Christy’s Holiday Gift Guide–Ideas for Teen Girls, Golfers, Teachers & Me!

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Amy shared her favorite gift ideas yesterday {see that post here}, and now it’s my turn today.  We divided things up, so I’m sharing gifts for teen girls (she did teen guys and little girls), golfers (she did outdoor/fitness lovers), and teachers.  That should cover almost everyone, right?!

First, my daughter is 13 and her wish list has changed dramatically over the last year or two.  She has suddenly become interested in high quality clothing, bags, and shoes, and I often catch her borrowing things out of my closet!  She wears uniforms to school every day, and then spends most of her out-of-school time in leotards and tights, so she doesn’t need many casual clothes, so it’s easier to justify buying her a few nice things.

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Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise
Kate Spade‘s Cedar Street Maise handbag is on sale {here}, and it’s a slightly petite size that’s perfect for her (it still holds a book–that’s her acid test for handbags!).  I used coupon code THANKFUL to get it for a song (coupon expires at 11:59pm on 11/26/16)

Also going on at, their Surprise Sale (up to 75% off) can be accessed here.  This Moon River Pave boxed stud and pendant set is only $29 {here} and comes in a darling black and white striped gift box.  My daughter has a similar set from last year and wears it all the time.  It’s classic and classy for a young lady.

Kate Spade Moon River Pave Set
If you’re looking for a watch, you can also find some great deals now–my daughter got the Gramercy watch for her birthday and loves it.  Nordstrom Rack has some great deals on KS watches {here}, and of course, the KS website is also a good source.

Next up on her list, these Tory Burch flip-flops are only $35 {here}, and are perfect to wear with tights to and from the studio.

Tory Burch Ravenna flip flops
My daughter shares my love for pretty notecards; it makes writing thank you notes more fun.  These Lilly-inspired ones are so pretty, and the price is really reasonable–she has lots of other pretty patterns, too.

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This Tiffany etiquette book is a favorite, too.  It’s an easy read, and it’s pretty on display (am I the only one who thinks about that when purchasing books?).

Lollia’s “Wish” perfume smells amazing.  It’s light enough for a young girl, but I’ll confess that I wear it, too.  {The best price is here}

My husband is a dedicated golfer (good thing we live in Southern Pines and just two minutes away from Pinehurst, NC!), and he has had this Bushnell range finder for a few months and loves it.  It’s a bit of a splurge purchase, but your golfer will use it for years to come.


This set comes with the silicone skin, carrying case, and battery, so it’s ready to go.  The best price is {here}.

My husband is also always needing golf balls; his favorite is the Titleist ProV1 {here}, but he says the Bridgestone B330RX is a good substitute at a lower price {here}.

While this isn’t a “golfer” gift, my husband is hooked on our Amazon Echo, and they’ve got some sweet deals this weekend.  My kids put everything on the grocery list now that all they have to do is say it out loud.

I still give my kids’ teachers gifts, even though I know many of my friends phase out of this after elementary school.  My two are in eighth and eleventh grades, but they’re in a small Christian school and the teachers and support staff are like family to us.  There are also over twenty of them that I like to “gift,” so I have to come up with something affordable.

My teacher friends tell me that little tchotchke-type gifts, while appreciated, don’t stick around for long, because soon they are drowning in coffee mugs with shiny red apples on them, and the like.  I try to give something non-teachery (I know, not a word), or consumable.  Gift cards are always appreciated; I often buy small denomination gift cards to our local coffee shop and those are a favorite.

If you have just a few teachers to shop for, I love to give self-inking stamps.  These are also great housewarming gifts, by the way.


The best price is usually {here}.  They also have these cute teacher stamps, too {here}:


If you want to DIY a gift, I’ve given jars of homemade salsa, jam, and mustard before (click the links for the recipes and free printable labels).

Homemade strawberry freezer jam and free printable tags | 11 Magnolia Lane

Bath salts and sugar scrubs are great gift ideas, too.

Peppermint sugar scrub with free printable labels | 11 Magnolia Lane

And just one last thing…a thoughtfully written note or letter is a precious gift.  If your budget doesn’t allow for a Kate Spade handbag or laser range finder–and we’ve all been there before!–then why not sit down and write a thank you note to the special people in your life?  I have a box where I keep all my most precious notes and letters, and I pull them out and re-read them when I need a lift.  Yes, things are nice, but it truly is the thought that counts.

Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for stopping by~

Final New Christy headshot 2015


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  1. ❤️ Great ideas! I have already ordered the Kate spade sets for my daughters and nieces. The Amazon dot is also great as a companion to the alexia. I have that on my wish list! ??

  2. I bought the tiffany book for my daughter when she was a teen and she loved it. she says she will save it for when she has a daughter .

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