Ah, music! It's inspiration, distraction and relaxation all rolled into one. If you're a teen, it's also a badge of belonging and an expression of self. Your teen is probably developing strong preferences in music, and ones that are very different from your own. Just consider it a rite of passage, and don't expect to "get" it. When it comes to buying music or movies as a gift, lose the notion that you can do it alone. Either ask your teen to put together a wish list, or ask one of your child's friends for help. Holiday and birthday wish lists are a great idea, actually. They'll give you updated and valuable gift hints. If you make a habit of getting them from your kids a couple of times a year, you'll always be prepared.