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Twelve years ago today, my niece was born. Not that I have any particular memory of this momentous occasion, as at that time, my sister and I weren't speaking (long story). The first time I met Soraya, she was 18 months old and stealing the show at my baptism. I can still see her in her white petticoats and lacey undies, pulling her skirts over her head and squealing in delight while dodging the altar boys trying to keep her away from the high altar and the burning candles. She stole my heart then, and she's been my darling girl ever since.

Last night, she called to ask me to come to her birthday party tomorrow. "Auntie, please will you come and see me on Saturday?" She sounded like she wasn't sure I'd say yes. Last week, Mum had told me Monique (my sister) was planning to hold the party on Sunday, and I said I already had plans -- my vicar friend is being confirmed in her new congregation on Sunday afternoon, and I'd already agreed to come to her inaugural service. I said of course I'll come, wouldn't miss it for the world; but my problem now is that I'm left with very little time to shop for a birthday present. It's been a long time since I was twelve...does anyone have any ideas as to what to give a 21st century girl who already has everything she could possibly want/need?

Oh blast! I do have to make it home again before Doctor Who starts, or I'll be in a foul mood for the rest of the week. 35 Hours, 5 minutes, and counting!

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( 16 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
bogwitch
Jun. 10th, 2005 09:17 am (UTC)
Make up? Diary? Nice stationery for school? Clothes (tricky that one)? I suspect she'd want something that make her look or feel older.
gamiila
Jun. 10th, 2005 11:04 am (UTC)
Make up? Diary? Nice stationery for school? Clothes (tricky that one)?

That's the list I've come up with as well -- but then I started thinking 'makeup? Isn't she a little young for that?' I only started applying a bit of lippy on occasion from the time I was 16, shoplifted my first mascara a year later, and went absolutely wild with makeup at 18 (but by then it was the early 80s, and fashionable to put makeup on by the bucketload).

And clothes? I never thought I'd ever say this, but I'm afraid my choice would be far too conservative for her. She likes to dress in hipsters and little halter tees that leave far too much skin exposed, and I have to constantly fight the urge to wrap her up in some sort of sheet and prevent pervs (i.e. anyone else that is not me, her mum, or her grandma) from noticing her.
bogwitch
Jun. 10th, 2005 11:19 am (UTC)
I hated people buying me clothes. They always got me really frumpy stuff.

Technically, yes I'd say she was too young for make up, but my friends daughter plays with it and she's two!
gamiila
Jun. 10th, 2005 11:42 am (UTC)
Yaya did too at that age -- God! what did she look like...;-)

I'd buy her shoes, but I'm not sure of her size...Books, I've given her plenty in the past and jewellery, she'll only go and lose it (takes after her auntie in that respect)...She used to love Barbies but I think se's outgrown them now.
bogwitch
Jun. 10th, 2005 11:45 am (UTC)
She probably looked like me in make up now. I never did quite get the hang.
gamiila
Jun. 10th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
There was a time I wouldn't be seen dead without my makeup. Nowadays, I hardly ever bother.
bogwitch
Jun. 10th, 2005 11:49 am (UTC)
Now my skin is getting blotchy, I'm reconsidering.
gamiila
Jun. 10th, 2005 11:56 am (UTC)
Perhaps I should as well. My skin's never been the same after a nasty sunburn in '97...my cheeks are constantly rosey now. :(
bogwitch
Jun. 10th, 2005 12:03 pm (UTC)
Mine always have been. Probably due to the ruddy Yorkshire blood.
gamiila
Jun. 10th, 2005 12:16 pm (UTC)
Oh lassie, there's nowt wrong with Yorkshire blood! Sean Bean's a Yorkshireman, ain't he? OTOH, and IIRC, so's Alan Titchmarsh, so perhaps you do have a point...
bogwitch
Jun. 10th, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC)
It's annoying though when you go easily red at the merest thing.
enigmaticblues
Jun. 10th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what you get a girl who's 12, but she sounds like a sweetie. :)
gamiila
Jun. 10th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
Oh sheis. I wish I had a digitalised picture of her...
curiouswombat
Jun. 10th, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
It is probably too late now - but going by D-d at that age, and her cousins -
hair care stuff - whether bands bobbles etc. or brushes, spray in colour etc.
Earrings - preferably cute, ditto neckaces or bracelets - fabric type rather than metal seem cool at the moment.
Boxes - we just bought a beautiful laquered box for D-d's friend's 17th birthday - but I gave number 2 neice something similar for her 13th - to keep jewellery or odds and end of any sort in.
Kits for doing something - making your own candles seemed a big hit, also one we once got for marbling your own paper, or making your own hair decorations/jewellery/friendship bracelets etc.
Also vouchers for DVDs, CDs, clothing shops, either put into nice box as above, or with some slightly grown up sweets of some sort.

List might come in useful for Christmas anyway!!
gamiila
Jun. 10th, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful, thanks! I like the idea of boxes...or getting her some sort of kit...Great! I'll see what I can find tomorrow!

And, as you say: the list'll come in quite handy for Christmas, too! ;-)
curiouswombat
Jun. 10th, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC)
My pleasure - glad to be of service!!
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