I. Have. A. TEENAGER.
Deepbreath. Deepbreath. Super-big-deep-breath-probably-I’m-hyperventilating-now-OMG.
It’s hard to even think about the fact that I am the mom to an official teenager.
So many feelings. Okay, I’ll just say it, ALL OF THE FEELINGS.
I’m sad and excited and anxious and proud.
And having a really hard time figuring out what Santa is going to bring him this year (he’s over it, but he’s still “believing” for my his little brothers’ sakes).
Teen boys are just so hard to shop for.
They don’t play with toys anymore, they don’t care that much about clothing, and everything else is expensive.
And they are so unhelpful about it.
When you ask them what they want they say really unhelpful stuff like, “Ummmmm, a video game or something.”
A video game? Which video game? And, something? What exactly do you mean by “something”? I need details, dude, DETAILS!
So it requires creativity.
And, lucky for you all of you have me because, thanks to Microsoft, I have the inside scoop on something hot for teen techies.
If your teen has a tablet on his gift list that you’ve been smacking your lips at because, hello, expensive, Microsoft has the perfect solution to help you make your big kid a believer in the holiday magic again.
The HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet, exclusive to The Microsoft Store, is fine-tuned for fast performance from the second you turn it on. It comes protected with premium, free anti-virus software that never expires. And it comes without any annoying junkware or trialware, giving you peace of mind that your tablet will always be clean, fast, and protected.
It’s lightweight with its 7 inch screen and 1GB of memory. It’s fast enough to keep up with your teen’s entertainment needs (like gaming and those YouTube videos of other people gaming? What even are those for?). And, added bonus, it includes a one year subscription to Office 365 Personal (this is a $69.99 value).
Bestest part of all? The HP Stream 7 tablet from Microsoft Store is available NOW, both online and in stores! No need to wait until Black Friday to snag this deal!
Under $100 and your techy teen can be a happy holiday camper.
Looking for more inspiration?
Here are the some great gifts your teen won’t be all bah hum bug about.
Top Holiday Gifts for Teen Boys
1. Monster NCredible NTune On-Ear Headphones . We are huge fans of Monster over here and the N-Tunes are a great option for young people. They come in tons of colors and they aren’t as expensive as some of the other high end options on the market.
2. Video games. We allow our teen dude to play certain rated M games. Because DudeDad is a gamer (as in, he plays video games every day) he plays through every rated M game before we allow the Dude to try it. So, Dude 1 has Assassin’s Creed Unity and Dragon Age Inquisition this year. If you only buy rated T games for your teen, maybe stick to something sports related. Madden NFL 15 , WWE 2K15 , and NHL 15 are all ones my guys enjoy.
3. Tickets to a sporting event. If you have a pro team in your area that your son is a fan of a couple of tickets to see them live is a great gift idea. You can make it a fun night out for just the two of you, snag tickets for the whole family, or maybe buy one extra so he can bring a long a friend. My teen is a soccer fan so we try to catch DC United, but even tickets to see the local college team (UMD) play is a score for him.
4. Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband . My son has started exercising a lot more with intention. He has goals he’s working on to help him improve his overall fitness for better performance in soccer. So, he wants this fitness tracker thingy to help him focus. And the sleep tracking bit is pretty cool too.
5. Pop-Up Multi-Sport Training Net. Because I am all the way over the sound of the ball bouncing off the side of my house, and my basement wall, and my roof, and my garage, and my car.
6. Lifeproof Case . I know it’s kinda cool to have a cracked screen these days, but no thank you. I’m not buying these kids a new phone or ipod until they are giving them away so they better keep it right.
7. LEGO Star Wars Yoda Minifigure Alarm Clock . It’s not going to make him get up any more quickly, but he will think it’s kinda cool.
8. Fat Head. Dude 1 has a massive soccer one on his bedroom all. He hearts it.
9. Gift cards. Top of the list for the teen in this house? Gamestop, Amazon (for books), iTunes (for music and apps), Target (so he can trade it with his mom for cash), the movie theater, and his favorite places to eat out.
10. A hoodie, a shirt, and a pair of shoes. Because they probably need it even if they don’t want it.
*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf od Microsoft.