A girl’s first period is itself a gift to celebrate! My first “menstrual cycle” (as my mom called it) was scary and confusing. I didn’t know some girls get gifts the first time they get a period. I would’ve loved to celebrate my first “menstruation” (as my grandma called it), which is why I had fun coming up with these gifts and ideas for girls getting their first periods 🙂
Is your girl excited and happy, or nervous and uncomfortable? Either way, these ideas will reassure and support her. My nine gifts for girls getting their first periods are perfect for daughters, little sisters, nieces and best friends because they’re unique and creative.
“Getting your first period was a big day in our house,” says Dr Christine Northrup 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.”
I wish my experience of getting my first period was like 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 stuff in my undies when I went to bathroom. What is going on?? I had no idea I was getting my first period, and I certainly didn’t get a gift. I thought I was sick. Feeling scared and confused — and even a bit grossed out — is normal for girls getting their first periods. Let your young woman react exactly the way she does. There is no right or wrong way to flow into this stage of life.
One of the best gifts you could give a girl starting her first period is a relaxed, healthy, 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.
9 Gifts and Ideas for a Girl Getting Her First Period
Ideally, you and your girl should talk – before she even gets her period – 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. Talking will help ensure that your girl doesn’t feel the same fear and confusion I experienced the day I got my first period. That in itself is a good gift for girls getting their first periods!
A “First Period Kit” to help your girl ease into menstruation
The Menstruation “First Period Gift Kit” with all-natural pads will help a girl deal with the practicalities of menstruating when she’s at school, playing sports, or hanging out with her friends.
Menstruating for the first time is weird because it’s the first time blood comes out of a girl’s 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.
To this “First Period Gift Kit” I’d add:
- A reusable microwavable heating pad for soothing premenstrual (PMS) and menstrual cramps
- Extra tampons, pads, or Diva disposable cups (see below)
- Summer’s Eve Cleansing Feminine Wash, female hygiene wipes or baby wipes (which I use)
- Menstrual Leakproof Panties – they don’t sound pretty, but it is a HUGE comfort to know you’re wearing undies that won’t leak! Especially when you’re not used to getting your period.
You might even take your girl gift shopping so you can celebrate her first period together. Don’t forget about lunch!
DivaCup menstrual cup – possibly the best gift idea for girls getting their first periods
The Diva Cup Model 2 Menstrual Cup has more positive reviews on Amazon than any health product I’ve discovered.
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.
The reason I’m including this on my “gifts for girls on their first period” is because teen menstrual cycles are unpredictable. It’s natural for a girl’s period cycle to be totally unreliable because her body hasn’t figured itself out yet.
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.
“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.”
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. Not only is this a good gift for a girl getting her first period, it’s also a great opportunity for your girl to test the reusable washable cloth pads before she gets out into the real world.
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.
Possibly a better gift for girls getting used to monthly periods is a SnackNation – Expert Curated Delicious Healthier Snacks Subscription Box. This monthly gift box will be a fun, happy reminder that menstruation really is an amazing gift. It’s important for your girl to know that periods aren’t all washable sanitary pads and uncomfortable PMS cramps. Women are often stronger and healthier when they’re getting their periods.
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 The Body Heating Wrap and Heat Therapy Pad — it covers a person’s entire back or front, releasing muscle tension and pain. What a lovely gift for a girl getting her period!
Honest answers to questions about getting your period
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. A wonderful gift for a girl getting her first period — and your relationship with her — might be time to talk about what menstrual cycles are like, how they change through the years, how to cope with travel and work when you’re getting your period, etc.
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 The Period Book: A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up by JoAnn Loulan and Bonnie Worthen more interesting.
“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.
I hope you find the best gift for your girl, and that getting her first period is both something to celebrate and something to honor.