Mark is turning 13 which means he is both more expensive and impossible to shop for. If you have a teen, you know what I am talking about. To help save you some pain and stress, I put together this Christmas gift guide full of ideas for your teenager this Christmas.
The bad news here if you are Mark, don’t get too excited. I know you read this and you aren’t getting any of it.
GoPro Hero 3+
Mark loves my GoPro Hero whenever I let him use it and now that he has gotten older and his having his own adventures, his desire to document jumping off cliffs, swimming in a summer storm, or biking single track wherever he can find it increases by the day. If your teenager is like him, check out the GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition. It is 15% smaller and lighter than previous models, it’s 2x more powerful—making it the most advanced Silver Edition camera yet. Wearable, gear-mountable and waterproof to 131’/40m, it captures professional-quality video at resolutions up to 1080p60 and 10MP photos at up to 10 frames per second. With faster built-in Wi-Fi, enhanced low-light performance and 30% longer battery life, the HERO3+ Silver Edition makes capturing and sharing your life easier than ever.
Purchase at Amazon | $300
Nikon has an entry level shock proof and waterproof camera for under $90. It takes decent pictures, has a variety of creative filters and features and unlike other low cost cameras, allows a person to do time lapse photography.
It offers 10 megapixel photography, 3x optical zoom, 720p HD video and with it being waterproof, it can be taken everywhere. A great first camera for any teenager. It also comes in blue and pink.
- Purchase from Amazon | $90
Canon Powershot N
The new PowerShot N opens up a new dimension of photographic expression, helping you express your personal style and flair with a whole new camera design, you know because the old camera design isn’t that cool anymore.
The PowerShot N features an entirely new design, sporting a functional sleek shape. Shutter and zoom rings enable quick, intuitive operation, and a new 2.8-inch tilt-type capacitive touch screen offers amazing photographic flexibility; shoot diagonally, horizontally, from low angles or high for versatile expression. The camera features a new Creative Shot mode for artistic image capture, automatically creating an additional five unique images every time you take a shot. The 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor create the Canon HS SYSTEM for stunning image quality and low-light performance, ensuring every photo is a powerful statement. An 8x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle lens captures brilliant images with grandeur, from up close or far away.
Record 1080p Full HD video when you want to express yourself with moving images, and know that the enhanced built-in Wi-Fi® of the PowerShot N makes sharing easier than ever. A convenient Mobile Device Connect Button also brings powerful new sharing capabilities with smartphone connectivity. Express your creative style with the PowerShot N and share with the world, all with a simple touch!
- Purchase from Amazon | $255
X-Mini UNO Portable Capsule Speakers
The UNO is the first of the X-mini Capsule Speaker series to feature new ceramic drivers. Seen more commonly in industrial-sized speakers, the ceramic drivers have been scaled down to the pocket-size with the UNO, which delivers clearer and crisper sounds than ever before.
Delivering on the promise of Sound Beyond Size, the UNO is petite in size but massive in sound. The UNO retains all the outstanding features of the X-mini Capsule Speaker range but ups the ante by offering sound quality that no other affordable speaker can rival.
They sound pretty good but won’t provide so many watts that it could damage the foundation to your home.
- Purchase at Amazon | $30
Like most teens, Mark loves his music. After he broke his old headphones the day before a big trip, I went out and bought him a pair of Sony MDR-ZX100 headphones. The price was right and I have always enjoyed mine. Mark fell in love with him and despite me asking him if he wants to upgrade, he keep saying no that these are the pair that he loves to listen to. Since then I got Wendy a pair and she loves hers as well.
They fold flat, sound even better after being used for a while and are comfortable. Add it all up and for $16, you get an attractive set of headphones that sound great.
- Purchase from Amazon.com | $15
Skullcandy Ink’d Heaphphones
Individual tastes matter a lot with headphones. While I prefer my Bose IE2 headphones, Mark loves his Skullcandy headphones. Skullcandy’s best-selling INK’D earbuds feature a customizable fit and 11mm speaker drivers that tattoo your temporal lobes with full-color sonic art. Select colors include an inline mic and control switch to keep you in touch with your tunes and the outside world. Skullcandy’s INK’d earbuds come with three separate sizes of silicone eartips (small, medium, and large) to help you get the perfect fit to go with your sound.
- Purchase from Amazon | $19
Tony Hawk Birdhouse Skateboard
Brand New Birdhouse skateboard brought to you by skateboard legend, Tony Hawk.
- 4 – Tony Hawk Birdhouse Wheels 53mm
- 2 – Tony Hawk Birdhouse Raw Trucks
- 8 – Tony Hawk Birdhouse Abec 3 Bearings
- Tony Hawk Birdhouse Hardware Black Grip Tape
- Purchase at Amazon | $65
In case you don’t know who Tony Hawk is
He’s still a really big deal around the world.
Acer Aspire V5
I know tablets are the next big thing and we love our iPad but students have homework and have to learn how to write. The best device for that? A laptop. If you are looking for one, check out this laptop by Acer. It features
- Windows 7 Home Premium – 64-bit version (let me be honest, you don’t want Windows 8)
- 1.5GHz Intel Celeron 1007U processor, 4GB DDR3 memory, 500GB hard drive
- 11.6-Inch LCD display (1366 x 768), Intel HD Graphics, Intel NM70 Express chipset
- Webcam, Wi-Fi, 10/100 LAN, Bluetooth, HDMI, USB
- card reader, 6.5-hour battery, 1-year limited warranty
Once it is opened up on Christmas Day, head on over to Ninite for the free (and spyware free) software that will make this computer and excellent student (or work) computer for years.
- Purchase at Amazon | $344
LiteHawk Zoom R/C Airplane
Take to the skies with the LiteHawk ZOOM R/C airplane. It’s controlled using powerful 2.4GHz wireless technology, features a 17.5″ wingspan, and makes it easy to progress from take-offs and landings to more complex maneuvers. It’s made using high quality brushless technology, as well as light yet durable materials. Several of the reviews say it can be easily controlled by even a novice pilot.
- Designed for outdoor flight with few obstacles and low winds
- Boasting brushless motor technology,
- 2.4GHz spread spectrum radio technology ensures a strong signal and compatibility with up to 80 different zoom airplanes
- 17.5-inch wingspan
- Manufactured using ultra light, anti-crush foam, the Zoom features carbon control links, a carbon reinforced elevator, reinforced leading edges of wings for added strength and a detachable landing gear for field or uneven surface landings
- 10 minutes of flight time per charge
- Radio features include a soft touch throttle control stick, power switch and rudder control stick
- A variety of replacement parts are available
- Purchase at Future Shop | $79
Fender “Stop Dreaming, Start Playing” Set
Affinity Series Strat with Fender Frontman 10G AmpThere’s no easier and more affordable way to get started on electric guitar than this value-filled Squier set. Opening this box opens a whole new musical future for you, with a great-sounding, cool-looking and easy-playing Affinity Series Strat guitar, a compact 10-watt Fender Frontman 10G amp to plug it into and all the accessories you need, including an electronic tuner, instructional DVD, gig bag, cable, strap and picks.
Squier Affinity Series Strat is available in Black and Brown Sunburst, and features three singing, sparkling single-coil pickups on a classic single-ply white pickguard, rock-solid bolt-on maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, skirted white control knobs and a sharp new gold-and-black Squier headstock logo. Fender Frontman 10G amp features custom-voiced built-in overdrive for natural grit and adjustable gain control that rocks guitar tones from tube-emulated overdrive to full-strength ultra-saturated distortion (perfect for blues, metal and the famous Fender clean tone), along with volume, treble and bass controls, 6-Inch Special Design speaker, closed-back design for heavier bass response, auxiliary input and headphone jack, and classic black panel/skirted knob/silver grille cloth looks. You get guitar, amp, accessories and instruction all at once, and more than ever it’s everything you need to Stop Dreaming and Start Playing!
- Purchase at Amazon | $207
You can also find all of the rest of the 2013 Christmas Gift Guides online here. There is a lot of great ideas for all of the important people in your life. Good luck with your shopping and have a great holiday season!