We Are Westridge
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2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Girls
Not sure what the girl in your life wants this holiday season? We put together our annual gift guide for our community to use as a starting point for great gifts for girls ages 10 and up.
For the young environmentalist:
- Looking for accessories that are good for the planet? Try a recycled fabric bandana from Whimsy + Row or a zero-waste hair scrunchie from Miakoda.
- Check out this eco-friendly backpack from Rewilder, 100% made with materials sourced from factory end rolls trashed during airbag and seatbelt production!
- For the girl who’s gotten her whole family to go zero-waste, gift this eco-friendly phone case from Pela. Made from compostable-yet-hardy materials, these cute cases are available for both iPhone and Android devices and is plastic-free!
- Any environmentally-conscious girl will love Girlfriend Collective’s leggings, sports bras, and jackets, all made out of recycled water bottles and discarded fishing nets.
For the future rocket scientist:
- What better way to learn coding than with a Frozen 2-themed coding kit? She’ll go on an epic journey of discovery while learning about loops, logic, and variables. Or, if she’s more of a Star Wars fan, try a The Force Awakens-themed kit. (Available for Windows, Mac & iPad, and Amazon Fire Tablets.)
- This MIT-designed Makey Makey invention kit will have your STEM-obsessed daughter turning everyday objects like bananas into touchpads, coding her own Scratch game, building sensors out of foil and pennies, and more!
- Is that the sound of galloping in the living room? Must be a Unicornbot! From UBTECH robotics, this buildable, codable robot is made even cooler by the simple fact that it’s shaped like a unicorn.
- Imagine world where Ada Lovelace (the world’s first computer programmer) and Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein) meet as girls and form a secret detective agency; that’s exactly what happens in The Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan Stratford (recommended for ages 9-12), and we know your young scientist will love it! For older teens, Sandya Manon’s bestseller When Dimple Met Rishi stars an Indian-American girl who attends a summer program for coding and web development, and ends up meeting someone unexpected.
For the budding artist:
- If the girl in your life is destined for the stage, gift her a wireless Bluetooth karaoke microphone so she can rehearse her favorite songs and perform in the backyard.
- Royal & Langnickel has everything a young artist needs to create her best work. Curated with both beginners and professionals in mind, there’s something for everyone, including sketching art kits, watercolor sets, oil painting sets, and more.
- Does she have an eye for photography? Try a Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Camera that she can take with her wherever she goes to capture the moment!
- A craft-lover can get creative by creating her own customized bath bombs with this craft kit from Klutz. Choose from a variety of colors, shapes, and scents, and dunk them in a bathtub for a relaxing soak!
- For a poetry-writer, you can’t go wrong with a stack of classic Moleskine hardcover notebooks. Or, if fiction-writing is more her thing, Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly by NY Times bestselling author Gale Cason Levine is a great place for a young novelist to start.
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