Finding the perfect gift for someone you love can be downright daunting. In fact, up to 84% of consumers find gift giving stressful. This may be particularly true if the person you are buying a gift for is your own preteen daughter. Apart from having to come to terms with your daughter’s complex feelings, you may also feel overwhelmed by the countless crazes that seemingly form part of a preteen girl’s everyday life. Thankfully, a few simple yet effective tips will make the gift-buying task at hand considerably less complicated.
Buy with her interests in mind
When buying a gift for your preteen daughter, it is important to make sure that you tailor it specifically to her. Even if you think you know your daughter better than anyone else, it may be a good idea to make a list of her interests and hobbies. While you don’t have to tick off all the boxes before settling on a gift, a list will make it easier for you to find a meaningful gift. If your daughter shows a keen interest in fashion, for example, consider giving her colorful hair chalk or spa set that will enable her to experience a manicure or pedicure any time she wants. If your daughter loves being creative, she is bound to love a DIY comic book kit or an art set that contains everything from pastels and colored pencils to markers and watercolors.
Give an experience, not an object
Experiential gifts continue to gain popularity at a rapid pace. This gifting trend has proven to particularly meaningful to children, thanks to the wonderful memories that are created while doing something enjoyable. There are countless avenues to explore when looking for an experiential gift for your preteen daughter. If she is a real girly-girl, you can’t go wrong with booking an age-appropriate spa day for the two of you. If your budget allows for it, you can even encourage her to invite a few friends along for the day. Other experiences that have great memory-making potential include a road trip to a favorite destination, an online cooking or art masterclass, or music lessons.
Don’t overthink things
When looking for the perfect gift for your daughter, you may find yourself prone to overthinking things. If you find yourself breaking out in a cold sweat every time you enter a store or peruse an online catalog, it may be time to pause for a moment and take a breather. While preteen girls are undoubtedly complex, no one knows your daughter better than you do. Even if you only have a general idea of what she wants, you are already half way to finding the perfect present. Having her draw up a birthday or Christmas wish list can be of great help. Just don’t be alarmed if the list reads like an entire toy store catalog. While materialism should not be encouraged, don’t shun commercialism completely, as having a trendy item can help your daughter make a stronger connection with her peers.
Finding the perfect gift for your daughter does not have to be a daunting experience. As long as you follow a few basic guidelines, you are bound to find one that will be treasured for many years to come