1. Give her a special doll. Roswitha's Collectible Dolls in Amherst sells vintage toys and collectible dolls that have more personality than any of those Barbies on the shelves. This little shop has many kinds of dolls, including China, metal, porcelain, vinyl and wood. They also sell antique doll clothes and accessories to dress up their newfound friends.
2. Give the gift of rhythm. Has she been bugging you to take dance classes? Consider signing her up for the class of her choice at one of Bedford's performing arts centers, like The Bedford Youth Performing Company, Bedford Dance Center or the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater.
3. Have a mother/daughter day. Take your pre-teen or teen daughter out for a little mother/daughter bonding time over a manicure or pedicure or both. Bedford has a wide variety of salons and spas to choose from to find the right package for your outing. A little mid-winter pampering at Alchemy Salon and Day Spa, White Willow Salon and Day Spa, H2O Salon and Spa, or one of the many other local beauty parlors will brighten her day.
4. Let her creativity shine. A visit to You're Fired in Bedford to paint her own pottery is just the ticket. An afternoon of pottery painting with a friend or two would be a great way to spend a day during the winter break. This way, she gets to pick a gift and design it herself. The best of both worlds! Visit You're Fired online for more information about studio hours and the projects she can work on.
5. Jewelry is a girl's best friend. Find a great piece already made for her at The Bead Den in Merrimack or pick up a crop of beads and supplies for her to design her own jewelry. Classes are available to learn how to make different styles, or let her experiment on her own. Books and magazines that teach different techniques are available for sale as well.
About this column: Your guide to all things pertaining to the holiday season in New Hampshire.