Each year, I find it more and more difficult to shop for my almost-tween daughter. She’s only 11, but the average eleven-year-old today has wonderful taste, coupled with no concept of a dollar. So they want their big ticket items (electronics, laptops, iPhones, FitBit watches, headphones) and then what? Moms scramble for the “other stuff” to make Christmas morning fun. The hardest part for me is that the little brother has the giant pile of toys, LEGO sets and trucks, making big sisters pile of accessories and things look pale in comparison. So mom has to find some cute girl items that they didn’t know they wanted. Here are my top 10 for this year.
1. Strap-Its Bras and Bra Straps
I found these locally at Three Gems Unlimited in Scarsdale. My daughter loves hers (looks like this one to the right.) I found their website and loved their story.
is a collaboration between
our daughters and ourselves.
We were tired of seeing our girls going out
in outfits showing their bra straps. We knew
there had to be a way to wear fashion with class.
Searching on the Internet we could not find the kind of
straps that we envisioned. So, we decided to start designing
new straps with a bit of edge and sophistication.
Once we began wearing them, our friends started asking for
them… and so began the story of strap-its…
We hope you wear and enjoy them and share
strap-its with your daughters,
nieces, and sisters..
2. Fairy Lights
I came across these at the Winter Village in Bryant Park and struck up a conversation with the owner, a lovely French woman, who lives in Larchmont– Feels like this happens to me everywhere I go- Always a Westchester connection. I was overwhelmed by the color choices and the sizes and had to come home to measure and look carefully at the color schemes in my daughter’s bedroom so I could place my order online. I have a bunch of girls to shop for this year (girls who have just about every “in” thing or will have it by Christmas morning) so I have to be creative. They’re all getting Fairy Lights!
3. Melsy’s Illustrations
Another one from Bryant Park… Melsy designs very cute phone cases, prints, journals/notebooks, coffee cups and more! She sells on sites, at pop ups and through her Etsy Shop. Check out these links below:
Love Your Melon is an apparel brand dedicated to giving a hat to every child battling cancer in America as well as supporting nonprofit organizations who lead the fight against pediatric cancer.
You’ll find really cute beanie hats, pom pom hats, infinity scarves, family sets with books and all for a good cause. 50% of proceeds go directly to charity so you won’t find a great sale on them– but for the Black Friday to Cyber Monday weekend they are offering free shipping to meet a company goal of reaching $1 million for pediatric cancer patients.
5. Lokai Bracelets
Another “shop for a cause” item are the trendy Lokai bracelets. The Lokai circle has made a huge impact and raised millions of dollars for various charities – funding schools, building clean water wells, supporting research for diseases, and so much more. My favorite are the new metallic ones below
Here’s a link for 20% off your first Lokai purchase: https://share.lokai.com/x/PrTnCD
6. Slime Monthly Subscription Box
Needs no explanation. These girls all love slime. $30 per month and you can buy as many months as you want. I’ll never understand how this craze became so popular but I do like that it gets my daughter off of her screen, mixing ingredients and playing like an 11 year old girl should.
7. Mini Backpacks
Ummm…they’re everywhere and I feel like they are the go-to pocketbook right now. Even Target has some cute ones! Nordstrom Rack online too.
I sort of have a love/hate relationship with it for myself but I think it’s perfect for kids who outgrow clothes from season to season, whether in size or in taste. Some women pull it off better than others but I think kids can pull them off really well. Kids can find leggings with dogs, ice cream cones or hot dogs or depending on the season, Disney/Christmas/Valentines patterns. I’ve shared a link to one of my favorite consultants pages. Nicole is a local mom, who does live sales usually after the kids have gone to sleep. Even better, sometimes they are in her home shop, which is always stocked well, organized and user friendly.To the right you’ll see a really nice photo showing ways to wear LuLaRoe “well.”
9. S’well Bottles
25% off on the site for Black Friday but can be found locally at LOLA in White Plains and Tuckahoe and at Athleta in Scarsdale too. Love the many color choices and collections. https://www.swellbottle.com/bottles
10. Don’t Forget the Stocking Stuffers!
I hate to put anything too valuable in the stocking. It is usually filled with “just for fun” stuff but getting it full can be costly. I usually fill it with the 3 for $15 Bath and Body Works soaps and creams, bath bombs, make up remover cloths and beauty supplies from ULTA (dry shampoo this year– Batiste Brand is $6-$7 a can) and some candy or socks.
And as I finished this post up, I realized that my searches and the pages I was viewing were being tracked– because THIS article wound up finding it’s way to me. Those Google Gods are always watching us!! 20 Gift Ideas for Young Women literally wound up on my screen as a result so I had to share this: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/20-gift-ideas-girls . It’s a pretty good rundown and offers some things I had not included in my list.