If you're a teen who's into tech, 2013 is a great year to be alive. With a range of brand-new products - as well as a litany of major updates on existing toys and gadgets that render them all but brand new, the technology available now is truly astounding. All they need now is someone to buy it for them. That's where you come in.
Grab these top picks for your teen - they're 2013's hottest holiday tech gadgets.
The Apple iPad
In a world that has gone mobile, tablets are still the must-have gift for at least the third holiday season in a row. And when it comes to tablets, the tablet that started it all is still reigning king. There isn't a teen techy alive who would be less than thrilled with an iPad. With the new iPad Air and the relatively new iPad Mini, your options are all really awesome.
The Sony Smartwatch 2
There was a time in the not-too-distant past when the Dick Tracys of the world sported computer watches in movies that were classified as fantasy/fiction. After two failed incarnations, Sony now reigns supreme as the standout in the smartwatch field. Awesome looking, functional, small, light, and water resistant, the Sony Smartwatch 2 will be the envy of your kid's tech-geek friends.
Arguably the coolest and certainly the most affordable of all the media-streaming devices, Google Chromecast can beam Netflix, a slew of other streaming services, and anything on a Chrome browser from your phone, PC, or tablet to your TV - without a game console, a BluRay player, or an Apple TV box, which, at about $100, costs over $60 more than Google's small, simple, wireless device.
Bose SoundLink Mini
You know all that awful music your teen insists on blaring? Now he or she can blare it in style. The Bose SoundLink Mini has what is widely considered to be the most impressive sound ever to come out of a portable Bluetooth speaker. Wireless audio with an impressive battery life, the attractive, aluminum device has internal wizardry that guarantees crisp, authentic sound at any pitch or frequency.
Tech is the trademark of our time. It's not really our time, though - it's your teen's. The technology available right now is nothing short of miraculous. From productive to personal to just plain fun, there are a ton of ways to put a high-tech smile on your teen's face this holiday.
Special Contributor: Andrew Lisa