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Gifts for teens, tweens trend toward high-tech

BY HEATHER WARLICK Published: November 23, 2008
Here’s a great gift for anyone on your list but especially good for a teen who’s just begun driving.

The BodyGard emergency tool contains all the tools your teen might need in a jam. The lightweight micro-design glows in the dark and attaches to a key ring. It includes an automatic glass breaker, seat belt cutter, panic button/personal alarm, flashlight and emergency flasher. It also comes equipped with a digital tire gauge and thermometer. $39.95 at Brookstone stores.

This one’s a little over $50 but the extra style points you’ll get for giving it are priceless. Give your teen or tween boy or girl the gift of personalized Chucks. For $60, your favorite kid can design his or her own personalized Converse Chuck Taylors. The Web site lets your kid choose from styles, colors and themes to create Chucks that express your teen’s personality. $60 at

This gift may seem goofy, but for the technophile teen or tween, it’s a novelty they’ll get a kick out of. As cell phones get ever smaller, the tactile joy of talking into a solid ergonomic handset with easy-to-hear sound quality is quickly becoming a fond memory. The Novophone handset is retro enough to be cool and plugs right into any cell phone with a 2.5 mm headset jack. It lets your teen talk on the go without sacrificing style and comfort. But be warned: You’ll probably want to order an extra for yourself. $23 at

Got a Guitar Hero for a son or daughter? The pocket-size "Guitar Hero” game lets your teen rock anywhere he rolls. Now they can take the runaway gaming hit on the road. But don’t let its small size fool you; there’s plenty of thunder in this pocket-size rocker.