Shopping for the Young Lady in Your Family?
Do Your Detective Work
For fathers, mothers and brothers of young ladies, finding her that perfect gift for Christmas, birthday or other special occasion can be something of a challenge. From her years as a precocious teen to her blossoming into a twenty-something, it sometimes seems impossible to keep up with her ever-changing ideas about fashion and style.
Perhaps the best way to pick up some clues and to actually get to know your young lady just a little better, is to use the power of observation. With the exception of when they’re trying to hide the identity of their latest boyfriend from you, young ladies are not generally known for being subtle. By spending some time listening to their conversation (without eavesdropping of course) and observing their visual clues, you should be able to come up with some great gift shopping ideas. Just to ease the struggle a little, this article provides you with a few tips for identifying gifts that will earn your young lady’s admiration.
Follow Teen Media
When you’re planning to shop for a young lady’s gift, one of the best ways to get ideas is to spend a little time checking out teen media. For example, there’s every chance your young lady enjoys reading teen magazines such as “Seventeen” or “Teen vogue”. If so, you have an easy source of gift ideas at your fingertips, since your young lady will probably leave her magazine copies lying around your home. So the next time you are stuck for something to buy her, spend a little time browsing those back issues. In fact there are a number of reasons why getting your gift ideas this way is a good idea.
1) Your young lady isn’t likely to suspect that you are browsing for gift ideas in her teen magazines.
2) If she catches you browsing, she may actually appreciate that you are taking an interest in the things she likes to read about.
3) Your young lady may have a habit of circling or marking things she likes among the fashion and beauty articles or advertisements, which will give you more clues for gifts to buy her.
4) At worst, your young lady will just think you have turned a little weird when she sees you reading her magazines, especially if you are her father or brother. This won’t faze her much as her head is likely full of more important things than her lovable but very strange family.
Moms, Check Your Makeup Bag
If you’re the young lady’s Mom, then you only need to look amongst your own makeup and skin care products to identify some things you can buy her when gift shopping. You will probably notice that certain items are either missing (probably to be found in your young lady’s bedroom) or get depleted faster than you seem to use them. Voila! Within moments, you will know which products she likes the most. By buying her some of these products as gifts, you kill two birds with one stone.
1) You will know you are buying her something she will be very happy and grateful for.
2) You will hopefully not find your favorite mascara missing when you need it for that special night out.
Find Clues in Your Young Lady’s Bedroom
Gift shopping for items to adorn a young lady’s room can be a great idea. Does she have some cheap posters of pop or movie idols on her wall? If so, you could buy her a really nice, framed picture or poster to become her personal shrine. Does she leave receipts, ticket stubs and other assorted paperwork scattered around on her bureau or the floor? Buy her a nice corkboard on which to pin them. Has she bought her own rug or bedding in a certain design? You could shop for some other bedroom items in the same design.
For many young ladies, their bedroom is their safe haven when they want to shut themselves away from the outside world, or talk girls’ stuff when their friends sleep over. So anything that adds a sense of identity to the bedroom is likely to be well received.
Find Out Where She Shops for Fashion
There are few young ladies who don’t have an obsession with one fashion niche or another. While snooping, or rather tidying in her bedroom, check out the receipts for clothing she has bought to identify where she likes to buy her fashion or check her clothes labels. You will also find out plenty just by listening to her. Young ladies love to talk about shopping and she’s bound to talk fondly of her favorite apparel outlets. Stores popular with young ladies include Maurice’s, Deb, American Eagle, Rue 21 and Charlotte Russe.
One of the great things about gift shopping for young ladies’ clothes is that you can get some great savings, while still finding wonderful gifts. Many websites such as Valpak offer coupons for discounts in all the popular fashion stores catering to young ladies.
The Clues Are Everywhere
All in all, a little detective work will save you loads of effort in trying to shop for your young lady’s gifts. Remember to disregard anything that’s obviously been lying around for very long though. Your young lady’s fashion trends in particular can change like the weather. If you read the clues wrongly and buy her something that she considers no longer trendy, be ready to rescue the situation with the receipt. She’ll be more than happy taking the item back to exchange for something she likes more.