I remember when I was a kid I always felt like, well, such a kid. I remember the first gift I got that made me feel special and like I wasn’t such a little kid. I guess I was 13 and the whole thing made me ridiculously happy.
And as I’m watching my nephews grow up I’m realizing something… my oldest nephew will soon be, as he has stated often for the last year or so, a tween. Before too long he’s going to be wishing and hoping for things that make him feel less like a kid and more like an adult. That’s crazy to me. He’s still a baby. Just a young little thing who needs to stay a little thing forever, okay? :)
Being reminded of little me wanting something grown up underneath that Christmas tree made me realize that there are totally age appropriate ways to give a gift that satisfies a youngin’s need to feel more mature. And at the center of it is chocolate. It doesn’t matter if your 8 or 88, like the games used to say, almost everybody loves chocolates and getting chocolates as a gift.
But what is that tween girl going to think when they open their gift to find all sorts of luxurious goodness PLUS a box of what will probably be the fanciest box of chocolates she’s ever gotten all for herself? She’s going to think that she’s lovely and special and worth sweet things in pretty gold boxes. Because she is.
To start my tween gift basket I first headed out to Walmart and grabbed a box of GODIVA chocolates. I went with the Bliss box and maybe sort of got the milk box for myself, so sue me. Ringing in at around $10 these pretty 9 piece boxes have some of the finest chocolates around but they don’t break the bank. Visit Walmart this holiday season for GODIVA Chocolate Gift Boxes. Available in three 9PC varieties and also a 15PC Dark All-of-a-Kind. (while supplies last). And your tween need not know that you didn’t have to head to the fanciest store in town to snag these fancy candies.
Just to repeat, I got these at Walmart! Yes, the place where I also got chicken breasts and a hammer on the same trip. Pretty nifty, eh?
I had a few running themes with this gift basket and they were the color red, luxury and usefulness. The first thing I needed to snag to create my gift basket was the basket itself. Keep an eye out at discount stores and craft stores for great deals on baskets around this time of year. This basket is what I chose because it seemed a little grown up but not overly so. Plus I had a fab idea for how to make it a bit more glamorous, too!
I also snagged a package of battery operated LED lights shaped like stars!
Not going to lie, winding these puppies around in the chicken wire of the basket was a bit time consuming but it wasn’t difficult at all.
Place the battery pack inside at the back of the basket and start winding your lights through the metal mesh starting with the first light nearest the battery pack. Likely your lights are curled or rolled up. Straighten the wire out as much as you can before you get started and you’ll have less problems with the lights tangling.
Once the light business is all done and taken care of use filler to pad the bottom of the basket. Yes my basket has holes in it and this is going to be messy but it’s also adorable so cute is always going to win in my book.
Be sure to push your battery pack, with the power switch for your lights at the very back where it can easily be turned on or off.
Stuff that baby with some goodness that your gal will love in as attractive a way as possible.
My basket contains a wireless speaker, in red of course, that I grabbed for $3.50 at Walmart. It’s in the back/bottom of the basket and is used as a tier for the items in the back of the basket. In the back are a pair of Nautica red and white polka dot pajama pants snagged at a discount store for a great price (but little Miss won’t know that!) I rolled and tied the waistband around like a ribbon to keep together. To the left is a little gift set of hand soap and lotions to place next to the sink and then beside that a reusable tumbler that says “Hello Gorgeous!” In front of that we have a fun, red and gold shower pouf and our showstopping box of GODIVA chocolates prominently placed to the right.
It looks gorgeous in the day and even gorgeous at night thanks to all of those little lights! Utilizing coupons and the great values I found at Walmart, including the $10 box of GODIVA I found in the special Christmas gift aisle, I spent a hair over $40 for everything, including the basket! But be sure to get your GODIVA while supplies last!
So if you’re sitting there and trying to figure out what to get those difficult tweens this is a lovely and budget friendly way to go! Heck, you might even know some adults that this would make a perfect gift for!
Add a few of these things to your holiday shopping list or pick up an item a time when you run in for groceries and you’ll have the best gift that tween is going to get around!