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Best Gift Ideas for 15- and 16-Year-Old Girls

My name is Jolene Belmain, and I love my family, including my fur babies, and cooking.

Even though teenagers like to be with their friends—or alone in their rooms with their computers and music—spending time with family is important to them, whether they know it or not.

Even though teenagers like to be with their friends—or alone in their rooms with their computers and music—spending time with family is important to them, whether they know it or not.

Many Interests, Many Gift Ideas

Fortunately, teenage girls have so many interests, hobbies, and ideas that make finding gift ideas generally pretty easy. But if your teenager is anything like mine, she is picky and has strong opinions. You might need a little help coming up with a gift idea that really hits the mark.

The teenage girl is old enough to be a young lady but still young enough that she might scoot back into the safety of being a little girl when she needs to. She has wide-ranging interests and enjoys an amazing array of experiences.

My gift ideas fall into a few categories that most teenage girls find appealing:

  • Music
  • Electronics
  • Friendship
  • Exercise
  • Cosmetics
  • Keepsakes
  • Loungewear
  • Art

I've added some other ideas about experiences your teenager might enjoy, too, and gifts that involve spending time with you. Don't forget that even though teenagers like to be with their friends—or alone in their rooms with their computers and music—spending time with family is important to them, whether they know it or not. If you have a teenage niece, granddaughter, or daughter, consider giving them the gift of an experience and time together.

Music: A Teenage Girl's World

Most teenage girls are obsessed with music. They walk around wearing headphones or earbuds, listening to their favorite artists. They make their friends compilation CDs and buy new music online.

  • An iTunes gift card is a great gift. Choose the price range that works for you, and the teenager in your life can pick out her own music. She'll love you for it!
  • MP3 players and Apple iPods are audio storage devices that teenagers use to download and store their favorite music. Teenage girls love these players, so if she does not already have one, consider one of these for her.
It can sometimes seem as though a teenager's friends are the most important people in their life. Consider a gift of a class, camp, or excursion she can have with her friends.

It can sometimes seem as though a teenager's friends are the most important people in their life. Consider a gift of a class, camp, or excursion she can have with her friends.

Technology and Electronics

An iPod Touch lets her download and take her favorite music with her no matter where she goes. The iPod is easy for teenagers to use: uploading music is simple, and as long as they keep their device charged and have a decent pair of earbuds or headphones, they are set. My 16-year-old has her player with her all the time (except at school!). It keeps the peace in our family: She can listen to her music—and we can listen to ours.

With life becoming so much more about technical electronics, gifts of technology are wonderful and practical. Technology gifts range in price and needn't be overly expensive.

  • An iPad or Amazon Kindle Reader is a great gift for girls and will help them with homework as well as entertainment.
  • A storage device in the form of a USB flash drive is handy for backing up schoolwork. Flash drives come in a wide variety of shapes and colors, so you can find one to match her personality.
  • If you are unsure about what types of electronics she already has, consider a gift certificate to Apple or another computer store in her area. These are always appreciated for repairs, accessories, or other necessary items.
 Give the teenager in your life something she can wear—and include an identical one for her friend.

Give the teenager in your life something she can wear—and include an identical one for her friend.

Gifts to Share With Friends

Girls love to share with their friends. They loan each other clothes and buy identical jewelry and accessories so they can wear them together. Your teenager will be surprised and delighted that your gift includes another one for her BFF!

  • You can't go wrong with accessories. Give the teenager in your life something she can wear—and include an identical one for her friend. Purses, belts, scarves, and hats are fun and inexpensive ways for your teenager to express her style.
  • Special jewelry, like a set of matching bracelets or necklaces that she can share.
  • T-shirts are fun to share. Find two of the same with a fun pattern that she will like.
  • Lessons! Teenage girls love to learn new things with their friends. Buy her some lessons that she can take with a friend. A few possibilities, depending upon where she lives: cooking, surfing, dance, or ceramics.
Teenage girls love to dance and move!

Teenage girls love to dance and move!

Gifts for Active Teenage Girls

Teenage girls love to dance and move! These ideas will give her what she needs to stay fit and keep her sports and dancewear up to date.

  • Dance and exercise wear, including sports bras, stretchy pants, and simple cotton T-shirts, are also useful for teenagers who play sports or have school P.E. classes.
  • A gift certificate for an athletic shoe store. Teenagers grow quickly. She may need the next size-up running shoes.
  • Buy her a series of her favorite dance classes. If you're not sure what type of exercise she likes, expose her to something new with demonstration DVDs of pilates, Zumba, or yoga so she can try it out on her own.

Zumba is the latest fitness dance craze. The music is fun. My teenage daughter loves learning the latest dance moves. She knows she's getting fit at the same time, but she calls it "dance time."

This DVD includes Latin, reggaeton, belly dance, calypso, hip hop, and so many more dance moves that my teenager loves learning.

An inexpensive gift that you can enjoy, too, if you live near the teenage girl in your life, is a manicure or pedicure (or both!).

An inexpensive gift that you can enjoy, too, if you live near the teenage girl in your life, is a manicure or pedicure (or both!).

Cosmetics: For Girly-Girls and Artsy Teenagers Alike

Some teenage girls like sparkly pink and others like black. Either way, the beauty section of your local department store will net you hundreds of wonderful gift ideas for a fifteen- or sixteen-year-old.

  • Most teenage girls love experimenting with lotions, lip glosses, lipsticks, eye shadow, nail polishes, and powders. Don't forget about perfumes and scented lotions!
  • Many teenage girls struggle with acne or other skin eruptions. If this is true for the girl on your list, consider buying her a high-quality face scrubber. There are many at different price ranges. If you are buying a gift for a girl you don't live with (a granddaughter or niece), consider a brush that does not come with its own soap. This way she can use the cleanser she has chosen herself.
  • If the girl on your list likes makeup, take her to a fancy makeup counter at a department store or cosmetics shop where she can get professional help applying makeup.
  • An inexpensive gift that you can enjoy, too, if you live near the teenage girl in your life, is a manicure or pedicure (or both!). An afternoon getting your feet massaged and nails done is nothing short of heaven!
Many teenage girls love a chance to get dressed up and look like the budding young women they are. A gift of jewelry, makeup, or a manicure might be just what your teenager needs to feel extra special on a special day.

Many teenage girls love a chance to get dressed up and look like the budding young women they are. A gift of jewelry, makeup, or a manicure might be just what your teenager needs to feel extra special on a special day.

For Her Dresser: Items She Will Treasure

  • A wood jewelry box, personal journal, or even a cuddly little teddy bear are great gifts for a fifteen- or sixteen-year-old girl.
  • Of course, a gift certificate to her favorite store or some cold hard cash may be the best gift of all for a teenage girl. She likes to go shopping but doesn't usually have the money to do so. A gift certificate or cash is always appreciated!

Help her keep all of her treasures safe from younger siblings with a lockable jewelry box. Teenage girls love collecting little keepsakes, so no wonder their jewelry boxes are always overflowing with bracelets, rings, and necklaces.

With so many drawers and compartments to choose from, this box has plenty of room to keep jewelry safe from curious younger sisters and brothers. For a special touch, slip a $20 bill or jewelry store gift certificate into one of the drawers.

Help her keep all of her treasures safe from younger siblings with a lockable jewelry box.

Help her keep all of her treasures safe from younger siblings with a lockable jewelry box.

Cozy Pajamas and Loungewear for Teenage Girls

Girls love to lounge around the house, doing homework, and watching TV. Teenage girls also love sleep-overs.

Cozy loungewear and pajamas make a really great gift for teenage girls. Consider getting the girl on your list sweatpants in the latest color and style—something she could even wear to school or after an athletic event. Girls love matching sets of pajamas too. If you have a teenage girl in your life, you will also know that Japanese anime characters are very popular. Anime pajamas are adorable and have a modern, Japanese look. What is your teenage girl's favorite anime?

Scrapbooking, Drawing, and Art

Teenage girls are often creative. Foster the budding artist in your special teenager with art supplies that encourage her to keep being creative, or try something new.

  • A watercolor paper pad and a nice set of watercolor paints is a lovely gift that may inspire some beautiful artwork!
  • High-quality pens and drawing paper and a guide book to help her draw.
  • Scrapbooking is a popular new hobby for teenage girls. There are aisles in many crafts stores featuring the books, tapes, and stickers available for scrapbooking. The teenage girl in your life might love to have a special place to preserve her memories—tickets to a favorite concert, postcards, and photographs.

A Date With Your Teenager!

I am often surprised at how much my teenage daughter enjoys spending time with her father or me—one on one—without her younger sister. Even with all of her social activities and homework, there is always time to squeeze in a little date. Use this time together to get to know what's going on in her world!

  • Give her a gift certificate to a movie theater in a card with a message that says, "Dinner and a Date with Mom (or Dad)".
  • Lunch and shopping can be a fun girls-day-out with a teenager. Head to your favorite mall or shopping neighborhood and enjoy an inexpensive lunch out after shopping.
  • If your teenager enjoys art, take her to a museum. It might open her mind to something different (and make for some interesting conversation between you!). Show her how much fun it can be to try something new together.

© 2010 JoleneBelmain

Do you have a teenage girl on your gift list?

Catherine Bushell on November 08, 2019:

Thanks so much! These are all great ideas! I would also recommend air pods for a more expensive gift, and my 14 year old loves scrunchies and Kanken bags. Teens are VERY picky though!

Yay on November 08, 2019:

Great ideas

a.bidhuri on May 24, 2018:

I need a gift for my friend for her birthday.....she'll turn 16

Gunjack on May 16, 2018:

I think a brooch (vintage one) is perfect for TEENAGERS

ELiza on April 21, 2018:

Hey my daughter is more a sports person and like boyish things. What should I get her?

Dee on March 27, 2018:

A stuffed animal with a few pockets to hide different gifts in ea. Like a gift card in one pocket and another pocket could have earrings. Then you can find a key chain that means something for her in the stuffed animal. Put a bracelet around its neck for her.

tabitha on March 02, 2018:

Yes my daughter is 14 at the moment and in April she is going to be 15 years old and we are still thinking of some good presents that teenage girls her age would like.

Grayce on November 21, 2017:

This is more focused on the normal 15 year old, they aren’t all like this, some are more edgy, I know for my 15th birthday I really wanted 3” creepers and black skinny jeans.

Daisy on August 10, 2017:

I am a teen and I would only use facial and makeup things out of this hole list

RAKESH SINGLA on August 31, 2016:

I like your ideas very much. Thank you for sharing.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 10, 2014:

i think my girl would like the money than the gifts!lol!

sethandressen on February 17, 2014:

A camera is a good idea. They can capture moments with their friends and family. Also it's a great time to inculcate a passion for photography.

JoleneBelmain (author) on December 14, 2013:

@OliviaQ: We have an adopted daughter who is now 17, so just out of this range, but so many of these items are still good for many ages.

JoleneBelmain (author) on December 14, 2013:

@HealthBug LM: Searching for gifts can be both fun and difficult, but it never hurts to have a few ideas in hand.

OliviaQ on December 13, 2013:

Rather difficult to determine which is the best gift for girls aged over 15 years, thank you for giving some of the options that can be ispirasi for me.

HealthBug LM on December 08, 2013:

It isn't easy to find a age specific gift and the ideas discussed here will definitely help to resolve this problem.

JoleneBelmain (author) on September 15, 2013:

@Susan Zutautas: Oh I totally agree with you there, I am very young at heart and there are a lot of these gift ideas I have loved since my teenage years.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on September 12, 2013:

Forget the teenage girl, there's lots of things on your lens that I'd like for myself :)

JoleneBelmain (author) on August 13, 2013:

@MissRubyStars: I don't foresee any lack of girl teens on my list for the next quite a few years... but it is such a fun age to shop for, I really don't mind :)

MissRubyStars on August 13, 2013:

I don't have any teen girls on my list. But it won't stop me from buying a few of these items for my sisters and myself!

JoleneBelmain (author) on July 22, 2013:

@Ken Weiss: The teen years sure fly by fast. Enjoy them while you can :)

Ken Weiss on July 22, 2013:

I had to read this lens, since I have a tween girl who will be 13 in a few months.

JoleneBelmain (author) on June 09, 2013:

@Erin Mellor: They really do make the ideal gift for a teen girl you just don't know what to buy for, or on those occasions where you need something on the spur of the moment.

zee-macmillan on May 28, 2013:

Quite the life-saving lens, thank you oddles!

Erin Mellor from Europe on May 21, 2013:

Gift certificates may be really boring gifts to buy, but they're easy to mail and always appreciated by teens.

Therestlesssoul on May 11, 2013:

some nice suggestions here..........good lens

WriterJanis2 on May 04, 2013:

Very cool ideas. Pinned.

Timsmansmall on April 29, 2013:

Nice gift ideas.

kathysart on April 17, 2013:

You have some wonderful ideas for gifts for teen girls. Love the lens.

anonymous on March 12, 2013:

I do. My eldest turns sixteen this year, and her sister will turn thirteen. So I have to make sure their gifts are special.

VspaBotanicals on February 20, 2013:

Great teen girl gifts here.

JoleneBelmain (author) on January 09, 2013:

@juzzviv: My adopted daughter (who is 16) loves trying out new make up idea's and doing her nails with her girl friends. One of her friends even did my nails for my wedding that was just back in July :) They turned out great!!

juzzviv on January 09, 2013:

Yup, bought my 14 year old niece OPI neon colours for Christmas and she had a great time doing up her nails.

JoleneBelmain (author) on December 05, 2012:

@flycatcherrr: We have an adopted 16 year old daughter so we go buy a lot of the things that her and her friends are in... and they are all so different in their own ways.

flycatcherrr on November 29, 2012:

A 15 or 16 year old girl has got to be just about the hardest to choose a gift for - good to have such a list of ideas!

JoleneBelmain (author) on November 25, 2012:

@CoolKarma: I have heard of quite a few boys looking online for gift idea's for their teenage girlfriends. When in doubt... check it out ;)

CoolKarma on November 25, 2012:

No, but my teenage son is looking here to get ideas for his new girlfriend :-)

Traveller579 on November 06, 2012:

hello Jolene Belmain, Great gift idea for my kids many choice.:)

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on October 31, 2012:

Happy Halloween blessings to you!

victoriahaneveer on October 27, 2012:

Yes and she's going to get makeup and maybe a Kindle

JoleneBelmain (author) on October 25, 2012:

@ramonabeckbritman: Teenage girls definitely like a variety of choices :)

Ramona from Arkansas on October 24, 2012:

Great gift ideas, so many to choose from.

JoleneBelmain (author) on October 20, 2012:

@Otto Phillips: Hmmm, I will have 2 teenage girls too very soon to buy gifts for... crazy how that works!

Otto Phillips on October 12, 2012:

Not this year but very soon we will have two teenage girls. Yikes!

JoleneBelmain (author) on October 08, 2012:

@GrinningFool: Two teens at once, lol (they say this is the toughest age). We have 3 of them that are back-to-back and will all be teens pretty much at the same time, so our time is coming lol.

JoleneBelmain (author) on October 08, 2012:

@SecondSally: I totally agree. Some people have the knack to know what to buy for one age group, and struggle to think of idea's for the next. Our kids are in all sorts of age groups right now, so they help us out a lot when it comes to buying gifts.

JoleneBelmain (author) on October 08, 2012:

@pimbels lm: We have a 16 year old girl that we think of as our daughter (she is a daughter of a friend of ours) and she is completely into all of these things.

GrinningFool on September 20, 2012:

I do! Two of Them! Thanks for the great list of ideas

SecondSally on September 19, 2012:

Great ideas. Sometimes knowing what this age group likes at any particular moment can be tough!

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on September 05, 2012:

Great gift ideas for teen girls. Blessed!

pimbels lm on August 27, 2012:

I have a teenage girl aged 15. Great ideas, thank you.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on August 09, 2012:

@JoleneBelmain: When you have as many girls on your gift list as I do it sure helps to be up on all the coolest latest trends. There are some gifts for teenage girls though that just never seem to go out of vogue.

myamya on August 06, 2012:

Great lens, well done!

sarasentor lm on August 01, 2012:

I appreciate you for sharing such a great lens with us, this lens is helping to choose best gift for teenage girl

peggygallyot on June 13, 2012:

Yes I have and your ideas for gifts are great

JoleneBelmain (author) on June 07, 2012:

@Sylvestermouse: I would absolutely agree, they can be extremely difficult to buy for at this age for sure. Either very easy to please, but for the most part, set in their own ways at to what they want, and no exceptions allowed lol.

JoleneBelmain (author) on June 07, 2012:

@clemency lm: Yes no doubt, teens and pre-teens alike. I love the new products they have now that they didn't have when I was a teenager... they are great!

JoleneBelmain (author) on June 07, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks so much, been working very hard on this lens trying to keep the products from selling out... it's hard when they are so popular lol.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on June 07, 2012:

This is always such a difficult age to buy for. Great gift suggestions!

clemency lm on June 04, 2012:

My daughter is only 12 but she loved these gifts. Great ideas for teenagers, very well thought out, will be referring back.

anonymous on May 30, 2012:

Returning with a little angel dust for these well chosen gifts for 15 and 16 year old girls...and congratulations on that lens rank!

JoleneBelmain (author) on May 23, 2012:

@UKGhostwriter: Hope you got some great gift idea's here Ghostwriter, there's definitely enough to choose from.

JoleneBelmain (author) on May 23, 2012:

@Sweety39: Yes, and you always want to make sure those gifts go right for sure, son's girlfriends can be sticky lol.

UKGhostwriter on May 23, 2012:

This is an excellent resource, great ideas!

Sweety39 on May 22, 2012:

My girl is not quite that age yet, but my oldest son's girlfriend is. Thanks for the great idea's!!

JoleneBelmain (author) on May 19, 2012:

@getwellsoon: Same with us, our just turned 16 year old, is very much into this stuff as well.

JoleneBelmain (author) on May 19, 2012:

@mel-kav: Hope you found some great idea's here for your 15 or 16 year old girl

getwellsoon on May 19, 2012:

You are spot on, our 15 year old has a lot of these already and loves them!

mel-kav on May 15, 2012:

Wonderful ideas! Excellent lens!

JoleneBelmain (author) on May 10, 2012:

@avigarret: Thanks so much for the great compliment, and for checking out my gift lens for teenage girls.

JoleneBelmain (author) on May 10, 2012:

@anonymous: Anything to help you out ;) I know shopping can be tough, especially for a teen.

avigarret on May 08, 2012:

The series of your lenses for specific age groups are awesome, this one has to be my favorite though, thanks for sharing.

anonymous on May 08, 2012:

Thanks for the tips. My daughter is turning 15 this year.

JoleneBelmain (author) on April 17, 2012:

@hotbrain: The ones around my area (and my family) are great inspirations for this lens, and are fabulous young ladies to find out what the newest trends are.

JoleneBelmain (author) on April 17, 2012:

@marsha32: I have a good friends who's daughter (which we call our daughter as well) will be 16 as well, and she is so much into this stuff, it's crazy lol.

JoleneBelmain (author) on April 17, 2012:

@Annamadagan: Always great to know that I am in the right direction where teenage girls gifts are concerned. Thanks so much for the feedback :)

JoleneBelmain (author) on April 17, 2012:

@TTMall: It's always nice to get some help when purchasing gifts, especially for teens, they almost always seem to be the hardest to buy for.

hotbrain from Tacoma, WA on April 17, 2012:

So many good ideas here! I can tell you know teen girls well :)

marsha32 on April 11, 2012:

Having a daughter that will be 16 this year, I see loads of things here that I know she would love to get.

MelonyVaughan on April 01, 2012:

Great ideas - thanks for sharing!

Annamadagan on March 22, 2012:

I am a 12 year old girl, and enjoy lots of these things!

TTMall on March 14, 2012:

Thank you for such an informative lens.

JoleneBelmain (author) on March 12, 2012:

@aesta1: It's amazing how many products are out there in that genre... a person could look for hours lol. So much fun looking for gifts for teenagers.

JoleneBelmain (author) on March 12, 2012:

@top101: I know these gift idea's are huge with a ton of teenage girls.

JoleneBelmain (author) on March 12, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks for stopping by today, hope you got some good ideas while visiting :)

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 10, 2012:

Just finished shopping with our granddaughter and accessories and beauty products are it.

top101 on March 02, 2012:

nice gift ideas.

JoleneBelmain (author) on February 06, 2012:

@goo2eyes lm: Blessings are always welcome :)

anonymous on February 05, 2012:

great ideas here! nice lens.......

goo2eyes lm on February 02, 2012:

i just want to give this thoughtful lens some *blessings*.

JoleneBelmain (author) on January 31, 2012:

@SandraRoseDesigns: Yeah my daughters are only 9 and 8 right now (well will be in less than a month lol)... but their babysitter is 15 and fits right into this category :)

SandraRoseDesigns on January 30, 2012:

My oldest granddaughter is almost 6, so she needs a few more years, but it was really interesting reading about the wide selection. Many of them are gifts I would love!

JoleneBelmain (author) on January 30, 2012:

@goo2eyes lm: Lol... yes, it always seems that as we get older, the gifts for certain ages gets better than what we had :)

goo2eyes lm on January 30, 2012:

i wish i am a teenie again.

JoleneBelmain (author) on January 18, 2012:

@julieannbrady: That is a very sentimental gift, and beautiful as well. For my sweet 16 I received a yellow gold ring with a peridot in it.

JoleneBelmain (author) on January 18, 2012:

@JoshK47: Were you looking for some gifts for someone? I hope I helped you out :)

julieannbrady on January 18, 2012:

You know, I've had a flashback to the gift that I received from my father at that age ... it was a heart-shaped pendant necklace with matching earrings with rubies. Something you don't soon forget.

JoshK47 on January 18, 2012:

Some pretty great ideas here!

JoleneBelmain (author) on January 01, 2012:

@ShariBerry: I have a 15 year old who is like an adoptive daughter to us, and this is definitely the stuff that she is into for sure.

Sharon Berry from Michigan on December 31, 2011:

You must have a teenager at home All of these ideas are perfect gift ideas for the teen on your list. Great lens.