By Becca Ludlum on Wed, 12/04/2013
Teens are difficult to buy for, but a teen with an iDevice gives us lots of options! Cases, external battery packs, and other fun device accessories are giving parents and relatives plenty of options this holiday season in all price ranges.
This thin protective case is made from a silicone inner shell and Plextonium outer case. It's one of the sleekest protective cases I've used, which makes it perfect for teens. The DualPro case has a soft front bumper that protects your screen from face-down drops, but doesn't get in the way of screen swiping like some do.
2. #TheSelfie Remote Shutter Release ($19.95)
This device makes it easier for teens to take popular "selfie" images (images of themselves) from a distance longer than arms length. #TheSelfie is great for taking pictures of large groups of friends as well!
3. Olloclip lens for iPhone (starting at $69.99)
The Olloclip is an external iPhone camera lens that has fish-eye, macro, and wide-angle options. The lens fits snugly onto your iPhone and allows for easy and unique picture-taking. Budding photographers will love the flexibility and options this lens gives them!
4. Rukus XL Solar Stereo ($199.99)
If your teen is a music lover like mine is, they'll love this solar powered boom box! This stereo is user friendly; and at 22 watts, your teen will want to turn it up loud and show off to their friends. The solar aspect makes this a teen favorite—even if they didn't think ahead and charge their stereo, they can still listen to it outside.
The Rukus XL has a USB port compartment up front to charge the phone as well as protect it from the elements. The stereo easily connects through Bluetooth to access your teen's favorite playlists. When the Rukus XL is fully charged, it will run off the battery for up to eight hours.
5. BoostSolar Charger ($99.99)
Another great teen-friendly product from Eton's product line is the BoostSolar external device charger. Let's face it, teens are forgetful! Having this solar charger available as a backup phone charger is priceless–especially when parents are waiting for phone calls. This 5000mAh charger powered my teen's iPhone 5 twice before needing a recharge. The rugged splash-proof BoostSolar has built-in fastener loops to easily attach it to a duffel bag or backpack.
6. Sync by 50 Wireless Headphones ($229.95)
Another option for your "big gift" this year are these wireless on-ear headphones from from SMS Audio. Sync by 50 contains onboard mic and controls as well as tuned 40MM drivers—the sound from these headphones is amazing. The headphones have a range of 35 feet and have passive noise cancelation.
Sync by 50 headphones are sturdy enough for just about anything your teen throws at them. They also fold nicely and come with a hard carrying case to protect them in backpacks or duffel bags.
These are my top gifts for your iDevice-loving teen this year. What can you add to the list?