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cruisin
12-10-2010, 01:13 AM
Depending on where you live (for some of these items): gloves/mittens, warm hat, scarf, sweatshirt, pajamas, socks, robe, backpack, notebooks, pencils, pens, art supplies, crafts, purse, Target/Walmart/KMart gift card, games, snacks, sweets, books, costume jewelry. My husband's firm does this for the holidays, every year, and those are some of the things that are suggested by the schools that sponsor the collecting.

Wanted to add how this has been done. The firm buys backpacks for 30 kids. Each of the partners and associates takes one home and fills it with as much as they can for either a boy or girl. I have to admit that the backpacks are usually overstuffed and in a shopping bag with more stuff. Then, the school has a party for the kids and each one gets their gift. I love this, because it is going directly to the kids, no middlemen.

mmscfdcsu
12-10-2010, 02:51 AM
Bless all of you who are involved in the giving. I have 25 clients that I have submitted to our adult angel tree program. All are kind, intelligent people diagnosed with major mental illness. All are on disability and almost all are living in group homes. After room and board are paid, some of them have as little as $10.00 per week left to cover clothing, toiletries, entertainment, etc. When the economy was better a couple of years ago, we were able to provide each with a $75.00 gift card. One of my clients was in tears. Not just because she could buy some much needed items, but because she was not forgotten and that this was a sign that someone cared.

As my group has grown, I've had to go up in the amount of personal spending that I do for group supplies. It is now over $30.00 per week. Still, I feel so lucky to be able to do what I can. I'm now in the process of finding some small gifts. I was able to purchase 35 nice tshirts at $1.00 per shirt. For someone who hates to shop, I'm getting pretty good at finding bargains. :lol:

barbk
12-10-2010, 03:56 AM
Bless all of you who are involved in the giving. I have 25 clients that I have submitted to our adult angel tree program. All are kind, intelligent people diagnosed with major mental illness. All are on disability and almost all are living in group homes. After room and board are paid, some of them have as little as $10.00 per week left to cover clothing, toiletries, entertainment, etc. When the economy was better a couple of years ago, we were able to provide each with a $75.00 gift card. One of my clients was in tears. Not just because she could buy some much needed items, but because she was not forgotten and that this was a sign that someone cared.

As my group has grown, I've had to go up in the amount of personal spending that I do for group supplies. It is now over $30.00 per week. Still, I feel so lucky to be able to do what I can. I'm now in the process of finding some small gifts. I was able to purchase 35 nice tshirts at $1.00 per shirt. For someone who hates to shop, I'm getting pretty good at finding bargains. :lol:

If it isn't too late I'd be happy to get a gift card for one of your clients --just pm me with what store you suggest and mailing info.

mmscfdcsu
12-10-2010, 04:13 AM
If it isn't too late I'd be happy to get a gift card for one of your clients --just pm me with what store you suggest and mailing info.

Bless you! I was not posting seeking gifts, but there are so many needy people out there. I may PM you tomorrow after checking with my agency. I would then PM you with the name of my agency and the name of my program. The donation could be sent to the agency and designated for a client in my program. If a card is sent to the agency, you would get the thank you letter from the agency and the tax write off.

The generosity of FSUers is amazing. :)

RockTheTassel
12-10-2010, 04:17 AM
...probably anything Twilight, Harry Potter, Glee or Bieber related

Actually, I'd stay away from anything that relates to a specific book, tv show, or actor unless you're sure the recipient is interested in it. While plenty of eleven-year-olds like things like Twilight or Justin Bieber, there are plenty who don't. Since you can't be sure of the whether the girl likes those tv shows/books/actors, it's probably better to go with a gift without a theme.

I really liked the suggestion of one of the craft books from Klutz. I remember loving those when I was younger. It comes with all the materials needed, and the crafts are easy and fun for an eleven-year-old. The beauty kits are good as well. Bath and Body Works has some great gift sets for Christmas.

Have fun shopping. :)

pollyanna
12-10-2010, 04:25 AM
I have a tweener. Any gift card from Justice, Aeropostale or Hollister (more pricey in my opinion) are the birthday gift items most coveted. At that age they all love Bath & Body Works stuff. In these parts, Abercrombie is nicknamed AberCRUMMY. Let us know what you decide!

My kids and I find that our money goes a lot further at Aeropostale than Hollister or Abercrombie (which seems to be OUT). Aeropostale has GREAT sales including jeans at 50% off. My teen son shops there almost exclusively.

If you do decide to buy books, maybe shop at a bookstore that is easily accessible via public transit and include the gift receipt. If you give a duplicate book, this will make it a bit easier to exchange.

vesperholly
12-10-2010, 05:01 AM
At that age, I was given an art set by my grandparents that I LOVED. It had felt tip markers, colored pencils, charcoal pencils and erasers. It couldn't have been very expensive, but I loved it to death and still have it. That plus a pad of drawing paper would make an excellent gift.

Klutz books are great, too. They even come with supplies.

If you want to go the cosmetics route, Sally Beauty Supply has a nice store brand called Sally Girl. The products are really decent and only $1 apiece.

Twilight1
12-10-2010, 12:49 PM
I have a 10 yr old on my list and I bought her a really cool top and scrapbooking kit. She loves clothes and is into artsy stuff so that will work for her.

It was the 13 yr old that gave me more trouble. She actually FB'd me to tell me she really liked Justin Bieber so that made things easier for me. lol!

Aceon6
12-10-2010, 01:47 PM
The most squeals at our Giving Tree party came from the girl who got a nail color sampler with matching barrettes and, believe it or not, low profile socks. I think everything came from Claire's.

We get a lot of info on our kids. I got a punkish 13 year old this year and got her a black hoodie.

rudi
12-10-2010, 02:27 PM
Another mom chiming in here. I agree with some of the other folks here and would also probably do a gift card or gift from any of these stores:

Claire's
Justice
Aeropostle
Bath and Body Works

skatemommy
12-10-2010, 11:28 PM
Another mom chiming in here. I agree with some of the other folks here and would also probably do a gift card or gift from any of these stores:

Claire's
Justice
Aeropostle
Bath and Body Works

Agreed. My DD HATES Bieber, Twilight and Glee and makeup. :wuzrobbed I love Glee; she goes in the other room and watches Nick or Disney. She ALWAYS watches Hannah Montana, Suite Life, ICarley, Sunny With a Chance, etc but would never admit to it or wear anything with those likenesses.

MikiAndoFan#1
12-10-2010, 11:41 PM
I'd recommend giving her a book. :) I always feel so happy whenever I receive a new book!

skatemommy
12-11-2010, 12:18 AM
My kids and I find that our money goes a lot further at Aeropostale than Hollister or Abercrombie (which seems to be OUT). Aeropostale has GREAT sales including jeans at 50% off. My teen son shops there almost exclusively.


Agreed 100%. We went to the mall last week for jeans as DD is growing out of Justice size 14. Hollister size 0 were bordering on porno they were SO low cut and they were $60 a pair. Went to Aero - size 00 fit nice; above the hip bone and $18 a pair. She buys her own clothes with her allowance and got a real good lesson in value! Just wish their T-shirts were a little thicker.

Ageless
12-11-2010, 11:23 AM
Thanks, everyone, for all your suggestions. I ended up getting her the Klutz book on making Friendship bracelets along with a pink scarf, headband and glove set. Hopefully she will like them.

cruisin
12-11-2010, 03:34 PM
Thanks, everyone, for all your suggestions. I ended up getting her the Klutz book on making Friendship bracelets along with a pink scarf, headband and glove set. Hopefully she will like them.

Sounds perfect!