Inspired by his own 13 year old daughter, Paul decided to pass her suggestions on to others. Paul and his daughter live in Florida.
In my experience, choosing the best gifts for a 13-year-old girl can be a challenge. You need all the suggestions and help that you can get. That's why I have put this best-of list together, which is inspired by my own daughter who set me in the right direction.
Of course, the most direct way to get ideas is always to ask her for ideas for things that she wants, but sometimes you want to surprise her, or she is not exactly sure herself. For a 13-year-old girl, life's priorities tend to revolve around maintaining an active social life and the gadgets that enable them to keep in touch with their friends.
Their appearance and how to improve it also features in a big way. Elements of popular culture, such as movies, TV shows, and especially music, take on a particular importance too. It goes without saying that most teenage girls also have strong opinions on what is cool and what is not cool, which can sometimes make decisions challenging if you are buying gifts for them.
I've listed below the main items that were very popular gifts and were deemed to be cool by my daughter. They also impressed her friends, which she liked. I have also added in some suggestions from other parents with teenagers, as not all girls have the same tastes as my daughter. So here, in no particular order, are my selections for the best gifts for a 13-year-old girl. I hope that you find my list to be useful.
Water Fountain Speakers
These SoundSOUL water dancing audio speakers look and sound awesome! Each speaker is a transparent acrylic tube filled with environmentally friendly, non-toxic and zero ignition vegetable oil.
You can use them with an iPod, MP3 player, or a computer. They can be used anywhere there's access to power and an audio port. Thanks to multi-colored water jets, the water dances to the beat of the music. There are 4 colored LEDs to provide an amazing visual show! These speakers are guaranteed to spice up any teenager's bedroom or party!
Looking your best is a high priority for any self-respecting 13-year-old girl, and a hair straightener can do wonders for your image and appearance. It is also fun to use.
This cool and awesome Remington S9500 hair straghtener can straighten, flip, and curl hair, while causing minimal damage or frizz. It is capable of giving out up to 450 degrees of professional-grade heat and heats up in just 15 seconds.
Some More Good Gift Ideas
- Scented candle from Yankee Candle.
- Burt Bee's trial kit with lots of lotions, soaps, scrubs, and lip balm.
- Gift box from Bath and Body Works.
- Jewelry from Claire's.
- Juicy Couture Necklace.
- Two shirts with bands or teams that she likes!
No cool 13-year-old’s bedroom would be complete without a black light, which shines ultraviolet light to create an awesome visual effect that will impress all her friends to no end! These lights can transform the appearance of a bedroom or other space and turn the ordinary into the strange and interesting. Buy several and you can liven up any party with strange and magical lighting effects, especially if it is themed around science fiction or Halloween.
I'm a particular fan of the TOPLANET blacklights, which give excellent coverage for a party and are durable enough to handle a roomful of partying teenagers. They're also energy efficient and just look really cool when they react with fluorescent colors and materials.
Even More Good Gift Ideas
- iTunes gift card.
- Tickets for a music concert or other event.
- Some attractive nail polish items in different colors.
- Clothing or gift certificate for clothing store, such as Old Navy.
- Hair chalk (temporary hair dye) in her favorite color.
- A case, bag, or screen protector for her device, such as a tablet, laptop, notebook, or smartphone.
- Jewelry - bracelets, bands, hair braider, etc.
- Pajamas or other nightwear. A girl wants to look and feel good when she sleeps or hangs out in the home.
Mini Portable Capsule Speakers make excellent gifts! They can be used with laptops, iPods, tablets, MP3 players, basically any device with a standard audio output.
I was so impressed with the one that I bought for my daughter, I went out and bought one for myself afterwards (they come in a wide variety of colors, including black, blue, pink, silver, green, orange, white, purple, and red—my daughter has a bright pink one and I have a purple one!).
Most capsules actually have a really great sound for their size and they recharge via a USB lead, so you can just plug them into a laptop or a PC and you don’t have to worry about buying replacement batteries.
A Cool Shoulder Bag
As well as being a great fashion accessory and form of self-expression, a high-quality bag is functional and it can be used for carrying tablets, school books, iPads, pens, cellphones, nail varnish, and other everyday effects, devices, possessions, and accessories.
There are many really cool designs out there.
SkullCandy Indy True Wireless Earbuds
SkullCandy Indy True Wireless Earbuds are fashionable and functional. They are relatively durable too, being sweat, water, and dust resistant
She will be able to use with her tablet, smartphone, iPod, or laptop - essentially pretty much any device with Bluetooth technology. The 16 hour battery life is pretty good too.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2014 Paul Goodman
Phoenix M on August 01, 2020:
I'm turning 13 and its hard choosing a gift for ur bday ikr my parents let me pick something 100 dollars limit!
This is nothing I like at alllll -_-
Fujifilm doesn't even take pics right!
Lola on June 07, 2020:
I’m 13 and I love the speaker
???????? on December 01, 2019:
i am 13 and all these ideas suck!!!!!!!! I get impressed so easily but these do not interest me.
night gally on May 05, 2019:
this list is made for a much younger audience. not even my 10 year old sister is interested in these. also no one wants headphones with wires any more.
night princess on May 05, 2019:
nobody wants headphones with wires anymore. Im turning 13 in a few weeks and not even my 10 year old sister was interested in any off these.
person on May 01, 2019:
I am turning 13 in 24 days and none of these things interest me. Please update it!!
Someone on April 23, 2019:
I'm turning 13 like tomorrow and NONE of these things interest me. You should make a more updated website. The things you listed are like super old and no offence but... not many of teens in 2019 would ever consider these things as gifts! Up to date this post already!
PERSON on November 29, 2018:
These gifts are not very good update it these gifts are so old and not something I would want.
me myself and I on September 15, 2018:
Black lights are awesome
UNKNOWN on August 17, 2018:
I am turning 13 years old soon and I have been looking through websites to find things that I wanted since I have no idea what to ask for. I believe that there are some things you should add to make this more recent and I know that it is 2018 and this is a 2014 website. I think you need to add more tomboy things and some more girly things to make it more even in selection. You could add some things such as for tomboys, like for soccer players you could put soccer balls and for other sports you could have other things. For girly girls (Not really me) You could put makeup and Nails. Definetly jeans and crop tops. Also vanity supplies. Hopefully this was helpful if not then idk
kia ora on July 23, 2018:
this is the most basic gift idea website I have been on yet ..... this is the twenty first century and you need to update !!
myself on July 19, 2018:
Hello, I am a girl who will be turning thirteen in a few weeks, and honestly, only the water fountain speakers and skull candy earbuds interested me a little. I wouldn't even use the water fountain speakers! If you'd like some constructive criticism, involve some variety. Yes, many girls would like this, but so, SO many people wouldn't. For example, my friends (and somewhat myself) are the art kids who aren't allowed any electronics - I am writing this from my mother's computer, which she allowed me to use to formulate a birthday wish list. My cousin, a month younger than me, is a major nerd and a techie. I am a drama kid and music fan, and got the lead in the school play. Instead of assuming you know, consult some girls and take advice from your commenters. It will help in the long run. Have a good day!!!
12 year old girl on July 11, 2018:
All this stuff is for younger girls. None of this interests me, and I’m turning thirteen in a few weeks. Useless. Either update or add a younger age bracket. Overall, useless list.
!# Year old girl on June 29, 2018:
These gift ideas are great! I was writing a wish list and needed inspiration. This post was very helpful and i found interest in almost all of these things.
Hayley on June 11, 2018:
My birthday is in 3 days but my party is in 6... i'm about to be 13 and these don't even interest me...
Autumn 12 years old on May 29, 2018:
There is nothing that I like on here. So I think you should update this website.
bored 13 year old on April 13, 2018:
This is kinda outdated and there isn't much here, most of theses are really obvious.
123456789 on March 30, 2018:
these are so out of date!! I'm looking for presents for me. My birthday is in 10 days. These are nice but are for way younger kids.
gaUFGJAfu on March 09, 2018:
can you make one for 11-12 year old girls
Responding to Ari on April 18, 2017:
AriStar, because you're not a teen yet, hunny!
AriStar on July 04, 2016:
I am 10 turning 11! Some of these are really cool but some aren't really accurate!
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 16, 2015:
It is hard to find out what these girls really like. It depends on each one's personality. Your list is interesting.
A mother of a 14 yr old on November 30, 2015:
Cool ideas although in my opinion as a mother i would not get some of these for causes of expense and of just the idea that my daughter will probably use them once and forget about it i want her to have something she will hold on to forever but i will still use some of these ideas