By Patricia Wersinger
“When I was a kid I received a new pair of shoes and an orange for Christmas” my grandfather used to remind me. Don’t be so picky and appreciate every thing that comes your way seemed to be the hint. Don’t those old days of frugality seem full of wisdom when you compare them to today’s holiday shopping madness?
With their natural instincts for all things cool, today’s tweens and teens are certainly no easy customers. Figuring out new ways to satisfy these already world-weary offspring is a no-win challenge. So, here is an assortment of possibilities to help the clueless in the world complete their teen and tween shopping lists this year.
Girls just want to have fun …we know the tune; we could add of course, girls just want to have clothes. The holidays are always a great opportunity to fill up closets with new key items. For instance this M Jacket by Marc Bouwer in faux distressed asymmetrical leather was created using a special distressing technique to ensure that no two jackets are alike. It has power and your teen will love wearing it with a fluorescent mini skirt or jean leggings. Nice details include two side zip pockets, zippers on the sleeves, snap shoulder closures.
Available at http://www.QVC.com
If your 13 year old girl is a princess who dreams of old fashioned glamour and upscale sophistication, the Bolero by Allesandra Designs is for her. Worn over a strapless dress or a sleeveless top, it protects shoulders from shivering in the breeze and adds a touch of class to any look. Made from a fur-like yarn imported from Tuscany, the bolero is embellished with real Swarovski and high-quality rhinestone crystal buttons. Six different styles are available in eight different colors and available with a wide variety of button styles. Perfect for Bar Mitzvahs, weddings or any formal occasion. Made in the U.S.A.
Available at http://www.allesandradesigns.com.
These Dr Scholl’s Shoes Chewy Boots have the look of the season with their long, faux fur hair and decorative beaded tie. Moms will love the quality of these boots, handcrafted from the inside out with Memory Fit® Foam providing both support and comfort. They have a microfiber upper with a round stitched toe and faux shearling lining.
Available in sizes 6 to 11 at http://www.drschollshoes.com.
Breezy, pretty pajamas make a great gift for girls because they are great to wear around the house, take to a sleepover party and even sleep in. If your teen loves everything French, she will adore this cotton pajama from Bedheads with an Eiffel Tower print. Handsomely cut, the fit is snug because of a little lycra.
Available at http://www.bedheadpjs.com (Use coupon code HOLIDAYFREESHIP and enjoy FREE shipping on your order through December 31st!) and at the Bedheads Boutique on 252 Elisabeth Street near Prince Street, Soho, NYC.
Hair extensions are all the rage for girls of all ages this year. Even Barbie thought of having her own Designable Hair Extensions collection that any girl can easily make herself. All you need to do is unfold a hair extension sheet that comes with Barbie, remove the wax paper, load the sheet into your printer, click print, peel hair extension off and attach to a clip. It is easy and it looks amazing
If your daughter has outgrown her Barbie days, she will go for the new Plume Snap Clip-In Feather Hair Extensions. Worn by Dianna Agron and other members of the Glee cast, Plume’s gorgeous feather hair extensions come in a DIY clip-in, clip-out version. On the Plume interactive website, girls can design and create their own color combination of feathers that can be styled either straight or wavy. The accessory holds on a tiny crimp bead small enough to be hidden in the hair. Available: http://www.plumelt.com
A great way to get girls away from electronic games for some good old fashioned girl fun, the Easy Bake Ultimate Oven allows them to create and decorate sweet and savory snacks. The oven features a heating element similar to a conventional oven, a large cooking chamber and big baking pan, cupcake pan, pan pusher/spatula, storage drawer, and mixes to make 12 mini cookies and 12 mini red velvet cupcakes complete with frosting and sprinkles. It is a lot of fun for sleepovers and to keep girls busy during the holiday break too. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on http://www.Hasbrotoyshop.com
Board games never go out of style and they guarantee good times for the whole family. The Wise Alex ™ Family Fun Trivia Game, a Dr Toy 100 Best Children’s Products winner, helps children remember what they learned at school through fun challenges. Two levels of easy or hard questions allow the player to adapt the game to the players’ expertise. Available at http://www.griddlygames.com
Most girls love kitties and anything cuddly and soft at all ages. The Soft Kitty singing plush toy from CBS The Big Bang Theory made an appearance on a season episode. ”Soft Kitty, warm Kitty, little ball of fur. Happy Kitty, Sleepy Kitty, purr, purr, purr’ comes from the 10 – inch grey and pink “plushie” with a squeeze of the paw. Even if you are not familiar with the show, the Soft Kitty night T-shirt and toy will be a great hit with tweens who expect to be treated like VIPs but still love to be cuddled to sleep.
All girls love to decorate their rooms and personalize them to make them their own. After all, creating a personal environment is another way to tell the world how unique they are. This truly lovely oval silk screen mirror designed by Aden Mumma for Umbra has a butterfly motif around that adds whimsy to beautify a girl‘s private wonderland. Available at http://www.umbra.com
Whether you want to splash on some nice wardrobe pieces for your daughter, get her fun novelties or traditional games, everything on this list has been tested on girls in our hood and guaranteed to please any young lady. Enjoy the holiday season with your family and of course, your tweens and teens!