Holiday Gift Guide: Teenagers!
There’s nothing more awkward than trying to buy the perfect gift for the broody acne-sufferer in your life. Their tastes can turn from Hannah Montana to Ke$ha in a matter of seconds. Here are a couple options that should keep you from looking like a total loser for all eternity.
Cheap: These digital photo keychains have greatly dropped in price this year, making it easier for your new driver to show off that (A) she has the keys to the minivan, and (B) she can load pictures of her favorite peeps to take along with her. You can find this Shift3 Digital Photo Keychain at a Walgreen’s store for $19.99. It holds 60 pictures on an LCD color screen.
Mid-range: The fourth generation Apple iPod shuffle has gotten tinier and cheaper, and it comes with a voice-over feature to announce what songs are playing. It’s $49 and comes in five colors, so kids can change them out like fashion accessories, clipping them on a backpack or workout gear. They hold about 500 songs, or 15 hours of music, audio books and podcasts. Apple Store, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa (International Plaza), (813) 354-3868; and 459 Brandon Town Center Drive, Brandon (Westfield Brandon Mall), (813) 413-3400; apple.com.
Pricey: The trendiest water sport these days is stand-up paddleboarding because, unlike surfing, it’s easy to learn, and once you have it mastered you can spend an hour on the water without getting wet. A newcomer to the sport known as SUP (like a shortened “Wassup?”), should use the widest and sturdiest board, which can be up to 32 inches wide. Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure in Pinellas Park sells Surftech boards that range from $699-$2,100, with free lessons every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on Freedom Lake behind the store. You don’t have to buy a board to take a lesson, so that can be a good way to figure out the board you want. Bill Jackson’s Shop For Adventure, 9501 U.S. 19 N, Pinellas Park, (727) 576-4169, billjacksons.com.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, guest Deal Diva
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