from the Toy Industry Association
When you need to know what’s hot – and what’s not – in fashion, gaming and pop culture, everyone knows you have to turn to a tween or a teen for the official lowdown. Unfortunately for parents, that sense of style also makes the 9+ age group one of the most difficult to shop for.
Trend experts at the Toy Industry Association (TIA) have found that kids in this category tend to gravitate toward toys and games that are tied to hit movies and breakthrough stars, as well as gadgets that feature today’s cutting edge technologies. But TIA experts stress that although fads will always attract teens, parents and family members should consider the young person’s interests when looking for the perfect gift.
“Interests will always trump trends,” says Adrienne Appell, a trend expert at TIA. “Consider what gets the special young person in your life excited, and you’ll be able to find a ton of great toys and games that are a perfect match!”
Appell and her colleagues at TIA have identified a selection of tween/teen products – from digital to classic – across a range of interests:
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Posted October 2011
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