Birthday gift ideas vary for each age of recipient. As each year passes, it means being one year older and maybe a little wiser. There are those milestone birthdays that signify a rite of passage in every young person’s life, and these are the teenage years – more specifically, the 13th, 16th, and 18th birthdays. A creative gift on these occasions should highlight the significance of reaching that age.
At thirteen, your child begins the world of adolescence. This is the age where some girls discover the opposite sex, while most boys can’t pull focus away from their current video game.
By thirteen, your child has begun to find the things he or she is interested in. At this point, teens are still a virtual sponge. Gift ideas for kids at this age invoke some sort of great interest or passion and can carry over well into their college years.
If you find your child musically or artistically inclined, gather up birthday gift ideas that allow creative sides to show. Give them a used camera, some film, or a musical instrument.
These gifts could help children express themselves better and help create some very original artwork. On top of those gift ideas, get the gifts most every thirteen year old boy or girl would love, such as current trend gifts or fad fashions.
Gift ideas for some thirteen-year-old girls surround make up, perfumes and hair accessories. A creative gift idea for the social butterfly is to give her a set of calling cards. Certain specialty stores carry sets that have an eye-catching design.
You could also create some on your home computer if you have software that creates custom business cards. Just choose a design your daughter would like and use card stock or paper of a proper thickness in her favorite color.
For the boys, some best bets to stick with as birthday gift ideas are a new bike, bike accessories, scooters, video games, video game controllers, or skates. If the boys don’t like going outside, get some them some carpet skates or a foam bowling kit. Invest in strategic board games such as Chinese Checkers, Chess, or Battleship. These games appeal to girls as well.
At sixteen, boys and girls have similar interests, mainly getting their license, cars, music, movies, clothes, and the opposite sex. Being accepted by their peers is important. Gift ideas for the girls are gift certificates to their favorite clothing store or beauty salon.
For the guys, get their favorite movie on DVD or a music album. Gift ideas for both are food cards, gas cards or a gift certificate for a tune-up if they own a car. If you’re a really generous parent, consider buying them a car or at least help with a down payment.
The age of 18 brings new beginnings for your child. They may be going away to college or pursuing a trade career as soon as they graduate from high school. Some young adults opt for a time of travel and self-exploration at this age.
Selecting a birthday gift that signifies this transformation into adulthood can be a great way to help show your support. A map of the world, airline tickets or a passport wallet are all great birthday gift ideas for the adventurous young adult, while opening a Roth IRA or saving account is more suitable for a those pursuing a college degree or trade career.
Children become adults right before your eyes. Birthday gift ideas should center on the child’s personal tastes and their age. Choosing a creative gift that will also serve as a keepsake or an investment in the child’s future is a great way to make your gift special.