17 year old birthday gift

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buzzpopprince Sat 06-Aug-16 21:32:05

Please help! She has asked for a an Apple Mac, I can't afford this or a reconditioned one sadgutted about this because she never asks for anything, for birthdays or Christmas bless her, the one year she does sad
Anyone got any ideas? Her dad has got her a Reading festival ticket. We will have a day out to the seaside or the evening to the theatre in the day, but not a clue what to get her as a present.

She isn't overly feminine in what she likes if that makes sense, so shoes, clothes, jewelry are all out.

She does like some make up, and that's all I can think of, but doesn't seem very special really

Any hello very much appreciated

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buzzpopprince Sat 06-Aug-16 21:32:35

Any help that should say blush

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traviata Sat 06-Aug-16 22:14:18

what is your budget?

any tesco vouchers etc?

buzzpopprince Sat 06-Aug-16 23:15:08

Max £100... No I don't have any vouchers sadly

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fairbalance Sat 06-Aug-16 23:44:30

Tablet or reconditioned Windows laptop? I picked up a lovely Dell laptop for £81 from eBay.

buzzpopprince Sun 07-Aug-16 00:23:33

She has a tablet, and is insistent it's an Apple Mac rather than a laptop that she wants. Thank you for your suggestions

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Rainbowqueeen Sun 07-Aug-16 00:43:46

Make up lesson with a professional make up artist showing her how to create different looks for day and night etc


Primaryteach87 Sun 07-Aug-16 00:51:25

Could you get her an iPad with keyboard...obvs not the same but still listening to the type of thing she wants??

buzzpopprince Sun 07-Aug-16 00:51:54

Ooh yes that might work. I bought her a book about doing smoky eyes at Christmas which she loved. Thank you!

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confuugled1 Sun 07-Aug-16 13:42:00

Could you give her the money to put in a savings fund towards getting a Mac?

Then she can add to it with any other money she gets, and again at Christmas. That way she gets something - at 17 she must know that it's an expensive ask and that you can't just magic extra money out of nowhere. And it would be really sad to spend lots on something only for her to wish that she could have waited and got what she really wanted by saving up birthday and Christmas for example.

BackforGood Sun 07-Aug-16 13:48:00

Give her money towards what she wants. If she really wants it, she will ask her Dad for money instead of tickets too, and also anyone else who normally gives her presents (Grandparents, etc.). Then at Christmas do the same - if she really wants it, she will save, and will also understand the cost / value of it when she gets it.

Allthefours Sun 07-Aug-16 13:56:44

Driving lessons? A starter few lessons within your budget. I guess this is only feasible if she is able to continue paying for lessons afterwards. It's what my DD has asked for her birthday (she turns 17 in January). She will ask family for contribution to her driving lessons as well.

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