Ok, ready? Boys and girls mixed in, junior high into college, here's a list of ideas from Abbey and some of her good friends. (I begged only a few suggestions out of my boys.) Also at the bottom, is a cute post my daughter wrote when a few years ago with more ideas.
Makeup brushes. I am told they don't have to expensive to be quality.
Soft PJ's. The Aerie brand is popular.
Crocodile clips. Can be found at any drug store
Not Your Mother's Beach Spray and Dry Shampoo
These Lush bath bombs are a perfect gift and have a five star rating and are very popular.
Personalized Coffee Mug
This cute one is from Anthro for $8, but you can find these everywhere.
Electric Blanket-Abbey LOVES her electric blanket (and boy did it come in handy early this year when Janey and I had a terrible bout of pneumonia.) I bought her one at Kohl's on sale.
Duffel bags-especially for college kids-Lands End has great ones, I love their sales, and you can get them monogrammed.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Illustrated Edition
A gorgeous book for HP fans.
Shopping for teenagers is definitely harder than other ages (I would know, I am one) and one of the biggest problems is not knowing exactly what they want. If you're stuck on this and need a few ideas, these are some of my favorite things that I have gotten, and some things I am asking for this year!
Headphones. Definitely a broad topic. My favorite are the brand Skullcandy . Lots of styles, affordable, and great quality! Pink and purple are my go-to colors.
Something that I am in desperate need (okay, want, sorry Mom) of this year, this iPod adapter thingy for an older car like the one Isaac and I share. Because radio music can get old too fast when they play the same songs over and over...
The Wet Brush Detangle Brush . Last time I went to the salon, the lady who trimmed my hair suggested this because my hair is so long and gets tangled so easy. It works wonders.
InStyle magazine. Full of great ideas, new trends, fashion advice, cool pictures, and classy clothes! Once I am finished reading a magazine, I look through it and cut out pictures that inspire me and my style and collage them onto my doors.
The style staple for the season, its a no-brainer! I received this one from American Eagle for a birthday gift and love it.
Every girl needs something Vera Bradley! Such cute patterns and very durable. I use my bag for everything, school, shopping, etc. (Sometimes I see these at TJ Maxx for a great price.)
And when I don't feel the need to lug around my big purse, I love this wristlet, they can be found at most clothing stores:
One of my absolute favorite Christmas presents last year from my grandma was this Color Daze Blockbuster from Sephora. (NOTE: This is crazy expensive now, this is a similar kit at a price close to what was paid for the above kit.) For girls that love experimenting with makeup and trying new techniques, this set comes with it all: Mascara, blush, eyeliners, lip gloss, eyeshadow, luminizer, and brushes. It could also be a good starter kit.
Pink yoga pants and leggings are definitely on my list for this year. So comfortable and easy to slip on after a long day of school.
Hope this helps!