Clueless - what would you buy a 14 year old girl for her birthday?
My BF''s daughter is turning 14 tomorrow. He asked me if I''d mind shopping for her gift(s) (he''s working like crazy) and I have NO idea what to buy. %0D\
He only gave me $60 to spend.%0D\
Should I buy several "small" inexpensive gifts so she''ll have more to open, or spend the entire $60 on one nicer gift? And what the hell can I get with that anyway?%0D\
I bought her the Justin Beiber perfume a couple of months ago and she loved it.%0D\
Suggestions please!!! TIA!
My 14 year-old niece would "love" anything Justin Bieber -- and then throw it in the trash when I wasn''t looking. \
Girls that age love to shop and have a sense of style you won''t be able to replicate. Find out her favorite store and get a gift card. Yes, it isn''t as personal, but she will be grateful.
Here''s a radical idea: why don''t you call her up and ask her what she''d like?%0D\
I''ll bet she''d tell you, and I''ll bet it''s something you (and the rest of us oldies here on DL) wouldn''t think of.%0D\
Or aren''t you on speaking terms with her? If that''s the case, why don''t you buy her something awful, like Barry Manilow''s Greatest Hits and a gift certificate to Lane Bryant?
If she has any sort of ipod or other Apple media device get her a few i-tunes gift cards - they are the all-purpose gift for kids that age. Put ''em in a basket with a bunch of candy and maybe put a 20 dollar bill in a "money" gift card.
Best f''ing present ever!
What''s an hour of therapy run these days?
Go out to the yard, pick up a baggie of grass clippings and give her ''weed'' for her birthday.\
1. Open up a ''dialogue'' about the perils of street drugs\
2. Allow you to find out if she has good connections for obtaining herb\
3. Giver her a birthday gift story that trumps all others\
4. Net you $60
Use the $60 to buy yourself a bag of tina and then lay low for a while until she stops crying and the whole thing blows over.
Gee, I wish I had received a $60 Birthday gift when I was 14...
R3 is on the right track there I think. What about a couple of hair accessories and/or bits of costume jewellery. You can get those things over here for the equivalent of a few dollars but it depends what she likes. My niece of 13 still likes things like pretty notebooks and gel pens or similar. Personally I think I''d go for a slightly bigger gift and then a few smaller bits.
My sister is 14 (less than half my age!) and I usually ask her what she wants.
My friends and I were dropping acid, crashing frat parties and hitch hiking when I was 14. Costume jewelery and glitter pens would be more appropriate for a kindergartener.
Is there a nice spa/salon near her where she could get a manicure or blow out? A gift certificate to a salon would be nice idea for that age.
R10. Hopefully, she isn''t a juvenile delinquent whore like you, dear.
Condoms. Lots of condoms.
I like the idea R11 had.
OP, get her something from Sephora or Lush in the $40 range. Then give her $20 cash in a card as well.
Get her one of the makeup combination sets from Sephora. It''s like $150 worth of makeup for $34. Girls that age love to experiment with makeup and crap like that. I know I did!%0D\
I remember at that age someone bought me a kit like that and I thought it was the greatest thing ever. I kept it for years, long after its expiration date.
As a former 14 year old girl, I agree with R15 and R16. Go to Sephora and get the makeup kit and spend the rest of the cash on a gift card to Sephora (or even to iTunes or Target for something different.) I''d throw in a little extra $10 or $20 in addition to the $60 the BF gave just to cover sales tax and such.
Another vote for Sephora, the kit r16 suggested is a good idea and use the other $20 on hair products. Or a $20 gift card to her favorite restaurant.
[quote]Gee, I wish I had received a $60 Birthday gift when I was 14...\
Sweetie, when you were 14, $60 was a week''s wages.
Another vote for Sephora.%0D\
But geez, is the dad cheap or what?
Take her shopping for her birthday.
OP, take my word for it and get her a Vera Bradley bag. It is THE must have accessory for teenage/college girls.
FORGET the Sephora idea. Girls like to choose their own stuff. That is the fun. How about $20 or $30 on a giftcard for Sephora? Then use the rest however you wish I like r3''s idea.\
Also, costume jewelery? Forget it. \
The best present ever would be something from Tiffany. There is a charm which could have her initial or the Tiffany signature heart charm these are $65 without chain but you can get something for $100. Take a look at the link...
American teenagers may tend to be more conformist than most people. But please bear in mind that everyone is an individual & it''s no more accurate to lump all 14 year-old girls together than it is to lump all gay men together, or all black people, etc.\
When I was 14, I would have loved a gift certificate to a bookstore or record store. I did use makeup but had already found "my style" & would not have been interested in more/different stuff. I needed clothes & couldn''t afford much, so that would have been helpful -- but I''d have wanted to choose my own.\
I think you should speak to her privately, ask her what she''d like to receive from her dad, & tell her you want him to think it''s a surprise. She''ll probably appreciate being treated as an adult who can keep a harmless secret.
You answered your own question, OP: "Clueless" (the DVD)
Why do you not know anything about what the kid likes?
Get the kid a $50 dollar gift card to a clothing store- school is coming. Use the rest to buy a coupla fun bits- maybe a nice lip gloss, nailpolish, a card. Bam!\
$60, though? C''mon dad!
Granny at r7 doesn''t consider that $60 does not go as far these days. If you''re a nice BF you''ll pitch in $60, and buy the young lady a proper gift. Your BF sounds cheap.
Get her an iPad.
Poor kid is probably on a Gateway and dial-up, she wouldn''t know what to do with an iPad.
Get her a gift certificate! Teens love choosing their own items.
Pee Wee Poundstone
Justin Bieber vibrator.
Don''t listen to R25 those bags are ugly as hell. They look like my grandma''s quilt patterns.
$60 is upper limited for 14. What are you getting her for her 16th? Real estate?\
And let''s not forget that in the very next breath you''ll be complaining about how "entitled" kids are these days.\
A $40-$50 gift card is fine.
Does r40 suggest BF should keep the change?\
[quote]And let''s not forget that in the very next breath you''ll be complaining about how "entitled" kids are these days.\
Not me. Kids can have nice things less a sense of entitlement if they are raised properly. Projecting?\
[quote]What are you getting her for her 16th? Real estate?\
Such a reaction would indicate your grip on reason and reality is skewed. Are you threatened? $60 is the low end, and perfectly acceptable if that''s what you can afford. \
If I were the BF I''d pitch in, and make the girl feel special on her birthday. I might even pop for lunch and a movie. God forbid a kid feel like queen for a day, it will be her ruin! Lighten up!
You''re not the only parent here
R39 doesn''t have any contact with teenagers in his assisted living facility.
[quote]God forbid a kid feel like queen for a day,\
And he says *I''m* projecting...\
OP here - wow guys, thanks for all the suggestions. Thanky!%0D\
I sent her a text to just come out and ask her what she''d like, and I''m glad I did (thank you to the person who suggested that....I was like, duh). She said she would love some earbuds with the squishy part that goes in the ear. I said OK SURE but really don''t know what she means exactly.%0D\
But this sounds simple and not too expensive, and I can use the rest of the $ plus some I chip in to get her a little extra something. I really dig the Converse and Sephora ideas.%0D\
Yeah, dad doesn''t have a lot of $ and neither do I. But she seems happy with these earbud things, that sounds easy enough. Now what are they?
Earbuds are basically earphones that you plug into computers, iPads, whatever. And by squishy she means the type that have soft foamy rubber in the part that''s inserted into the ear. Radio Shack, Best Buy, any electronics place will have them. Be sure their color coordinates with the device she''s going to plug them into.
Get her Skull candy earbuds. You can get them anywhere, like Target. Get the kind with volume control.
Gift card to the Gap.
Listen to R46 & R47, OP.\
Ask her what colour she wants.\
And get Skull Candy, they''re fairly good quality (afaik) for a good price.
A 14 yr old wants independence more than anything. Nothing says I love you like cash. Ten dollars will buy you a card (a vehicle to house the $50.00), her favourite candy to tape the card to and a few stems from the flower shop. %0D\
***A note about the flowers. It is better to get one perfect exotic flower than a dozen carnations because they are such a good deal. Carnations are tacky as hell. She is not 5. She will know what you think of her.%0D\
Does she live with you? While she''s sleeping put a nice tablecloth on the table, a few curly ribbons, her gift, and set the table. If she loves cinnabons or something equally disgusting and delicious, have those. Put them on a nice platter garnished with strawberries. %0D\
If your partner is working on her birthday or she is not at your place, he needs to arrange a day when he can chauffeur her (depending on where you live) wherever she wants to go. %0D\
OP, I suggested the custom Converse. You could get her the earbuds and the gift card for those would be her surprise gift.
My God, you run with a shabby crowd of teenagers!\
As my niece would helpfully inform you: Those are so 3 years ago.
give her the money with a nice note saying when I was your age I wanted money so I could buy what I wanted so that''s why I''m giving you cash; not because I didn''t want to think of what you''d like but so now you can buy what you definitely want
Amazon gift card - she can buy whatever she wants.Or Amex gift card - but those biches always come with fees.
R25, that can''t be right because I have one & I''m old enough to be her grandma. I love mine, but that hardly seems like it would qualify as an endorsement from her point of view.
Frau stampede at the Vera Bradley outlet, looks dangerous.
I think I ask for all of us R57. Where can one purchase lube for $4.00?%0D\
A small portion of Crisco can be had for 4 bucks, maybe less!
I agree with r54. An Amazon gift card would be a good companion to the earbuds. She can buy mp3s (which can play on any mp3 player including ipod) OR physical CDs, books (or e-books for Kindle), clothes, skincare products etc. I think the customize your own Converse is also a very good idea, but that would eat up the entire amount you have to work with. If I were you, I would spring for the earbuds yourself and then apply the entire $60 your BF has given to the gift card. I think you''d score points both with her and her dad!%0D\
NO, NO, NO! Every 14 year old would love a rampant rabbit with a generous supply of tingle lube. I would have been eternally grateful to have received these as a pressie! (still would!!)%0D\
PS. Yes - at 14 she''s already masturbating with fruit, veg, toothbrush etc.
Carton of cigarettes. Any money left over, buy some home pregnancy kits , throw them all in a gift bag. \
i guaranteed,you won''t have this same problem next yea, .
I asked my niece ( 16 yrs ) about Vera Bradley bags'' She said she wouldn''t be seen taking a shit in one.\
She says"Coach" is where it''s at these days , only $1440 more than your allowance !
Gift cards for clothing stores are great. Remind her to keep the wire hangers, just in case.
Get her the Skull candy earbuds and then spend the rest on a itunes card. The gifts go together and even if it%E2%80%99s a 10 dollar card, she can pick her songs.
Is that all she''s getting for her birthday? Ear buds? That makes me sad.
Let me make this easy for you, OP. There is nothing you can give a teenager that would make them happier than giving them a card with the "cash" inside of it. Despite what Miss Manners or who the hell whatever says, they will LOVE IT!\
So Lucy J, have you asked your nieces if their vagines are as insatiable as yours?
Gawsh you make me giggle
Drop the boyfriend. He''s cheap. And neglecting his daughter.
I gave my niece 100 dollars and a get out of jail free card. This means she can call me to get out of trouble, when she can''t tell her parents. Need an abortion and parental consent, call Uncle Jasper. Need a quick trip to planned parenthood for birth control or an STD panel, call Uncle Jasper. Need a ride home from a fraternity party that you sneaked out of the house to go to, call Uncle Jasper. Dating a black or Hispanic guy and need a cover date to pick you up, call Uncle Jasper to supply a twinky white decoy. \
I don''t judge, like my judgmental, cunty sister and her emasculated dolt of a husband would.
Wait...Justin Bieber has a perfume out?
Is that Justin Biebe gay? ''Cos he has the gayface - no?\
My daughter has just turned 14 - my partner and I bought her an i-phone and an i-tunes gift card.
That is something fun to give your daughter
I have a 13 year old daughter:
Forever 21 gift card
H &m gift card
14? I'd say it is probably time for a Summer's Eve training pack.
This thread is a couple of years old.
R79, so what do you get a 16 year old girl for her birthday?
A 14yo boy?
'My First Sex Toy Kit'
One of those custom shower heads with all the different pulse settings and the attachment so it becomes handheld?
Actually the last one is not a bad idea. For any age or gender.
$60 is really cheap for his daughter. Your BF is a cheapskate!
Give her $100 in cash and tickets to Wicked or Pippin.
gift certificate for a mani/pedi from a nice nail spa
Shouldi get a iphone
Really, R84? You bumped this thread for that?
if she likes Justin bieber...get her a poster and maybe a shirt..and with left over money put in a card...
Cosmetics & hair accessories are always appreciated by teen girls. A cute handbag/tote would also be a good gift.
An iTunes or Amazon gift card, depending on interests, done.
Why bump a three year old thread about gift buying that's time specific?
You could try a makeup thing eyeshadow
Or iTunes giftcard
Jewelry the pretty kind
Forever 21 gift card
A girls night out
Not clothes! Only gift cards for clothes
Salon day ^ good idea