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Gift guide for Teens from Shoebuy.com

Gift guide for Teens from Shoebuy.com (you know you could use the help getting ready for the holidays)

I like to shop, bargain shop if the truth be told, anyone can just shop, but shopping with the clear purpose of getting great stuff and saving money – well, that’s how I have to shop – it’s part of my imprint now and no small source of pride, and while I am able to thank you if you like an article of my clothing, more than likely I will include the story of the deal I got on it. I’m working on just saying ‘thank you’. I’ll let you know how that’s going.

When I attended a Shoebuy.com event this fall and learned a bit about this local company (and their free shipping and return policy), the more I learned, the more I liked them. So when Style Expert Courtney Barry at Shoebuy.com offered some suggestions for a teen gift guide, I was happy to test drive it past my in-house team of very discerning teens (my nieces and daughters). 

Here’s a look at what Courtney came up with and is teen approved:

Every sporty girls needs a pair of flashy kicks that they can rock both in the classroom and on the field. Brands like New Balance and Asics offer sneakers that will give your teen the best of both worlds in terms of style and performance, while Marmot, Patagonia and Prana offer some great active-wear clothing options that your teen will be sure to love:

Sporty? Can’t go wrong with some cute sneakers, some leggings and an athletic top.

 

 

Is your teen a bit more glamorous?

For your fashionista, stick to colorful prints and metallics this holiday season. A great pair of leopard flats can add a touch of glam to any outfit, while a bright and flashy metallic bag or jacket can bring the perfect amount of shine to a dreary snow day.

 

Edgy:

If your teen has an edgier style, try a darker combat boot, an army green jacket or a great black leather bag. These options are great for casual days in, but can also be dressed up for a night out on the weekend.

Classic:

For your timeless teen, chic simplicity should be key! Consider a beautiful pair of ballet flats or a cozy neutral sweater this holiday season to give them a classic look that will never go out of style.

 

So far, my in-house team panel has voted yes Sporty, Classic and Glamorous with a smattering from the Edgy category. Shoebuy.com has terrific sales and private sales events. I got a Patagonia jacket for 40% off the regular price. Now that’s how I like to shop!

Find them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

The Events Page (it’s free to join and you hear about the private sales).

Disclosure: I was given a gift card to Shoebuy.com to facilitate this post. #sponsored

Gifts for Teens and Tweens – so very challenging

I am writing this post after spending several hours (yes, hours) at the Natick Mall (the words Natick Collection never crossed my lips, glad they changed the name back) in Tween/Teenland. Why? I did it for you, dear reader, so that you may go forth unscathed by pounding music in overly scented and dimly lit stores (really, Hollister?). You are welcome and, thank you, my headache is better now, a full day later. Once your children are past the princess and Lego stage (you only wish it were over if you are still in it), you are required to really work at finding presents that meet your value system (supposing you haven’t bailed on your value system after those years of princesses and Legos), are age appropriate and are what your teen/tween wants. So what to do? Well, I am sure you have an idea about your own teen or tween but what about that tough-to-buy-for niece or nephew? Here are just a few ideas to help you out…

You can go full court press on electronics, Apple, Wii, Xbox and then get all of the games…

panasonic headphones at urban outfitters find by capability mom blog
Urban Outfitters

Uggs are still a wanted item

So what are the hot teen stores? Start at Forever 21 for inexpensive, well, everything. There are $10 jeans in the sale room, $6-10 t-shirts scattered throughout the store, and tons of  scarves, hats, mittens, socks – all so inexpensive and cute. The store in Natick is massive and has separate accessories area. You can get lost in there, well, I did. Got out in time to check out 344 (the outlet and regular store). Cute tanks in bright colors, Converse sneakers, great  feather earrings. On to Urban Outfitters for more great ideas – for girls – great skimmers, terrific basic tees (that I can even still wear, ahem, yes) and fun stocking stuffers, plaid shirts and hats for the guys.

capability mom blog finds cute graphic tees at deliasWhere to next? Delias for cute graphic tees and American Eagle Outfitters  for shirts and jeans – looks like everything is 40% off now, too. More stops, well, we did have lunch at that cute sushi place called Wasabi (it is a chain and has the bonus of serving the food on a conveyor belt for your entertainment – don’t worry – the food is tagged with sensors to tell the kitchen how long it has been out. A nice break and it was good to sit down for a bit. There is more! A quick look in Williams Sonoma and Sur la Table for me…I am looking for a 9 quart cast iron french (dutch? same thing?)  oven that doesn’t cost as much as my first car.

Yes, I went into the dimly-lit, over-perfumed and poundingly loud Hollister (sort of a college bar but without the alcohol). I know I am old but I could not hear even when I got out of the store. Honestly, you have to yell to be heard over the music. Well, that was my tipping point so I headed home to order books (quietly) on-line from Amazon (I had already been by the New England Mobile Book Fair and picked up a bunch there).

Steven Saylor

Rebecca Stead

If you want to do good and give a gift, pick a charity and donate in your teen’s name – there is no shortage of organizations – here are a few:

Heifer International

World Wildlife Fund

The Water Project

Not enough ideas? Head on over to Cool Mom Picks – They have a wonderful gift giving guide.

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