My nieces are nice girls with a rather controlling mum who likes suitable presents that she considers nice and appropriate. I don't want to rock the boat (too much ), but this year I am not going to ask what they want and be directed to a specific page of the Boden catelogue or told to buy a specific game.
What can I buy? I have recently given books. I want something that while not totally inappropriate, will be really appreciated by the girls, but not necessarily something that their mum would buy. I was thinking of High School Musical DVD perhaps for the older one. I think make up etc would definitely be a step too far.
They do some lovely High School Musical Bits now. Bedding, bags, books, clothes etc. For the younger one how about some dressing up clothes. My little girl loves dressing up still and she eight!! here is a link for you
I think I might give the little one some extra money for her savings, but with a small pressie too.
The mum is a nightmare to buy for too - doesn't like books, limited taste re CDs, doesn't like cooking so kitchen stuff is out...she is only a few years older than me, but is of a different generation. Ah well, at least she makes me feel young (and a bit naughty with my wayward tastes!
I know HSM gets recommeded a lot, but it might not always be the answer. My DD who is 6 has watched it but isn't interested. Lots of little girls are obsessed but equally I know quite a few mums who will not entertain it or Hannah Montana, definitely some who would find it more distasteful than cosmetics.
When people ask what my DCs want I quite often tell them something specific, although I would be thrilled if they chose something else or didn't ask me in the first place. It isn't about being controlling, it's about trying to make life easy for people. I will be plagueing my SIL until she tells me EXACTLY what 14 year old DN wants and when she does I'll see that as helpful rather than controlling - perhaps that's what the mmum in this case is doing?