Tween girls are stuck at that awkward age where giving them a gift could make or break your holiday spirit. At this age, preteen girls can be very tricky to buy for. It is very easy to cross the line with giving a gift that is either too young or too old for the recipient. Here are some (nearly) surefire ideas that can make your gift a very treasured item with a tween girl.
Books– It’s no secret that for centuries, young girls have buried themselves in books of all sorts, being whisked from one land to the next with characters abound. The hottest books on the market right now involve the Twilight Saga. A complete set of all four books will keep tween girls held captive for quite some time. Even if they have seen the movies in their entirety, nothing says it best like the original work. You can look for paperback and hardback versions of Twilight, Eclipse, New Moon, and Breaking Dawn at nearly any shopping center near you. Keep that special tween in the saga loop by allowing her the chance to read Breaking Dawn before it comes out as the final movie in the Twilight Saga.
One other series that you can try to interest your tween in is the entire Harry Potter set. Again, the movies may have already been watched numerous times, but they lack a lot that the books reveal about the characters. They will also be able to learn small details that were dropped in most of the book-to-film movies. With the first installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie just being released, your tween will love nothing more than to be able to find out what happens next in the thrilling two part movie. All seven books can be found in paperback or hardback at most shopping centers or book stores near you. Get your hands on the whole set; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Other hot topic books for tween girls this year include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series by Ann Brashares, Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan, and the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead.
Craft Sets– Every tween girl starts to express herself in various forms, whether it be her hairstyle or fashion sense. This is the perfect time to start introducing her to hands on hobbies that give her a sense of accomplishment while learning a new technique. Handmade crafts that she can make and share with friends will be a big hit with her. There are currently an abundant number of different craft kits on the market that you can gift to your favorite tween. Print screening kits for making t-shirts, jewelery bead kits, rag quilt kits, friendship bracelet kits, purse making kits, clothing making kits, and more. Another popular item is scrapbooking kits. Gifting one of these with pictures of the tween, or a cheap disposable camera so she can take her own, is a fun gift.
Electronics– Stepping into the realm of giving electronics for gifts can be a pricey feat. If you are aiming for a bigger price tag on a gift, look for laptops, notebooks, iPhones, iPads, iPods, Kindles, PSP’s, Nintendo DS, or gaming console bundles. The hottest gift for gaming consoles this year is the Kinect system for XBox 360. If you aren’t looking to spend all that much on a gift, consider MP3 or MP4 players, with or without video playing capabilities.
Clothing– Most tweens are in the now with the current fashion rages. This year, skinny jeans and leggings are making a huge style comeback. Pair either of these with leg warmers that are also appearing on shelves this year for extra comfort along with fashion sense. Low heeled winter boots that can be worn comfortably all day are still strutting themselves on the fashion front. For purses, handbags, and book bags, look for styles that carry any kind of chunky metal as part of its accessories. Fur lined jackets will be the rage, too!
Jewelery– The easiest way to go with jewelery for tweens is to get them a necklace or bracelet that will hold numerous charms. Then, pick out a charm that you think represents that tween and start off their collection as a gift. This also opens up a whole new realm for other holiday or birthday gift giving possibilities. Also consider earrings, rings, and watches as a gift. The hottest craze in watches happens to be the return of the Swatch, interchangeable watches that can be mixed and matched to create your own style.
The main thing to keep in mind is the tween’s own sense of being, style and personality. Finding the perfect gift can be made simple with a little research, and a lot of thought.