Recently I’ve been half-heartedly shoving a lot of £10 notes into birthday cards as gifts for the girls friends. We’re literally writing cards in the car and sticking a crumpled tenner inside the envelope on they way to birthday parties. In fact, yesterday, Shanah wrote in the card –
‘Dear Becca, Happy Birthday, Sorry about my really bad handwriting but I’m writing this in a really bumpy car. Hope you have a good day, Love Shan xx’
Serious bad friend skills. That was the turning point.
I asked Tayla (13) to give me a list of her favourite brands and we whipped up 10 awesome things for Teen Girls all for under a tenner. Some of these would be great paired up if you wanted to splash a little more cash too.
1. Starbucks Watercolour Cold Cup – £ 9.95
Teens are obsessed with Starbucks. Whether they’ve been there or not. We usually buy the cheapie version of these in Primark for around £3, but as a gift with a few milkshake / hot choc treats included, this could be the perfect teen gift. The Cold Cup’s double wall construction helps keep beverages cold while eliminating condensation and it comes with a green reusable straw. Bonus.
2. ‘All by my Selfie’ Crop Top – £ 6.99
My girls are all into the crop top phase. This little beauty in ‘The BEST colour ever Mom!’ would make a fab prezzie with a box of choccies or a couple of bath bombs. Sorted.
3. Nail Wraps – £ 1.99
Great little addition to a couple of Barry M nail polishes! 20 feathers on a clear water transfer which can be applied over any colour varnish on either your natural or false nail. Also, handmade in England – Thanks Etsy!
4. Rimmel Scandaleyes Rockin Curves Mascara – £ 6.99
Tayla is the Mascara Queen in this house and perfects every single lash, pumping it to it’s absolute max. She loves this stuff and squeals when I buy it for her. Who am I kidding – I love it too. Big, curvy, rockin’ lashes… yes puh-lease!
5. Jack Wills Boldshaw speaker – £ 9.50
No wires, pocket egg-shaped speaker – designed to amplify sounds from your phone or iPod. This is just plain fab – lots of cool factor around your mates with this one. (My girls will cringe at reading my phrase ‘cool factor’ – I’m so not cool)
6. Lush Greased Lightning Spot Treatment – £ 6.40
Ok.. so I know this isn’t exactly a gift… but teenage girls dig ANYTHING from Lush. It would probably best be given to your own daughter as opposed to one of her mates who may never speak to them again if they thought they were spotalicious. Grease Lightning is a powerful combination of ingredients that will nip any breakouts in the bud without upsetting the skin around them, best used as a preventative of course 🙂
7. Bag of Happiness – £ 5
Being a teenager is tough sometimes. There’s lots of peer pressure and with girls… LOTS. OF. DRAMA. Sometimes they all need a little pick-me-up and this little bag of happiness is just the thing at just a Fiver. Such a sweeeet little gift, containing:
A plaster to heal you when you hurt, a love heart so you know someone loves you, string to hold it together in tough times, a rubber to erase those little mistakes you make, a diamond to bring a sparkle to your eye, a marble for when you start losing yours, a lucky bean so you always have luck on your side, a coin so you are never completely broke, a star to wish all your wishes upon, a paperclip so you are always organised, and a kiss for when you are feeling down.
Eeeeekkk! So much of CUTE!
8. YouTube Logo necklace – £ 4.00
This is one of my absolute favourites in this round-up. Teens are YOUTUBE CRAY-CRAY man… they use it for everything and aspire to be like so many ‘cool’ YouTubers they watch. In my house, YouTube is a positive thing – we use it for chilling, learning about stuff, homework, all sorts. This necklace is awesome. AND it’s handmade in Britain. Thanks Etsy.
9. The Wet Brush Detangling Hair Brush, Pink * – £ 7.26
Move over Tangle Teezer… we have a LOT of hair in this house. Thick, unruly, curly hair and this brush is the ONLY brush that glides through it effortlessly with no screaming or tears. It’s changed our life. For reals.
10. Happy Jackson Snack boxes – £ 9.95
When you’re a teen, taking lunch to school is NOT cool. It just isn’t. It’s the absolute bane of my life trying to get these girls to take something besides crisps and chocolate bars. Mainly because they’re embarrassed to haul a large, trough-sized lunch box out of their bag at lunchtime. These little boxes have come to the rescue – so funky and we fill ours with popcorn, fruit, oatcakes, nuts, yoghurt, pasta. Everything. They’re fab quality and I just love ’em. They also feed my OCD because they all stack inside each other like a little Russian dolly. Whoop!
So.. which one is your favourite item for teen girls? Feeling inspired to stock up on a few bits? Yup. Me too.