Easter may typically be considered a holiday for kids, especially when taking into account egg hunts and the Easter Bunny. However, no matter how little they might show it, teens enjoy a bit of attention and celebration during special times of the year, including Easter.
It might be tempting to purchase a chocolate bunny for your teen and call it good, but candy that’s high in sugar and fat does your teen no good when it comes to the health of their skin and teeth. Processed food – especially candy – can lead to the development of tooth decay, which is detrimental to children of any age.
Instead of candy, why not add special treats to your teen’s Easter basket? Here are some ideas to help.
Spring Into Fashion
Whether or not they admit it, it’s a well-known fact that teens care greatly about what their friends think of them, including what they wear. This could be an excellent opportunity to go shopping with your teen for some new clothes or shoes. Set a limit to the shopping budget and pay attention to your teen’s interests in this area. That way, you can purchase more clothes and shoes when they’re on sale and you’ll both be happy.
If a shopping trip isn’t needed, consider giving your teen a favorite magazine – including an expensive fashion magazine – or accessories like cologne, razors, body spray, and maybe some jewelry.
Spring into Beauty
Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and it’s important to address this need with both boys and girls. Although stereotypically a good fit for teen girls, the issue of “beauty” can encompass a wide range of issues depending on your teen’s interests.
If you want to focus on outer beauty, a trip for a pedicure or special hair appointment might be an appropriate gift for you teen, but it’s important to remember that inner beauty can also be emphasized. Maybe your teen is interested in cooking, dance, music, art or photography, in which case supplies or classes in those areas might be great gift ideas. Think of some simple tools and accessories to encourage your teen’s interests, which may lead to some rare appreciation or time with you!
Don’t Forget the Coupons
Remember the handmade coupons your child has given you in years past? Maybe they were for extra chores – like making dinner – that you could redeem throughout the year.
Now it’s time for you to return the favor. Make special coupons that your teen can use with you in order to explore his or her interests. Maybe a night out for dinner and a movie or a special concert would be a memorable gift for your teen. If you don’t want to go the handmade route, consider a gas card, movie passes, or an inexpesive gift card to a favorite fast food spot instead.
No matter how big or small the gift or the appreciation they show, your teen will notice the extra attention you give them for Easter!
Kelly Wilson writes on health, beauty and family issue for health professionals.