Christmas Gift for 11 Year Old Girl

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  1. Ageless

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    My rink is participating in the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program again this year. For some reason, none of the tags this year provided any gift suggestions, sizes, etc. The tag I have is for an 11-year old girl. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what's big (at a reasonable price) for that age group right now?
  2. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    iTunes gift cards are big, according to my 11-year old niece.
  3. Habs

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    When I was 11, the best gift in the world to me was a book!

    How about a board game or an art/craft kit?
  4. taf2002

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    My local Salvation Army volunteers told me that most of their angels are in shelters or in low-cost housing. So an iTunes card would be useless to kids without a MP3 player or a computer. Also any device needing batteries (unless they recharge by plugging them into electricity & not a computer). Luckily my angels had a "needs" section & a "wants" section on their tags.
  5. Garden Kitty

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    When my niece was that age, she really liked the craft kits and about 1/2 the books I picked out for her. A big stuffed toy/pillow combination can also be fun (search on amazon for stuffed toy pillow to see what I mean). I tunes gift certificates are big with her now, but you'd need to know that the donee has an ipod.
  6. millyskate

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    You don't know if she has an mp3, so maybe an itunes gift card is a bit risky.
    ETA: you've just pointed that out.

    When it came to presents from strangers, I used to enjoy beauty products. I remember liking a gift bag from bodyshop my cousin gave me, with some shower stuff, lip balms and moisturisers. I also liked nice stationery.
  7. znachki

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    As others have said, books and craft kits - especially if they are the kind where you can make friendship bracelets or such. Inexpensive jewelry (bracelets) from someplace like Claire's perhaps? I noticed the other day that they had those flavored lip smacker type things still, and they aren't colored so some of those. Perhaps a diary? Since they didn't give you any guidence as to what, you could do a whole "kit" kind of thing. Probably anything Twilight, Harry Potter, Glee or Bieber related
  8. millyskate

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    The problem with books is that you never know what they already have. I was a big reader and often disappointed when I got a book because unless it came from my parent's, I had nearly always read it already.
  9. LuckyCharm

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    Girls that age tend to really love those body care sets. They feel like their getting something really "grown-up." This time of year, you can find some pretty nice ones for $20 or less. They're also one size fits all, and it doesn't matter whether or not they already own something like it. You can never have too much lotion and soap. I would pick a fragrance that's not too strong though.
  10. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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  12. skatemommy

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    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!
  13. mag

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    My two girls love the Klutz fashion books. There are templates for different sorts of mix and match outfits and tonnes of paper with cool designs. I have yet to meet an 11 year old who doesn't love them.
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    Funny that they don't like Abercrombie but like Hollister. It's the same exact store! Literally, only Hollister has the seagull and Abercrombie the moose.

    But yes, I'd also say Bath and Body Works items and the Klutz books (I have the knitting and crochet ones and love them).
  15. skatemommy

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    There must be a difference as even Wall Street Journal is reporting that Aber is struggling as a company.

    ps when DD was 11 and sort of outgrowing crafts, she loved "Create-A-Clings" also from Klutz I think. It is a craft kit to make the gel-like window clings with molds. She had several afternoons of fun with that which was great to see on a rainy couple of days. And she gave her grandma some for her slider so that the birds from her feeder wouldn't run into the empty glass. It made her feel like she made a difference in the lives of the wild birds. (and nana for not having to find dead birds)
  16. cruisin

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    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.
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  17. mmscfdcsu

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    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:
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  18. barbk

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    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.
  19. mmscfdcsu

    mmscfdcsu Skating Pairs with Drew

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    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. :)
  20. RockTheTassel

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    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. :)
  21. pollyanna

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    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.
  22. vesperholly

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    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.
  23. Twilight1

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    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!
  24. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Get off my lawn

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    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.
  25. rudi

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    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
  26. skatemommy

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    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.
  27. MikiAndoFan#1

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    I'd recommend giving her a book. :) I always feel so happy whenever I receive a new book!
  28. skatemommy

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    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.
  29. Ageless

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    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.
  30. cruisin

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    Sounds perfect!
  31. rudi

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    Sounds good! I think she will like them.
  32. cruisin

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    Don't forget to let us know how much she loves her gift! :)
  33. Ageless

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    Unfortunately I'll never know how the gifts go over. We turn them in and the local agency (Salvation Army, I think in this case) distributes them. We aren't present. All I can do is hope she likes them.
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    I'm sure she'll like them a lot; you chose with a lot of care.
  35. taf2002

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    You did great. I'm glad you didn't get a gift card. When I got my Salvation Army angel they told me no money or gift cards. And the gift receipts that I put in the bag were marked with the Salvation Army stamp so the stores would know not to refund money, just make the kids exchange the gift. I think they are afraid the parents may end up with money/gift cards.
  36. cruisin

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    Sadly, they are probably right. Good thinking ahead, on the Salvation Army's part.
  37. skatemommy

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    A side note in a gift giving thread...I had a fleece robe and fleece pajamas given to me by well meaning Mom & MIL. I went over to the local nursing home and asked if someone could use them (brand new w/tags). The staff were so thankful and said they were going to wrap them up for a resident who doesn't have any family in the area. :wuzrobbed on the way out thinking that my unwanted things will be the only gift a dear elderly lady gets on Christmas. (My dad was there for rehab and they took good care of him).
  38. Twilight1

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    skatemommy- there is a long term care nursing home just up the road from us and I have been talking to my husband about bringing the boys up there xmas morning for a bit depending on how things are for my dad. No one should be alone on xmas (who doesn't want to be)
  39. Allen

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    We always do angel tree and I look for the kids who ask for clothing because I figure they really need it if they ask for clothes instead of toys. I always :rolleyes: at the ones that ask for iPods, iPads, cell phones, etc. This year we had an 10 year old girl. So we went to Gap Kids and Abercrombie Kids. Both stores gave us their employ discount plus some coupons, so we made out with a ton of clothes. I always worry that the people at the Salvation Army will split up my gifts. I wish there was some way to know if the kids like what we get them. Last year, we saw a boy wearing the same sweater we bought for our angel tree kid and wondered if it was him, but of course there's no way to know.
  40. skatemommy

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    ^ I think we will know one day. Jesus said, "as you have done for the least of these, surely you have done for me".