Sam Farmer travel set, £20,


The teen years are difficult to traverse at the best of times, thanks to the pressure of fitting in – or standing out, but only in the 'right' way of course – as well as all those hormones.

Buying a gift for a teenager can therefore be really tricky – you don't want to seem like you're trying to mould them, get them something embarrassingly uncool or too young. So much of youth is spent wanting to be more grown up, and now there are plenty of gifts that will not only make them feel adult, but elicit childlike joy.

Spin the bleach bottle

£12, Bleach London,

This is perfect for a pre-New Year's Eve sleepover with friends, which should be plenty of time to let the multi-colours wash out before term starts again. For over-16s only.

All the right smoothes

£8, Soap & Glory,

Combining a sweet scent with enriching moisture, these body butters come in handy mini tubs.

Sam Farmer travel set


Created by a former stay-at-home dad, this range is specifically for teenage skin, though isn't too harsh and drying. The simple packaging will appeal to both boys and girls.

The Liquid Metal nail edit

£23, Wah London,

Those with nimble fingers and a creative bent will love creating nail art with the gold leaf and striping tape which – teamed with the subtle metallic polishes – is perfect for party season.

Ace fighter pilot package

£38, Mr Natty

Whether they're ready to shave once a month or nearly every day, this tin of luxuriant yet macho grooming products will encourage good habits and ensure shaving is always fun.