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DD 13 hasn't no idea what she wants for Christmas, any ideas?

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imalostcause Thu 27-Nov-14 23:56:44

Money is really short this christmas (unemployed, savings used up), so I'm after ideas for Christmas gifts for dd aged 13. I'm trying to sell some stuff on eBay to finance them. Problem is dd has no idea what she wants. She doesn't really have hobbies, although enjoys reading and playing Minecraft and general computer use. She got a kindle from the family last year. She's not sporty, loves drawing, loves cats .. She already has plenty of make up and we have lots of board games. She has a wii, so I'll try and find a game for that.

I've been looking on freecycle, but there's nothing. I will look in charity shops and on eBay for suitable clothes.

Problem is we are a really small family, only one aunt and otherwise just grandparents, and they have little money, so she will have barely any presents.

Any ideas of fun things I could get her? I've tried searching on Amazon, but don't know what to look for.

EatShitDezza Thu 27-Nov-14 23:59:54


Could you get her some posh looking or professional looking drawing pencils?

You can get wii games pretty cheap on I think

kevincan70 Fri 28-Nov-14 00:05:14

Handbag. always a winner. I bought a black leather shoulder bag from John Lewis last year for £80 she still loves it now

EatShitDezza Fri 28-Nov-14 00:28:06

Oh yes handbag and purse.

My sister is 13 and I've got her a PB coat and bag. Both found in a charity shop and both with tags!

imalostcause Fri 28-Nov-14 08:13:09

Thanks smile

What is PB?

£80 is a lot more than I can afford to spend blush

Handbag and purse are good ideas, I'll have a look.

imalostcause Fri 28-Nov-14 08:14:23

She has posh pencils as she's doing art at gcse so we had to order them through school.

anyoldname76 Fri 28-Nov-14 08:29:32

Roller boots? I managed to get a brand new pair still in the box for 20 off fb.

gingerbreadmam Fri 28-Nov-14 08:50:17

tk maxx had some pauls boutique bags in for ariund 25 i think. boots black friday have a large jack wills set including bag on sale.

website called forever21 sell teen clothes at good prices. new look sale is always worth a look too. what about onesie and slipper boots? microwave hottie? girls night in kit with dvd popcorn fizzy pop? face mask? conditioning mask? if u have a home bargains or bnm nearby will get cheap things in there to go in it?

thats entertainment do second hand dvds and cds very cheap with free delivery. theyre all checked to be in working order. can get 5 for £5 on some. they may do wii games too so worth a look.

hope that helps.

if you could find a bargain on ebay what about some kickers or dr martens? my niece is into those. usc also do converse in their sale at good prices.

gingerbreadmam Fri 28-Nov-14 08:58:27

hope that helps.

HolgerDanske Fri 28-Nov-14 09:40:13

I got my girls a gift bag each last year with lots of lovely lotions and potions in and some nail varnish, earrings, etc. Used boots 3 for 2 and other deals. The creams were nothing fancy, just bits and bobs that they are starting to need that i would have got for them anyway, but all in one go instead - so face wipes, make up remover, hand creams, lip balm, cleanser, toner, moisturiser, body lotion, bath cream, etc.

Plus 3 for 2 on earring sets in Claire's. 3 for 2 on nail varnish.

They really loved it and both seemed very pleased with it, maybe because it's a bit more grown up to have proper sets of everything. But mine are slightly older (18 and 15 last year), maybe she's not quite at that stage yet?

Otherwise a nice satchel bag and a purse. You can get fox or owl or other ones off amazon or ebay for not much money.

Nice new hat and scarf?

A journal?

Slipper boots and a microwaveable 'hottie' for cosy winter nights.

I'd probably try to pick her up a selection of books from charity shops - I know she has a kindle but real books are special smile I'd just go in every few days over the next month and pick up the odd few here and there to make up a little library.

HolgerDanske Fri 28-Nov-14 09:41:24

Also rather than free cycle try your local Facebook buy, swap and sell page. They're usually quite good.

gingerbreadmam Fri 28-Nov-14 09:44:35

boots do soap and glory minis on theyre 3 for 2. these are lovely and girly you could get a few things for 5a. i got my niece a hand cream body spray and hand gel to keep in hr school bag.

imalostcause Fri 28-Nov-14 09:45:05

Thanks, some great ideas. Thanks for the links too, sounds good, I'll take a look.

HolgerDanske Fri 28-Nov-14 09:49:52

Oh also I got those body sprays that teenage girls seem to love. A set of four or five, but I don't buy the gift sets as they are more expensive for less of it - I just buy the single ones.

Ffacoffipawb Fri 28-Nov-14 10:11:31

The 'How to draw' books are great for budding artists, and are relatively cheap.

PesoPenguin Fri 28-Nov-14 10:14:20

Only on mn would an £80 handbag be considered a budget present!

I'd head to Primark op, last year I got dniece a handbag and matching purse plus some costume jewellery for less than 10, plus they have lovely thick blankets to bulk up the pile as well as all sorts of little bits and novelty items.

RJnomore Fri 28-Nov-14 10:17:16

I'd do a hamper op. Lidl had cellophane for 99p, a shoebox covered in Xmas paper, shred some coloured paper, pack it out with makeup/jewellery/art/foodie bits, whatever she would prefer, and cellophane up, add curling ribbon etc.

RJnomore Fri 28-Nov-14 10:19:37

Oh I'd check boots 3 for 2 gift sets, soap n glory, 17, fearne etc and open them to make the hamper (if you went with that type of thing) add some bits from pound land the works maybe book people - there are always free book people delivery codes on the bargain thread.

gingerbreadmam Fri 28-Nov-14 10:20:10

ahh yes impulse currently on offer in superdrug for £1. good luck lots of lovely ideas there.

HolgerDanske Fri 28-Nov-14 10:31:30

Another thing you could do is pack up a movie night hamper. It could either be for her and you to share one evening, or for her to share with friends on a sleepover or late night.

Box wrapped in Christmas paper. Popcorn, favourite snacks, drinks, new DVDs, etc.

You could do several hampers ondifferent themes for the two of you to share, maybe? That way you are giving her the gift of time with you as well smile

ATailofTwoKitties Fri 28-Nov-14 10:52:17

Arty, non-sporty DD loves this letter stencil set. It seemed a bit pricey to me at around £10 but has been used over and over.

How about things that she might use anyway for art (canvas board, plaster of paris, table easel, bits of different paper and fabric) then at least you aren't paying twice?

Oh, and a Simon's Cat book, if she hasn't got them? Or Calvin and Hobbes, for larger-style cat.

MsAspreyDiamonds Fri 28-Nov-14 13:37:17

How about a cineworld gift box? For twenty pounds you get a voucher for 2 tickets, drinks, snacks and popcorn for two people. Not bad for the price and it would make a nice night out in the future.

imalostcause Fri 28-Nov-14 14:33:58

Nice idea, but because we have no cinema nearby they don't tend to go alone yet with friends, we go as a family. I will bear that in mind for the future though.

Like the stencil set smile

Starfishiecloverhv Fri 28-Nov-14 19:19:35

Some Art stuff - pens, crayons, paints, books etc
Hobbycraft have some lovely Kirsty allsop crafting kits for around £15 each
Nail varnish
slipper boots
Lush box - can get the small ones for a tenner
A onsie
Perfume - celebrity ones are reasonably priced
earrings or other jewellery from somewhere like claires or accessorize
Any CD's or DVD's she might like to watch. Amazon have the Sabrina the teenage witch boxset - a bit retro I know

OftheTwilighttheDarkness Fri 28-Nov-14 19:31:40

If your dd likes David and Goliath clothes I have medium t- shirt I would be happy to send you. It has only been worn once or twice so in good condition. Pm me if you are interested.

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