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“What do you want for your birthday?” This is one of the questions almost every girl gets when her birthday approaches. Then she is told to come up with a birthday wish list, but after thinking for several days, the only thing she can say is, “I have no idea what I want!”
Trying to think of a unique gift for such a girl can be quite difficult at times. To get your creativity flowing, check out these birthday gift ideas.
Cool Electronics & Gadgets
Giving a teenage girl electronic equipment as a gift for her birthday is something that you can never go wrong with. Teen girls love to show off their newest gadgets, so look for trendy electronics with unique designs that catch the eye. Here are some suggestions.
Never Let Her Phone Run Out of Juice
Everybody knows that teenage girls, and teens in general, are always on their phones. They use them for almost anything—social interaction, listening to music, playing games, taking photos and videos, cheating in exams, and so on. Because of that, it makes sense that some kind of cool phone accessory would be something they would enjoy.
The first gift idea is an external battery charger. Most battery charging units are pretty unattractive and impersonal, so no girl will get excited to get one for her birthday or Christmas. The Lepow Moonstone chargers, however, are completely different and teen girls will totally love them—they are very sleek, colorful, and good-looking. Girls will be even more surprised by this gift when they found out that it also comes with a whole bunch of cute accessories such as:
- A pretty classy felt pouch with a clever closing band.
- Small silicone suction pad that allows to stick the charger or your phone to a flat surface.
- 24 k gold sticker.
- Button stickers.
- SD micro mini card reader.
- Cord wrap shaped like a fish skeleton.
- Mini stylus.
- Screen cleaner shaped like a key chain.
- Cord keeper shaped like a skeleton key.
There is really a lot of stuff that comes with it that scream higher-than-average quality.
The look of the Lepow charger is important, especially if you are going to give it as a gift to someone, but the most important thing is that it also works. It has a capacity of 6000 mAh, which is enough to charge a phone three or four times, depending on the model. And it can charge two devices at the same time.
After getting a cute gift like that, a girl will look forward to running out of juice!
Perfect Selfies With a Case That Lights Up
The next gift idea is for those teenage girls who are addicted to taking selfies. It is a cool phone case that will seriously step up their Instagram game. Anyone who has ever tried to take a selfie in a dark location or in low light knows that the results can be pretty unflattering. The idea of the Lumee case is to be a portable studio light that lights up you face evenly, makes your skin look softer and your eyes brighter on photos.
The outer edges of the case are lined with LED lights, which are powered by an integrated battery. The battery is rechargeable and it has its own charging port, so it can be charges separately from the phone. Because of the built-in battery, the case is a little bit thicker than a normal case, but this is not a big deal when you know you are getting better photos in return. With this thing girls will be able to take a great selfie even in total darkness.
The power button of the case is on its back and when you press and hold it, it actually dims the LEDs down. This lets you control the light, so your selfies are not overblown when it is not pitch black around you. Teen girls will love this case, because it is also great for Snapchat—the LED lights just blow that front flash Snapchat has out of the water.
Listen to Music in Style
Headphones and earphones have become the newest fashion accessories and every teenage girl who loves music would be excited to get a pair of bold, anything-but-boring headphones as a birthday gift. There is a fashion tech house based in Florida called Ankit that makes really fancy headphones, which many teenage girls would find adorable. What sets them apart from other headphones are the gorgeous floral patterns they are covered with and the soft pastel colors.
The sound quality of these flower cuties is very good for something that cost about $30. Of course, you will get more if you go for headphones that cost $300+, but unless a girl is an audiophile, she won't notice the difference. One thing to have in mind is that they are noise-isolating, not noise-cancelling. People sometimes get confused with that. To put it in simple terms, noise-canceling headphones require batteries to electronically cancel the sound waves, while noise-isolating headphones just physically seal your ears to block the sounds. Both have their pros and cons, but noise-isolation will definitely be more than sufficient for your typical school environment or noisy dorm room.
Turn Her Phone into a Fantastic Camera
Another cool phone accessory, perfect for teen girls, is the lens-style camera from Sony. Unlike the clip-on lenses that only enhance the image taken by the phone, the Sony attachable lens is a camera on its own that actually communicates with the phone. It has its own 10x optical zoom lens, sensor, battery, shutter button, zoom lever, USB port and memory card slot. Yes, it can take photos just by itself. The neat thing is that you could set up the lens somewhere and use your smartphone to control it remotely. This could get a teen girl some selfie opportunities that can go viral!
The camera comes with a little mounting bracket, so it can also be attached to a phone. It is similar to a car mount that has retractable grips. This is nice, because you don’t need to remove the case off your phone to use it.
The lens connects to the phone via secure WiFi and the pictures upload directly to the camera roll of the phone, so it is super easy to share them on social media. If you want to shoot a video, though, you need to have a memory card inserted in the lens, because it doesn’t record video back to the phone in real time.
This little gift will turn a girl's smartphone into to a real camera with 10x OPTICAL zoom, which is pretty amazing. The iPhone 5s, for example, has a really good camera, but its digital zoom is useless because it just crops the image.
Clever Nail Art Tools
Nail art is something that is trendy among teenage girls due to the fact that it is an easy way for them to express their individual style. Since nail art is all about fun and interesting things, consider getting her a nail polish in a pen as a gift.
There are a few different brands out there that are pretty popular with teen girls and one of them is Migi. Each of their pens comes with two different colors and you usually get the pens in sets of four. The two polishes in each pen unscrew from one another, so you can either use them separately or combine them.
The interesting thing that sets these pens apart from the most nail art products is that they are two-way pens. If you twist off the cap, you get a regular nail polish brush, but when you take the cap off, it actually becomes a needle-point pen for making tiny designs. How cool is that!
When you get the pens, you also get a little booklet with tips and tricks on how to make different designs and use different techniques. There is also a cleaning pin and a practice sheet inside that those who are starting to experiment with nail art will find helpful.
And the best part about this gift is that if a girl registers her pens at the Migi website, they will send her free refills and replacements for life. Who wouldn’t want that!
Beauty Gifts for Teenage Girls
Good skin care is very important, especially during the teen years, when the skin is more delicate, oily, and prone to breakouts. Oily skin and makeup don’t mix well, which means that every teen girl would appreciate a handy tool that will help her reveal her best skin.
One of the best beauty gifts you can get a teen girl for her birthday is face cleansing brush, because it will make her usual makeup routine a zillion times easier. One of the most popular skin cleansing brushes is the Clarisonic Mia, but if you don’t feel like dishing out $200 on a gift, there are other options that are not only as good as Clarisonic, but maybe even better.
There is a new-generation of sonic facial brushes that are made from silicone. They are as effective as the Clarisonic, but much gentler on the skin, which is important for teens who have skins prone to breakouts. Their biggest advantage is that you never have to buy replacement heads for them, because the silicone is resistant to bacterial buildup. The other advantage is that they are small and portable, so you can take them anywhere.
One very good brand of sonic silicone brushes is Foreo Luna. However, there is a generic version called Solo Mio that is almost identical in terms of effectiveness, but way cheaper. The Solo Mio charges with an USB cable and a single charge will last for approximately two months.
Other beauty gifts you can give a teenage girl:
- Acne treatment tools: Acne is probably the most common problem troubling many teenagers, so pocket-sized devices like Tanda Zap Power can help them get rid of pimples faster. They use blue light to destroy acne causing bacteria.
- "At-Home" teeth whitening tools: Teeth whitening is huge with teens, especially after they get their braces off. There are “at-home” whitening devices that can replace the in-office procedures. These devices are safe for teens when used correctly, but it is always wise to consult a dentist for explicit instructions about using a home treatment.
Cozy Mermaid Blanket
Mermaid tail blankets are the new 'in' thing right now. Teen girls are freaking out on social media about them, especially for the cozy knitted styles, which makes them perfect gifts for birthdays or Christmas. These adorable ocean wraps are just the thing any girl would love to snuggle up in on the couch watching TV, reading a book or browsing and texting on her phone.
The back of this particular mermaid blanket splits open at the top (about halfway up), so it covers you like a normal blanket. The bottom part that wraps around your legs is made like a cocoon, but there is a small opening, just where the fin starts, that allows you to pull your feet through if you want to get up. The blanket is available in a rainbow of colors, several crochet patterns including fish scales and waves, different sizes and even different fin designs. It also comes in a drawstring storage bag and with a cute mermaid necklace as a bonus gift.
Carrying a Laptop in Style
There is one item most teen girls carry almost every day—a school backpack. This is the obvious go-to for toting a laptop and heavy books from place to place. From bright, bold floral designs and trendy patterns to sleek leather pieces, the options are endless. A girl’s backpack has to make a statement about who she is and if you don’t know her individual style very well, it is not going to be easy to find one that she will like. But if you know her style though, a funky backpack would make a nice gift.
The first choice of any girl, of course, would be a designer backpack, because it would be envied by friends and classmates—Coach, Michael Kors, LeSportsac, Marc by Marc Jacobs etc. Designer brands are expensive and, of course, not everyone can afford them, so look for quality, but less expensive brands such as Roxy, JanSport, Vera Bradley and Billabong. They have tons of cute and girly backpacks, if that is her style.
Fashionable laptop sleeves are another good gift option for teens. They are great for those who carry their laptops in tote bags. One particular laptop sleeve that you can’t go wrong with is Mosiso’s sleeve in chevron pattern. Why is the chevron pattern something that will appeal to the majority of teen girls? The pattern has been a design element for centuries, but in recent years has become so trendy that you will notice it in interior design, fashion, architecture, web design, packaging and even culinary arts. And since it is both trendy and traditional, it means that will probably never go out of style. The sleeve is a very good quality, super inexpensive and even comes with a small carrying case for a charger, which makes this gift even nicer.
Hassle-Free Hair Styling Tools
Teenagers change their hairstyles quite frequently to keep up with trends, so styling tools like hair dryers, hair straighteners, curling irons or hair brushes would make amazing birthday gifts. If you are looking for something to give a girl that spends an hour each morning just to get her hair done, than consider an automatic hair curler.
Automatic curlers are huge time savers, especially if a girl likes the popular loose beach waves. They are also great for those who flat-iron and straighten their hair like pros, but are clueless when it comes to curling it. Plus, they do a very good job even for girls who say that they have hair that never holds a curl no matter what they do.
The automatic curler from Conair has three time settings, so you can achieve loose, medium and tight curls. All you need to do is simply comb a small section of hair and the curler will automatically pull it into the chamber. After several seconds, depending on what type of curls you want, it will beep, giving you a signal to release the hair. If you use this tool for a very first time, you will definitely get your hair stuck in it several times, but you won’t need to free yourself with scissors. It will beep to let you know that you are doing it wrong. Check out the video above to see what kind of results you can get with it.
Trendy Teen Jewelry
Funky jewelry and watches are highly appreciated by any teenage girl and make wonderful birthday gifts. If you are not sure what is in style these days, just check out the teen magazines before buying something. There are plenty of inexpensive necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings that can keep a teenage girl in style. But if you want to get something different and special, here are some ideas.
Temporary Metallic Tattoos
Temporary metallic tattoos are the latest fashion trend. They are exactly like the old-school, stick-on tattoos, but have a metallic finish, and look like jewelry. Metallic tattoos look great with swimwear and are also the perfect accessory for a night out on the town, party, or concert.
Beautiful Statement Watches
Nowadays, watches are more of a fashion accessory than an actual means to tell the time. Many teenage girls are into fun, casual watches with colorful bands or faces that match their wardrobe. Watches decorated with funky chains and charms that double as bracelets are also very interesting gift options for teen girls.
Fab Makeup Gifts for Teens
What almost every teenage girl has on her birthday wish list is makeup. If you are sure of the brand names and colors the teenager likes, you can easily find a great birthday gift. If you are not, you can’t go wrong with basic colors and high quality brands. Sparkling eye shadows, mascaras, lip glosses with cute little charms or pretty blushes are some of the options.
Here are some ideas that can help you find the perfect gift.
- Eyeshadow Palettes - For girls in their early teens a large eyeshadow palette would make a fantastic gift, because this way they get to play around with all the different shades. For mid- or late- teens the Urban Decay’s bestselling Naked Palette is a must have.
- Makeup Brush Kits - A large brush set is a lovely gift to buy not only for any makeup fan but also for someone who may want to give makeup a try. A set of around ten brushes (and above) will literally cover everything and will last them a long time. Some brands that combine high quality and affordable price are Sigma Beauty and SHANY Cosmetics.
- Makeup Guides - Makeup and style guides are perfect gifts for teenagers, especially for those who are just starting to explore this area. These books show teen girls how to do everything in makeup, skin care and hair care. Guides that are worth checking out: “Making Faces”, “Making Faces” and “Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual.”
More Gift Ideas for Teen Girls
- Funky Socks: Many teen girls like socks that are silly, unique or just plain fun. Sock It To Me is a brand that offers this type of socks.
- Fresh Perfumes: Everyone has a different taste in perfumes, but in general, what most teenage girls look for in a perfume is a fresh, sweet floral or fruity fragrance.
- Diaries and Journals: When selecting a journal as a gift, pick one that has a cover that matches the girl’s personality or is in her favorite color. If you are not sure about her style and preferences, look for a journal with blank covers so she can personalize it with photos.
- Adorable Pajamas: A pair of cozy, cute pajamas that make a fun statement are always a hit.
- Shoes: The top shoe brands for teens are Nike, Vans, Toms, Converse, Sperry Top-Sider, UGG and Steve Madden. Any of these would make a good birthday gift.
- Clothes: Some of the most popular apparel brands among girls are: American Eagle, Forever 21, T.J. Maxx, Polo Ralph Lauren, Urban Outfitters and Nike. Pick something that fit her style.
- Cute Décor for Her Room: New furniture, pretty lamps, wall decals, decorative pillows or couple of cool rugs can really transform a girl’s room. They can also easily go from her bedroom at home to her dorm room or apartment.
Share Your Experience With Us
Anna Clifford on April 26, 2020:
These gift ideas are to stereotypical. Not all girls are into beauty stuff!
keira on October 26, 2018:
why not give a 12 year old something close to the hart, like something that has been pasted down through your family or a candle you really liked as a kid when growing up. It doesn't have to look fancy it's the thought that count's
Zeke on October 19, 2018:
My girl is not into this stuff
alex on April 14, 2018:
i feel like these things are mostly centered around phones and for the people who dont have one that isnt very helpful but all of the other gift ideas were very helpful thank you
Samantha on December 23, 2017:
I mean lots of the things were for phones and I don’t have one. My parents say to wait for awhile
crystal g on November 07, 2017:
Sarah i'm 8 on May 30, 2017:
thanks for the ideas
Amy on November 16, 2015:
I really appreciate these ideas you've listed down. It should give my friends/family a good idea of the type of things i want, as it is my 13th in under 2 weeks. Thanks a heap! ♡
Estie on May 21, 2015:
This was so useful! I Just showed my parents this webpage and they secretly picked a few things from it to give to me for my Birthday. Thankyou. ♥
Carrie on July 24, 2013:
OMG what I really want for my B-day is hair dye, all my friends are doing it and i want blonde and purple highlights cause i have black hair. I also would like a kindle fire for my birthday cause im an avid reader, you know what I'm saying? Anyways, carrie out.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 10, 2013:
wow!! you had listed TONS of birthday gift ideas that never cross my mind, Thanks
Kennedysplen on May 29, 2012:
Its jst okey, i think u did a great job with this article
i love them
Morgan on March 29, 2012:
What about a car!
iZeko (author) on August 08, 2011:
Anne, I'm glad I could help! Thanks for leaving me a message!
Anne on August 08, 2011:
So glad you shared your very useful collection of ideas and links. My niece will be 16 and I had no idea where to begin!
iZeko (author) on August 07, 2011:
You are welcome, Wdawnie! Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a note!
Wdawnie on August 07, 2011:
gr8 ideas, just thought about i need new hairdryer 4 high school! thank again!!!
iZeko (author) on August 07, 2011:
Thanks, Susan, I'm glad it was helpful to you!
Susan Gichuhi from NAIROBI on August 05, 2011:
Great article, got a few ideas for my niece
iZeko (author) on July 28, 2011:
Hi Ournote2self! It’s a really useful gadget, especially for somebody in high school or college. Thanks for leaving me a comment!
ournote2self on July 27, 2011:
Very cute ideas! Thanks so much for sharing. I love the idea of a smart pen. :)
iZeko (author) on July 21, 2011:
Glad you liked it, Itsoksam!
itsoksam from UAE on July 20, 2011:
Awesome incredible work!!
iZeko (author) on June 29, 2011:
Elena on June 28, 2011:
There are so many nice items for young girls to choose from. However, sometimes it is difficult to know what your teenager would really like. Your items would make wonderful gifts.
iZeko (author) on May 31, 2011:
Hi Vinsanity! According to my observations (and my 15 y.o. cousin) most girls like these things. You just have to figure out first what she’s really into – makeup, purses, jewelry… - and then pick something. And if you are not sure – just ask her.
vinsanity on May 30, 2011:
Do you think my girlfriend would like these? She is an average girl in terms of what she likes and I don't want to look stupid ha!
iZeko (author) on May 27, 2011:
@ Mary & @ 1stPhotoInvites
1stPhotoInvites on May 26, 2011:
Wonderful list of trendy gifts for teens!
iZeko (author) on May 20, 2011:
Hi Holy Lorie! Well, your birthday may have passed, but at least now you have some ideas for Christmas ;) Thanks for the nice comment! Glad you like the article.
holy lorie on May 19, 2011:
That is really awesome!You have studied us very well...I bet I wouldn't have told my mum "I have no idea what I want..*_*" one month ago on my 16th b-dae!!!!a new room?!marvelous ideas!!!!
iZeko (author) on May 16, 2011:
You are welcome, Liz. Thanks for taking the time to read it!
Liz Goltra on May 15, 2011:
Great ideas! Thanks for writing this article.
iZeko (author) on February 03, 2011:
It's true, W.K.H. - some things never change. ;-) Thanks for stopping by.
W K Hayes from Bryson City, North Carolina on February 02, 2011:
As a father, I can honestly say that I was stuck with electronics ever year...I always left it up to my ex to figure the rest out. LOL Really great article with some really great ideas. They're grown now but some things will never change.
Gifts for girls on November 09, 2010:
Trendy Jewelery would be the best gift for my Girl.
Ashley Bergin from san francisco on October 29, 2010:
Great ideas. Almost all teen girls love makeup and jewelry related gifts, so that’s usually a safe zone! For good prices, but great quality makeup, try an online store called Mattify! Cosmetics. Their eye shadows are awesome, and only 5 bucks a piece! Last year I transformed my sister (a high priced MAC baby) into a Mattify! Cosmetics girl. The shadows are more high pigment than any I’ve ever found, and last all day. We discovered them at a beauty expo & they also transform into nail polish, lipgloss, and liquid eye liner. They are so super amazing, and my teenage girls are in love with them. They have a few new colors than last year, so will definitely be purchasing for the girls for Christmas! At the expo, we were shown how they can all turn into eye liner and nailpolish too. Gotta love triple tasking makeup!
iZeko (author) on October 11, 2010:
I'm glad it was helpful to you, Penny. Thanks for your comment!
penny on October 09, 2010:
thankyou this really helped select my daughter perfect 14 birthday present, i got her an apple Iphone and she really loved it. penny