The 2021 Christmas gift guide: 8 presents teens will appreciate

The sound of music lasts beyond this holiday season with an Apple HomePod mini.
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The sound of music lasts beyond this holiday season with an Apple HomePod mini. Courtesy of Apple Inc.

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Teens are a special group of Christmas gift recipients. Sometimes they want everything and other times, nothing, which makes it challenging for relatives and friends to pick just the right present. This gift guide features eight ideas, from a super cool skateboard-making class at a local museum to posters from a famed Atlanta-based scholar and artist, to help parents, grandparents, siblings and others give entertaining, useful and creative presents. There’s also an item to help big kids produce social share-worthy pictures and videos and something that will be music to every teens ears. To ensure the happiest of holiday gifting, plan to purchase presents soon. All items below are currently available.

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The sound of music lasts beyond this holiday season with an Apple HomePod mini. Courtesy of Apple Inc.

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This smaller and lighter mini motorcycles is just right for young riders.
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The sound of music lasts beyond this holiday season with an Apple HomePod mini. Courtesy of Apple Inc.

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Sound of music. You know what sounds like a winner as a teen gift? An Apple HomePod mini which works seamlessly with iPhones and produces big sounds akin to speakers despite its petite size. Available in vibrant colors including yellow, orange and blue, the 3.3-inch tall HomePod mini recognizes the voices of up to six different household members and tailors music and podcasts to individual preferences. The mini sound system works with Apple music and podcasts as well as radio stations and streaming services. This is a gift that doesn’t miss a beat. $99. apple.com.

Make a statement. Atlanta’s own famed scholar and artist Fahamu Pecou offers a series of thick matte paper statement posters aptly named “Don’t Think I’m Not…aka The King In I,” “The Ways Of White Folks,” “Griot” and “Crown Royal.” Each poster addresses Black masculinity and identity but is accessible as a work of art to everyone. Posters are delivered in a black matte wooden frame making it easy to display. $150. fahamupecouart.com.

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No driver’s license is required to ride around town with an electric scooter that has up to a five hours battery life. Courtesy of Target

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No driver’s license is required to ride around town with an electric scooter that has up to a five hours battery life. 
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No driver’s license is required to ride around town with an electric scooter that has up to a five hours battery life. Courtesy of Target

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Take a spin. Big kids can ride around in a Segway C20 electric kick scooter, available at Target. Features include a battery that lasts up to five hours, a maximum speed of 12.4 miles per hour, three different ride modes, ambient lighting to help kids find their way home when the sun sets and hand brakes. The scooter can accommodate a rider up to 165 pounds making transport easy. Parents will like it as well since the scooter folds up with a one-step action which translates into minimal space for storing in their kiddo’s room or the garage. While this item is listed in the teens gift guide, the recommended age for riders is age 10 and up. $279.99. target.com.

Home studio. Social media videos and perfectly posed pictures are practically a requisite for teens and to help them produce the aforementioned, gift them with the Tzumi on-air multimedia station featuring a dual phone tripod stand, 8-inch LED ring light with three modes and 10 brightness levels, extendable selfie stick and more. Available at Macy’s, this unit can be used by individuals or content-producing teams to create images and videos that highlight each person’s best features. $29.99. macys.com.

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A stunning eau de parfum in the shape of red stilettos is a beautiful and fragrant gift. Courtesy of Macy’s

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A stunning eau de parfum in the shape of red stilettos is a beautiful and fragrant gift.
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A stunning eau de parfum in the shape of red stilettos is a beautiful and fragrant gift. Courtesy of Macy’s

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Modern girl. Today’s teen is a fun, fabulous and fearless fashionista who loves to smell good too. The 2.7 ounce Very Good Girl eau de parfum by Carolina Herrera presents in a stunning red stiletto-inspired shoe-shaped bottle which doubles as avant-garde room décor. Fragrant notes of redcurrant, rose and vanilla blend together to create a playful yet mysterious aroma whether she’s hanging out with friends or prepping for a special occasion. Available at Macy’s. $132. macys.com.

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This smaller and lighter mini motorcycles is just right for young riders. Courtesy of Indian Motorcycles

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This smaller and lighter mini motorcycles is just right for young riders.
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This smaller and lighter mini motorcycles is just right for young riders. Courtesy of Indian Motorcycles

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Go for a ride. Teens can rev up and ride out with an eFTR Mini from Indian Motorcycle. While the design is inspired by the full-size adult motorcycle, this smaller and lighter version features a high-quality, durable steel tube frame construction, 24-volt rechargeable battery which runs up to 30 minutes, maximum speed of 14 miles per hour and rear brakes when it’s time to curtail the joyriding. This mini motorcycle, which accommodates a maximum weight of 140 pounds, is ideal for entry-level riders and those who want to cruise around the block or the great outdoors with parents. Recommended for ages 13 and up. $514.99 and up. indianmotorcycle.com.

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When playing this family friendly board game, it’s okay to follow the herd. Courtesy of Big Potato

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When playing this family friendly board game, it’s okay to follow the herd.
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When playing this family friendly board game, it’s okay to follow the herd. Courtesy of Big Potato

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Make your moooove. Adults like to tell kids not to be part of the herd but with the family board game, Herd Mentality, that is exactly the objective. Players can flip over questions and write down answers they anticipate everyone else wrote to be part of the herd. Participants with standalone answers receive a pink cow and have no chance of winning until they can pass it on to the next person with non-majority response. Ideal for 4-20 players. Available at Amazon. $20. amazon.com.

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Head to MODA for a skateboard making class which allows participants to create their own designs and more from start to finish. Courtesy of Museum of Design Atlanta

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Moscow, Russia — August 25, 2019: Skateboard in the Park on the cobblestones. Skateboarding Day in Moscow
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Head to MODA for a skateboard making class which allows participants to create their own designs and more from start to finish. Courtesy of Museum of Design Atlanta

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Designer wheels. Participants can design and build their own skateboard during one three-hour studio class at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). Young designers and skateboard adventurers will add trucks and wheels to a deck, customize the grip tape and apply colorful graphics to reflect their personalities. While the main event is building the skateboard, participants will also learn about the history of skateboarding, making this gift educational and entertaining. In-person sessions available noon-3 p.m. Dec. 27 or Jan. 2. Recommended for ages 11-17. $125 each session. 1315 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-979-6455, museumofdesign.org.

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