Ebby Lee’s Gift Guide and My Favorites

 Any other moms of tween girls looking for some Christmas ideas?  I rounded up the items on Ebby Lee’s list as well as a few of her tried and true favorites to share with you today! 

1. Athleta Sweatshirt-Athleta has the very softest, coziest sweatshirts out on the market for tween girls.  Ebby Lee wears hers to/from practices, to school, and any other time she’s wanting to be cozy.

2. Barefoot Dreams Cardigan-You’ve heard me mention the Barefoot Dreams cardigans I wear a time or two but this is one for the GIRLS!  We have the blankets all my kids tend to fight over but now she’ll have her own cardigan to wear around the house or out!

3. Fossil Crossbody-Ebby Lee asked for a crossbody purse and I thought this one looked very sixth grade. 

4. Gel Manicure Set-She has this set on her list and is pumped about it.  Ebby Lee and Britt paint their nails a lot so I’m hoping with this the color will last even longer.

5. Harry Potter Book Set-Ebby Lee has read the first book and is asking for book number two and three.  She’d definitely recommend these for tween girls.  She read the first book a few years ago and then lost her drive to keep going because they’re so long.  She’s back on the Harry Potter train!

6. Beach Waver-This is the beach waver we own at our house and it’s Ebby Lee’s FAVORITE way to wear her hair.  We can give her hair the perfect beachy waves with this tool in five minutes.

7. Headbands-Now that the tween years are well underway, she’s washing her face at morning and night so these are going in her stocking to make that even easier.

8. Satin Sleep Set-I have this pillowcase and all my kids talk about how COMFY it is!  Ebby Lee and I both can go to bed with wet hair and in the morning wake up with hair that almost looks bent.  Do you know what I’m talking about?  This pillowcase helps mine for sure!  I’m hoping it helps hers too!

9. Scrunchie Holder-I’m hoping this is THE cure for scrunchies all over her vanity.

10. Coloring Bible-Since entering the youth group at our church, Ebby Lee has been much more into reading her bible so this is the perfect Christmas gift.

11. Bake Eat Love Box-This is a new to us company.  If you’ve used this before, please weigh in with your thoughts!  Ebby Lee loves to bake so a box with a new recipe each month complete with ingredients is something that she’d love.

12. Silhouette Bundle-The number one BIG gift on her list is this.  Now, I truly need your help.  I’m not crafty in the least so all the crafty girls…is there a smaller/less expensive option?  What’s the difference between this and a Cricut?  One of her friends has the Silhouette which is why I think she asked for it, but we don’t have a huge space to put it and other than using it for simple, easy crafts I don’t know that the Silhouette is necessary?  She’s looking for something to cut cute stickers, make labels, etc.  Please share your thoughts!  Or if you have a similar option for basic crafting, please let us know!  This is the last gift for the kids I have to figure out and then this Santa Claus is DONE!  

Happy Shopping, Friends!


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  1. 12.2.20
    Elspeth Mizner said:

    So many fun ideas for tweens! Thanks for organizing this! Happy shopping!

  2. 12.2.20
    Jaclyn Coffee, Pancakes & Dreams said:

    My 13 yo wants the Crichton. I got her the Cricut Joy bundle which doesn’t seem too big.

  3. 12.2.20
    GoodnessGraces said:

    Go with the Silhouette Portrait 3. It only cuts up to 8 inches wide, but that should be plenty large enough for almost all projects. I've had a portrait for 5 years and still love it.

  4. 12.2.20
    karen said:

    There is a baby cricut machine. Smaller less expensive , you might want to start her off with that and move up to the larger one.

  5. 12.2.20
    Callie said:

    There is a new Cricut out that you could see if it would do what she wants to do with it. It’s called the Cricut Joy and it is much more compact. They say it’s perfect for smaller crafting projects.

  6. 12.2.20
    Kelsey Ledare said:

    I have had a couple Silhouette Studios and loved them. They are less proprietary in the vinyl, patterns, etc than Cricut. And also way more versatile – cloth, vinyl, stickers, etc. However, they are not that compact. I have a rugged cloth carrying case which contains the cords, USB adaptor, etc. Maybe she could store it under her bed?

  7. 12.2.20
    Amber said:

    The link for the beach waver takes me to the Harry Potter Book set. This momma needs that beach wave curling iron. I have a 9 year old that loves beach waves and this momma can never get them like the stylist. Thanks so much!

  8. 12.2.20
    ldw said:

    beach waver link is wrong

  9. 12.2.20
    Erika Slaughter said:

    Amber-boo! So sorry! I’ll get that fixed in just a bit!

  10. 12.2.20
    Kellie Liso said:

    Hi Erika,
    I have a Silhouette from a few years back! It was a little tricky to use at first! But worth every penny! You can make shirts, labels, stickers.. the list goes on! It’s a great investment you both really!! She will LOVE it!

  11. 12.2.20
    Kellie Liso said:

    I also forgot to mention! If she is going to be making anything “iron on” I’d definitely, 1000000% invest in a heat press! Makes all the difference so you can wash the clothes and the vinyl won’t come off!!

  12. 12.2.20
    Kristie said:

    Check out the cricuit joy. Much smaller and perfect for stickers and small projects.

  13. 12.2.20
    Therese said:

    Thanks! I have an emerging tween and these are great ideas!

  14. 12.2.20
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    What a fun list! That cross body bag is adorable!

  15. 12.2.20
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    This is such a great gift guide!! K wants one of those silk pillows too (after seeing mine!). You have some really good ideas here!

  16. 12.2.20
    Erica Smith said:

    Could you please share which face wash she uses? Looking for recommendations for my daughter.

  17. 12.2.20
    Jackie said:

    Hi Erika! I love the Wirecutter product review site for decisions on small electronics and other stuff. Here's their cutting machine review: https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/the-best-electronic-cutting-machines-from-cricut-and-silhouette/

    Hope this helps!

  18. 12.2.20
    Julie Bradford said:

    I just thought I was finished!!! hahaha great list Ebby Lee…bout to head to Amazon 🙂

  19. 12.3.20
    Joanne said:

    I too was going to suggest the Cricut Joy; we were looking into getting it for my mother in law. While I love my Cricut Maker I do make larger crafting things like signs, t-shirts, etc. and my mother in law tends to work smaller with cards and things like that. I found this article that I think would help you:https://hip2save.com/tips/cricut-vs-silhouette/

  20. 12.3.20
    Unknown said:

    This is a really great list and gave me some new ideas for my daughter. I am excited to hear about the monthly baking box.

  21. 12.3.20
    Emily said:

    Have you already fixed the Beach Waver link? If so, it still takes me to the Harry Potter Book set. I got several ideas from Ebby Lee's list, and this was the last one I wanted to check out! Thank you!!

  22. 12.3.20
    Kelly said:

    Just ordered the scrunchie holder for my daughter. The Barefoot Dreams cardigan I got for her at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is already wrapped and under the tree. Great list!

  23. 12.3.20
    Erika Slaughter said:

    So sorry about that link! I thought I changed it but made the EXACT same mistake AGAIN! UGH!! I got it all switched! And Kelly-how'd I miss that cardigan during the sale?