Best Gifts for 13-Year-Old Girls: Christmas and Birthday Present Ideas
What are the best gifts to buy 13-year-old girls?
A 13th birthday is a stepping stone in a girl's life from childhood to adulthood. For this reason, it may be confusing to decide what are the best gifts for young teens who are still children but are also maturing and outgrowing girly toys. They are starting to experiment with their appearance (hair, clothes, and make-up), enjoy listening to music, and are learning about what bands appeal to their tastes. They are yearning for some independence and may be struggling with peer pressure and getting along with teachers and parents.
Some cool gifts for 13-year-old girls include gift cards to their favorite clothing, accessory, and music stores. This gives them the independence to make their own decisions about what they'd like to buy. Clothes, earings, bracelets, bags, purses, and other accessories also make great gifts. If you are close, take her out shopping and ask her to give you a few pointers.
Books, music, DVDs, hair straighteners, manicure sets, ipods and accessories all make great presents. Below, you'll find lots of suggestions.
Read on for advice on the best gifts for 13-year-old girls.
Books for 13-Year-Old Girls
There are lots of great books aimed at teenage girls to help develop life skills, self-confidence, and help them deal with difficult situations life throws them. Growing up is often hard and it can be tough to make and keep friends at school, deal with social cliques, get along with parents, cope with peer pressure, and act confidently and independently. There are many books designed to help them acquire all these skills.
One of my favorites is "33 Things Every Girl Should Know." It includes inspiring stories from thirty-three role models who give teenagers advice about the challenges of growing up. It focuses on improving self-esteem and self-respect. Not only a great read for 13-year-old girls, older girls and women can learn something, too!
For more book ideas (fiction and non fiction), check out this article on books for 13-year-olds.
Stuff and Accessories For Her Room
13-year-old girls want to make their room their own and will appreciate lamps, clocks, cushions, bed covers, wall stickers, posters, pictures, and other accessories to make her room look good.
See below for some specific ideas.
How many of us use our tablets, look on our laptop, read a book, listen to music, or watch TV while lying in bed? This is why this cushion makes such a practical gift. It offers support back and head support while she's chilling out in bed. It's easy to lift and move wherever you want it and is really comfortable, too.
Another idea is a lap desk or laptop cushion to help her read her device (laptop or tablet).
Beanbag Chair for Her Room
A beanbag chair is another awesome idea for a 13-year-old's room. They're useful to have around for relaxing, reading, playing computer games, watching TV or videos, and just having a place to sit when friends come over.
The beanbag chair featured comes in different designs and colors. The other great thing about it is that it's easy to move from room to room so she could also use it anywhere.
Manicure / Pedicure Sets or Nail Polish
13-year-old girls love to look good and having their nails look nice is a big part of this. Manicure / pedicure sets and nail polish make great gifts, especially when parents are not too keen on their daughters wearing makeup.
Another great gift for this age is taking them to get a manicure/pedicure with a professional. You could take her to get her nails done as a birthday treat.
I love this set with its array of vibrant colors for experimenting with nail painting.
The 24 piece nail art set which includes 4 pearl shades, 4 neon shades, 11 matte shades and 5 glitter shades.
The nail varnishes are quick drying but long lasting and come with a fine nail brush.
Hair Gift Ideas for 13-Year-Old Girls
13-year-old girls love to experiment with hairstyles. They like trying out new styles and sometimes colors! Good gifts for this age group are hair straighteners, curling tongs, or a hair dryer. Give them some tools to experiment with!
A hair brush set is another practical gift that she can enjoy.
Other options include an appointment to have her hair cut at a top hair salon. I remember I had my hair restyled as a gift for my 13th birthday. Girls don't change!
Another idea is hair chalk. She can use the chalk to temporarily change the color of strands of her hair (the color lasts up to three days). Lots of fun to try out and experiment!
This is a cool brush hair straightener which is perfect for teens who want to try out straight hair styles. The brush action reduces the risk of dry damaged hair unlike traditional hair straighteners.
It heats up very quickly in 60 seconds.
Just brush through the hair to straighten it. For the best results divide the hair into smaller sections.
Beauty Gift Ideas for 13-Year-Old Girls
13 is also an age where many girls start to experiment with makeup. There are lots of nice neutral shades to experiment with; some good pieces to start with are light lip glosses, neutral eyeshadows, and mascara. Make sure the girl you're buying for is allowed to wear makeup before purchasing!
There are some lovely lip gloss and nail varnish sets available which make perfect presents.
Also, 13 is a good time to learn about the basics of a good skincare regimen. Buying her some light moisturizers and cleansers can help her learn a good routine. There are some great books to teach about this, too.
Boogie Board Writing Tablet
13 year old girls will find lots of uses for a boogie board!
It's a writing tablet which is extremely light, thin (1/8 inch) and portable so you can take it with you. It's great for replacing all those scraps of paper. Use the boogie board for doodling, leaving messages, working out homework, writing lists and lots more. You erase your writings with the touch of a button.
As it's so lightweight you can put it in your bag and take it with you to class or to friend's houses or you could use it for doodling when your while your sitting on the school bus or in the car.
Music Gifts and Accessories for 13-Year-Old Girls
If she likes music, there are lots of music gift ideas to consider. They include:
- Speakers for her room
- MP3 player
- Accessories for her iPod or mp3
- Concert tickets to see her favorite band
- Music voucher (a gift card for her to purchase songs)
- Posters or a concert DVD of her favorite band
- Travel speakers
Color Changing Speaker
This is a great little speaker to have in a teen bedroom.
It will stream music wirelessly via bluetooth from devices including smart phones and tablets. Or you can connect it to an audio device via the 3.5mm aux in jack.
What's really fun is that the display changes color at the touch of a button.
Other features the speaker has include:
Wake and sleep to Bluetooth audio, FM radio or built in tone, dual Alarms, 6 FM radio presets.
A built-in mic and speakerphone that offer the convenience of hands-free conversations.
A built-in USB charging port that'll keep your device fully charged even while you use it
Many teen girls love to sing and if she does, a great gift is a karaoke machine. They are also great for sleepovers and when friends come over as well as family get-togethers.
The singstand 2 is an awesome karaoke system.
Connect the singstand to an mp3 player, smartphone or a tablet and she can sing along to custom playlists which include her favorite songs.
The singstand offers a stereo speaker and a microphone making it perfect for karaoke sessions with friends and family or for a solo session.
It can also be connected to an instrument such as a guitar or keyboard too.
Cookbooks for 13-Year-Olds
There are some great cookbooks for teens that make fantastic gifts.
One of my top choices is "Teens Cook: How to Cook What You Want to Eat" because it's written by two teens for teens.
It includes recipes for breakfasts, snacks, dinner for one, family meals, and desserts.
Many 13-year-old girls like to play video games, and if she likes games, there are some cool game accessories you can get her, including a gaming chair (the bean bag chair above also makes a comfortable spot to play games on) and gaming headphones.
Tablet for 13-Year-Old Girls
Another great gift for a 13-year-old girl would be a tablet.
Of course, there are lots of different tabs you can go for. An iPad mini is a good choice if you want her to have the ability to take photos and videos, it is also a good option for playing games.
Other tablets to consider are the Google Nexus and Samsung Galaxy. For a great budget option check out the Amazon Kindle Fire featured below.
A Kindle Fire is a good budget choice as it at $49.99 so it won't break the bank but she can use it to surf the net, check e-mail, engage in social media, read books, watch videos, use different apps, listen to music, and lots more.
It also features front facing and rear facing cameras.
Clothing and Accessories
There are lots of nice accessories, clothing, and nightwear that a 13-year-old girl will love.
- Ideas include pajamas, fuzzy slippers, fuzzy socks, scarves, hats, bags, or a backpack for school.
- A onesie is a cool gift. They are so comfy for lounging around at home and keeping her warm in the winter. They're great for sleepovers and are just fun to wear. There are lots of novelty onesies around; I love the costume onesies. You can get all kinds of novelty designs including giraffes, dinosaurs, owls, dragons, sharks, and unicorns, among others. These make cute Halloween costumes, too... and then she can sleep in it afterwards, as well!
- Or what about a wallet, purse, or new case or cover for her cell phone?
Vera Bradley backpacks are very fashionable with teen girls at school. The bags bold prints are sought after and the bags are well made and designed too. The main compartment in the backpack features The main compartment features two slip pockets, two pen slips and an ID window - all the necessities are organized and secure.The back zippered pocket has another two open slip pockets and two pen slips, and a third zippered pocket lays on the exterior. Side pockets are large enough for water bottles and the back panel and straps are padded for comfort. The bag features both a top handle and dual adjustable shoulder straps.
You can also machine wash the backpack too.
Jewelry for 13-Year-Old Girls
You can find lots of lovely jewelry that's suitable for this age group.
One idea is to get her a piece of jewelry with her birthstone in it, a bracelet, pendant, or some birthstone charms.
Consider simple pendants such as hearts. Some girls would like animal pendants such as dolphins. Other ideas include a pendant with her name on it or with the first initial of her name.
Another idea is a floating locket necklace. You can choose charms to go in the locket and change the charms to go with different outfits. You can collect charms to add and interchange. Or you could add pictures of loved ones in the locket.
Inspirational jewelry - there are some beautiful pendants and bracelets engraved with inspirational messages and other messages such as "I love you to the moon and back". These can make lovely gifts.
Check out a jewelry gift idea below. Or why not give her a trinket box or a jewelry tree? You can get some really unusual types of keepsake boxes that have dragons and other animals in their designs.
I love this mood pendant. It changes color according to your mood so is fun to wear, too.
Sterling Silver "Love Life Be Brave" Cuff Bracelet
This is a lovely gift for a teen girl. It's a sterling silver cuff bracelet which is engraved with many inspirational messages which include "Dream Big" and "Love Life Be Brave". It's perfect for everyday wear and when wearing it she has access to uplifting messages all day.
Gifts for the Creative Girl
Many 13-year-old girls like being creative—making, designing, or drawing.
- Ideas for her include fashion sketchpads or other fashion design kits. The sketchpads have pre-drawn figures, which means that a budding fashion designer can concentrate on the designs she wants to create rather than wasting time drawing figures.
- Get her an art kit that includes stencils, fancy pens and inks, rubber stamps, and lots of pencils and other equipment.
- There are also lots of jewelry-making kits for this age group.
Another cool idea for the creative girl is the Doodle by Stich pillowcase.
The set comes with washable fabric markers so she can sketch, draw, scribble, write a message, draft a letter, make a storyboard, or write a poem on the pillowcase. When washed, the pen washes out and then she can do another design.
There are also duvet covers.
There are lots of lamps that make great gifts for 13-year-old girls. Teen girls love to accessorize their rooms with light, so lava lamps and other funky options make nice presents.
At this age, things are starting to get more serious at school. There is more homework, so a desk lamp is the perfect gift to help her study.
Other ideas include disco ball lights or lights in the shapes of hearts or butterflies, or a sphere color-changing lamp.
A Watch for a 13-Year-Old Girl
Another cool and practical idea is a watch.
This Casio watch is a nice choice for 13-year-old girls.
It's water resistant up to 330 feet so it's fine for swimming with (and also should be fine for the bath and shower). There's no worries if she forgets to take it off before washing. It's a nice color and great for casual wear— it should go with most outfits. The bright colors on the white background make it easy to read. It also features a date window. It's inexpensive so it doesn't matter too much if it gets lost or broken (not that you'd want that to happen!). It also comes with a one year warranty.
Sports Gifts for 13-Year-Old Girls
There are a lot of 13-year-olds that don't like jewelry and all the girly stuff mentioned above. A sporty girl may appreciate sportswear such as hoodies and T-shirts that are fairly easy to buy if you know her size. Keep the receipt just in case you need to change it.
If she is a sports fan, maybe buy tickets to see her favorite team or to see a sporting event.
Other ideas include equipment for a sport they like to play, a sports bag, a fitness DVD, a yoga set, a stainless steel water bottle, a stopwatch, a skateboard, or a frisbee.
Electronic Gift Ideas for 13-Year-Old Girls
Of course, many young teens would like the latest electronic or tech gadgets.
You already read about a tablet, so here are a few more ideas:
- laptops / netbooks / Chromebooks (most teen girls wouldn't say no to an iPad if you're splashing the cash)
- speakers for her bedroom
- a Kindle: this is a must for book lovers of this age
- a cell phone
- a games console
- a digital camera
One really cool and fun idea is this instant camera. There are many devices that take photos nowadays, including phones and tablets, but what they don't do is provide instant printouts of photos. The Fujifilm mini Instax 8 does just that. The photos are credit card-sized and therefore make great print-outs to put in a wallet, use for scrapbooking or journaling, or for sharing with friends and family. The camera is light and portable so it can easily be taken anywhere. They are great cameras for taking memories of special occasions, for use with friends and parties, vacations, and more.
More Cool Gift Ideas for Teen Girls
Still need more ideas? Here are some straight from the feedback I have received from 13-year-old girls.
- Movie bundle: popcorn, candy, etc. for a movie night
- More books, including The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and Pretty Little Liars (although many 13-year-olds who commented didn't want books at all)
- Pandora bracelets
- Magazine subscriptions
- Video games
- Concert tickets
- Money! (Who doesn't want more money?)
I hope you've enjoyed reading the article and if you haven't found the perfect present, I hope it's got you thinking about some good ideas.
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