It is always fun to be able to give an unusual or unexpected Christmas gift. It can be hard to find a gift that is going to stand apart from all the other gifts. Here is a list of unique and creative Christmas gift ideas for a teen girl.
1) Perfume Science Experiment Kit by Thames and Kosmos $59.95 www.sciencelab.com
Perfume is a common gift for teen girls. Don’t give her a bottle of perfume instead let her design her own perfume. Perfume Science introduces her the biology, chemistry and techniques behind fragrance design. This kit is a complete perfumer’s laboratory including 8 high-quality perfume oils, decorative flacons (small bottles) for storing her perfume creations and important tools of the trade. The 48-page full-color manual is full of information about the biology of smelling, the chemistry of perfumes, the fine fragrance industry and the history of perfumes.
2) Creative Cosmetics - The Science of Skin Care. $54.95
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Make up is also a common gift for teen girls. Here is a twist on giving make up. She has to make it herself. This is actually a great gift, as she will learn how to care for her skin, hair and nails so they are healthy and radiant. She will learn basic dermatology and then learn about the chemistry of oils, gels, and lotions. Using that information and what is provide in the kit she can start making her own cosmetics. The kit will also teach her how to apply her creations to her body, face, lips, nails and eyes. It also teaches her the hygiene and safety necessary for proper skin care.
3) Pocket Plant Mini Pet Cactus $8.99 www.thinkgeek.com
You have to see this one to believe it. It is a small live pet cactus in a little self contained greenhouse that she can attach to her key chain, or cell phone, or any thing. All she has to do it is water it once a month for about a minute (instructions on packaging). Each cactus comes with a strap to attach to her jacket, cell phone. It also has an adhesive back to attach to a wall, or her monitor, or any thing she can think of.
4) Giant Plush Microbes $7.99 www.thinkgeek.com
It is a plush microbe 1,000,000 times bigger then the real thing. They are actually cute. The only time some one will thank you for giving them a cold. These are funny, and unusual. You can pick from a huge selection of icky things to give her, including a brain cell, mad cow disease or the plague - Black Death.
5) Handcrafted or one-of-a-kind jewelry is a great way to find a gift that is as uniquely individual as she is. Especially if you can tell her no one else has one, or that you had it made for her. There are lots of craft shows around Christmas time that you can find some wonderful artists who work in jewelry. If you just don’t have time to get to a craft show take a look on the Internet. Quite a few jewelry crafters have their own web sites. You can often find some great pieces at outstanding prices. You can find handcrafted one-of-a-kind jewelry starting under $20.00 all the way up to in the $100’s. It all depends on what you are looking for. Some of the jewelry artist will let you design a necklace or bracelet for her and they will make for you. It is easer to find someone to do this at a craft show but several websites give you this option. Here are some sites that have unique handcrafted jewelry.
www.simplystacy.net This jewelry artist will design and make a custom piece of jewelry, though she does have some ready-made pieces. She uses Swarovski crystals, Swarovski pearls, freshwater pearls, Sterling Silver, Tibetian Silver, Bali Silver & Gold Plated or Gold-filled beads.
www.pureartisan.com Stylish Eco-Friendly handcrafted jewelry made around the world starting around the $30.00 range.
www.djsgemstones.com use semi precious stone made into cabochons, free forms and faceted stones to make jewelry starting around the $20.00 range.
www.medievalmagic.ca has handcrafted one-of-a-kind beaded necklaces around the $20.00 range.
www.fyreandice.com has handcrafted chainmaille jewellery starting at $25.00 and these are very unique.
www.nicolasjewelleryshop.com handmade jewelry, using beads and materials such as Czech glass, Swarovski crystals, handmade Lampwork beads, Glass, Semi-precious stones and Pearls from around the world. Price range starting at $25.00.
www.jewelrydesignsbysusan.com Handcrafted designs using stones such as Onyx, Turquoise, Quartz, Freshwater Pearls and Swarovski Crystals. All embellishments are Sterling Silver. Starting around the $30.00 range.
www.charmsoflight.com beautiful and unique, handcrafted gemstone Healing Jewellery. Each piece is Reiki energised to further enhance the natural healing properties of the gemstones, which will enable you to help yourself attain physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing
6) Novelty items are always fun and creative gifts.
A personalized candy bar wrapper $9.95 www.freecandybarwrapper.com/personalizedwrappers.htm
This is actually fun because you provide all the information you want to show up on the wrapper. You can put a lot of funny or touching comments on the wrapper for her to read on Christmas. You just put it over her favourite candy bar and watch her face when she gets a candy bar named after her, or with a message for her.
Star named after her at the International Star Registry www.starregistry.com $54.00
She will get a beautiful 12" X 16" full color parchment certificate personalized with the star name, date and coordinates. A Personalized 12" X 16" sky chart containing the star name, star date, the constellation and the location circled in red where the star is in the sky. A booklet on astronomy written by a professional astronomer with additional sky charts. A letter of congratulations/memorial for the recipient.
Buy property for her on the Moon, Mars, Venus, Io, or Mercury www.lunarembassy.com
The Lunar Embassy are the founders and leaders of the extraterrestrial real estate market and will be happy to sell you land on the Moon, Mars, Venus, Io, or Mercury. The will automatically make available to you, a temporary downloadable document that you can give her as a gift incase the mail does not arrive timely.
Written by: Lori-Lee Craig