10 Best Gifts For Teen Girls | December 2016

10 Best Gifts For Teen Girls
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We spent 37 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. It's virtually impossible to know what to buy youngsters these days, especially young ladies who have reached the "difficult" years. So we've done all the hard work for you with this varied selection of gifts for teen girls. Now all you have to do is figure out what to do with the time saved from traipsing around the mall or scouring the Internet. You're welcome. Skip to the best gifts for teen girl on Amazon.
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The Tweedz Braided Headphones will keep your daughter listening to her music in style when she walks to school or rides along on road trips. The nylon wire is extra strong and doesn't tangle together like sticky plastic wire, but they don't always stay securely in the ear.
  • come with 3 earbud sizes
  • has a long 130 cm cord
  • noise isolation isn't great
Brand Tweedz Braided Headphon
Model 92ZNCOL9EC
Weight 0.8 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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The Leaper 3-Piece School Set has a backpack that can hold a laptop, 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.
  • dedicated laptop compartment
  • thick padding on the straps
  • zippers tend to get stuck often
Brand Leaper
Model BP3020
Weight 2.2 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0
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The Bed Head BH305 creates distinctive, masterfully sculpted waves to kick up your daughter's style game. It features instant heat recovery, so they don't have to wait for it to heat up again if they put it down for a couple of minutes mid styling.
  • frizz free tourmaline technology
  • helps hair retain moisture
  • plate lock for storage and travel
Brand Bed Head
Model BH305
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0
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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
  • products are not tested on animals
Brand SHANY Cosmetics
Model SH130
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0
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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 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
Model JBLCHARGE3TEALAM
Weight 4.4 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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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 shorter 22.75" string scale, small neck profile and a downsized 3/4 size body, it's perfect for a young girl.
  • fully-adjustable bridge
  • three single-coil pickups
  • comes in pink black or red
Brand Squier
Model 0310101570
Weight 10 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
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Young girls need all of the motivation and inspiration they can get at this exciting, but challenging, time in their lives, which is why the ORiya She Believed necklace is a nice little keepsake. It's made from durable stainless steel with a delicate pearl charm.
  • hand-stamped empowering motto
  • arrives in a cute gift box
  • available with a white or grey pearl
Brand O.RIYA
Model Believed-Pearl-Bird
Weight 1.6 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
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The Fujifilm Hello Kitty makes a great gift for the budding young photographer in your family. The photo quality is about as good as you'd expect from a young teen's camera, and it comes with a pink strap, making it a stylish accessory.
  • fits nicely in the hand
  • has a built-in selfie mirror
  • flash recharges quickly
Brand Fujifilm
Model P10GLB3501A
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0
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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
  • the beanie can be machine washed
Brand Qshell
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.9 / 5.0
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The Apple iPod Touch 32 GB will have your daughter jumping for joy as soon as she opens it. Not only can it hold thousands of her favorite songs and movies, but it also supports wireless connectivity, so she can keep up to date with her Facebook account.
  • supports facetime video chat
  • comes with a pair of headphones
  • powerful 8 mp camera
Brand Apple
Model pending
Weight 7.2 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

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 15, 2016 by Brett Dvoretz

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