Gift Ideas that Are Sure to Delight Your Daughter

Teenagers often assume their parents don’t understand them, and special occasions are your chance to prove them wrong. Picking out the perfect gift for your teenage daughter is as simple as thinking through her interests and giving her something you know she already loves. Here are just a few simple ideas of what to get your daughter for her birthday, Christmas, graduation or just because you want to let her know you’re thinking of her.

For the Accessory Queen: Jewelry

If your daughter won’t leave the house without at least one fashionable accessory, get her something to add to her collection. If she loves big and bold items, a huge ring or a set of bangles will be perfect. If she’s more delicate, choose dainty earrings or a simple ring. If she searches for meaning in her accessories, consider a word necklace or a charm bracelet.

Petite Princess Crown Necklace in Figural Gift Box

Cupcake Crystal & Enamel Pendant Necklace in Figural Gift Box

For the Music Lover: CD or Concert Tickets

You may have a hard time getting your daughter to turn off her sound system, but you can show you care by giving her some music she loves. Find the latest album by her favorite musician or get a throwback older album by a musician she’s recently started following. If you want to go one step further, get her concert tickets to see a favorite artist live.

Metamorphosis

Under My Skin

For the Fashionista: New Outfit

If there’s an item of clothing your daughter has been begging for, now’s the perfect time to splurge and get it for her. Unless you’re sure you can pick a winner, offer to take her out on a special shopping trip to pick the exact outfit she wants, and maybe grab some frozen yogurt while you’re out.

Wet Seal Women’s Novel Peasant Top S White

Wet Seal Women’s Beaded Necklace Top S Peach

For the Sensitive Soul: Journal

Teenage girls may not be willing to tell you everything they’re feeling, but that doesn’t mean they need to keep it all bottled up. Get your daughter an elegant journal with high quality binding and a pretty cover. Get away from the childish diaries and get something a little more grown up so she’ll feel more mature when she writes in it.

Just Between Us: A No-Stress, No-Rules Journal for Girls and Their Moms

All About Me Teenage Edition: The Story of Your Life

For the Star Gazer: Movie

Any girl who follows news about Hollywood stars like they’re her best friends will love a gift related to the movies. Get her a DVD or Blu-ray of one of the films she has enjoyed recently, or pick up a pair of tickets so she and her best friend can go to a movie they’ve been looking forward to seeing when it comes out.

13 Going on 30 [Blu-ray]

Chasing Liberty

Your daughter’s personality and interests will affect what type of gift is best for her, so just take a close look at who she is today to know what to buy. This isn’t the time to project your interests or wishes on her; instead, you should celebrate who she is and what she loves. Seeing her face light up when she opens the gift will make your purchase well worth it.

6 Great Gift Ideas for Newlyweds

There’s no rule that says you have to buy a wedding gift from the couple’s bridal registry. In fact, if you know them well and understand their vision for a life together, you may select a much more meaningful gift by avoiding the registry which is typically filled with necessary but somewhat impersonal items. Here are some alternative gift ideas for newlyweds, but set your budget before shopping. If you don’t shop with a limit in mind you might find yourself spending for more than if you’d bought that pricey stemware they asked for to begin with.

Tool Box

tool box may not be the most romantic gift a newlywed couple could receive, but if they’re the practical type or are also new homeowners, you can bet it’s one they’ll appreciate. Fill the tool box with basic hand tools, an assortment of nails and screws for hanging photos, a roll of duct tape, and a how-to book on home repair. They’ll be thanking you each time they save money on simple home maintenance.

Plano 652-009 Grab-N-Go 20-Inch Tool Box with Tray

Stanley 016011R Series 2000 16-Inch Tool Box

An Artistic Portrait

Wedding photos will be cherished for years, but a Warholesque portrait will look awesome in their new house. The company All Pop Art can turn any photo into a canvas portrait in the style of artists like Warhol and Lichtenstein or like a frame of a classic comic book. There are several styles to choose from, and prices start around $100.

Cooking Classes

Assumptions that a new wife knows how to or wants to cook meals every day are outdated. Modern newlyweds typically share household tasks and may enjoy spending time in the kitchen together. Taking cooking classes together is both romantic and practical. But don’t sign them up for a specific class; they may have other plans or one person may be unavailable. Instead, pay for a series and let them choose which classes they’d like to take. You could tuck the gift certificate inside an oven mitt or wrap it in a dish towel for a fun presentation.

A Record Player

No, it’s not for every couple, but if your newlyweds are hipsters or love vintage style, they’ll enjoy spinning some vinyl on a made-to-look-old-school brand new record player. Some players are USB adaptable and can also play an MP3.

Audio Technica AT-LP60USB Fully Automatic Belt Driven Turntable with USB Port

Jensen JTA-460 3-Speed Stereo Turntable with MP3 Encoding System and AM/FM Stereo Radio (Black)

A Museum Membership

A yearly membership to a museum in their area provides newlyweds with more than a little culture; it also gives them a free date night anytime they need one. Membership often includes many extras like special invitations to new exhibit premiers, free visits to sister museums and discounts at museum cafes and gift shops. Prices for membership depend on what’s available in their area.

Gourmet Salts

“When one cries, the other tastes salt” is a quote about the close bond of true lovers. A gift of exotic culinary salts is a unique way to show your faith in the couple’s future. A complete selection of salts housed in a handsome bamboo case is available from Uncommon Goods, but a smaller assortment arranged in an inexpensive gift basket would be just as lovely. Make sure to include the quote so they understand the sentiment of your gift.

The Spice Lab Gourmet Sea Salt Sampler Collection 1

Bamboo Salt Box Collection – No.1 – Taste the world of salts TM by TheSpiceLab Inc. finishing salt set

Holly is an Indianapolis native with a passion for writing. In her spare time, she blogs on behalf of Sears and other brands she enjoys.

Gifts for the Fashionista

The winter holidays are the perfect time to surprise your favorite fashionista with a trendy new accessory or a fun winter fashion that’s both stylish and totally practical. Exercise your shopping muscles online or in retail stores near you. While you’ll have the best selection if you plan early, you may find more steals as the holiday approaches or after the Christmas shopping season expires. Here are a few ideas that would make fabulous gifts for the fashionista on your list.

Fashion Boots

It should come as no surprise that a fashionable pair of boots ranks high on most every woman’s wish list. Popular types of boots to consider include knee-high riding or motorcycle boots, thigh-high tall boots that really accentuate her legs, sweet patterned cowboy boots and low slung slouch booties—and of course fashion-friendly winter boots. Boots have been riding high in the fashion trend for several years and aren’t going to go away any time soon. Try a hot pair of boots to replace her well-worn faves or add a flirty and fun new pair to her collection.

Report Fannie Womens Size 7 Gray Synthetic Fashion – Ankle Boots

Journee Collection Buckle Accent Slouchy Mid-calf Boots

Pumps

Every woman loves a good pair of shoes, so give the gift of a classic pair of pumps to go along with all of her fashionable dresses, skirts and pants. Bonus point for a statement color or pumps in a wild pattern! High heels are a staple in day-to-day work attire and in night life too! To splurge on affordable yet dazzling pumps, check local stores for deals and coupons or holiday promotions. Online shoe shopping outlets offer more variety than you’ll find locally, and many may have holiday deals going on that make your heels even more affordable.

Steve Madden Women’s Dyvinal Platform Pump,Camoflage,9.5 M US

Qupid Psyche-01 Black Suede Platform High Heel Pumps, Size: 8.5 (M) US [Apparel]

Fitted Jackets and Coats

Jackets and coats don’t have to be all puffy or pea this winter. Fitted jackets layer so well on a night out and complement everything from a dress to a separates look. A bright jacket with one interesting detail—such as stylish buttons, epaulets at the shoulder or flirty tails—makes a statement piece suitable for work or evening wear. For a menswear twist, try a tux jacket over an evening dress. This element can really turn that simple evening look into a stylish statement!

Since jackets and coats can be pricey, shop online for deals in her size. Many stores even have online access to outlet shopping, sweetening the steal even more. Don’t forget about deals to be had close to home, too. Check stores that may be changing over their seasonal inventory and looking to de-stash winterwear at a discount. Or shop consignment for retro fabulous steals that are sure to be one of a kind.

Calvin Klein Jeans Women’s Clean Fitted Seamed Blazer, Black, Large

Royal Robbins Urban Pea Coat, Jet Black, X-Small

Sweaters

From oversized boyfriend cardigans to cozy cashmere pullovers, sweaters are the perfect winter staple item. Fashionistas love accessorizing sweaters with leggings and boots for the ultimate comfort look. Fitted sweaters pair equally well with trousers and boots for a sleek, menswear-inspired work outfit.

Lucky Brand Women’s Melinda Pullover Sweater, White, Small

Calvin Klein Women’s MSY Flyaway Sweater, Heather Charcoal, X-Small

Tights and Leggings

Tights and leggings are a favorite accessory, and you can find fashion tights and footwear for under $10—making them the perfect stocking stuffer. Styles to try include woolen winter tights, bright colored tights, textured tights—like grown-up fishnet stockings—and knee-high socks and legwarmers. For leggings, look for thick basic black leggings or try a fun patterned pair if you think she’s up for the challenge. Graphic leggings make the trend a little more interesting.

Angelina Full-Length Seamless Leggings

American Manufactured Cotton Spandex Jersey Legging

Before you splurge, take a moment to imagine your friend in your selection. Will it bring out her eyes and flatter her figure? Will she love it? Also, always ask for a gift receipt in case your fashionista friend wants something just a touch different.

Holly is an Indianapolis native with a passion for writing. In her spare time, she blogs on behalf of Sears and other brands she enjoys.