Make sure the adage that “Parents just don’t understand” doesn’t apply to you this holiday season with these fashion, gifting, and conversation tips from our friends at Irvine Spectrum Center.
Leonard Hooded Flannel Shirt, Empyre ($45). Zumiez, Irvine Spectrum Center, 613 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine, 949-450-0894
There’s a reason why plaid rhymes with rad, and it can be found in this skater-ific hooded flannel Empyre shirt, complete with button-up chest pockets.
Soft Cardigan, Garage ($50). Irvine Spectrum Center, 612 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine, 949-453-0176
Made for SoCal winters, this cozy cardigan by Garage features an open front and relaxed side pockets.
While it may feel easier to hand over cash or purchase something standard like colorful headphones, it’s best to buy a gift that you know is personal to the young adults in your world. Take the time to look for a thoughtful gift that will acknowledge each teen as an individual in their own right and their interests.
Make the most of the seasonal merriment to truly connect with your teens. Sit down with them one-on-one and have candid conversations about the topics important to them—free of judgment and criticism. Once teens feel like they have a safe space to voice their thoughts, the chances of them letting you into all their growing moments, both big and small, exponentially goes up.
R2-D2 Cufflinks, Star Wars ($52). BoxLunch, Irvine Spectrum Center, 753 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine, 949-753-1391
Despite the oncoming growth spurt, he’ll never tire of these whimsical R2-D2 cufflinks from BoxLunch.
Basic Backpack, Typo ($40). Irvine Spectrum Center, 629 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine, 949-453-0260
Whether she’s at school or meeting up with her friends, this pale pink Typo backpack is sure to stay in heavy wardrobe rotation.