Say hello to Miss Styling You.
My only daughter. My beautiful, headstrong, smart daughter.
In a house otherwise invaded by boys, together we bring the fluctuating hormones to the family equation 😉
And we bring the bulk of the clothes, the lip glosses and obsession with Twilight. (Oops, actually that obsession is all mine. I bought her the books but she’s never read them. I did though. In one weekend.)
Anyhoo, Miss SY is almost 16 … just a couple of weeks away from this little milestone.
Can you remember when you were 16? I can. In my head it was only yesterday (I think that’s a sign of getting old) but in reality it was more than a lifetime ago.
So, so much has changed.
See that smart phone in her pocket in the photo above? Try doing that back in the day with a dial up attached to a wall.
Some things do stay the same, though.
Her Ray Bans were around. As were her Converse shoes, albeit it in a more standard-issue colour and considered a bit hoity toity compared with the trusty Dunlop Volleys I wore on my feet.
And Dolly Mag was my reading material of choice. My first foray into what would become a lifelong magazine addiction.
How else was a girl supposed to learn about certain things you wouldn’t be caught dead discussing with your parents? AWKIES.
Miss SY is a reluctant reader (see above re Twilight fail). In a family of book lovers I still don’t know how that has happened but it is what it is.
Give her a mag though and she’ll be reading, flipping and skimming like nobody’s business.
So in the spirit of the season, where she has birthday and Christmas almost rolled into one, I’m thinking a Magshop gift subscription to Dolly will be a nice addition to her ever-growing wishlist.
It’s the gift that keeps on giving for 12 months, saves more than a few $ off the cover price, can be bought quickly and easily online … and it helps me in my main job as a mother, which of course is to embarrass my children any way I possibly can.
So yes, I’ll be asking to read the Dolly Doctor sealed section (yes, sealed! There’s a significant change) after she’s done 😉
Tips for buying gifts for teenage girls
1. Remember what it was like when you were a teenager. Of course you wanted the latest “cool” stuff. Hello Boom Box. Sure the big ticket items can cost a lot of money but there are plenty of low-cost bits and pieces they will love.
2. Think about who they really are … not all teens are created the same. What are they into? What interests do they have outside of school? It’s not about what YOU like – it’s about them.
3. Think of cute stuff that they can wear. Accessories are good here … or vouchers for clothes at their favourite stores.
4. Maybe they want to give their room a mini makeover? Things like a string of coloured lights or a new canvas print can help them to easily add a bit of personality to their room.
5. If they’re into makeup and other girl stuff, think of their fave lip balms and perfume (clueless as to what teens are into? A flick through that Dolly mag will help!).
Teenage girl gift ideas
1. 12-month Magshop gift subscription to Dolly $44.95 (save $26.45) | 2. Typo pen $2.95 | 3. Typo journal $14.95 | 4. Colette necklace $14.95
A bonus for you
Ok, so should you gift your teenage daughter a Dolly subscription, listen up because there’s potentially a massive bonus in it for you. You’ll go into the draw to win an Airstream 762 “International Series” travel trailer (it is way TOO luxe to call it a caravan) and a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. The total value is more than $185,000. Wowzers. Check out the details for yourself here. And if you win? I suggest you keep it quiet from any teens in the house … and make your escape quickly!
Did you read Dolly as a teenager? Do you have teen girls to buy for this Christmas? What’s on their wishlist?