HELP!! My daughter needs some presents from Santa because her little bro and sister will get quite a few. She is NOT into clothes, has an ipod type thing, great student, dances like 8 hrs/week and has every "dance type" gift you can think of. Between studies and dance has no time for hobbies/crafts...I got plenty for the little kids and NONE for her!!! HELP!!!
Kids that age can be tough. If you aren't against gifting some spending money, cold hard cash in cute gift containers can be fun. I've been known to get nice fresh bills, in various denominations, but including lots of ones as spacers, tape them together end to end and tuck them into a cute Christmas design tissue box, with one end taped to a large bow to cover the hole in the top. When she removes the bow, she'll find the long stream of dollars. Other ideas for gifting cash can be in a cute pair of socks, or in a new wallet, tote, or backpack. Gift cards for mp3s, and favorite stores can be a hit too. Amazon is usually a big hit with teens since they now sell *everything*e. Some girls enjoy toiletry gift sets of bubblebath and such, Or nail polish and lip balm. These can be easily found this time of year. What about a new bedding set or warm throw in a favorite color or design? If she's into Vampires or some other fad, a set of the Twilight or True Blood books might be appropriate. Craft stores have lots of kits and supplies for making everything from candles to candy to jewelry. Board games to play with friends and family can be fun. Some are adaptable to all ages. A collection of favorite dvd's, or a movie theater gift card with a suggestion to invite a friend along might be an appropriate gift. You might check for dvd's of concerts of favorite bands. A Nintendo DS or DSi and a game or money toward picking out some herself might be welcome. Various pre-paid and plan cell phones are available for tweens/teens, if that would be appropriate for her. There are lots of parental settings and safeguards available these days. These are just a few ideas from a mom of now college age kids. Every kid and family is different, so I hope you are not offended by any of these ideas. Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season.
I agree with M Chang about most everything (have a 14 year old daughter myself) with one glaring exception-DO NOT get your daughter the True Blood books-unless you are wanting to give her an early education in erotica. (and yes, I have read them myself, so I know what I'm talking about).
That said-I may "steal" your money in the tissue box idea-how great is that =)
My 14 year old loves her iluv that she can pop her ipod into and listen to music in her room without the headphones. These come in tons of options and price ranges.
Also, agree about the cell phone-sometimes you can add a child onto your existing plan for less than a pre-paid. Something to check out.
Anything she can share with her friends--the money is good because she might treat them to something. A trip to the ballet with her friends (no siblings)? A horseback riding trip with her friends? Other than that, anything she has mentioned that a friend has that she doesn't--a leading question about her friends and what kinds of things they got that she thought was interesting might work.
It sounds like she's not that into "stuff", so what about an experience, like a spa day or something? I have 2 boys, so that suggestion isn't from my own experience, but my nieces have enjoyed gifts like that.
Artwork, perhaps a degas print of the ballerinas or a poster of her favorite dancer(s)? Or, any book or dvd (Nutcracker) pertaining to Mikhail Baryshnikov, Flashdance, or John Travolta's Saturday Night Fever? Tickets to a local rock concert, dance recital or ballet troupe? A special mom and me day (with a best friend in tow) to the nearest large city for any theatrical event? Gift card to Sephora or itunes? A portable video camera to record her dancing? A cosmetic bag filled with crumbled dollar bills? Funny socks and tights filled with candy? Every 13 year-old wants converse sneakers!! A tiffany heart or key on a chain?
I have 5 children. 2 teenage daughters, 2 pre-teen daughters and a pre-teen son. My daughters all love music, like i-tunes cards or cds. MONEY to buy their own clothes or jewelry - she's not into clothes because she hasnt had a chance to go hog wild shopping yet(but before Christmas so not all the good stuff is gone)-- and if you let them do it long enough ahead of time they forget what they picked out anyway because teens have horrible memories half the time.
Digital cameras because they love to take pics of themselves to put on myspace and facebook. maybe a video camera (they have a really cool pink one with bling at kmart) Stereo or ipod. Anything from Apple. Cell phone for texting. Laptop. They don't need lots of presents as long as they are big presents. Kids love electronics. Also they have banks that count your money for you like little ATM's those are really cool. Hope this helps.
my daughter will be 13 in January. For Christmas she is getting a tye dye bean bag, some fun earrings, door beads for her bedroom door, a new bathrobe, and in her stocking some silly things like Kooky Klicker pens, toe socks,and a Rubiks cube
My 13 yr old wants a cell phone for texting and/or a netbook. The netbook isn't going to happen. I'm thinking about the cell phone. My daughter also likes books, would love $$ to decorate her room her way (again), would like a pricier MP3 player, or a Coach bag.
Take her window shopping. Pay close attention to exactly what she wants, the stores those items are in. I would then buy one of the items she points out, and provide a visa gift card to her for the rest. But, I would make sure the one gift I got her was exactly something she wanted she would have never expected you to get. I would then also get her some hair accessories she likes, and if she doesn't have them yet, curling irons/straightening irons, nail polishes, lip glosses.
And, then relax. =) Be sure to take her shopping the day after Christmas (lol) as first thing in the morning it is not that busy really (something I learned long ago), and many items that are desirable get marked down fast.
Great ideas! Thanks so much. This in between age is difficult...and to top it off her Birthday is Dec. 29th and my extended family calls me and says "pick stuff up for the kids and we'll just give you the money...UUUGGGHHH!!! I really love the stream of dollars thing! Happy holidays to you too!