Saturday, 12 December 2015

Christmas Gift Guide: For Teens, Tweens & Older Children (Part Two)

We're back tackling those tricky mortals again! The big kids, tweenagers and teenagers who don't necessarily want a toy but don't really give you any idea of what they do want.  Have a look at the first part of our older kids gift guide and our non-toy gifts ideas for more inspiration too.

Love is a Four Legged Word cushion and notebook/pen set, Tesco

For older children, these classic books with their slightly dark undertones are great to read alone or have read to you.  These classic editions from Alma Books are a real treat, beautifully illustrated and gorgeously presented.  Available to order from all good book shops or online from Alma Books and Amazon.

Make smellies cute with the addition of this gorgeous Baylis Bear from Baylis & Harding.  He comes with two beautifully wrapped packages including three products with the signature Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit scent, a fruity yet spicy blend of citrus, jasmine and orange blossom.  This set is available from supermarkets, department stores and good pharmacies.

Perfect for any young Disney fan who knows the movies inside out, or for a Disney-crazy family, Disney Pictopia poses trivia questions that span the decades of Disney’s cinematic history. This fun game is ideal for families or Disney enthusiasts and is a great way to test your Disney knowledge, and have fun around the table at Christmas.  Disney Pictopia ontains over 1000 questions, the game is suitable for children aged 7+, RRP £19.99.  Bring back the board game we say!

The iconic Paul Frank monkey has been around for a long time now, but looks set to entertain a whole new generation with the launch of a new range of beauty gift sets at Boots, and nightwear at Lipsy and Next.  We love the cute cuddly, fab cassette tin make-up brush set and cute trainer pencil case; all perfect for tween and teen girls.

Star Wars bathroom tidy gift set, Tesco (got to be done!!)

These fun science kits from Nickelodeon encourage children aged 8 and over to use simple scienctific reactions to create fun experiments or useful stuff like soap and lip balm.  Available from The Entertainer, they retail at £15 each.  Make an exploding volcano, a rocket which you can actually launch, a slime monster; or fizzy soap bombs, flavoured lip balm, and scented bath crystals.  Five different kits are available.

The Timeline games from Esdevium include Science and Discoveries, Inventions, Historical Events, General Interest and Music & Cinema versions.  In this deceptively simple game, players need to order cards chronologically, but the more cards you add, the harder it becomes.  Ordering the cards gives players a chance to test their knowledge of a variety of events from history, and with the launch of the new Star Wars Timeline Card Game, players can order events from the original trilogy, who will remember all those important details?  The games are suitable for 2-8 players aged 8+ and are available from Waterstones, Amazon and other good retailers, RRP £12.99 each.

And finally, for any football fan, these gorgeous t-shirts from Art of Football are great quality and can feature all of the top teams and players.  We love the stylish illustrations which seek to capture the energy and excitement from those split second football moments and add them to wall art and t-shirts.  Such a brilliant gift for any football fan, and rather lovely too.

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