Is there anyone more difficult to shop for than a girl in that 11-12-13-14 age group? I submit that there is not. She’s not a little girl anymore, but grown-up stuff is still inappropriate. My aunt was the QUEEN of shopping for that age: she gave me teenagery perfume (it was called Blue Jeans, if I remember correctly), a narrow gold bracelet, a small leather purse with flowers on it, a hot-turquoise collar-up shirt with a long string of pale-pink plastic pearls (shout-out to 1985!).
There is no way I could choose any of those things correctly. I’d end up accidentally choosing an old-ladyish perfume, a motherish purse, fashions from a decade ago. Instead I’d turn to earrings: I’d try to choose earrings I would wear myself, but ones that don’t seem too mature/sophisticated for a young girl. And if she doesn’t like them, well, maybe her mom will. Sigh.
Antiqued Brass Key Earrings from CuteAbility on Etsy (photo from CuteAbility). Keys are romantic but in an innocent way: they manage to evoke diaries, “key to my heart,” treasure and attics and innocent secrets, without evoking hotel rooms and locking people out.
Chubby Mod Love Bird Earrings by Vintage and Glam on Etsy (photo from Vintage and Glam). Love birds, aw! Romantic! But in a sweet, nuzzling-beaks kind of way, rather than in a necking-in-the-backseat kind of way.
Retro Petite Daisy Studs by Crush Jewels on Etsy (photo from Crush Jewels). Only my reluctance to link to a sold item keeps me from buying these earrings myself. I love them. I also think the packaging looks really cool. WANT. And WILL HAVE.
Two Owls Earrings by Wear For Art Thou on Etsy (photo from Wear For Art Thou). My mom’s embarrassingly lame 1970s owl collection is magically transformed into radness now that owls are hip again. Owls! Daisies! Flared pants! It’s COOL when WE do it.
Little Bird Little Tree Earrings by Lila Ruby King on Etsy (photo from Lila Ruby King). Tiny and adorbs.
Orbit Girl Earrings by Marmar on Etsy (photo from Marmar). They’re cute little girls, but do you think I’m right that with the right outfit these could look kind of gothsome?
Pearl Stud Earrings (photo from Amazon.com). Pearl earrings are classic and sophisticated for a grown woman, but not jarring on a younger girl. Perfect for a special occasion such as a thirteenth birthday.