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My oldest grand-tween will shortly become a grand-teen. We’re enjoying little previews of that as we watch one friend after another celebrating their own teen-ship this spring and summer. I even got to enjoy a birthday gift shopping expedition with her this week for one of her friends. In the process I discovered it’s much harder shopping for teens and tweens than it is for the little ones. For the most part though, it does seem like shopping for a brand new teen is pretty much like shopping for a tween, making it easier this year. I suspect that will start to change over the next year or so but this grandmother will enjoy it while it lasts. 🙂
I pretty much just followed her around as she compared one item to another to another. She has great taste and a much better sense of what her age likes, so that just made sense. I did, however, jot down notes in case you are also looking for gifts for tweens OR, like us, brand new teenagers – (mostly tween or teen girls).
Grandma and Grand-Tween’s Top Ten Gifts for Tweens and Young Teenagers (mostly girl gifts – tho 1 and 10 are great for boys, too) :
- Bouncy Balls Kit – this enables them to make their own balls
- One Year Diary
- Bead jewelry kit – one that comes with lots of letters
- CDs, such as Britt Nicole or Jonas Brothers music
- Nail Polish
- Manicure accessories
- Cute and colorful socks
- Jewelry – BFF (best friend forever) are very popular although I, personally, avoid those as they can lead to hurt feelings. Smiley faces and peace signs are all the rage again – making those of us grandparents who are also part of the never-aging the Baby Boomers Generation smile a lot!
- Lip Gloss and Lip Smackers
- Gift Certificate – my favorites are from Target as they have many fun choices that are almost as much fun to play with as to spend!
We had a great time, and my foot didn’t hurt too bad by the end of it. I would suggest, though, that you head for the Dollar Store to stock up on cute bags, gift wrap, cards, and tissue. I spent $6 on one bag, one card, and some tissue! If my dear sweet 5th metatarsal fracture had been cooperating better, I’d have saved about $3. Over the course of the year, that can really add up! I’d much rather spend the money on more gift and less wrap. I’m already planning on a trip there in the next couple of weeks with my senior mom. We’ll just have to have fun stocking up on several options so we are prepared the next time this happens. Preparation is a vital part of the Sandwich Generation, don’t you think? 🙂