Friday, 27 November 2015

Christmas Gift Ideas for (Older) Teenage Girls


Christmas is fast approaching, and out of our five children the most challenging one to buy for is our 17 year old daughter because obviously nothing I buy will be the right colour/fit/genre/style etc. If there is one thing that I do know about what my daughter likes, it is that it is nothing that I would choose because I am of course, always wrong.

How long do we have until she realises that I am almost always right? Few more years?

I digress. Christmas shopping for my teenage daughter consists of her writing me a very specific list of items, and never ever am I allowed to deviate from this list. I get free reign over the Christmas stocking fillers, but not the list. This makes it easier for me to shop, but less fun because she knows the vast majority of what she will be receiving. I know eventually the magic of Christmas changes as they grow up, but that doesn't make it any less bittersweet for me. With this in mind, and thinking that I am not the only one with a difficult late-teenage girl to buy for, I have asked her to help me compile this list with advice for other parents so that they can at least have their own list with which to shop with - and you may even get something right!


This is tricky territory because she will probably have very particular tastes, or favourite brands. Have a poke around in her make up bag and see what she already has. Try and choose products from the same line, or things like brushes & sponges, tweezers, eyelash curlers, cleansers, face masks. Little extras such as fake eyelashes, nail art kits, nail polishes, and lip balms make great little stocking fillers. Or if all else fails, you can always pick up gift cards for her favourite brands and stores.


A loves perfume and has a shelf full of her favourites. She received a bottle of American singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera's sensual new fragrance Woman to review and it is now her favourite scent, she wears it to both school and work every day.
"Woman is a sensual combination of golden amber and white flowers - radiating femininity the way every woman does. The scent opens with accords of bergamot and pink pepper, litchi and pear, combining a delectable heart of magnolia and rose with violet leaves and honey. The smooth, sensual base consists of golden amber, tonka bean and sandalwood finishes this undeniably feminine and joyful fragrance."
The packaging is pretty and feminine with a beautiful pink curvy bottle decorated with an elegant gold flower design & gold spray top, which makes this perfume an ideal Christmas gift.

Available from The Fragrance Shop and, Christina Aguilera Woman retails at £19.50 30ml, £29.50 50ml, and £39.50 75ml.


Top of A's Christmas list last year was a pair of Doc Martens, but of course a specific colour and finish - black matte. She's stated that she'd love another pair (in red this time) because she loves them so much and has worn them almost daily since Christmas Day. She also loves pretty heels and an opportunity to dress up, so perhaps a pair of nude heels (to match many outfits) or even some nice sparkly party shoes would be equally as well received as pair of boots, or a pair of new trainers - 'Vans' are popular in my house.


A is an avid reader and has an entire bookshelf crammed with paranormal and YA novels including The Twilight Saga, The Vampire Diaries, and The House of Night series as well as titles by John Green (The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns) in amongst lots of the classics. There are many talented YA authors out there and a huge selection of novels to appeal to all tastes and help instil a love of reading. A has her own Kindle but still prefers a real book.


I know many people hate this because it seems so impersonal, but in all honesty I would rather give money or vouchers to spend in a shop that I know she loves than waste money on something she doesn't really like or want. This way, they can also plan a January sales shopping spree with their friends and grab some bargains.


Either a block booking with your chosen instructor, or some money in an account to be spent on driving lessons when the time comes is a great present for the older teenager. A has been having lessons for some time now but money set aside for her theory/practical tests or even for her to save towards her first car will be a big help.

A received a complimentary perfume for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

A Cornish Mum


  1. I can imagine teenage girls are hard to buy for. At that age I remember having quite a specific list too. Thanks for linking to #PicknMix

    1. It is so difficult, gets harder every year! Eventually it will probably just be money and some PJs haha

  2. My eldest son is 11 now and already I'm finding it trickier, luckily I get both my sons to write a wish list and choose from there, or something that fits with the theme of what they like from the lists. This year there's a lot of nerf! Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix
    Stevie x

    1. Oh yes I have wish lists coming out of my ears - nerf guns were a firm favourite here a few years back, good luck! x


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