Bay Area Gifts for Teens

A Girl’s Journal

This is Me: A Girl's Journal by Julie Metzger is an interactive diary that leads preteen girls as they explore their internal and outer world. Metzger, a pediatric nurse and mother of three, pulls her inspiration for the journal from a class on puberty she teaches for tween girls at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Girls will enjoy telling their life stories, responding to prompts asking them to describe their world and dreaming up solutions to everything from dealing with stress to making friends. $16.99.


Bags by the Bay

Owner Gary Waterfield opened for business in San Francisco in 1998 with a cargo bag for the set. WaterField Designs has since grown to produce a full range of duffels, backpacks, totes and wallets, plus cases for devices from laptops to Nintendo DS to the new Iphone 6. Products are made in the Dogpatch district from nylon, durable canvas, suede and premium leather with a modern look your teen will love. $12 and up.


Natural Beauty

Ten years ago, friends Gloria Webb-Williams and Cathlene Michaels-Brader started Ancient Mineral Stones Makeup to produce safe, all-natural cosmetics for girls of all ages. Made in San Jose, the products today range from foundation to eye shadow to the patent-pending Ancient Elixir, which sets makeup for the full day. Ancient Stones uses no additives, fillers, preservatives, talc, lead or perfume, and aims to live up to its motto – to be “radiant as you are.” $14 and up.


Trick or Treat

The Jelly Belly Candy Company, located in Fairfield, proves just how deceiving looks can be with its third edition of BeanBoozled. Take the dare with the spinner wheel, and then pick the jelly bean in the color it lands on.Will it be a tasty jelly bean – or its evil twin? Is it Berry Blue or Toothpaste flavor? Is it Chocolate Pudding or Dog Food? BeanBoozled jelly beans come in 10 tasty flavors and 10 funky look-alikes. $5.99. For teens who’d rather all their beans taste good, Jelly Belly offers gifts ranging from jumbo boxes to theme candies such as Star Wars and Harry Potter.

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