Finding the perfect gift for a 13-year-old can be difficult. You can always give a new bar or bat mitzvah money — in the traditional multiples of $18 — but if you’d rather give a more personal or meaningful gift, make it something they’ll remember.
1. Recently considered dinosaurs of the camera world, POLAROIDS ($69.99) are making their way back. Why? Because everyone loves instant gratification. Holding a tangible, one-of-a-kind retro photo is a lot more fun than looking at a digital version on a screen. Your teen and all her friends will love the novelty of snapping insta-pics at the party. radioshack.com
2. A piece of classy-but-casual unisex Judaica jewelry — like this SHEMA BRACELET ($39) in sterling silver and black silk by Alef Bet — is something a young man or woman can wear every day. It’s not just a reminder of faith, but also of your love. alefbet.com
3. While the times are a-changin’, some things never do. Music holds a special place in the life of a teen, and now is a great time to introduce them to the titans of the 20th century. The BOB DYLAN BOOTLEG SERIES ($15.99-$32.99) is a collection of Dylan’s best songs on multiple CDs. If your teen is already musically inclined, why not throw in the Fender DG-60 ACOUSTIC GUITAR ($179.99) as well? myplaydirect.com and guitarcenter.com
4. Tickets to an event are a great way to celebrate any teen’s special ceremony. Take your new bar or bat mitzvah to see the Tony Award-winning show “PIPPIN,”(starting at $61 through Ticketmaster), which tells the tale of a young prince searching for meaning — ask your guest if that sounds familiar. Playing at The Pantages Theatre this fall, it features choreography by Bob Fosse and songs by Stephen Schwartz. hollywoodpantages.com
5. Books make fantastic gifts for young people because they’re also appreciated years later. “A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS,”($16.95) by National Jewish Book Award-winner Amos Oz, is a powerful coming-of-age story. The Israeli’s autobiographical novel offers multiple layers of personal, family and national history that teen readers can grow into and revisit year after year, discovering something new each time. amazon.com