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Unique Gift Idea for 9 Year Old Girls

Any suggestions for a unique birthday gift for a 9 year old girl?

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Well, I wasn't clear in my request that I was only looking for a suggestion for a small gift for a friend of my daughter's so I received a lot of ideas for birthday parties or large gift ideas for my own daughter. I appreciate all of these ideas and will look back at this when her birthday gets near. For this gift, my daughter picked out a cute Caboodles box covered in pink glitter and a bunch of fun goodies like lip gloss, bubble bath, special soap, body scrubber, etc. to fill it. I think it was a success. Thank you again for all the suggestions. This is a wonderful forum!

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go to hobbie lobbie or something similar and get her an actuvity. they have a LOT of really cool stuff!

My daughter will also be 9 this June and at Christmas I got her a guitar and an Mp3 player and these things are her life now!!!!
Walmart has cheap but good Mp3's for $30.I did a ton of looking around and reading reiews online before buying so I would get a decent Mp3 player and this one rocks!!!! It is an RCA Pearl,I want my own too now,and as I said Walmart sells them!!!! GOOD LUCK!!!!

--M. (____@____.com)

It is certainly NOT unique but my 8 year old has recently fallen "head over heels" for American Girls. She just learned about them in December when she was given a gift certificate at a gift exchange. She wanted to spend it at the store so Grandma bought her first American girl doll for Christmas and we took her there after the holidays to use her gift certificate. She takes her doll almost everywhere now, is reading the books, wants to go to the store for her Birthday that is coming up in April, and has Grandma making a full wardrobe for her doll! If you go to the Galleria on any given weekend almost every girl there ages 6-12 has an American Girl shopping bag or doll! I don't think you can go wrong with it for that age.

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When my daughter was about that age I went to secondhand stores and bought 5 or 6 formal dresses in smaller but varied sizes, then went to Goodwill and found high heels that matched..you'd be surprised how many you can find that have never been worn..especially in smaller sizes, bought purses that matched, some wigs that could be washed and dollar store gaudy jewelry to match each outfit..then we had a "dress-up" party, I made the girls faces up with very tasteful and age appropriate make-up, they dressed in the clothes..had a formal dinner for them which I cooked and her daddy and brothers 2 and 4 years older served..with the towel over the arm and the whole thing..It was a huge success..we all enjoyed it and learned a ton about manners..how to eat food in courses, it was a pretty big deal but none of us have ever forgotten it..especially her daddy who was tickled that all those little girls all "fancied up" still sounded like a herd of horses clip-clopping down the street to show the neighbors how beautiful they looked..We then bought a rack for her room and kept the pretty dresses on it with the shoes, etc..and all the girls came over and tried on dresses and dressed up for years..it was a huge success. It seemed a little expensive at the time, but I got a cut on the dresses by offering to buy all the ones that one second-hand store had. Those dresses hung in her room until she left for college and are now in a trunk..she can't bear to get rid of all of that..way too many good memories..Just remember to get the dresses cleaned , Lysol the shoes well..and all those precautions..Oh..Long gloves were a huge hit too..especially for the days they were "movie stars"..She was quite a tomboy but liked to do the really fancy thing because it wasn't just like a church dress..

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If she is a mature 9 year old and is already into the mirror then a subscription to American Girl magazine is AWESOME! She may not jump up and down at the party, BUT she will be thrilled everyday it arrives in the mail and will devour it cover to cover. It is great at lifting up girls self esteem and uniqueness so that they love them selves inside and out. It is a great wholesome resource for tween girls. If she is still into dolls and make believe this gift is too old for her. For that age a great game or something to make things with. There is a Book that teaches finger string games called CAts cradle and it comes with the long string. The best part she will remember is you sitting down with her and learning how to do it together. If take that time you will inspire hours of fun with it. Just giving it to her is good, but doing it together is priceless.

It is certainly NOT unique but my 8 year old has recently fallen "head over heels" for American Girls. She just learned about them in December when she was given a gift certificate at a gift exchange. She wanted to spend it at the store so Grandma bought her first American girl doll for Christmas and we took her there after the holidays to use her gift certificate. She takes her doll almost everywhere now, is reading the books, wants to go to the store for her Birthday that is coming up in April, and has Grandma making a full wardrobe for her doll! If you go to the Galleria on any given weekend almost every girl there ages 6-12 has an American Girl shopping bag or doll! I don't think you can go wrong with it for that age.

buy tickets for her and a friend to go see Highschool Musical the Ice Tour at the FW Convention Center. Its in April. I'm taking my daughter and two of her friends to the April 5th show.

Hi!

I had heard about a party where the girls and their girlfriends got to be pampered with new hairstyles, manicures, pedicures, massages and a trip to their favorite restaurant, movie, or pizza place. It involved hiring a student for the manicures and pedicures, a massage therapist who is a student but about to graduate and a professional hair stylist. Then have cake and ice cream and open gifts. To keep it less expensive, ask other mothers to come and help you with the finger and toe nail painting portion. You can always leave out the professional hair stylist and just roll and blow dry hair. If you do any of this, make sure you get permission slips from the parents that it is ok with them and keep the permission slips for at least 3 years in case anything comes up.

The person that did this for their daughter had an absolute blast and it was a huge hit with their daughter and all her friends.

Enjoy!
T. H.

go to hobbie lobbie or something similar and get her an actuvity. they have a LOT of really cool stuff!

First what is her likes and interests then go from there. aspecial charm bracklet with c harms of her interests on it is always fun to wear. I'm going to be mean Her interests not what you would like her to be interested in. KC

American Girl magazine subscription - wonderful!!!

Hi J.,

My daughter is 10. We have had a few occasions to get our nails done. Basically a 'girlie' day. You can do as much as your budget allows. I have 3 kids so my daughter really enjoys the one on one time. We have done fingers and toes, then gone shopping at her favorite store. We have done coffee or ice cream with a pedicure. You could do a spa day somewhere. Hair, make-up, massage, manicure, etc. You could take her to a movie or special restuarant. The best thing about it is you do it together.

I-pods and MP-3's are popular too.

Have fun celebrating.

I love pj's wrapped in a personalized pillow case instead of wrapping paper. This has become my staple gift. Everyone loves it and i never have to worry about getting a toy that she already has or someone else got her. One of my girls has actually received the gift idea back to her a year later. Too funny! But it has obviously made an impression.

Hi J.,

Unique idea for a girl:
I recommend a small tent that someone would buy for camping. I bought a tent for my nephew when he was about 9 years old and he and my daughter the same age really loved it. The tent I am talking about is probably $25.00 and the size that a two people sleep in. We sat the tent up in the back yard and the kids really loved playing in it! The tent I bought was bright yellow and they could even stant up in it.

R.

I would try something personalized with her name or initials on it. If she stays overnight at relatives, try a bag or maybe a bag that keeps her toothbrush, brush and toiletry items. I've gotten things from Lillian Vernon and they have some neat things for kids. A duffle bag with her name on it would be a neat also. I have a lady that does personalized items, if you want a referral. She lives in the HEB area. We've bought sippy cups, lunch bags and back packs from her and we've been very pleased with her work.

So many options with girls this age...hair pampering kit with rhinestone clips, fun head bands, travel size spray. Bake with mom cookie kit have dry ingredients pre-mixed in a decorative jar with instructions on what to add (wet ingredients) and maybe some fun icing stuff. A gift certificate for a manicure at a local salon (great gift for under $20), A movie kit with blockbuster rental card, movie theatre candy, and microwave popcorn. The possibilities are endless...hopefully this will get you started and make it fun.

I Made my cousin a sewing box. I got a hat box...decorated it really cute...she was into retro cowgirl stuff so I found cordinating paper. Then I filled it with embroidery threads, and different sized hoops and the little patterns. I also put a hook and loom set in there and I cut out a doll pattern and put directions on how she can make her own doll...then i put buttons and a fabric marker so she could decorate it...SHE LOVED IT!!! It was something creative she could do and she liked it so much her mom put her in sewing classes...so now she learning a new skill!

Hi J.! I have a nine year old and the fun of it!! I created my home based business www.shopatyounameit.com mostly for that reason - trying to create unique personalized gifts for my daughter and her friends. Let me know if I can help you!! Good luck!

We went to the Great Wolfe Lodge and had a blast!! They have an indoor waterpark and my daughter who is 9, hasn't quit talking about it.

One year we also did a movie party. I made a popcorn cake. Cooked the cake mix in a "popcorn" bowl and topped it with mini marshmallows that you tear apart and stick back together and they look like popcorn. Sprinkled the top with edible yellow glitter to look like butter topping. We went to the drive-in movies in Granbury with all of her friends, I had made hotdogs at home and packed them to take with us. Individual bags of chips and a cooler full of the girls favorite drinks. Took pillows and blankets and all of the girls laid in the bed of the truck and watched movies, ate, and had a blast! Came home and had a sleep over.

We rented a limo for 3 hours. Daughter had 9 friends invited. The limo picked each girl up at her house, we took pictures. When everyone was picked up, he drove them around town and let them have fun in the limo. He had sodas so they could help themselves on the ride. When the ride was over, they came in, did crafts and sleptover. The limo thing was not over $300

We actually did this twice because of the fun the girls had.

Another thing we did was rent a hotel suite at the Shops of Legacy Marriott. The girls (5) met there, went swimming, got ready to go to dinner at Nicola's. After dinner, they swam more, went back to room then watched movies. We had room service come with fun snacks at that time. Everyone had donuts, juice and milk for breakfast and left around 10am.

The girls also love the spa ideas with mani and pedis.

Have fun! They grow up TOO fast.

Susan

My daughter just turned 10 in January and she received a gift certificate (actually it was a tile) from a pottery place where she could go pick out a piece of pottery and paint it herself. She was so excited. She begged me every day to take her there. When we went (the weekend following her birthday) she had a whole wall of things to choose from. She got to choose her own paint colors, we sat down at a table together and poured the paint right on the table so she could paint. After she got started I was kind of disappointed that I didn't have something to paint right along with her. That is the one present that she is still talking about. Her turtle bank turned out great and she shows it off to everyone that comes in her room.

I don't know if this falls under "unique" but my daughter (who is 9) received this for Christmas and it has been a family favorite since then. It is a computer game called Bookworm (you can find it at Wal-mart or Best Buy) - basically, you spell words to destry bad guys and move through the story. The bigger the word, the better you do - we have tons of fun playing this together, even her 4 year old brother likes to play. I love that it is educational AND fun!

Hi J.,

My son is 10 and he is always getting invited to birthday parties and some of them are girls. I always ask him what are the girls into. He has mentioned Webkinz,Heely's(I do not like these but my son loves them), getting manicures and pedicures etc.. I always ask him how do you know he was like that's all they talk about. They also love to all meet up at the skating rink. Also Club Libby Liu and Sweet and Sassy are always fun for all age girls except teens.. Maybe look into a cooking class, or craft class that she might be interested in. I bought one of his friends a bedazzler for $10.00 and Brians says she is still talking about that gift and how much she uses it..

Hope she has good one!

Little girls love personalized things - you can go small with personalized notepads or sticky notes or bigger like a personalized purse or bag . . . try ThirtyOneGifts.com - it is a business run by one of the moms from MamaSource and I think it has some really great ideas. Maybe a fun personalized make up bag with a few items like lip gloss and nail polish. Good Luck!

Give an experience instead of a gift. Maybe a Build a Bear gift certificate where she can actually make the animal, movie passes, roller skating passes, photo shoot certificate, paint and party gift certificate to paint a ceramic piece. Kids get so many more toys than they need from friends that just really sit there and become old. An experience will last a lifetime!

Hi there. I gave my 9yo's best friend inexpensive blingy jewelry. She really liked it. When mine turned 9, she got board games and loves to play. But my best suggestion is this: locate a beauti control consultant (no, I am not a consultant) and talk to her about what your price range is and consider scheduling a spa day. This is a less expensive alternative to actually going to a real spa. Get her a tiara and let her wear it all day while you spoil and pamper you both. It will give you a chance to talk about skin care and nuturing one's own self. If this isn't to your liking, look into a trip to Main Event. Just have a lot of fun together. I know my 10yo is growing up way too fast. S

If she likes horse back riding, you might think about giving her lessons or if she's experienced, time at a corral.

Another idea my sister did for her daughter at this age was an English birthday party. All the girls dressed up for an afternoon tea (complete with crumpets, etc.) and then played croquet in a pretty park.

If she likes to feel grown up, you might think about a manicure or pedicure.

My soon to be 9 year old loves American Girl. She had a wonderful time at the store that just opened next to the Galleria in Dallas. They have a bistro with a store.

Just a few ideas.

Blessings,
L.

My daughter will also be 9 this June and at Christmas I got her a guitar and an Mp3 player and these things are her life now!!!!
Walmart has cheap but good Mp3's for $30.I did a ton of looking around and reading reiews online before buying so I would get a decent Mp3 player and this one rocks!!!! It is an RCA Pearl,I want my own too now,and as I said Walmart sells them!!!! GOOD LUCK!!!!

--M. (____@____.com)

Anything crafty such as make it yourself hairties, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, painted window stained glass things, dream catchers, etc.

My daughter just turned 9 on Saturday. We never get to spend one on one time together so we went and got our hair and nails done along with a day of shopping and snacking. It was a blast. The only thing I wish I would've done differently is have pictures made of our day.

How about Candy Bouquets? They can be customized with her favorites and done in a theme she will just love.

http://www.candybouquetsandgifts.com

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Good luck
Christalle

Personalize and design her a wristhugger or necktag. Check out http://J..yoursmh.com and let me know if I can help you. We can design the piece over the phone and I can send you a picture of your design via email. After your approval and payment it will be made and shipped directly to you in about 7-10 days (sometimes faster!)
My girls love their bracelets and neck tags. I'd love to have your business. If you have any questions feel free to contact me!
Blessings,
J.

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