Post # 1
Hello Bees, I am trying to think of a gift to present to my soon to be step-daughter. At the time of our wedding (April 2014) my soon to be step-daughter would have just turned 18 the previous month (March 2014). I have her in the wedding as one of my bridesmaides but wanted to give her something during the ceremony. We have a very close relationship and I have known her for over 8 years.
I wanted to give her something that would be age appropriate for a 18 yr. old young women…any suggestions?
Post # 3
how much are you wanting to spend and what does she like? a lot of things are agge appropiate. make up, clothes, shoes, jewelry, technology…
Post # 4
I see Weddings as one of life’s major milestones… be it for the couple, or the other family members involved… particularly a spouce’s children (be they young or old)
So I admire what you have in mind.
As you are close to this girl, and have seen her grow up in front of you, I wouldn’t just give her something “disposible”… I’d certainly think that she is old enough to now appreciate a gift of substance that could last a lifetime (knowing full well tho that 18 is still young-ish and she might lose something of too much value… I can say this, because I have had an 18 year old daughter myself)
One item, that my own daughter seems to have been able to appreciate, and hang onto was a pair of diamond stud earrings (a bit of a surprise cause I kind of thought she might lose em). But she clearly appreciated them… we gave them to her for her Birthday… along with some other items (music, technology etc… of course all of the others are faded / long gone). So I guess that says something.
Other good alternatives I can think of would be… a Bracelet, Necklace or Watch.
Hope this helps,
Post # 5
Knowing your budget would make this a lot easier…
I do love the idea of diamond studs. I got my first pair when I turned 21 from a boyfriend and I still have them and wear them from time to time…I’m 35 now. And I am the master of throwing everything away but those are something I hung on to..not so much for the sentimental reason but because I actually wore them. They are classic. Or you could do studs in her birthstone. They usually have studs go on sale around Valentine’s, Mother’s Day, June or Christmas. I’ve seen some great prices on them.
Another option is a right hand ring…
Post # 6
@Mslizzy1: How about a nice diamond necklace or a ring? Something that is fairly expensive but not ridiculously so… something she won’t grow out of and that she will treasure forever.
Post # 7
Pearls? My mom bought me pearls for the Christmas I turned 18, and I treasure them – they come out on special occasions and I still think they’re beautiful.
Post # 8
@red_pepper_gal: Thanks Bees, all of these are great suggestions. I did not want to spend too much on her gift only because we are purchasing her dress, shoes, make-up and plane ticket from Texas to South Carolina for the wedding. I was hoping to keep my budget at $200.00 or less. Plus we will be flying to Texas for her highschool graduation two months after our wedding in June.
I did think about diamond studs but her mom has told us that she plans on giving her a pair for her 18th birthday, so she will have already received a pair prior to the wedding.
We recently purchased a Pandora bracelet for her for Christmas and gave her this years limited edition Christmas charm. One thought that I had was to present her with the “Family Forever” charm and do a special reading along with the presentation during the cermony.
What do yall think?
Post # 9
@Mslizzy1: I think would be a perfect gift.
Post # 10
Fabulous idea !!
If she liked the bracelet, then I am sure she`ll LOVE the charm and the meaning behind it.
Post # 11
The charm is a cute idea but what about a Tiffany necklace? We bought DD a heart lock necklace in silver for $200 for the wedding. Classic, timeless. We presented it to her when we said our surprise vows to her. DH did not understand why it had to be Tiffany’s but when that blue box came out and the crowd gasped it was worth it. Her eyes got HUGE. Those teens know their brands! DD was 14 at the time.
Post # 12
I agree with a piece of jewelry.
Berricle.com sells beautiful pieces and has a good return policy. They aren’t real diamond but they are very beautiful.
Post # 13
@Mslizzy1: I would get her a ring with maybe a pink sapphire or a pink stone (or different color) to symbolize that she is a part of your new marriage, too. I would have liked something like that if I was 18 and my dad was marrying someone new.
Post # 14
@This Time Round: She does love her bracelet!!! She runs track in highschool and recently purchased the track charm after she came in first place in January in the 400m!
Post # 15
@NAvery: We are going to go with the charm, Mr. Lizzy and I wrote a very special poem lastnight that would go perfect with the charm.
Thank you for the website also, they have beautiful jewerly and I am going to purchase my bridesmaids jewerly from them…thanks so much for this!
Thanks for all of your suggestions Bees..you rock!
Post # 16
@baletrina: +1! This is what I was going to suggest! I think Tiffany’s have a blue locket heart as well, bet she would love it.
I think a piece of classic jewellery (but not earrings or her mom might get annoyed).