As parents we take great strides in making sure birthdays are special for our daughters. However, what gifts are appropriate when your child is at that odd stage of “in between”? When they are no longer our little girls but not quite yet our independent teenager? We’ve come to call this stage “Tween”, and finding the right birthday gift can often leave you with a since of panic and dread.
Gift cards are usually the safe option. However, gift cards can seem impersonal. The tween years are wrought with highs and lows. The goal is to get your daughter to offer you that award winning smile that you’ve come to know and love, (if even for a moment). The following are 5 birthday ideas that are sure to please even the most finicky of Tweens.
Electronic companies have responded favorably to the needs of our Tween princesses with everything from portable game systems to electronic diaries. The Radica Girl Tech Voice Recognition Password Journal by Radica retails for around $34.99. This clever device acknowledges her growing need for self reflection and privacy
You might not know about Justin Bieber but trust me your Tween does. What better way to keep up with ever changing trends in music then with her own Mp3 player. If your Tween already owns an Mp3 player then music download credits are a must.
Most of the authors you remember from your childhood such as Beverly Clearly, are still speaking to the angst and hearts of young girls everywhere. Amazon.com offers a section devoted to Tweens.
4. Room Decor:
A teenager’s room is their haven, their little piece of tranquility. Help her express herself by providing her with the tools to cultivate her space. A great place to start looking for ideas is on the Target.com website or even Wal-mart.
5. Make Up:
Tweens tend to become frustrated at their limbo status. Soon starts the plea for make up. Wal-Mart has answered with their line of bath, body, and cosmetics created by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. Also, most major retailers offer Tween inspired lines.
With a little thought and preparation, Tween birthday gifts don’t necessarily have to be such an intimidating subject. Remember that this is a time of transition for your daughter. Understanding and patience goes a long way, so celebrate your princess.