11/12/13 year old girls - the definitive Christmas gift thread.

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Earlybird Sun 03-Nov-13 15:58:16

I keep thinking I must get started Christmas shopping for dd - to avoid the crowds and craziness that comes with leaving it 'til December - but there is one problem: I have no clue what to get her! I am usually pretty good with ideas, but not this year. Ugh.

Anything she 'needs' (clothes, etc) mostly need to be bought with her input because she has her own style, and increasingly dislikes things I think are lovely. Also, because she has grown so much in the last year, anything she needs, she needs now, and it can't wait until Christmas. The 'want' category seems to skew toward technology (which I am not opposed to, but would like to consider other things too), or items that are £££.

I am hoping for some inspiration and brilliant ideas from others here. What are you planning to get for your girls? Big and small pressies, stocking stuffers etc - all ideas welcome!

catpaws Tue 12-Nov-13 10:11:51

Last Christmas I bought my dd a sewing machine (less than £100 from John Lewis, not too complicated) and a pattern for a top. We then went shopping just after Christmas so she could choose the fabric. I failed O level needlework big time so we both had fun trying to understand the pattern! She was so proud of the end result, wore it quite a bit and has since used the sewing machine to make all kinds of things. The staff at JL have been as helpful as ever, guiding us towards patterns that we might just be able to understand!

I hated getting clothes for christmas when I was a kid so I try to buy clothes that are a bit out of the ordinary. When dd was younger, and still believed in Father Christmas, each year I used to buy a really pretty dress from Monsoon (or the Fairy Shop, as we call it in our house), wrap it in special wrapping paper with lots of sparkly bits and write a card in wobbly writing. The card would be from FC and say that Mrs Christmas had helped him choose a special dress for her.

This year I am getting her:
Furry slipper boots
Scarves (not the woollen variety)
Pastels and art paper
Body shop parcel of smellies, lip balms etc.
'Voucher' for boden
Hair accessories (she soooo wants hair straighteners. Not happening)
Patchwork book and squares
Label maker (she has wanted one of these for ages. Bizarrely, I remember wanting one when I was her age too). I guess this means her walls, drawers, cupboards,furry animals, door, bed etc will be covered in labels by Boxing Day....

sadsometimes Wed 13-Nov-13 15:28:33

How old was she catpaws?

catpaws Wed 13-Nov-13 19:07:55

Hi sadsometimes,

She is 11 going on 14!

JellySnakesAndLadderedTights Mon 18-Nov-13 16:05:32

This scrabble set is quite cool! A good price, and for a very, very good cause:-

Breast Cancer Pink Scrabble (9.99)

alpinemeadow Tue 19-Nov-13 09:29:08

Some great ideas here - thank you!
At this stage I can only add sequin art sets - popular to do on a lazy 'day in'. And ask if anyone has any other ideas for art 'sets' suitable for this age group - ie 'make/draw this thing' rather than more serious sets of paints?

SunshineAndPeardrops Tue 19-Nov-13 10:20:18

My sisters (aged 11 & 12) like doing these:-

Foil Pictures

They've got more patience than me, that's for sure!!!
grin

BeGoodElliot Tue 19-Nov-13 13:02:30

Hoping to get some good ideas from this thread, I have a just turned 13yr old and really struggling with what to get her. Used up all my ideas on her birthday last month and she is not much use either as there is nothing she really wants!

Thanks to this thread she now has a fox satchel! This is the hardest age ever!!

MARGUERITE18 Mon 02-Dec-13 20:51:40

what about a miss glossybox subscription?

NoComet Mon 02-Dec-13 21:27:50

DD almost 13 nexus 7 (which I hope she hates, so I can swap it for my fire, which annoys me). She won't the screen is stunning.
Primark Xmas t shirt
Onsie
Socks
Jumper
Wreck this journal
And long sweet types for stockings

DD1(15) baby G watch, headphones(DH is sorting), (coat, sort of as she's actually been wearing it to school, it might count as necessary clothing).
Tshirt, onisie, socks, jumper and journal too.

First instalment of the iPhone fund. Second to be taken off birthday budget, third and final one for (hopefully) getting 6Bs and A for maths at GCSE. This being her sixth form offer.

My DD is 11.6 and she gave me a list grin . She knows what she likes, her presents have been bought (it's 14 yo DS who I have trouble buying for)

She's had a Young Driver lesson (so did DS) she loved it.
Bottle of perfume (she chose) Paid with my Boots points
Gift voucher New Look - she can chose a few more ££ than her usual Primark stuff
Earrings (had her ears pierced in July)
Books
Nail polish
Make-up pallette
Tangle Teaser brush
M&S pants (she's a tiny size 6 so likes the ladies pants rather than the girls which do fit her)
Kipling handbag -she chose

And her Christmas Eve Hamper
And her stocking

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