It’s basically never been a better time to be an ear. Once mainly ignored, shoved behind our hair and forgotten about, our lovely lugholes are suddenly in the spotlight – and man, are they working it.

The new rules of piercing: 1) why have one hole when you could have five? 2) cartilage rules – why should lobes get all the love? And most importantly, 3) matching earrings are a thing of the past. Which is excellent news for everyone out there who can’t keep a pair for longer than a day without losing one (fingers crossed socks will soon go the same way).

Tell us about it, studs…

Ok so first, swot up on all the different types of hole with our guide to every type of ear piercing. Then get shopping with our pick of the best delightfully delicate studs, hoops and pull-through styles, all of which look amazing layered up and mismatched…

Oh, and if you’re still working on parental permission or your pain threshold? Try the glitter ear trend. Nobody gets left behind.  

1. These simple pull-throughs

Sterling silver ball pull-through earrings, £4.45, Jewellery Box

2. All three of these dainty charm hoops

3-pack of charm hoop earrings, £8, ASOS

3. These pretty leaves

Delicate leaf stud earrings, £12, Little Nell via Not On The High Street

4. These chic hexagons

Sterling silver hexagon studs, £5.15, Jewellery Box

5. This set of magical misfits

Assorted earrings, £5, Monki

6. This starry set

Metallic stars stud set, £8, Accessorize

7. These minimalist bars

Thin bar studs, £7, & Other Stories

8. These turquoise beauties

Sterling silver turquoise stud earrings, £15, Jewellery Box

9. These modern art-esque hoopy things

Geometric pearl hoop earrings, £7.50, Topshop

10. This mismatched set of twinkly rose gold

Asymmetric earrings multipack, £10, Topshop

11. These lush leaves

Leaf thread-through hoops, £6, Orelia

12. These super-chic silver bars

Sterling silver plated bar studs, £4, Orelia

13. And finally, these star studs. For a star-studded night.

Star studs, £7, & Other Stories

Christmas isn’t Christmas without earrings. The sort of loud, garishly glittery earrings that will make your teacher’s lip curl, your nan’s nose flare and your ears the most happening places in town. But let’s face it, you don’t want to spend more than a tenner.

So because ’tis the season to be cheap and cheerful, here are some of the best/worst you’ll find on the high street this yuletide.

Topshop

Less Christmas kitsch, more Christmas cool seems to be Toppers’ vibe this year, with stylish takes on the ol’ classics: holly, reindeer antlers and baubles. What’s more, they are decidedly cheaper than one might expect: just 7 to 9 doubloons per pair. Perfect for injecting some festive jolly into your uniform without drawing too much attention from the Scrooge of the staff room.

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Jingle All The Way, Topshop, £7

Holly Days

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Holly Days, Tophop, £7

Bauble-icious

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Christmas Baubles, Topshop, £9

Accessorize

Okay, so they aren’t technically earrings. But where there are Brussels Sprout head boppers, there will be a dedicated betty journalist fighting for their right to exist – and your right to wear them. Easily the best use of Brussels sprouts we’ve ever seen. Including eating them.

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Brussel Sprouts, Accessorize, £4

New Look

We all want some of these figgy pudding earrings from New Look – and at £2.99 a pud, we all can. Except if you are of the view, shared by many, that Christmas pudding is a lumpen crime against the name of pudding, listen up: hear those sleigh bells jingling? Ring-ting-tingling? That’s because there are reindeer earrings, complete with a bell, at the exact same price, for you.

Pudding, anyone? 

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Christmas Pudding, New Look, £2.99

Pom-poms and sleigh bells and glitter, oh my!  

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Silver Reindeers, New Look, £2.99

Claire’s

It will come as a surprise to no one that Claire’s is the home of all things Christmas novelty, from Chrimbo lights earrings to Santa Claus’ face and big red behind, with a whole range of stud selection packs (snowmen, snowflakes, mittens, stockings) in between. This place is where Christmas kitsch is both born and goes to die – and we love it from the bottom of our glitter covered, sequin filled plastic hearts.

Snow much cuteness

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Holiday Snowman, Claire’s, £5.50

Santa ball-balls 

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Santa Balls, Claire’s, £4.50

Tree Drops 

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Spiral Tree Drops, Claire’s, £4.50

Light ’em up 

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Christmas Lights, Claire’s, £5

Back to Front

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Mix ‘n’ Match, Claire’s, £3.50

M&S

Well, whodathunk it? Sensible old Marks and Sparks has Christmas earrings! Classy ones, it’s true, next to the likes of Claire’s and New Look, but Christmas earrings nonetheless – and for only a fiver. You might even persuade your mum to wear them (after a sherry or two.)

Don’t get in a flap 

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Penguin Earrings, Marks and Spencer, £5

H&M

It’s a stretch to call these ‘Christmas’ earrings – they’re autumnal, if we’re being particular – but we’ll allow them because they are a) quite beautiful and b) remarkably cheap. One for lunch with Granny perhaps: save the sleigh bells for the girls.

They’re golden

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Leaf earrings, H&M, £6.99

Dorothy Perkins

Good old Dotty P’s. Christmas has barely begun and they’ve already put their glittery christmas bauble earrings on offer. We’re big fans of the gold, but at £3 a pair you could go totally wild and get red and green too. 

Deck the lobes

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Tinsel Earrings, Dorothy Perkins, £3.20

Go on, put your best ear forward. There’s a time for simple studs, and that is January.

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Christmas can get expensive fast, especially when you’re relying on pocket money or your part time job. But often the best presents aren’t the ones that cost a fortune, they’re the ones that someone took the time to make. Nothing says, “I love and care about you” like sitting down and embroidering your mum’s face on a pillow (jk, we’re not advocating that at all).

Here’s the lazy girl’s guide to having a crafty Christmas…

Stuff in jars

Nothing says adorable and homemade like a mason jar.

For the baker

Brownies are an easy go to, but you could adapt this brownie in a jar from Evermine to make pretty much any baked good. Thoughtful and delicious.

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For the horticulturalist

This terrarium jar from Wit & Whistle doesn’t actually mean buying a succulent, just setting up its cosy home. Definitely a cheaper option – but if you want to pop a succulent in, go right ahead.

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For the stresshead

One year my mum went to the supermarket and bought my regular toiletries, wrapped them and gave them to me in my stocking. This mason jar from The Gunny Sack is essentially the same thing, but rather than looking like you couldn’t come up with something to buy your loved ones, it says, “Look how well I know you! I even know the type of toothpaste you like!”

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Accessories 

For the dotty one

This upcycled clutch from Brit + Co is beautiful. They bought a clutch from a charity stop and added the dots, but you could also do the same print on a tote bag or a cheap t-shirt.

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For the dessert fan

Tote bags are the ultimate crafting gift; there’s just so much you can do with them. A template for these gorgeous ice creams and the ‘Tasty Totes’ text are downloadable and FREE from Lana Red Studio.

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For the chilly one

These pocket warmers from Ree Ann Kelly are super easy to make. Every time your loved ones slip them in their pockets, they’ll think of you.

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For the fashion-lover

Chokers are awesome, but why buy one for a tenner from Topshop when this tutorial from Brit + Co shows you how to make one for next to nothing?

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For the bohemian one 

These bracelets from Honestly WTF are surprisingly simple to make – and see how classy and expensive they look!

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Stuff for the home

For the sentimental one

This tutorial from Kelli Murray is perfect for your BFF or your parents, and it’s super simple to make. Print out some of your fave photos from the year and put them together in a beautiful collage.

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For the quirky one

Not only are these DIY mini planters from Sugar & Cloth adorable, but you could give them to pretty much anyone. They’d be great for your BFF or your impossible-to-buy-for aunt.

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For the homemaker

Ok, let’s all just go ahead and accept that flamingoes are amazing. This tutorial from Sugar & Cloth comes with free downloadable pictures of flamingoes and couldn’t be easier to follow.

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For the notebook-obsessed one

Everyone has a friend that owns too many notebooks. A friend that wanders into Paperchase “just to have a look” and re-emerges £15 lighter every time (ahem, Amy). But rather than buying them an expensive notebook this Christmas, you can make them one of their own with this tutorial from Lovely Indeed.

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There you go, Christmas sorted – and you don’t have to set foot on the high street. Happy crafting!

It seems that at least 50% of the world’s population is born in the months of September and October. The entire two months pass by in a haze of birthday cake and stress over trying to locate the perfect gift. A book? A witty mug? An overpriced, yet adorable, tiny cactus?

Well, breathe easy, because we’ve found the ideal birthday gift!

Introducing our latest love interest: Littlesmith.

Littlesmith is a jewellery company that specialises in necklaces. And not just your run-of-the-mill, stock standard necklaces but personalised necklaces. Because what says ‘I’m an awesome friend who values your friendship’ more than than a personalised necklace?

A personalised necklace that has been hand freakin’ stamped, that’s what.

You could get their name, a feminist slogan or (very short) haiku – it’s totally up to you!

The team at Littlesmith were nice enough to send us one at betty and after a lot of squabbling, we’ve decided to share it.

(Today’s my day and I’m smiling like a lunatic at the computer right now).

You can pick one up for a friend (or yourself), on their website or head to their pop-up in Topshop on Oxford Circus. For a necklace like ours, it will set you back £19. And if that’s still more than you can stretch to, we think it’s definitely spesh enough to go halvsies.

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Standard bar necklace, Littlesmith, £19