We all know the teenage stereotype – surly, probably gothic, comminucating only in grunts and mumbles. But I'm sure the teens that you know are nothing like that, simply because very few of them really are. Underneath that surly exterior is a person you know and love – or at the very least are obliged to buy a Christmas gift for. So what should you get?
1. Rookie Yearbook One by Tavi Gevinson For the unenlightened, Tavi is an American teenager who's bringing intelligent, witty fashion and lifestyle news to today's teenagers. Think of it as Cleo for girls who want their nail polish reviews and their feminism too. Yearbook One is the product of a longstanding blog with one of the largest audiences in the online publishing world. Still not convinced? The author made it to the cover of Time Magazine before she could drive. If that's not role model material, I don't know what is.
Rookie Yearbook One from rookiemag.com
2. A record player. Retro has never been cooler, and since you were there during it all you may even have the records to go with it.
3. A book set – no, hear me out. With the rise of teen lit and especially their cinematic counterparts more kids are turning back to reading, if only to get ahead of the accompanying TV series. A boxed set of The Hunger Games or A Series of Unfortunate Events will delight teens who have seen the films and want to know more. For slightly younger readers, iCarly books - based on the TV series - are now going cheap.
Books from the iCarly series are fifty cents at NQR
4. Tickets to that thing they love. My embarrassingly recent teenage years were a whirl of studying my ass off and trying to get out of the house as much as possible. Movie tickets are a classic, or if you're certain of their music taste try to find a local concert.
5. A pre-loaded travel card. Victoria's Myki system may have disgruntled many, but it's also given us the opportunity to give each other the gift of a wide open road. With Schoolies over and summer looming, many teens may just want you to front up that fifteen bucks they need to get to the beach with their mates.