Gift for 16-year old babysitter?

posted 3 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
386 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@soon2bS:  I like all your ideas. At their age, they have a bunch of things going on. You could get them something they could use for back to school such as a pen with their names engraved or like you said, a personalized tote bag/water bottle.  I know that when I was babysitting at that age, I really did feel very attached to the kids and if you could maybe find a time to have their picture taken with the kids and write a thank you on the back, it would mean a lot to them. 

Post # 4
42182 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

The teenagers I know wouldn’t use anything personalized. Unless you know for sure what they would like, I would give a gift card that can be used to get what they really want.

Post # 5
4812 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

An iTunes gift card or a gift card for the mall?  Plus something made by the kids would be nice.

Post # 6
2546 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

at that age, nothing personalized or engraved. starbucks gift card, movie theatre tickets, fun socks?


oh wait! NAIL POLISH! a few bottles of nail polish, and a little pocket manicure set

Post # 7
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Sephora giftcard! Excuse to go to the mall, and basically free makeup. 🙂

Post # 8
274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I second the gift card + something homemade from the kids idea.  Im in my 20s and feel like 16 was just yesterday.  Many gifts I was given as a teenager were never ever used.  Teenagers are so finicky about having things that are ‘cool’ to others.    If they are athletic, a giftcard to Dicks would likely be very appreciated.   

Post # 9
8679 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

16 year olds love money. I vote gift cards so they can pick their own gifts.

Post # 10
3677 posts
Sugar bee

Gift card/gift certificate for movie tickets?

Post # 11
931 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Teenagers love giftcards.  they are very particular on what they want and have limited money, so giftcards are amazing!

Post # 12
4072 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I agree about giftcards to the movies or Starbucks! And then cute handmade cards done by the kids.

Post # 14
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Dfinitely gift card! It’s sweet that you’re putting thought into it but I think what they’d appreciate most is money/gift cards. 

Post # 15
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@soon2bS:  Meh, I think gift cards are safe, but I think you could purchase a thoughtful gift that they’d really like.
You mention that they are athletic – what about something like a Lululemon headband and/or water bottle? They are both a bit of a splurge, so they may not every buy them for themselves. Or a similar item from Bench or something similar? I think you could easily find them something nice that’s NOT a gift card that they’d still love. 

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