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Stuck for (almost) 11 year old dd

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Llamacorn Fri 29-Sep-17 18:37:28

She's really not into toys any more, I have 3 dds and have pretty much everything we can think of. HAve craft kits, arts, books, games, Lego etc coming out of our ears. Got lots of tech too.
Besides a few Harry Potter funko pops, I'm at a loss for the first time ever!
Any wonderous ideas?

iwantavuvezela Fri 29-Sep-17 18:39:53

Well I am going to lurk here as I have an almost 11 year old DD as well. I am thinking of getting her one of those old school (now relaunched) Nokia phones.

I could do her a box of "making slime" ingredients.

But that is all I have on my list!

Llamacorn Fri 29-Sep-17 18:41:54

Oh dear we have a slime making fanatic here too!
We have everything for it (unfortunately!) but a box for your dd would be good, my dd loves adding those little foam balls to hers and lots of glitter. Oh, iridescent plastic paper made a good unicorn slime apparently hmm

Ttbb Fri 29-Sep-17 18:49:45

Clothes? Are there any books that she wanted to read soon? Stationary. Bath bombs. Smelly candles. Pyjamas. Does she have any hobbies that you could indulge-a new tennis racket or sheet music? Do they do smackers in the U.K.? A nice necklace?

OhMrDarcy Fri 29-Sep-17 18:49:49

Snap! Am at a loss this year. So far I have water balloons (those self sealing ones) and a lava lamp on the list. Lots of stuff she needs but nothing she'd be pleased to open on the day, so not great for presents really. What she wants is a laptop and a horse, neither of which is going to happen!

Llamacorn Sat 30-Sep-17 05:51:21

Such a difficult age, isn't it?
Thanks for ideas so far, she'd probably like some clothes but I don't particularly feel they are a present iykwim.
Her rooms just been done & she has a new desk so has lots of stationary & room decor etc. She has a pile of books next to her bed for current reading. She is a gymnast but has everything possible for that.
Pyjamas always welcome, get them every Christmas. Are smackers the lip balms? We have a few of those but she has mentioned eos lip balm so will get some of those for her stocking.
I'm really hoping for a lightbulb idea!!

welliesandsequins Sat 30-Sep-17 06:12:57

I also have a nearly 11 year old dd. I was thinking of a cheap got bit type thing or a digital watch. Actually if anyone has any recommendations for a pedometer I would be really grateful!
Something to play with outside: bike, hula hoop, skateboard, net ball goal?
I know my dd will ask for books, model ponies and anything to do with Harry Potter.
Clothes that she doesn't need but would absolutely love?
I did my dd a sleepover kit once. Pjs, sleeping bag, alarm clock, electric toothbrush, etc. It just sort of evolved but she loved it.

shouldwestayorshouldwego Sat 30-Sep-17 06:23:57

I am thinking about giving mine some fairy houses and accessories like this and letting them do some town planning in a plant pot. If they enjoy it then we can add to it in future years or do some related craft (e.g.fimo mushrooms etc.).

ja9r Sat 30-Sep-17 06:53:30



ja9r Sat 30-Sep-17 06:53:45

Tickets for a show?

wobblywonderwoman Sat 30-Sep-17 06:57:28

An alarm clock with projector
A nice lamp for her room
Vouchers for day out
Liz Earl cleanse and polish

Nothing wrong with clothes esp if brands you would not normally spend on

Acidophilus Sat 30-Sep-17 06:58:38

iPod shuffle
Radio for her room
Harry Potter jewellery - I got an amazing charm bracelet from Etsy
Laptop (useful for secondary school)
Penny board skateboard
Hair straightened/curlers
Polaroid camera (the fun colourful ones called something like Instamax)

imip Sat 30-Sep-17 06:59:39

Dd is the same age. She got a desk when she started year 6, so I was thinking if getting her a nice stapler, bulldog clips etc. I was thinking also about a blue tooth speaker for her room - she can run it through her Amazon fire tablet she got last year. HP pjs, books, and clothes.

I've 4 dds and she is my eldest. Once they all stop believing in FC, i will stick to the 'something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read.

ChangingStates Sat 30-Sep-17 07:21:03

Have a 10.5 yr old dd and also struggling. Have decided to get her a laptop for her 11th bday but a bit lost for xmas. Some lush products, books and then... blank....
Maybe a zoo experience, or theatre tickets or similar kind of thing?

Hayesking Sat 30-Sep-17 07:30:55


Oh2beatsea Sat 30-Sep-17 10:47:10

I have an almost 10 year old and I've got her an Amazon Echo (the tall one) from QVC. It's a speaker, you can ask it questions etc.
Last year I bought her a nice diary and filled it with experiences. Tickets to things, milkshake vouchers, horse riding lesson etc. She really liked it.

Llamacorn Sat 30-Sep-17 11:18:20

Some fantastic ideas here, thanks everyone!
We've decided we are going to get her a laptop as her main, although we have tons of tech and things here, this would be her own and she can us it for schoolwork, homework (always powerpoints and online homework these days!) and will get her sims also as she likes that at her friends house.

Still need lots of other ideas though so keep them coming 😁
She would really like a Fitbit, but I'm not 100% sure if I'd like her to be so focused on something like that just now, especially being in gymnatics a lot of the girls are overly health conscious and worried about their weight so I don't want to be encouraging that. I may look into it more and make a definite decision though.
She has an iPhone (big sis gave her an old one) so she has music accounts, pedometer etc on that too. We have Sonos round the house so no use for speakers.

The fairy garden is so cute, wouldn't be dd2s style but I've definitely put it on dd3s list.

Skincare is a good idea actually, and I hadn't thought of straighteners/curlers for her as I have some as does big sis but she'd probably like her own.

Just looked at Harry Potter charm bracelet and she'd love it!! 100% getting that.

I wanted to get her tickets to wicked but it's all sold out, I'm disabled so it's hard to get to some places. Just found an alpaca farm near me that lets you walk the alpacas - she'd be over the moon with that! (And her dad can take her)

She'd love to go to the Harry Potter studio tours but we'd have to get flights/accommodation so that's maybe something we can do for her birthday, or a family trip next year.

I look at some clothes too that I wouldn't usually buy, she'd like some ck crop tops so they're on the list too.

Thank you all so much!! This is brilliant I've gone from not a single idea to having quite a few now flowers

Doseydots Sat 30-Sep-17 14:42:41

I am making my 11 year old dd a voucher book. I did one last year, I printed off blank vouchers from a website (I can't remember the name now). I filled them in with things like getting out of the washing up, breakfast in bed, an extra large picknmix, a late night, her choice for tea. She loved these and has asked for some again this year.

Also I bought her a large 'grown up' purse and filled it with gift cards for primark, smiggles and Superdrug, I printed off a photo of me and her to put in it. She loved this too.

A 'grown up' handbag with an umbrella, body spray' mirror, notebook and nail file to put in it.

It's a fine line for them, they are between children and teenagers. Part of them still wants to play with their toys and part of them wants to grow up.

ChangingStates Sat 30-Sep-17 20:56:50

Really like the idea of a purse with gift cards- could ask family to give some to put in there too. She's asked for heelies but I think she'll just fall over all the time, lack of coordination

iwantavuvezela Sat 30-Sep-17 22:33:25

I see the third of the Harry Potter illustrated books are out, DD has the first two so will get her the third one (prisoner of Azkaban. ) about £15 on Amazon.

Heathen4Hire Sat 30-Sep-17 22:40:54

My 11yo goes potty for stationary and accessories. We like Paperchase and Smiggle. She also lives Funko Pops and is getting into darker stuff like gothic. She has been hoovering up Tim Burton movies and Neil Gaiman books right now. She also loves Lemony Snickett books.
Dd likes geek: Stranger Things, comic books, Star Wars, Marvel films, computer games...but also odd coloured nail varnish and temporary tattoos.
It's the bridge to puberty, a very confusing time for her and us!

Boffered1 Sat 30-Sep-17 23:26:54

I have an 11 year old gymnast DD too. She's eyeing up leotards already!! I'm going to suprise her with tickets to the 2018 british championship which she will love. They go on sale November if that might interest your DD

Boffered1 Sat 30-Sep-17 23:40:31

Also USC has CK kids crop tops on offer. I think we have a very similar DD smile

CakeNinja Sun 01-Oct-17 20:45:36

One of my dds favourite presents from last year was a hair styling head! She comes with a G-clamp to fit to a dressing table and any other surface.
She uses it loads, is really into testing our lots of styles and then does them on her own head. And mine sometimes!

Ladydepp Sun 01-Oct-17 21:35:11

@CakeNinja - my dd would love a hair styling head, do you remember where you got yours?

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