I have a 12 year-old sister. She’s a different kind of tween girl though. She has been a tomboy most of her life, wants skateboards instead of make-up and her favorite color has always been orange. The one year I gave her some clothes for Christmas, you’d have thought I gave her rocks… no, wait, she probably would have like those. Gah! She is so hard to gift for. Can I get some pity…? Ha, okay, pity party over.
So, at the age where they stop wanting the inexpensive toys and games and start begging for cell phones, iPads and laptops, what do you get these picky kids? Well, here are a few of my ideas… and you don’t need a money tree in the backyard!
1. Nail Care Basket. At the age when make-up is the hot new thing, make your young giftee feel all grown up. I’ll admit to gifting this particular gift idea more than once in the past year. Gifting to a young man? Instead of polish and nail stickers, give body sprays, hair gel, deodorant and the like.
2. Cash and candy. You simply CAN NOT go wrong with this gift. Seriously. Who wouldn’t want cash and candy?! Last year, my teen niece wanted cash and Coke. She got it and was thrilled. Like, all-her-dreams-came-true kind of thrilled. But, take it a step further and check out the cute packaging over at Simply J Studio.
3. Books. Okay, maybe your teen won’t be jumping for joy, but books are always a good gift. Play to their personality. Get suggestions from Mom and Dad if you want some guidance. Not sure if the book will ever get opened? Try an audio book.
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