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Thread: Sweet Sixteen.....?

  1. #1
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    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan

    Sweet Sixteen.....?

    Our eldest daughter, Erika, who is now in Canada is turning 16 in May. I was under the impression that a traditional "Sweet Sixteen" gift from the parents of the girl was a string of pearls.....

    Is this out of date or something? I've searched around the net, and just about everywhere suggests a credit card or a new car

    Neither of those are going to happen, but I thought it was tradition to give a string of pearls, a pear necklace....?

    I guess I should ask my mom, but I thought I'd tap the brain trust here

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  2. #2
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    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Never heard that one.
    These days a new car might be cheaper though.
    We took our daughter and a friend out for dinner for her 16th. At that age, I was keeping an eye on her. Still am.

    Edit: Amost forgot: Congratualtions to Erika on her 16th. And you and your wife for surviving this long.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Inside the Beltway

    Never heard that one, but then, I don't have any girls. Wiki is silent on the subject of pearls as a gift for this. A quick web search turned up next to nothing. I'll ask Doorlink, she should know. Around these parts, though, fifteen is the new sixteen. Doorlink gets asked to sing at quite a few Quinceañeras...

    Just hang on, we'll find an answer!



  4. #4
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    All my daughters got a ring with their birthstone in it for their sweet 16 and dinner out with the family.
    Never heard of pearls before. My wife didn't get a pearl necklace until around our 15th anniversary or so.

    Cars, pearls, credit card ???? Holy cow they are just turning 16 not getting married
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  5. #5
    I have never heard of that tradition... however I don't get out much
    As far as I have ever known/believed it should be something special and memorable, though not anything specific. I know *my* daughters will get neither a credit card or a car for their 16th.... I am pretty sure they just want an awesome party.
    Honestly you and your wife know your daughter best and what she would love. If you think a strand of pearls is it then go for it.
    Oh... and pearls don't have to be extremely expensive, freshwater ones are pretty reasonable and still quite pretty. South seas saltwater pearls on the other hand...... maybe they are cheaper in Japan though!
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  6. #6
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    Nov 2006
    Between Aledo and Fort Worth, TX
    Well, if the gift was coming from a boyfriend, I'd say 16 red roses. (That's what I did for my then girlfriend when she turned 16, but that was, well, a long time ago.) Don't know from Mom and Dad. But if she likes that type of jewelery, then they would be special to her for a long time. Jim.
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    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    make it an event she will never forget.
    maybe since youre there, and shes here, rent her a limo, and let her take a few of her closest friends out to a show and dinner. very popular down here when parties that cost a freekin fortune are out of the parents reach. or just a dinner reservations with her closest friends will be something shes going to remember.
    new car? credit card? what are you going to do when she turns 18, then 21, btw, they allow alocoholic beverages at 19 in canada.....not that I want to worry you.
    Last edited by allen levine; 04-09-2010 at 07:25 PM.

  8. #8
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    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    My daughter is only 4 but I can tell you what she is getting for her sweet sixteen gift...a 2006 Ford Focus Wagon...and yes that is what I drive should be just about broken in by then.

    My sister did get a car on her 16th bday...I think it was $1000 and she had to pay for the insurance and gas. Same for me and my brother although ours were under $1000. Girls always get better gifts!
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  9. #9
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    Dec 2007
    Tellico Plains, Tennessee
    Vaguely deep back in the recesses of my poor ole brain, I think I've heard that, but since I had a boy, he got a car at 16 - and a job to pay for it... I just co-signed the loan.

    Congrats to you, your wife and daughter.... and wishing many more.
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  10. #10
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    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Well I thank you all for the info, I asked my mom, Grama, and she says that it is a tradition, I dunno if that is a regional thing, or a family thing, but that is what she got for her sweet 16 and my sister too, as well as all of my girl cousins, so I guess that is what we are in the market for.

    Now we have to find a reasonable string, boy do the prices vary
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