So far, our 2016 gift guide series has covered the older members of the family unit, but what about the junior side? A fickle teenager can be one of the trickiest to buy for – too old to be distracted by the shiny stuff (most of the time…) and coveting items you’re unlikely to have heard of. So how to please these tough customers?  Summer essentials, decent design and a sense of humour go a long way.

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Halcyon Backpack

This golden metallic neoprene backpack from Ziporah catches the eye and fits all the essentials in a comfortable draw-string bag. The simple, bold design (including a waterproof front pocket) is on-trend without crossing into tacky territory and the size is perfect for a beach day or daytrip.

$39 AUD

‘Ferns with Benefits’ Budgie Smugglers

Speaking of the beach, for those with a sense of humour these affectionately-named ‘budgie smugglers’ are sure to elect a laugh. Made from chlorine-resistant polyester, the palm leaf print is a fun update on the classic speedo style men’s swimwear.

$55 AUD

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Ennis Board Shorts

If you prefer to see your kids cover up a bit, these Saturdays NYC shorts are a safe bet. Made from a durable nylon, the two-toned charcoal style suits all kinds of styles and will hold out well against that chlorine fade.

$100 AUD

Golden Coast Bracelet

A stack of the Puravida’s popular bands, this bracelet helps support local artisans in Costa Rica and is fully waterproof. With a mix of woven and studded bands, it’s easy to dress up or down.

$68 AUD

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‘Now or Never’ Notebook 

When strapped for ideas or in need of a stocking filler, a well-designed plain notebook is always a good addition. With elastic closure and a ribbon marker, this design from Blacklist is a go-to option for writing, journalling or sketching.

$29.95 AUD

‘Shakedown’ Printed Swimsuit

We love this brightly coloured swimsuit from P.E Nation that harks back to athletic 80s style without entering retro territory. The open back and higher leg cut show off a bit more skin while the black straps and trims add shape.

$239 AUD

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Solo Headphones

Chances are your teenager often enjoys long periods of silence to music (and we’re sure that’s fine with you too). These wireless headphones from Beats are a step up from the iPod defaults, and look pretty chic too.

$259.95 AUD

‘Sun’s Up’ Face and Body Duo

Sun care and teenagers doesn’t sound like an easy combination (remember all the coconut oil you used to wear?) but this duo set from Mecca gives the sunscreen ritual some new cool.

$70 AUD

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