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2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for teens

Shopping for the teens on your gift list may feel like a guaranteed fail, but you can improve your chances of a win by upping the cool quotient of anything you choose. When basic just won’t make it, consider these options for the teens in your life.

Marble Tic-Tac-Toe Game Set. CONTRIBUTED (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Marble Tic-Tac-Toe Game Set, $40, Crate and Barrel

Take this classic game to the next level with a white marble game set. The 8- by 8-inch playing board has a carved grid. The game pieces are crafted from solid marble. Available online or in-store at Crate and Barrel, Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Drive, Atlanta, and Crate and Barrel, Avalon, 1110 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta.

Circuit Scribe Drone Builder Kit. CONTRIBUTED (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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Circuit Scribe Drone Builder Kit, $100, shop.circuitscribe.com

Anyone can fly a drone, but how many teens can build their own? This kit lets them build and power a drone using conductive ink doodles, four motors, eight propellers and the drone hub. Once they build it, they can fly their DIY creations from a tablet or smartphone. The drone features a 480p onboard camera so users can see the view.

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Rose and Rex Calm Mind Kit, $75, roseandrex.com

The teen years are confusing times. This kit, designed for anyone over age 3, helps introduce mindfulness and meditation in a playful way. Teens learn how to focus, self-regulate, and build confidence. Each made-in-the-USA kit contains three handcrafted toys and a deck of Calm Mind Activity Cards explaining how to use the toys for meditation, movement and breathing exercises.

Hunter Original Play Tall Rain Boots. CONTRIBUTED (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Hunter Original Play Tall Rain Boots, $110, hunterboots.com

Rainy days and festivals are the perfect match for these lightweight, waterproof boots suited to teens. They feature elements of the original Hunter boot but in a simplified design complete with a pull tab for easy on and off. The boots come in styles for boys and girls.

Philosophy Gingerbread House Set. CONTRIBUTED (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Philosophy Gingerbread House Set, $42, Ulta

This gingerbread house is sure to please the teen beauty lover. It includes Philosophy’s Spiced Gingerbread Cookie Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, Sugar Sprinkles High-Gloss, High-Flavor Lip Shine, Peppermint Stick Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, Coconut Frosting High-Gloss, High-Flavor Lip Shine, Hot Cocoa Body Lotion, Fresh Cream Body Lotion, Snow Angel Hand Cream and Cranberry Medley Hand Cream.

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Smartphone Projector 2.0, $14, Walmart.com

Teens can first assemble this novelty cardboard projector, then use a smartphone to project images or movies onto a wall for screening. A silicone grip pad holds the smartphone in place with no additional power required. Turn up the phone brightness to 100 percent, use in a dark room and project onto a smooth white surface.

Soundsoul Dancing Water Speakers. CONTRIBUTED (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Soundsoul Dancing Water Speakers, $35.99, Amazon.com

Get clear sound and a light show with these speakers that can be connected to a phone or computer. The LED light fountain is a soothing visual. The speakers connect to devices via Bluetooth and come with a music control button. They are available in three colors — pink, white or black.

J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Subscription Box from Loot Crate, $40 every other month, lootcrate.com

Fans of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts will get a kick out of this subscription box, which includes five to seven officially licensed items. Every other week, the box includes surprises ranging from T-shirts and figurines to pens, notebooks and more.

Bubble iPhone case, which fits iPhone 6, 6s, 7 and 8. CONTRIBUTED (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Bubble iPhone case, $24, Urban Outfitters

Who doesn’t love popping bubble wrap? This iPhone case features a pop-able texture that feels just like the real thing. It fits iPhone 6, 6s, 7 and 8 and is available at Urban Outfitters. Shop online or in-store at Urban Outfitters locations in Midtown, Lenox Square, Perimeter Mall and Avalon.

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Make Your Own Neon Effect Sign, $18.13, Amazon.com

This kit by Fizz Creations includes 3 meters of neon flex, 3 meters of shaping wire and 1 meter of fixing wire. Teens can use the materials to form the flex into shapes or sayings. The sign requires two AA batteries and comes in pink or blue neon.

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