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

(60 Posts)
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!

Katz Sun 03-Nov-13 16:05:56

Me to, dd1 has no ideas and its just been her birthday

AlfalfaMa Sun 03-Nov-13 16:09:46

Guitar, iPod, kindle, amazon/iTunes/H&M vouchers?
Stationery, underwear, books, dvds, toiletries (maybe time to introduce a skincare routine if not already)

I haven't a clue what to get dd1 (14) sad she has iTouch/kindle etc already, and she likes choosing her own clothes too. Will probably just have to get her vouchers, no fun..

Theimpossiblegirl Sun 03-Nov-13 16:11:26

I have 2 Dds in this age bracket and so far the lists include:
Hudl or other tablet (they know we can't stretch to ipads)
Foot Spa
Make-up
Smellies
CDs
Clothes (in voucher form)
Hair stuff
Surprises
I suggest you have a look on the bargain threads, I've saved a small fortune there.

moldingsunbeams Sun 03-Nov-13 16:12:16

my dd is nearly 11 is getting a samsung tab 2 from me and a furby boom from my parents.

She is sciencey so will get some of the science museum/Guinness world record stuff from sainsbury's.

Otherwise not a clue.

AlfalfaMa Sun 03-Nov-13 16:13:11

Oh, my best idea so far is the Les Miserables soundtrack, she worked on the school production and has been youtubing the songs ever since.
I know she'd love a ghd, but I'm reluctant to let her fry her beautiful naturally curly hair - have been saying no way for about three years now!

Takver Sun 03-Nov-13 16:15:45

If it helps I could buy dd Christmas presents 3 x over grin She will be getting / would like some subset of the following:

- new bike (not going to happen, but her old one is daftly too small - maybe birthday in the spring)
- phone (I think this will actually be her main present - we did think about getting her one for starting 2ndary, but she wasn't interested then)
- sewing basket (probably going to suggest this to gps, then we can do bits & pieces to go in it in stocking)
- sewing pattern + fabric & notions (this will fall down the list to birthday unless any aunties ask for hints!)
- wood carving tools + some nice bits of wood
- a larger swiss army knife (she's currently got a teeny one, would like a slightly bigger 'proper' one)
- books (already got 'I'd tell you I love you but then I'd have to kill you' and a couple of crafty books, thinking about getting the Hunger Games trilogy which is on offer at the book people at a fiver for all three, she's read them all but did like them a lot)
- This book which I think will be a joint prezzie for Dh & dd plus a silly card game ditto grin
- a suitably cozy hoodie or winter jumper

If anyone with a big budget was buying she (and I!) would like a lego mindstorms robot grin

NorbertDentressangle Sun 03-Nov-13 16:17:16

DD will be 14 just before Xmas and I have no idea what to get her either.

For her birthday or Xmas the only things I've got for her so far are a few small bits like slipper boots, chunky knitted scarf, GBBO book, necklace etc.

Previous years she's had an ipod dock/speaker/alarm thing and a small, basic sewing machine.

Takver Sun 03-Nov-13 16:18:49

Forgot about guitar + teach-yourself book, which I know she would like, would like some lessons also

She'd also like a skimboard but more a birthday thing as not great in winter!

I reckon my dd needs a job, not christmas pressies !!!

Mine wants Risk - also considering the European version of Ticket to Ride between her and her sister.

My sister bought dd1 (14 then) an Estee Lauder eyeliner last year - huge success!

Footspa is a good idea!

Watercoulour set
Note books and pens
bangles
Fluffy socks from Joules
Slanket grin

dingit Sun 03-Nov-13 16:38:31

Dd has a birthday coming up (15th)

She has a penguin jumper and fleecy lined leggings from Primark.
Cookie Monster slippers
Taylor Swift Perfume that came with a free handbag.
Made up the rest with an ITunes voucher.

So Christmas

Main pressie probably her bedroom madeover.

Hunger Games trilogy
cath kidston make your own rag doll ( so she uses her sewing machine)
Make up set from Avon with clutch evening bag.
Nivea minis set
Watercolour paints
Post it note set in wallet ( for revisingsmile)
Penguin furry hat.
Snitch necklace with watch ( idea pinched from Xmas thread)

Looks good listed, but am most likely to add a few bits, plus selection box.

NorbertDentressangle Sun 03-Nov-13 17:13:37

dingit - thanks for the idea about the Cath Kidston make your own rag doll book kit - I've just ordered one for DD.

I bought her the make-your-own bag kit a year or so ago and she loved it.

dingit Sun 03-Nov-13 17:21:00

My dd had the make a bag one too. They are great value! I've just flicked through the book, and you can make lovely clothes for the doll! Happy days!

NorbertDentressangle Sun 03-Nov-13 17:26:38

BTW Amazon and the Book Depository have the rag doll one for £8.41 (free p&P) if anyone is interested

DownstairsMixUp Sun 03-Nov-13 17:32:13

I don't have teen girls but i'm still young (ish) enough to remember the things i loved! (or would of loved now) little lip balms as i got dry lips in the winter to take to school, little minis like mini deodrants and body sprays to go in my school bag as well, them fold up brushes with the mirror to i always liked to have (i was a vain girl) I loved hot chocolate to but liked it when my dad chose a mug to suit me and he'd put in two sachets of hot chocolate, marshmellows and a shot of baileys as a treat on xmas day to have. I can imagine if i was a teen now (didnt have them then) i'd have liked a kobo e-reader as i liked books.

MARGUERITE18 Sun 03-Nov-13 18:07:15

dd 15 had a phone, decopatch kit and pandora bracelet charm last yr, yr before was a photoshoot experience, urban decay makeup and opi nail varnish and yr before was a camera, build a bear and clothes.

This year she has asked for 3 dvd boxsets, some framed film cells, a bag to carry her dogs deposits(dicky bag), clothes (hollister and american apparel), and a new pandora charm smile

MARGUERITE18 Sun 03-Nov-13 18:09:44

what about some drawing anime and manga books? china glaze or nails inc christmas sets, a magazine subscription? top of the pops? a dog sponsorship?, driving experience etc

beauty box subscriptions are good and glossybox do a teen one

spottymoo Sun 03-Nov-13 18:11:35

Dd aged 11 has got

iPhone
Hifi with docking station for phone
Dr martens in bright pink
Jack wills hoody
Biker style leather jacket
Jack wills ear muffs
Perfume set
Ted baker smelleys
Ted baker make up set
Necklace with her initial on
Lava lamp
Owl handbag

Stocking has
Jack wills socks
Chocolates
Umbrella
Body spray
Coca cola lip balms
Water bottle
Small cupcake cook book

Dd is 11 3/4 come christmas

RhondaJean Sun 03-Nov-13 18:22:49

My dd is 14 just after Xmas and between birthday and Xmas she's getting

Money (boring but must be done, for her to get new clothes in the sales)

An electric guitar, and all the bits and bobs she needs for it
Original Nintendo Gameboy and the full set of Pokemon games for it (got them all for £80 from eBay)
Pokemon trainer kit and several Pokemon teddies
Poizen industries hoodie
A few band t shirts - unfortunately she likes obscure bands which means American import t shirts at silly prices
A couple of steampunk blouses and a skirt
Several DVD box sets
A big pile of books - she loves reading
iTunes card
New bedding
Bliss skincare products
Bath sets and makeup kits
I need to get new converse or vans for her and a new pair of docs for school, plain black, the docs might wait til after Xmas as they are school shoes.
Tickets to go see one of her favourite obscure bands.

Lots of other little bits and bob I have picked up as we went along. I like shopping for her.

Marne Sun 03-Nov-13 18:36:37

Dsd keeps on about a satchel bag (a brightly coloured one), there seems to be quite a few in the shops, she also pointed out some Dr Martin type boots when we went shopping last weekend.

AphraBane Sun 03-Nov-13 19:03:50

Ooh brilliant, a 'prezzies for teenage and tween girls' thread is just what I need for DD1 15 and DD2 11.

DD1 main: either Kindle or iPod (her old iPod is now 6 years old, which must be a record for a Nano)

DD2 main: phone (reasonably good smartphone but from a lesser known firm, so it only costs 100 euros.)

Extra for both of them (and for me too because they're too young to go unaccompanied): tickets to see One Republic in Feb.

Stocking fillers (almost all of these things were from a Euro Shop and hence cost, unsurprisingly, a euro):
Wooden photo frame in a colour to match their room - I'll insert a family photo from this year's holiday.
Nail stickers
Assorted hair bobbles and clips
Berry scented nail polish remover pads
Soft curlers (the ones made of foam)
Gold and silver pens
Multicoloured paper clips
Pins for sticking on a notice board in the shape of bees/ducks (v. cute)
Transparent min stapler and staples
Glittery patterned stickers for laptops/phones
A bag of three mini star-shaped bath bombs
A 'multifunctional tube shawl' (works as a bandana or a headscarf or neckscarf or hair bobble)
A v. cheap iPod USB cable
Pack of 4 mini highlighter pens
Leg warmers (currently seem to be having a resurgence of coolness among DD2's friends)

In previous years I've gone for nail varnish in wild colours, but they've honestly both got ridiculous amounts of the stuff now. I'll probably add a few more smellies closer to the time. There are always gold coins and an orange and some nuts. On another thread someone mentioned various hot chocolate sachets, which will go down well chez Aphra. And that's it.

Hi Takver, re what you wrote here - a larger swiss army knife (she's currently got a teeny one, would like a slightly bigger 'proper' one) Please be careful if you get a 'real' SAN from a company like Victorinox - they're effing sharp. When I was on holiday this summer I was cutting an apple with the blade, hand slipped and blade sliced into little finger really deeply. I was immensely lucky there was no nerve damage, that my daughter is first-aid trained and we had a first-aid kit with us, and that we were able to get to a doctor relatively quickly to get it stitched. Even so, three months later I can't bend it without pain. The doctor amused me greatly (not) by telling me the story of a guy in Vienna who somehow managed to fatally stab himself with a tiny SAN hmm.

Takver Sun 03-Nov-13 20:58:03

A good small present for this age - dd was recently given a ball of this wool + matching kneedles. One ball of wool knits up into the most amazing scarf very, very quickly, its remarkable stuff.

Aphra - dd does have a 'proper' knife - she does a lot of whittling and carving, wood carving tools are also very sharp - but I'm definitely of the 'best to have a sharp knife and use it properly' school, so many injuries are also caused by blunt knives that slip . . .

AlfalfaMa Sun 03-Nov-13 21:17:17

Yikes Aphra shock
Sounds like something I'd do.

And yes to oranges etc to pad out stockings.. Mine always get about a kilo of mandarins between them (cue lots of "ANOTHER mandarin!") and a few of those little lunchbox packets of Oreos and some 100% fruit bars from health food shop. Will also get some Bombay mix for dd1 this year, she loves the stuff.

I love the sewing box/sewing kits ideas; must get one for dd2, she's only 8 but goes to a sewing after school class that she loves so they'd be a sure hit. Has anyone seen any nice, reasonable ones?

I got dd1 a lovely backgammon set from Hamleys when she was 11 or 12, then had great fun teaching her and whooping her ass, then getting mine whooped to play over christmas smile
Will be getting a chess set for dd2 this year, but she'll have to teach me to play..

dingit Sun 03-Nov-13 21:26:17

I got dds from next, but they haven't got it this year. John Lewis have some nice bits.

AphraBane Sun 03-Nov-13 21:36:35

Takver, I appreciate that, I agree with you that it's a good idea to get kids used to danger gradually rather than leaving them wide open to it all at once. But DD2 also has a child's carving knife, complete with its own whetstone, which is excellent for carving wood, yet is way less sharp than my Victorinox. More importantly, the wood carving knife fits neatly into a child's hand with a well-formed handle and has that cross bar (what's the technical term?) to stop the hand slipping down the blade. The Victorinox is certainly small and compact (I bought it for hiking trips), but it's extremely uncomfortable to use and, as I've found out, the consequences are pretty bad if it goes wrong. It's certainly a shit knife for carving wood, as we discovered this summer when making walking sticks. But hey, we all have different levels of acceptable risk. And I'll stop derailing a Christmas present thread now!

bestbefore Sun 03-Nov-13 21:41:52

Takver....wool looks lovely...what size needles do you need? Tia

Takver Sun 03-Nov-13 22:25:09

They're 7mm needles, bestbefore. Its inspired, you only have to do 7 stitches per row, and it grows very quickly, so perfect for less-than-patient 11 year olds!

VivaLeBeaver Sun 03-Nov-13 22:28:23

Drum kit
Ps3 game
Minecraft book
Minecraft lego
Earrings
Books
Glitter nail varnish
Fox satchel
Funky hat with ears
Soap and glory face powder....it's really light but slightly bronzing and a bit glittery.
Some Lush stuff.

VivaLeBeaver Sun 03-Nov-13 22:31:07

Oh and despicable me 2 on DVD

dingit Mon 04-Nov-13 07:48:26

Viva, where did you get the fox satchel please?

moldingsunbeams Mon 04-Nov-13 08:44:05

Superdry have some really bright satchels but we got one for £20 from a boutique type shop that is lovely.

Takver Mon 04-Nov-13 09:16:40

I know dd would like a satchel, too - I think they're definitely popular with that age group.

Theimpossiblegirl Mon 04-Nov-13 09:51:11

I've seen some lovely satchels in TKMaxx and on Ebay.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 04-Nov-13 17:44:42

Paperchase have a fox satchel which dd likes and I've also got her one from eBay.

ebay

paperchase

Have just realised the eBay one is an owl not a fox.

dingit Mon 04-Nov-13 18:27:16

I heart that paper chase one!

bestbefore Mon 04-Nov-13 22:32:09

Thanks

AuntieStella Wed 06-Nov-13 17:16:13

Here's a parallel teen/tween boys thread which might be worth reading too, as there's a high level of cross-over.

AuntieStella Wed 06-Nov-13 17:17:56

I got one of the TK Maxx satchels for DD today (and managed to remember to hide it before she came home). A good recommendation, thanks.

Earlybird Wed 06-Nov-13 21:11:54

It is good to get the wheels turning as ideas are posted here.

Yesterday I found a little cross-the-body bag with a special pocket for a phone. It comes in a cheery print fabric, so hopefully she'll like it.

This is not an easy age. <understatement>

sadsometimes Wed 06-Nov-13 22:34:10

Thank goodness for this thread. Dd2 now has a ball of wool for Xmas

Really can't think of anything else!

Her 14 year old sister will be getting a lens for her camera, necklace with her name on and clothes. Her birthday is in a couple of weeks and she is getting posh riding boots, Silver Brumby book, some make up.

dingit Thu 07-Nov-13 08:07:06

Lol at the ball of wool. ( my dd is getting one too)
Just added a couple of cheapies

Hair turban from Primark £1
Posh John Frieda hair stuff ( blonde) £4 ( that she would use anyway!)

May raid Primark for some more cheapies, unfortunately this doesn't work quite so well for ds.

sadsometimes Thu 07-Nov-13 09:56:13

Dithering over the sewing machine. Could be a big hit or a disappointment confused

stressedHEmum Thu 07-Nov-13 10:38:53

DD will be 14 a few days after Christmas. She's not getting nearly as much as others on here but this is what she''ll have between both days

a whispering dragon
some bits and bobs of cheapy jewelry
some homemade earrings
vampire diaries DVDs
home knitted frilly scarf - a bit like the one above in purples/lilacs
hand monogrammed hankies in lilac and purple
knitted wrist warmers
nice mug with snowman soup
kindle
sweets
toiletries that she needs anyway
voucher for local hair/eyebrow wax place
bigger violin

sadsometimes Thu 07-Nov-13 11:15:22

My dd is 14 a few days before Xmas and isn't getting as much as that, I feel mean now! What's a whispering dragon?

stressedHEmum Thu 07-Nov-13 16:01:16

A Whispering Dragon is one f those earrings that wrap around your hear so that it looks like the dragon is whispering to you. Like this.

most of her stuff is made by me. She may or may not get the kindle, depending on how the money goes, she might just get some new Pjs and a couple of books, instead. Depends how things pan out with the 5 of them. Voucher will just be a tenner one to pay for her regular brow and lip waxblush. I always feel really mean when I read these threads

She is likely to get only the violin for her birthday with a couple of charity shop books and an hm bookmark with some nice text on it.

dingit Thu 07-Nov-13 16:57:50

They sound great presents Stressed. We don't spend anywhere near what some spend. Last year was the most ever, as dd got a kindle fire, and ds a bike. But we don't spend just for the sake of it, and they seem happy enough.

Iamanorangesmartie Thu 07-Nov-13 17:21:01

I've got my 14 yr old niece some jelly belly bamboozle beans. A bit like Russian roulette with jelly beans, some interesting flavours not to get, like vomit and dog food. Good for a stocking I thought

sadsometimes Thu 07-Nov-13 19:26:37

I was so unsure about the sewing machine that I asked her in a roundabout way if she would like one. She thinks it would be amazing grin so thank you so much.

Earlybird Sun 10-Nov-13 21:25:45

As we're all casting about for ideas: I've been meaning to post that one of dd's favourite gifts last year was an electric piano keyboard, along with a beginner's book of Disney movie theme songs. She mentioned yesterday that it was one of her best gifts ever.

OodaresingingoftheDoctorDonna Sun 10-Nov-13 21:37:28

Dd1&2 are getting a popcorn maker and flavourings/corn/bags etc.
Dd1 is getting a new phone for her birthday.
Both are getting cinema vouchers.

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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