Ten Great Gifts for Homeschool Teens

Teens can be hard to shop for, especially when they only seem to like things with the letter “i” in front of them. As with any gift, consider the person’s interests, and then look for something a little bit different. Here are ten unique gift ideas for teens!

Monopoly Empire Game– Hit the big time and own the world’s top brands with the Monopoly Empire game! This is a scaled-down version of Monopoly, for when you lack the time or attention span to have a marathon Monopoly session, but you just want to play a quick game. The uniquely branded tokens consist of an XBox controller, McDonald’s fries, a sports car, Coca Cola bottle, Paramount Studios clapperboard, and a motorcycle. Choose a token, move around the board, and start building your empire. Buy your favorite brands one by one, and slide their billboards onto your Monopoly Empire tower. Be the first player to fill your tower with billboards to win. You’ll need to make some smart moves to take down the competition and be the first to reach the top, but it’s more of a social game than a strategy game. We love this game because it only takes about 15 minutes to play, but you can play it over and over again as many times as you want.

Duck Dynasty Redneck Wisdom Board GameIs anyone in your family a Duck Dynasty fan? Test your Robertson family knowledge with the Redneck Wisdom Family Party Game! Answer hilarious trivia questions based on Duck Dynasty TV show, and guess the missing words in ridiculously funny quotes by Willie, Phil, Uncle Si, Jase and the rest of the crew. Trick other players with your believable answers and spot the genuine quotes from among the decoys to score. Includes more than 500 questions and quotes to keep you guessing. For 2-12 players ages 10 and up.

Star Wars Origami – The fun of paper folding combined with the obsession of Star Wars puts a new spin on an ancient art! There are 36 models—lightsabers, Death Star, and more—that range in difficulty from Youngling (easy) and Padawan (medium), to Jedi Knight (hard) and Jedi Master (tricky). All are clearly explained, and a front section introduces origami definitions and basic folds. Bound in the back is the book’s unique folding paper, two sheets for each figure. Illustrated with original art that makes each creation true to the movies. From Chris Alexander, a master folder and founder of StarWarsOrigami.com.

LEGO 21103 The DeLorean Time Machine Building Set– Build your very own miniature version of the iconic DeLorean time machine from the Back to the Future movies! Selected by LEGO® CUUSOO members, this amazing model features lots of cool details like opening gull-wing doors, fold-up wheels, flux capacitor, time travel display, and two license plates. Extra engines and wheels are included so you can recreate the different variants of the time-traveling car. This unique set comes with two minifigures: Doc Brown and Marty McFly, along with Marty’s skateboard. Also included are building instructions and a fascinating booklet containing production notes, original images, and fun details from the movies. The car measures over 2″ high, 5″ long and 3″ wide. Pair this special LEGO set with a DVD or BluRay for your favorite Back to the Future fan!

LEGO Architecture The Leaning Tower of Pisa– Remember when you were a little kid it and was a challenge to build a straight tower? Well, now you can purposely build one that’s crooked! LEGO Architecture inspires architects, builders, designers and architecture enthusiasts everywhere by using LEGO bricks to interpret famous structures. Collect all of the models in the LEGO Landmark and Architecture series! Other sets include the White House, Big Ben, Seattle Space Needle, Empire State Building, Sydney Opera House, Brandenburg Gate, Burj Khalifa Dubai, Rockefeller Center, and more. Each set includes a booklet that provides design and historical details.

Ravensburger Science X Electronics and Circuitry Activity Kit – Make a burglar alarm to protect your things. Construct a loudspeaker for your music. Assemble a reading lamp and a flashlight. Construct a plant watering monitor to tell if a plant needs watering. Create and send Morse code messages from your own unit. Become an electrical engineer and build eight awesome gadgets that really work! For ages 10 – 15 years, imported from the Czech Republic.

Yamaha Classical Acoustic Guitar Package – Yamaha probably makes the best student guitars in the cheapest price range, and these guitars last long as well. For an inexpensive beginner’s guitar it’s really hard to find something more reliable. A classical guitar is recommended for beginners because the fingerboard is a lot wider, and its body is slightly smaller, than the steel-stringed guitar, and classical guitar strings are made of nylon, so they’re softer and easier on the fingers. The classical guitar’s sound is much mellower, which is good if you want to play classical or folk music. This complete acoustic guitar package for beginners includes a full-sized guitar, digital tuner, padded gig bag, and DVD.

Laser Maze Beam-Bending Logic Game– Laser Maze by ThinkFun is the first single-player logic game to feature a real laser. Lights and mirrors make it seem like magic, but it’s really science and brain power that are needed to direct the laser beam through this series of mind challenging mazes. YOUR GOAL: Arrange the tokens to reflect and split the laser beam to hit the targets on a puzzle grid. Laser Maze features 60 challenges from Beginner to Expert, and 11 cool tokens to direct the path of the laser beam. Includes challenges by world famous puzzle creator Wei-Hwa Huang.

Finish This Book– A collaborative creative journey from the author of Wreck This Journal. One dark and stormy night, author Keri Smith found some strange scattered pages abandoned in a park. She collected and assembled them, trying to solve the mystery of this unexpected discovery, and now she’s passing the task on to you, her readers. Your mission is to become the new author of this work. You will continue the research and provide the content. In order to complete the task, you will have to undergo some secret intelligence training, which is included in this volume. Since no one knows what lies ahead, please proceed with caution, but know…this book does not exist without you.

Wreck This Journal Bundle Set Wreck This Journal asks readers to muster up their best mistake and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book (or destroy them). Through a series of creatively and quirkily illustrated prompts, acclaimed artist Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in “destructive” acts–poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting pages with coffee, coloring outside the lines, and more–in order to experience the true creative process, discovering novel ways to escape the fear of the blank page. This journal fosters laughter and creativity, especially fun when shared with a friend or sibling. It helps to promote interactivity and connection with oneself and others as an alternative to texting and video games for kids ages 7-17. The bundle pack includes all four editions – classic black, duct-tape, red mesh, and paper bag. (The contents of each book are exactly the same – only the covers are different – so keep one for yourself and give the rest to friends or family.)

If you still have no idea what type of gift would be best for your teen, just give them cash, or a gift cardto their favorite store. You can never go wrong with an Amazon Gift Card! They come in cute tins with a choice of denominations, as well as E-mail, Print-at-Home, Greeting Card, and Facebookversions.

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