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Gift Guide: Teenager Girl

By Polly Conner

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Teens can be tough to buy for! While many of their gift ideas will be specific to their hobbies and interests, there are some that will work for almost all teenager girls!

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Teenager Girl

1. Lip Gloss Jellies – Teen girls love these because they’re cute. Moms like that they are cute AND safe! Swipe, smile, and shine—these universally flattering lip glosses glide on easily and pack a delicious punch.

The lightweight, cushiony texture delivers a sheer ultra-glossy wash of soft shimmer, and no sticky finish, and are sweetened with stevia. Each of the five shades has its own unique scent experience: Cocoa, Caramel, Peppermint, Sorbet, and Honey. All of Beautycounter’s fragrances are rigorously screened to meet our strict safety standards, and all ingredients are disclosed so you know exactly what is in each one.

Beauty Counter Lip Gloss Jellies

2. Birkenstocks – Birkenstocks are officially back and every tween and teen is sporting them. They’re wearing them all year round, and even with socks. The Birkenstock Arizona EVA sandals are the next big thing! The legendary two-strap design, made of a synthetic waterproof and lightweight material. They come in a bunch of different colors and are unusually inexpensive.

White Birkenstocks

 

3. Perfume Sampler – I love this idea! It’s hard for me to commit to one bottle of perfume which is why I love the idea of getting a sampler kit. These new and bestselling scents range from fresh to warm, and there‘s a guide included to keep track of your favorites. Inside this pretty fuchsia-speckle box, you‘ll find 13 mini-size fragrance samples to keep for yourself or give as a gift. 

Perfume Sampler

4. Silk Pillowcase – Good for your hair. Good for your skin. It’d be a delight to sleep on this every night. I’ve heard that this pillow is amazing if you want to make this gift extra special.


5. Hammock – Made of high quality heavy duty nylon. This extra soft yet super strong material gives you the most comfortable and relaxing experience ever.


6. Vibrastrait Flatiron –  A great straightener for a great price point! It is known as “The Healthier Hair Straightener” and offers a smoother, easier glide… even heat distribution, and vibrating ceramic tourmaline plates to protect hair for less damage, faster styling, and stronger, healthier hair. Get this… it was featured on the Rachel Ray Show and CA Live, as well as the Today Show,  GMA and The Talk

Vibrastaight Flatiron

7. Kendra Scott Jewelry – This line of jewelry is all the rage with teens!

Kendra Scott Necklace

8. Cute PJsA smattering of hearts covers this sleep set from the specialists in charming pajamas at Honeydew Intimates. Dropped shoulder seams contribute to the relaxed look.

Grey pajamas with white hearts

9. Photo Printer – Teens have 1,000 photos on their phone but usually only a handful actually printed out. This is one idea to help get hard copies of their favorite pictures off their phone and into frames or on the fridge. No ink cartridges required! 

Photo printer

10. Toiletries Bag – Every girl needs one of these! I love the print on this one but there are lots of other options as well.

Bathroom travel bag

11. Brushes – A fun, colorful brush set for all looks. This professional brush set contains 15 PCS different function brushes, almost covers all your makeup needs. Perfect for blending, highlighting, shading and contouring face makeup looks.

Brushes

12. Fuzzy Socks – I’m wearing some of these as I write this! Perfect to throw on around the house and their CUTE! I love how the look with leggings!

Fuzzy socks

13. Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Can connect to a phone and play music for up to 12 hours! Since I imagine teens will be rough and tumble with it, I’m glad that it’s water proof!

Portable speaker

14. Airpods – Do we even need to make a pitch for these?! Teens love them!

Ipods

15. Rise Up, Hamilton Gear – OK, I couldn’t help myself. But if the teen you’re buying for is a Hamilton fan, this will be a hit!

Rise up Hamilton shirt

16. Key Ring – I got one of these for Christmas last year and didn’t realize how much I’d like it. It makes it easy to find keys in a purse and can slide over your wrist if you want. Lots of different colors.

Key ring

17. Personal Blender – This is a great age for for them to start experimenting with flavors and food. Having a personal blender to make smoothies in is a great place to start! I know a teen girl who is obsessed with hers!

Personal blender

18. LED Light Strips – These are really popular with both teen girls and boys. They use them in their room and can use the remote to change the lighting.

LED light strips

19. Pique Tea Bundle Pique Tea is an innovative brand of instant tea crystals that dissolve in hot (some also in cold) water. You simply tear open the small packet of condensed tea crystals and mix them with water. Teens will love this shortcut approach to drinking a comforting cup of tea that can help provide calm energy, gut health, and boost immunity.

Pique Tea

Color Changing Lightbulb with Remote My kids got this for her birthday this year and it’s been a huge hit. The light bulb works anywhere a standard lightbulb does and the user can change the colors with the use of the remote. I bought a few of these to give as birthday gifts as well!

Color changing lightbulb

Hydroflask – This is not just any water bottle. No, no, this is THE most popular water bottle right now in our middle school. Your tween is sure to love it. And, hey, I’m all for getting my kid to drink more water. 🙂 Check out the various designs and colors.

Hydroflask

Cute Crossbody Bag – Whether it’s art supplies, books, or a water bottle and snacks, your tween girl will love this adorable crossbody bag that’s just her size.

Crossbody purple purse

Heart Rate & Sleep Monitor – Lintelek fitness tracker monitors your heart rate all day. It tracks your sleep (awake sleep, deep sleep, awake time) at night. The fitness tracker can track your daily steps, calorie consumed, workout distance and time. 

Purple fitbit

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Gift Guide: Teenager Boy

By Polly Conner

Pssst… We are continually adding to these guides! Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see recommendations that aren’t in the image!

Teens can be tough to buy for! While many of their gift ideas will be specific to their hobbies and interests, there are some that will work for almost all teenager boys!

Swing by and see all of our Holiday Gift Guide Ideas!

Note: If you bookmark any of these ideas for later, we’d be so thankful if you came back to this page and go through our link when you are ready to purchase. We only get credit if you make a purchase through our link. We appreciate your support SO much!

Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Here’s our full disclosure.

  1. Portable Car Charger – These things are amazing to have on hand! Might not be the most exciting gift under the tree, but they will thank you when they leave their lights on during the school day. Safely jump start a dead battery in seconds with this compact, yet powerful, 1000-amp portable lithium car battery jump starter pack. A great thing to have in a teens car!

2. Bose Portable Speaker – A great speaker to play music on anywhere they go.


 

3. Event Tickets: This is a favorite among teens. It also creates memories and guarantees some one-on-one time with him!  You can ask the teenager on your list for a list of their favorite bands, theatrical events, or teams. Then browse some ticket sites like Stubhub to see what’s available. 


4. Nike Tights – Teen boys are loving these!


5. Vans shoes -Whip out that mixtape, because everything 80’s is back in style.  These checkered Vans shoes are the must-have item at Junior High Schools around the country.


6. Portable Projector – How fun is this?!  Imagine being able to project a movie onto any wall in your home when friends come over.  My teenagers would love to get this so they can show movies in the backyard on warm summer nights. Just throw some lounge chairs, sleeping bags, or bean bags into the yard and enjoy an evening under the stars with a favorite movie.


7. Nike Elite Socks – This recommendation came straight from a teenager boy!


8. Tile Mate “I bought some of these tiles a couple years ago for my teenage son and they saved his sanity many times! If he forgets where he parked, can’t find his keys, lost his phone, or has another item he can’t seem to keep track of, these will change his life.”


9. Hammock –  I love that these pack up in a small bag. Great for camping. 


10. One Night Werewolf – A popular game among tweens and teens.


11.Sports SwagIt’s likely the teen boy you’re buying for has a favorite team. One idea is to give them some team gear.


12. PlayStation Games – This will really depend on what gaming console your teenager might have but consider adding a few more games to his stash!


13. Spikeball – A high energy game that can be played inside or outside.


14. Airpods – Do we even need to make a pitch for these?! Teens love them!


15. Outdoor Jenga – This starts at 2.5 feet tall and can build up to 5 feet! A great game to play outside with friends.


16. Drone Flying objects are a no-brainer for a teenage boy. Plus think of the amazing pictures that can be taken from a drone!


17. Smart Plugs – “Alexa, turn off my lights.” I have no doubt teen boys will love having control of their devices with an echo dot around. These are easy to set up too!


18. Hydroflask – Pretty sure every tween or teen has one of these. Lots of different colors!


19. Starter Tool Kit – If your teen is getting close to moving out on their own, it might be a good idea to get them their own tool kit. They will thank you when they have to assemble their first piece of Ikea furniture.


Airpod Case – A great stocking stuffer!

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Gift Guide: Tween Girls (9-12ish)

By Rachel Tiemeyer

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Tween girl–roughly between the ages of 9-12–is the age of maturing kid and not yet teen. My daughter falls in this range, so she and her sweet friends inspired many of the gifts on this list. From books to games to cute accessories and more, I hope these gift ideas help your tween girl to be a well-rounded gal.

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Tween Girl: Ages 9-12 Gift Guide


  1. Lip Gloss Jellies – Tween girls love these because they’re cute. Moms like that they are cute AND safe! Swipe, smile, and shine—these universally flattering lip glosses glide on easily and pack a delicious punch.

The lightweight, cushiony texture delivers a sheer ultra-glossy wash of soft shimmer, and no sticky finish, and are sweetened with stevia. Each of the five shades has its own unique scent experience! All of Beautycounter’s fragrances are rigorously screened to meet our strict safety standards, and all ingredients are disclosed so you know exactly what is in each one.

Beauty counter jellies

2. Color Changing Lightbulb with Remote My 9 year old got this for her birthday this year and it’s been a huge hit. The light bulb works anywhere a standard lightbulb does and the user can change the colors with the use of the remote. I bought a few of these to give as birthday gifts as well!

Color changing lightbulb

3. Gift Bag of Scrunchies – Why hello, scrunchies. It’s been a while! (Believe it or not, the hottest hair accessory from my Junior High days is back.) Here’s a cute bundle of scrunchies of every color and pattern a tween girl could ever want. My daughter uses scrunchies from this stash EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Scrunchies

4. Hydroflask – This is not just any water bottle. No, no, this is THE most popular water bottle right now in our middle school. Your tween is sure to love it. And, hey, I’m all for getting my kid to drink more water. 🙂 Check out the various designs and colors.

Hydroflask

 

5. Gel Pens Set + Blank Journals – How much fun could your tween have using this giant set of colorful gel pens? Whether it’s writing letters to friends or sketching in one of these journals, she will get her use out of them. I love these blank journals, so she can decorate the front covers.

Gel Pens

6. Paint by Sticker Books – This is no ordinary sticker book. It’s a great indoor activity and the pictures that evolve, sticker by sticker, are really cool! The final product is on card stock too so it can be torn out and displayed.

Paint by sticker books

7. Ripstick – Our whole street of boy and girl tweens ride up and down the sidewalks and driveways after school on their Ripsticks. Such great exercise and reason to get outside! The mom in me has to suggest investing in a helmet and pads, too. 😉

Rip Stick

8. Echo Dot – My kids LOVE these. They use it for music and audiobooks primarily. The Echo Dots also have games on them that the kids have fun with. What I learned after I bought them is that they can also be used as kind of a walkie talky. From my phone, I can drop into their room, make announcements, block certain songs, set time limits, and turn on explicit filter. Now truth be told, they still find songs that you may not approve of but all you have to say is, “Alexa, never play that song again.” I love these!

Echo Dot Junior

9. Colorku – My tween is obsessed with this game, but it’s really great for all ages. Instead of using numbers to solve Sudoku puzzles, Colorku uses brightly colored wooden balls. The solid wood game board includes 81 balls in 9 different colors, 104 puzzle cards, solutions booklet, color conversion card and storage tray. There are 5 levels of difficulty.

Colorku

10. Oversized Sherpa Wearable Blanket – This is 100% on my list for my daughter this year. She would love it!

Oversized Sherpa

11. Gold Initials Heart Necklace – This dainty gold necklace can be personalized with her initial. Great stocking stuffer or add-on gift.

Customized Necklace

12. Nerdy Nummies Cookbook – My 11 year old is obsessed with this popular Youtuber named Rosanna Pansina. She wants her cookbook as one of her gifts. Is this tween or what?

Nerdy Nummies

13. Electric ScooterI’m pretty sure this is the year we are going to pull the trigger and get one of these for kiddo. I plan to get this one based off the Amazon reviews. They are all the rage with the tweens in our neighborhood and don’t seem to go too dangerously fast.

Razor scooter

14. Girls Bible: My daughter is in 4th grade and joined her first small group. I realized quickly that while we had plenty of Bibles in our home, she wanted one that was hers. This is a great option to start a little lady off with. There are more, age-appropriate Bibles from this list of Children’s Bibles or this list of Tween and Teen Bibles. Rachel’s 12-year-old daughter uses this Bible the most.

Faith girls

15. Onesie PJs – I have no idea why these are such a hit, but they are. My daughter wants to wear them even in the summer. Lot’s of different animal/color options too.

Onesie PJs

16. Light Strings for Bedroom – These Bedroom Lights come with ON/OFF switch, getting rid of unplugging to turn the lights off. 200 mini LED bulbs and 66Ft in length, great for decorating, creating a warm, gentle, ambient glow in the room.

Light Strings for Bedroom

17. Cute Crossbody Bag – Whether it’s art supplies, books, or a water bottle and snacks, your tween girl will love this adorable crossbody bag that’s just her size.

Cute Crossbody Bag

18. Electronic Snap Circuits: Designed for young engineers ages 8+. Build over 300 experiments with 60+ parts, including photosensitive electronic organ, a Lie detector, an AM radio, and a two-finger touch lamp and much more!

Electronic Snap Circuits

Cat Crimes – Tweens around my neighborhood love this game. Cat Crimes is a super cute yet challenging logic game that can be played alone or with friends. Gets progressively harder.

Cat Crimes

Lego Friends are still super popular with many girls in this age range.

Lego Friends

Books!

Books: Here are a few great book series ideas for Tween girls. I’ve listed them from younger to older age-appropriateness.

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Heathy Halloween Party Treats!

By Polly Conner

Healthy Halloween party treats: Clementine pumpkins and ghost bananas. Kids will eat these up!

I’ve learned that if you make food fun, kids are about 7x more likely to eat it. Yes, 7x- not 8x or 6x. 7 times more likely. I have no documented data aside from my own personal recollection so don’t ask for it. Just trust me.

Since your children will likely being eating themselves in to a sugar-coma on Halloween, why not provide some healthier options earlier in the evening? Here are two easy ideas that are super easy to whip up: Orange Pumpkins and Ghost Bananas!

Healthy Halloween party treats: Clementine pumpkins and ghost bananas. Kids will eat these up!

If you have older kids, they can help you assemble them. My four year old lacks all self-control around chocolate chips so we didn’t go that route this year.

Healthy Halloween party treats: Clementine pumpkins and ghost bananas. Kids will eat these up!

For the pumpkins stems, I just chopped up a green pepper and shoved it in the top of a clementine. Worked great!Healthy Halloween party treats: Clementine pumpkins and ghost bananas. Kids will eat these up!

Happy Halloween!

Healthy Halloween party treats: Clementine pumpkins and ghost bananas. Kids will eat these up!

Make sure to pin this idea and then check out our round up of Halloween crafts!

31 easy Halloween crafts for preschoolers

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Heathy Halloween Party Treats!

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 10 of each
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Mix/Make
  • Cuisine: American

Description

On a night filled with sugar-galore, try these darling, healthy snacks instead. You just need a few ingredients to create orange pumpkins and ghost bananas.


Ingredients

  • clementines
  • green bell peppers, cut in to small chunks
  • bananas
  • chocolate chips, variety of both mini chocolate chips and regular-sized

Instructions

For the Pumpkins:

  1. Peel the clementines.
  2. Insert a small chunk of green bell pepper in to the top of the pumpkin to represent the stem.

For the Ghosts:

  1. Peel the bananas. Cut in half.
  2. Insert two mini chocolate chips, point end down, in to the top of the banana. These will act as the eyes.
  3. Insert one regular-sized chocolate chip, point end down, to represent the nose.

Make Your Own Fourth of July Wreath

By Polly Conner

After seeing a Fourth of July fireworks stand being set up yesterday, I got really excited for the upcoming holiday! So when I stumbled on this wreath idea from Capital B, I got motivated and made one for myself!

Fourth of July Wreath: A DIY Holiday Decorating Idea

 

Fourth of July Wreath

Despite this project being a bit time consuming, it was fun and very easy to do. I recommend doing it with a friend or a group of people. It’s a bit monotonus so we just chatted away while we pinned and pinned.

Want to make your own? Here’s how: Read more