In this special edition of YALSA’s App of the Week series, our app reviewers bring you their selections (listed in alphabetical order) of apps that make great gifts for teens. A gift card to the Apple App Store or Google Play might also make a great gift for a teen.

Before reading the suggested gifts in our Gift Giving Special, nominate two of your favorite apps for teens in 2012. You’ll be able to come back and see all of the nominations and place your vote on December 20.

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Title: Haiku Deck
Cost: Free
Platform: iPad – requires iOS 5 or later

I discovered Haiku Deck a few weeks ago and immediately it became one of my favorite apps. I use it all the time to create presentations. Now I create most of my presentations on my iPad and not my laptop because Haiku Deck provides features that aren’t available in PowerPoint or Keynote. I bet that not only will you find Haiku Deck useful but, the teens you work with will want to use it too. Why? Because it’s easy to use and makes it possible to quickly add high-quality images to a presentation.

Check out the screencast on Haiku Deck to see how it works. (You can learn more about YALSA’s Teen Read Week, the topic I create a Haiku Deck presentation on, on the Teen Read Week website.)

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