PREZZIES: Angel Tree for 10-Yr Old Girl?

Hubby went to the Angel Tree on my command yesterday and chose a ten-year-old girl for our angel. (This is a child who’ll get presents from the Salvation Army “angel tree” program via our shopping spree.) I had already stopped by the store and picked up a portable CD player with earbuds–which I knew would be on her “want” list, and it was–and a large fluffy white “Christmas Bear” who’s simply adorable, and I was planning to pick up a book or two. But of course there is a list of things she needs.

She needs school uniform clothing, size 12 top and bottom or size 14 jacket, girls’ sizes, in tan, blue, red, or white. Sounds so eeee-zzz, doesn’t it? But I was at Target day before yesterday and there wasn’t anything “tan.” It was all brown. Except for a pair of corduroy low-riders, and I’m afraid that the uniforms aren’t supposed to include low-riders (low rise jeans.) In fact, I wonder what the other restrictions might be on these uniforms. No low necklines, no baggy pants, no cartoons or character pieces, or what-have-you. So many of the cute things at Target were cartoon-character logo things, and I’d be afraid they don’t allow that. When we were in junior high, there was an outcry against some “evil” T-shirts and band T-shirts that had suggestive slogans or characters who seemed to be shooting “gang signals,” even though I never quite saw that, so I would be afraid I’d mess up if I don’t get solids. But those are SO BORING. How about stripes? How do uniform-wearing people feel about red/white stripes or a flag motif? I mean, in general.

The instructions don’t say which school it is, but it might be a private school or one of the Dallas-area charter schools where you wear uniforms to keep the gang colors out. The people at the Tree desk didn’t know. Anyone have any opinions as to what is needed most, and what is to be avoided? And clues about where I might try shopping? I don’t want to go to the cheapie (dollar, thrift) stores where her family probably already shops; there must be sales at good places, right?

And then the books. I was thinking fourth grade, and that’s when I discovered the Narnia books. I wonder if she would already have Harry Potter? Or what if she doesn’t like to read (yet)? What would be something that a reluctant reader might still enjoy? Something sneakily educational? What would you suggest?

I don’t even know where to go in terms of picking up a CD or two for that player. I dislike rap-hip-hop, and I don’t know what the gals like now that N’Sync and Hanson are out of style. I know they wouldn’t pass along a home-burned CD, for obvious good reasons (although *I* think everyone should hear the early Beatles, Monkees, Bobby Darin, Three Dog Night, et al.) Help?

So . . . what else? I assume Barbie and other dolls are long gone by age ten. A puzzle? A game? Playing cards? One of those “answer balls”? I don’t have any 10-year-olds to judge by. This will be the Fun Part of our weekend, shopping for her, so anything you can suggest will be helpful!

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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