Finding the perfect holiday gift can be maddening — is this the color they’d want? Is it something they already have? Is it so last year? — but really, once you have a sense of a person’s taste, it’s not impossible. This season, we’ll be talking to members of various tribes to find out exactly what to get that serious cook, or golf dad, or picky teen girl in your life. Think of it as a window into their brain trust — or, at least, a very helpful starting point. Today, seven tweens (that very tricky time when a girl’s between 9 and 12) on the “flip stuff” and charcoal pencils they want for the holidays.
“There is this fad at my school called ‘flip’ stuff. Flip things are sequins that can be pushed up and down. The sequins have different colors on each side. For Christmas, I would like three flip shirts, a flip headband, a flip pencil case, and a flip notebook. I love this fad!” — Lily Star Colbert-Bock, age 9
“Kids need to text their parents where they are every day. So if their phone loses power, they can turn their case on and charge their phones.” — Sienna Harbour, age 11
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