Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Easy Birthday Gifts: what to get for a 7 year old when you don't know what to get for a 7 year old

Today we're talking about the #1 question that shows up in my inbox {aside from "How did you land that job as Scarlett Johansson's body double?"}:

'What's inside all those presents?'



I've divulged my favorite thing to give decorator friends and $3 budget gifts and a mermaid themed baby shower present before. Other than that though, it's true - what's inside isn't mentioned.

Mostly because it's boring.

Partly because it's where YOU should get to be creative.

And an itty bitty leftover amount because there is a very real possibility that the disappointment will crush you. Packaging is a secret weapon. It works it's magic by creating a distracting force field that blinds family and friends from the lack of fundage when it comes to the gift itself.

However, from this moment on I will make a valiant effort to show whats under all those layers of wrapping.

Va va va voom.



Inside this fun stack is the most generic {read: UNIVERSAL} gift for a young girl. Fancy? No. But if you don't have a specific direction for what the recipient likes, as was the case here, then play it safe and get something that any young girl would like.




Markers.
Flavored lip balm.
Some sort of sugar.
Put 'em all together and you've got a fail-proof combo that will work for ages 5-12ish.



If you physically cannot pass up a $2 cardboard lunchbox-y thing because who can, now is the time to use it. The chapstick and candy go inside,



and then it gets stacked onto the wrapped markers.



Do you see how that rounded edge of the case makes those stripes scrunched and go a bit wonky? To avoid this you could put it in a box first and wrap that to get some crisp clean lines.

Or you can leave it as is because NOBODY WILL NOTICE BUT YOU.


{Have any go-to gift for girls? I'd love to hear it!}

16 comments:

  1. And where did you find said $2.00 cardboard lunchbox? I Love it. I would love to get that gift above at my age (a LITTLE older than 12) The last five years or so I have been on a handmade gift run which I agree is much easier for a 7 year old girl versus a teenage boy, but I keep trying! Your blog is my favorite, for realz.

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    1. Target! Awhile back there was a endcap full of kids artsy stuff marked way down, and once those polka dots caught my eye there was no fighting it. I should get a gold medal for only buying one and not the whole stinkin' lot of them :)

      Teenage boys and handmade gifts? I didn't know that the two could exist together. You are a magician!!

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  2. I'm a giver of crafts and books where ever possible. And sometimes make up. All the things I love!

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  3. My soon-to-be-10-year-old niece loves bracelets---something I will gladly take the credit for influencing, since my bracelet habit has been handed down to her with my old jewelry---so that's my go-to gift every year now, and especially an I.D. bracelet with her name. That's always a huge hit.

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  4. How dare you suggest such awesomeness without revealing where to find such a thing. Online?

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    1. Oops, sorry! JoAnn's, actually for the ID bracelet. It's a DIY thing up by the registers. There's a display card with several different skinny leatherette bands (in a variety of colors) and slide-on letters, for like a buck each, so the whole thing for less than $10 total. I would suspect Michael's would have something similar, though.

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  5. For the girlies, Forever 21 has socks in all kinds of patterns. For a dollar! They also have tons of cute, trendy (cheap) jewelry. The music is way too loud, there are way too many mirrors and I always feel older and fatter than when I walked in, but at least I found a gift!!!

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    1. I've only picked up socks at Target (you know that endcap with all the patterned ones?), but I'll have to check out Forever 21. And yes - I have a bunch o' necklaces from there. Cheap jewelry is the only kind I like :)

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  6. Yes, we had a teacher store near us when mine were little where you could get all. of. the. things. Jewelry, hair decorations, arty supplies, crafty things, it was not a problem to fill a box with favors for a girl!

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    1. What happened to those kind of stores? We had one close enough to walk to when I was growing up, and I spent WAY too much birthday money on stickers...those kind on the little perforated sheets that you would tear off the roll...and then I could never bring myself to stick them on anything because then they would be ruined and I couldn't trade them with friends. Because everyone who's anyone had their sticker book with them at all times for just that reason. Happy memories for sure!!

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  7. :O Is it bad that I want all those gifts for me haha!! ESPECIALLY if they are wrapped cute like that!!!

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  8. This was the kind of gift we used to give when my daughter was young. Art supplies were always a big hit and easy to do. Now I have a bunch of great nieces and nephews that are starting to get them as Christmas gifts too. It's easy, it's fun and it can be pretty reasonably priced. Another one that a lot of girls got/get are hair supplies. Brush, pony tail holders etc. sometimes even some washout color stuff, so they can put a streak in their hair for a day. Nail polish is usually a big hit too.
    Of course, mine don't look quite a cute as this.

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  9. I do nail polishes in light colors to not offend the moms. One time I put them all into a paint can (the clear kind) with some shredded paper (from my shredder) and put nail files and things like that in it. She loved it, actually. And after that, her nails were always neatly manicured.

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  10. Awesome idea! Someone needs to collect great ideas like this and give for baby shower gifts, before it's too late!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    birthday gift

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  11. This is the primary criteria. Decide on the colors that you want, and next choose the design of the wrapping paper. Colors can come by contrasting ones (black and white) or complimentary.Nounours Géant

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