The Well Appointed House Gift Guide: The Tween

Is your daughter one Beiber tee-shirt away from a mild obsession? Does your little cousin constantly hog the ipod at family functions in favor Katy Perry? If you answered yes, then it sounds like you have a tween on your hands.  The girl who is just discovering her diva side can be difficult to shop for but at The Well Appointed House you will find gift options that will guide her style as she grows and serve as a nice respite from licensed tour goods.
It goes without staying that kids are seriously hooked up nowadays when it comes to technology.  Not only does every eleven year-old have a cell phone but they have an i-phone.  Keep them ahead of the curve by outfitting their favorite accessory with a cool and age appropriate i-phone case.  The one above is a little piece of New York paraphernalia from Dylan’s Candy Bar.  It’s priced at $19.95 to $24.95 depending on what phone your tween has.  Not only does it feature a funky yet playful candy design it is also scented to smell as sweet as it is. 
If your tween is a little more label conscience then she will surely flip her collar for a Lilly Pulitzer printed I-phone case, $19.95.  It comes with the name she loves in a print that she won’t soon tire of.  Lilly also makes a great selection of ipad and laptop cases, which are the perfect gift to keep her looking stylish in the library.  
With all the technology accessible to teens today the handwritten note is becoming a lost art form.  Discourage this by gifting a stylish and personable set of Dabney Lee notecards. Select the print that she’ll love, finish it off with her name or monogram and she’ll swear off texting at least for a week.  Well..
If you really want to get her something she will keep forever, this sterling silver monogramed bracelet is just the ticket.  Its simple design and classic composition is something she will love to show off now and later learn to layer with a collection of other important bangles.  It’s an impressive gift and it’s under $100!
The Well Appointed House is, at the core, the e-destination for, well, home decor, so why not inspire the interiorista in your tween with a great little something for her room.  An accent pillow, like this colorful Trina Turk kaleidoscope pillow, is a fun alternative.  Either choose something that goes with her current room’s theme or choose something that will challenge her to add other DIY additions or create a wish-list of other items she will collect over other holidays and birthdays.  It’s a way to encourage creativity and a great way to nurture her personal sense of style.  Plus… come ninth grade, those Beiber pillows have got to go! -Gabrielle Katz, The Well Appointed House
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