Honestly, is there anyone harder to shop for than a teenager? Caught up in the life and death drama that always accompanies those teenage years, coupled with the stress of attempting to define themselves as both individuals and Christians, today's teens are under a lot of pressure. It's important to find a gift for them that will help them become the men and women of God they're going to be.
Don't flinch, it's not that bad! With the wide variety of Christian gifts available on the market today that's not as hard as it sounds!
Even if your teen doesn't go to a private school, chances are they've still got a standard uniform they wear when they're with their friends. The ever popular t shirt and jeans is a fail proof ensemble for most of today's teens, and with trendy Christian t shirts and babydoll tees you can let them keep their "hip" sense of fashion while still making a statement about what they believe! There's a whole line of Christian tees available for today's teenager, with such deep and meaningful messages as "Satan is a Nerd", "God Rules" and the ever popular, "God's Girl."
Not sure of their size? There are hundreds of options out there in the Christian Gifts department when it comes to picking out trendy Christian jewelry. Teens who scoffed at the thought of wearing Great Aunt Mary's traditional gold cross necklace will love the fun wooden and leather bracelets proudly proclaiming, "What Did Jesus Do?", and with a whole line of contemporary rosaries out on the market it's easy to find one that your praying but ever fashion conscious teen will be proud to carry with them. Earrings, bracelets, collars, anklets, rings…today's Christian jewelry designers have got it all, making it easy for you to find the perfect accessories for your teen.
What about a book? Contrary to popular belief, even in the face of the Internet, audio books and television today's teenagers do still know how to read! Christian books and e-books can make a fantastic gift for your teen, letting them share the heartaches and trials of young men and women just like them in the teenage years when mom and dad don't know anything and giving them something and someone to relate to. There are Christian books for teens on every subject under the sun, so no matter what your teen is struggling with there's a fun piece of literature designed especially for them.
If they're going to be blasting their music anyway, why not give them something worth blasting? There are many fantastic contemporary Christian rock and pop bands today, from well known voices like Avalon, DC Talk and the Newsboys (just play "Breakfast" for them once and watch their eyes light up!) to newcomers pureNRG and Hillsong United. Each of these bands takes the important messages of peace, hope, love and faith taught by the Bible and combines it with a trendy beat that's guaranteed to appeal to your tween or teen.
Imagine, music pounding out of their radio that you enjoy listening to along with them. Positive proof that with God miracles really do happen every day!