Monday, April 27, 2009

Shopping For Tweens

We have 2 nieces turning 12 &13 respectively, so I went shopping yesterday. I find it hard to buy for girls this age. I'm not sure I know what's cool nowadays. I could always take the easy way out and get gift cards, and not that they'd even mind, but I want to give them each a PRESENT. My 7 year old niece has already announced that, from now on, she only wants gift cards. I find that sad. I have great birthday memories of multi-colored wrapped packages (no such thing as gift bags then), all different shapes & sizes, with bows & balloons. The fun was trying to guess what was in each and know that they were all for me!
Anyway, I went to a new store in the area, Swoozie's, which moved in to a empty storefront where one of my favorite stores, now bankrupt Blue Tulip, formally was. I can go crazy in a store like this. For the most part, a store full of things no one needs, but so much fun! But I controlled myself, reminding myself who I was there to buy for. I got them each one of these with their names embroidered on them. I got a bit nostalgic when I saw that peace and love were back in style. I love this. Ah! The Summer of Love!!


  1. I knew you were a hippie! LOL!

  2. Check out Red Red Whine, you got another award!!!

  3. We had a Blue Tulip our town that closed up. It's so sad and worrisome that these little shops are closing down. I don't like it one bit.
    I wouldn't want to get them gift cards,but at the same time, who knows what to get tweens and even teenagers?
    How about your gift is lunch out and then shopping. Record or fun jewelry stores, something like that. Ice cream later. This way, you're part of their birthday,spending time together. And you can see what they like.

  4. I'm just dropping by to check out your site. It's pretty nifty. I'm gonna bookmark you and visit often, but before I go I'd like to invite you to my site for a visit. Hope to see you there.

  5. This was such a tough age to buy clothes for my daughters. They were too old for the little girl clothes but wayyyy too young for most of the stuff in the juniors department. At the time everything seemed so slutty.

  6. A Swoozies just opened by us recently and I went in for the first time last week. I saw several things that my kids (four girls - 14, 8, 6, 2) would love. I'll definitely be going back when there's a gift-giving occasion.