Dear Readers: It’s time again for our direct-from-the-source teen and 20 shopping list! As usual, please resist buying stupid stuff just because other kids have it. Definition of stupid stuff: video games, “smart” phones, and computers and TVs for kids’ bedrooms. If they need a computer, upgrade your centrally-located family computer station. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics now says no TV, laptops, or smartphones in bedrooms for kids — including teens.
Upward mobility for young adults is at a 50-year low. Most really do have less than you did. Especially challenging: transportation and higher education. Consider gifting a used car, bicycle, driver’s ed course, tuition or books. Get to know the young person on your list so you know what to give. See today’s website edition for top games and books. More ideas below. — Lauren
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