Christmas presents for teenagers: Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Etsy

by My Kent Family reporter

What with their emojis, Snapchat and phones glued to their palms, the youth of today can seem like a whole other species sometimes, can't they?

One thing's for sure, they're a hell of a lot more style conscious than previous generations were at the same age, so when it comes to buying a Christmas present for a teenager, if you don't know exactly what they want, you're risking a major fashion faux-pas.

So, to help you navigate the millennial minefield, we've rounded up the clothes, accessories and jewellery fashion-obsessed teens won't immediately want to exchange for something else. These are the gifts that will get you in their good books.

Ochre Ruched Sleeve Blazer, £39, Check Side Stripe Pelmet Skirt, £25 and Checked Bandeau, £25. All from Miss Selfridge

For the wannabe Kardashian

If their favourite past-time is keeping up with the Kardashian clan, or more specifically Kendall and Kylie Jenner (the 20-something half sisters of Kim and co), your teen will want clothes that look like they've been plucked straight out of a Los Angeles paparazzi shot.

That means 'mom' jeans (loose and ripped), sweatshirts in any colour as long as it's beige, and boots that were made for catwalking.

Taupe Ruffle Frill Crop Sweater, £18, available from
Topshop Hibiscus Ankle Boots, £85
Ellesse Tape Waist Pants, £35, available from JD Sports
Mom Mid Blue Authentic Rip Jeans, £36, available from Miss Selfridge

For the athleisure lover

Sportswear has been having a fashion 'moment' for, well, years now, with sassy slogan tees and track pants (what used to be called jogging bottoms) the uniform of young people everywhere.

Of course, this doesn't mean they'll actually be worn to play sport, it's all about 'athleisure vibes,' apparently.

Morgan Olive Printed Joggers, £49, available from Hush
Brunette the Label No Champagne, No Gain Sweatshirt, £59, available from Fashercise

For the handbag hoarder

Fashion trends come and go in the blink of an eye, and right now boxy bags are taking a back seat as circular styles come to the fore.

Inspired by the Chloe catwalk, round and half-moon handbags are where it's at - score extra points for bright hues and bold prints.

Faith Orange Croc Effect Circle Cross Body Bag, £29, available from Debenhams
Half Moon Statement Tassle Wristlet Bag, £35, available from
Cath Kidston Leopard Flower Round Cross Body Bag, £30

For the kooky girl

While minimalism and millennials go hand in hand, there's still a place for cute jewellery, particularly if cats are involved.

Stacking rings, delicate bracelets and necklaces with unusual charms are what teens want to Instagram now.

Elise & Moi Cloud Bracelet Gold Fill, £30.89, available from Etsy
Karl Lagerfeld Jewellery Rose Gold Plated Choupette Ring, £49, available from WatchShop
Bug Tilley's Toast Necklace, £65, available from The Pommier

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