Birthday Gift for my 16 year old niece
July 31, 2013 1:21 PM   Subscribe

My incredibly awesome niece is turning 16!!! we are close and I'd like to get her something special but have no idea what that could be.

She is really into theater and performing arts/singing. she does all the school plays, has a great voice, loves all the usual horrible teenybopper artists (jbeiber et al)

if there are any particular things out there you think are just beyond awesome for a bright creative awesome girl in New Jersey I'd very much love to hear them!!

bonus points for things I can purchase/order/set up online and send via mail/delivery. thanks!
posted by supermedusa to Human Relations (15 answers total)
Best answer: So corny it is wonderful -- a gold or silver locket with a photo of the two of you inside. Or with her initials inscribed. Or with a wonderful phrase inscribed. This really is beyond awesome because it is so personal, and so lasting.
posted by bearwife at 1:38 PM on July 31, 2013 [1 favorite]

Can you get her tickets to a Broadway musical?
posted by megancita at 1:40 PM on July 31, 2013 [1 favorite]

If you're in New Jersey then a girls' day in NY is perfect. Train, lunch, show, train.
posted by headnsouth at 1:49 PM on July 31, 2013 [1 favorite]

Lauren Graham, who played Lorelai Gilmore on the Gilmore Girls TV series, and now co-stars in the Parenthood TV series, has a new first novel out, Someday, Someday, Maybe, which is the story of a young woman trying to make it as an actor in NYC, who gives herself a final year, after several years of trying, to accomplish her goal, or give up.
posted by paulsc at 1:50 PM on July 31, 2013 [1 favorite]

My aunt took my sister out for a massive girls' day when she turned 16.
Lunch, SHOPPING, makeup, etc.
posted by Ms Vegetable at 2:14 PM on July 31, 2013

Response by poster: I'm in CA so I can't do a day with her (which I would love!!! her mom is taking her to Broadway show)

I think I'm going to go with the engraved bracelet! my sister thinks its a great idea! it is sort of corny but also an eternally great sort of thing to get at that age, so thanks bearwife!
posted by supermedusa at 2:18 PM on July 31, 2013

Check out Planet Jill -- I have a pendant from them with my cat's photo and the quality is really high.
posted by janey47 at 2:35 PM on July 31, 2013

Yep - I think 16 is the perfect time for a nice piece of jewelry. She'll love it!
posted by dawkins_7 at 3:15 PM on July 31, 2013

If you're thinking of something she'll never ever ever forget, consider sending her for a week to the New York Film Academy for one-week acting camp. She'll live in NYC and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience (this is according to Kinetic 2 who went there for film camp and has now relocated to NYC and is pursuing a career in the arts).
posted by kinetic at 3:32 PM on July 31, 2013

I'm going to counter and say that I am not sure that a locket or engraved jewelry is really a good idea. I wore lockets and ID bracelets when I was like...8. Not 16. At 16 I would have loved something silver from Tiffany's, probably an Elsa Peretti like the Open Heart or the letter pendant - grown up but still youthful.
posted by radioamy at 3:38 PM on July 31, 2013 [4 favorites]

For a special twist on the bracelet, consider a "secret message" bracelet. It looks like a simple hammered silver cuff on the outside, but you can get a custom message on the inside. I had one made for my sister and myself and it's one of my favorite things ever. Etsy has tons of options.
posted by missjenny at 4:00 PM on July 31, 2013 [3 favorites]

I purchased a very nice set of earrings and necklace for my awesome niece on her 16th birthday. It was in a style that I thought she could wear throughout her life. Simple but classy. She still loves it at 25.
posted by cairnoflore at 4:12 PM on July 31, 2013

Is she in the LA area? If so a gift certificate to Samuel French.
posted by brujita at 4:34 PM on July 31, 2013

Ok, this is going to sound a little nutty, but hang in there with me.

Both of my kids are big choir performer types. They LOVE the movie Pitch Perfect. There is a great scene with a solo cup. You could buy the movie and some cups and send them to her.

Super personalized and it shows that you have paid attention to her style and likes. (And you can have it mailed; and it won't cost you a fortune.)
posted by frizz at 7:41 PM on July 31, 2013

I gave a young friend a cool locking box (from the homewares section of Marshalls or Ross or some such place) and a very nice diary to keep inside it. She appreciated the privacy it gave her and she used it through college in her dorm room.
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 1:11 AM on August 1, 2013

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