Post # 1
I have a 12 year old SIL and a 14 year old Brother-In-Law and I have no idea what to get them for Christmas. We usually just get them iTunes giftcards but would like to actually get them a gift. Any ideas would be appreciated!!!
Post # 3
I have nieces and nephews around the same age. This year the niece is getting a Coach wristlet and the nephew is getting a Leatherman multi-tool. Both are around $40.
But it really depends on what the kids are into.
Post # 4
For the girl: a scarf, some cute earrings, a nice colored pencil set, origami book and papers, yummy smelling lotion or bubble bath, a puzzle…
For the boy: a one-of-a-kind T-shirt, a boomerang, a book of magic tricks and/or supplies kit (but a cool one, not a kiddish one as he’s older…. maybe card or sleight of hand tricks?), some sort of self-assembled minitaure model or toy (I’m thinking along the lines of legos/transformers/model planes etc.)….
Of course you could switch any of those to the other gender if they’d be interested, I was just putting down ideas as I got them.
Things that you could probably give to either of them no problem: calendars, magazine subscriptions (there are a lot of cool ones for special interests that cater to all ages if you look around), headphones, microwaveable neck or feet heating pads, board games, reusable water bottles…
Alright. That’s all my ideas!
Post # 5
Depending on how much you want to spend you could get a sweet smelling perfume for the girl? I know tweens love Taylor Swift (or similar) perfumes.
Boys are harder :\ What is he is to? I think the self-assembled models are a good idea based on his interests. Kinect have some really cool trucks, motorbikes, cars, planes, etc that have moving wheels and steering wheels that hook up and turn the wheels etc. That sort of thing could be fun!
Post # 6
Do they have facebook pages that you can see? Try to look through some of their likes and maybe get them t-shirts related to shows or movies they enjoy. I ditto the scarf idea for the girl. You can never go wrong with a good scarf.
Post # 7
PumpkinPie-PeachyKeen: +1, stalk their FB if you can. I totally used FSIL’s “likes” to find a gift for her before I got to know her better
Post # 8
Keychain speakers like this one: https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/ACCESSORIES/techsupport/PRDOVR~B7068/B7068.jsp?color_name=vintage-linen’ defer=’defer
Or other types of portable speakers for their smartphones, iPods or iPhones, etc. You can find cheaper ones on Amazon which are a good size. Texting gloves. Cute silly hats like ones with ears or cute, funny socks or cute, funny slippers like a pair of lined mouse/rabbit ones at forever 21 right now for $7.00. Cute, comfortable, oversized sweaters. You could get a small pair of earrings with their initials, more so for the girl. Cute notebooks.
Or REAL BOOKS. There are lots of great YA books out there and I’m all for encouraging kids to read, especially boys. Artemis Fowl is a great series which I read when I was about 14 or The Hobbit or the Mediator series by Meg Cabot or Keeping The Moon by Sarah Dessen Or the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (or his Egyptian Gods series). You could go old school and buy them some Nancy Drew books or something by Judy Blume or Tamora Pierce (I didn’t read much of her growing up but I know a lot of women have fond memories of her books and as far as I know, they largely feature girls being awesome and kicking butt and not spending all their time slut-shaming or thinking about boys which is scarily common in a lot of the more recent YA books) or the Mallory Towers series or the Chalet School series (I was all about English boarding school stories as a teenager and books about female friendships). Or a manga like Naruto or Fruits Basket.
You could buy a book for both of them as well as something else. But books, books, always books.
Post # 9
papillon20: I love the book idea!
Post # 10
I am SUCH a fan of books as gifts for young people. GoodReads is a great place to find YA recommendations. And I’m getting my 13 year old SIL two different book sets, and my two 12 year old SILs a book each and mall gift cards (I’m only 22, and I don’t remember what 12 year olds like, but I do remember how much I hated getting gifts that were below my age level. Figured gift cards were a safe bet).
Post # 11
honestly i think a giftcard is the way to go. EDIT: Just read you don’t want to do a giftcard. It really depends on what they’re into. My nephew-in-law loves video games and really wouldn’t like a book (I really love to read so I wish he did too!). But I know a book would sit untouched if I gifted him one.
Try to ask what they like. My Darling Husband asked my SIL what he wanted this year so we knew which video game to purchase.
Post # 12
Itunes vouchers sound great, or any vouchers in general. I loved getting money and store cards when I was growing up.
As far as gifts, one of the worst mistakes people make when giving presents to teenagers is to treat them like teenagers. They want to be seen as adults, so buy them presents you would buy if they were 18. Girls are easy- perfume (probably sweeter ones than musky- like nina ricci), necklace, scarf, jewellery box, dvds (mean girls/ legally blonde etc). Boys are harder to buy for but again dvds would work – x men, captain america etc. Video games are good if you know what consoles he already has. Is he into sports? You could get tickets for a game or a jersey shirt of his favourite team.
Post # 13
my SIL wanted itunes vouchers and I hate just giving vouchers I put her voucher in a little ‘goodie’ bags just including a bit cheaper bits like fluffy socks, nail files, face pack, pocket mirror, some chocolate coins, lip balm. it was really easier to put together and cheap and made me feel better about giving her a gift card and she’ll have more to open than a voucher. 🙂
Post # 14
there are already great ideas for the girl. Wristlets, yummy lotion. For the boy,either a video game or remote control helicopter.
Post # 15
Gift cards. You can’t go wrong.