December 13, 2008

how to shop for a 12 year old without spending over $25 or leaving your computer

Lately I have been getting quite a few emails from parents that read my blog concerning their daughter who is around my age and has similar tastes, etc etc...and what should they get her for the upcoming holidays? Obviously I don't know all of your daughters, but I thought I'd make a holiday guide anyways to lend a hand. The season of giving, or something like that? Whatever, sounds good. I'll try to get a diverse pool of interests here, and they are all things I would buy or like to own myself. I wouldn't recommend crappy gifts for you guys!
And if you don't have a 12 year old daughter to be shopping for, indulge yourself in bargains...

$10 and UNDER

Top Row:
1. Charm necklace, $4.80
Cute and girly, would like to wear it with a ruffled blouse.
2. Feather & bow headband, $5.80
This headband is so LOONY, I would happily wear it to school and allow it to give all my peers hernias. Happily.
3. Marled sweater crotchet tights, $9.99
Urban Outfitters has a good tights collection and these look pretty comfy. The pattern is nice too, methinks I would go lacy witch on it.
4. Jeweled cross necklace, $7.80
Very proper grandmother looking, I like. To be worn with my Victorian vest.
5. Metallic accent clutch, $9.99
Shares the same color palette as my Bubbe's collection of slacks, but somehow it works, especially with the fancy teardrop swirl thang going on.
6. Grosgrain bow headwrap, $3.80
This would look ridiculously adorable with a peacoat. Maybe you could find this at a thrift store, but I doubt it would be so cheap.

Bottom Row (all fredflare.com):
7. Hemline stationary set, $9.95
If she wants stationary, go for 50's tailoring!
8. Ikimono 110 camera, $9.99
Takes pictures you cannot mock with picnik or even Photoshop. Also has a cute little animal on the front, awww.
9. 3-D doodle kit, $10
I would honestly buy this just for the specs, because they are too cool and I think I left my last pair at Spy Kids in 3-D or something pathetic like that. But, being able to see your illustrations pop out at you is a plus, too.
10. Split cam, $9.99
Twists the top of the picture from the bottom so you look like you took Twist & Shout a little too far and dislocated your butt. Mmmm, sounds like a party. I would love to take a picture of me in my two-tone tights using this, that would REALLY confuse people.
11. Yesterday's news colored pencils, $10
Colored pencils are good, recycled ones made from old Japanese newspapers is better.

$25 and UNDER:

(Clockwise from bottom left)
1. Fashion origami, $12
I think I actually might buy this myself, being able to fold a piece of paper into a shoe for your pinky is reason enough for me.
2. Pop art color camera, $15
Requires film, but who wouldn't want to pay homage to Andy Warhol using a tiny camera?
3. Monroe plaid coat, $24. 99
Down from $95, and that's a bargain to me. Adorable pattern, would probably be on my own list if I didn't already own a red one.
4. Betty Crocker's box o' recipies, $17.95
Yes, Belle, I know I have gotten on you for baking Betty Crocker recipes because she is a crack whore and a tease, but it's kind of hard to resist the fact that loads of food opportunities come from this tiny little box. Tiny little red box. With a pretty border. And neat-o font. *orders it*
5. Learn Japanese 3-CD kit, $18.95
Do I need to elaborate on why this would be epic?
6. Spring floral multi-bag case, $19.80
I'd like to wear this FRUiTS style. Then I can move to Japan with my 3-CD kit and fit in, happily carrying my bag and fluently speaking the language.
7. Farts book, $13.95
Book about noises coming out of people's asses=bible.
8. DIY pinhole camera, $22
The description says ages 12+, and that means fate. I ain't crafty but would definitely take a try at this kit. You make your own camera, and then shoot pictures, and the effects are awesome. I die.

Happy shopping!
*If your daughter ends up hating her present and throwing figgy pudding at you and angrily knocking down the tree or using the Menorah to set your hair on fire and choking you with a dreidel, it is not my fault.*