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Looking for Special Birthday Gift Ideas for 16 Year Old

I would like to give my 15 year old daughter a special (memorable) gift for her 16th bday. Of course all she wants is clothes. She doesn't wear or really like jewelry. I thought about giving her a hope chest, but she really doesn't have enough space in her room for it. So I thought I wld check with the mamas out there to get some memorable ideas for her!

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For my niece's 16th birthday, her parents bought her a new bed (got rid of the canopy little girl bed) and let her pick out her new comforter, sheets, etc., and they repainted the room together.

That was 6 months ago, she just LOVES it and feels like such a big girl now with her own special space.

Just an idea!

Best wishes, happy b'day!

Her like and dislike will change very soon, think about a charm braclet, my girls have always loved jewey but around 15 or 16 they received a charm braclet and from now until whenever you always can add charms to them.

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The special time just with you and her is a wonderful idea! I'm sure she would love it. When my 2 olders girls turned 16 we did something a little different. Their daddy went out on his own (I didn't have any say in it at all) any picked out a special ring for each one. They loved it! It was/is so special to them and it means a lot to him too. Usually I buy the gifts for them and show him what we got them, but this was something just from the first "special man" in their lives and he had taken the time to pick out what he wanted them to have. He will do it for our 13 year old too. Your daughter could just keep it in a safe place and maybe wear it on special occasions.

When my niece turned 16, we took her on a 4-day trip to Colorado to visit family and hike in the mountains. We had a fantastic time, and she loved having "quality time" with her aunts. So, I agree with the other moms that having a unique experience with your daughter is a great idea. Ask her what she would like to do with you for a weekend (or even a day trip). She'll remember it forever.

Another idea is to create a special scrapbook for her. Ask relatives and friends to write her a short letter listing all of her wonderful qualities and why they love her, and add that to the scrapbook. You can also include baby pictures, a letter from you and/or her dad, and any other keepsakes you'd like her to have. It would be something she would have forever.

For my niece's 16th birthday, her parents bought her a new bed (got rid of the canopy little girl bed) and let her pick out her new comforter, sheets, etc., and they repainted the room together.

That was 6 months ago, she just LOVES it and feels like such a big girl now with her own special space.

Just an idea!

Best wishes, happy b'day!

Gadgets are always nice. Ipod, DS (or whatever is hot now). Also, love idea of hope chest. A special photo album, Creative Memories (not sure how much time you have left). What's the budget? What teen doesn't love idea of a new (read used) car. Even in this economy you can find a used one at a great price. A trip somewhere? Even locally can be done within reason. A nice handbag? Her first spa package with Mom? A night at the theater? What are her hobbies and tap into the gift from there. For instance, if she's an artist, maybe a nice leather portfolio? If she's very relational, then gather a of her girlfriends and host a small, elegant sweet 16 high tea at your home for ladies only.

Her like and dislike will change very soon, think about a charm braclet, my girls have always loved jewey but around 15 or 16 they received a charm braclet and from now until whenever you always can add charms to them.

I know the thing that I wanted most from my mom was her time. My idea is to take her shopping for the cloths she wants. Make a special day of it. Go out to eat, let her pick the place and keep it upbeat. She will be 18 in only 2 years so this time is special :)

I know at the age of sixteen I was wearing makeup and my skin was a mess. Even if your daughter has beautiful skin why not a skin care appointment for the both of you and have a consultant teach her how to apply make-up (that less is sometimes best) and then purchase for your daughter a great skin care and some glamour products. She wil remember your appointment together every time she uses those products. I do not suggest going to a department store for the appointment because they just do it to you and you learn nothing. I suggest Mary Kay consultant because they will take personal time with you and your daughter and will be there in the future for you too. You can go to www.marykay.com to locate a consultant in your area. Good luck and God Bless.

Why don't you do a "day out for the girls" idea. Make spa and hair appts. for both of you. Go shopping and get her one nice outfit. Go out for lunch and just talk. If she wants friends over in the evening, serve pizza and soda.
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