Teen Xmas Ideas

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  1. heartsy77

    heartsy77 Working on my 9th trip!

    Dec 7, 2004
    At this point I usually have a list and have 1/2 bought by now!
    We are off to WDW and this is causing me further delay!

    I just don't know what to get my girls 16 & 13! They have Iphones and kindles; at this point I only have 1 thing in mind: custom designed otterbox for the phones!
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  3. Kitzka

    Kitzka DIS Veteran

    Aug 8, 2006
    My DD is 14 and it is defintely hard to know what to get for them. One thing I am getting DD is "expereinces" over stuff. She will have some stuff to open (mostly clothes) but I also got her tickets to a concert and a vouvher (that I made) for an item from the show.

    not sure what else but would love to see what others are thinking as well.

  4. momof1princess

    momof1princess <font color=darkorchid>i feel like i'm going to ex

    Aug 3, 2005
    i know how you feel, OP. DD15 already has everything she wants and needs - nook, smartphone, mp3 player, tv and dvd player, digital camera and computer. i don't know what we could possibly get for her. she'll need some clothes, but her great-grandmother will probably buy those. she plays clarinet in the marching band and is going to NOLA at the end of the year to march in the sugar bowl on january 2nd, so DH and i are toying with the possibility of buying her a new clarinet. she needs one; but, if we did that, it would be so expensive, it would have to be her only gift, and it makes me want to cry to think of one, sad-looking gift under the Christmas tree.
  5. princesspwrhr

    princesspwrhr DIS Veteran

    Apr 3, 2006
    The lifeproof cases are FAR superior to the Otterbox cases. They are more durable, less clunky and don't come off as easy. Plus they are completely waterproof to a certain point. www.lifeproof.com

    My 14yo has had hers for a year and a half and it's pretty dinged up, but the phone is still safe. I can't say that for her very short experience with an otterbox Defender. Properly installed it fell out of her pocket while running down the street and the motion of jostling out of her pocket pulled the rubber off the top and side enough that when it hit the ground the case split open exposing her phone and breaking one of the clips that holds the front and back together. Her phone has suffered many of the same falls with the lifeproof and the only damage are some dings on the case. (side note - WHY are the pockets on girls shorts & pants so shallow?)

    Anyways - dd14 is getting a new color lifeproof and the bike mount. Her 1st edition nook that she dearly loves has died. She's getting a new simple touch and cover. And that's all. Her two sisters are each getting an iTouch and lifeproof case. That's it. That's stretching what we can afford to the top end of the budget, but they are gifts that will be well liked and used often and for a long time so I'll make it happen.

    I second the idea of experiences. Last year my oldest got tickets to see Cirque. That was her only gift. Well, she did get a program also. So if there's anything coming to your area soon that your daughters would like, why not wrap up some tickets? For this age in an era where kids in general already have more than what they need in tangible items, experiences are a great alternative and create more memories than things. pixiedust:

    I think the key is to think about your own kids and what they really like and get what they like regardless of what is popular or how many things it ends up. :santa:
  6. LJSquishy

    LJSquishy DIS Veteran

    Sep 12, 2011
    That is a tough age to buy for I bet! In addition to the custom phone case idea (which they will LOVE), girls that age usually love gift cards...either iTunes, movie theater, or their favorite clothing stores.

    Here are a few actual gift ideas that you can wrap:
    -Diamond stud earrings (I got a pair when I was around 12. I'm now 28 and still wear them daily unless I wear matching earrings to a necklace)...there are amazing sales on diamond studs around Christmastime so they are very affordable
    -Digital camera or Flip Video (I think that's what it's called)
    -Hair accessories
    -Hair styling tools: high quality flat iron or curling iron
    -Makeup brushes: high quality set
    -High quality eyeshadows
    -Lip gloss
    -Nail polish set
    -Docking station for iPod if they have one
    -"Gift Certificate" for Room Makeover
    -New comforter or room accessories
    -Professional photo session with their friends

    Hopefully those ideas will get the ball rolling for you! :)
  7. Jenny3

    Jenny3 DIS Veteran

    Jun 13, 2011
    My 16 y/o's laptop just died, so I will probably be getting her that for Xmas this year (hopefully I can find a good Black Friday deal!)

    Other ideas I had were concert tickets, AE clothes and cash for a car
  8. bearloch

    bearloch DIS Veteran

    Jul 24, 2003
    Im in a even worse spot mine is 13 she wants concert tickets and a I phone i can swing the phone but not the monthly bill ugh!! a she wears uniforms to school so she really doesn't need clothes other than a concert t!

    thinking of looing for a cheap phone plan maybe just wed and text with a few mins as she usually mostly texts

    I also have considered park tickets o seaworld as we live in Tampa but that seems like a lot with nothingto actually use o christmas

    unless I get phone !!!!
  9. bjscheel

    bjscheel (Avatar art by my daughter)

    Jan 27, 2005
    It's not a big thing, but for a long time I have gotten my girls each a Christmas ornament that reflects their interests at the time. When they are out on their own, they will have several for their own tree that will remind them of the things they love(d). Last year I got their favorite animals- panda and tiger. Favorite characters, etc. My coup was when I found S'mores Lewis & Clark & Sacagewea ornaments for my girl that is into Lewis & Clark.

    DD14 just had a birthday and she got:
    an extreme dot-to-dot book (pretty challenging)
    a green screen for special effects in iMovie projects
    a Genesis compound bow
    Dover coloring books designed for adult level coloring
    beef jerky
    a cool Delia's tee
    Extremely Goofy Movie DVD

    Kind of an oddball collection, but things she will like! Perhaps she is not a typical teen...but maybe some other girls would like the same things. I also like to just browse Amazon for gift ideas I never would have thought of on my own.

    Oh, speaking of that, I also got her Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith and bought her BFF and my DD11 This is Not a Book also by Keri Smith. They are fun and creative. We also have Finish This Book but the other two would be better choices for teen girls.
  10. emer95

    emer95 DIS Veteran

    Feb 22, 2005
    I love how creative these ideas are! I have two girls, 12 and 13. I think they'd like a lot of the things you've listed. Thanks for the suggestions!
  11. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

    Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina DIS Veteran

    Sep 12, 2008
    For teen girls, what about a subscription to their favourite magazine?

    Love the ideas of concert tickets, movie tickets, iTunes cards, etc.....they are always winners (with boys or girls).

    A gift certificate for a photo session with their friends (suggested by a PP) is also a fantastic idea.

    What about some "pampering" gifts? Gift certificates for a manicure, pedicure, facial.....or maybe for highlights and a great haircut at an upscale salon? (somewhere they wouldn't normally get to go regularly)

    A new digital camera? You could couple that with a nice digital frame.

    Or maybe look outside of the box, instead of getting "stuff", get them an experience. A weekend away skiing, maybe a couple of nights over Christmas break at Great Wolf Lodge, etc. Allow them to each bring a friend to really make it special.
  12. Sheaboys

    Sheaboys DIS Veteran

    Jan 27, 2005
    DS14 really wants a smartphone and a laptop. While we can afford both and the monthly bill on the phone, I am not giving in and getting those. He has a phone, he does not need access to the internet with it. I have a laptop he uses for homework and internet, plus we have a desktop too.

    With 5 boys, if I give into one at a specific age, I have to do for all at that age, so I keep it real so to speak. Like ds1 received an IPod for the christmas he was 12, so will ds2, which is this christmas.

    But mostly, they will be getting ski clothing, as everyone of them have grown so much. The older 3 need clothing and equipment. They will get gift cards for skiing, amazon (they older 3 have Kindle fires), and Itunes.

    Regular clothes for school as usual.
  13. scottmel

    scottmel <font color=darkorchid>Does my logic in my origina

    Jul 28, 2002
    I got a super cute hot pink mini fridge for DD13. I am glad I got it when I did I figured they would be gone with dorm rooms, etc. and they are. I got 1D concert tix, minecraft lego set and nail dryer so far. She loves the Chicken Soup for the soul series so got another of those...She is in a private school so no read NEED for clothes and I did get her an iphone last month b/ac of the crazy cheap specials they had on them - FREE 4s for trading in her itouch. Can't beat that....! She is an only child so I don't go by gift count but I try to have a nice little pile without going too crazy. Though the older they get the smaller the wrapped packages!!!
  14. ctinct

    ctinct DIS Veteran

    May 22, 2005
    How about a Clarisonic?
  15. luvmy3

    luvmy3 <font color=green>When I drink I find its easier t

    Feb 24, 2008
    This year my dd is getting a smartphone and a year of service as her big gift. She is also getting
    a ski boot bag and ski pants.
    Hunger Games movie and a couple companion books
    Katy Perry perfume
    SIMS game
    All Time Low Tee
    Just got the Wreck Me Journal that was mentioned in the other thread
    She'll get an Amazon GC, new make-up, nail polish, shampoo, a couple Ts and earbuds in her stocking
    We have a tradition that on Christmas Eve the kids get a new pair of PJs and an ornament to hang on the tree. Like the pp, I get them something that reflects their interests. This year I'm going to try to find an ornament that has to do with photography.

    Are your girls into designer clothes and accessories? I don't just go out and buy that kind of stuff for my dd, but I think its a nice surprise for Christmas.
  16. dvcterry

    dvcterry DIS Veteran

    Jul 14, 2010
    my son is now 18 & freshman in college. He & the other two boys have written to the North Pole every year & every year they get a letter back from the North Pole. "Santa" has given him an iphone, laptop, amazon gift card, xbox360, skateboard, and itunes gift cards. this year maybe it will be the digital camera, one that he can record videos with. being away, it will be nice for him to start to capture some memories.
  17. LJSquishy

    LJSquishy DIS Veteran

    Sep 12, 2011
    That is a great gift idea!
  18. MrsPete

    MrsPete DIS Veteran

    Feb 24, 2002
    Scarves and flats are super popular with teens these days.
    Ditto for Vera Bradley wristlets (wallets on a wrist band); teens seem to be anit-Vera for everything else.
    Vera aside, teen girls seem to be into the flat, hard wallets, which are sold at cheap places like Claires and Rue 21.
    You can't go wrong with earrings and bracelets.
    Nail polish too.
    And sunglasses -- my girls are crazy about bright colors.
    Charm bracelets seem to be emerging as a big thing lately.
    North Face fuzzy-fuzzy jackets are still a trend.
    Watches, however, are totally out.
    Likewise, I don't see girls wearing Uggs anymore.
    Toms shoes are still very much in style.
    Pretty journals or sketch pads -- but not the little girl types.
    Art supplies.
    Crazy socks (including over-the-knee styles) were uber-popular last year and are still making a strong showing at our high school.
    Does your school offer a "give a kid a yearbook" thing at Christmas? They'll give you a certificate that says, "A yearbook has been reserved in your name", and you can wrap that certificate.

    My girls usually get a new set of ear buds in their Christmas stocking. Those things do have a limited lifespan.

    I was at the mall today and bought them each a cute outfit.
    Plus a pair of short boots for one and a pair of fur-lined moccasins for the other.

    My college daughter has requested gift cards to specific fast food places near her school.
    My girls are totally "over" iTunes cards. They've received so many that they both have large credits on their accounts.

    You mentioned some electronics. My girls love having DecalGirl.com stickers to personalize their items. Protective cases are also a favorite (and they could prevent an expensive loss).

    At 14 we made private driver's ed lessons a Christmas gift for both of our girls. Our school's driver's ed is so backed up that kids who go the public route can't get into a class 'til well past their 15th birthday, which means they can't get their permit 'til late and then can't get their license 'til late. This was really a gift of time.

    From the time my oldest started high school, I started buying her a few things that'd be useful in a dorm room. As a result, we had to buy very little for her to start college this year. One year I bought her an iHome iPod charger /alarm clock. Another year it was a lap desk. Last year she requested some simple cookware and dishes. I know I bought some other things, but I can't remember them.
  19. richmond282

    richmond282 Trumpet players don't have egos, we're just better

    Jul 7, 2008
    Could you have her do a treasure hunt to find the clarinet? That way you could wrap up several boxes with "clues" in them like reeds, a marching lyre, pair of band gloves, a ligature, etc.
  20. Priorityonecb

    Priorityonecb DIS Veteran

    Sep 9, 2005
    We are mixing things up this year! Our dd (15) has always had a hard time waiting for Christmas morning! We are going to Disney as our main family gift, but she couldn't stand the thought of exchanging that for no gifts! We came up with a crazy idea! We put the tree up on Thanksgiving, and there are 26 days between then and when we leave for Disney. So, dd will be getting 26 gifts that she gets to open one a day as a countdown to the trip. :rotfl: Unconventional yes, but fun and memorable!

    Here are a few things we have purchased/she has asked for at 15.

    1. Vera Bradley laptop cover
    2. VB pen/pencil set
    3. Dine with Shamu experience for our trip
    4. Beluga whale interaction for our trip
    5. Gray Vans
    6. Purple Guy Harvey tshirt
    7. Ramen bowl/chopsticks set
    8. Kindle Fire case
    9. Archery set
    10. Itunes gift card
    11. Water Pic shower head
    12. Wreck This Journal
    13. Pajamas
    14. $100 Disney gift card for a DTD shopping spree on trip
    15. TV (small for her room, she has an old huge one)
    16. Ikea comforter

    The rest will be small inexpensive fillers!

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