Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! I threw a PJ dinner party for friends on Saturday night and we had so much fun. First holiday party of the season was a success! Good friends, good food, good conversation and Christmas pjs. In my book you really don’t need much else. :) I’ll share a few more pics and party details soon but I wanted to quickly get my Teen Gift Guide up! I’m trying to get a gift guide up every weekend to help you all with your holiday shopping and I was so busy with party prep that I’m a little late with this one!
But ahh! I have to share my new sign I got in the mail with you all first! I had this sign made custom for my Hot Cocoa Station this year and could not be more excited about it! It’s seriously HUGE you guys. Kenny had to lift it for me it was so heavy! It’s from Jen at Harper Grace. I have loved her signs for a while now so I reached out to her to make this Hot Cocoa sign for my dining room and another sign for my guest room that I’ll share soon. I could not love them more! I wanted black lettering with just a touch of red – perfection! If you want to order one of her signs use the code “sunnysideup” when you check out and she’ll give you 15% off! (Thanks again Jen!) :)
I’ll have pics of my dining room up soon (going through them all tonight!) but here is a peek of the corner with my hot cocoa station. I needed something large on that wall with my new chairs and console table and this sign is perfect!
Ok.. let’s talk teens! Gone are the days that I could pick up all things doll and princess for my girls and call Christmas done. I miss those easy shopping trips. Teens can be so hard to buy for! Gift cards are always a safe bet, but it’s not too fun to wake up to just gift cards on Christmas morning. I’ve talked to all of my friends who also have teens and we came up with some fun ideas for our kids that seem to be “in” right now. These are the things our teens are wanting for Christmas! I hope this is helpful! Moms of teens need to stick together just like moms of toddlers do. #thestruggleisreal
1 – Harper Crossbody – I just shared this little purse on my gift guide for friend/teacher/neighbor gifts but I think it’s perfect for teen girls too! Just the right size for their phone and some cash and lipgloss. Comes in so many cute colors!
2 – Instax Mini 9 – Cutest little mini camera! Teens love instant film cameras like this and I have to admit that I love them too! This newest model has a built-in selfie camera and comes in so many cute colors. You can buy the full bundle here with the case, film, etc. I’m thinking this would be perfect to get my girls working on their first scrapbooks.
3 – Power-Up USB Leather Tassle Keychain – Teens can easily charge their phone with this cute keychain! Forget teens.. I want one!
4 – Echo Dot – Is there anything the Echo Dot can’t do!? Such a fun gift for teens or adults!
6 – Nike Air Force 1 Sneaker – Clearly these are big right now because they are selling out everywhere! Huge right now for teens. I seriously can’t keep up with the shoes! First it was Converse, then Adidas, then Vans and now these Nike Air Force 1 Sneakers. To be honest I don’t love these shoes, but they are all Ellie wants for Christmas so I’ll have to get over it and save the shoes I love for me. ;)
8 – Anthro Monogram Candle – Love that you can personalize with this candle! Would be especially fun to give to college aged kids who are away from home for the first time.
9 – Brandy Melville and Starbucks Gift Cards – If you are going to go the gift card route I know the two gift cards my girls would want! They are obsessed with all things Brandy Melville and with Starbucks lemonade drinks! I don’t let them get them often (hello $8 and gone in 5 seconds) so I know a Starbucks gift card would make them both happy campers.
10 – Hydro Flask – LONG time favorites. My girls love these and so does the rest of my family. I gave everyone one for Christmas two years ago (mom, dad, brother, sister, etc.) and they are all still using them!
11 – LED Make-Up Mirror – Such a fun gift for a teen girl who is starting to wear make-up! Now she can easily listen to her favorite tunes while she gets ready.
12 – Spikeball Game Set – I have friends with teens who love this game! Looks like so much fun and something the kids can play with friends or family. There is a video you can watch when you click on the link to the game that shows kids playing it.
13 – Drybar Detangler – Such a good brush! These might be popping up in stockings this year for the girls. Thank you Santa! :)
14 – The Ranger’s Apprentice Series – I knew I’d be heavy on girl ideas and clueless on ideas for teen boys, so I talked to friends with teen boys and they all said their boys are obsessed with these books! I’m taking notes for when Kole is older!
16 – Apple AirPods – All the rage with everyone this year!
17 – Firefly String Lights – These string lights are so much fun for teens! Addison has some similar lights in her bedroom that were a gift from a friend.
18 – Clarisonic Mia – The best time to start teaching good skin care habits! I love my Clarisonic Mia and want my girls to have their own!
20 – Umbra Hangit Photo Display – We hung two of these in Ad’s room (you can see them here) and she is seriously so in love! She has thanked me for her picture display wall so many times. Makes me happy! Ellie wants something similar now in her room too. This would be such a fun gift to give with the Instax Mini 9 camera so your teen can take pics with family and friends and instantly hang them up in their room!
I hope that was helpful for those of you who are shopping for teens this year! If you missed my first Gift Guide you can find it here and I’ll be sharing ideas for younger kids and other people on your list soon too. Plus I have my whole house to share with you.. it’s decked and ready for Christmas! I never want to take all of the lights down. They make me too happy. If you live in the states I hope you are enjoying Thanksgiving preparations and if you are traveling be safe! We’ll talk soon! I have lots to share. :)