That awkward stage between toys and alcoholic presents! The teenage years can cause many headaches and has done so here for the past 10 years – with boys ranging from 13 to 23 you can bet we have been through every pressie known to man (or teenage boy!) and with a niece who is at the 16 going on 21 stage too I think something a little more grown up is in order this year.
First up, a little self pamper session in the form of home manicure. With everything they have on their plates, girls and women are now looking for beauty hacks that last longer (micro blading eyebrows, lip liner tattoo etc) Something a little easier and a lot cheaper is a long lasting nail varnish in the form of a gel that doesn’t chip. The varnish is hardened under a UV light so creates a solid base in lots of different colours. rrp from: £6.99 from HairTrade
One thing I have found that you can never have to much of is stationery! Whether it be pens, pencils, books or journals – bring it on and i will lap it up with delight! Thankfully everyone i know is exactly the same too so in times of need, if i am really stuck, a trip down the notebook route is always in order. Find Me A Gift have some amazing presents for people of all ages, not just teenagers, this Christmas including this super cute fluffy unicorn journal and Harry Potter school bag – of course this doesn’t just need to be used for school as I have a sister who is 42 who would love this! rrp from:
Of course, you can’t have a journal without new pens so these sets from Derwent Art are a great kit for either school or work. When scrapbooking I would go through lots of the journaling pens so this wallet made me giddy when it arrived, anyone with a love of stationery would do exactly the same and with prices starting at £5.00 there is something for every budget.
My boys are all gaming mad, always have been and no doubt always will be. So instead of fighting against the ways of teenage boys I have given in to them and, as long as I don’t have to hear the gaming, I am happy for them to spend their time playing with their friends. The TX-40 is the ultimate, affordable, gaming gift this Christmas and is available now from Argos. Priced at only £19.99, it’s the perfect companion for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch. It’s also ideal for music lovers, delivering stunning, crystal clear sound. Plugged in or on-the-move it is the perfect 2-in-1 stocking filler!
Books are always a good choice and something of interest or places you can visit give you a sort of check list that you can work through. With home educating, books like this give us a good starting point to places of interest within the UK that the kids can learn about the history of England. The book gives great reference points and of course the fact it has the Angel of the North, which is just down the road from us, on its cover makes this one a winner! rrp: £20. only £12.66 right now from Amazon
I always fill the kids stockings with their favourite sweets, toiletries and mini games etc which is why these super cute Wentworth 40 piece wooden puzzles are perfect! Just the right size for stockings and easy enough to do in 5 minutes, they contain the letters N, J and D, which means National Jigsaw Day. They also have mini characters within the puzzle, the kitten one has two little cat shaped pieces and the book shelf has mini books and so on. rrp: £7.50 from Wentworth Puzzles
Hygiene was never a strong point with the boys so toiletry sets were always welcomed when received as gifts, its an obvious choice but I think as long as its not a bottle of Brut and something cool that the kids can reuse its got to be a winner. This water bottle from Superdry contains shampoo and body wash which makes it a great gift that can be used over and over again. Perfect for PE at school! rrp: £16.00 from Boots
Fit for any King or Queen, Prince or Princess, the Iconic Throne Chair from Thinking Gifts is the ideal present for book worms of all ages. Adjustable to 3 angles this is recommended by physiotherapists to ease pressure on the neck. I love the thought of having my cook book propped up on a throne while I am working in the kitchen and just know that Evie will love it for her reading books too. rrp: £22.00
This is a gift that keeps on giving, a subscription Bic Shavebox which is sent out on a regular basis keeps you supplied with fresh razors and blades for a minimum cost. No more excuses of blunt blades and I tend to go through razors rather quickly during the summer (winter not so much as I like to keep that extra layer!) so will be signing up for this myself! The starter kit is very reasonably priced at £3.90 too so ideal stocking filler!
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