Raising a teenager isn’t the easiest job on the planet. They go through changes mentally, physically, and emotionally. They’re trying to find their place in the world. It can be a rollercoaster ride, but it’s amazing to watch the baby you helped to bring into the world turn into a young woman. So how do you give her a gift that will let her know that the old man still loves her and cares for her, even when he’s shooting down boyfriends, saying no to dating, tightening his pockets, and pressuring her to make good grades? It’s not as hard as you’d think. Any gift from Dad is going to mean a lot to your daughter, but here’s a list of thoughtful gifts that will truly make her feel special.
A Night Out.
Don’t get too bent out of shape on this one – we mean with you! It’s amazing what a daddy/daughter date will mean to her, even when she’s in that transitional teenage phase. Take her out for a good meal, a fun movie, and maybe a throwback activity like black light golf. It’ll show her that you care about her and want to spend time with her, while still making her feel more grown up.
The Gift of Videography.
What better way to show off some Proud Daddy Moments than with the gift of photography and videography? This is an especially good gift for graduation. Giving her the gift of videography allows her to see her through your eyes: An adorable baby who grew up into a tumbling toddler, daring child, and beautiful young lady. Highlight her most proud moments and those candid moments that you were able to capture both with your heart and a camera. Using a professional service can make it even more amazing with paired music, special photographic highlights, and more.
While a family vacation may seem like it’s more for everyone than just your daughter, let her pick the place. Set limits on spending, number of days, and how far away it can be, and let her make a few of the big decisions. This sort of gift can encourage her independence and let her know that her opinions are heard and valued. It also encourages a close family bond and lets her know how much she is loved by everyone in the family.
Encourage Her Hobbies.
Whether she’s a “girly girl” into makeup and creating her own fashion pieces, a comic book nerd with a passion for gaming, an artsy young lady with a dramatic flair, or a sporty girl who never slows down, you can make her feel loved by indulging in her hobbies. By either engaging in them directly with her or making a gift basket with all of her favorites, you can make her happy and show her that Dad is listening and does care.
Raising a teen girl can be hard, but getting her a gift that’ll show her how much you care doesn’t have to be. Go with something from the heart, something meaningful to her, something that shows her what you think of her, and something that she’ll never forget. Good luck and remember: The most important gift a father can give his daughter is his love, his time, and his affection. Hang in there, Dad. You got this!