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 Converse.com
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 Novophone.com.
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.