Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas for Teen Girls
My Christmas list this year includes a sixteen year old daughter and a seventeen year old stepdaughter, and as usual, my budget is not what I wish it could be. Unless we win the lottery in the next couple of months, I'll be hunting for cheap gifts, again!
Over the years, we have managed to successfully put smiles on their faces Christmas morning. Here's a review of a few things that have worked.
Sticking with basic colors and high quality brands, you can't go wrong buying a teenage girl makeup. My daughter is always running out of mascara and eyeliner, in particular. Often department stores offer beautiful makeup sets for a nominal fee when purchased with complimentary items, like a bottle of perfume. But even an individual product or two slipped into a cute cosmetic bag or the toe of her stocking would please most young ladies.
Think fun stuff, not necessarily high dollar. My daughter is actually allergic to most metals, so she loves bright colored plastics, wooden beads, and rope or string necklaces.
Surprise the girls on your list with a crazy belt, wild scarf or unique purse. One of my daughter's favorite gifts from a friend of mine was a brown cordoroy purse with lots of pockets and zippers. Don't be fooled by the "brown cordoroy" though. Different is what works in this category - not "standard".
4. Bath Products
Again, quality and uniqueness count. Suave is great for everyday but not Christmas. Gift the young lady with a nice bottle of bubble bath with lotion in a matching scent, something they would not get to use everyday, and watch their eyes light up.
You will need to know a little about her tastes, but a favorite artist's new cd is always a hit with the girls. Or if the young lady on your list plays an instrument, give a song book or some sheet music that would not otherwise show up in their music class selections.
Again, it is helpful to know what they like, but books are great for teen girls. An added benefit on Christmas Day is that they have an instant way to distract themselves after the gifts are opened and they are "forced" to spend the rest of the day with family.
That's right, toys. Stuffed animals are sort of obvious, but you'd be surprised how much fun girls can have with something silly like a water gun. My daughter loves these sort of "gag gifts" and has been known to shop in the children's toy section for gifts for her own friends.
In these days of text messages and email, it surprises me that my daughter and her friends still pass notes at school just like we did when we were teens, but they do! And a good supply of nice writing paper and envelopes will help encourage young ladies to remember the tradition of sending thank you notes after the holidays.
You can find jig saw puzzles in many stores for little more than a dollar or two. My daughter loves putting puzzels together and has glued more than a few to use as artwork in her room. Again the trick is knowing a little about the teen's interests, but even a somewhat generic picture can be a lot of fun for her and her friends to work together.
10. Cell Phone
"Ha! That's expensive," you say. Not necessarily. If you are trying to impress a family member, you can follow my lead. My girls' first cell phones were...shhh....don't tell them....FREE! That's right! Well, almost. We pay $10 a month each for their service, but when we added their lines, we received the new phones for no cost. Most providers offer something similar, especially around the holidays. You can give a very impressive gift to a teen girl who has been begging for her first cell phone for very little upfront cost.
Young ladies are actually pretty easy to please at Christmas, in my experience. Now if someone could please help me figure out what to do for the young men!
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