As kids grow up and move from childhood and adolescence into their teen years, we as parents must be attentive to their changes in needs and wants. If your little girl is becoming a teenager now, a lot of what you knew about her is also changing. She’s not really interested in the same toys anymore, the same books, the same movies, etc… She’s growing up, and as a parent you need to recognize the signs and think of new things she might be interested in. Heading over to Toys R’ Us and picking up the latest barbie or a cute stuffed animal just isn’t going to cut it anymore, you’re going to have to get creative.
You’ll want to start by looking into gifts that reflect her age and interests. As a teenager, she’ll likely be hopping onto the latest trends in fashion, in television and movies, she’ll be looking at makeup and accessories (maybe even jewelry), so it will take a bit of homework on your part to find something nice.
Start by thinking about what she’s expressed interest in lately. Has she started getting interested in fashionable clothing? Or is she developing an interest in different kinds of movies or music? This should give you a clue as to where to start. Don’t snoop, but try to pick up clues from her habits.
Go online and browse around for ideas as well. Parents aren’t tuned into the same trends that teens are, so you’ll learn a lot browsing online for some ideas. You can also consult some magazines that cater to teenage girls (just go to the nearest bookstore, they’ll have dozens of magazines). Just don’t go buy her any clothing (especially the fathers). It’s best to get her a gift certificate and let her choose her clothing herself.