Top 10: Gifts for teenagers
Want to avoid the huffs and eye-rolls you're probably accustomed to with your teenager? Take a look at our top 10 gift ideas and you might keep them off TikTok and Instagram for a whole half-second this Christmas Day.
Disney villain or Star Wars face masks
These are perfect for anyone who fancies a pamper sesh while also understanding that Disney villains were the real leading ladies. In this pack of three, you'll get facemasks of Ursula: super hydrating cucumber to soothe and moisturise - Maleficent: antioxidant green tea to refresh and revitalise skin and Cruella De Vil: calming coconut for nourished and supple skin.
Each pack of the Star Wars set comes with four masks featuring your intergalactic favourites; Chewbacca: A moisturising mask packed with coconut oil to hydrate your skin - Darth Vader: A powerful mask infused with anti-ageing black tea extract - Yoda: Cucumber, it’s full of. Cool and soothe, it will - C3PO: Oh my goodness, you’ve got a golden glow! Must be all the honey in this mask.
Marshall Major III headphones
The on-ear Major III are perfect for those who want a set of headphones that set them apart from the crowd, heralding back to the rock heritage that the Marshall brand was born from. They fold in on themselves, making them very easy to travel or commute with - however, they don't come with any kind of carry case.
As for downsides, they squeeze our head after a few hours of wearing and we can't decide if we like the single control button more than two or three buttons on earcups, but they're far most stylish that similarly priced headphones, offer a 30-hour battery life and that well-known Marshall sound signature - making them ideal for those that listen to predominantly rock, indie, alternative music. Bottom line: for the money, they offer great value.
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Instax Mini 9 polaroid camera (and film)
The Instax mini 9 is a compact instant camera with a selfie mirror and close-up lens. Brand new features include the high-key mode for brighter photos and the automatic exposure measurement for aperture settings. One of the biggest selling points of the mini 9 is how simple to use it is, especially for children and those who have never used a polaroid camera before.
When you buy the camera, you'll also get a hand strap, close-up lens attachment, AA batteries, the instruction manual and one pack of 10-shot mini film. It's also a good idea to buy some additional film with the camera as you're likely to find 10-shots isn't enough. This 20-shot pack of film is usually about £15 but is sometimes discounted.
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Things They Don’t Teach You in School trivia game
Christmas is all about eating too much, spending quality time with your family and getting far too competitive over board games to the point of almost falling out with your in-laws. Bust the box open and discover 110 cards with over 400 questions to test your random knowledge. No, really, even the usual family know-it-all is going to struggle with this one, it’s no walk in the park.
But it is hilarious and packed full of unexpected questions and answers you'll never see coming. It’s recommended for ages 17+, however, we're sure you could include the whole family.
Harry Potter Studio Tour with Afternoon Tea - Buy A Gift
This voucher from Buy A Gift combines an enchanting Harry Potter Studio Tour with afternoon tea at the lovely Mercure Hunton Park Hotel. The Warner Bros Harry Potter Tour at Leavesden Studios lets you step right onto some of the original sets from all eight films - including seeing the original props, costumes and behind the scenes magic that went into one of the most famous series in the world.
It's a great day out for any die-hard Harry Potter fans and it's even fun and interesting for those that have a passing knowledge of the series. The studio tour seems expensive at first glance - with tickets retailing for £47 on the Warner Bros website - but it's also packed with stuff that you won't see anywhere else. Over 4000 people worked on the eight films and the sheer scale of work that went into bringing the series to the big screen can't really be grasped until you see it in person. If you want to add an afternoon tea onto your day to make it extras special, this Buy A Gift package also makes it less fuss to book and good value.
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Tile is a Bluetooth tracker to help you keep you from losing your keys, purse or whatever else you attach it to. Lose your keys, bag etc and you can use your phone to find it. Lose your phone and your Tile can make your phone bleep back at you. Every running Tile app tracks Tiles around it too, so if you lose both then you can call upon your fellow Tile users to help you find it.
With a Bluetooth range of 90m, a replaceable battery which lasts around 12 months and a one-year warranty — the newest Pro is the perfect present for the scatterbrained teenager in your life. It also won our best Gift Under £50 at the Honest John Kit product awards back in May.
Amazon Echo Dot (Gen 3) smart speaker
Fed up of your teenager shouting at you because she's already explained which Kardashian sister Kourtney is for the fourth time? Well, an Amazon Echo might just save both your sanities. If you don't already know, the Echo Dot is an extremely popular voice-controlled speaker. Ask Alexa - the voice assistant - to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices and more.
Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new skills such as tracking fitness, playing games and more. You can also connect to your own speakers over Bluetooth or with a 3.5 mm audio cable. You can use your voice to turn on lights, adjust thermostats, lock doors, find TV shows etc as well.
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Fortnite this, Fortnite that. If you've got a kid - sorry, young adult - that's into gaming, then there's a couple of options that worth considering. The Kingston HyperX Cloud II gaming headset is getting on a bit now, but we'd still argue that it's one of the best gaming headsets under £100. Aside from being comfortable, breathable and fairly nice looking for a gaming headset, they also sound great. The detachable mic is a nice touch, although we sometimes misplace it, and they feel pretty durable.
For a less budget option, possibly an upgrade of a current headset, the Sennheiser GSP 600 is fantastic. At about £220, they aren't cheap - but the quality of sound is simply superb, nothing we've tried comes anywhere close to matching it. The clarity and depth mean you hear everything and it will change the way you enjoy games. Compared to everyday headsets, these are in a whole different league.
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Crystal Maze LIVE Experience
The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience is a faithful recreation of the 90s game show. And, with a recent revival, the Crystal Maze experience will appeal to those nostalgic for the 1990s, people wanting to try the challenges for themselves and family and friends who just want a few hours of fun.
Tickets are a little on the pricey side, especially if you’re booking as a family or larger group, but this is a unique and very well produced experience. It’s entirely immersive and, crucially, manages to pull off the trick that you’re taking part in the show itself thanks to a keen eye for detail in the games and a focus on the theatrical side of the experience. It often sells out quickly and you must book several months in advance, so you need to be flexible about dates and plan way in advance.
Razor E-Prime electric scooter
While Razor has been in the scooter game for as long as kids have complained about hitting their ankles with scooters, the E-Prime is their newest electric model with a max weight of 176lbs. You barely have to push the E-Prime to get it going because once it hits 3mph (which is a light push), the motor kicks in - giving you 40 minutes of electric-powered fun before you need to leave it for 4 hours for a full recharge.
The 12lb scooter isn't the lightest in this list, but that can be expected when you factor in the battery. It has a top speed of 15 mph and breaking can be done via the electronic brake on the left handlebar or by stepping down on the back wheel over the fender brake like a traditional scooter. The wide deck makes it suitable for larger adults to ride and the handlebar is adjustable to a choice of two different heights.
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