I was ready (sort of) for the mood swings and new body odors that developed as my daughter grew older but there was one change that I had not anticipated and it has totally thrown me for a loop – this is the first Christmas where she does not have any toys she wants. I’ve given her every toy catalog and Target flyer that’s come to our mailbox and still when you ask, “what do you want for Christmas?” there is a silent stretch before she says, “I don’t know.” Who knew a few months ago when I was fussing about stepping on Lego bits that the end was almost near? Certainly not me.

I’ve had to get creative this year, especially when giving ideas to the grandparents but have come up with some gifts that I think will put a sparkle in her eyes. Hopefully you’ll be able to find something on this list to suit your favorite tween or teen.

1. Drawing Supplies:

While toy time may be on the way out, I’m still not ready to let her devote hours upon hours to her phone and so she has rediscovered her love of drawing. If your child enjoys drawing, give them a brand new drawing pad, some pencils, and erasers. If you want to make the gift even more special consider a brand new 24-pack of sharpies or Jane Davenport markers are pre-filled with dye-based inks. The colors and super vivid and the look is reminiscent of watercolors.

If your child is artistically challenged, like me, buy them an adult coloring book. There are so many now that you’re sure to find one that touches on a favorite subject. Add some nice markers or coloring pencils.

2. Fuzzy, Cozy, Warm Gifts:

The holidays mean cooler temperatures and nothing says I love you like a new fuzzy blanket and slippers. Maybe throw in some hip PJs and just to remind them that they’ll always be young in your heart, give them a new stuffed animal. We love all the Pusheen ones – Pusheen eating a potato chip, Pusheen as a mermaid or should that be mercat, Pusheen reading a book – that chubby cat has lots of different interests just like your favorite boy or girl.

While toy time may be on the way out, I’m still not ready to let her devote hours upon hours to her phone and so she has rediscovered her love of drawing. If your child enjoys drawing, give them a brand new drawing pad, some pencils, and erasers. If you want to make the gift even more special consider a brand new 24-pack of sharpies or Jane Davenport markers are pre-filled with dye-based inks. The colors and super vivid and the look is reminiscent of watercolors.

If your child is artistically challenged, like me, buy them an adult coloring book. There are so many now that you’re sure to find one that touches on a favorite subject. Add some nice markers or coloring pencils.

3. Sporting Gifts:

Does your son or daughter have a favorite sport? If so you can probably go the useful gift route and give him or her a brand new water bottle – my daughter has been asking for one with a mister for years – this may just be her lucky year. If they need new kneepads or mouth guards see if you can find some in fun colors. Throw in an Under Armour outfit and the ball of choice for their sport and they’ll have plenty of presents under the tree on Christmas morning.

 

4. Electronic Accessories:

The holidays are a time to indulge and while we have a strict limit on electronic usage in our household, there are plenty of electronic accessories that my daughter claims will make her life easier – a pop socket, a new phone case and a screen protector will make your life easier and make your child feel like they have a brand new phone. Add some wireless headphones and a few iTunes gift cards and it’ll probably be their favorite gift for the year.

5. Bath Package: 

Bath time can still be fun for teens and tweens and you can create a luxurious bath gift set with Fresh Kidz all natural body washes and deodorants. The fabulous, fresh scent of Fresh Kidz products will keep your child smelling great all day and the chemical free deodorants will fight the bacteria that causes body odor while being kind to delicate, sensitive skin. Stock up on your favorite products and package them up with a new pouf or candle to make shower time even better.

The holidays mean cooler temperatures and nothing says I love you like a new fuzzy blanket and slippers. Maybe throw in some hip PJs and just to remind them that they’ll always be young in your heart, give them a new stuffed animal. We love all the Pusheen ones – Pusheen eating a potato chip, Pusheen as a mermaid or should that be mercat, Pusheen reading a book – that chubby cat has lots of different interests just like your favorite boy or girl.

While toy time may be on the way out, I’m still not ready to let her devote hours upon hours to her phone and so she has rediscovered her love of drawing. If your child enjoys drawing, give them a brand new drawing pad, some pencils, and erasers. If you want to make the gift even more special consider a brand new 24-pack of sharpies or Jane Davenport markers are pre-filled with dye-based inks. The colors and super vivid and the look is reminiscent of watercolors.

If your child is artistically challenged, like me, buy them an adult coloring book. There are so many now that you’re sure to find one that touches on a favorite subject. Add some nice markers or coloring pencils.

6. Lessons Gift Cards:

Another great gift idea and one that grandparents might enjoy giving is the gift of lessons. Is your child interested in cooking? Thinking about starting an instrument? Do they want to learn a new dance? Take a look at the lessons offered in your community and give your son or daughter gift cards. It’ll be a gift that they will enjoy all year long.

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