7 Best Gift Ideas for 13-Year-Old Teen Girls
What Presents Do 13-Year-Old Girls Want?
Buying gifts for people can be a hard task, but trying to find a great present for a 13-year-old girl can prove to be especially difficult.
The gift you select for them should fulfill the following requirements:
- Aligns with their interests
- Feels more like a gift for an adult than a child
Based on these criteria, you can see that toys are more or less out of the question. The girl you're buying for may be thrilled to get a stuffed animal from a friend (especially if that friend is a boy), but a plushie from a grown-up would likely make them feel childish.
With these principles in mind, browse this list of popular presents amongst early teens. My niece gave her input on what girls tend to want these days, but read on with your specific recipient's interests in mind. Hopefully, this list will help you come up with ideas, inspire you to find the perfect gift, and bring a smile to a 13-year-old girl's face!
If your 13-year-old isn’t ready for makeup, it doesn’t mean she has no other way of expressing herself and changing her looks in other ways. Hair products are quite popular with teenagers because they let you change up your look any day of the week. Here are a few hair products a teen girl in your life may enjoy.
- Hair Chalk: This beauty product allows your teen to color their hair and is great if they want highlights or to dye their hair a different color. I think hair chalk is one of the coolest (and budget-friendly) items you can get for a 13-year-old. My niece loves using it to create a pink-ombre effect on her blonde hair. It lasts up to three days if you don’t wash it off!
- Styling Wand: If she has straight hair, this styling wand is the perfect way for them to change up their look. It does a great job of adding instant curls, and she can try a new ‘do every day. I still remember the day when I first got my curling wand. I couldn't wait to use it and felt like a diva with my perfect curls at school. The wand gets very hot, so make sure to get a heat-proof glove to prevent accidental burns when they try using it.
- Gift Certificates: If you want to make sure your teen loves and uses her gift, let her pick it out or ask her for a few places where she enjoys shopping. Getting her a gift certificate to a place like Claire’s or Sephora would be a great present and a win-win for everyone.
Pajamas and Onesies
Sleepovers are likely an important social event in your teen's life. Give her an adorable onesie or stylish pajamas to make her the envy of her friends or let her friends know where you got them so everyone can match!
Whatever you choose, make sure the design and style are trendy. Make it a complete set by adding fuzzy socks and slippers to create a winning gift.
It's a tricky business picking out clothes that your 13-year-old girl wants to wear to school or when spending time with her friends. It's easier if she picked the clothing pieces so you don't end up buying something she dislikes. You can make the shopping experience the gift and go with her to the mall with a specific budget in mind. That way, she gets clothing she'll actually wear, and you'll get to spend more time with her.
If the thought of shopping daunts you, a gift certificate to her favorite clothing store is a great alternative. She has the freedom to buy what she likes, and you can be the cool person who allowed her to update her wardrobe!
Nail Art Supplies
I can't even count how many nail polish bottles my niece owns. She really enjoys painting her nails, and they always look great. Her friends love to do their nails too, and some of them are true artists who display detailed masterpieces on their nailbeds.
If your 13-year-old girl already has many nail polishes, try the following ideas:
- Nail stickers
- Nail stamp set
- Mani-pedi appointment
I know my niece loves when I bring her anything related to nail art. Gifting a large set of unique nail polish colors will make her scream with joy, and you'll be the best gift-giver in the world if you add a nail stamp kit for her to try.
If you want a bonding experience with your teen, make an appointment for a professional manicure and pedicure date. She'll enjoy the pampering and attention, and you’ll get to spend an awesome afternoon of quality time together.
These days, reading is a trendy pastime. Between Divergent, The Hunger Games, The Fault in Our Stars, and other young adult novels being adapted into movies, you plenty of books to choose from! If she’s already worked her way through the popular novels, you may need to dig a little deeper to find a new series she’ll love.
Here are unique books she may be interested in:
- The Grisha Trilogy: Written by Leigh Bardugo, this series takes place in an alternate version of Russia in the nineteenth century. The land is racked by war and ruled by a powerful group of magicians called the Grisha. The heroine, Alina Starkov, discovers a long-lost magical power in herself that could set her war-torn country on the path to peace. Alina is whisked away from her humble home to the capital to train as a Grisha and serve the Darkling, the Grisha’s mysterious leader. This series is so entertaining that you’ll want to keep it for yourself. It’s well-written, funny, and depicts a detailed world you’ll want to explore even more.
- Eleanor & Park: Rainbow Rowell wrote this realistic novel about a star-crossed pair of sixteen-year-olds in 1980s Omaha. Set over the course of a school year, it tells the story of first love between the misfit Eleanor and the half-Korean Park—two people who don’t fit in with the crowd but somehow to fit together. Eleanor & Park is an amazing story by a gifted writer that will have your teen swooning for days.
- Catcher in the Rye: This is a classic written by the talented J.D. Salinger. The main character, Holden Caulfield, is a cynical and jaded teen that guided many teenagers today through adolescence. He may not be the best role model and the novel may feel a little dated (no smartphones!), but if your 13-year-old girl is anything like I was, she’ll think Salinger was writing just for her.