When it comes to buying Christmas presents, there's always one that leaves us desperately hunting for ideas, and it doesn't come much trickier than buying for teenage boys. So for all you mums, dads and grandparents out there, here's a run-down of some cool pressies that won't be met with a disapproving grunt.
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It might not be your idea of fun but rarely will a video game go down like a lead balloon. Hot new titles that will make much appreciated presents include Need For Speed Most Wanted and Grand Theft Auto 5 for petrolheads, Resident Evil 6 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for first person shooter addicts, and Fifa 13 or WWE13 for sports fans. However, it's worth bearing in mind that many of the more popular games are rated 18, so it's worth checking out the likes of The Sims, Guitar Hero or Dance Central, which will keep younger teens entertained for hours.
If your teen is a budding musician or is never without his iPod, there are plenty of options when it comes to gifts. For lads that are always on the go, the JBL Micro Wireless Portable Speaker (£49.95) will ensure he's never without his tunes, while iTunes vouchers make for a cheaper gift that he can use for the apps or music of his choice. If you're not struggling for cash this Christmas, a pair of Beats by Dr Dre on-ear headphones will go down a storm, but come with a hefty £149 price tag. Alternatively, go for the Dr Dre Beats Tour in-ear headphones for a more palatable £35.
Buying clothes for any teenager is a potential minefield but if you stay away from fashion it's still possible to get a great gift. If he's a sports fan, for instance, his team's latest shirt, hat or scarf is a good idea, and you're usually pretty safe if you stick to a T-shirt related to his favourite band or movie.
Always a winner, no matter what age, gadgets don't have to come with an eye-watering price tag. At the more expensive end of things, bring out the boy in him with a pair of RC Battle remote control helicopters (£59.99) and let him challenge his friends to take to the skies for a mid-air duel involving infrared missiles. For a more useful and reasonably-priced must-have gadget, get him the iPhone and iPod Emergency Charger for just £12.50. From just a three hour charge, it provides nine hours of talk time and 23 hours of audio play back... so there's no excuse for being incommunicado!
Do you struggle to buy for teenagers? What have you found always goes down a storm? Leave your comments below...