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#1 busymum01

Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:54 PM

This shouldn't be this hard. My daughter has no 'real' interests - she pots around dabbling in all sorts but has never really been passionate about something. Her brothers on the other hand always know what they like or want...

So for DD for Christmas I have her a couple of the little sets of Friend's Lego (admittedly I bought these for someone else but they already had them), some Kikki K/Smiggle bits, a Junior Masterchef slice kit, a few books and a small hair dryer and well that's it.

I know that those alone would probably suffice but there's nothing there that I know will have her jumping out of her skin in excitement. Please share with me, what are you giving your tween girls for Christmas?

#2 sammyv

Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:59 PM

We are looking at a Ipod or a digital photo frame, she got a camera last year.



#3 Expelliarmus

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:01 PM

A 12 and 11yo here:
iTunes gift cards
Hair straightener and curler
Hunger Games books and stationery
One Direction paraphernalia
Glow in the Dark Geleeze
Nailpolish and make up
Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds Board games

I fully anticipate the 1D pillow will make the excitement levels rise   tongue.gif

#4 Therese

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:03 PM

One direction anything would be a hit with my 9 and 12 year olds.

What about a camera ?

#5 wildflowers

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:05 PM

Lego Friends
Our Australian Girl books
Sea Monkeys
Gift Card

My DD is 11 and doesnt have a main interest either.  She does love horse riding and dogs.  What about a membership to an online game she might like.

#6 kadoodle

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:06 PM

Skateboard
Remote control spider
Couple of books
Clothes
Some choccies

#7 girltribe4

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:07 PM

Similar to your 11yr old mine is getting Lego but there was a large city police station she wanted .
She is also getting a new Ipod touch , a guitar tuner and a music stand .

I bought her a tub of clay & some tools but think I may save that for her 12th birthday in March.

#8 Carmen02

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:09 PM

my almost 11yr old is getting a PSP and games for christmas, how would she like a gift card to go pick out things herself?? my DD would adore that.

#9 Expelliarmus

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:13 PM

I forgot the jewellery. Cheap and cheerful from Target and Diva.

#10 busymum01

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:15 PM

Thanks for the suggestions so far - we bought an iPod touch for her for Christmas last year so perhaps a dock or something might be a good idea for that....

Totally agree with the PP'er who suggested the guitar, however she is learning at school so we have that covered and I know it's AWFUL but I shudder when my family give our kids gift cards because DD always, without a doubt, spends hers on *&%$^%% (not so great stuff).

She loves to get in the kitchen and have a go but has not much of an idea (for her bday in November I gave  her the cooking school cookbook for kids. Perhaps I could do up a box of pretty cupcake cases and cake decorating bits and bobs.

One  Direction is also a huge hit. Though I've no idea where to buy any of their merchandise.  unsure.gif

#11 Frau Farbissina

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:16 PM

Would she like something like her own fish bowl and a fish? Perhaps a beautiful Siamese fighting fish?

[Obviously giving pets for Christmas is often a big no no but I think a fish is not too intense to look after at that age, and I guess if it doesn't interest her, you'd only do it if you were prepared to continue looking after it yourself]

#12 Expelliarmus

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:21 PM

http://www.onedirectionstore.com.au/

If you happen to be in Adelaide ... http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/entertainmen...u-1226528006801
There is one in Sydney until Dec 31st as well.

Target had a bunch of stuff but I think it's probably sold out in most stores now.

Edited by howdo, 14 December 2012 - 08:22 PM.


#13 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:26 PM

My 11 yo is into One Direction too. They have their merchandise at Target (some gorgeous cushions for the bed and lots of stationery)

Some of what she is getting (some are shared gifts with her 9yo sister)

Smiggle (most favourite shop)
Furby
Jewelry Boutique
Karaoke
Soda Stream
Underwater camera
Torch (for upcoming camping trip)
Sketch pad

Edited by ~THE~MAGICIAN~, 14 December 2012 - 08:58 PM.


#14 mumto3princesses

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:30 PM

I saw pencil cases and notebooks etc either at Kmart or Target. Mine only like their music and not really them as such so I didn't pay too much attention. It was a whole small shelf of one Direction stuff.

My 13yr old loves Hunger Games and is getting a notebook, bookmark and the pin. One of her sisters is giving her some nice earphones for her ipod which had some bling of some sort on it from Gloss. All 3 of my girls want some nail polish from Gloss that is meant to change colour depending on mood. DD#1 is also getting stuff to decorate her room with like a new quilt, some ornaments and lamp.

#15 mintpatty

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:31 PM

My 10 year old is getting (not all from us)

Books
Smiggle night light
Rubiks Cube
Body Shop: Strawberry Body Polish, Body butter, lip balm
2 x Sticker Mosaic kits
Puzzle
Flower Bouquet Craft Kit
Kimono (Because Delta Goodrem wears one in the movie Hating Alison Ashley)
Jenga
Jewellry box
Magazine subscription
Art classes (my Dad has booked her in and paid for her for 2 days in the holidays)
Perfume



#16 FiveAus

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:31 PM

QUOTE (busymum01 @ 14/12/2012, 09:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for the suggestions so far - we bought an iPod touch for her for Christmas last year so perhaps a dock or something might be a good idea for that....

Totally agree with the PP'er who suggested the guitar, however she is learning at school so we have that covered and I know it's AWFUL but I shudder when my family give our kids gift cards because DD always, without a doubt, spends hers on *&%$^%% (not so great stuff).

She loves to get in the kitchen and have a go but has not much of an idea (for her bday in November I gave  her the cooking school cookbook for kids. Perhaps I could do up a box of pretty cupcake cases and cake decorating bits and bobs.

One  Direction is also a huge hit. Though I've no idea where to buy any of their merchandise.  unsure.gif


I have an iPhone and needed to buy myself a new bedroom alarm clock. I got one I could dock my iPhone in, it synchs the time with the iPhone so I never have to set it if the power goes out, just plug the iPhone into the dock. And I can listen to the iPhone (music, audio books etc) in bed at night, and also have the iPod come on as the alarm (or the radio or a buzzer). I absolutely LOVE it, it was just a cheap thing from Kmart and it's fantastic. Maybe something like that for your daughter....useful, and she can use it with her iPod. Plus it charges it overnight.


#17 Expelliarmus

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:34 PM

LOL I keep remembering - I got the 11yo a Fur Real pet as well. Not a full size one a baby one.

#18 Funnington

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:35 PM

QUOTE
DD#1 is also getting stuff to decorate her room with like a new quilt, some ornaments and lamp.


I was coming in to suggest this.  When my girls were around this age, I bought them a few 'stocking filler' things that I thought would go unnoticed.  It turned out they were their favourites little things.  I bought 'grown up' Provincial type trinkets and bits n pieces for their rooms.  Like little topiary trees for bedside tables, chunky white frames, neutral coloured throw rugs for the beds (instead of their baby blankets rolleyes.gif ), throw cushions and cool lamps.  

They absolutely loved them and still have all the things in their rooms.  It must have been like a morph into growing up (moving away from the little girly type decorations).

#19 KT1978

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:35 PM

What about movie tickets (museum/zoo)?  Books?

Dd is getting a new bike. We aren't buying anything else because we've just been overseas and she bought heaps. Mum will get her some beanie kids.

at this age, it's less about toys but I still like outdoor gifts like bikes, surfboards etc or non clutter stuff like a day out to buying more grown up stuff like makeup or jewellery. But my dd is 10 so that will come soon I guess!

#20 busymum01

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:45 PM

QUOTE
DD#1 is also getting stuff to decorate her room with like a new quilt, some ornaments and lamp.



QUOTE
I was coming in to suggest this. When my girls were around this age, I bought them a few 'stocking filler' things that I thought would go unnoticed. It turned out they were their favourites little things. I bought 'grown up' Provincial type trinkets and bits n pieces for their rooms. Like little topiary trees for bedside tables, chunky white frames, neutral coloured throw rugs for the beds (instead of their baby blankets rolleyes.gif ), throw cushions and cool lamps.


You know this is a fabulous idea, we've just moved into a new home and I know she'd love to put her own stamp on her room. And I now recall how much she loved getting Smiggle pencil tins (of all things!) for her desk from a friend for her birthday.

I'll see if I can find a nice pinup board or something to display her five million cute notes from her besties and photos etc. GREAT PLAN EBers!

While I'm perusing I'll also keep my eye out for cheap and cheerful jewellery and ipod alarm clock.

Thanks peeps! xoxo  biggrin.gif

#21 Literary Lemur

Posted 14 December 2012 - 08:52 PM

roller blades / tennis raquet / boogie board, table tennis table

music / dancing stuff

cool clothes / shoes

bean bags and other items to make a space into a social for her and her friends

#22 Feralmummacat

Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:12 PM

QUOTE (busymum01 @ 14/12/2012, 08:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
She loves to get in the kitchen and have a go but has not much of an idea (for her bday in November I gave  her the cooking school cookbook for kids. Perhaps I could do up a box of pretty cupcake cases and cake decorating bits and bobs.


What about a kids cooking class? There are a few around that do school holiday programs as well.

I just googled and got heaps like:

http://www.gourmetkids.com.au/school-holid...oliday-packages

#23 pencil

Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:28 AM

I've bought a karaoke machine for my 'going to be a rockstar' DD. I know I will be regretting it about two weeks from now, but she will love it.

What about a microphone and speakers? A music stand for her music? Toystores have One Direction dolls. A bunch of make-up and hair items, curler or straightener?

#24 Luvmy4

Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:36 AM

QUOTE (mummacat @ 14/12/2012, 07:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What about a kids cooking class? There are a few around that do school holiday programs as well.

I just googled and got heaps like:

http://www.gourmetkids.com.au/school-holid...oliday-packages



i was going to say this. Maybe it will be the thing she finds she is passionate about.




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