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Gifts are hard to begin with. Now, add on the fact that you’re shopping for a teenage girl and the task can feel more than just daunting but dooming: Get an uncool gift and you’re permanently that person in their mind… *shudders*
Between the ever-changing hot, new brands and the seemingly massive age range (a lottt happens between the ages of 12 – 19), deciding what to surprise a teenage girl with is just about as terrifying as they are. But no need to fret. I got you covered! I even talked to a real, live 16-year-old girl to help you succeed on this rocky, scary, all around dangerous journey.
Below are 65 gift ideas that are sure to impress any teen, according to a teen! Whether they enjoy experimenting with cosmetics (such as this killer highlighter palette), or art (hint: paint sets are cool again), this list has something to please a girl at any stage of her teendom. If she’s into accessories, get her the Transport Camera Bag from Madewell. Does she love skincare? She’ll flip over this mini beauty fridge. I’ve even included some home decor items, such as picturesque lighting or artsy posters, for those set on transforming a dorm room into a Pottery Barn catalog.
I’ve included general gifts that most everyone will enjoy, as well as interest-specific presents to help you go the extra mile. Feel free to brag about how trendy your teen thinks you are after you wow them with one of these items (it’s encouraged, actually). Honestly, you’ll probably even want to purchase an extra of many of these for yourself. (I know I do!)
Behold: the ultimate present guide for teenage girls to make your shopping stress-free:
Have you noticed make-shift Sharpie body decor on your teen on more than one occasion? Chances are they are testing out tattoo placements or playing with the idea of getting inked. Show off your ~ chill ~ side by purchasing these beautiful but temporary tattoos. Each design will only last 1-2 weeks, yet are realistic enough to satisfy anyone’s urgent craving. This gift will also lead to an opportunity to discuss the permanent process and show your support.
This lamp will turn any setting into a peaceful, colorful sunset. Your teen will love the comforting vibes and photo opportunities that this lighting provides. Pick one up for yourself while you’re at it and enjoy the beautiful sunset all day long.
Didn’t know colorful beaded jewelry was cool past kindergarten? Well, it is, and it’s all the teenage girls are talking about. If your teen doesn’t already have a bracelet or necklace like this, you can suspect she’s wishing for one. Grab this beaded necklace for a sure–to-please gift that’ll she’ll never want to take off.
Perhaps you’ve picked up on this trend from influencers’ Instagram posts (I’m thinking of a very specific Addison Rae mirror selfie). The beaded phone strap is the accessory almost every teenage girl is craving. With the cute, colorful beads, your phone can become your purse! Though, that’s a whole other gift idea…
The early 2000s are alive and well when it comes to these small, shoulder purses. Complete the colorful look of the beaded necklace and phone strap with this white purse with a flowery strap. Before you know it, your gifts will make up your teen’s most worn outfit (and what a compliment that is!).
How fun are bucket hats? There’s just something about the shape and style of this accessory that puts me in an adventurous mind set, especially when you add tie dye to the mix. Bucket hats are a stylish way to dress up your teen’s beach look or add flavor to her go-to city-chic outfit (you may even want to snag one for yourself).
Remember disposable cameras? Well they’re back and actually really trendy (see, you’re not that far off from being cool!). Gifting a teen a disposable camera with color slides for added effect will prove that you know, or at least remember, fun. Before you know it, these prints will be the key decorations in their high school or college dorm rooms.
This Mental Health Awareness Month trucker hat will show your teen your socially conscious side combined with your trendy side. As politics and fashion coincide more and more obviously in our current climate, trucker hats with positive messages are a reliable yet cool gift for any young adult. Your teen will be proud to tell her friends it came from you.
Teach your teen how to show their skin some much needed TLC with this complete skin kit specially crafted for melanin-rich complexions and all skin types. Packed with a cleanser, vitamin C serum, and your choice of moisturizer, this personalized present will become an everyday essential that your teen will thank you for for years to come.
This fierce yet dainty pink workout set is enough to encourage anyone to get active. Plus, it’s super comfortable for a lazy day lounging around, too Present this gift to your teen only if you’re prepared for them to never, ever take it off.
This gold necklace can be tied countless ways depending on the style your teen is going for. This beautiful cowrie shell necklace is symbolic and elegant, making it the perfect statement piece. Give your teen this for a gift they’ll always cherish.
How cool are these kilim sneakers?! If you are able to get the shoe size of the teen in question, comfy shoes with a splash of color is always a safe bet. I meannnn wouldn’t you want to rock a pair of shoes like these?! Problem solved: get two.
Haven’t you heard? Funky sunglasses are super “in” right now. Show off your cool, in-the-know side by purchasing these sunnies or select another style from 3rd Eye View’s unique, so-crazy-they’re-cool options.
This print will act as a gentle, positive reminder for your loved one as they navigate a particularly angsty time in their life. Plus, it’s super cool looking. This wall decor is perfect for a teen going off to college or looking to make their childhood room more ~up to date.~
Gifting your teen this “One Question Everyday” journal will allow them to get to know themselves better as they grow into a young adult. With funny, helpful, and emotional prompts this journal will be a guide for your teen through the rocky waters of “teendom.” More than that, what a great time capsule it’ll be for them to look back on later in life.
Whether she’s chilling in a dorm room or at home on her family’s couch, your teen is going to be obsessed with this mini portable projector. Basically, she can project all her favorite shows, movies, and YouTube vids by just plugging her phone into the device’s USB port.
Who says loungewear has to be boring? This two-piece set is perfect for chilling at home or hitting the streets. Her choice.
Teens have got a lot on their minds. Make sure yours remains calm and collected with this soothing weighted blanket. In it, they can curl up and watch Netflix for hours, worry-free.
Basically everyone can appreciate a comfy crew neck, so why not buy this one in a pretty shade of pink? The perfect laid-back look for any occassion.
Mirror pics come with an automatic—but cute—PSA with this multi-colored phone case.
A belt completes any outfit, a.k.a. your teen needs one. This one makes a bold statement, while still matching tons of her closet staples.
Everyone loves a good scented candle, but one that doubles as chic bedroom decor? That’s a guaranteed hit. This gardenia and creme brulee scented candle has Emily in Paris vibes and will be a great addition to her desk or nightstand.
This is one of those mini utility bags that you’ll always have on hand. Bonus, it has a removable wrist strap and a slot just for your phone.
If she’s always misplacing her AirPods charger, then this case is about to become her new BFF. Not only does it add some color, but it’ll keep her earbuds case handy at all times with this clip-on feature.
Help your teen foster their creative side with this watercolor set that will provide hours of laid-back, creative fun.
Let’s face it: Chilly season is cominggg. Make sure your teen is prepped with warm winter apparel by gifting them this recycled cotton beanie. (It comes in a bunch of cute colors, too.)
For additional, even-more-temporary temporary tattoo options, try these. Before she hits the tattoo parlor, your free spirit can give ink a test run. There’s a ton of themed temporary tattoo sets to choose from, like self love mantras, YouTuber collabs, and geometric shapes.
This bold colored bandana is a perfect accessory for your little lightning bolt and addition to any simple outfit.
If your teen is the queen of workouts, she’ll love this best-selling bras from Girlfriend Collective. (Brb, adding to my own cart.) Plus, this color is to die for.
This is the beauty tool your teen didn’t know she needed—it’s a freakin’ scalp massager. She can use it in the shower with shampoo to stimulate her scalp, shake off dandruff, and exfoliate the skin on her precious li’l head.
If your teen is all about exercise, this yoga mat could be the perfect addition to their at-home workout routine. It’s pretty affordable *and* has over 2,700 positive reviews on Amazon.
This speech by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is absolutely everything. Make sure your teen gal is #educated when it comes to all things feminism by giving her the printed version of this iconic speech.
Big clips are all the rage right now. If your teen has long enough hair to master the messy french twist, then she’s probably already tried this style out. Help her dress up her hair with these large-and-in-charge tortoise shell clips! A plus? They’re also super cheap (but don’t look it!).
People can be particular when it comes to their skin care. A lip scrub is the best way around an individual’s brand and chemical preferences, as it is more basic (bust still fun!) than cleansers and moisturizes. Using a lib scrub reduces the appearance of chapped lips, helping to smooth the surface, and guarantees the vibrance of lipstick for a longer time period.
This satin-lined bonnet is great for protecting curly, textured hair while you snooze, work out, shower, and more. Gift this to your teen and she’ll thank you for the actually-useful (and cute!) gift.
For those teens who are all about thrifting, ~vintage~ clothes, and being green, this pair of upcycled denim overalls will make their entire holiday season.
Odds are they’re already obsessed with Rihanna. Why not be that ~cool older person~ and give them the gift of Fenty Beauty products? (Particularly one of these super pretty cream blushes.)
Wireless headphones are def a solid gift if you know your teen has been rocking an old, cord-heavy pair. A bonus? These bluetooth earbuds are great quality, without breaking the bank.
Stress from finals and prepping for college can make anyone’s skin feel kiiinda nasty (especially if she’s staying inside all day). Have her spritz this mist on her face for a refreshing—and hydrating—reset.
Not only are these sneakers cute AF, but they’re also great for running and jogging outside. (No shade if you want to snag a pair for yourself, too.)
Chapped lips? No thanks. This birthday cake-flavored balm tastes amazing, is easy to stash in her bag, and leaves lips feeling super smooth. (It’s also got some sparkles in it, because why not?)
If the teen on your hands is a big reader, give her this Paris-based historical young adult novel that’s full of mystery, intrigue, and, of course, croissants.
Every VSCO girl needs a Hydro Flask to complement her Insta feed. Any teen will love this enormous water bottle that keeps liquids cold for hours. (Plus, it’s fun to decorate them with stickers.)
Does the teen in your life appreciate a good read? If so, they’ll love this deep story about adolescence, differing world views, crushes and, most importantly, the varying ways that people respond to tragedies.
These scrunchies are the perfect way to spice up a boring ponytail. She’ll wear these allll the dang time.
Keeping track of a schedule is hard for everyone, even adults (you know it’s true). This dry-erase calendar and message board will be a great addition to her bedroom sitch.
Sheet masks are a #fun option for people of all ages. Plus, she’ll totally thank you for helping her toward glowing skin goals.
These monogram hooks are def aesthetically pleasing, but they’ll also help her organize all of the bags, coats, and even jewelry she’s got cluttering her bedroom at the moment.
Experimenting with makeup is fun at any age! Add to your teenage girl’s cosmetic collection with this creamy highlighting palette designed to make them glow like the star they are.
This polaroid camera is so cute, and she’ll be able to snap all the cute, mini pics her heart desires. (Just don’t forget to buy film, too!)
Gold jewelry is very ~in~, especially star-studded pieces like this one. This dainty chain is great for layering with other necklaces or wearing on its own.
Teens! Want! All! The! Glitter! Sure, they won’t be frequenting the festival circuit this summer, but they can still play around with all the IG-worthy makeup looks they want at home.
Make working out something she can look forward to in this dress specifically designed for exercise. (Plus, there are tons of cute color options, from neon green to navy.)
FYI: This kind of mini fridge isn’t for food, it’s for beauty products. She can use this to safely store her fav moisturizers, serums, and facial rollers.
Every gal needs a solid crossbody leather staple. This one is small enough to bring anywhere, yet roomy enough to store all her essentials.
She can use these faux vines to give her room a #green vibes without sacrificing any actual plants in the process.
It’s pretty much guaranteed that the teenage girl in your life will devour this book. In it, journalist Peggy Orenstein talks with teen girls across the country about their sexual health and wellness, as well as the nature of hookup culture in schools. File under #mustread.
If her current phone case is looking like its seen better days, one of these cute and quirky designs from Casetify will not disappoint.
Having a premium facial roller will make your teen feel like one the beauty gurus she’s obsessed with on YouTube. It’s what she deserves.
You need cute socks to complement every sneaker, which is why this comfy pair (which comes in tons of colors) by Outdoor Voices are great for casual and workout shoes alike.
The teen girl in your life *needs* this portable speaker so you guys can bump Billie Eilish tunes while chilling in the backyard. (C’mon, everybody loves Billie.)
Sustainability for the win. This silverware set fits together perfectly for on-the-go use, so you and your teen can say goodbye to wasteful plastic options when eating outside or packing lunch.
Knowing how to take a good selfie is everything, just ask any teen girl. And implementing a ring light into her photo-taking routine is the ideal way to up her pic game. Gift the teen in your life this one that latches onto your phone to highlight all her best angles.
Once you’ve given her the phone stand, complete your gift with this cute wireless charger, literally made for phones with PopSockets. (It works on all phones, though, so you can borrow it, too.)
Everyone needs a journal – why not make it artistic? This has to be one of my person favs on this list. The feminist touch to an everyday item makes this the perfect gift for anyone, especially teenage girls who have a lot of thoughts to save in a notebook just as elegant as they are.