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16th Birthday Gift Ideas for a 'Sweet Sixteen' Girl

Updated on May 3, 2013

A Sweet 16th Birthday gift ideally reflects a teen girl's growing maturity and her new found sense of freedom and independence.

By the age of sixteen, girls are becoming young adults, with their own tastes, passions and sense of style.

They are growing up, and saying "Happy 16th Birthday" with present that shows that you recognise this will be truly appreciated.

On this page I have suggestions for gifts especially for girls.

If you need more ideas, you'll find them on my page of 16th Birthday gift ideas for both boys and girls.

Personalized Jewelry

A unique piece of personalized jewelry is the perfect 16th Birthday gift.

Choose a gorgeous pendant and have it engraved, or create a charm bracelet. Or you could choose a necklace and matching earrings to go with a favorite outfit. Lockets are really pretty and you can add a special photo.

Engraving a ring on the inside is also special.

I particularly love birthstone jewelry - it's stylish and personal.

Beach Gear

A sixteen year old needs some cool gear to take to the beach or the pool.

Trying co-ordinating a tote with a large beach towel, and maybe add a hat or a sarong. She'll look great!

A pair of good quality sunglasses is also a useful and attractive 16th Birthday gift.

Personalized Luggage

She'll feel very special owning her own set of luggage, especially if you choose a modern design and have it personalized for her.

You could give her one good overnight bag, or a whole set, depending on your budget.

Cases with wheels and an extendable handle are particularly popular and will save her from having to do too much lifting.

A Private Journal

Girls of all ages like to record their most private thoughts and ideas.

Why not give her a beautiful journal?

You can have it personalized with her initials or name, and even add a special pen or perhaps match it with a personalized photo frame.

It's a simple idea for a 16th Birthday gift, but it's something most girls really enjoy receiving and using.

Magazine Subscription

A subscription to her favorite magazine is a thoughtful present, and also shows support for her passion.

There are magazines to cover almost any interest you can think of!

I suggest you purchase the first copy, wrap it and give it to her as a gift, along with a card explaining the details of the subscription.

If a subscription is out of your budget range, you could give her a single issue along with something else small relating to the subject.

Personal Gift Basket

For a gift to please any girl, give her a purse, or have a tote personalized with her initials, and then fill it with little things that she likes.

Ideas for items to include:

  • Make up
  • Nail varnish
  • Lip balm
  • Hair accessories
  • Costume jewelry
  • Perfume
  • Bath oils
  • Music vouchers

This gift can be perfectly tailored to match the style, personality and interests of the birthday girl. It's only limited by your imagination!


Hope you've found some ideas you like here to say Happy 16th Birthday. For more suggestions, please have a look at my gift ideas to suit both boys and girls.


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      Sid Kemp 

      5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks! These are great ideas. Children of friends are closing in on 16 fast - now I'll be ready!


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