Christmas Gift Guide: For Teens

Top of the really tricky to buy for list are that weird group of not child but not adult either, the teens.  Tempting as it is to just chuck a note in a card (sorry Zach!), they would love it if someone made some vague effort to understand them, after all it's not that long since we were that age is it?  (I kid myself!)  Here are a few ideas that might bring a flicker of a smile, and possibly even a mumbled thanks, on Christmas Day.

Bowie may have passed, but music remains as central as ever to teenhood, and the X-Pop, a compact and water-resistant Bluetooth speaker with built-in passive woofer and 360 degree sound could be perfect for any muso.  Available from Wowzr, it stands at just 8.3cm tall by 6.3cm in diameter and weighs only 202g, but this portable device offers some serious sound despite its small size, making it ideal for travelling.  The X-Pop is available in five eye-catching designs.

You're never too old for a snuggly night at home and this Baylis & Harding's Beauticology™ Toy Solider Cosy Night In Gift Set is perfect for the younger teen.  Perfect for a cosy night in getting pampered and staying warm and snug, the set contains Strawberry Candy Cane Body Wash to cleanse the skin, Vanilla Frosting Hand & Body lotion for super soft skin, and a cute red soldier themed hot water bottle cover for snuggling on the sofa or an early night during party season.  It is available from Debenhams.

For all those gossipy sleepovers with friends, treat her to this super cute monkey toiletry bag and make-up bag from Zaliwana Accessories.  These sweet PVC bags are made in the UK and supplied by this fantastic eco retailer.  Fill it with some glam goodies such as these fun lip glosses from Lip Smacker.  Available in Skittles, Frozen and Coca Cola variants, these thirst quenching lip balms contain beeswax, caster and sesame oil, making lips silky smooth.  Available from Claire's, Boots, Top Shop and Accessorize.

If she's more into natural products, try the Create Your Own Lip Balms set from Beauty Kitchen.  The kit makes 4 lip balms and is great fun to do.  The kit includes Moisturising Cocoa Butter, Moisturising Beeswax, Shimmer Mica Powder, 4 Lip Balm Tins, 4 Lip Balm Labels, mini spatula and instructions.  Just add sunflower oil and your new lip balm will be ready.

For a festive outfit to complement the look, try the stylish, sophisticated young teen wear from Morrisons Nutmeg range.  With a nod to style and fashion, but still being demure and appropriate, we love this range of non-tarty wear for young ladies.

If music is still ruling the roost, try the new Juice® Nano Bar Bluetooth® Speaker.  It measures a petite 11.1x 6x 5cm, but this new speaker delivers a punchy sound and is the ideal size to be slipped into a handbag or backpack for music on the go.  Featuring new Smart Calling technology, which pauses music briefly to allow users to answer incoming calls with ease, resuming play once the call is finished for hassle free multi-tasking.  The Juice® Nano Bar has dual 3-watt front-facing stereo speakers that produce a loud and bass rich sound for its compact size.

A high wattage battery delivers an impressive 10 hours’ battery life from a single charge, ensuring continuous smooth playback. The latest NFC technology allows users to connect their device in seconds, whilst Bluetooth® technology provides a 10 metre range.  Alternatively, a line-in cable is provided for users to connect non-Bluetooth® musical devices.  An anti-slip rubber covering provides protection and durability, and a handy carry bag is also supplied to prevent unwanted scratches when on the go.

You may remember Anki Overdrive from our Father's Day gift guide, well now it's bigger and better than ever.  The new Supertrucks are nearly three times the size of Supercars, and use their heft, weapons and new control system to dominate the track.

But Supertrucks are more than just oversized vehicles, they come with access to a new game mode and Commanders.  This new race game has just got bigger than ever before, take a look at the video.  With Supertrucks, everything about Anki OVERDRIVE just got bigger!

For an older teen, the Wisdom While You Work notebook is full of pearls of wisdom passed on by author Libbla Kelly, a lifetime's collection of thoughts and advice.  Focussing on life wisdom and mindfulness, Wisdom While You Work gives the younger generation the tools to navigate more easily through the many obstacles they will encounter both in their school years, and in later years.  A gift of positivity, communication and understanding, just what we all need.

Finally, because you're never too old or too young, check out the huge range of Star Wars products, especially with the new Star Wars Rogue One film coming out soon.

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