Recommended Gifts - Teenagers

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Steal This Country: A Handbook for Resistance, Persistence, and Fixing Almost Everything

A walk-the-walk, talk-the-talk, hands-on, say-it-loud handbook for activist kids who want to change the world!

Inspired by Abbie Hoffman's radical classic, Steal This Book, author Alexandra Styron's stirring call for resistance and citizen activism will be clearly heard by young people who don't accept "it is what it is," who want to make sure everybody gets an equal piece of the American pie, and who know that the future of the planet is now.

Styron's irreverent and informative primer on how to make a difference is organized into three sections: The Why, The What, and The How. The book opens with a personal essay and a historic look at civil disobedience and teenage activism in America. That's followed by a deep dive into several key issues: climate change, racial justice, women's rights, LGBTQIA rights, immigration, religious understanding, and intersectionality. Each chapter is introduced by an original full page comic and includes a summary of key questions, interviews with movers and shakers--from celebrities to youth activists--and spotlights on progressive organizations.

The book's final section is packed with how-to advice on ways to engage, from group activities such as organizing, marching, rallying, and petitioning to individual actions like voting with your wallet, volunteering, talking with relatives with different viewpoints, and using social activism to get out a progressive message.

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


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.

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.

Game Night In A Can -- The Creative Party Game for All Ages

This is a fun, interactive game that's great for all ages! There are 30 different games in the can, split between creative challenges and games of skill. Contents include instructions, 30 game cards, and a spinner underneath the lid.
 
 

  • Create new animal species for Noah's Ark, competitively fly paper airplanes, make a commercial for something in the room, bump butts as many times as you can in 30 seconds, and so much more!
  • It's perfect for college dorm rooms, family game nights, holiday gatherings, office ice breakers, cabin getaways, camp activities, dinner parties, and beyond.
  • This game sets the new standard for replayability. And they plant a tree for every can they sell!

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.




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?


ThinkFun Escape the Room Secret of Dr. Gravely's Retreat - An Escape Room Experience in a Box

This is a great game for ages 13 and up! Escape rooms are all the rage right now and your teen can participate in the fun in a safe way with friends or family. The game structure helps develop reasoning and logic skills, as well as being a social and cooperative activity. 

  • Contains a scene card, 4 sealed envelopes which contain secret items, a solution wheel and an instruction manual. Manufacturer's website has re-packing instructions, along with suggestions for music and costumes to create an immersive experience. 
  • Easy to learn with a clear, high quality instruction manual. 
  • Gameplay provides a stealth learning experience, where players learn critical reasoning and logical deduction skills as they follow the story and solve challenges, unlocking clues to unravel the mystery.
  • TTPM Most Wanted Toy List for Holiday 2016.

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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