Every teen girl is unique, and so should the gift you give her be unique! I'm constantly encouraging my readers to think outside of the box and to get to know the person they're buying a gift for. The key is to be as personal as possible while still giving the girl on your list something that she's going to love.
Don't fall into the trap of obeying stereotypes.
This gift guide is designed with the intelligent, athletic, capable, strong girl in mind, in the hopes of helping you to find something that the teen girl on your list is going to love, to use, and that the gift you give will empower her to be more of what she is, instead of more of what society expects her to be.
I've gone out of my way to include tips for choosing personal items (such as perfume and makeup) without spoiling the surprise and to suggest gifts that will make your teen girl feel like a powerful young woman. At the end of this guide, there's a space for you to tell me what you think of the guide and to add your own suggestions, and I especially encourage the teen girls out there to get involved by adding their wishes to the list!
Are you ready to check out these amazing gift ideas for teen girls?
Tip #1: Consider a Gift Card
Before I get too deep into how to choose a gift for a teenage girl, I want to address for you one important thing: Many teenagers (of all genders) enjoy shopping, so you may want to cut the excursion short and purchase her a gift card. While I'd love for you to read this entire guide from start to finish, I don't want to waste your time.
Many girls report that they would prefer to receive gift cards because it allows them to purchase whatever they want with the money instead of feeling obligated to be grateful for something they didn't want in the first place. If you remember having to thank Aunt Jenny for that hideous sweater on Christmas of 2003, then you know what I'm talking about.
You can purchase an Amazon gift card to the right, or you can consider these tips for choosing the right gift card for the teen girl you're shopping for.
Buy a gift card for material goods or activities. Avoid giving gift cards for places that sell food, not because "all" teenage girls are worried about their weight (let's not stereotype here!) but because you want to give her an opportunity to either shop for herself or to engage in an activity that she enjoys. These are the things that the majority of teenage girls report wanting for gifts.
Buy a gift card that relates to her interests. If she's into sports, for example, you might get her a gift card for Sport's Authority. Or maybe if she likes shoes, you could consider a Famous Footwear Gift Card. Clothing, shoes, sporting goods, makeup, books, electronics, all of these things can be purchased with a gift card from the right store. Many teen girls report wanting electronic gifts, so Best Buy gift cards are another good option!
Consider wrapping the gift card box. It's nice to have something to open rather than simply being handed a card, and if a box is available for your card, you should consider wrapping it. If you're purchasing a Christmas gift, you may consider adding the gift card to a stocking. These also make great "in addition to" gifts. For example, if you give her an XBox, a Game Stop gift card will allow her to buy games for her new XBox!
Tip #2: Know Her Hobbies Before Buying a Gift
Before purchasing a gift for a teenage girl, get to know what her hobbies are. Every girl is different, and you should treat her as unique. The last thing that you want to do is to fall into the trap of stereotypes and buy her makeup or hair products because "that's what girls are into." A really unique gift is going to be something that suits her personality.
Gifts that relate to hobbies are in so many ways ideal because they reflect your understanding of her personality and the things that make her an incredible and unique individual. Nothing says "I didn't try" like just another cliche gifts. (And no, gift cards aren't cliche, they say that you know which one to get and that/if she likes to shop.)
Some of the best gifts that you can give to anyone relate to the things that they do with their spare time.
Here are some ideas:
A girl who likes to read might like an e-reader. Bear in mind that some people prefer to read dead trees than ebooks (myself included) but that e-readers make it easy to read more books because of the low cost of e-books combined with the high availability of them. A Kindle Paperwhite might go well with an Amazon Giftcard! You can also check out more gift ideas for book lovers!
A girl who likes music might enjoy an musical instrument as a gift. A lot of people come first to the conclusion that they should buy music for the girl who loves music, but what about a musical instrument? I'm especially fond of the ocarina, since that's the instrument that I play, and you can get a Zelda Replica Ocarina inexpensively on Amazon. (I highly recommend the one linked, and that you avoid other brands other than Focalink on Amazon!)
A girl who enjoys video games might enjoy a new computer. A good gaming computer is very expensive, but I know as a gamer myself that I would kill for a computer with a lot of ram and an excellent graphics card. The one that I'd love to have is shown up and to the right, so you can consider it for your gamer girl.
Tip #3: Avoid Cliches when Buying a Gift for a Teen Girl
One of the biggest complaints I've seen from teen girls on gift guides directed at their age group is that the people writing the guides are using cliches to make gift suggestions. You want to avoid this if at all possible.
Remember that the girl you're shopping for isn't one of those girls on the Disney Channel (they're "fake" anyway) and that the things that she wants to get as a gift should reflect her spirit and not the spirit of teenage divas seen in popular media (such as television).
Here are some examples of gifts which may be cliche:
Makeup or beauty products. Some girls will love to get these as gifts, so be sure to know who you're buying for before you make any kind of a purchase. Consider that makeup is an incredibly personal choice and that she may prefer to purchase her own and choose her own colors, if she wears it at all. In this case, opt for a gift card.
Instead of Makeup or Hair Products, give... Scents. Many girls seem to be interested in receiving scents as gifts, so you may want to consider perfumes, body spray, or scented lotions. If you don't know what flavor profile she likes (fruity, floral, or musky?) then consider giving a gift card to a store like Bath and Body Works.
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Scents (Perfume, Lotion, Etc)
Clothing or Shoes
Music (opt for gift cards)
Tip #4: Subscriptions Make Great Gifts for Teen Girls
The really awesome thing about subscriptions is that they come in such a beautiful variety of forms. When I was a teenager, I wanted magazine subscriptions more than anything else, and even as an adult I love them (and would love to have a subscription to Equus, Inked Magazine, or Creative Knitting hint hint, friends and family).
Most kids enjoy receiving something special in the mail, and a monthly or even quarterly magazine subscription fits the bill nicely, but it's not the only option that you have! Here are some great subscriptions that the teen girl on your shopping list might love!
Magazine subscriptions: Try not to be too cliche. If at all possible, don't simply opt for another of the teen rags. She probably either has a subscription already or she doesn't want one. Find one that suits her interests, like Horse Illustrated (or for older teens, Horse and Rider), Entertainment Weekly, Mental Floss and many other options that may suit her specific tastes. (As you can probably see, I like horses.) Make sure that the magazine subscription suits her individual style or hobbies/interests!
Clothing subscriptions: One of my big goals when I lose the weight I have to lose is to subscribe to a subscription clothing service. They will set the teenage girl on your gift list up with a personal stylist who will select clothing for her on a routine basis (usually monthly) and send a box of surprise clothing out to her. She can return what she doesn't like (with most of these services) and keep what she does! I've included a video for an unboxing below so you can see what it's like!
Beauty Subscription: Now I know what I said about giving makeup and hair products as gifts for teenage girls, but I do want to stress at this point that subscription services are entirely different, because they come with the excitement of opening up a new box every month (or at another interval) and getting to see the new surprise that's in it. Several beauty subscription services exist online, so you can choose the one that suits your girl!
Craft Box Subscription: Crafty girls will likely love receiving something from a crafty subscription service that sends a box of all the items needed in order to create one project a month. Make sure to read reviews of these types of subscription services in particular, however, as many seem to be going bankrupt very quickly.
Jewelry Subscription: One of my favorite types of subscription, Jewelry subscriptions will send the teen girl you're gifting a box with a jewelry item or items once a month. Nature Nouveau has a beautiful earring subscription service that your teen girl will love! I've placed a link to Amazon to subscribe to this service in the right. It's unique because you can pay for the whole year!
Please consider: Subscription services will generally need to be paid monthly, so you will need to keep on top of the renewals in order to give a year's worth of one of these services.
Clothing Subscription Services can Make Great Gifts!
Tip #5: Consider Giving a Teen Girl the Gift of an Experience
When I think of gifts, I think of something that I get to unwrap that comes as a special surprise. It's one of the reasons that I love subscriptions so much as gifts! But browsing comments from teen girls has told me something interesting about them: Many are interested in having an experience as a gift.
But what qualifies as an experience for a teenage girl? It could be many different things, dependent upon the time of year and of course the things that interest her. Consider some of the following options:
A class in a subject that interests her. Remember that teen girls are already waist deep (if not higher!) in school work, so try to make sure that the class is something fun and related to something that she hasn't tried before. Maybe she'd like to take ice skating lessons, or she might be interested in learning how to paint or throw pots. My daughter would love to have horseback riding lessons (and of course so would I). These types of classes will make many teen girls very happy to receive as gifts!
A domestic trip. Teen girls aren't too old for trips to Disney World (or Disneyland!), but you have a ton of other excellent options, depending on her personality and interests. Maybe she'd like to try out a Dude ranch, or she has a special zoo that she'd like to see. Here in Ohio (where I live and grew up) we have Cedar Point, an there's also Busch Gardens, King's Island, and Six Flags all throughout the United States. Niagara Falls can also be a great trip!
Experiences make great gifts to the whole family.
A trip abroad. This one might be a bit pricey, but it's an excellent idea if you have the money on hand to provide it! If you want to send her to an exotic locale she's only dreamed of visiting, you might consider wrapping up a boxed set of the Rosetta Stone language for the country she'll be visiting. (Personally I like Babbel better than Rosetta Stone, but you may find the boxes more accessible, and certainly easier to wrap!)
What are your gift ideas for teen girls?
I'd love to hear from you! What are your tips for shopping for gifts for teen girls? Is there something in particular that you'd like to see added? Let me know, and I'd be happy to consider adding them to the list!
Brittany on March 25, 2016:
For a gift I would love electronics or makeup ,just make sure its her style and she doesn't have it already!:)
Pennington on December 08, 2015:
These are some awesome suggestions in choosing a great gift for teenage girls. They are extremely helpful. Thanks for writing this hub. Merry Christmas.