Ultimate List of Gift Guides for Kids 2013
Today I am partnering up with a big list of bloggers to bring you the Ultimate List of Gift Guides for Kids. There are over 50 gift guides put together in a wide variety of topics. You will want to see that list and also check out the Gift Guides for Kids Pinterest board.
Over at The Library Adventure, I am sharing Books for Arty Kids. You’ll also want to see the companion list of gifts for arty kids coming tomorrow.
Here and now, I am bringing you…
Gifts My Tween Daughters Would Both Love to Receive
My tween daughters (did I just use tween in reference to my daughters?!) are 7.5 and 11 years old. This list covers a wide variety on purpose. Not every tween girl is the same. Their interests will vary. What I have aimed for is a list of ideas that will help get your creative juices flowing to find the perfect gift for the tween girl on your list.
There is a wide price range because no two budgets are the same. Also, I am using affiliate links. Let’s get to it!
My girls love dolls, specifically 18″ dolls right now. There are a few options available for 18″ dolls. We have both the Madame Alexander and American Girl dolls. Both are loved equally in this house. Some specific ideas:
- Dollie & Me makes adorable matching clothes for girls and their dolls from 2T to 12. You can findÂ a selection on Amazon and the brand is often on Zulily.
- Doll clothes – You can find a great selection of 18″ doll clothes on Etsy and help support small business with your shopping. Win-win.
- Accessories like little frappes; crochet beanies, leg warmers, and scarf; or doll bed
My girls are avid readers. They like books almost as much as their mama. They like series books, stand alones, picture books, graphic novels, mystery, and, of course, American Girl books. I’ll share a few of their favorites.
- Recipe for Adventure by Giada De Laurentiis – A series that includes recipes with each book.
- Nancy Clancy by Jane O’Connor – A mystery series that has illustrations, good for those new to chapter books (my younger daughter) or like quick reads (my older daughter).
- The Fairy Bell Sisters by Margaret McNamara – A series about Tinker Bell’s little sisters – Clara Bell, Rosy Bell, Golden Bell, Sylva Bell, and Squeak.
- Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
- Thea Stilton by Geronimo Stilton – A graphic novel series about five mouselets who love to solve mysteries.
- Tinker Bell graphic novels
Clothing & Accessories
My girls are girls through and through. They love dressing up in pretty clothes. Taste can be a tricky thing when buying for a tween, here are a few ideas and why I suggest them.
- Boots – Most girls love boots and most girls I know don’t have enough budget to buy “enough” (yes, I know). Cute boots speak to a girl.
- Hair Pretties – We’re partial to Lilla Rose accessories, but Etsy has a great assortment of bobbie pins, hair clips, and headbands, too. These can be mixed and matched to fit just about anyone’s style.
- Jewelry – Earrings are great for tweens with pierced ears, or you could go with a necklace. Again, I recommend checking out Etsy.
Arts & Crafts Supplies
My daughters and their friends love to create. I intend to encourage this as long as possible. Hopefully, the tween on your list has an interest or hobby that doesn’t include a screen. Here are a couple ideas that work for just about anyone:
- Papercrafting – Handmade cards, scrapbooks, journals, and smash books (don’t ask me) are all popular ways to craft with paper. Supplies for this: blank cards, cardstock, fun and fancy papers, ribbons and trims, shaped paper punches, glitters, and stickers. You can find these things at Michael’s, Joann’s, or even Amazon.
- Jewelry Making – Rainbow Looms are very popular right now to make stretchy jewelry. You can also do the “old fashion” route of embroidery floss and perhaps a how-to book.
Obviously, if your tween has a specific hobby, you will want to go that route. For knitters and crocheters, you can get yarn, looms, and hooks. For sewers, you can do fabric, patterns, and notions (buttons, thread, trims).
Well, I hope that has started your creative juices flowing. Don’t be intimidated by buying for tween girls. Put some thought into what they like, maybe even ask them for ideas, and you’ll be fine.