It used to be the easiest time of the year to shop for young girls. I remember walking through the toy section and the options were endless. Barbie, American Girl, crayons, board games and playdoh were certain to get them glowing on Christmas morning. Now that they have grown into this grey area between toys, sports and fashion, picking a gift becomes quite a challenge for pre-teen girls. As a dad, I know this to be true and want to throw my research your way and hopefully make the holiday shopping season a little easier!
Staying away from any fashion that breaks the bank, let girls still be girls with a crafty way to look cool! Tie-dyes are super fashionable once again and it doesn’t have to stop at shirts. Tulip One Step Tie-Dye Party kit is the perfect set and includes18 pre-filled bottles, providing enough supply to handle a few projects. $17
Be sure to include some 100% white cotton t-shirts or go bold with long sleeve shirts, or a handbag.
Adjustable Ring Set
Rings are are a great way to let girls express some style without going over the top. Put away the hair color and buy an inexpensive set that gives them the chance to mix and match without too much bling. Stick with adjustable rings to allow some flexibility with sizing. These two sets are perfect for pre-teens and come in both silver and gold options. $16
LED Bedroom Lights
This is a can’t miss gift that will turn her room into a cozy escape. Let her select the color that suits her mood. The easily installed, multicolor LED strip has multiple modes that are easily accessed with the 44 key remote.
I like the 16 foot length that provides plenty of light and ambience without overwhelming. For a larger room, you can opt for the 32 foot version but I caution going any bigger for a bedroom. Both of these two options allow for easily trimming with scissors for the perfect fit! $16-$18
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is the easiest way to get your child to read. Somewhere between a comic and book, these silly and innocent books can be read over and over and are homeruns for both boys and girls. The newest addition, Big Shot, is a hot Christmas item but don’t overlook our household favorite, The Meltdown, or if your undecided, go with this inexpensive Gift Set that includes the original 4 books. $9 to $30
The Upside Down Game
The Upside Down Game Challenge will engage boys and girls, their friends and you! The awkwardness of seeing in reverse will have you laughing until your belly hurts. It is a great game that does not require a lot of time to be fun and can easily taken on the road. $24
JBL Jr. Pop speaker
The JBL JR Pop speaker will fit nicely into her backpack as she heads to a friends house or hanging in the yard. It’s seamless blue tooth technology makes it a breeze to connect to her favorite device and waterproof design ensures it will last. Select purple, pink or teal. $23+.
You can also buy the purple version in a Deluxe Set that includes a convenient hard-shell storage case. $35
iWALK Mini Portable Charger for iPhone
Stop being concerned that their phone battery is not charged enough with the iWALK Mini-Portable battery. This compact, cord-free battery works with iPhone 13, 12, 11, X, 8, 7, 6 plus airpods. It is small enough to fit in a jacket pocket or purse and comes in white or pink. $30+
Think I missed something? Send me a note and I will look into making it part of the list. Happy Holidays!