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Gift Guide for Girls

By Robin Dearing

While Richie is scouring the toy aisles for the perfect young boys gifts, Santa and I are focusing our attention on what to get for the tween girl who has everything.

Margaret is spoiled. Have I said that before? She has everything.

But Santa is still coming, so what is on the tween list this year?

Electronics … of course. She wants a new laptop or even a desktop. She doesn’t care which, she just wants something to play Minecraft on. Oh and she wants to be able to Skype with her friends and brother (who is deployed with the Air National Guard over the holidays).

Mar loves to read, but she just told me yesterday to not buy her any books. She’d rather have gift cards so she can pick her own books. (Kids getting older can be sad for mommies who still want to pick out books they think their kids will enjoy. Gift cards, boo.) Plus she reads on her iPad, so hard copies of books are so passé.

Luckily, Mar still loves to play board games with her mom. Just last night we played several rounds of Spot It! Remember, Richie and I wrote reviews for that game a while back. Now you can find it in Target. It’s a good game for a wide range of ages. We also love Dicecapades. It’s got a little of everything, trivia, drawing and activities.

I need to look around for good board games that are interesting and fun for a 12-year-old and not boring for adults.

A large part of Margaret’s Christmas list is clothes. She wants a whole new wardrobe every two months. She wants skirts and dresses even though she often wears jeans and t-shirts with mustaches on them. Mustaches are still a thing, dontchaknow? Oh and leopard print anything.

Jewelry and accessories are also a huge part of her list. Makeup, earrings, bracelets, hair clips … she can never had enough. She likes things that are sparkly, pink, cute, and containing mustaches and Eiffel Towers. I'll likely be putting some Shains in her stocking. Their kits are fun, simple crafts that are cute and hip.

She also wants a pair of combat boots. Those are in style again. I’m not buying her a pair of Dr. Martens until her feet stop growing.

Phew, I’ve got a lot of shopping to do. But I only have one kid to buy for, so I’m not going to complain around Richie.


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Ha ha. I love the contrast of sparkles and combat boots. I plan on touting the LOVE of Spot It next week when I talk about games and books for the boys. We are in need of some games not called Monopoly or Risk that a wide range of age groups can enjoy.

Yes, Richie, your list didn’t have anything pink nor sparkly on it. However, I forgot to mention that Mar did ask for the newest Black Ops video game. Also, the reason she wants Minecraft is so she can play with two friends who happen to be 10-year-old boys. So, she’s not too girly.

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