A girl’s first menstrual cycle can be scary and confusing; these gifts for girls getting her first period will give her the reassurance and support she needs. My nine gift ideas are perfect for daughters, little sisters, and best friends because they help girls prepare for a lifetime of menstruation. Best of all, these gifts will strengthen your relationship with her.
“Getting your first period was a big day in our house,” says Christine on Celebrating a Girl’s First Period. “It was the only time my mom allowed me and my two sisters to take the day off of school. We would start out with a special morning together at the house, lounging around and taking our time getting ready. We then went out to lunch to a fancy restaurant and proceeded to an afternoon of shopping to buy a new outfit for the new young woman. (This was a luxury, as we weren’t the type of family to buy everything we wanted.) What I cherish most about the day, though, was spending time with my mom and her talking about how this was a special time that should be celebrated.”
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I wish my experience of getting my first period was all that! I didn’t even know what menstruation was when I got my period for the first time. I was at school – in grade 6 I think – and I discovered brown discharge on my undies when I went to bathroom. What is going on down there?? I had no idea what it was; I thought I was sick. Feeling scared and confused is normal. If you find the right gift for a girl on her first period, you’ve found the perfect opportunity to reassure and support her.
In this article, you’ll find:
- 9 supportive and reassuring gifts and ideas for girls who are menstruating for the first time
- Insights into different girls’ experiences with their first periods
- Links to helpful articles about normal menstrual cycles and irregular periods
One of the best gifts you could give a girl starting her first period is a relaxed, healthy, and honest conversation about what it’s like to menstruate. You may want to share your own “first period” story, and talk about different causes of irregular periods.
Ready? Let’s go online shopping for the best gift to give a girl getting her first period…
9 Gifts and Ideas for a Girl on Her First Period
Ideally, you and your girl should talk – in advance – about the highs and lows of menstruation for women. That way, her first period won’t be as shocking or scary. These gifts will help you have an honest discussion with your girl about menstruation and menstrual cycles. This will help ensure your girl avoids the fear and confusion I experienced the day I got my first period.
First and most important: the gift of knowing she is NORMAL
“I was 13 years old when I got my first period,” says 21 year old Jacky in 20 Girls Get Real About Getting Their First Period. “I remember seeing stains in my underwear when I woke up that were too close to the front to be poop stains. I called for my mom. She explained that I had just started my period. I was confused and scared because I didn’t know what that meant and wondered what was happening to my body. Soon after, my middle school had a Sex-Ed class and I found out why periods exist.”
For a girl, getting a first period is weird because it’s the first time blood comes out of her body without her needing to call her mom for a band-aid or an ambulance for a trip to the emergency room. Giving girls gifts when they start their periods tells them that menstruation is normal, good, and healthy. A menstrual cycle is a gift, partly because it’s a reliable signal of how healthy or unhealthy her body is.
A “First Period Kit” to help your girl ease into menstruation
Anigan’s First Period Kit with Stylist Leakproof Bikini Menstrual Underwear is a beautiful gift box with every single item inside that your girl will need for her first period. It includes My First Period Booklet, with 23 period-related Questions and Answers. This First Period Kit contains a period tracker to help her track her menstrual cycle for the first year.
This First Period also includes a heart-shaped reusable instant heat pad for soothing premenstrual (PMS) and menstrual cramps, hand wipes, packs of small scented bags for disposing used pads or stained panties, and two sanitary pads. The beautiful, feminine pouch can be used for discretely storing pads, wipes, or a heating pad. And finally, this First Period Gift Kit contains one seamless highly breathable stylish leakproof menstrual panty that helps protect her from staining her clothes at school.
DivaCup menstrual cup – possibly the best gift idea on this list
The Diva Cup Model 2 Menstrual Cup has more positive reviews on Amazon than any health product I’ve discovered (and I write lots of health-related gift articles, such as 17 Gifts to Help Her Heal After a Mastectomy or Breast Surgery).
The reason I’m including this on my “gifts for girls on their first period” is because teen menstrual cycles are notoriously and normally unpredictable. It’s natural for a girl’s period cycle to be totally unreliable because her body hasn’t figured itself out yet.
The DivaCup is more comfortable than a tampon, and it will ensure that your girl doesn’t experience the embarrassment of leakage if she gets her period when she doesn’t expect it. DivaCup is a reusable, bell-shaped menstrual cup that is worn internally and sits low in the vaginal canal, collecting rather than absorbing the menstrual flow. Menstrual cups have existed since the 1930s when women were searching for an alternative to the choices of the time. Yet, its breakthrough into the feminine hygiene industry is much more recent.
What I love about this gift for girls getting their period for the first time is that The DivaCup empowers women to connect with their bodies and menstrual cycles like never before. It’s perfect for all activities (on air, land or sea), its easy care and use make for a better period experience. Your girl can wear The DivaCup for up to 12 hours without leaking or worrying about staining her undies.
Reusable washable cloth pads for periods
Luna’s Period Starter Kit Set- 4 Reusable Washable Menstrual Cloth Pads is a great gift for girls who are environmentally conscious. This “first period kit” includes four reusable cloth period pads and one waterproof wet bag. Luna’s cloth pads are made of four layers: first layer 100% antibacterial absorbent bamboo fiber, two layers of microfiber in the middle and 1 layer of 100% polyester waterproof PUL. The wet bag is made of 100% waterproof polyester and is the perfect size for carrying a few menstrual pads, period cups.
Wegreeco’s Bamboo Reusable Sanitary Pads are another good gift for girls on their first period.
Many women prefer reusable and washable menstrual pads because they are:
- Healthier for women and girls than disposable tampons and sanitary pads
- Less expensive than disposable pads and tampons
- More environmentally friendly than tampons and pads
- More comfortable than disposable menstrual pads
- Superior at leakage protection during periods
The cost savings of reusable and sustainable cloth pads is HUGE! If your girl plans to get an expensive college or university education and you don’t have an educational savings plan in place, you might want to steer her towards washable menstrual pads. Plus, Luna offers a 100% money back guarantee. This makes it a great opportunity for your girl to test the reusable washable cloth pads. After all, her first period is a time of self-discovery and exploration, isn’t it?
Chocolate! A “guaranteed to be loved” gift for girls on their first period
Popbar’s Hot Chocolate on a Stick – 6 Pack Variety Gift Box is one of the best comfort gifts for girls getting their period for the first time.
They aren’t fudge or ice cream bars; this is literally chocolate on a stick that becomes hot chocolate when stirred into hot milk. The variety pack comes with two dark chocolate, two milk chocolate, and two vanilla white hot chocolate sticks. It’s easy to prepare: when your girls needs a chocolatey hug during her period, she simply fills up a cup of hot milk, places the hot chocolate stick in the cup, and stirs for 1-2 minutes until the chocolate dissolves completely. Yum.
Your girl’s first menstrual period isn’t all washable sanitary pads and uncomfortable cramps during premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Women can be stronger and healthier when they’re on their periods, but we definitely don’t always feel strong and healthy when Aunt Flo is visiting! That’s why a comforting dose of hot chocolate or a fudge brownie nut cookie sundae is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Heating pad – or teddy bear – for your girl’s PMS and period cramps
The Feel Better Bear Cold Pack/Heating Pad is an effective heating pad or cold pack for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or period cramps. This teddy bear is made of award winning plush material – and it’s in the USA from 100% certified safe all natural, non-toxic corn filler. The soft plush stuffed bear has a warm, friendly face as well as therapeutic healing benefits.
When I wrote How to Get Rid of Period Pain Quickly and Easily, I learned why hot water bottles and heating pads reduce painful cramps. Period pain is caused by a reduction in blood flow; the heat increases circulation in the abdomen and helps alleviate cramps.
If your girl isn’t the type to cuddle a teddy bear, check out the ThermaCare Menstrual Cramp Relief Heat Wraps.
Time to ask questions about “Aunt Flo” (her monthly visitor)
I’m a volunteer Big Sister through the Big Sisters mentoring organization, and I’ll never forget the day my Little Sister got her first period! We celebrated by going out for sushi and talking about all the highs and lows of menstruation. I told her I’ve written several articles about women and their periods – and one of my favorites is 8 Benefits of Getting Your Period.
We also talked about the problems periods cause for women. It’s not just PMS (premenstrual syndrome), the hassles of tampons and sanitary napkins, the often unpredictable nature of menstruation for man women. Other problems include spotty periods, missed cycles, blood clotting, thin flow, and so on.
Books for girls about getting their first periods
In Code Red: Know Your Flow, Unlock Your Super Powers and Create a Bloody Amazing Life. Period., Lisa Lister says a woman’s period is way more than PMS, carb cravings and lady rage!
Your menstrual cycle/period/ragtime/ – insert whatever you call your ’time of the month’ here – is actually a 4-part lady code that will uncover a series of monthly superpowers that can be used to enhance your relationships with others, build a better business, and create a ‘bloody’ amazing life.
This book (Code Red) is a great gift for girls who are older teenagers. If you’re searching for books about menstruation for younger teen or preteen girls, you might find A Period.: A Girl’s Guide by JoAnn Loulan and Bonnie Worthen more age-appropriate.
“I got my period a week before my 13th birthday,” says 16 year old Margaret in 20 Girls Get Real About Getting Their First Period. “It was the same day I was scheduled to run in a 5k, so I associated my cramps with that. I’m lucky that my mom prepared me really well for the experience [of getting my first period]. I had been given a book about it when I was younger and I wasn’t really afraid.”
The best gift you can give your daughter or any girl getting her first period is an open channel of communication. If you aren’t sure how or where to start talking to your girl about her first period, sit down with her and read What Is – and Isn’t – Normal in Your Period Cycle.
What do you think of these tips and gifts for girls on her first period? Your comments are welcome below. I’d especially love to hear your story of getting your period for the first time! Was your experience like mine (“Girls get menstrual cycles? What the heck does that mean??”) or was it like Christine’s story at the beginning of this article (her mom already had traditions and gifts for her girls getting their first periods).
Irregular periods aren't just frustrating; they're warning signs! Getting regular periods will improve your overall health, increase your energy, and help you avoid future health problems.