Muddy Xmas Gift Guide #4: Tweens to Teens
Those pesky tweens and teens are a nightmare to buy for, but relax, we have it, like, totally covered with added hashtags and emojis :)
These super fun LED neon wall hangings are all designed in-house by LoveInc and come in a variety of funky forms – including names and words, hearts, rainbows and, of course, the current style symbol of choice – the unicorn.
WORK IT OUT!
This gym bag comes ready loaded with street cred, with a neon pink lining and gold hardware – as well as plenty of space for all their clobber. Somerset's Get it Rapt will even gift wrap it for you free of charge.
CURIOSITY BOX JUMBO SCIENCE SET
I gave one of these to my son last year and he LOVED it. Ideal for kids up to 11yrs, these science kits are really fun and accessible, with 3-5 activities on everything from potions and electricity to tech. They look reassuringly expensive too.
Got a shredder in the fam? (What? I’m totally down with the kids!) Ensure you get more than a grunt of appreciation this Christmas with one of these cult boards from Cornwall surf mecca Ann’s Cottage.
This chic Christmas jumper from Sophie De-R Cashmere is perfect for style-conscious teens looking to bring some abundance into their lives – pineapples were apparently a symbol of wealth in the 18th century (who knew?!). In four delicious colourways, it’s one size fits all, so plenty of ‘borrowing’ possibilities.
Meet S'well, our vote for best water bottle on the market from Fitique, Hants' indy woman's fitness boutique. Each BPA-free bottle has a vacuum seal, keeping drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12, plus enough eye-catching edge to keep those hard-to-buy-for teens happy.
FESTIVE POM POMS
Sometimes you just need to have some fun with your fashion! We love this striking oversized black & white stripy scarf with colourful pom poms - supersoft to the touch and only £39 from The Lion Sparkles.
A BIT FISHY
Fabulously on trend and eco friendly: what’s not to love about these trainers from French brand Veja? These Puxador Tilapia Gold Yellow kicks are partly made from Tilapia leather – yep, that’s right, it’s leather from a fish. Who knew?!
The perfect gift for your teen (or you, now we're talking) are these funky leggings by Urban Camouflage. Inspired by the plants and flowers in English gardens and hedgerows, artist Katy has created her own line of activewear and my, don't we love them.
OFF THE CUFF
Cool arm candy alert! Fun, funky and totally worth borrowing from your teen. These cuffs come in a range of metallics and animal prints – all handmade in the UK and available in a thick or thin width.
Remind your ungrateful grunting teens that they haven’t actually invented youth culture (*thud*) This history of The Face should tell them all they need to know about how young, beautiful and self-obsessed we were in the Eighties too.
The perfect balance between kitsch and cool for tweens and teens that won’t blast the roof off your Christmas budget. Available online from Ottilie homes and gifts. Bagsy the unicorn!
Presented in a limited edition 1950’s inspired box, this Who Am I quiz set from Nest Gifts will keep your friends and family entertained on Christmas afternoon and beyond. Listen to the clues and guess who the famous person is in this fun and fast paced game.
TIDDLY OM POM POM
Sparkles? Check. Toasty warm? Check. Pom Pom? Check. Your teen will go crazy for this foil detail pop pom hat from Binkys Boutique. At this price, why not get one in every colour?
Fuel for students, happy meals that don't involve a drive-through and a whole heap of brilliant 30-minute recipes to arm the kids with when they fly the nest *sob*. It's no wonder the Mindful Chefs, 3 old school friends who grew up in Devon, snaffled the title of 'The best healthy cookbook of 2017' with their debut tome.
CROSS BODY LOVE
Cute and practical, The Pixie cross body bag from Prene is perfect for busy teens on the go. Available in 7 different colours including some pretty pastels and more classic darker shades. it comes with two interchangeable strap options. It’s made from neoprene (wetsuit material to you and me) so can be popped in the machine when it needs a refresh.