Kids are fairly easy to shop for when they’re small, but as they start gaining years under their belt, it becomes gradually more difficult to anticipate what might make them happy for the holidays. Tweens and teens are so hard to buy for — unless you have the means to hand them the latest iteration of the iPhone, that is — that a lot of parents resort to gift cards and cash. (No judgment if that’s your plan this year! I like to stick gift cards to the theater in my kids’ stockings myself.) But in case you are still searching for a personalized kind of gift to stick under the tree, here are some ideas for your in-betweener she-cub.
Stuff for Her Room
I never had one of these, and I always wanted one. I’m not sure what I’d have put in it, but I have been told that tweens and teens have, like, stuff they’d like to secret away from prying siblings’ eyes. Plus, they’re super cute and more storage is always a plus for me.
There’s also a white one in this same style. But if clean, metal, and modern is more your little diva’s speed, check this one out.
Sometimes, your bedroom decor just gets a little stale. New bedding can change the vibe of a room with minimal effort.
If that’s a little too bright for you, try this one.
4. A Lava Lamp
Can you ever really go wrong with a cool lava lamp? Kids of all ages love these things!
5. Wall Decals
There are no words for how much I love wall decals. Like changing the bedding, these decals can change the entire vibe of a room — without paint, without wall paper, and even if you don’t have a creative bone in your body. And the best part? They’re relatively cheap and totally removable.
And you can put them literally anywhere in the room, even on the ceiling if you like!
For Her Body
Not all girls are into jewelry, and even if they are, tastes vary so widely that it can be hard to know what to get for any specific person. But one thing we do know, ’90s fashion is sweeping through the walls of junior highs all across the country. Super hot right now? Chokers. Which is fine with me, because not only are they cute, they also won’t break the bank. Hooray for cheap-ass jewelry!
No shit, you can buy these things in bulk for less than a Starbucks.
7. Snarky or Ironic T-Shirts
Some kids this age would rather cut off their arm with a rusty hacksaw than let their parents pick out their clothes, but if your kid has any kind of sense of humor at all, she’ll dig these.
For Her Mind
If you’ve got a reader, or want her to become a reader, you really can’t go wrong with a library card. A gift card to your local bookstore also would be a great stocking stuffer. If your reader is a little more voracious, I suggest a subscription to Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program. The Kindle app is free, and this subscription is only $10 a month. With it, they can read as much as they want, on their phones, tablets, Kindles, laptops, PCs, etc. I got this for my daughter and I to share last year for her birthday, and I admit, I got it more for me than for her. But she jumped in with both feet and now she averages about 6 to 7 books each week on her own. This service also includes many of the same catalog of selections on audiobooks as well.
So she can comfortably listen to those audiobooks (or the newest Taylor Swift album) without damaging her ears or driving you batshit, over-the-head headphones are back “in.” These even have wireless bluetooth capability, so no more getting tangled and strangled while sprawled across the bed.
If you don’t need wireless or bluetooth, or just want a cheaper option, these are great too.
10. Virtual Reality Headset
My niece got one of these for Christmas last year, and OMG, these things are so freaking cool! They’re not as expensive as they used to be, either, especially these kind that work off of your phone. Check it out.
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