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Gear up for the challenge and fun of buying for teens

Array of teen gift items make searching for gifts both challenging and fun.
BY CARLA HINTON chinton@opubco.com Published: November 18, 2012
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Beats by Dre and other headphones. Beats by Dre will be on many teens' (and even preteens') lists. These headphones come in all different sizes and colors and provide “a premium sound experience,” according to the company's website. These generally start at $199. Skullcandy, another popular brand, also offers headphones, with many at lower prices.

Beanies and stocking caps. Teens are promoting the things they love with the new beanies and stocking cap trend. These can be found at a variety of stores and may include caps featuring cartoon characters like Looney Tunes' Marvin the Martian to the ever popular Sock Monkey.

Ankle boots. These are trending for girls and women so if you have a fashionable teen girl's shoe size, go for it. These boots are apparently very popular on college campuses and, of course, high school age girls are watching their older counterparts for fashion clues. CollegeFashion.net said: “Boots always reign supreme in fall and winter, but this season, it's all about chunky ankle boots. With their extra thick and sturdy heels, these boots offer a comfortable boost of height, which makes them perfect for everyday wear. Plus, the fact that they're ankle booties means that they'll pair well with everything from dresses to skinny jeans.” There are a variety to choose from including Wet Seal's Western Ankle Boot and Rocket Dog's Brown Lace Ups.

Purses and accessories. Looking for fun, novelty items with a practical purpose? Try the Lulu Guinness collection at J.C. Penney. The collection from the British designer includes an assortment of purses and bags, including the Lulu Mega Tote featuring Lulu's signature red lip logo and other whimsical prints. Other items include a contact lens holder, coin purse, cosmetic bags and clutch bags.

Some gifts for

$15 or less

Silicone Horn Speaker, $10, at Pottery Barn Teen (www.pbteen.com): Turn up the sound without batteries or a traditional speaker. This silicone sleeve fits over iPhones to amplify speaker sound by 30 percent. No batteries are required.

St. Jude Fur Bean Bag Cell Phone Holder, $15, at Pottery Barn Teen: Provide a cushy spot for a cellphone. With every purchase of a Mini Beanbag Cell Phone Holder, PBteen has pledged to donate $7.50 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

SO Faux-Fur Earmuff Headphones, $13.99, at Kohls: Stay warm and stylish at the same time. These earmuffs feature faux-fur for warmth plus they include headphones that can be plugged into an MP3 player, smartphone or hand-held electronic device. They come in various colors, too.