Gift Guide: Harper's Wish List

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Every year since they were able to write, my daughters have put together Christmas lists. They've been helpful to "Santa" as well as to family members looking for gift ideas. As the years have passed, the lists have evolved. They started out as short lists of scribbled misspelled toys and have now become elaborate lists of printed photos and URLs.

And I might add that as my girls have gotten older, the items on the wish lists have become fewer but more expensive. Gone are the days of the $20 art kits and $5.00 books. Now it's expensive electronics and brand name clothing.

For today's gift guide feature, I'm sharing what's on Harper's holiday wish list. It's short, sweet, and age-appropriate for an 11-year old.

1. Hawkins Middle School AV Club Sweatshirt (Amazon, $30)
My daughter is obsessed with Stranger Things, so much so that she's already watched season two at least four times. When she came across this sweatshirt while browsing Amazon, she immediately added it to her wish list. I think it's so cute, and it also happens to be the perfect clothing item to throw on during a lazy winter weekend at home.

2. Vans Sneakers (Nordstrom, $35)
It's so true that what goes around comes around. I mean who would have thought that the Vans sneakers made insanely popular by Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High circa 1982 would ever be popular again? Both of my girls each have a pair of plain colored ones, but they also want the iconic black and white checkered sneakers. Also available for women and men.

3. Fairy Lights (Amazon, $15/set of two)
Harper has a futon bunk bed, and she loves to decorate it with these lights. They are so pretty and add a lot of ambience to her room, creating a cozy space for the winter months.

4. Lush Bath Bombs (Lush, $7/each)
Lush bath bombs are not only luxurious, but they smell amazing! And they make the bath water all sorts of fun and funky colors while hydrating your skin. That's what I call double duty!! They cost per each varies, but most run around $7...and they are all natural.

5. Desktop Computer (Amazon, $450)
Now that she's in middle school, Harper's homework is mainly online. Although she has a Chromebook, she would really like a desktop computer for doing homework and online gaming. She has this particular one on her list, but I've been doing some research on them, and I may have found an HP one that is a little heartier than this one.

6. Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg (Amazon, $17)
I always encourage my girls to put a book on their wish list. It could be any kind of book, but if it's an educational one, even better. This book follows the exciting pioneering story, based on actual events, in American history, when FDR set up a New Deal colony in Alaska to give loans and land to families struggling during the Great Depression.

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