What are your 12 year old girls getting as their main presents this year?

(79 Posts)
sweetheart Fri 23-Nov-12 16:54:02

I've got plenty of stocking type ideas for dd this year but I'm really stuck with her main present. What will your dd's be getting this year please?

surburbiangolddust Fri 23-Nov-12 17:35:45

Cd player with iPod dock (very reasonable £40 at John Lewis), curling tongs, art stuff, and a green screen (she's into making films)
Hope that helps with ideas...... grin

slavetocat Fri 23-Nov-12 17:47:50

Ipod Touch and Lego- Tower Bridge.

penguinplease Fri 23-Nov-12 17:56:52


Snog Fri 23-Nov-12 19:15:58

a rescue cat and a second hand bike

cilldara Sat 24-Nov-12 00:01:18

Horse riding lessons.

sausagesandwich34 Sat 24-Nov-12 00:03:12

a tv for her bedroom (asda special)

Earlybird Sat 24-Nov-12 00:04:52

kindle (from relatives) and a proper 'grown up' bicycle.

surburbiangolddust would you mind linking to the green screen please?

AudrinaAdare Sat 24-Nov-12 01:27:39

Jack Wills hoodie lined with Shergar or whatever. They saw me coming hmm I did get 30% off though, and DD won't be wanting this sort of mainstream stuff in a couple of years time. Plus I didn't have to buy her a coat this year because every child in secondary have been issued with a regulation one.

AudrinaAdare Sat 24-Nov-12 10:50:05

Sherpa-lined hoody! Bloody hell.

I would also like a link to the green screen please as I've used up all my birthday ideas for Christmas.

Of course if the Jack Wills hoodie was lined with Shergar, that would go some way to explaining the exorbitant price! grin dsd2 is getting Kindle Fire HD

Sparklytinsel Sat 24-Nov-12 10:57:30

A new phone and some speakers for her iPod touch.

2kidsintow Sat 24-Nov-12 15:04:39

A TV for her bedroom, with buily in DVD player as hers has died.

Went for a 19" one from Tesco for £98. Came out with a 22" one for £97. Bargain!

VivaLeBeaver Sat 24-Nov-12 19:46:24

Dd is just a few weeks off been 12. A bat detector and a Stackers jewellery box

phlebas Sat 24-Nov-12 19:52:59

pile of books (fiction & cookery), bag (cath kidston), ds game, necklace (charm from etsy) & some money. I considered a kindle for her but she reads on the way to & from school & I'd worry it would get lost/broken at school.

Earlybird Sat 24-Nov-12 20:21:00

Viva - what is a bat detector?

VivaLeBeaver Sat 24-Nov-12 20:31:28

It's like a sonic detector thingy which picks up bat noises and converts them to audible sounds. The frequency you pick them up at tells you which bat species it is. We have lots of bats in our garden, dd loves watching them.

VivaLeBeaver Sat 24-Nov-12 20:32:41
AudrinaAdare Sat 24-Nov-12 20:45:56

2blessed grin - I knew Shergar wasn't quite right when I typed it last night blush

The bat thing looks good too.

Earlybird Sat 24-Nov-12 22:17:24

Viva - thanks for explanation and link. Must admit I didn't know such things existed!

BadRoly Sat 24-Nov-12 22:18:26

My 11yo (I know, she's not 12) is getting a camera (she asked for one) from us.

evilhamster Sat 24-Nov-12 22:37:46

My 12yo just wants money. Oh, and rats.

She wants money because she can then buy an Ipad and she wants a Hollister top, but likes an Abercrombie and Fitch one too, but would settle for H&M hmm

She'll probably manage to spend all her money on the Ipad and possibly get an H&M top because I don't dare enter Hollister (online or the actual store) and we couldn't afford to anyway.

And the rats. We'll be getting two rats. We already have three. I can't say no because she buys everything and cleans them out twice a week even though she only needs to do it once every week and a half or so, plays with them for hours, teaches them tricks and the cage won't cost us anything (we have an unused one currently).

My 10yo is getting many sets of lego, including the monster mansion aswell as a stocking full of goodies & a tablet.
I'm getting pet rats for myselfsmile

notso Sat 24-Nov-12 23:40:52

DD really wants an Ipad but we have said it's way too much for an individual present plus we have issues with her internet use at the moment.We told her if she saves half by her birthday we will pay the other half.
So then she asked for funky nail varnish, coloured jeans, hollister or jack wills clothes and a one direction CD.

We are getting her, TV/DVD combi (she thinks she's not allowed one until she's 16) a Jack Wills hoody, T-shirt, bag and water bottle (30% off grin) a hollister hoody and t-shirt, funky nail varnish, coloured jeans, new converse, and a signed 1D CD from amazon black friday. Have done well for my money this year thanks to the bargainous chistmas present thread.

evilhamster Sat 24-Nov-12 23:52:50

That's why all our friends and relatives are buying her presents notso. Otherwise we really couldn't afford a thing. We were thinking about buying it outright and then not getting her anything for the next ten years. But she's looking at the refurbished Ipads on Apple (basically as good as new but so much cheaper) and says if we have to lend her any money she'll pay for it back, which she normally does.

I forgot. She wants those red converses which all her friends have and she nearly dies when she walks past a shop with them in. And some skinny jeans (only she wants the super-skinny ones which always seem to be the same but more expensive) and possibly a new PE bag. She'll get the converses, but nothing else unless a very loving relative dares to enter Hollister, and possibly the jeans.

You're getting rats too? I love rats so much pumpkinsweetie. They're so intelligent!

hoodoo12345 Sun 25-Nov-12 12:17:55

Nexus 7.

Dd aged 11.5 is getting curling tongs, a jewellery stand, Guinness book of records, books, nail varnish, school bag, cat cushion, a coin counting money box, onesie, money (some of these from relatives).

sweetheart Sun 25-Nov-12 15:42:27

Oh deary me, there are lots of lovely things here but none of them are suitable! Some because she already has them or we have tam as a family etc and ome are just not her thing.

I am SO stuck!

VivaLeBeaver Sun 25-Nov-12 15:46:41


mrssmooth Sun 25-Nov-12 15:58:35

Mine's getting a hairdryer. Struggling to think about what to get for her and the other 2 dds as none of them actually "want" anything! Lots of bits and pieces I suspect. I'm going to get her a hot water bottle with a cute cover (well, I'll get all three of them one, but mainly it's for dd1 as I remember how much it helped me with period pain ... she hasn't started yet, but I don't think it's long in coming now!) It's really hard, isn't it?! (Not helped by her birthday being in less than 2 weeks' time!) Good luck in your search!

Does she like making things? There are some great craft kits out there. Klutz do good ones, there are also the "Make your own lip balm/soap/candles/bouncy balls" kits. Or a Learn to Knit set?

What are her hobbies? Does she play with anything still? Would she like tickets to a show? A room makeover? (My daughter would love this but it's too expensive at the moment.)

Earlybird Sun 25-Nov-12 16:39:51

DD has also asked for the latest Wii 'Let's Dance' game. And some of her friends are evidently asking for the new Wii console (think it is called Wii U, or some such).

OP - what about a camera, sewing machine, or phone? What are your dd's interests and/or hobbies?

sweetheart Sun 25-Nov-12 18:40:09

My dd is quite a tom boy, she plays lots of sport and spends lots of time outside playing with friends. She already has a phone on contract which she pays for, an Xbox, we have a family Wii and iPad. She has an iPod, music player and tv / DVD in her room which was recently decorated. She's not really into and bands or shows so tickets are out. Because she is quite sporty and outdoorsy she already has a decent bike etc.

She's not really into her appearance and isn't fussed by fashion, makeup, hair etc.

See what a pain in the bum she is wink

ScaredySquirrel Sun 25-Nov-12 19:24:54

mine wants uggs (I'm getting them sent from Australia I think) and I'm getting her a docking station. Other than that, it's stationery, she;s getting a flip camera from relatives (she loves making little films) and she wants money as she's saving up for a laptop.

she would love a kindle too, but she keeps breaking them.

her favourite thing in the world is her iPhone (really my old one).

VivaLeBeaver Sun 25-Nov-12 19:27:16

How about this.

animation studio

HappyTurquoise Sun 25-Nov-12 19:32:13

Was considering one of the bat detectors for Mr Turquoise but asked what he thought and he said he wants one that is two way which converts our speech into bat noises. hmm Not for this Christmas then.

sweetheart Sun 25-Nov-12 19:36:29

She's not very creative so I don't think she be fussed by that animation thing.

Oodthunkit Sun 25-Nov-12 20:14:25

£50 to spend on kindle books. She wanted and iPod touch and I was going to give her £50 towards one( xh doing the same) but xh is now buying it.

sweetheart Sun 25-Nov-12 21:14:39

I did find some good activity days for her like canoeing etc but I've just asked her and she says she'd rather have something to use or play with on Christmas day than getting an activity or experience type gift. confused

twolittledarlings Sun 25-Nov-12 23:30:58

My dd will be 11 on Xmas eve, she's getting an camera and iPad mini as the main presents.

Others are 5 boxes of 1000 pcs puzzle -just found out she like them.
2 boxes of sequin arts -Westie and dolphin kit
3 annuals
3 books of Fashion Angels
Clock alarm iPod dock
2 woodcraft kits from Amazon
Moshi stuff
Hair accessories

Her sister who will be 9 on 19th Dec. is getting the same stuff too

Also, both is sharing a

Ravenburger puzzlestore
Nbitz game
Bop it new one
50 books of 20 horrible histories, 20 horrible science and 10 murderous maths

rockinhippy Mon 26-Nov-12 00:10:54

I'm having the same problem with my 10 yr old - she is very grown up for her age & has just had a birthday where she got a guitar, clothes & blackberry from us & others.

She totally grown out of toys, has plenty of arts & craft stuff , TV, household iPad etc so this year it's proving really really difficult - the ONLY thing on her list so far is a Lipstick mirror for her newly decorated room - but she wants a lime green one, which so far doesn't seem to existhmm & she loves books, but is very fussy about what she reads at the moment, so not sure I could safely choose for her - same if we bought her more clothes or shoes, she's a nightmare to shop for - her GPs are looking at paying guitar lessons for her

Though I have just got her pinning stuff to a "all I want for Xmas" board on Pinterest, so I'm hopeful for my ideas that way - would that be an idea for you to try sweet ??

I am liking the look of the Animation studio though Viva she's very arty so that's something I think she would enjoy - I now just need to find out if its compatible with our computer - we are on MAC mini, which isn't listed on the ad

I had also thought of looking at metal detectors, she loves beach combing for sea glass, but I'm not sure - she is so fickle it's unrealconfused fingers crossed her pinning on Pinterest brings results

sweetheart Tue 27-Nov-12 11:30:55

Well for anyone still struggling a couple more ideas - it's looks like we'll be going with either a Unicycle or canoeing lessons.

I just order DD a hair waving thing from boots - was £80 reduced to £37 which I thought was fab and all the write ups are really good for it.

Snog Tue 27-Nov-12 19:10:50

ooh more info on the hair thing please!!

here you go.

Snog Wed 28-Nov-12 19:08:02


KateF Wed 28-Nov-12 19:16:28

dd1 was 13 a few weeks ago and is getting Converse All Stars and some spending money as her main present. She's very into performing arts and for her birthday I got tickets to "Wicked" which she loved - would tickets to something be an idea?
dd2 is 11 and is getting a portable DVD player and dd3 (8) is getting a keyboard as she wants to start piano lessons next term.
They all have some other smaller gifts and a stocking and will get main presents from their father as well so I think they'll do alright.

Marne Wed 28-Nov-12 19:19:33

DSD asked for a i-pad but she's getting a tablet instead (had to explain that £100 ws the max i was spending and she was ok with that), also got her some smellies, socks, giant cup cake mould and butterfly icing cutters (as she keeps pinching mine) and a fake cath kidston hand bag.

singingmum Wed 28-Nov-12 19:31:32

My 12yr old dd is hoping for a 3dsxl as her ds is now starting to fall apart as she's worn it out so she'll prob be havuing one.
She's difficult as well as she's into unusual stuff like skulls etc. In the past she's had an anatomy model, a skeleton(plastic were not quite that weird), an ear model and eyeball that she had to build.
She's also hoping for some converse but the prices are nasty, and she wants some hell bunny clothing which can be a pain to find that's fit.

What about a sport experience like a tour of a footie stadium or something like that.

Ihatemytoes Thu 29-Nov-12 08:55:36


Pygmy hedgehog?

Framed art print

Ice skates with membership to the nearest ice rink

Railcard/megabus voucher, if they do those, with spending money for a holiday (half term?)

I am shock at what 12 year olds are getting these days!

Dumbledoresgirl Thu 29-Nov-12 10:02:50

My 12 yo has recently discovered roller skating (I know - a bit late) so she is getting roller blades.

She is also very artistic so she asked for a several pc programs and a tablet that allow her to do fancy graphics stuff on the pc, but they have proved either too expensive or will take too long to arrive, so regretfully that will have to wait for her birthday.

Startail Thu 29-Nov-12 10:23:00

1/2 an Xbox and 1/2 a kinex.

Her almost 15 yo sister is getting the other 1/2.

She wants curling tongs and Converse for her 12 birthday which is not long after Xmas.

qo Thu 29-Nov-12 10:23:34

he's getting an x-box with kinect, she LOVES playing on my friends one

qo Thu 29-Nov-12 10:23:44


sweetheart Thu 29-Nov-12 11:21:20

OMG those hedgehogs are super cute - my kids would LOVE them! They'd both quite like pet's actually but i just can't face the trauma after dd's pet hampster died 18 months ago. It was awful, she hand fed it for about 3 days as it chose a bank holiday weekend when the vets were closed to die hmm

TurkeysDontVote4Xmas Thu 29-Nov-12 11:45:18

GHD's. I'm delighted as it will stop her nicking mine

Startail Thu 29-Nov-12 17:06:13

Oh and a hockey stick, bag to put it in and a leotard, but those are kind of in recognition of all manner of hobby related stuff DD1 has had off EBay through the year.

CanonFodder Thu 29-Nov-12 19:55:39

Quirrel...this is exactly why we have just said not our 8 year old having an iPod touch. It seems that by the time kids get to 12/13 they have everything on a plate and nothing left to want, so parents have to go to bigger and bigger extremes. Tis crazy I tell you, when we were kids we were excited about walkmen or bikes or something at 12. Bloody modern life...bah!

CanonFodder Thu 29-Nov-12 19:56:08

No To our8 yr old, sorry.

I didn;t mean to be sniffy and snobby but I do agree with you! What's wrong with five or six things for Christmas- a book, jeans, CD etc. How are you supposed to "bond" with stuff if you have to share it with 20 other things...I mean my mum says that she could only afford an LP she really really wanted every couple of months or so when she was a teen (70s), and it was such a huge deal when she got one, she treasured it and still wore it out playing it so much. And at Christmas she got mostly practical things like clothes. And she still had a million interests and loads of friends.

But then I am a total Luddite, so I don't like kids getting games consoles and things anyway! wink

Greenjellybelly123 Sun 22-Jun-14 22:18:08

My daughters getting a 22 inch tv. A kindle fire. A camera all off me. And her dads getting her an iPhone 5s and tickets to see the vamps. Her grand parents are getting her a ps4 and a docking station between the 3 of them

CharmQuark Sun 22-Jun-14 22:25:17

A 132" 3D TV, a jaccuzzi (plus outhouse to put it in and potted palms etc) , a personal visit from Justin Bieber, a chinchilla, a MacBook Pro, tickets for her and 3 friends to go to Barbados for a week, and some Uggs.

Unless she changes her mind - which 12 year olds do quite a lot over 6 months.

Still, it can all go back (except the Chinchilla) and her grandparents can maybe get a pony instead.

Or one of those micro-pigs.

But they give me the creeps a bit.

mamalovesmojitos Sat 19-Jul-14 12:25:12

I'm stuck too. My dd will be turning 11, but I'm not sure what to get her. She doesn't have a phone/iPod touch/tablet/computer/telly in room but I don't think i want to change any of that yet, she's still young. We have been gifted a pre-loved wii, she only has Just Dance but she loves that!

She has a bike already. She loves reading but is joined the library! Has toys. Maybe some art stuff or uggs....Or an 'experience' like horse riding smile.

Stocking fillers, I'm thinking stationary, slipper socks, chocolate coins, body shop fruity soaps. None of this is very original!

mamalovesmojitos Sat 19-Jul-14 12:26:07

CharmQuark you had me going there for a minute! grin

DD is 12 and is hankering after a pair of Uggs or Emu.
She knows 'not until your feet stop growing' so until now I've bought her the Costco Kirklands own brand .

She loves earrings, hair products, clothes.
She has an iPhone (she pays for), TV, laptop.

I'm sure she's been eyeing up the iPad Mini too. <<sigh>>

annabanana19 Sun 27-Jul-14 14:21:26

My 12 yr old asked for a laptop. Fine with me cos she does a lot of homework on mine which has no Microsoft and is slowly dying.

Burmama Sun 27-Jul-14 14:53:41

Get her some rock climbing lessons at your nearest climbing centre.

itsbetterthanabox Sun 27-Jul-14 16:33:44


We book a driving lesson for DS and DD twice a year (usually May and November)
Young Drivers - they need to be 11yo + (I think up to 16-17) and 5' +.

amyhamster Sun 27-Jul-14 17:22:14


amyjane93 Tue 02-Dec-14 14:55:59

Im not a mum but I was looking for present ideas for my soon to be 12 yo niece and stumbled across this page so thought id try and help!
If shes an outdoorsy type, then have a look on website menkind.co.uk its got some great stuff! My niece is outdoorsy and loves her bike so Im considering getting her these fancy lights that make shapes and patterns/animations night and day, maybe this could be good for you? I'll put the link if you think its a good idea www.menkind.co.uk/fuze-wheel-writer

SeeChooJimmy Wed 03-Dec-14 08:34:09

Dd1 (11.5) has a lenovo flex laptop and case, an lg smart tv, the new Adidas sambas, diadora as apparently they are in, fred perry polo, lacoste polo (eye watering £110 for both) 4 /5 new look outfits(can't remember exactly) ice watch, electric ball touch lamp thingy, make up and vanity case, still to get her a jacket and jimmy choo flash perfume.

From the iPad mini coveting she's promoted her sights to the iPad Air 2.

Which on on it's way to us .................

Also got her a hair drier/brush to blow-dry and straighten her long locks.

insanityscratching Wed 03-Dec-14 11:46:51

Dd's having a digital piano and lessons in the new year and then books, games and a stocking full of tat.

happsymum Wed 03-Dec-14 15:25:31

All those looking at converses and uggs - check out m&n direct.co.uk very reasonable for designer brands!!! Was a life and money saver for me last year with my designer mad partner x

MrsLindor Wed 03-Dec-14 19:04:41

Links aren't going to be much use on a thread this old.

annabanana19 Wed 03-Dec-14 20:01:06

A laptop.

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