Tween is a fairly newly coined word with a fairly loose definition that is used to describe kids between the age of 8 or 9 and 12 years old. Tween means that these kids are in between–not quite the little ones that they used to be, and not quite the teens that they will soon be. Tweens are notoriously difficult to shop for and tween girls are even harder to shop for when it comes to gifts, but with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, shop we must. But what is appropriately fun and not too overdone for a tween girl Valentine?
Of course, tween girls want to be all grown up, with all of the rights and privileges that go along with being all grown up, such as wearing make up and other such womanly things. But, at what age does a parent bestow which privilege? Making it all the harder, there is a huge difference between a little girl of 8 or 9 years old and a young woman of 12 years old. It is my hope that the following sweet Valentine’s Day gift suggestions will make your little tween sweetheart smile, while making sharing the love a little easier for you.
Girls in the tween age group love to make things, especially things that shimmer and shine. At the same time, they are simply dying to doll themselves up with shiny, shimmering things. Aromaleigh’s Make Your Own Shimmering Lip Gloss Kit combines the best of both world. The kit, which costs $15, comes with a jar of all natural, jojoba based lip gloss gel, five little baggies of gorgeous mineral make up pigments to mix, match and blend, five 5 gram jars, and teeny, little mixing spoons.
Available at www.aromaleigh.com, these super natural and super fun kits come in either cool or warm tones, with the pigments ranging from very delicate to a bit bolder. If the dark pigment looks to be too much for your budding make up artist, simply remove it from the kit, or better yet, have her make a lip gloss for you!
Aromaleigh Mineral Make Up and Aromatics is top notch, independent mineral make up company that has been in business for over 10 years. Aromaleigh offers superb mineral make up products that my daughters and I love, use ourselves. Once your little sweetie is ready to take a bigger step up in the make up world, you can be certain that Aromaleigh products are safe, natural and good for her skin, too. Once you take a peek at their site, don’t be surprised if you find yourself doing a little more than just shopping for your tween Valentine!
The Skinny On Skin Care
It’s never to soon to teach the principles of proper skin care. As tweens move from up in age, from 8 to 12 years, good skin care becomes even more important, as adolescence begins, and those nasty pimples arrive to unsettle your princess. TESS Skin Care products are specifically made for tweens and teens, with skin care goodies that will make washing her face fun.
TESS Skin Care offers two starter kits, one for combination skin, and one for acne prone skin. The Skin With Attitude Kit, for acne prone skin, contains Scrub It Off Strawberry facial cleanser, This Is Your Wake Up Call orange toner, Out and About spf 15 oil-free lotion, Take No Prisoners Peppermint blemish stick, Put On Your PJ’s Vanilla nighttime moisturizer, along with a Perfect Pout Strawberry lip gloss.
The Almost Normal Skin Kit provided 2 ounce travel sizes of facial scrub, spf 15 lotion, blemish stick, nighttime moisturizer and a lip gloss more suited for girls with tricky, combination skin. Check out both kits at www.tessskin.com. Priced at $35 each, these two wonderful skin care skin care kits will have your little Valentine radiant with glee and spot free!
Light Up her Life
One of the best gift that I got my youngest daughter, when she was a tween, was a candle making kit. It was a lot of fun to do together, and it was something that she cute that could make and keep for herself. With that in mind, I’m going to give you the scoop on another great Valentine’s Day gift idea for tween girls. The Make Your Own Old Fashioned Malt Shop Soy Candles Kit.
Found at www.creativeiluminations.com, and with a $21.95 dollar price tag, this kit includes everything needed to make two yummy soy candles. The kit comes with two malt shop type glasses, soy wax, wicks, dye and fragrance. You choose the flavor (fragrance) from the vast number scent choices, and you choose the dye color, as well. A zero calorie Valentine’s Day gift that look good enough to eat!
The Soothing Heart Bead Chest and Jewelry Box is a gift that is just as sweet as your special tween girl. The wooden chest measures 10″ by 5″ by 4″ and is decorated with a charming, pastel, hearts and flowers theme. The chest has three drawers, suitable for storing the numerous, pretty beads that comes with the box, ready to set your tween to beading. As your tween grows, the chest will make a lovely jewelry box.
Available at www.babyscholars.com, this adorable bead and chest set won the Platinum Toy Award, and though it’s recommended for ages 5 years and up, it is certainly a Valentine’s Day gift that older girls will enjoy, too. This multifunctional and pretty gift costs $19.95 and is sure to please any hard to please tween.
Fairydust.com is one place that will give you the power to put a a twinkle in your tween Valentine’s eye with just a wave of your magic wand. With many glittery gifts suited for tweens, your biggest problem will be choosing just what little bit of magic you wish to give her. One good place to start is with the Fairy Magic Lady Bottle. This 4 1/2″ bottle contains iridescent fairy glitter, and comes with a star wand for making sparkly glitter star tattoos, and costs only $8.50.
If you wish to spend a bit more on your shining little Valentine, The Candy Kisses Gift Set will tickle her fancy with a 4 ounce bottle of Candy Kisses Shimmer body lotion, 4 ounces of Candy Kisses shower gel, Star Shine lip gloss and a Teen Fairy Magic Glitter Gift Card, a pocket sized, glitter filled card for the tween fairy on the go. This glimmering gift can be hers for $23.10 and comes wrapped up with a soft pink feather boa! A dainty diva’s delight!
Finally! Fragrance for her!
If you’re tired of your tween using up all of your favorite, expensive perfume, maybe it’s time she had a scent of her own. Harajuku Lovers G perfume may be just that scent! With notes of notes of Mandarin, coconut, jasmine, and freesia, this fruity floral is decidedly quirky and very cool, and she’ll finally smell her own age!
Direst your nose to www.sephora.com where you can pick up one ounce of this delightfully tweeny fragrance for $45. If that price is a bit too rich, .33 ounces is available for $25. This unique fragrance comes in an adorable, little girl, figural bottle that’s as sweet as the scent inside. Delight your tween Valentine with something that she’ll love as much as you love her. With this, or any of the gifts suggestions above, soon you’ll have your Valentine’s Day shopping wrapped up.