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What We Gave Ella for Her 13th Birthday

A few days ago, Ella turned thirteen.

I truly cannot believe my tiny first baby is a teenager!

We celebrated with friends over for dessert on her actual birthday (this German Chocolate Cake was likely the best cake I’ve ever made) and, of course, a few gifts. Here’s what we gave Ella this year:

gifts for 13 year olds

gifts for 13 year olds

CUSTOM BOOK STAMP
This was the gift I was most excited to give her – it’s under $20 and ships free (when I mentioned it on Instagram, lots of teachers said this was the BEST teacher gift). She was DELIGHTED by it and immediately stamped all the books in her room (and then I went back and ordered myself one too).

 

HUGGIES EARRINGS
I caught the Hey June bug last winter and they’re now pretty much the only jewelry I wear. Ella loves earrings so I picked out two fun pairs for her birthday – these pink ones and these bubble ones. They were both big hits! Use the code JANSSEN.

 

SHIFTING STONES GAME
I’d had several people rave to me about this game and, of course, we can never get enough games at our house. She was playing it with her cousin first thing the next morning and I’m excited to learn it too!

 

 

BATHROBE
All our other girls have bathrobes and Ella was dying to have one too. I picked out this one that is the same style as the other girls and she was was absolutely thrilled to finally have one.

 

 

JOHN BYTHEWAY CD COLLECTION
This was my parents’ gift to her and I think she’ll enjoy listening to these (good thing we still have CD players!)

 

 

LEVIATHAN BY SCOTT WESTERFELD
My in-laws almost always give books to their grandchildren for birthdays and they always pick out such fun ones. Ella was with several of her cousins when she opened this one and they all exclaimed how much they LOVED this book, so she’s excited to jump into it. (And, of course, it immediately got stamped with her book stamp).

 

HAIR CLAW SET
This was Ani’s gift to Ella (might Ani be planning to borrow them? Yes, yes she might).

 

 

 

 

STUFFED ANIMAL
Ella loves stuffed animals (she has a whole display on the top of her bed frame) and Star loves picking them out for her. This was the pick this year!

 

MINI STICKY NOTES
This was what Tally picked out for Ella’s birthday gift – Ella is a girl after my own heart who LOVES office supplies!

 

 

Any other ideas for gifts for 13 year olds? I’m always up for more suggestions since I feel like Christmas will be here before I know it!

 

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