16 year old girl gift

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Registered: 07-26-1999
16 year old girl gift
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Thu, 08-02-2012 - 2:38pm

My niece's 16th birthday is coming up later this month and I thought it would be a fun idea to put together for a her a "16th Birthday First Car Survival Kit".  My ODD has picked out a keychain lanyard for her keys and I was going to put an envelope with "emergency gas" money, but I wanted to have some fun with it.  Any things you ladies might be able to think of that would be cute?  I thinking a fun type thing and possibly an explanation for everything in it.  Or even just things you've found over the years you're on the road and think, dang, I wish I had that in the car right now?

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 08-06-2012 - 9:16am
Wendy, I hadn't even thought of those, but definitely some great ideas!!

And the umbrella idea was great also! And, Kimmy, always love reading your posts! LOL!
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Registered: 01-13-1999
Sun, 08-05-2012 - 10:28pm
If your niece lives up north, you may want to include a snow brush, ice scraper, and maybe a compact shovel.
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Registered: 08-08-2009
Sun, 08-05-2012 - 9:41pm
true.blue.strine wrote:

My idea is far too inappropriate - but the only thing I found lacking in my car at that age was condoms LOL

 

LOL, True blue

How funny!  I had to look twice to make sure this was not something I typed.  Obviously, you and I share the same odd twisted sense of humor.

Any confessions you wish to make?  Just kidding.

Around our sweat shop, you don’t get a vacation, your work just piles up and is waiting for you when you return.  After getting back from vacation and partially catching up at work, I came in to the village and noticed a few weeks ago that some parent was upset by “questionable sexting messages” on a teen’s phone.  At the time, I would have typed something like, “Just so that we can all know and clearly understand exactly what we are talking about here, could you please redirect those pictures to this thread so that we can view them also.”   LOL  Just kidding again.

All kidding aside these early and med teen years are the age when parents of teens do need to be reminded that it is time for THE TALK conversations to be well under way and parents need to get their heads up and out of the sand on this subject. 

To the original sexting poster, teens do a lot of thinking about sex. I’m going to go out on a limb here, but my guess is that if a teen is sexting, just like petting in the dark ages of my teen years, which is a whole lot like foreplay, the teen is getting very close to having sex, but I could be totally wrong.   The teens will rarely, as in NEVER, tell a parent, “I’m about to have sex.”  Many have no clue ahead of time.  And, generally speaking, the girls are much more advanced than the guys in those early teen years. 

Vacations are wonderful but when we got home I truly felt like that Norman Rockwell painting of the family leaving and returning home from vacation—excited as they left and exhausted when they returned home.  LOL  And the alarm clock went off the next morning, signaling the start of another 50 weeks of toil in the salt mines.  Hey, seriously, I’m really glad to have a job.  Many unfortunate folks do not. 

Kimmy

 

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Registered: 03-22-1999
Sat, 08-04-2012 - 1:58pm

Umbrella, candy/gum/mints

Do they still sell a small magnetic key holder that could be put in the wheel well out of sight for an extra key in case of a lock out?  I don't know since "extra" keys are so expensive on newer cars today.

Fun idea!

Janet

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 08-03-2012 - 9:41am
LOL! I think her parents might kill me if I added those, though I could easily see DH adding them in! LOL!
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Registered: 12-22-2007
Thu, 08-02-2012 - 9:00pm

My idea is far too inappropriate - but the only thing I found lacking in my car at that age was condoms LOL

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Thu, 08-02-2012 - 4:36pm
Dashboard compass if the car doesn't have it built in?
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Registered: 07-30-1997
Thu, 08-02-2012 - 4:36pm
Local map if she doesn't have internet access in the car, and assuming she'll be driving only locally for a while?
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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 08-02-2012 - 3:54pm
Ya, I didn't want to go all out with the big stuff like jumper cables and all that, I know her parents are already doing a regular one. I have on my list so far: small pad of paper and pen, emergency gas money, keychain lanyard, nail file, pocket sized tissues, air freshener, bedazzled mini flashlight, and a mini usb port plug in.
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Registered: 07-30-1997
Thu, 08-02-2012 - 3:26pm
Not sure they're fun; just practical - small box of tissue, flashlight, flare, first aid kit, blanket, sunglasses, wipes, bungies to keep things together in the trunk, or those behind the seat storage things or an in-car garbage bag or CD storage for the visor, gloves...

Or gift card for a place to drive through (Starbucks, McDonald's, etc.) or just a prepaid gas card (which is always welcomed these days).

Sue