By Stacey DuFord

Every year we are amazed by the generosity of our listeners who donate new unwrapped toys for struggling families which will be collected and distributed by The Salvation Army just in time for the holidays.

I love shopping for toys! I get to re-purchase all the toys that my kids loved when they were little. But lots of these families have teenage kids and, having a teenager myself, I know they can be a little more challenging to shop for. So I’ve done some research and asked around and have come up with a list of affordable items that teens might like to make it easier for anyone who wants to contribute.

  • Portable phone chargers
  • Art Supplies – Sketch pads, colored pencils, adult coloring books. I know I sometimes forget that teens like to be creative too.
  • Sunglasses
  • PopSocket – Handle for back of your phone (and other uses – see Stacey’s Favorite Things)
  • Cool flashlight
  • Jump ropes, stability balls, yoga socks, weight-lifting gloves, push-up stands, yoga mats, flex-bands, water bottles – remember that the parents are picking out the gifts, they’ll know what their teen wants.
  • Books – Some teens are still reading, right?
  • Camelbak Reusable Water Bottle – My kids only use these, they love them.
  • Ticket Stub Diary
  • Star Wars pillow – actually, any popular movie franchise has lots of fun items.
  • Wireless mouse
  • Headphones/Earbuds
  • Emoji throw pillow
  • iPhone charger sticker set – you know, so they can get their charger back when their younger sibling “borrows” it.
  • Laptop stickers – no kids have plain laptops anymore
  • Board and card games
  • Movie theater gift cards (The parents will know what theater they are near)

If you have any more ideas, please let us know. And thank you again for your generosity!

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