I’m sorry, I fell down spectacularly with teen gifts this year. Perhaps because I did a “kids and babies” one and that took up most of my brain space. So here are a few bits and bobs that I thought might be appealing to the girl who likes cool, graphic stuff rather than pretty pastels and cupcakes and kittens. (Nothing wrong with kittens, I hasten to add: love them myself. Just not everyone does. The obsession with cupcakes I do not get, however.)
This post should come with a warning: I do seem to have gone for style over budget with a few of these items! So I’ve broadened the horizons and made this a post for everyone who requires non-kitten non-pastel gift ideas. Problem solved. There’s something for every budget…
Starting with the smallest budget: currently on offer at Superdrug, a can of the very finest non-white-dusty dry shampoo that money can buy. If I may say so myself. (It has my name on it, in case you’re new to A Model Recommends!) A styling essential, especially if you suffer from lank hair or flat roots. Colab London is currently £2.32 here.
The “Nothing to See Here” notepad is from Nuuna here – it’s a bit posh with its soft leather binding and black-edged pages, but I’ve included it because a) it looked great in my flatlay and b) everything from Nuuna is gorgeous and differently priced, so you can have a browse and see what fits your budget. This is special, stylish stationery at non-Bond-street prices and I love it.
Little pot of sporty-coloured snag-free hair ties: £5.50 from Hershesons here – XMAS20 gets you 20% off.
The candle is from Bella Freud and is part of a set of four (featured earlier in the week here): I joked that I don’t condone splitting luxury candle sets, but these are very cool and the scents are lovely and fresh and non-stuffy. You can also get full-sized versions, which I would imagine are slightly better value for money. I would stop and work it out, price per gram, but I am typing like some kind of dervish in an attempt to get this finished before Masterchef starts. Bella Freud at Cult Beauty
The Capital Vices Skull Lip Balm from BeautyMart is a great little stocking filler (do you know, I’m beginning to really hate the term “stocking filler”!): the texture of the balm is really very lovely, which was unexpected because I did think that they might have put all of their efforts into the packaging! This one is minty, I think there’s a passion fruit flavour too. Find it here – £8.50.