If there's one thing that signifies the transition from girl to teenager, it's probably makeup. One day, they were happy to head out of the house fresh-faced and rosy-cheeked. The next, you’re trying to find nice ways to tell them they need to calm down on the wallpaper paste.
So to make your daughter’s Christmas, we’re sorry to say that make-up will probably go down really well - after all, they’re experimenting, and drawing the perfect eyebrows and really bringing out those cheekbones is very important indeed.
Their other love, of course, is selfies. A day without plastering pouts (both on their own and with groups of friends) all over Facebook and various other social media channels is a day wasted. So again, to make them happy this Christmas, you may need to feed the fire a little, by which we mean buy them a mini printer so they can stick their selfies on their bedroom wall, or get them a tablet for taking pictures with that all important bigger screen.
With that in mind, we’ve had a think about all the things that teenagers are interested in these days and come up with a list of items that we think we go down a storm - not make one.
1. Kindle Paperwhite
Get them into the best book series with a Kindle Paperwhite
Best for: Reading | Type: Kindle | Educational: Can be | Power type: rechargeable USB
From Twilight to the Hunger Games, there are so many book series out there just waiting to be read by teenagers. Now in this modern-day way of reading, your daughter can use her pocket money to download books from Amazon’s expansive library within seconds. With its Paperwhite screen, Amazon claims that this Kindle is their clearest yet, which means eyes shouldn’t strain to read so much when they’re reading a couple of chapters before going to sleep. A great gift for bookworms.
2. Polaroid Zip Mobile Photo Printer
A quick and easy way to print of their favourite pictures
Best for: Photo lovers | Type: Printer | Educational: No | Power type: Micro USB
If your daughter is up in her room snapping selfies and changing her profile picture on Facebook every five minutes, then this could be the gift for her. A small compact device, it can easily be slipped into a handbag and taken out on trips with friends to produce instant momentos. With no ink required, there’s zero risk of an explosion so expect to find walls, wardrobes and every other available surface covered with pictures of her and her friends.
3. Orlan A6 White Marble Journal
Somewhere to jot down story ideas or express their thoughts on paper, this marble journal will be used no matter what
Best for: Writers | Type: Journal | Educational: No | Power type: None
We all know teenagers find it hard to talk. You can see they’ve got a million and one thoughts going around in their head but they will say that they’re fine. Now, they have somewhere to express their worries and annoyances until they’re ready to talk to you. For creative teenagers, this is the perfect gift, as they can jot down ideas on the go and use them to create their next fanfiction story based on their favourite TV or book series.
4. Amazon Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa
For an affordable techy gift, the Amazon Fire 7 with Alexa is an awesome buy
Best for: Tech lovers | Type: Tablet | Educational: No | Power type: Rechargeable battery
Social media - check. Latest games - check. Camera- check. Reading- check. If we’re ticking off everything that your daughter loves to do, then the Amazon Fire 7 is the perfect gift. With an RRP of £50, it won’t leave a big hole in your pocket, yet has all the technology required to keep them happy. Available with a black, yellow, blue or red cover, make sure you choose the right colour to keep them extra happy on Christmas Day.
5. Technic Large Beauty Case With Cosmetics
For makeup lovers, this beauty set is a bargain
Best for: Makeup lovers | Type: Beauty | Educational: No | Power type: None
For budding beauticians and experimentalists, this makeup set is a bargain. With everything you could ever wish for in a makeup set, they’ll be sat up in their room for hours, mixing and matching to their heart’s content. When you think you can pay over £10 for one eyeshadow palette in your local Boots, for an RRP of £16, you’re getting a lot for your money. While not the greatest quality, it is perfectly decent for teenage girls.
6. Flamingo Neon Light
They’ll love the pure funkiness of this flamingo light
Best for: Bedroom decor | Type: Lamp | Educational: No | Power type: Mains powered
Perched on a ledge or stood in a corner, this bright pink flamingo neon light is loud enough to jazz up any bedroom. While they’re not quite old enough to hit the neon light establishments in town just yet, it’ll certainly add a cool effect to their decor and receive the coveted ‘wow’ of approval from friends and family. Whether a feature or a statement piece, this will certainly be something they wouldn’t have expected from you this Christmas.
7. Makeup Brushes Set Anbber Chic Green Bamboo
For flawless application from powder to eyeshadow
Best for: Makeup beginners | Type: Brush | Educational: No | Power type: None
Any makeup experimentalist will appreciate a new set of brushes. From a powder brush for achieving that perfect base layer to an eye brush for blending out the perfect eye look, the gift set contains everything they need to create both everyday and glam looks. For a first set or for a replacement, they’re fantastic quality with a warranty included, so you know they’re going to last.
8. BaByliss 5560PU Elegance Hair Dryer
A stylish hair dryer for smooth, frizz-free hair
Best for: Styling hair | Type: Hair dryer | Educational: No | Power type: Mains
As one of the best hair dryers for thick hair, this is a great buy for those that have to spend ages in front of the mirror before their hair is satisfyingly dry. While it is powerful, it boasts ceramic and ionic technology to help prevent frizz and smooth hair. Another bonus it is can do all this without getting too hot, which means hair won’t become damaged over time - we still recommend a decent heat spray though!
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