Gift Ideas for 8-11 year old girls? - Mothering Forums

Thread Tools
#1 of 8 Old 08-10-2008, 08:49 PM - Thread Starter
Cekimon's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Monterey County CA
Posts: 227
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have two nieces who are currently 8 and 10 years old. I'm looking for creative ideas for gifts for this age group that are positive, educational, age appropriate... and so on. Their birthdays have passed, but I was overwhelmed by how spoiled with "toys" they are and I was wanting to plan ahead for xmas time to do something different.
Cekimon is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 of 8 Old 08-10-2008, 09:00 PM
kennedy444's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 3,305
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Gift cards or magazine subscriptions.

Kim , mom to Amanda (16):, William (13), and Annie (5)
kennedy444 is offline  
#3 of 8 Old 08-10-2008, 11:39 PM
SAHDS's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: surrounded by the Joneses
Posts: 3,422
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Oooh, magazine subscriptions, good one. I also like books, pretty pens/paper/journals, something for their room, sports items (rollerskates/rollerblades, tennis racket, baseball glove).

Sgt. Renninger, Ofc. Owens, Ofc. Griswold, Ofc. Richards, Deputy Mundell
Gone but not fogotten.
SAHDS is offline  
#4 of 8 Old 08-11-2008, 01:12 AM
karne's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 3,558
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I recently saw a journal with a built in light, presumably so that the writer could lie in bed with the lights out and write her 'secrets". I'll try to remember who makes it. I plan on this for a Christmas gift for dd.
karne is offline  
#5 of 8 Old 08-11-2008, 01:43 AM
1growingsprout's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 2,666
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
DD10 isnt much into 'toys' but loves art supplies, and regularly askes to have class fee's paid as her 'presents'

How about movie tickets/gift cards?

I am desperatly trying to get away from giving/getting 'stuff' and replacing with an experience ie tickets, membership, classes etc.
1growingsprout is offline  
#6 of 8 Old 08-11-2008, 09:25 AM
gingerstar's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: The Room of Requirement
Posts: 1,530
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You don't say if you live nearby, but if so, a "date" with them, singly or together, to go do something fun - that has been a huge hit with my DD. My mom took them to see "The Nutcracker", (before Christmas) and then their gift to open at Christmas was a ballerina ornament, as a souvenir of the trip.
A friend and her parents took my DD to a play for her birthday, complete with dinner out. These are very special, wonderful for her relationships, and can be tailored to fit your budget.

If you are too far away, I second paying for a class or something they can do - my IL's paid for my DD to take a pottery class at a comm. college, and for Christmas they get swimming class paid for.

Otherwise, another vote for mag. subs., or for craft things to do, rather than toys. My mom put together (probably quite inexpensively) a craft box for each girl - a nice sturdy decorative box, with a variety of things geared for each girl. My eldest got a "Learn to Knit" book (aimed at kids) with yarn and needles and a promise to teach her, along with a crochet hook and a kit for making loop potholders. My middle DD got a knitting "mushroom", paints, paper, and a tie-dye kit to do a pillowcase. They have done these things, and still have the box to keep their craft things in.


~*The days are long, but the years are short.*~
gingerstar is offline  
#7 of 8 Old 08-11-2008, 03:07 PM
spruce's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 1,496
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Knitting and crochet can often get these as a kit so they get instruction and enough material to make one cool thing.

Books on CD.

A photo album with little journal entries from you about their years so far.

Art supplies-- you can often find *awesome* art kits for very little money at Sam's during the holiday season. Make sure to include watercolor paper and a sketchbook with charcoal pencils.

Origami paper and a book on paper folding.

The Daring Book for Girls. The Dangerous Book for Boys.

Watercolor for the Artisically Undiscovered (by Klutz). My two older girls and I each have our own copy of this. It's so much fun, and everything you do in it looks great!

Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered (also by Klutz). My girls also have a copy of this, and so do I. I love these books.

Fun tights (you can often find them on super-sale at Lands End). A book on ropes and knots, some carabiners and ropes.

A fishing pole and book about local fishing.

Flower press.

Handmade paper kit.

Good luck!

love, penelope

Bookworm Mama to 6 wonderkids and stepmama to one more: 23, 22, 20, 14, 11, 9 and 2 . Partner to my
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
spruce is offline  
#8 of 8 Old 08-12-2008, 06:40 PM
lindberg99's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 2,799
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My 10 yo is really into oragami. SHe also likes books about magic tricks.

I wouldn't suggest giving knitting/crocheting/sewing stuff unless you can teach her or her parents can. My DD was given a crochet kit and I am hopeless at that stuff and she can't figure it out (probably takes after me!) It is just sitting in her closet.

Also, if you do a craft kit, make sure it seems like something the child can really do. My SIL gave DD a "sew your own teddy bear" kit. OK, maybe Laura Ingalls Wilder could have sewn this thing together by hand when she was 8 but it was not for a typical 8 yo. I ended up having to sew the whole thing on the machine. I am not a great sewer and it was pretty hard for me, and definitely not something I would choose to do.
lindberg99 is offline  

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 14,183

31 members and 14,152 guests
a-sorta-fairytale , agentofchaos , AllTomorrowsParties , Ann-Marita , BirthFree , Choochoo52812 , cohoang88 , daniellebluetoo , Deborah , delightedbutterfly , Dovenoir , emmy526 , hillymum , ISABELTF , jamesmorrow , katelove , Katherine73 , Lydia08 , manyhatsmom , Michele123 , moominmamma , scaramouche131 , scheelimama , shantimama , Skippy918 , sren , SweetSilver , Tweety_Bird , zebra15
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 12:21 PM.