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A 2011 Holiday Gift Guide for Your Sweet Niece

Last month my husband’s sister gave birth to a girl (she already has 2 boys). This means that I finally have a niece. But, it will be a few years before I can have fun buying the adorable niece gifts that I’ve always wanted to buy. Last year, I put together a Holiday Niece Gift Guide for girls 10 and up. Without shame, I found myself wanting 90% of the items on my guide. And I’m finding that this year will be no different 😉

Holiday Gift Guide 2011

1. LAQA & Co. Nail Polish Pen in I Want A Pony – Yes, don’t we all. LAQA are designer nail polish pens with adorable packaging. This shade has a cool name and is a beautiful pale canary shade that is perfect for teens and girls. The nail polish pen retails for $14.95 and is availabel at B-Glowing. Other colors are available too. There’s just something I love about this soft yellow shade.

2. Pacifica Take Me There Island Vanilla Gift Set – I think the simple but good fragrances of Pacifica are great for teens. Island Vanilla (a Sephora exclusive) seems like it would be in the Comptoir Sud Pacifique line. This set contains a pearly lip balm, perfume roll-on and a mini body butter. It retails for $18 is available at Sephora.

3. By MiMi Unicorn Compact Mirror – This is so cute it hurts. From hearts to skulls to pink flamingos, there is a compact for any teen. Each come wrapped up in a gift box. Mirrors retail for $20 and are available at By MiMi’s etsy store.

4. Tokidoki Rollerball Perfume Set – I don’t know what all of these smell like but I know the ones that I smelled in store weren’t totally disgusting. The scents do seem very young which is good in this case. This mini rollerball set contains 6 fragrances. Each rollerball has an adorable Tokidoki character. This set retails for $18 at Sephora.

5. Deborah Lippmann Dance Music Holiday Mini Nail Trio – I must pass along my love of Deborah Lippmann nail polish AND dance music and I can do that with this trio. This trio contains 3 super glittery nail polishes: Just Dance, Dancing in the Dark, and Flash Dance. I just want to stare at these super glittery colors. This trio retails for $29 and is exclusive to Nordstrom.

6. aroma M Geisha Pink Gift Set – I love the clean floral fragrance of Geisha Pink. It’s a little soapy but in a good way. It is perfect for this age group that spends their days in tight quarters like classrooms. This gift set contains the roll-on and a 6 oz tub of matching body butter. It retails for $65 and is available at Luckyscent.

7. Sephora Glitz & Glam Set – This limited edition set contains 10 glimmering products. It’s a great deal and contains some great products like Stila Lip Glaze and Benefit High Beam. It retails for $40 and is only at Sephora.

8. Me! Bath Mini Me! Bath Ice Cream Soak Set – This is a set that contains 12 2 oz. (mini) effervescent bath soaks. There are many scents including chocolate, vanilla, coconut and papaya. The idea is that you mix and match your “scoops”. This set retails for $32 and is available at drugstore.com.

9. Love + Toast Lip Butter in Candied Apple – Now Love + Toast lip balms come in a convenient tube. I recommend the flavor Candied Apple for the mix tape packaging. These retail for $2.99 at drugstore.com. You can pick up a few more flavors like Ginger Fizz and Blood Orange.

10. LUSH Bathtime Favorites Tin – The limited edition tin itself is the coolest. It was designed by cartoonist Joe Burgerman. The adorable tin holds 9 mini bath bombs (FYI – One bath bomb is called Sex, so you may want to give this to an older teen). See suggestion #08 for younger gals. This set retails for $39.95 and is available at LUSH.

I didn’t want to post a gift guide so “early”, you know, before Thanksgiving, but I must face the facts. It’s the middle of November. People are buying gifts now. And I must tell you that I absolutely love creating gift guides.

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9 thoughts on “A 2011 Holiday Gift Guide for Your Sweet Niece

  1. Hey, don’t feel bad about your timing. In Canada some stores were starting to put out Christmas items before Thanksgiving too — except our Thanksgiving is the second Monday in OCTOBER!
    (I get cranky then — my lament being for the easily confused among us, “Can’t they wait til Hallowe’en is over?”)

    Cute guide.

    1. I can’t stand when Christmas takes over fall! It drives me crazy. I can understand people getting excited about Christmas and shopping early because of their budget, but geez, when the stores start smelling like cinnamon and there’s Christmas music and those inflatable yard Santas everywhere, I don’t want to shop there anymore.
      The older you get, the quicker time flies. I don’t need retailers to speed things up for me!

  2. I agree with you on the topic of the early Christmas invasion (in my household we have a rule: no XMas music, including spontaneous humming! ;), before Black Friday), but I have nothing against early gift guides because I usually look for good gifts long before events.

    I like #8 & #10 but I’d prefer a smaller (and cheaper) sets of 3-5 balls.
    Undina recently posted..Great Expectations

    1. Yes, after Black Friday, it’s free game 😉 And it’s true. Many of us “shop” before Thanksgiving. It’s good to have an idea of what of we want to buy.

      LUSH has smaller bath fizzie gift sets. Actually, I’d prefer 2-3 full size balls, but, hey, the presentation isn’t as cute. Remember “bath beads” and they had the oil inside? Whatever happened to those?

  3. I’ve just had to ban my usual radio station because they’ve gone to 24/7 CHRISTMAS MUSIC FORMAT. I hate their guts. Hate them. There should be no Christmas music (much less Santa-and-snow music) on the Radio until, oh, Dec. 10th at the earliest.

    But I do have my closet stuffed full of gifts already. I have three nephews and only one niece and she’s so girly she makes my hair spontaneously sprout curls whenever she’s within 20 feet of me. I love her to death, and I needed a few ideas. She’s got a birthday coming at the end of the month, too! So thanks very much.
    mals86 recently posted..Scent Diary, Nov. 7-13, 2011

    1. I’m not trying to sound like a total heartless Grinch, but I HATE Christmas music. And I can’t stand when radio station’s play it. I feel that Christmas music is A. too retail or B. something you’d play for the duration of decorating Christmas cookies with your kids.
      I seriously can’t wait to buy the “girly” gifts. And if she isn’t so girly, that’s OK. I’ll find some fragrant gift, I’m sure 😉

  4. Thank you for the great post, I have been tasked with buying perfume for my 12 y/o niece. Some other lovley ideas here xx

    1. I hope there is something here. It’s hard to be generic with this age range because we know how a 10 yr old’s maturity can vary with that of an 18 yr old! I think 12 is a fun age…as long as they aren’t living with me 😉

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