As a mum to three kids, I know when they hit those tween years it can be harder and harder to choose gifts they will love. Gone are the days of them being obsessed with one Disney character, when anything with their face emblazoned on was a sure bet to go down a treat.
No, now they’re coming into their own, starting to find their own unique identity, and exploring new hobbies and interests. So yes, it can make Christmas shopping a little harder, but this is a really exciting time in their lives! I’m all about embracing it and encouraging them to explore new things, and thoughtful gifts can be a great avenue for this.
You’re probably here because you have a tween in your life who you know is starting to show an interest in makeup or beauty, but you’re not sure on the best place to start when it comes to shopping for them. Don’t worry, I’ve been there and done that, so here’s my expert advice to help you find the best gift for tweens. The best part? Everything is available right here - no dreaded trip to the shops or trawling through Google necessary.
So, they’ve just hit that tween age bracket and you’re not sure exactly what makeup or beauty products they might be ready for yet. Here are some safe bets for the younger kids that will make them feel super special.
1. Bath Accessories
We all love a bubble bath, no matter how old we get, but our Bubble Bath Blocks, Cupcake Soaps and Bath Bombs are perfect for any age, and will let them feel a little more grown up compared to regular boring old bubble bath.
2. Body Shimmer Cream
Giving our Body Shimmer Cream is like multiple gifts in one. It can be used lightly on the body or face for a fun, natural glow, or applied more liberally for stage makeup or dress-ups. It feels like using makeup but still lets all their natural features shine!
3. Nail Polishes
Nail polish is perfect for those young ones who aren’t into makeup just yet but are starting to experiment. It’s also a great stocking stuffer for any age group. All our polishes are free from Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate and Camphor - only the best and safest ingredients go in.
4. Nail Art Stickers
Why not take it a step further and add to the fun with nail stickers? They’re great for helping kids express their creativity and double as a fun little something to play with at sleepovers too.
Getting into this age group, young ones are more likely to be experimenting with makeup and building their kits. This means it’s a good time to gift them some essentials that they’ll love using and learning with.
But before you go crazy buying cosmetics, there are a few things to keep in mind. These are my tips to help you pick winners!
- Items like foundation or concealer are more personal and can be hard to buy for someone else when you don’t know their shade. Things like eyeshadows, lip colours and accessories are more versatile and a safer choice for presents.
- Young skin is sensitive, and not all makeup on the market is good for young faces. Look out for natural, mineral cosmetics with gentle ingredients. Everything from Kooki U is formulated with this in mind!
- Different countries have different standards for makeup and the ingredients used. All Kooki U makeup is formulated, manufactured, and packed right here in Australia.
5. Makeup Palettes
Palettes are great for those building out their makeup kits, because you’re getting multiple products in one. Our Mineral Lip and Brow Palettes come with five different shades, so they can experiment and find their favourites.
6. Makeup Brushes
Every makeup kit needs brushes, after all, there’s no point having all this beautiful makeup and nothing to apply it with! Our Unicorn Brush Set covers all bases with 10 essential brushes, or grab the Kabuki Brush Set for those who might want something a little less colourful.
7. Build Your Own Makeup Kit
If you want to go all out and spoil someone, it HAS to be with a Makeup Kit. Each one comes with a range of products, so simply take your pick and then you can customise the colours included inside. This is a great option if you want to get a bit more personal!
8. Gift Tins
Still Can’t pick? You really can’t go wrong with any of our Gift Tins - we made these to make gifting shopping as easy as can be.
9. Stage Makeup
If you’re shopping for a tween who does dance, gymnastics or any other hobby where stage makeup is worn - this is a great gift idea. Their parents will appreciate it too!
10. Gift Cards
If you’re really stuck or don’t know the child so well, don’t stress, a gift card is always a great present! Plus they’ll get to experience the excitement of going shopping and picking something for themselves.
Feeling better about your Christmas shopping now? We hope so! If you need any other advice or have questions about any of our products, please feel free to contact us here. We’d love to help you find the perfect gift.
Now all you have to worry about is gift wrapping… Or you could let us do that for you too.