The Kmart hack that makes the perfect gift for teens

This $10 shadow box frame from Kmart has been filled with teen-friendly goodies.
This $10 shadow box frame from Kmart has been filled with teen-friendly goodies. Photo: Kmart Mums Australia

When kids are little, they're so much easier to please gift-wise. A small toy with wheels or a cute face and voila! - you're the best human on the planet.

Teens? Not so much. If it's not the latest iPhone, XBox, Playstation, or concert tickets, which can run into the hundreds and even thousands of dollars, well they're just not going to get excited.

What to buy for teens when you're on a budget is a vexing dilemma for many of us, but there is help at hand.

Photo: Kmart Mums Australia
Photo: Kmart Mums Australia 

The incredible brains trust over at Kmart Mums Australia, a haven for reinventing the wallet-friendly, appealing and hack-worthy products at Kmart, have come up with THE next teen gift sensation, and it could cost you as little as $20 complete.

Simply buy a $10 shadow box frame and fill it with goodies all teens love, like chocolate, lollies, cash, vouchers, chips and it'll be back to the good old days of being the favourite auntie, just like when they were little. People are giving these for birthdays, Christmas, and even for an HSC survival kit scenario.

While the frame could potentially be abandoned by the teenager after opening, for added eco-conscious gift-giving, you could include a note that a condition of having access to the contents is that the frame needs to be passed on or re-used in some way.
 
They can easily be revamped with a lick of paint or stickers, and customised for re-purposing.
 
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Photo: Kmart Mums Australia
 
You could also make an advent calendar with these, then on Christmas Day refill and wrap as a second gift. It really can be the gift that keeps on giving.
 
We applaud the ingenuity of Kmart mums, who have also posted photos of these filled with goodies for husbands, grandmas, and grandpas.
 
Age is really no barrier for this great gift idea, though probably best not to give to the under fives because of the possibility of glass being broken.
 
Enjoy!