I racked my brain for what to get for my tween stepdaughter this Christmas. Did she still want toys? Was she into more grown-up stuff? Was her greatest desire an iPod MP3 player or did she want dolls? I had absolutely no idea. The answer, I soon realized, was to ask her myself. Here are some of the results of asking my daughter what she knew about what preteen girls all want this year.
The first and most obvious gift idea is a Nintendo DS. Your tween daughter may already have one, but for those moms and dads out there who are not exactly electronics savvy, you may not have heard of this great little item. The Nintendo DS is a miniature video game console that can fit into a purse or pocket. This neat little device has a touch screen inside and can play a variety of games. The price is right at about $120-$175, games are about $20 each, and the consoles even come in pink.
The following NDS games are what I have been informed are the most desired by tween girls. Nintendogs is a fun game where you get to have your own make-believe pet puppy which you can feed and care for. Girls get a choice of several kinds of dogs. Girls who love Hannah Montana may like her games which include mystery adventures and skateboard games. There are also games for Pirates of the Caribbean, fashion designer games, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, as well as a collection of other pet games such as Horsez, Catz, Hamsterz, and Dogz.
Speaking of horses, many young girls are horse fanatics. This year, my stepdaughter is going to get a gift certificate either for horseback riding lessons or for a day of horseback riding. Some stables will let you pay in advance and present your child with a gift certificate. Little girls who love horses will be thrilled.
My daughter has informed me that the American Girl dolls are still popular. We had these dolls when I was younger and I remember always wishing that I had one. There are a variety of different historical girls from different time periods. The dolls are not cheap and plastic, but beautiful collector’s dolls which come with separate clothes and accessories. Each doll also comes with a book or a set of books telling about her life history in the time that she lived. For more information, check out americangirl.com.
Teen Magazine has a lot to offer for girls who are into fun fashion, self-care products, and the teen celebrity scene. While a few articles are sometimes directed to slightly older teenagers such as articles about boyfriends, there are tons of articles for preteen girls and great issues on subjects like how to deal with problems in school, getting your period, and fun quizzes. Lots of girls would love to have a subscription.
For tweens who love Harry Potter, there are neat gifts besides just books and movies. The Harry Potter line covers collectors items such as real wooden wands and a spinning time-turner as well as Jelly Belly’s popular candies: Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. A variety of other Harry Potter candies are available as well and make great stocking stuffers.
If your girl needs new footwear, Vans.com lets you design and personalize your own pair of shoes, either slip-ons or sneakers. There are tons of colors and patterns to choose from. Just get online and let her design and decorate her pair the way she wants them, then place the order. The shoes will be shipped right to your door.
The Body Shop has a “Create Your Own Scent” collection. Girls can mix and match their own perfumes from a variety of different scents to create their own personalized concoctions. The kit can be purchased online from theboydshop.com. There are also kits for creating your own lip gloss, nail polish, makeup, and bath and beauty products.
Sharperimage.com has a private video viewer for sale. These cordless video goggles connect to computers, televisions, portable DVD players, and video game consoles and provide a breathtaking floor-to-ceiling IMAX theater experience for the wearer. Though a little pricey, they will be well-loved by any teen girl or guy.
JCPenney has gorgeous sterling silver initial pendants genuine diamond accents. You can choose from either platinum-covered sterling or 18k gold over sterling. All of the letters of the alphabet are available. The best part is the price. At only $19.99, she’s sure to love it as much as your pocket book does. Shop in your local JCPenney or head over to their website at jcpenney.com.
For the girl who already has an iPod, get Gelaskins. These skins come in lots of different styles and fit over an iPod to both protect it and make it look stylish. The skins are easily removable and interchangeable, so stick a whole collection in your girls’ stocking. They also carry skins for laptops, cell phones, and other electronic items. Check them out at gelaskins.com.
Personalcreations.com lets you design and personalize jewelry to include names and inspirational words. Get your daughter a necklace or ring with her name on it. This is also a great time to start a charm bracelet for her if she does not yet have one.
Tweens who are not yet old enough to wear makeup may enjoy a lip gloss kit with shimmering body powder or lotion. While the kits may not contain actual make-up, girls can use glittery nail polishes, lip glosses, and hand cream. Lip gloss lockets and other lip gloss jewelry are also fun to use as well as wear. Don’t forget to get her a purse if she does not yet have one. She will need it to carry lip glosses and other items, especially if she has or is about to start her period.
Room decorations are lots of fun for preteen and teen girls. Look for lava lamps, strings of novelty lights, beaded door curtains, bed canopies, sparkly desk accessories, and posters of her favorite things. Because tweens often are not allowed to burn candles in their room, get her an electronic candle that operates on batteries. These candles have a realistic flicker and add a pretty ambiance to any room.
Girls who like to hang out at the skating ring might love a pair of their own roller skates. Those rental roller skates are painful to wear and having her own pair of skates will also save your tween money on skate rentals.
Are you a preteen girl? Leave a comment below this article for other readers and let us know what you are asking for this Christmas. For more ideas try doing a Google search for “teen gifts” or “tween gifts.”