Thrifty Gift Ideas for Teens

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32 Responses to Thrifty Gift Ideas for Teens

  1. michelle yuro says:

    coupons for car washes OR gas cards!!

  2. Tanya says:

    I saw in a post that Target has i-pod’s (small one) for $45. If he/she does not have one, all the kids seem to like them.

  3. Kate says:

    You can get packs of discounted movie tickets to your local movie theater at your local AAA office.

  4. Judy Dean-Cunningham says:

    All of my young peeps love gift cards.
    Wrap them in beautiful boxes and decorate as usual. you may also want to add something for weight (candy bar or a book) just to throw them off and you still get to have some fun!

  5. Kelli says:

    Shirts from Aeropostale…Seems like every teenager loves that store and you can get some incredible deals. Tshirts for around $8 and sweatshirts for around $15!

  6. Karen says:

    This is a hard age group to buy for. Try an iTunes giftcard, Cool Winter hat from his favorite store(like Hot Topic or Rue21), nice Thinsulate gloves from a store like Kohls, a homemade scarf, warm wool socks, a nice leather wallet. I usually try to get accessories that the teens want for their expensive hobbies: Headlight or lock for biking, new weights or stainless waterbottle for weightlifting, protective case or car charger for cell phone. If he gives you hints, you can usually find well-priced deals on Amazon–and if you sign up, you can get free shipping as an AmazonMom! Good luck!

  7. Gail Adams says:

    MP3 players are on sale now for around $45.00. Gift Cards are great. That would be my choice.

  8. Lora says:

    Last year we noticed some restaurants offering a free gift card in a small amount (maybe $10) with the purchase of a $50 gift card. Since we were there to eat out with our family of 4, generally to celebrate birthdays…lots of Nov & Dec birthdays in our family…we knew we would likely spend close to $50 anyway. We bought the $50 gift card before we were seated at our table and got the free $10 to give as a gift to someone else. Our kids have also benefitted from the “change” left on the bigger gift cards. When we celebrated our anniversary our bill plus tip was $42 off a $50 card so our college kid now has $8 to blow/celebrate/take a break with at TGIFriday’s!

  9. Sharon says:

    Target has iTunes gift cards on sale this week. A 4-pack of $15 each cards ($60 value) for $48. Also, if you buy $50 worth of gift cards at Borders, you get a coupon good for $10 off after the holidays. A few ways to stretch your dollar a little further.

  10. rebecca says:

    Maybe he can start accumulating things to take off to college? Small things here and there add up, and then the bill to furnish an apartment or dorm won’t be as much…

  11. Brittany says:

    If he is into video games and doesn’t have a console, there is a place called game exchange and even game stop who sell certified used consoles at discounted prices. Some places have the wii for $99, 360 for $140 and so on. They sell discounted games and accesories as well. Also, if they are into fashion, check out Platos Closet, they sell used as well as new clothing, shoes and acc.At really reasonable prices. Check Craigslist to see if anyone is selling one of te items on the list for a good price, or even place a want add in there. I’m in the same boat as you, exccept with my husband. He wants pricey things so I have to get creative, his birtday is the 30th.

  12. Rhonda says:

    Fast food gift cards are always a hit!

  13. Bela Andre says:

    I was also going to mention the itunes gift cards from Target. Also, if he does have a game console, Game Stop sells tons of used games for as low as half the original price. They come with a 30 day guarantee.

  14. Denise says:

    my son is 16…and I am getting him things he can do with his friends (or by himself)…gift cards to fast food restaurants…gas cards…movie cards. I did get him a flat screen for his room ( and it was under 200 (shipping and tax included). I figure he can take it with him to college

  15. Myra says:

    Another idea besides gift cards is Craigslist. I’ve purchased things from there that are brand new and giftable for a fraction of retail price. When searching Craigslist, type the item you are looking for and the words “new”,”brand new” things of that nature. It’s possible someone in your area got what your son wants as a gift and would rather have the cash so you can get a great deal! Otherwise, get all your gifts through ebates and atleast get a little bit of cash back!

  16. Michelle says:

    The thing that’s really in right now that all the kids are dying for are rubber watches and walgreens carries them for only $15 and they actually look fairly expensive! Also, ipod gift cards, fast food gift cards (kids are naturally thrifty with their own stuff so theyd prefer the cheapy place with the same amt as an expensive one where theyll be able to get less). Platos Closet is great, Aeropostale is fabulous, local consignment shops, needs for his after school activities and school….

  17. kim says:

    Check out the website They have a new sale everyday, there is sometimes nice things there and very good prices. Goodluck!

  18. Michele Ray says:

    I have a 16 year old son. This year I bought him the book “Things Every Man Should Know”. How to Change a Tire, Tie a Tie, Survive 10 Minutes on the Dance Floor…..and lots of other stuff. I thought it would be a great book for a young man. Under $10 with shipping.

  19. Vonda Schaal says:

    Since they will be going to college soon. How about a laptop case. This is something they will need to take their laptop from classsroom to classroom and back to their dorm. You can get personalized ones at

  20. Jessi Grace says:

    Since he has given you a wish list, you could give him a gift card to go towards one of the items on the list. That way you help him afford something that he wants while letting him earn the rest.

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