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Electronic gifts for teens

Abbi Perets lives in Houston, TX, with her husband and five children.






Great gadget gifts for teens

Are you looking for the perfect gadget or electronic gift for your teen? It's not easy to figure out what to buy for teenagers. Their tastes seem to change every minute, and sometimes it's difficult to keep up.
Gadget gifts for teens
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Best electronic gifts for teens

Our gift guide will help you find a great gadget for every teen on your list.

Teens love their gadgets. They can text while they talk to you, listen to music while they tune you out and communicate with friends (and occasionally even family) in ways we never even dreamed of when we were their age. Whether you think of technology as a gift or a curse, there's no denying that teens love it -- and it tops their wish lists every year. Take a look at some of the great gadget gift ideas for teens.

Connect, learn, play

These gadgets let your teen tap into the wide world of... everything.

iPhone 5

The new iPhone is out, and most likely it's on your teen's wish list. It's the thinnest, lightest and fastest iPhone ever. If your teen has never had an iPhone (or is looking for an upgrade), you will certainly make him happy with the gift on an iPhone 5. (Apple, starting at $199)

Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire (Amazon, $159) is more than just an eReader. It also allows for ultra-fast web browsing over built-in Wi-Fi. The Kindle Fire also includes access to Amazon's Appstore, allows you to stream TV shows and movies and read Kindle books.

PlayStation Vita

If your teen loves video games, the PlayStation Vita (PlayStation, $250) is worth a look. This handheld gaming system features a 5-inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen -- plus, it supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and optional 3G.

Samsung Galaxy Note II

For a phone/tablet hybrid, you can't beat the new quad-core, 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note II (Samsung, $300). It's bigger and faster than its predecessor. It has an amazing screen, a top-notch camera and a precise stylus. Though it looks a little big when held to the ear, this "phablet" is a beautiful crossover gadget. Five carriers will get the Galaxy Note II, starting with U.S. Cellular in late October, and followed by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon in November.

Gadget accessories

Why settle for a boring iPhone, iPad or other gadget? Add a little style to your teen's electronics with these cool cases and accessories.

Skullcandy earbuds

These headphones offer teens a chance to celebrate their style. These stylish earbuds (Skullcandy, $20) allow music enthusiasts to answer the phone, pause music and skip forward or back to a favorite track.

Skinit

Skinit (Skinit, starting at $15) lets you personalize electronics with fun designs, colors, team logos or even your own photos! They're also a great way to spruce up an old gadget or cellphone while giving a personal gift.

iFrogz

Your teen can get a durable, stylish case for his iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. These cool cases from iFrogz (Zagg, starting at $30) protect against impact damage and guard the surface from dust and scratches.

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