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Gift ideas for a 12yo neice?

JohnT8's picture

I have NO idea what to get my neice for Xmas and her Bday is a week later, so I need two gifts.  She will be 12.


She likes drawing.  She likes horses, cats, legos, misc dolls...  But she has more than enough drawing supplies of various kinds.  More Barbie and American Girl doll 'stuff' than she knows what to do with... and the Lego's on her list are ones like the "green grocer" which is like $150 (for Legos?!)


So I need some ideas.  Thanks!


 


 


jt8


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TracyK's picture

(post #51386, reply #1 of 40)

My niece is 8 and I'm planning to get her a make-your-own lip balm kit (from Amazon.com)... they have lots of similar kits, some more appropriate for older kids.


I just remember having a similar thing as a kid, we could make our own perfume and hand soap, my sister and I loved it and had so much fun with it. :-)


Does she have an iPod? An iTunes gift certificate makes a good gift for pre-teens. How about a 4-pack of movie tickets?



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MadMom's picture

(post #51386, reply #2 of 40)

That's what comes from being young.  All I could think of was a saddle for her dinosaur, and I don't think that would be appropriate. 



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JohnT8's picture

(post #51386, reply #6 of 40)

My niece is 8 and I'm planning to get her a make-your-own lip balm kit (from Amazon.com)... they have lots of similar kits, some more appropriate for older kids.


I'll take a look at those.


Does she have an iPod? An iTunes gift certificate makes a good gift for pre-teens. How about a 4-pack of movie tickets?


I gave her an iPod last year.  But her Ma doesn't let her get online, so mostly her music is coming via CD's.    Movie tickets might be a possibility, but I don't know how often they go to the movies.


jt8


The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught. He is capable of questioning the assumptions that the rest of us accept. -- John Gardner



jt8

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
-- Carl Sandburg

Canuck's picture

(post #51386, reply #3 of 40)

I have three daughters, two around 12. Ipod gift cards, any gift cards (including mall gift cards) are really welcome. American Eagle and Hollister are usually really popular for clothes (check out the sales racks).


Smelly things from Bath and Body Works, Body Shop, etc.


If she has a game system, a game; or a computer game perhaps involving horses etc.


There are some Vet Emergency programs out there that might interest her.


Does she have an easel? They are expensive but are often on sale around Xmas and you could give it as both gifts.


This is a tricky age; can you ask her mother or father for ideas?


Edited 11/26/2008 4:58 pm ET by Canuck

JohnT8's picture

(post #51386, reply #7 of 40)

gift cards (including mall gift cards) are really welcome.


Gift card is my fall back if I can't find a gift.  They're usually received OK, but don't have the THUNDER of a good gift when opened.


If she has a game system, a game; or a computer game perhaps involving horses etc.


Know any good titles?  They have PC's and PS2.  She already has a couple.  Something about a horse rescue and something else.  I tried to play one with her a while back and it nearly bored me into unconsciousness.


Does she have an easel?


Yes, I'm pretty sure she does.


This is a tricky age; can you ask her mother or father for ideas


I've been asking her Mom for a month now but I'm not getting anything back.  I like to do my shopping online, so really need to know what I'm buying a week or two prior to Xmas.


 


jt8


The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught. He is capable of questioning the assumptions that the rest of us accept. -- John Gardner



jt8

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
-- Carl Sandburg

Gretchen's picture

(post #51386, reply #8 of 40)

Maybe someone can suggest a place for good earrings for this age. I will say that Target can have some cute things.  I'm growing into this age with our grands. Good luck. There is NOTHING in the world better for a child than a great/special aunt or uncle.

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Canuck's picture

(post #51386, reply #11 of 40)

We don't have PS2 so can't help you there. We have Horsez or something but I don't know much about it.


The best computer game we had was a "Trail" game (there are numerous versions but ours was the Western Trail). You have to kit yourself out using a certain amount of money, buying food, horse, ammo, wagon etc. Then start out across the Old West. People get hurt or die (not gruesome), you can hunt, you learn about medicinal plants etc. A lot of fun for the kids and grownups.


I've Googled "kids software reviews" and narrowed down my choices that way.

moxie's picture

(post #51386, reply #22 of 40)

Claire's is full of cute earrings for that age.

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Gretchen's picture

(post #51386, reply #4 of 40)

Does she have pierced ears?  Maybe some fun earrings.
Does she collect Breyer horses?


Tracy, Thanks for your idea!!  I think I'm "caught up" on DGDs but that is a great idea.


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JohnT8's picture

(post #51386, reply #5 of 40)

Does she have pierced ears?


I think so.


Maybe some fun earrings.


What do fun earings look like?


jt8


The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught. He is capable of questioning the assumptions that the rest of us accept. -- John Gardner



jt8

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
-- Carl Sandburg

dorcast's picture

(post #51386, reply #15 of 40)

Claires, a chain generally found in malls, is good for jewelry for that age.

As others have suggested, my 12 year old niece is thrilled with itunes gift cards.

Does she have speakers for her ipod?

BoofyQ's picture

(post #51386, reply #16 of 40)

I second the suggestion of Claire's boutique. Girls love all the stuff you can get there! Bangle bracelets, hair doodads (esp. if she has hair long enough to pull back into a pony tail), fun earrings and other jewelry -- lots of options!

madnoodle's picture

(post #51386, reply #9 of 40)

Does she have a social conscience?  My daughter got a gift from Heifer International for her eleventh birthday and she was thrilled.  But maybe she's just weird.

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JohnT8's picture

(post #51386, reply #10 of 40)

Is that anything like an Omaha Steaks gift certificate?


 


 


 


;)


 


jt8


The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught. He is capable of questioning the assumptions that the rest of us accept. -- John Gardner



jt8

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
-- Carl Sandburg

Gretchen's picture

(post #51386, reply #12 of 40)

I know you smiled, but MM 's Heifer is a GREAT idea.  If that child has all that going on for her (as our DG's do), giving a goat--or much less--would/could be a wakeup call, and somthing that our young people are truly embracing.  AND something you and she could discuss,long term.

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MadMom's picture

(post #51386, reply #13 of 40)

Not me, but I think madnoodle had a great idea.  It's time for kids to learn that everyone on earth doesn't have an iPod or even enough food to eat.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

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Gretchen's picture

(post #51386, reply #14 of 40)

I could not agree more.

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JohnT8's picture

(post #51386, reply #34 of 40)

Actually I thought it might be some vegetarian wacko group.  Didn't realize what it really was.  Just reading it in another window now.  Sounds like a good group.


 


jt8


The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught. He is capable of questioning the assumptions that the rest of us accept. -- John Gardner



jt8

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
-- Carl Sandburg

JAlden's picture

(post #51386, reply #17 of 40)

She likes horses


A Pony. You'll be the best uncle.....ever.

JohnT8's picture

(post #51386, reply #35 of 40)

A Pony. You'll be the best uncle.....ever.


And my sister won't invite me back ;)


 


jt8


The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught. He is capable of questioning the assumptions that the rest of us accept. -- John Gardner



jt8

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
-- Carl Sandburg

wonka's picture

(post #51386, reply #18 of 40)

How about some really nice instruction books on drawing. My daughters are 13 and last year they received a knitting basket with knitting needles, wool and instructions. They have been making scarves like mad. They just love to knit (and I'm not a knitter).

SuB's picture

(post #51386, reply #19 of 40)

Does she like to read?  These are some excellent books for young people:


Inkheart - Cornelia Funke


The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle


Summerland - Michael Chabon


Nation - Terry Pratchett


Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones


I'm sure others can suggest more...



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Edited 11/27/2008 4:10 am by SuB

Cheers, Sue B.

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Meg's picture

(post #51386, reply #20 of 40)

What about art/drawing lessons at a craft shop/museum/private artist?

BossHog's picture

(post #51386, reply #21 of 40)

How about a gift certificate for White Oaks Mall? I think they have gift certificates that they can use anywhere in the mall.

There's gotta be something in that place that a 12 YO would like...

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Regality's picture

(post #51386, reply #23 of 40)

This is my opinion, and MY opinion only:  I don't believe that giving to a charity in someone else's name, be it adult or child (but particularly a child) teaches them to give.  Having been a normal child (believe it or not) myself, if someone had given $ to a charity instead of giving me a present, I'd have felt resentful. 


You say she likes horses.  Has she ever ridden?  Is there any possibility of setting up a riding lesson for her?  I have young female relatives of about that age and every year they get riding lessons from another relative and they are thrilled with them.


 


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Jean's picture

(post #51386, reply #24 of 40)

I agree. Giving to charity isn't a present, it's in memory of...


 




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Regality's picture

(post #51386, reply #25 of 40)

I do have to add that I always ask for donations to my favorite charity (there's an old thread about that somewhere) as presents, but that's MY request.

 


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Jean's picture

(post #51386, reply #26 of 40)

Totally different story.



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Gretchen's picture

(post #51386, reply #27 of 40)

I think one possibility is Heifer International or the like. I don't necessarily think it should be their only gift--we use it as an add on. "We want you to know about this because these people need help and we are giving this for you to help them". It's not an "instead"--it is a "plus" which is part of our charity giving.


 


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Jean's picture

(post #51386, reply #30 of 40)

I'm all for the plus.



Give thanks to the LORD , for he is good;  his love endures forever.



http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need