Do you have a techie teen in your house? I have two! I’m always looking for ways to use their interests to grow them in a field that I know will be good for them in the future. I couldn’t hold these boys back from technology if I wanted to.
I asked them to give me suggestions of gift ideas for techie teens–some of which they have received already and others which are still on their wish lists.
My oldest son is heavily into music. He spends all his spare time down in the basement music room playing guitar, singing, listening to, or writing music. Here is what he suggested for basic recording equipment (in addition to your instrument and computer):
- Studio Microphone, stand, and pop filter such as this one: Shure SM57-LC Instrument/Vocal Microphone Bundle with Boom Stand, 20-Foot XLR Cable, and Windscreen
- Digital Audio Workstation (software for recording, editing, and mixing music on your computer) and Audio Interface (hardware for connecting your computer with the rest of your equipment). Here is one suggestion: Avid Fast Track Solo MBOX Interface Audio Recording with Pro Tools Express Software
- Headphones, such as Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones
- Studio Monitors: KRK RP5G3-NA Rokit 5 Generation 3 Powered Studio Monitors
- Logic Pro is another idea for songwriting, editing, and mixing. It’s available from the App Store for Mac.
My second son is more interested in learning computer programming, coding, writing apps, and building electronic devices. He recommends:
- Arduino Uno Ultimate Starter Kit. Your teen will learn the basics of electrical circuits and what a bread board is and how its used. Arduino is based on C/C++ programming language, and this particular set includes a 72-page Instruction Book. My 2nd son really loves this!
- Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadricopter. Teens use their Apple or Android device to control the flying drone.
- And something really expensive, but totally fun! A 3-D Printer: XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer is the cheapest version, and they just go up from there.
I found some homeschool curriculum and classes for computer coding from Homeschool Programming Inc. that you might want to check out as well. I went to a couple of these workshops last spring with my son, and we both learned quite a lot.
And for a much less expensive gift that would be appreciated by techie teens: Texting Gloves! In fact, I want some of those myself!