roomy sleeves store tickets of all shapes and sizes, and lined margins provide space to (new art enclosed) jot down notes about the events. The acid-free pages will keep memorabilia in tip-top shape for years to come.



WhatchamaDRAWit

A great drawing game for kids and adults alike! One player at a time judges each round by pulling from a stack of 110 cards, reading instructions aloud and flipping the timer. Contestants immediately scribble to silly prompts like: "Draw a rowboat floating on top of a mountain" or "Draw a laughing squid talking on a cell phone while sitting in a bathtub." First to finish wins and keeps the card. The player with the most cards wins! Imaginative fun for kids and adults alike that unplugs you from the computer, television and telephone. Draw from the stack whenever you feel the need to doodle - or dawdle.



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