You’ve worked their whole lives to make readers of them, and it has paid off. Your teens are heavy into Story. You rock.
But the holidays are coming and maybe you’re fretting over what to get your kids that will continue to encourage reading and still be cool.
Because teenagers. have to be. cool.
Don’t worry, Mama. I’ve got you. I even ran these gift ideas past my own teenagers, so I know they’re teen-approved.
Cool Book Gifts for Teen Readers
Books written by other teens
You knew I couldn’t at least recommend Some books for this list. And I remember how absolutely cool I thought it was when I was a teen and learned S.E. Hinton was only 16 when she wrote The Outsiders. I imagine that’s still cool to think about today. All of these (excellent) books were written by authors between the ages of 15 and 19.
Light it up
If your teens are like mine, bedtime is one of their favorite times to read. What to do after lights out? Grab one of these amazeballs book lights.
This light is so. freaking. cool. It’s bendy, so you can use it in many ways, but your teen will love that it can hang around his neck so he doesn’t have to fight with it to be able to read. Plus, it’s rechargeable. Which means he’ll never have buy batteries. Yeah yeah.
You’ll love this one, Mama, because the diffused light helps reduce eye strain. Your teen will love it because the 2 gooseneck lamps will allow her to light the entire book at once, rather than one page at a time. Also rechargeable.
This cool lamp will clip onto your teen’s headboard or any where else he needs light to read. With a flexible neck and 3 lighting options, this one will please everybody. It also includes an AC adapter and a USB cable. Because it powers either way. How cool is that?!
Kindle Fire HD 8 $79.99
Ever heard the story of how I had to be convinced to get a Kindle? What clinched it for me was the free books. And at the time I only knew I could get classics for free on it. My mind was blown when I discovered the reality. I’ve since graduated to a Kindle Fire HD 8, and while I still use it mostly for reading, it does all the things. The coolest part is the hand-dandy text-to-speech feature. If your teen can get past the mildly robotic voice, it’s awesome for listening to books. And 16 gigs of storage holds A Lot of free books. Plus, once he has a Kindle account, he can download the app on his phone and read in all the places.
Plus, free books. Free.
If you have a Kindle, you need headphones to go with it (because audio is good), and these Fetta headphones are hands-free, bluetooth capable, and priced for a family budget. Plus, you can listen to music on them, too. Because teenagers.
For the teen who prefers earbuds, these are also bluetooth capable and hands-free. The flexible collar is removable, it comes with a micro SD charging cable, and it can be paired to more than one device.
Your teen can completely submerge herself in her audiobook world with these noise-cancelling headphones that connect to multiple devices. Just don’t expect her to answer when you talk to her. You know, like any other time she’s reading.
Audible $14.95 a month
If your teen prefers to hear real people reading her books, an audible subscription will get her one free book a month of her choice and 30% off all her purchases. Plus, if she doesn’t like the book, she can swap it for free. For Free, people. And any audiobook she buys is her forever and ever amen. And, like the Kindle, there’s an app to make your audio more portable.
Amazon Prime $99 a year
Prime has so many yummy benefits you almost can’t afford not to get it for your teen. Unlimited books and other reading material. Over 2 million songs. Free game content. Movies and TV shows. Plus, that handy-dandy free 2-day shipping that mom and dad can totally take advantage of. I mean…
Glimmer Train Magazine $38 a year
This quarterly literary magazine of some of the best short fiction being published today is sure to please any true reader. If the authors in Glimmer Train don’t already have published novels, tons of them end up hitting bookstore shelves eventually, so your teen will have a list of names to keep an eye out for in the bookstores. I’d have killed for this when I was a teen.
Bookmarks Magazine $32.95 a year
Published six times a year, Bookmarks Magazine features nearly 50 book reviews in each issue. 50 book reviews. So your teen will be able to keep up on all the latest and greatest. Some of their themes have been novels of exile and assimilation, prehistoric novels, fairy tales in modern fiction, literature of the new India, contemporary Irish fiction, Jane Austen, modern takes on classic novels, and literature of World War I.
BookForum Magazine $32 for 2 years
Available in both print and online, Bookforum offers a shares intelligent book reviews, essays, and literature discussions. The magazine has a slightly-offbeat, somewhat-subversive vibe which will appeal to many teens.
This super-cozy chair comes in this cool orange or coffee color and can be adjusted for all different kinds of reading positions.
Hanging Hammock Chair $29.99
Can I just tell you that I have one of these and I have spent many happy hours curled up in it with a book? A hammock chair can be hung outdoors or from a beam in a bedroom ceiling (consult a professional, though, don’t go taking my word for it) and provide your teen with a perfect reading spot.
Your teen will appreciate this grown-up answer to the beanbag chair for all its coziness and fun. Everybody loves those silly chairs!
Maybe it’s just me. But I want one of these for a reading nook right now, let alone when I was a teen. I don’t know if your boys would like this. Buy them one anyway and use it yourself.
Bookworm Duvet $99.99
Who wouldn’t want this amazeballs cover that looks like a bookshelf?!
Harry Potter Potions Pillows $18.00+
Everybody loves Harry Potter, and these pillows are sure to ease your teens into Hogwarts dreamland.
Peter and Wendy Quote Pillow $23.99
Because that’s where a mama always is, too.
Sometimes you just gotta finish that book. Coffee helps. Maybe I’m a bad adult for suggesting it. Hmm. Nah, just a realist.
I mean, if you’re going to have a Keurig…
…and you don’t want them drinking coffee.
The cool thing about this mug is not only will it make your teen look smart, it might just spur him to read something he’s never yet read.
For the girl (or boy) who has priorities.
Banned Book Mug $13.95
Give your rebel readers a mug that will make them swoon.
Perfect for the Harvard dreamer. Plus, it’s smugly hilarious.
Freaking cool stuff
Charles Dickens Book Lockets $11.53
Be still my heart! These cool book lockets come on a library card that you can personalize. Your teen doesn’t like Dickens? You can order any ol’ book you want! I mean, this might be my favorite. The Locket Library offeres these in 6 different metals, so I don’t even know what you’re waiting for.
Old Books Candle $18.00
If your teen really loves books, she’ll love scenting up her room with this incredible candle.
Have a teen who dreads loaning books? You can personalize this embosser with up to 18 letters! I’m in love!
I’ll have one of everything, please! My boys particularly liked the chairs and the books by teen authors. Which item do you think your teen would love best?
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