William, Robert, and Elizabeth have all been invited to a birthday party this weekend, so I need to come up with three presents for a 10-year-old girl. I could use a hand, if you have a minute—and then we’ll have this later as a reference for the next time we need it!
She likes cats, and she likes anything cute or fuzzy. She likes Phineas & Ferb, and SpongeBob Squarepants. She likes crafts. She plays soccer. She’s William’s age and grade and is mostly William’s friend, but she plays with everyone when she’s here.
Normally I aim for about $10 for a party gift (in this case, from each of the three children), but I’d be willing to go a little higher.
First candidate: Aurora Plush Fluffee Fluffy Tails (photo from Amazon.com), about $9.00. Most households already have more stuffed animals than they can handle—and yet, the sight of this cat reduced our household to “OHHHHhhhhhhhhhh!!!”s of cuteness.
Second candidate: Rory’s Story Cubes (photo from Amazon.com), about $7.00. These look fun—but maybe they’re the sort of thing that look fun to the grown-ups, but make the kids think of school. Still, William thought they looked neat.
Third candidate: American Girls Bears Sew and Stuff Kit (photo from Amazon.com), about $10.00. William found this and liked it. There’s also owls and raccoons, but William thought she’d like the bears best.
Fourth candidate: Toysmith Crystal Mining Kit (photo from Amazon.com), about $9.00. William got this for his 10-year-old birthday, and I think it was probably his favorite gift. There’s a pretty assortment of crystals buried in a block of “rock” (more like compressed sand/glue), and you chip away with little tools until you dig out the crystals. It makes a bit of a MESS, but the sand stuff is dry and easy to sweep/vacuum up, and then you have the crystals to keep in a little bag.
Fifth candidate: Plasma ball (photo from Amazon.com), about $25.00. This is really too expensive—BUT, if two of the kids chose less-expensive gifts, it would average out to being okay ($25 + $7 + $9, divided by 3, is only $13-14 per gift).
Sixth candidate: Beanie Ballz: Guinea Pig and Beanie Ballz: Penguin (photos from Amazon.com), about $6.00-8.00 each. They’re grapefruit-sized, very very silky soft, and all the kids are losing their minds over how cute they are. I think we’d get these two (yes, yes, two Ballz, I get it, ha ha, very funny), but there’s also a monkey, a hamster, a panda, a dog, a pink cat, a bee, and a ladybug.
Seventh candidate: Temporary tattoos: mini butterflies, Temporary tattoos: henna butterflies (photos from Amazon.com), about $1.50 per book. These qualify for “4-for-3″ (if you put four of them in your cart, when you check out the cheapest one is free), so we’d choose eight different books and it would cost us $9.00 (or if we had trouble narrowing it down, twelve books for $13.50).
Do you have other ideas for this age?