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Cheers! I’m Kathy Buckworth, author of I Am So The Boss Of You, and I’m happy to be guest blogging for SHOP.CA, particularly as we get into the busiest time of the year.
When my kids were little, it could be tricky to find them just the right toy for Christmas. Online shopping was still in its infancy, and there was always a concern about getting the products on time.
Imagine telling a five year old their favourite toy hadn’t arrived because Santa didn’t deliver it. A few things have changed since then: My kids are now 12, 15, 21 and 23, and online shopping has not only gained in popularity, and process, Canadian sites like SHOP.CA have made it easier than ever to browse, choose, and purchase with confidence in both the products and the (free) delivery dates.
If you’re also a parent of tweens, teens, and twenty-somethings, you know that the number one gift they’re going to be asking for is going to require charging. Not in a credit card sort of way (although that’s easy enough to do with SHOP.CA as well), but in a battery sort of way.
Tween: Get them to look up from their phone and up to the skies with this cool iPhone remote controlled helicopter:
Or if it’s too dark or cold to fly things around, get them flying across the screen with the new Disney Infinity Marvel and this Starter Pack:
Teen: YouTube was made for active teens to capture their “challenging” sports moments. Check out this Garmin VIRB Action Camera, but try not to watch the videos too closely, Mom.
Many teens are into intensive sports training and love to listen to music while working out. These Exercise Ear buds with Bluetooth will stay put while they put out your teen’s favourite music:
Dorm Room: We all know about the “Freshman Fifteen” and how easy it is to get out of a workout routine with the demands of school. Make it easy for them with the WiiU WiiFit with Balance Board. Homework is high tech and the backpacks are full enough. Arm them with a tablet with wired keyboard and portable scanner for easy essay submissions.
First Apartment: With a first apartment normally comes a first job. It’s important to get out of the door on time, and Mom won’t be there shaking you awake and handing you a piece of toast. Get your Bluetooth on before brushing your teeth with this cool clock radio.
After a long day at work, it’s great to relax in front of your favourite television show…if you have a TV in that new pad. What’s smarter than a smart TV?
Hope you like these Christmas ideas! Let me know what else you’re thinking of getting for your tweens, teens, and twenty-somethings in the comments below!