Many teens enjoy science, and a gift in a science and discovery theme can make a wonderful choice for Christmas 2009. These gifts can be both fun and educational, but it is important to make sure that you get a gift that is appropriate for the age of the recipient. The following are just a few ideas of science and discovery related gifts that a teen might enjoy.
Telescope - Many people find astronomy interesting, and teens are no exception. It can be very exciting and awe-inspiring to gaze closely at the stars form your own backyard (or bedroom window). A telescope can make a wonderful gift for a teen, but there are some things you will want to take into consideration. Telescopes can range greatly in price, from well under $100 up into the thousands. You will obviously need to find one that fits your budget, but also make sure that it fits whatever space the teen has for it. Make sure that it is simple enough for the teen to use, as well. You also might want to get the okay of the parents before purchasing such an extravagant gift.
A Trip To Spacecamp - This can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama offers a variety of programs aimed at teens that lets them experience what it's like to train as a real astronaut. This is both exciting and education, and can be something the teen could remember for their entire life. This present has many considerations, however. It is relatively expensive. You will want to make sure that it is something the teen and his or her parents (if it is not you) would be okay with. You will also need to make sure the teen has the time. If everything works out, it could be an amazing gift.
Books of Science - If you go to the bookstore or search online, you are sure to find a wide variety of books exploring the mysteries of science. There are books on almost every area you can think of, and this may be something your science-minded teen might enjoy. You could get a book that centers on whatever particular area of science that interests your teen or just get a more general book on science. This gift can, of course, be both fun and educational. Just be certain to make sure that the book is age-appropriate.
A science or discovery related gift might just be the perfect thing for your teen during the 2009 Christmas season. The preceding were just a few ideas that may help you choose that perfect gift.