Gift Ideas That 14-Year-Old Girls Really Want

Updated on October 6, 2017

Many parents believe they have an accurate idea of what their teenage daughter wants for a gift, however they may be slightly off target. Whether it is the 14-year-old's birthday, a holiday, or any celebration, they may not be pleasantly surprised with the gifts they receive. However purchasing the desired gift for your daughter may not be in your wallet's best interest.

At fourteen years old, your daughter may be enjoying spending time with her friends, playing sports, and shopping. Activities like these are common and fairly easy to shop for, if you know where to look. Reading this article, you will find presents that your 14-year-old will love based on hobbies and interests - Good gifts for 14 year old girls aren't always easy to find, but we've provided several suggestions to find the perfect gift below.

Get Your Daughter a Gift Based on her Interests as a Teenager

Popular Activities a Fourteen-Year-Old Girl May Enjoy

  • Shopping
  • Spending time with friends
  • Playing sports
  • Cooking
  • Decorating
  • Painting nails
  • DIY Spa Day
  • Social media
  • Sleeping
  • Make-up
  • Listening to music
  • Independently going to a restaurant or coffee shop (even Taco Bell)
  • Going to movies
  • Having a movie night
  • Photography

#1: Gift Cards

As a teenager, many girls enjoy shopping at the nearest mall or shopping center. Gift cards or a gift certificate are always a hit with a 14-year-old because it provides them with the opportunity to buy whatever they want, instead of receiving a gift from a store which they may end up wishing to return. This gives them the freedom and independence they desire while quietly limiting their decisions with the price of the gift card. Gift cards are time efficient when buying them off of the particular store or simply off of Amazon. Some of our 14-year-old's favorite gift cards are Starbucks, Hollister, and Pacsun. Gift cards are a very popular and practical birthday gift.

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#2: Plan a Sleepover

Chances are that your teenage girl enjoys hanging out with her circle of friends. Planning a sleepover party for them is the perfect idea for them to spend time together. With your daughters help and ideas, you will be able to plan a great group activity for her and her friends. I recommend designing activities such as truth or dare games and a movie night with snacks and pizza. A teen girl will love a party like this.

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#3: Tickets or Gift Card

If your teenage girl expresses any interest in playing or watching sports these gifts would be a great idea. Many women athletes act as role models for many young girls, and having tickets to a game is an amazing experience. Nike is also a good gift card option because of their wide range of sports equipment if your child enjoys these kinds of activities!

If she doesn't like sports, maybe she's into the arts. Tickets for a major musical can be quite expensive, but also a great experience. Our daughter has been blasting the music to the Tony Award-winning Hamilton and I'm sure would love to go see it live!

Psst! We actually gave her a Hamilton ticket for her 8th Grade graduation. She absolutely loved it and said it was the greatest gift of all-time.

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#4: Cooking Supplies or Cookbook

Many 14-year-olds enjoy cooking or baking a rewarding meal. Cute cooking supplies make it all the more fun! These supplies increase inspiration and creativity in the kitchen. Cookbooks for teens are another great cooking idea for a young chef. My 14-year-old greatly enjoyed cooking recipes from this particular book because of its clear directions and constant tips and tricks throughout the book. When she was the birthday girl, she did an entire baking party where they made a seven-layer cake with fondant as the main birthday party activity and then each kid took a huge chunk home.

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#5: Home Decor

Many teens enjoy the freedom of decorating their own room. Whether it is wall decals, pillows, or DIY projects, home decor is always an enjoyable activity. Home decor can be found in many stores and with many different ideas, inspiration can be found anywhere. Our 14-year-old has a wall decal from Blik in her room and she enjoys how it adds to the decor she has created. She also has cork boards and picture frames which she pins photos to that she took with her friends.

We bought an empty picture frame from Target, and then cut out a little lace and pinned it creating three rows for her to hang pictures on. Lastly, we bought her a polaroid like printer that connects to her phone. It was a bit more expensive, but unlike a polaroid camera, you get to pick what pictures you actually print and it ends up saving film. This was a huge hit as a Christmas gift!

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#6: Nail Polish

My daughter loves the Essie nail polish (pictured above) or a nail kit is a great idea for any creative teenager. They can spend time experimenting with different designs alone or with a group of friends. The possibilities are endless when it comes to doing your own nails. My teen claims that Essie is her favorite polish due to the fact that it doesn't bubble nearly as much as competing brands, and it is smooth when applied.

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#7: Face Mask or Bath Bomb

As stress is beginning to build in young teens, a relaxing spa or pamper day is always a nice way to wind down. Having this activity is also great to host at a sleepover or just hanging out with friends. Lush tends to make many relaxing products such as their face masks and bath bombs that are always fun. My 14-year-old recently used the Intergalactic bath bomb from lush and greatly enjoyed the color, scent, and overall relaxing mood.

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#8: Animal Onesie

An animal onesie is the perfect gift for any fun-loving teen. They are warm, cozy, and never boring! You can team up with a group of friends and all buy onesies that are great for a sleepover, a relaxed day at home, or even a fun day in the snow. There are various types of onesies that you can alter based on your teen's preferences.

Our daughter organized boys and girls from her high school to get together in their onesies and watch friends episodes for a party this Fall. Teenagers these days!

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#9: Make-up

Most 14-year-old are beginning to wear some light make-up. Brands found in widely-spread Sephora stores such as Benefit work very well for the young teen. Our teen enjoys Benefit's mascara and light lip colors which she often wears to school.

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#10: Movie Night

Almost every teenage girl enjoys a movie night with her friends, and creating your own DIY movie night is always a fun activity and a solid birthday party idea. I would recommend creating a popcorn bar equipped with popcorn and various types of candy. The girls can then create their own personal popcorn bag with their favorite sweets. Then your daughter and her friends can enjoy a movie together while eating their popcorn treats.

#11: Phone Charger

If your teen already has a phone, it most likely came equipped with a phone charger. However, the provided chargers provide little mobility while your phone is charging. I bought my daughter a 2 meter Apple Charger and she is greatly thankful for it. Even though it is a small gift, it makes a large difference. It helped out so much I proceeded for buy two more for the family.

#12 Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo is a hands-free, portable, voice-controlled speaker. While it is on the pricier side, the speaker is a widely desired device created by Amazon. My 14-year-old has been wanting this speaker for a while, and after reading reviews I am greatly considering buying it for her birthday.

We also have a family subscription to Spotify, so this will allow her to access music and play it in her room. Speakers like this and Sonos have the benefit that they connect directly to the service rather than connecting via bluetooth to a phone.

#13 Cleansing Brush

At 14 most girls are experiencing some sort of acne, and they are in need of an effective way of cleansing their face. The Clarisonic Cleansing Brush is a great and influential way to clear your skin. My wife and I each have our own brush that we use every night, and my daughter is constantly asking for one.

If you've never tried one, it's pretty incredible how clean your face gets. Our daughter is very diligent about washing her face every evening and we are considering getting her one as a gift.

#14 S'well Water Bottle

My 14-year-old got her S'well Water Bottle for her birthday and she loves it. She uses it everyday and claims it keeps the ice solid all day at school. On colder days she enjoys to bring tea or coffee, which remains piping hot throughout the school day.

Just remind her to wash it out at the end of the day, otherwise it sometimes will hold the coffee smell like a thermos.

#15 Cash and a New Wallet

If you are having trouble coming up with a gift your 14-year-old will enjoy, you can't go wrong with cash. Cash provides teens with the independence of spending their own money in the limit of the amount. Your daughter has the freedom to do what ever she wants with the money, and will be grateful for the simple gesture. On the topic of cash, most teens are in need of a new wallet. Wallets are a great gift, and with various prices, sizes, and designs, the options are flexible.

Here are Some Bad Ideas that you Should Avoid for Teenagers

I asked my 14 year old to tell me ideas and gifts she has gotten or her friends have gotten that they didn't like.

Here is the top five bad ideas for gifts to be avoided.

  1. Clothes that can't be returned. They often get clothes they don't like and if they can't return it, it can be a total bummer.
  2. Matching outfits or Pajamas for them and their siblings on their birthday.
  3. Gift cards that can't be spent online or no nearby store.
  4. Toys and gadgets that go through batteries quickly. They didn't like having to buy new batteries and they felt like constantly disposing of batteries is bad for the environment.
  5. Physical books when they can get a digital or Kindle version instead.

Here are more bad ideas that should be avoided as gifts for teenagers.

  1. Things they have outgrown like toys and dolls. The time has passed for an American Girl Doll and definitely, don't think about toys or kids movies like Finding Dory. Let these be fond memories of when they were little girls.
  2. Sometimes we think it's a cool gift idea to donate to a charity and it could be, but don't donate to an organization like Samaritans Purse unless it totally lines up with her ideology.
  3. Avoid things that she already has for example if she has an Iphone case or a good working tablet, don't get here another. She'll prefer USD (US Dollars)

Teenagers are tricky. Good luck with the perfect, cool, fun, interesting, toy, or experience. Hopefully, this list of ideas helped!

Questions & Answers

  • Are cash and a wallet a good idea?

    Yes, cash is really good. Teenagers have several needs for money from small purchases to save up for something bigger. The wallet is a bit more debatable. If they have a nice wallet, they will likely prefer more cash than an item they already have.

  • Paul, based on the last "bad idea" you listed, what is the reason why 14-year olds don't prefer physical books over digital versions? What are the advantages they see in digital editions?

    The advantage of a digital book is that they can read it on their phone when they're on the go, digital copies don't add clutter, they cost less, all the digital tools make it easier to highlight, look up word definitions, and teenagers rarely go anywhere without their phone, so they are less likely to misplace it than a book - just to name a few!

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      14 Year Old Looking For Gift Ideas for Self 9 days ago

      How did this bald old man know we want all this? woah

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      Kailie 3 weeks ago

      Jo Miller,

      I agree that it is extremely sad that a multitude of people don't read the actual physical copy of a book. Me, personally, I would prefer a physical copy over an electronic version any day. However, I can see the convenience in e-books. Y'all have a good rest of your day!

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      Anonymus 3 weeks ago

      These are some great ideas! I'm 14 and love to read. I like both physical and e-books. However, I've found that some books are more affordable and easier to find if they are physical. Also, pay attention to what genre the teen you are going to be giving a book to. For instance, don't give them a romance if they are an action person!

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      Tayla 3 weeks ago

      I'm 14 and I personally prefer physical books rather than ebooks

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      Mikala 5 weeks ago

      Im 14 and can buy my own makeup or nail polish so I wold like makeup or nail polish that i cant usually afford just an idea that would make her appreciate it more

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      Taylor 5 weeks ago

      I think the ideas were great I would definitely want those gifts for Christmas or anytime of the year even my birthday a

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      Anonymous 6 weeks ago

      Paperback books are the best in my opinion speaking from a 14 y/o point of view because i really dislike adio books

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      Fiona 6 weeks ago

      To be completely honest, My friends and I all prefer actual paperback books to audio ones. I'd say it probably depends on who the gift is for.

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      JoyceDudash 2 months ago

      I think some of the ideas are too expensive for I don't have some of the items you have to give to these Christmas children who are suppose to be without many items. Americans are not rich-at least we aren't, so will only give the lesser valued items.

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      Liv 2 months ago

      Serena ,

      Get him nothing .... He probably doesn’t like you .

      If he is expecting something from you that isn’t a good sign!

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      serena 2 months ago

      what should i get my boyfriend for his birthday?

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      SPACEGIRL1-01 2 months ago

      I love the wallet and cash idea only because i'm 13 and i really need money for stuff

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      Jo Miller 2 months ago from Tennessee

      I feel sad that real (physical) books are considered a bad idea.

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      Dolphins17 4 months ago

      A lot of these ideas are great. My birthday is coming up and I needed ideas for my wish list. On the list of bad things to get I agree with most of them. The last one bothers me though. I personally love to read. I could read a 600 page book in a few days. I would much rather have a physical book than an online or kindle version instead. Sometimes it is nice to have a kindle version of the book, but a physical book should not be on the top 5 bad things to get a 14 year old girl.

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      Bobby 9 months ago from U.K

      Great idea on getting your daughter's expert opinion on this.

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      Paul Edmondson 10 months ago from Burlingame, CA

      I actually wrote this with my 14 year old to teach her about the site and writing online, so all the ideas were hers!

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      Lela Bryan 10 months ago from Alameda, CA

      good ideas

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      Larry Rankin 10 months ago from Oklahoma

      Great overview on ideas.

      Ultimately it seems like the interests of the girl dictates what to get the most.

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