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Gift Ideas for 11 year old girl?

I'll apologize in advance if this is in the wrong spot, sorry!

We recently have been lucky enough to move nearby my little cousin (she is my uncle's daughter, but she lives with her mom and step-dad) and she and I have been spending time together as she doesn't really get to spend girl-time with her mom much. We'll call her Candace. Anyways Candace is turning 11 soon and I'm stumped as to what to get her as a gift. She is very particular in her clothes (or rather, her mom is--certain materials are off limits, along with any clothes that look "tom-boyish", certain brands, etc.) as we learned while helping them with back-to school shopping. I tried to look at different little things while we were at the mall the other day, but each thing that Candace liked her mom said no to (Legos "are for boys", plus her little sisters could choke on them--I can understand the concern about the little kids though; nail polish sets were "too tacky", it went on like that all day--ugh).

I'm leaning towards getting her a little gift basket from Bath and Body works with some cute girly lotions (they still make those, right?) or maybe some cute jewlery but would love some other suggestions. Candace loves animals, reading and "pretty" things, but I just am stumped. She did just get an iphone and an xbox for her birthday, but I don't know if I should look at getting some accessories for those or not.

Thanks for any ideas you guys have!
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Re: Gift Ideas for 11 year old girl?

  • Well, if she just got an Xbox, maybe you could get her a game for it. In fact, since she likes Legos, there are a bunch of Legoland games out that are rated E for everyone. My H & I have both of the Legoland Harry Potter games and love them....the great thing about these games too is that you can play up to 4 players (I think) so it's a fun thing you guys could all play together. They also have Legoland Star Wars, Batman, and Indianna Jones ;)
  • I would ask her mother.
  • I like the lego game idea, I'll have to take a look at those. My H and I play games on the computer and xbox, but they're mostly RPGs or FPSs.I'm a huge nerd so I may actually have to go buy some of those games for me :) Not sure how her mom will feel about games but I'll ask(she has very definate ideas of what are boy and girl toys, and I have a feeling she doesn't like that my uncle bought Candace a video game console, lol. We'll see.).

    Unfortunately mom isn't much help. She says to buy clothes, but pretty much anything that is gifted to my cousin gets returned regardless of who bought it and more often than not she uses the money/gift card to get stuff for her other daughters (who are 3 and 1). When I talked to mom today she said to get her whatever, but to remember to bring a gift for the other girls so they don't feel left out.  :/ At least little ones are easier to buy for! 

    I'm sure we'll find something for her.
    ?Laugh whenever you can. Keeps you from killing yourself when things are bad. That and vodka.?
  • Yea, buying games can be tricky but as long as you follow the rating labels, that should narrow it down and make it easier. You know, they do make Legos for girls too ;)
  • R.WilsonnyR.Wilsonny member
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    Here's the girl's lego sets:

    http://friends.lego.com/en-us

    And here's the games for Legoland Harry Potter:

    http://www.amazon.com/LEGO-Harry-Potter-Years-Xbox-360/dp/B002BS4JDS

    http://www.amazon.com/LEGO-Harry-Potter-Years-Xbox-360/dp/B0051TLAF4

    One other thing - if you do buy a game, just check the ones that are rated E, because those are all ages and family friendly. They do make some nice games for a younger audience and you have a good variety of choices.

    :)
  • For that age, I usually do books or get one of those kits where you can make beaded bracelets etc.  That kind of thing.

    This was my absolute favorite book at that age:

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Agony-Alice-Books/dp/1442423633/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377073817&sr=8-1&keywords=the+agony+of+alice

    Now that I see it's a set, I might buy it for myself hehe!

    Or something like this if her mom would be okay with her keeping it in her room and using it when the younger kid is asleep:

    http://www.amazon.com/Jewelry-Basics-Class-Bright-Glass/dp/B004C6HQ5U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377073885&sr=8-1&keywords=jewelry+kits
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  • Thanks so much for all the ideas guys! I'm planning on going to the store after work today so I'll take a look around. @Kimbus22 I used to love that book too! I had forgotten all about it though.:)

    And I totally didn't know they have "girl" legos now too. I loved building stuff with legos as a kid, but I think my cousin may enjoy these sets! They have so much neat stuff for kids now days!
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  • Thanks so much for all the ideas guys! I'm planning on going to the store after work today so I'll take a look around. @Kimbus22 I used to love that book too! I had forgotten all about it though.:)

    And I totally didn't know they have "girl" legos now too. I loved building stuff with legos as a kid, but I think my cousin may enjoy these sets! They have so much neat stuff for kids now days!
    It's funny because I remember when my H mentioned that legos makes girlie ones and he didn't seem very hmmm...how to put it.....happy about it? 'Legos are for boys' blah blah blah....lego purist hahaha
  • 11 years old sounds like the perfect age to be reading American Girl books. 
  • Why not a fun gift basket? You could make one.

    Put in a lot of things she likes --- nail polish, a certain magazine, fun earrings, whatever she likes. 

    Get some of that shrink wrap from a craft store, the kind that uses a hairdryer to "activate" and cover the basket with that.
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