12/02/2014 10:57 EST | Updated 02/01/2015 05:59 EST

Christmas Bureau in need of gifts for teens

The Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau has a shortage of gifts for teens, according to executive director Chris Bayliss.

The Christmas Bureau is a charity that hands out donated gifts to children of low-income families in the Lower Mainland.

Bayliss says only a small fraction of the 80 thousand items donated last year were appropriate gifts for children over the age of 12.

"We identified 721 toys last year as what you'd call a basic teen toy," Bayliss says.

Bayliss says people prefer shopping for young children when they decide to make a donation.

"They are the fun toys to buy," he says.

Bayliss says there is a misconception that teens just want electronics, and electronics are expensive.

"Some of the smaller electronics are not that costly," he says.

He also suggests gift cards are great for teens, who often prefer to pick something out for themselves.

"Think about what your own teen would like," he says.