What do you get for the teenaged boy on your Christmas list. The easy way out is cash and gift cards. We aren’t going to take the easy route out. We are doing this the hard way and come up with a list that any teenager would love. Of course the guinea pig for this list is Mark.
There is a good choice that your teen has an iPod or phone that plays music already. The music is great but one overlooked thing is what do you play it on. Sennheisser headphones are a great bet. The Sennheiser HD202 Stereo Headphones prove to be a low priced alternative to high-end studio headphones. Sure they may be asking for Dre Beats but Sennheisser headphones offer superior sound at a far better price. No wonder they are the number one best selling headphones this year on Amazon.
Personally Mark, Wendy and I all have a pair of these headphones and we all love them. Great sound, they feel good, and are a fantastic price.
If you are on a budget (and who isn’t) this Christmas, here are some fabulous looking and sounding headphones by Brainwavz at an affordable price. Already named the best sounding headphones under $40 by the audiofiles at The Wirecutter, they offer one of the best values of this Christmas season. And who doesn’t like a great pair of headphones for a really good price.
One of the most popular and wished for items on Amazon.com. Brought to you by Cambridge Soundworks, this Angle is the latest in a line of amazing and affordable speaker systems. It comes in comes in many color options and is 5.3 inches wide, 2.7 inches high, and 3 inches deep. It weighs 9 ounces, which makes it a lightweight unit. Not only that but it is waterproof meaning that it can go where your teen goes. It’s worth checking out.
Tucom is making tablets affordable for use by anyone, not just artists. This high-quality Tursion drawing tablet is priced just right, so everyone can enjoy the benefits of a graphic tablet. It includes several software utilities, such as PenSigner and PenMail, which allows you to use handwritten signatures, adding a personal touch to what is usually thought of as an impersonal medium. Easy to install and to use,
We gave one to Mark last year for his birthday and he has loved it. It works with almost any kind of Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 software has allowed him expand is skills and talents as an artist.
If he wants to be a rock star, what better way to get him started than with a Squire guitar and amp by Fender? It comes with an electric guitar, amp, bag, strap, cables, and picks. Basically everything he will need to rock out in 2017.
So many parents we talk to tell me that all their kid is sit inside and game all summer. In part because that is where all of the money is spent. Instead of a new Playstation 4 or a XBox One, why not get them some quality gear for the great outdoors? This 2 person tent invites them to get outside, explore the world, and see what else is out there. Whether it is a weekend at a nearby regional park or an overnight hike on a historic trail, give them the gear to go exploring in 2017.
It is a roomy 2 person backpacking tent. It has a Hubbed Shockcorded Aluminum Frame that is strong and durable. The Full Coverage Fly will protect the tent from the worst weather and has 2 Doors and 2 Vestibules for stowing excess gear out side the tent. Each Vestibule has an Adjustable Vent to help with ventilation. And the no-see-um mesh panels on the roof and walls will help keep the tent comfortable. So much mesh that you could leave the fly off for stargazing should the sky be clear. Other features include fully taped Fly and Floor seams, aluminum stakes, sturdy #8 zippers,
Mark has a great two person tent and has used with us while hiking and on school canoe trips.
If you kid is anything like mine, they lose things. The Tile Slim aims to help that. As thin as two credit cards, Tile Slim easily slides into your wallet, purse or pocket. Tile Slim can also be attached to a laptop, tablet, notebook or lunchbox. (Adhesives sold separately) If something gets lost, use your smartphone to make your Tile Slim ring when it’s nearby but out of sight.
Can’t find your phone? Simply double press the button on your Tile Slim to make your phone ring – even on silent! The easy-to-use, free Tile app remembers the last time and place it saw your Tile, so if you left it somewhere, you’ll always know where to look
If they are going to explore, they are going to need to know where they are going at night. For this, they will need a headlamp. This affordable head lamp has four LED headlamp with three white LEDs and one red LED. It has three modes: White (high & low), red for night vision and has 80 lumens of light output.
Everyone has to start somewhere, and for beginning backpackers and campers there’s no better place to start than the Etekcity mini camping stove. There’s virtually zero setup and it’s extremely easy to use with no risk of fuel spills and no priming required. Mark has one of these and it is the easiest stove I have ever used. You just screw it into the fuel canister, turn it on, use the Piezo ignition system and away you go.
The best selling sports GPS unit on Amazon is the new eTrex 20x. While Mark isn’t about to walk the Pacific Coast Trail, we do hike a lot in the backcountry and it is nice for him to be able to explore on his own.
Introducing Breeze, the flying camera designed with you in mind. Both convenient and compact, Breeze is controlled by your iOS or Android device with the Breeze Cam app and weighs just under 1 pound. Now capture aerial photos and video of your daily adventures effortlessly– and do it in stunning 4K Ultra High Definition. Simply take Breeze out of the box and let it fly. It is an amazing gift for the aspiring film and an affordable 4k drone.
Mark is a content creator. If you teen is an film maker, photographer or musician, they need hard drive space and a lot of it. An external and portable 1TB mini hard drive is the way to go. The LaCie Rugged Mini Hard Disk shares features with the popular Rugged Hard Disk, like shock resistance, drop resistance, and a rubber sleeve for added protection. But with the Rugged Mini, it’s also rain-resistant and pressure-resistant — you can drive over it with a 1-ton car, and it still works! Its small size makes it perfect to take with you wherever you go and its Rugged exterior provides protection against accidental drops, shock, or pressure. If you are looking for a less expensive (but none rugged option), check out the Seagate 1TB drive.