My oldest sweetgirl turned 16 recently and I wanted to give her something that was different but memorable. So I headed to Pinterest to scour for ideas. I found some cute ideas here and here and decided to combine them and add some of my own. I wanted to include little sayings on everything that were funny, inspiring, informational or sentimental. I got all of the supplies at the Dollar Store. Here's what I did:
We bought her an older (as old as her) used car from my brother. To encourage her to take care of it and keep it clean:
"Because you'll need a clean vehicle"
She has been asking for a four sided fingernail file so we gave her this one:
"Buff away the bad days"
To remind her to dream big and believe her dreams can come true:
"Because Fairy Tales do come true"
A journal to keep all her favorite thoughts and moments in:
"To write down memories you don't want to forget"
Swedish Fish are her favorite candy:
"Because it's your Sweet 16!"
We all know teenage boys can be frustrating sometimes:
"Because that boy will drive you Nuts sometimes"
A huge eraser to encourage her to not let her fears paralyze her and to move past any mistakes:
"Erase your fears and mistakes"
So she'll remember to enjoy this wonderful time in her life:
"because you shouldn't grow up too fast"
She always has to have gum:
"To help you Stick to your goals"
I found this old key at my parents house and painted it with silver fingernail polish:
"Your key to Success"
A small flashlight for her purse:
"To light the way when things look dark and depressing"
The headaches will come:
"For those headaches along the way"
I'm always teasing her about kissing her boyfriend:
"Because you'll need fresh breath for all those kisses ;)"
A small mirror because she is beyond beautiful to me and has a beautiful, compassionate heart:
"Because you are beautiful, inside & out!"
Again, teasing her about kissing her boyfriend:
"Because you'll need soft, Kissable lips"
Our home state and her name:
"Never forget where you come from"
Up to this point, I had 16 items but she loves these Veggie Stix so I included them:
"Because We Love You!"
I also attached 8 pipe cleaners to the top of the basket and each one held 2 rolled up $1 bills for a total of $16.
She loved it! She kept thanking me!
Has your family celebrated any milestone birthdays recently? Do you have a fab idea for unique gifts? Please share by commenting below!