Buying for girls during the tweenage years can be so difficult. One minute they can’t stop talking about the Kardashians and the next moment they’re watching Frozen. So do you stick to the legos and dolls or move on? If you decide to move on, we’re here to help you with what’s next – our go-to-guide for amazing gifts for girls in the tweenage years.
We’re all about buying the gift that lasts, so some are on the $$$ side – that’s why it’s best to GroupTogether for them. If 20 girls chip in $15 each, OMG! one AMAZING gift. If you’re nervous about the awkwardness of setting up a group gift for your own child – don’t be, group gifts are the new black. GroupTogether takes the awks away with stylish invitations and examples of polite ways to phrase the invitation. We also send reminders, collect contributions, track responses and transfer the gift funds as well as create the perfect card with everyone’s messages and photos.
If you’re still not sure, you can always ask a friend to set one up for you. Or better yet, use GroupTogether’s free concierge service to do it for you. But first, check out our best gift guide.
Too easy – Give her the birthday money or a gift voucher to go go shopping with friends.
Give her an instant camera. The latest technology still supplies the instant print-out photo plus it saves digital images that can be shared on social media. They’re compact, so it’s easy to slip into a backpack, pocket or purse. There are now a number of different companies offering the cameras so you can choose the look that she likes best.
A tablet and WiFi access to watch her favourite videos, TV shows or movies. No more fights with siblings over the remote control, she will have it all sorted. There is an enormous variety of tablets available and depending on the bells and whistles wanted, a price point that will fit into most budgets.
What better way to spend weekends then at the cinema with your bestie watching the latest movies on the big screen. The perfect group gift is an e-gift voucher from your local cinema. For a real splurge, the girls can upgrade to the gold class and enjoy catered food and drinks too.
There’s nothing better for the glamour girl than to feel oh-so grown-up with a luxurious treatment at the local spa. Get the gang to group together and give a massage, a facial or both! It’s also the perfect present for her to share with her friends.
A beautiful necklace or a charm bracelet will be up the sentimental girl’s alley. Available in all price ranges, splurge at Tiffany’s for their classic look or go to Etsy to find that one-of-a-kind boho luxe version. It’s the gift that truly grows with her because she can add new charms every year.
The group gift list is endless: bicycle, scooter, surfboard, paddleboard, skateboard, snowboard, skis, fitness watch, tennis racquet, golf clubs, basketball ring (seriously, we could keep going). These larger ticket items are the perfect gift from her group of friends.
What else but cooking courses! Perfect for the up and coming chef. Thanks to MKR (My Kitchen Rules), cooking classes have popped up everywhere. During the school holidays most tailor their classes to accommodate younger cooks. Check your local listings to find the best cooking class for her.
Let the adventures begin. If she’s “new school” – give her an e-book reader and a gift voucher to start her book collection. If she’s “old school” (you know the girl that likes to read physical books), than a gift voucher from her favourite book seller is the way to go. Either way she and her friends can lend and borrow books amongst themselves.
Inviting kids to a party, easy – been there, done that. But how about inviting them to a party and asking them to chip in for the gift your child would really like? Well, to some…it can feel awkward. That may have been the case 5 years ago, but today, group gifts are the “new black”.
Why has it become the norm? Well, from the perspective of the givers (i.e., the parents of the kids you are inviting), chipping in together is nirvana. They don’t have to: figure out what gift your child would love, calculate if they can afford it, make a trip to the shops to buy it + wrapping paper + card or remember to bring it. Group gifts remove all of the uncertainty and anxiety of buying the right gift.
From the perspective of the parents whose daughter is having the party, the idea of a gift she truly loves is amazing. The awkwardness is in the etiquette of inviting and asking for a gift at the same time. Some parents are completely au fait with this and GroupTogether alleviates the awkwardness by providing examples of polite ways to phrase your invitation. Other parents would rather ask a friend or family member to set it up for them. Both ways are polite and you should choose what suits your personality best.
Either way, GroupTogether.com makes it easy. It’s free and fast to set up. Then we do the rest: invite, collect, remind, create a group card and transfer the money or an e-gift voucher to you.
We asked lots of primary and pre-school teachers what they really appreciated. Here’s the cheat notes on the YES vs the NO!
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