As of 2021, LED light strips eclipsed twinkle lights in popularity among the teens we interviewed for our 100-teen shopping poll. The color-changing, app-controlled lights are “a fun alternative to conventional lighting and very laid-back for a night in with friends,” according to one source. (They’re also a hallmark of Twitch-streamer décor.) Today, GE’s light strips, which work with Google Assistant and Alexa, are up to 58 percent off on Amazon. They’d make a great present, even for the hard-to-please people on your list — teen boys mentioned them as a gift they’d actually want to get.
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