Holiday gifts for teens
If you aren't sure what to buy your teenager this holiday season, consider these video games, electronics and other cool ideas.
God of War Saga Collection (PS3)
If your teen is a gamer who loves PlayStation games, then check out some of the popular PlayStation Collections. The God of War Saga (Best Buy, GameStop and other retailers, $40) features God of War, God of War II and God of War III. Also included is the God of War: Origins Collection, full PlayStation Network trophy support, exclusive bonus content and a one-month trail PlayStation Plus voucher. PlayStation offers a variety of other popular collections, including the Killzone Trilogy, Ratchet and Clank Collection and more.
NBA Baller Beats (Xbox Kinect)
Released back in September, NBA Baller Beats (GameStop, $60) is the first ever full body motion-based NBA video game that lets users perform using a real basketball. The game challenges players to master ball-handling skills by dribbling and performing moves including crossovers, pump fakes, flow dribble and more. Teens loving showing off their skills as the Kinect camera takes images that you can upload and share on Facebook.
If your teen is looking for a smaller tablet computer, then maybe the new iPad Mini (Apple, $329 and up) is the answer. It features the beautiful screen, cool cameras and amazing apps of the other iPads, but it's a lot smaller with a 7.9-inch display. The iPad mini comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models with or without cellular capability. If you are looking for something cheaper and with less features — but still cool — also consider the Kindle Fire HD (Amazon, $199 and up).
This game combines basketball skills with the fun of old-school games like the bean bag toss. BasketPong (BasketPong.com, $100 for half-court) comes in a compact carrying case and it can be set up for play in just a few minutes. The backboard features eight slots to insert rims and cups (nets) in different patterns in order to play the game at various skill levels. The goal is to get BasketPong balls into each cup to clear the backboard. In the summertime, BasketPong can be played in a swimming pool because it floats.
Movies and music
Teens love their movies and their music. When shopping for Christmas gifts, consider portable DVD players and DVDs, as well as iPods, MP3s and other gifts involving movies and music. If you are looking for a great gift that your teen and the whole family can use, consider a Blu-ray player. Check out the huge selection of Blu-ray players from Best Buy, starting as low as $70.
If your teens are picky about their clothes, video games and electronics, then don't hesitate to give them a gift card. They'll be able to select the items they want and you'll be saved all the shopping hassles. Most major retailers allow you to purchase gift cards online, which can be delivered by email or snail mail. Gas and restaurant gift cards are terrific options for teens too.