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Nothing made me happier that getting stationary and stamps for presents. It was literally so much joy for me. It is because of my parents’ philosophy of gifts that has allowed me to find some really neat all year round gift ideas for pre-teen girls. All I have to do is think back to the gifts I received as a pre-teen little girl.
The philosophy of gift-giving my parents has is that the gifts they give need to encourage learning some way for the child, but yet be something that the child is skilled or passionate about, and that can look different for each child.
Like I said earlier, for me that was a book of stamps and a stationary set. To me, they weren’t just “okay” gifts, they were items that I needed to write to all my friends. I loved writing letters and my mom loved having me write letters, because it helped me improve my spelling and handwriting, plus let me experience pen-pals. She was empowering me to continue something I love by providing me the tools I needed to do them.
Other gifts I’d receive were fun colored gel pens, my own envelopes (one of my favorite gifts), books, and craft supplies.
They might sound silly and cheap to you when you think about gifts, but to me…they were just want I wanted and helped me improve the skills and passions I had as a pre-teen.
Fun (and meaningful) ideas for pre-teen girls:
Let her be herself…
Knitting Looms – I remember spending hours bent over my knitting looms, making baby doll hats, or hats for little babies. It was fun to just create something beautiful, and better yet, something I could give to someone else. (If you have a crafty daughter, I wrote a more in-depth gift guide!)
Digital Camera – When I was young, I was very interested in photography, especially digital photography. My parents nurtured that desire and gave me one of their old digital cameras. For my 17th birthday, I received a DSLR camera and was encouraged to develop my talent. You’ll be surprised what a digital camera can really do for a pre-teen girl.
MP3 Player – Music was very important to me, and still is to this day. Almost every time I was busy doing something in my room, I would have a CD playing. Eventually, I received a Ipod Nano and listened to music everywhere I went.
Kindle – I loved reading as a pre-teen/teen girl. If I wasn’t listening to music or crafting, I was reading. If I had a Kindle back then, I don’t know how many more books I would have read, or how much knowledge I would have gained.
Sewing Machine – It was on my 12th birthday that I received my first sewing machine. It was glorious. I could actually make things that I wanted! I made a bunch of scrunchies (those big and bulky hair ties), bags, my own curtains, and eventually a dress.
Make her feel beautiful…
Let her wear truth…
Let her express herself…
Stationary Set – I don’t know how many hours I spent writing, but it definitely hasn’t been wasted. I had several pen pals. I wrote stories. I made cards. Honestly, nothing really got me as excited than receiving a bunch of note cards and a book of stamps.
Beautiful Pens – Like I said, I liked to write. It helped me put my words that were hard for me to say on paper. I had like dozens of pens in my room, but only the best.
Journal – Every girl needs a place to put her thoughts…
Books of encouragement:
- So Long, Insecurity
- Journeys of Faithfulness
- Perfectly Unique
- Graceful (For Young Women): Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life
Feeling special and important is very important for young teens!
What are some things you do with your daughter to make her feel like a gorgeous star!