The 10 Best 13 Year Old Girl Gifts

Updated December 02, 2017 by Quincy Miller

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We spent 40 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Once they reach that "tween" stage, it becomes increasingly difficult to shop for the young lady in your life. While it's always fun to embarrass her with gifts she'll hate, giving a great present is better for everyone involved. She's sure to love anything from our selection — and you'll love having a teenager who's actually in a good mood for once. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best 13 year old girl gift on Amazon.

10. Art 101 Wood Set

If you have an aspiring artist on your hands, show some support with the Art 101 Wood Set. This 142-piece collection boasts a range of mediums from paints to pastels to pencils, all stored neatly and securely inside an elegant wooden case with a removable drawer.
  • can view all supplies at a glance
  • perfect for use in art classes
  • not ideal for advanced users
Brand Art 101
Model 53142
Weight 5.6 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

9. SereneLife Mobile Photo Printer

If she wants to decorate her walls with hard copies of all her selfies, then the SereneLife Mobile Photo Printer will be a godsend. It doesn't use paper or ink, relying instead on miniature replaceable cartridges, and it can fit neatly in her purse or backpack.
  • can print from smartphones
  • allows for easy photo editing
  • replacing cartridges gets expensive
Brand SereneLife
Model PICKIT20
Weight 12 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

8. Shany All About That Face

Bad news: your little girl is growing up — and she's likely interested in cosmetics. Get her started with the Shany All About That Face kit, which comes with eye shadows, lip colors, and applicators. It has 126 options to choose from, so she's bound to find her shade.
  • cruelty-free manufacturing process
  • cube fits neatly on bathroom counter
  • only includes basic colors
Brand SHANY Cosmetics
Model SH-189
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0

7. Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar

The Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar makes a great gift for teens interested in music but who have yet to start playing. It isn't very expensive, has a beautiful wood grain satin finish, and produces a nice full sound, making it an ideal learning instrument.
  • slim neck is good for smaller hands
  • lightweight and easily portable
  • not the most durable guitar
Brand Jasmine
Model PE-JVG4-ZR39
Weight 5.4 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

6. DBPower T20 Mini Projector

Whether your girl is a gamer or a cinephile, she'll flip for the DBPower T20 Mini Projector. It manages to be both incredibly bright and surprisingly quiet, so her viewing experience will always be top-notch. In fact, you may find yourself borrowing it from time to time.
  • very small footprint
  • comes with an hdmi cable
  • not good for outdoor use
Model JPJJ0723
Weight 3 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. Victoria's Secret Pink Backpack

Make her the envy of the entire school with this Victoria's Secret Pink Backpack. It has tons of storage, with 8 interior pockets and a water bottle holder, and is available in a veritable plethora of colors and designs to suit her preference.
  • padded straps for comfort
  • cushioned laptop sleeve
  • a little on the pricey side
Brand Victoria's Secret
Model pending
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo is perfect for the aspiring shutterbug, as it automatically configures options like flash brightness, shutter speed, and subject distance. Kids' mode is great for targets that won't stop moving, like pets or, you know, teen girls.
  • has a macro mode
  • stylish retro design
  • crisp and vibrant images
Brand Fujifilm
Model 16404571
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

3. Zipbuds Bluetooth Headphones

Let's face it — the gift she'll cherish most is one that lets her tune you out. These Zipbuds Bluetooth Headphones will enable her to do just that, and with 144 custom-fit options available, she'll never have to worry about them falling out in the middle of your lectures.
  • built-in subwoofer
  • sweatproof design for workouts
  • 15-hour talk and play battery life
Brand Zipbuds
Model ZB26WRG
Weight 12.8 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Roku Express

The Roku Express will give her access to all her favorite shows and movies, and the free app lets her use her smartphone as a remote. Hey, she's already refusing to come out of her room, might as well make sure she's entertained while she's in there.
  • also has streaming music channels
  • easy to set up and navigate
  • can attach to tv with velcro
Brand Roku
Model Roku Express
Weight 10.4 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. EcoXgear Portable Speaker

Chances are, the thing she's most interested in is hanging out with her friends, and the EcoXgear Portable Speaker will ensure they always have their music close by. Its waterproof design makes it great for the pool, and she'll love that it can also charge her smartphone.
  • backlit controls for nighttime use
  • can also be used for karaoke
  • perfect for aspiring djs
Model GDI-EXBM901
Weight 34 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

Finding Her That Perfect Gift

When choosing a gift for a 13 year old girl, it's important to remember that while she is technically a teenager, she's still quite young. A newly minted teen is often eager to prove she can fit in with the older crowd, but you'll find that in some ways she is still a kid at heart. Finding a gift that strikes a balance between these two worlds can be quite the challenge.

One strategy is to take her already established interests and build on them. A budding artist will always appreciate good old fashioned crafts supplies. At this age you can invest in some high-end materials now that she is mature enough to take care of them. You can also combine her creativity and increasing awareness of fashion and get her a nail decorating kit or fabric paints.

Many young teens will choose to redecorate their bedrooms as they face the transition to high school. If your teen is ready for a change, find out what her new theme or color scheme is and choose gifts that will facilitate lots of study time and hanging out with friends.

Thirteen is that magic age when she can officially join most social media sites. Her cellphone might start playing a larger role in her social life, and there are plenty of fun accessories you can get to enhance her experience. A girl who loves posting photos of herself and her friends would enjoy a selfie stick. For the audiophile who keeps all her music on her phone, you can find headphones in a wide variety of price points. Phone cases or wristlets come in a ton of colors and patterns to help her express her individual style, while keeping her phone protected.

Encouraging Teen Girls To Stay Active

The teen years come with so many changes and challenges that sometimes the focus on physical health can get lost in the shuffle. At this age teens face increasing amounts of homework and have a tendency to engage in more sedentary activities like watching TV. They also start making more of their own food choices, too often choosing fast foods. Even children who were once active see their activity levels decline during the teen years. This combination can be especially troublesome for the developing teenage girl's body. Prevention is key to keeping teenage obesity at bay.

If your teen is not part of an organized athletic activity, she may have trouble finding the time or motivation to get the recommended one hour of exercise per day. With some high schools reducing or cutting out physical education classes altogether, sometimes families need to get creative.

Gifts that encourage physical activity can come with the added bonus of additional family bonding at an age when a child begins to resist spending time with parents. New activewear and passes to a fitness class to take together can help her explore new interests. You can rekindle an old passion by updating old sporting equipment, or a favorite outdoor game like croquet or badminton.

Gifts That Foster Independence

Early adolescence is a time marked by learning to make good choices about everything from food to money to time management. While a lot of parents worry about how they are going to keep tabs on their newly independent teen, it's equally important to focus on imparting the life skills she'll keep with her when she leaves the nest. Encouraging a teen to take more responsibility for her decisions is also a great way to help raise her self esteem.

For a girl who is spending more time at home alone, but not yet able to drive, a healthy cookbook can kill two birds with one stone. She can learn about healthy eating while becoming more independent and helpful around the house. If she already enjoys cooking, enrolling her in a cooking class can be another great gift.

Thirteen might seem a little young for a debit card, but the time to learn about money management is when they are young and parents still have a measure of influence over their finances. If she doesn't already have a checking account, consider making it a birthday milestone to get one. Parents can often link their accounts to a minor's account, making it easier to transfer allowance money and track her spending, usually with little or no fees.

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Last updated on December 02, 2017 by Quincy Miller

Quincy is a writer who was born in Texas, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue his life-long dream of someday writing a second page to one of his screenplays.

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