Dear Straight Talk,
Are you printing your teen shopping list again this year? I want to spend wisely and make everyone happy. - Auburn
Dear Auburn: We've decided it's a classic. Below are this year's top gadgets, books and gift cards, along with some unusual ideas. Hot tip: Get discounted refurbished iPhones and iPods from The Apple Store. They are packaged like new with the same 1-year warranty as new ones.
Nobody suggested video games, but the top 10 to avoid for brutality are: "Blitz: The League II," "Gears of War 2," "Saints Row 2," "Dead Space," "Fallout 3," "Far Cry 2," "Legendary," "Left 4 Dead," "Resistance 2" and "Silent Hill: Homecoming."
Top 5 to buy: "Guitar Hero World Tour," "Rock Band 2," "Rock Revolution," "Spider-Man: Web of Shadows" and "Shaun White Snowboarding."
Most addicting game to avoid: "World of Warcraft" (AKA "World of WarCrack").
Michael, 16, Fair Oaks: I'd ask for an iPhone, but I bet my dad on an impossible golf putt and already have one. I always appreciate clothes from the Ralph Lauren outlet, but with the economy, I'd be happy with my brother coming home from college and my family taking a vacation together. Favorite books: Dan Brown mystery thrillers: Angels and Demons; The DaVinci Code.
Mariah, 16, Colinsville, Okla: Top girl book: the vampire series, Twilight. Top gifts for any teen: iPod, digital camera, Target gift card.
Jennifer, 14, Fair Oaks: For my main gift, I want a trench coat and warm scarf. But if I didn't already have Ugg-style boots, I'd want them instead. Other wishes: Miracle perfume by Lanc™me, See's chocolates. If coats are too pricey, down vests with fur-lined hoods are very popular. Popular gift cards are Pac Sun, Wet Seal, Nordstrom, JC Penny, Cutegirl.com, Barnes and Nobles, Bath and Body Works. My favorite books: Twilight, Harry Potter, Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer.
Jack, 16, Auburn: I just want one main thing: a MacBook laptop, an iPhone, a Burberry watch, or a family trip to Hawaii. For a book: a big encyclopedia of architecture.
Geoff, 23, Redding: My pick to video Christmas and beyond, the Flip Video MinoHD Camcorder, $229 (non high-def version, $159). It gets 4 and a half stars and fits in a pocket.
Laura, 22, Fair Oaks: My parents consider it rude to tell them what I want for Christmas - and they don't ask because it ruins the surprise. I hint around, but it's crazy waiting to discard what they get me. This year, I'd like money for a college class in Italy. Gift cards for clothes are always nice, too, preferably Macys or Nordstrom.
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