The best gift ideas for teenagers

Contrary to what most women's magazines tell you, not all girls like the same things: fashion, shoes, boy bands, movie celebrities, makeup and vacations in spas. Heck, some girls don't even like boys! We are in the 21st century and gender stereotypes have no place.

This means that when choosing a gift for a teen, you can't just buy a coupon to the local mall or tickets to an upcoming show without thinking about it first. You have to put a lot of thought into the gift and consider the personal interests of the other person, not what the media and trends dictate what a girl her age "should" like.

To help you get on the right path to finding the perfect gift, here's a list of gifts received and approved by many young women over the years.

Tina was 14 when she received her gift and remembers best when she was a teenager. At the time, she was very shy and figuring out her interests, which were all different. Tina loves when her mother takes her to the ballet, her favorite thing about the house is folk rock music, and she spends weekends in the garden with her grandmother. Standing out in the gift department is her dad. She realized her love for folk music and invested in a violin that Tina still plays to this day. The young woman joined the school orchestra and overcame her shyness by participating in public performances.

When Jenny was 16, she had just had her first major breakup. You feel that everything you used to do (play computer games, ride a bike, bake) reminds you of your ex-boyfriend, so you are looking for new adventures and hobbies. Her best friend comes to the rescue with a voucher for a surf lesson. Jenny loves spending quality time outdoors and gradually learning to love cycling again has helped her through the heartbreak.

At the age of 19, Leslie took her first beautician course, specializing in evening make-up. She has a part-time job as a waitress to finance her studies. When she's not in college, she loves nothing more than practicing her new skills with friends and family. He also likes sports, his favorites being swimming and athletics. Lesley's friends chipped in to buy her gift: a college nail kit that included files, buffer, tweezers, a cuticle knife, and nail polish. That means you can enroll in another course at university that you couldn't otherwise afford and practice at home.

As you can see from these examples, the best gifts seem to have a lot to do with timing. Fortunately, birthdays and Christmas do not come suddenly, so stay curious and see what is happening in the life of your beloved teenager before those days arrive. Find out what he's been up to, listen, watch, visit and hang out. Only attention to detail can buy or create the perfect gift that he will treasure.