The 10 Best Gifts For Teen Girls

Updated December 20, 2017 by Sheila O'Neill

10 Best Gifts For Teen Girls
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We spent 43 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Picking out gifts is never easy, especially when you're shopping for a teenager. It's a difficult, transitional time in life, so you don't want to get something that's too childish or too mature. If you need to buy a present for a teen girl, look no further than this list. Whether she's interested in art, music, makeup, or just looking at her phone, there's something here that she'll appreciate. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best gifts for teen girl on Amazon.

10. Original Piggy Phone Stand

Watching videos is easy with the Original Piggy Phone Stand. This cute little silicone pig will keep your teen's small screen in place whether she's watching a vlog or bingeing on Netflix. Its smooth suction cup can hold on tight without scratching the device.
  • available in six colors
  • small enough to fit in a pocket
  • doesn't work on textured phone cases
Brand Killer Concepts
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

9. Shany Cosmetics Glamour Girl

Teen years are usually when girls start dabbling with makeup, so let your daughter try her hand at tons of palettes with the Shany Cosmetics Glamour Girl. With 48 eyeshadows, four shades of blush and two powders, your teen can discover her own makeup style.
  • folds up into a compact case
  • shadows are mineral oil based
  • not tested on animals
Brand SHANY Cosmetics
Model SH130
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

8. Leaper 3-Piece School Set

The Leaper 3-Piece School Set includes a backpack, a shoulder bag with a comfortable and durable strap, and a small purse, all covered in a trendy tribal print. Each piece is made of lightweight canvas that's easy to clean and difficult to puncture.
  • laptop compartment in backpack
  • thick padding on the straps
  • zippers tend to get stuck often
Brand Leaper
Model BP3020
Weight 2.7 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

7. JBL Charge 3

The JBL Charge 3 is ideal for the teen girl who loves spending time at the beach or in the pool. It may look small, but it creates a big sound with crystal clear high notes and impressive bass, plus it features a microphone for voice calls.
  • wide frequency response range
  • 20 hours of playback per charge
  • supports 3 bluetooth connections
Brand JBL
Weight 3.2 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. Teens Cook

The Teens Cook cookbook is a fun way to get your daughter interested in preparing food. Written by two teenage sisters, the writing is both informative and entertaining. The recipes range from delicious snacks and desserts to meals the whole family can enjoy.
  • good for beginners
  • includes several vegetarian options
  • not particularly healthy meals
Brand Ten Speed Press
Model pending
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

5. Game of Phones

Is your teen's phone constantly out during family activities? Game of Phones makes that screen addiction part of the fun. This card game brings Google searches, photos, and social media accounts into play. It's a perfect way to pass the time with friends or family.
  • good for big or small groups
  • comes with over 100 cards
  • expansion pack available
Brand Breaking Games
Model BGZ1100
Weight 4.8 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. Fender Squier Mini Stratocaster

Made to the exacting quality standards they're known for, the Fender Squier Mini Stratocaster has a pink rosewood fretboard and a great range of tones. With a small neck profile and a downsized 3/4 body, it's perfect for a young girl.
  • fully-adjustable bridge
  • three single-coil pickups
  • comes in pink black or red
Brand Fender
Model 0310101570
Weight 10 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

3. Qshell Bluetooth Beanie

If you have a little skater or hipster on your hands, then she'll love the Qshell Bluetooth Beanie. It comes in 25 different color combinations to round out her fashion attire, and has simple, user-friendly controls for everything from changing songs to answering calls.
  • fully charges in less than 3 hours
  • double knitted for warmth
  • can be machine washed
Brand Qshell
Model 4326711378
Weight 3.2 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Amazon Gift Card

For the impossibly picky teen, there's always an Amazon Gift Card. Let her go on her own online shopping spree, where she can get herself the gift she really wants. A great choice for a niece or granddaughter, whose interests might have changed since you last saw her.
  • four designs available
  • comes in a gift box
  • no fees and no expiration date
Brand Amazon
Model VariableDenomination
Weight 5.6 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. 3Doodler Create

The 3Doodler Create will give your teen new ways to express herself. This 3D printing pen allows you to make art that literally comes up off the page. Your daughter can make her own jewelry, customize her phone case, or think up her own unique idea for a project.
  • wide range of plastics available
  • simple and easy to use
  • comes with helpful instructions
Brand 3Doodler
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

A Great Gift For A Teen Girl: No Easy Feat

The teenage girl seems at times almost like a species unto herself. Parents (and teachers and siblings and friends) often lament their lack of ability to understand the ever shifting moods, interests, and social politics of the female teen. But an appreciation for the immense pressures under which teen girls so often find themselves can help to elucidate the ostensibly inscrutable emotions and behavior of teenagers.

Young women in their teen years are experiencing a momentous amount of change. This comes both from within -- due to the plethora of hormones present in their rapidly growing bodies and brain soaking up new information as it continues to develop -- and from without, as everything from peer pressure to ever more complex social relationships to her interest in understanding the the larger world builds.

As a teenage girl's interests and focus do often tend to shift quickly, gift giving can be a particular challenge at this age. Unless you know the young lady for whom you are shopping well enough to be assured you buy a gift she will cherish, it's not a bad idea to instead search for gifts with reliably universal appeal amongst teens. (Discretion is, after all, the better part of valor.)

It's no great revelation to say that teen girls care about music. The teenage years are the time in which most of us develop our appreciation for various songs, bands, and whole genres of music, whether that means discovering classic rock from the 1960s, the grunge of the 1990s, or in staying in tune with the latest Billboard 100 music being pumped out of today's production studios. A gift that lets a girl enjoy whatever type of music she likes is always a good idea, so consider an iPod Touch, a smartphone (with approval from her parents if you are not they), or another such device. For the girl with an "old soul," note that vinyl records and record players are making a steady comeback. Also don't hesitate to treat the budding musician to an instrument of her own, such as a keyboard or guitar.

Fashion and beauty themed gifts, too, are a safe bet for many young ladies. A makeup kit or some jewelry can always be a hit with a teen girl, and more often than not you can add to a line of cosmetic products or designer jewelry she already likes and wears. And indeed this approach -- adding to a collection of products she already appreciates -- is a safe approach.

Few and far between are the teen girls who don't like snapping pictures, and usually with themselves and their friends at the center of the frame. A selfie stick or a compact tripod can help the teen girl get the best shots of her and her friends flashing "peace signs" or with lolling tongues, and both will make a fine gift. For the slightly more artistically inclined young lady, consider getting her an actual camera. Instant Polaroid-style cameras are especially popular with kids and teens.

And finally, if you have a young reader on your hands, by all means put a book in her hands. There is no greater gift than great literature, just so long as the recipient can appreciate it.

Bad Gift Ideas For Teen Girls

Even as you consider how to get a great gift for a teen girl, it's not a bad idea to consider what constitutes a bad gift idea for a teenager, so you can be sure to avoid buying them.

Broadly speaking, there are two types of gift to avoid outright: those that are "too young" for a teen, and those that are "too old." In the first category, we have things like games, dolls, or childlike art kits, toys, and so forth. There is little a teenager loathes more than being treated like a kid.

On the other hand, anything that is above the maturity level of a teen is also a poor choice. That come in the form of a book, movie, or other media dealing with concepts too adult for the young, sensitive mind or it can mean clothing or other fashion accessories that improperly sexualize the young lady. There is a lifetime in which a person can deal with adult topics, and there's no reason for premature exposure.

Also often a poor choice are the type of gifts a young lady would rather have picked out herself. Quite often it's a better idea to give a gift card than it is to give clothing, for example, as an article of clothing a young lady doesn't care for puts her in the awkward position of false gratitude followed by the need for a return or exchange. A gift card lets her get whatever she wants. This can also be true when it comes to music, movies, and more.

Why Teen Girls Are The Way They Are

The mood swings of the teenage girl are not random, they are not to be taken personally and, more often than not, they are not a problem. Teens (of both genders) tend to be at times short tempered, intensely private, and will display emotions ranging from near despondency to near mania. These dramatic shifts of mood are caused largely by the elevated hormones that are produced by a young lady's body.

Keep in mind that, during puberty, a girl physically transforms from the body of a girl to the body of a woman. The same naturally produced chemicals that help induce breast development, the start of the menstrual cycle, and growth in stature also have a marked impact on the brain. In short, with a plethora of hormones comes a period of emotional ups and downs.

But just as a girl physically develops during her teen years, so too does her sense of self grow ever more established and affirmed. As much as parents might hate to accept it, the fact is that the teen years are the age of separation. A child must grow into an adult and become "self actualized," and it is during the tumultuous teen years that they learn to separate from the family in order to do this. So that outburst of anger is actually not about you, the parent, but about her, the girl, for she is becoming the woman.

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Last updated on December 20, 2017 by Sheila O'Neill

Sheila is a writer, cosplayer, and juggler who lives in Southern California. She loves sitting down with a hot cup of tea and coming up with new ideas. In her spare time, Sheila enjoys drawing, listening to podcasts, and describing herself in the third person.

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