Fan Gear 

Teens are avid fans of almost everything. Whether it be music, a television series, movies or gaming. So, why not treat your teen to a funky fan gift from Typo this Christmas? With Harry Potter, Friends, Stranger Things, Disney and Marvel gear, there is tons to choose from here. You can pick one item or go all out with a notepad, water bottle, accessories and a cute mug. Your teen is sure to be super chuffed with their new collection of geeky trinkets.

For the teenage musos out there, Typo's sister store, Cotton On, has a great range of distressed band t-shirts. Featuring all the bands that most likely formed way before your teen was even born, including Guns N' Roses, Queen, Metallica and The Beatles. But, we know how much adolescents love to claim old things as their own, so gift your rock star in the making with an iconic t-shirt this Christmas.

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Don't blow your budget on Christmas presents this year. After all, there are still the dreaded school registration fees and uniforms to pay for in the new year! Pop into your nearest Lovisa jewellery store for on trend, affordable stocking fillers and special prezzies for your stylish teen. Get a set of five earrings for only *R100 or pick up a couple of chunky rings. If you dare, gift your teen with a matching Mom and Daughter charm necklace (they may only wear it around the house, but it's the thought that counts anyway).

Is your teen a fitness fanatic? Gift them with a FitBit this Christmas. These accessorised fitness trackers are just as popular as ever, now boasting even more exciting features such as sleep tracking and step challenges. While we don't recommend purchasing a FitBit with SMS and email notifications, there are a number of models perfect for young athletes. The FitBit Ace is designed specifically for children aged eight years and older. This showerproof wristband tracks active minutes, steps, sleep and fitness milestones. Available on Loot.co.za for *R1899.

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Let's Get Cooking

The teen years are an excellent time to start learning basic kitchen skills. Let them experiment a little these school holidays by gifting them with handy kitchen appliances and unique ingredients. The Bubble Tea Online Store will have you and the kids whipping up Taiwanese-inspired milk drinks in no time. You can find everything from Rooibos-infused iced tea syrups, to tea powders, tapioca pearls and boba bubble toppings here. They also stock DIY freezo starter kits, so your teen can create their very own Instagram-worthy chocolate or cookie flavoured ice drinks.

Keep the kitchen fun going with an ice cream maker from Clicks! The Safeway Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker is the perfect gift for the summer season. With a non-toxic freezing solution, this ice cream maker allows you to craft your own delicious summer dessert from scratch in just minutes. Teens will be enthralled by this nifty gadget, so get your hands on one this Christmas.

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The Gift Of Choice

If you really are at a loss over what to buy for your teen this Christmas, offer them the gift of choice. Think a book voucher from Exclusive Books, an iTunes voucher to get them jamming along to their favourite artists or an Xbox Live Gold Card. Available at most large retail outlets, such as Checkers Hyper, Pick n Pay and Makro, these cards offer teens the opportunity to buy their ideal Christmas gifts.

Do you have any ideas on what the best Christmas gifts for teens are? Let us know about them! 

Lovisa launched their first store in 2010. Since then, they have grown to become one of the most successful global jewellery brands, boasting stores in over 15 countries. With stores all around Johannesburg, Lovisa is a firm favourite among fashion-forward ladies looking for bang on trend accessories at reasonable retail prices. This Christmas, treat yourself or a loved one to a stunning piece from Lovisa. Here are our top picks from their Christmas 2019 collection:

Novelty Wear

There is no better time than Christmas to go all out with your accessories. And there really is no reason not to embrace the spirit of the season by adorning yourself in all the colours of Christmas. If your jewellery collection is looking a little lacklustre, visit Lovisa for the very best novelty bracelets, earrings and headbands. Their Christmas collection is super cute and quirky, to bring out your jolly side. We love their Gold Reindeer Drop Earrings, which are simple with a touch of Christmas. If you want to truly stand out from the crowd, check out their sparkly Bell Cluster Hoop earrings. You'll be dashing and dancing all Christmas long.

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Gift Sets

Lovisa offers great fashion sets to gift friends and family. Fill up stockings with cute five-pack earring sets, a pretty brooch or hair accessories. Ideal for pre-teens or that aunt who simply loves everything about Christmas! For that special someone, check out Lovisa's discounted jewellery sets. Featuring their best-sellers and unique trinkets, these necklace sets are sure to impress your lovely lady.

Lovisa knows that there is no bond more special than the one shared between sisters and best friends. Show your appreciation for your sis or bestie (or both) this Christmas with a matching jewellery set. It's the little things that count, after all.

Moms haven't been forgotten either. From 'Best Mom' pendants, to vintage-inspired rings, there is something for any lucky mom here. Lovisa's collection of stylish watches make the perfect gift for moms on the go. From classic gold and silver timepieces, to rose gold floral face fronts, their watches can be worn from the office to casual dinner and everywhere in between. These watches are durable and will last Mom until next Christmas, at least.

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Gold-Plated Goddess 

Lovisa is all about helping you amp up the style stakes with the most fashionable accessories. Their new range of gold-plated jewellery is perfect for the coming summer season. Adding a bright shimmer to any look, this collection of chains, necklaces, rings and earrings reflect an element of Greek goddess in their design and colour. Suited to almost any skin tone, Lovisa's gold accessories should be a staple in your jewellery box. Spoil yourself with one or two on-trend chains or a delightful Bohemian choker. Christmas just got a whole lot more opulent.

For More Information

Visit Lovisa's website for more information about their Christmas collections and new releases. You can also follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/lovisajewellery

Instagram - instagram.com/lovisajewellery

Find your nearest Lovisa store here.

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Lovisa is an Australian jewellery brand making it big in South Africa. A veritable one-stop accessories shop, Lovisa is the place to go for super stylish, yet affordable women's watches. They also stock the cutest kiddie watches, so you can get the little ones telling the time right away. We love their rose gold accent timepieces, complete with floral face fronts and comfortable straps. However, if your style is more muted, check out their simple black strap watches or old-school silver diamante wrist piece. Spoil your sister, mom or that special someone with a Lovisa watch. They'll be flaunting their wrists as you beam with purchase satisfaction.

Honey SA

Honey SA is one of the most trusted accessory brands for good quality, inexpensive jewellery. Their Summer Give Collection is even bigger and better this year, boasting an impressive variety of watches for women, men and children. From sporty to sophisticated, casual and strapping, there is a style here for everyone. Honey encourage their loyal customers to 'give' this Christmas season, so take a peek through their catalogue. You can get two watches for just over *R1000, so let's get shopping!

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Era by DJ Zinhle

DJ Zinhle is more than just a master mixer. Her business acumen features the super popular Era by DJ Zinhle brand. A dedicated watch and bracelet outlet, Era stocks bang on trend timepieces inspired by traditional African prints and iconography. The latest trend to catch the wave at Era is stacking - pairing your watch with a bracelet on either side of your wrist. The brand recently introduced a handy combo range, helping customers design their very own stacked watch pieces. Men and women can find their ideal combos here. Although relatively pricey, these combos are well worth splurging a little. Spoil yourself this Christmas!

Superbalist.com

Superbalist offers watch lovers their pick of top brands at discounted prices. Featuring the likes of Nixon, Casio, Adidas and Skagen in both their men's and women's ranges. If you are looking for an affordable digital watch, look no further. The site regularly hosts discount sales on accessories, so keep an eye out for deals on your dream watch. Shopping with Superbalist online is also super convenient and user-friendly. So, get clicking away.

Zando

Now that you're a verified online shopping addict, check out Zando's range of wrist pieces. Analogue, digital, sports and watch accessories can all be found here. Customise your watch by picking up a couple of different straps in stainless steel, silicone or leather. This way, you need not purchase a new watch for every day - simply swap out the strap! We are a big fan of their Daniel Wellington strap collection. These adjustable fabric straps are ideal for people with sensitive skin. Available in classic navy blue, burgundy or green, it's European elegance without the hefty price tag.

Watch Finder

Lastly, but certainly not least, we have Watch Finder, SA's number one online watch store. They stock all your favourite fashion brands including Sissy Boy, Daniel Klein and Ice. However, Watch Finder offers these international brand pieces at slashed prices to suit your pocket. Their Hallmark watches are timeless, gold pieces, each with their own unique accents. Treat yourself with a Watch, Pendant and Earring set for only *R699. Hallmark is well known as the entry-level watch range, but even seasoned watch wearers will be pleased by this set of high quality jewellery. Watch Finder also stocks unisex and male watches, so everyone can adorn their wrists with the very best accessory there is.

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Do you know of any other budget-friendly watch retailers? Let us know about them!

The start of a new year always brings about a series of fresh fashion and beauty trends. We are smack-bang in the middle of our summer season in Joburg. But there is definitely an air of change on the horizon. Being the eclectic city we are, quirky new hair trends are likely to take off quickly. Don't get left behind when the new year comes into full swing!

Style Trends

Hairstyles are expected to take serious notes from the past this season. Think the 1950's inspired micro-fringe, big 80's curls or the mid-naughties side-fringe (yes, it's back). Hair trends will be distinctively retro with updated twists. However, the blunt cut made popular in recent years, is also still featured on trend lists.

The blunt cut has been steadily adapted to both short and long styles. This year, expect even sleeker looking cuts as micro-layering adds even more balance to this daring style. Razor cuts on shorter styles will also amp up the precise aesthetic of the blunt cut style. Alternatively, long tresses are being styled in beachy waves and loose curls for the summer. The overall look is meant to give off the impression of deliberate, refined messiness. Soft layering for volume and texture will be utilised to create this effortless beachy style.

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Natural hair remains at the fore-front of styling trends for the year. Extensions and hair pieces are less favoured, while new stretching techniques are being employed to give natural hair longer length and greater body. High piled ponytails and pinned up looks are expected to become more creative as well. Chunky box braids will also stay a popular protective style.

Colour Trends 

Colour variations have expanded for the upcoming year. Pastels, coppers, inky blacks, beach blondes, rich brunettes and natural grey's are all in.

Cotton-candy pink is the pastel colour of the moment. This versatile hue suits a range of complexions, but it is always advisable to consult a salon expert before selecting your colour. Also keep in mind that if your roots are naturally dark, you may have to bleach your hair before colouring it. But, if you have a trusted hair stylist who knows exactly how to treat and maintain your selected colour, go right ahead with this carnivalesque colour pop. Otherwise, indulge yourself and stop past JK Ginger Hair Salon in Sandton for a world class hair treatment.

Copper reds are expected to be a big thing in 2019, as are golden brunette tones. These darker shades are easy to maintain, but are nonetheless vibrant. If you are comfortable with a more natural look, opt for these colour variations. Embracing your naturally greying hair is also on the trend bill this year. If you haven't quite reached that stage of life yet, but love the grey shade, ash grey tinting is an option.

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Beach blondes are right in line with the beach style look for the season. Not quite the icy white blonde of past seasons, this colouring has more streaky, sun-kissed highlights. On the opposite end of the spectrum, inky blue-black dyes give the blunt cut added sleek and edge.

Accessories

2019 is the year to accessorise. Head bands of all kinds (sparkly, stretchy, glittery, etc.), as well as hair clips, pins and bobbies have made a definite resurgence. Lovisa has a great range of hair accessories, including jewelled tiaras! Be expressive and unique in your choice of accessories — especially if you aren't brave enough to try out the year's latest style and colour trends. Sometimes a new shiny hair pin is all you really need to feel brand new anyway.

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