Teens these days are smart, savvy, and looking for a way to stand apart from the norm. These Grommets are sure to bring a smile to the face of the teen in your life.
Hang Tight. The Slackline is a new-age, bouncy tightrope, constructed of nylon fabric that’s roughly the width and texture of a seatbelt. The sport, which is sometimes called “jiblining,” was invented by rock climbers who would practice their balance by walking parking lot chains or ropes between climbs. Eventually, the climbers settled on webbing as safer and easier to walk. The Gibbon Slackline kit we’re featuring includes webbing and anchors — everything one needs to quickly “get online.” ($79.99) Buy the Gibbon Slackline for tight rope balance and agility fun here.
Why Skate When You Can Shred? Imagine the combined sensation of skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing, and you’ll have a good idea of what the Shred Sled is all about. Reaching for the Dramamine? That’s okay, you’ll never get a chance to ride it anyway, since the daredevil teen in your life will probably love it more than you would anyway. ($119.00) Buy Shred Sled's caster board here.
Release Your Inner Boing If you’ve ever tried a basic pogo stick, you know all too well that bouncing off the ground even just an inch or two takes tons of effort. Rubber-band cores give a little more oomph to newer models, but the really big bounce still eludes most jumpers. We big kids — and teens with lofty hops in mind — need a super-powered pogo stick. The Vurtego, which uses a patented air-spring propulsion system, unleashes the big bounce. In the hands of a master jumper, this puppy can soar as high as eight feet in the air. ($295.00) Buy Vurtego high perfomance extreme pogo sticks here.
Big Sound Little Package We’ve found a smashing portable speaker solution in the Altec Lansing Orbit speakers. The teen in your life can have something small and portable (and—bonus!—not too pricey) that sounds great! ($28.95-$39.00) Buy Altec Lansing Orbit portable MP3 speaker here.
Fizz, Sparkle, and Pop. Love the fizz of a carbonated beverage but hate taking the empty ones to be recycled? We were thrilled to find SodaStream from Soda Club Group. With a touch of a button you can turn flat water effervescent. Add any of the company’s 25 flavored regular and diet syrups and you’ve got homemade soda at a fraction of the cost of store brands (and without high fructose corn syrup). It’s a great way to save time and money—and reduce your carbon footprint. This will duly impress the teen in your life. ($99.95-$199.95) Buy Soda Club Sodastream carbonator to make your own soda here.
Spread The Word. Michelle Hamman created a T-shirt with ubuntu printed on the front and a poetic description of its meaning on the back. And that’s how MotherTongues, the small business Michelle created with her husband, got its start. Michelle’s design is simple and fresh, and her material choices (100% organic cotton, made according to fair trade practices) reinforce her commitment to mindful living. In addition, for every item sold, MotherTongues donates $1 to the Center for Women in Transition, an organization that helps women and children overcome obstacles. ($24.99-$44.99) Buy Mother Tongues shirts with international messages of Peace here
Pretty In Pendants. Want to bring out the inner crafter in the girl on your gift list? Annie Howes Make Your Own Pendant Kit is the perfect way for them to use their creativity to design one-of-a-kind glass pendants. all the non-toxic materials and instructions included. And so her kits were born. They come with everything needed to make six pendants, along with the step-by-step instructions, and a small metal container to keep all of the supplies organized. ($15.95) Buy Annie Howes pendant kit here.
The Must-Have She Doesn't Have. Luxe Link purse hooks are small, stylish (recycled zinc alloy paired with vintage Asian designs), and either attach to your purse strap or tuck into their own little suede pouch when not in use. When you get to your destination, just rest the round, decorative top on the table, and hook your purse strap on the chain link that hangs off to the side. ($35) Buy Luxe Link purse holders here
Cocoon Your Laptop A laptop is your link to the digital world, so show it some love with a clever case that can protect your portable PC and organize all your electronic accessories. These streamlined laptop and netbook cases from Cocoon have a semi-hard shell and a built-in GRID-IT organizer, which have a weave of rubberized elastic webbing that holds all your stuff — mouse, cell phone, iPod, keys, calculator, you name it. Each laptop and netbook carrier has one of these indispensable organizers built right inside the shock-absorbent, molded case. ($44.99-69.99) Buy Cocoon Innovations GRID-IT! netbook and laptop cases with organizer here.
Wholly Homespun. These colorful, fun and creative gift homespun pieces of jewelry and accessories from The Hole Thing are at the top of Daily Grommet's giving list. Made from recycled wool sweaters — it’s hard to believe something so hip could come from such humble beginnings — you can choose from necklaces with big, bright spheres and squares of felted wool, laced with buttons and strung on a leather cord, as well as pins with a funky, retro vibe. ($12.00 and up) Buy The Hole Things' unique handcrafted felted garland and accessories here.
Protective Covers For Modern Technology Everyone—busy teens included—will appreciate how they shield against harmful drops, shocks, scratches, sneezes, even Cheerio dust. OtterBox is designed for all the spontaneous, chaotic, graceless individuals who have ever broken an electronic device due to their active lifestyle. (Prices Vary) Buy Otterbox mobile cases and protective covers here.
Gorillatorch Let them have light! The Gorillatorch flashlight from Joby combines an LED light source with three strong magnetic feet and flexible legs that you can bend and twist to secure the light to a tree branch, bed post or under the hood of your car.($29.95) Buy the Gorillatorch flexible, magnetic flashlight that leaves hands free here.
Don't Slip In Downward Dog. JadeYoga makes mats using natural rubber, which is a renewable resource tapped from rubber trees. The company’s Jade mats contain no PVC, synthetic rubbers or other ozone-depleting substances. They’re made in the U.S. in compliance with all environmental and labor laws. ($59.95) Buy Jade Harmony's eco-friendly non-slip yoga mats here
Identification To Go. Sometimes outdoor enthusiasts do meet with misadventures. That’s why helmets, elbow pads and life vests are so important, after all. But personal identification gear, such as the Road ID, is just as critical. If there’s an accident, a readily visible ID tag, complete with emergency contact information and medical needs, could make the difference between life and death. ($19.99) Buy Road ID's ID Bracelet and ID tag here.
Nine 2 Five. The Charles Collection founder Charles Heydinger was inspired by the melting clocks seen in the work of surrealist painter Salvador Dali. He chose to highlight three numbers on the clock face — 9, 2, 5 — to play up our conventional workday hours in graphic typeface. You can stretch a 9-inch square clock into different organic shapes, up to 12 inches square, that are held in place with pegs. It’s a clever, fun way to stretch your imagination. ($50) Buy the Charles Collections unique clock design here.
Slouch Potatoes Welcome. Longtime friends Jeff Seibert and Andrew Goetting thought up the idea for the SlouchBack when they were in school, then came together after college to make it a reality. Their invention is a portable microsuede couch that inflates automatically in less than 30 seconds, bringing instant comfort and convenience to the dorm room or extra seating to the family room. ($99.00) Buy Slouch Back inflatable couch back here.