Gift Ideas For Tween & Teen Girls

With Black Friday fast approaching I’ve been working away on my Christmas gift list and, like every year, some of my family members are going to be harder to buy for than others. Luckily, my girls are going to be pretty easy to shop for since they came up with some good ideas of their own. I’m sure many of you have tween or young teen daughters, nieces, granddaughters or friends on your holiday gift lists, so I thought I’d share a few ideas to help you out with your Black Friday shopping.

Driven by Decor - Gift ideas for tween and young teen girls

Gift Cards
Favorite gift cards for tweens and teens

Popular stores for gift cards for teens & tweens are iTunes, Starbucks, Sephora (more for teens than tweens), and Forever 21. I didn’t even know until recently that many Forever 21 stores sell girls clothes – they have some cute things!


Cell Phone or iPod Case

Favorite gifts of teen and tween girls - cell phone case

There are so many fun options for cell phone and iPod cases, including many sites that allow you to create your own custom-designed case like Skin ItZazzle, and Snapfish.


 Instant Camera

Favorite gifts for girls - instant camera

Can you believe that Polaroid-type cameras are back in style? These are HUGE right now with girls and there are all sorts of fun camera color and picture size options. The Fujifilm Instax Mini Cameras are among the most popular – they produce credit card sized images and can be found online {here} or in stores such as Walmart and Best Buy. Just beware that the film isn’t cheap, costing close to $1/picture.


 Fuzzy Socks

A favorite gift for girls - fuzzy socks

Super comfy, fuzzy socks in a cute pattern are a great stocking stuffer. They’re sold all over the place but my favorites are the “cozy socks” at Old Navy which are sold in both kids and ladies sizes


Bath & Body Works

Bath body works gift set - a favorite gift for teens and tweens

Pretty much anything from Bath & Body Works (lotions, shower gels, hand sanitizers, etc.) or similar stores are a sure hit – especially gift sets with cute packaging.


Wreck This Journal

Wreck This journal - Great gift for tweens

Have you heard about this? Basically it’s a journal that instructs you on how to completely destroy it. I don’t really get it but apparently kids do because it gets rave reviews. You can find it online {here} or in most bookstores (I also saw it at Michael’s).


Over-The-Knee Socks

Over The Knee Socks - Popular for Girls

Most tweens & teens wouldn’t be caught dead coming to school wearing pantyhose but over-the-knee socks  are a different story. {This pair} is on my tween daughter’s Christmas list.



Alex Ani BraceletTween & teen girls love pretty necklaces and bracelets. {These Alex & Ani} bangle bracelets, which have all sorts of different options for charms, are popular choices.


EOSGreat Christmas gifts for girls - EOS

 I’m sure you’ve heard of EOS lip balm that comes in colorful spheres – you can find them pretty much everywhere (drugstores, etc.), they make great stocking stuffers, and kids love them.

Any other girly gifts you’ve given that have been big hits? Although my girls love technology, I always add some more traditional gifts like books, board games, and craft kits under the tree and they love those too. So now that I’ve given you a little hand with your tween & teen girl shopping, who has some ideas for me for tween and teen boys? I’ve got two nephews to shop for and I couldn’t be more clueless about what to get them…


Our Advent Calendar & Holiday Decorating Plans

Mini Galvanized Pails Hung from a Small Christmas Tree - great advent calendar!

That was sure a quick weekend, wasn’t it? I had the best intentions of getting a jump start on some Christmas decorating but somehow the weekend was over about as soon as it started without all that much holiday decorating getting done. My one accomplishment was putting up our small tabletop Christmas tree that we use as an advent calendar by hanging numbered mini galvanized pails on it (the details of how I put together our Christmas tree advent calendar last year can be found {here}). Starting December 1st, each day my girls get to grab a numbered pail off of the tree and find a little treat or note. I’m still working on filling the pails but my plan is for some of the notes to say something special to my girls while others encourage them to do a specific act of kindness that day. They’re looking forward to next Monday when they can start […]

I’m Spilling It on Fess Up Friday


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Stylish Fireplace Accessories

Cropped Accessories for a Stylish Fireplace (Fireplace Screens, Log Holders, & Tools)

Last winter was our first in New England and we went into it totally clueless – we had never heard of roof rakes or ice dams (but got a firsthand education in both), about died when we saw our first winter bill (oil heat = $$$), and couldn’t build a fire in either of our wood burning fireplaces because we didn’t own any tongs or other fireplace tools. We had gas fireplaces in our two previous homes and so the only tool we needed for those fireplaces was the remote control – click the gas fireplace on, click the gas fireplace off. So much simpler. But this year we’re going to be a little more prepared. We finally bought some fireplace tongs and since our kitchen fireplace has a built-in log holder and screen, that should be all we need to fire this baby up. I can’t wait – the kitchen fireplace was one of the charming little details that hooked […]

Start Putting Your Too-Pretty Placemats to Use (With This Little Tip)

Placemats rolled up and stored in nesting crate hung on kitchen wall

Decorating a home with kids and pets means balancing style with practicality. If having a gorgeous velvet sofa means that our dog can’t come snuggle up on the couch with us, it’s not worth buying. And if I find super cute placemats that are going to get ruined the first time my kids spill on them, they’re not worth buying either. Except, um, that’s exactly what I did. I fell for the cutest placemats at HomeGoods and bought them without giving much thought to how we would use them day-in and day-out without ruining them since they’re not exactly washable. So we’ve continued to use our old ratty placemats to keep the nice, new ones looking nice, all rolled up in one of the nesting crates in our kitchen. How ridiculous is that? My first thought was to buy some smaller washable black placemats to layer over the top of mine but […]

Sorry Microwave, But You’re Outta Here!

Driven by Decor - Our Kitchen

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How To Replace a Towel Bar With Fixed Ceramic Ends

Driven by Decor - Turkish towel

After posting my One Room Challenge bathroom remodel last week, I got a lot of questions but by far the most common one was “How did you replace your towel bar?”. Not questions about the stenciling or the mounting of the medicine cabinet or the artwork. Nope, the question most people wanted answered had to do with the towel bar. In some ways I was surprised because I figured there weren’t a ton of you who also have these lovely fixed end brackets glued onto ceramic tile (most of you guys have a typical towel bar screwed into drywall, right?). But in other ways I wasn’t so surprised, knowing how much Google searching and Amazon shopping it took me to figure my towel bar replacement out. This plastic white towel bar is the lovely one that I started with – it was both too short and small in diameter for my fixed towel bar brackets. The white glazing was also […]

Design & Win Your Dream Bed!

Matouk Paradiso cropped

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Weekend Inspiration

Pumpkin centerpiece for Thanksgiving

First of all, thanks so much for all of your sweet comments about my One Room Challenge bathroom reveal – I worked on that room for hours and hours this past week to get it finished and it was so gratifying to have an “after” that I was proud to share. With any free time being sucked up by my bathroom project, I haven’t had the time to read all of my favorite blogs like I usually do but I’ve still found some inspiring posts from around blogland and from October’s Best of the Nest link party to share with you as we go into the weekend. If you’d like to pin any of these images, please click the highlighted link and pin from the original site. Thanks! Shine Your Light: Thanksgiving Tablescape with Pumpkin Centerpiece I was at Terrain earlier this week and they had all of their pumpkins 75% up to make room for the holiday decor. […]