Sweet 16!!

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sweet 16!!
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Mon, 06-23-2003 - 7:42pm


Hi there! I'm looking for gift ideas for my niece's 16th birthday and was hoping you could help. I'd like to get something special of course but also wondering about a cash gift. I'm not sure if that's acceptable (for the birthday girl or her parents?). I think a gift of some kind would be better. Has anyone any ideas? Thanks for any help.

Weeza
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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: weeza63
Mon, 06-23-2003 - 8:26pm
Wow, that's a wide open queston ;-) Having no idea what your niece is like or is interested in, here's a few kind of general ideas for a 16 yo ... gift certificates for her favorite places, i.e. movie theater tickets (they love movies but they are expensive!); her favorite fast food restaurants or a favorite restaurant; certificates from any place she likes - bath & skin care shops, rollerblading, sports store, candy store; if she drives, certificates for gas, oil change (if she's responsible for these), or little car accessories to throw into the basket with the certificates; a favorite magazine or a subscription to a favorite magazine; a certificate to get her hair cut/colored or wahtever; body jewelry if she has piercings. If she's into art, an art supply store certificate or something fun from it (I just gave my 19 yo dd a set of water color crayons today for her 19th b-day, lol). One major certificate for something she really likes is good but a fun idea is to have a little basket with a bunch of different ones like the movie theater & fast food places for when she's out with friends. They mostly all like to shop too, so letting them choose what they want with certificates helps. I've done something like this for my dd's bf a few times now and he's loved it. He's a big kid; and so I've stuck kinder eggs in (he loves the toys, lol); certificates for 3 - 4 fast food restaurants he likes best; movie tickets; a couple packs or bars of his favorite candy; a gas certificate; a certificate for a total car wash & vacuum. He said he felt 'well taken care of, mom - I'm fed, entertained, my car is clean and I have gas without worrying about stretching my paycheque', LOL.

Just use your imagination and have fun with it :-)

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Registered: 06-16-1998
In reply to: weeza63
Tue, 06-24-2003 - 1:22am
Kkiana covered practically everything! but here are a few more ideas: gift certificate to her favorite record store, tickets for her and her best friend to a concert (if parents agree). If you and she are close/like to spend time together you could treat her and yourself to "girls day out" at a spa, or lunch and shopping in a big city, or dinner and theater or ballet if she likes that sort of thing (my dd loved seeing "Phantom of the Opera", and NYCBallet).

My kids love getting money. A check is fine but greenbacks that don't require a trip to the bank are better! I'm fine with them getting money as a gift, but if you're not sure ask the parents.

Have fun!

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Registered: 03-14-2003
In reply to: weeza63
Tue, 06-24-2003 - 7:23am
I know my kids appreciate cash or gift cards. If your niece doesn't have one, have you considered opening a savings account in her name with a cash deposit? Both of my kids have a checking and savings (I'm on the accounts) and it helps teach them responsibility and management of money.
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Registered: 04-11-2003
In reply to: weeza63
Tue, 06-24-2003 - 7:44am
My DD also turned 16 this month and thinking of the "perfect gift" - something that she would remember getting for this birthday - was a struggle. She did not ask for anything. From aunts, uncles and grandparents she got $$ - gift cards/certificates and a savings bond. I bought her a sterling silver engraved ID bracelet.

Hope this helps.

Paula

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Registered: 06-23-2003
In reply to: weeza63
Tue, 06-24-2003 - 8:23am
I run my own custom-made home decor business. Recently, the mother of a girl graduating from high school ordered a t-shirt quilt as a present. If you sew or know someone who does, it's relatively easy and it makes a great gift. It kind of gives them the comfort of home and childhood in a grown-up way. You can find instructions online if you search for "t-shirt quilts" on any of the search engines.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
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Tue, 06-24-2003 - 10:50am
You guys are awesome here ... almost wish mine were teenagers so I could join you! LOL

Thanks for all the replies. It's a big help. I know it's hard to suggest things when you don't know the person but you've given me lots of cool ideas. Thanks again and maybe see you in about 6 years!