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Best Gifts for Adult Daughter

Updated on March 4, 2016

Presents for Your Adult Daughter

The nature of our gifts to our daughters changes as they enter adulthood. Our relationships with them are surely more complex and affected by their own perspective on how we raised them, for better or for worse. Gift-giving should be a simple and happy activity, but if our relationship with our daughters is riddled with negative innuendos, we may have to be careful what we offer them.

When our adult daughters live far away from us, the lack of day-by-day contact slows down the reconciliation with our humanity that often occurs after they have reached a level of maturity which allows them to accept us as we are and not as they wished we were.

It also means that we are not necessarily up-to-date regarding their favorite foods, activities, their friends, etc. A simple solution is to send money but money does not relay the feelings we want to have accompany our gifts to our daughters. We can then send it in a card in which we tell her what we love and respect about her.

In this article, I will share with you ideas I gleaned from friends with adult daughters and from my own experience with my own adult daughters. I hope you find here some ideas to help you select the perfect gift to give your daughter this year and in the coming years as well.

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A Poem For Your Daughter

Genie's Poems sentimental present gift poem for daughter Birthday Christmas #47,
Genie's Poems sentimental present gift poem for daughter Birthday Christmas #47,

A well-written poem can often express our feeling better than we could ourselves. This poem, "For My Daughter", says it all: how proud you are of her, how much you love her, how important the relationship is.

When she sees this lovely poem on her mantle or on the wall, your daughter will feel your love there with think of you.

Here is how it goes: "More than anything else in this world, I want you to know how very much I love you. Watching you grow from a carefree little girl to the beautiful woman that you are today, has been the greatest joy of my lifetime. You are such a wonderful person, so kind, so caring, so full of love, I am proud to call you my daughter. Each year as I grow closer to you, I come to realize just how special you are. And though it hardly seems possible, I love you more and more with the passing of every day."


Hug Her Forever Even If You Are Far Away

Willow Tree Close to me, Sculpted Hand-Painted Figure
Willow Tree Close to me, Sculpted Hand-Painted Figure

This sculpture evokes tenderness and feelings of closeness. The daughter must feel well protected and loved in this wonderful hug.

Every time she looks at this gift from Mom, your daughter will feel your arms around her once more.

The original sculpture from which the mold is made is produced by Susan Lordi. Those who have purchased one of her sculptures remark about the quality of the work in spite of the fact that they are made from resin. They have a marble texture and stand 8" tall.


Money May Be a Great Gift

When Accompanied by Something From the Heart

Our adult daughters may be students studying out of town or just beginning to become established and not yet earning enough to be comfortable. They may be newly weds or mothers of young children, a time of life when financial support is necessary and appreciated.

Even if we give them money throughout the year, a special sum that perhaps has particular significance may be a highly valued birthday, Mother's Day, Christmas/Hanuka or anniversary gift. The Jewish mother may give her daughter a sum that is a multiple of the number 18, since "18" is the Hebrew numerological equivalent of LIFE. You may want to give her some sum that relates to the date of her birthday or her age - for example $300 or $3000 for her 30th birthday.

However, even as the money is much needed, your daughter may be happier to find it in a card that you picked out just for her and that she can save and re-read over the years. Here is one possibility.

"You Are Loved" Mailable Wooden Greeting Card
"You Are Loved" Mailable Wooden Greeting Card

This is actually a postcard that looks like a wooden sign. You can write your message on the reverse side and put the card and your money gift into an envelope. The card will sit on a shelf or can be posted onto a bulletin board and will continue to remind your daughter that you are there for her.


Other Cards to Choose From

There are so many wonderful cards on Zazzle that you can choose from and I am sure you will find the perfect one for your little girl who is now all grown up.

The card pictured below is one popular design among many. Click on the image to see this and many other card designs. There are over 600 birthday cards for daughters. Some cards are serious, others are funny; some are sweet and tender, others are cute.

When you open any particular card, be sure to look next to the small image of the card that lies alongside the name of the designer as you scroll down about half-way down the page. You will be able to see how many other products have been already made with the same design. You may find an official USA Post stamp that you can put on the envelope, or perhaps a mug, fridge magnet or t-shirt in the same design as the card. It might be a cute idea to send your daughter a small additional gift just like the card into which you put a cheque.

Click this link to see selection of cards.
Click this link to see selection of cards. | Source

A Book to Share With Your Daughter

To My Daughter with Love on the Important Things in Life (New Updated Edition)
To My Daughter with Love on the Important Things in Life (New Updated Edition)

This gift book will be well-received by your daughter. It is described as "awesome" by one reviewer and "a book I will always remember" by another. It is a collection of poems that express what you feel but haven't found the right words to describe.

There are 91 poems and prose-poetry here. To give you an idea of the range of topics talked about, here are some of the titles: "You are one of those rare people", "I am ready to listen", "Live your world of dreams", and "Are you strong enough", "To my daughter with love on the important things in life", "Ever since you were born", "Princess", and more.


Special Consideration When Your Relationship is Not Good

If your relationship with your daughter is strained and not easy and openly loving as you wish it would be, I suggest you be careful about giving cards that are too sentimental. You wouldn't want to think your daughter is guffawing at your gushy card or making fun of your loving poem behind your back - something that is possible if she does not feel particularly loved by you, or loving toward you, at this stage of your relationship.

In this case, keep the wording simple and upbeat. Perhaps mention that you are looking forward to better days ahead.

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      Mary Norton 

      20 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like very much the Susan Lordi figurine. Such a touching gift for one so special.

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      6 years ago

      Great gift list :P

    • wrapitup4me profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @GardenHarbor: Now there's an idea - adult sisters. Hope you don't mind if I use that and make that lens right now. Probably more adults who have adult sisters than mothers of adult daughters who use the internet to shop - what do you think?!

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      Nikki Schilling 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      SUCH a great selection! These are also great ideas for adult sisters :) I will definitely be back here!


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