Pre-teen and teen boys can be hard to buy for. This year our rule is no electronics or gaming systems for Christmas. We have enough, there’s no need for multiple gaming systems and how many hand-held devices does one kid need? With that being said, I’ve been on a mission for meaningful and educational gifts. If you have a pre-teen or teen in your life, these gift ideas, hopefully will be helpful.
Gift Combo #1 for the Boy Scout or High Adventure Teen in Your Life
How to Survive Anything, a National Geographic Kids book by Rachel Buchholz (under $10 on Amazon.com) What I love about this book is that it’s practical and a little bit on the “prepper” side. I mean, not everyone is going to be attacked by a shark but if so, this book has advice on what to do. My son is a Boy Scout too, so this book is right up his alley. He’s always thinking about how to be prepared. Pair this book with a high accuracy waterproof compass (under $20 on Amazon.com) and you have a great gift set.
Gift Combo #2 for the Boy Who Loves Reptiles
The National Geographic, Ultimate Reptileopedia (under $20 on Amazon.com) is a book that my 11 year old son is going to LOVE. He loves all things that live in tanks and is always asking me for another frog, fish or reptile. Anything to do with being outdoors and learning about animals and reptiles, that’s his thing. Pair this with a Terra Glass Terrarium ($30 and up on Amazon.com) and gfit card to Pet Smart for a new reptile, of his choice. He’ll be in heaven, I promise
Gift Combo #3 for the Creative Artist
Help your young teen get a jump start with photography, let him learn a new art and who knows what could come of it. The National Geographic Kid’s Guide to Photography (under $12 on Amazon.com) is a great book to help your teen or pre-teen get started with photography. It talks about lighting, software, photography concepts and even different jobs that photographers have, for inspiration. Pair this book with a new Nikon Coolpix Digital Camera (prices range on Amazon from $50 and up).
Gift Combo #4 for the Animal Lover at Heart
If your pre-teen or teen is an animal lover, he’ll love this gift set. The National Geographic Big Cats Book (under $10 on Amazon.com) is a favorite in our home. Everything your teen wants to know about lions, leopards, jaguars and tigers!! Pair this book with a new pair of Toms National Geographic Youth slip-ons (Under $45 from Toms.com) and he’ll be styling! The shoes feature a lion-inspired pattern and paw print and support the National Geographic Big Cats efforts. Plus for every pair of shoes that are bought from Toms.com, a pair is donated to a child in need. Take the gift one step forward, and adopt a lion for your teen, he’ll think that’s pretty neat!
Gift Combo #5 for the Space Enthusiast
The National Geographic Book, Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet (under $15 on Amazon.com), is the perfect gift for the space lover in your home. If he loves star gazing and someday aspires to be an astronaut, he’ll love this book. Pair this with a Stellarscope Start Finder (under $50 from National Geographic) and you’ll be up late admiring the stars in the near future.
Disclaimer: I’m a National Geographic Kid’s Insider, I do receive some free products to review. My opinions are my own.