What is an appropriate gift for a Quinceanera?

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    Hi! We are attending our friend's daughter's Quinceanera on Saturday and I wanted to know what would be an appropriate gift. I would appreciate any suggestions from those who have had/hosted one.

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    YOU GOT ME - I'll show my ignorance and ask... What on earth is a Quinceanera? Does it hurt?

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    Quote Quote by Bexamo
    YOU GOT ME - I'll show my ignorance and ask... What on earth is a Quinceanera? Does it hurt?
    Not being hispanic I am going with my Tex-Mex knowledge. A Quinceanera is like a coming out party for hispanic young ladies. They have a special ceremony and beautiful dresses and TONS of gifts. Almost like the Jewish bah mitzvah (sp?).

    A great gift is money! Honestly. I know that seems impersonal, but in this case it works. How old is the young lady? Some girls have theirs at 10 or 13, but most (that I know of anyway) have theirs at 16. A savings bond or something like that would be a good gift also.

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    15th Birthday party I think......

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    Anne--Since this is a family friend do you feel comfortable asking them? That's what I've started doing when my kids get invited to birthday parties.

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    From another site that tells about the tradition:

    The Guests

    The mix of family and friends, young and old, near and far – all combine to make the celebration unique and special. Guests experiencing this beautiful tradition for the first time, frequently ask us, “Is a gift appropriate?” Yes, dear friends, a gift is appropriate. A Quinceañera or Sweet Sixteen celebration is basically a big birthday party (although a very special, very memorable one). So, anything that you think the young lady would like to receive would be an appropriate gift.

    We do suggest, however, that because this is such a unique birthday, that you select a gift that commemorates this very special event in her life.

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    I'm glad Rebecca asked. I thought Luis Quinceanera played shortstop for the Toledo Mudhens.

    If it was a 95th birthday party, I was going to suggest a respirator or an iron lung but since it's for a 15 year old girl, I'd suggest a set of bars and locks to keep her in and the boys (like I was) out.
    Last edited by The_Kitchen_Guy; 06-05-2007 at 08:33 PM.

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    Here is another link that has a response to someone:

    http://en.allexperts.com/q/Social-Et...-Etiquette.htm

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    Quote Quote by The_Kitchen_Guy
    Oh, good. I thought for a minute it was a 95th birthday party. I was going to suggest a respirator or an iron lung but since it's for a 15 year old girl, I'd suggest a set of bars and locks to keep her in and the boys (like I was) out.

    Hmm...where to buy a chastisty belt...

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    Why not start her off with her own PC products? I did that for a gal going off to college and she thought it was awesome!

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    Around here in the Hispanic communities it's for the 15th birthday. We attended one for the daughter of one of my husbands coworkers last year.
    It was SO intriguing and fun! What marvelous symbolism in the dances and the gorgeous dresses. This girl is such a sweetheart and that made it even more fun. We gave her a pair of Swarovski Crystal earrings. It was a very special event for us to be honored to attend. Have fun.

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    You ladies are too cute! I love the definitions. I am hispanic and grew up with quinceneras. I never had my own (and I am not crying about it) because my parents didn't have the money for it. I enjoyed going to others though. It is like a sweet sixteen or intro to society. It is when the parents are giving permission for their daughter to grow up and start dating. If you can believe it this is when they can start shaving their legs and wearing make-up.

    The most popular gift was to give money. Gift certificates to the popular teen stores or maybe to a spa? Different times now I guess.

    My bet in on the monetary gift.

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    If a spa gift certificate is appropriate, what about one for a manicure and/or pedicure???

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    Thanks for the advice. Yes, it is a 15 year old (quince = 15 en espanol). I am close to them, but I don't want to put them on the spot by asking. I'll check to see if Jasmine has pierced ears because a grown up piece of jewelry would be lovely, and make sense from us. Of course, I first thought money and if I can't find anything, then I know it will be acceptable. I know some do that. PC products would be good, if the girl liked to cook, but I wouldn't be comfortable giving that, and she won't be going to college for a few years. They live across the street from me, and I have taken me in as part of their family. My husband and I are invited to everything and the Mom always hosts a HUGE show for me (never less tha $1500), so I want them to know how special they (as well as Jamine) are to me.

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    Wasn't Quince the medical examiner in that old television show with Jack Klugman?

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    Quote Quote by The_Kitchen_Guy
    Wasn't Quince the medical examiner in that old television show with Jack Klugman?
    Good Grief. Surely, you can't be serious.

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    Thank you for the explanation Rebecca!
    I was CRACKING UP!!!! ROTFLMAOPIMP!!!!
    I am married into hispanic and raised by them.

    Anyways, my first thought was a box of condoms, but then she couldn't neccessarily make the boy use them.
    Like previously suggested, a chastity belt would be great too.
    Maybe a 4 year supply of birth control that SHE has no control over!!!

    OK, that's enough on my part...
    A spa gift certificate would be a great gift!
    It really all depends on the family though!
    Are they Americanized or are they traditional hispanic?
    OK, that could be a whole other story I can get into too.
    I think you should keep it simple!
    Spa Gift Certificate!

    I am now bowing out...

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    Quote Quote by AJPratt
    Thanks for the advice. Yes, it is a 15 year old (quince = 15 en espanol). I am close to them, but I don't want to put them on the spot by asking. I'll check to see if Jasmine has pierced ears because a grown up piece of jewelry would be lovely, and make sense from us. Of course, I first thought money and if I can't find anything, then I know it will be acceptable. I know some do that. PC products would be good, if the girl liked to cook, but I wouldn't be comfortable giving that, and she won't be going to college for a few years. They live across the street from me, and I have taken me in as part of their family. My husband and I are invited to everything and the Mom always hosts a HUGE show for me (never less tha $1500), so I want them to know how special they (as well as Jamine) are to me.
    Well then you have to make a good impression. These people are important and are like a second family to you. How sweet! I would definitely do something special for her.
    Since her mother is all about Pc and has great parties for you, PC would not be appropriate. For a 15 year old I think that she is at an age where she will appreciate some nice jewelry (necklace, earrings, bracelet, etc).
    Or you could do a Gift certificate to her favorite store (asking mom of course unless you already know which store it is) because I loved shopping sprees as a teenager.
    And yes if all else fails, money is also a girl's best friend. Now to figure out a good amount to give???? Hmmmm.........

    Debbie

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    Quote Quote by AJPratt
    Good Grief. Surely, you can't be serious.
    Of course I'm serious. And don't call me Shirley.

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    DO you have a Things Remembered store?
    They have beautiful picture frames you can have engraved.
    I just bought a pretty heart shaped trinket box for a friend's baby shower (we will have it engraved AFTER they agree on the name)
    I think a gift that she can keep & remember you by years from no over $$$.

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