Shopping for teenagers is hard. I find boys impossible, but girls aren’t much better.
If your like me and like to be crafty and thrifty, it means that one must not only come up with a gift idea, but also something that one could make, and make it in a hurry if your a procrastinator, unlike myself.
My boyfriend’s sister’s birthday party was on Thursday. Her real 13th birthday isn’t until this Thursday, but I wanted to have something to give her at the party.
I decided to make this boxy bag from this tutorial by Patchy Apple. It makes a great sized bag, perfect for storing and transporting make-up and other toiletries. She was quite excited as she needed a larger bag for her ever growing make-up collection.
I think it turned out great, and I love my choices of fabrics. I’ve been feeling funky lately. The only things I would change would be to make the strap a bit wider and shorter. You could also tuck the corners more to make it taller. Depending on how the user plans to use it, this could be handy. I love my Vera Bradley large cosmetic bag, mostly because I can sit my bottles upright and it holds a ton of stuff! I think if you tucked the corners more, it could probably be pretty similar.
In honor of her birthday, here are some more ideas for gifts that you could give a teenage girl.
- Various zipper bags, like the one I made, the boxy bag, or another varition here. The teeny, tiny boxy bag is perfect for storing items within another bag or purse.
- You could make some items to match her room that she could use to store her stuff. Like these large storage baskets, these little patchwork ones, or these no-sew fabric covered boxes.
- In my early teenage years, I changed my purse almost daily in order to match my outfit. Purses and bags are always practical gifts. I have a ton of tutorials listed in my guide. Check it out here, you should find something that you like!
- These scrappy belts are way cute, and if she is techy and has her own laptop, a laptop sleeve could make a great gift. If she likes to write, a journal with a cute cover would be perfect! This top is also completely adorable!
In other notes:
I’m putting the finished touches on my “make your own blog header” post. It took me a bit longer than I thought to put together, which is why there is the delay.
If you would like to see some of my recent photography work, head here. I’ve added a new category so that everyone (read: my boyfriend) can see the before and after of some photos and hopefully better understand the work that goes into them. I’m happy to share how I did things if there is an interest.
I plan to attempt to add one more category to my tutorial guide. So start stalking, and let me know which category you want to see!
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