Finding the perfect holiday gift can be maddening — is this the color they’d want? Is it something they already have? Is it so last year? — but really, once you have a sense of a person’s taste, it’s not impossible. This season, we’ll be talking to members of various tribes to find out exactly what to get that picky college student, or Star Wars fanatic, or health and wellness nut in your life. Think of it as a window into their brain trust — or at least a very helpful starting point. Today, ten teenage boys between the ages of 13 and 19 on the gifts they want for the holidays.
“[I want the] HTC Vive. It’s the highest-quality, but it costs a lot. It’s really cool. There’s a bunch of games that you can do with it like Superhot, where if you don’t move, time is frozen, and when you move, it’s really cool. You go through a bunch of courses.” —Joseph Giammarese-Sylla, 14
“The VR Google sets are a hot commodity because the visual effects are outstanding and make for a cool gaming experience. Not many of our friends have them.” —Nick and Nate Eschenbach-Roach, 15
“Pansonite VR Headset, because virtual reality is becoming super popular, and I find it awesome to use. Having my own headset to play games and watch videos is new entertainment that can replace all the time I spend on my Xbox.” —Miles Ogihara, 17
“Yeti anything, [especially] cups. And stickers from cool places to put on my Yeti cups and Nalgene bottles. I would say it’s mostly just pop culture. It’s something tied into southern culture, and having something Yeti-branded at a party or sitting on the beach is almost a rite of passage for the southern American.” —Ben Hansberger, 19
“I want an Omen laptop. It’s a gaming laptop that runs really, really fast with games that have intense graphics like Overwatch. That’s the hottest game in the market. I really like the red-and-black laptop — it looks sick.”
—Ethan Alonzo, 13
“I want the iPhone X because my phone gives trouble, and I really like the design. It’s very modern, and it looks futuristic.” —Jude, 14
“A Nintendo Switch, anime merch, Rivals of Aether, [and] a new adapter. I want the Nintendo Switch because there are several new games that interest me and I would really enjoy to play through, such as Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild.” —Zen Farris, 15
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“JBL Charge 3 Portable Speaker because iPhones just aren’t strong enough to play music out loud. When I’m hanging out with my friends or playing soccer outside, I need a speaker that can play my music so that everyone can hear it. The Charge 3 is one of best affordable bluetooth speakers on the market from what I’ve read.” —Miles, 17
“A Boosted board. An electric longboard, because I like to longboard. I don’t have an electric one now. I have a regular one. A longboard isn’t for tricks. It’s for cruising down hills and to go places. It’s fun.” —Sebastian Laquis, 14
“Adidas Boost sneakers because I’ve heard that they’re very comfortable, and I’ve seen lots of people wearing them when running or working out. They seem like the ‘elite’ sneaker for everyday movement.” —Miles, 17
“The whole body of the shoe is hand-stitched, so it’s cool and fresh.”
—Andrew Sabga, 13
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