Nov. 11th, 2006 12:53 pm
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I have a niece who's turning 10 at the end of this month. I have NO idea what's age appropriate. She was formerly into Bratz and Barbies but I have no idea if that's too babyish for her now. She does like to read and is artistically inclined. The gift is something I would have to mail because they live in Vegas. Any suggestions are welcome.


Date: 2006-11-11 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was just in the bookstore poring over journals... Perhaps she'd like a sketchbook type journal without any lines? And gift cards and certificates are always welcome at that age and into the teens. ;)

Re: Hmmm...

Date: 2006-11-11 09:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hmmm. That's a terrific idea. I'm going to confer with my mom too, because she talks to my sister more than I do and has seen the kids a lot more recently than I have. I think my niece is reaching that age where toys aren't cool. :)

Date: 2006-11-11 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You have a 10 y.o. niece? Yowsa.
(Then again, my sister's oldest is in that range also, now that I think about it. Still. Yikes.)

Date: 2006-11-11 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LOL! Well, good to know I'm not alone in my shock-fog. ;)

Last Xmas our Borders had "art kits" -- a plastic box that contained various items for either drawing, painting (watercolours), beads/jewelery, origami, etc. They were reasonable, as I remember it. About the size of a laptop, although maybe 3-4x thicker, and not so heavy they'd be mail-prohibitive. Or, if you couldn't find them but like the idea, you could likely put something similar together at a Michael's. Or they definitely have jewelery kits already made up.

Or gift cards. Music. Books. Clothes. Whatever. The kids we buy for love 'em -- some call them "credit cards"... I fear for the future.

Date: 2006-11-13 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Is this when I shouldn't mention my three month old grand nephew? :-)

Date: 2006-11-12 06:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Let's see... mine's turning 13 in a few weeks, let's see what I remember. Umm... I *think* she had already started reading Erin Hunter's Warriors' series. The first book starts with a house cat (Rusty) who goes Into the Wild (title, btw ;-) and joins up with one of the Clans of feral cats who live in the woods. The rest of the series and the next series deal with Rusty, who becomes Firepaw's experiences as a member of his new clan. I'm actually reading the first one now and they're very good. Seem age appropriate even to me who doesn't censor the kid's reading and just damned good storytelling all around.

Let's see... the Cheetah Girls' movies (and cds) might be welcome. They're a Disney group and the movies are actually quite good. Raven whatzername is the star. Very girl power, standing by your friends and standing up for what you believe in sort of things. The late elementary set seems to be interested in what the junior high girls are up to, so that might be worth it and could get you named Coolest Aunt of the Year. :-) (And I've currently got one of the songs from the second movie stuck in my head. *sigh* :-)

Hillary Duff is also a biggie, but I suppose some parents might have trouble with her. Not certain about that.

Date: 2006-11-13 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good thoughts all! Thank you!

Date: 2006-11-12 07:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
hmmmm beads? so she can make her own jewelry?


Date: 2006-11-13 02:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Perhaps not with two younger sibs one of whom still likes to put things in his mouth, but an excellent future idea!


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