Top 10 Best Gifts for Teen Girls 2015
Gifts for Teen Girls Ages 13-18
For most teenage girls everything is bigger than life. Teenage girls really look forward to gifts, so take care to find out her interests and shop accordingly.
The best gifts result from research. Not necessarily research on the thousands of potential presents out there, but research on what your birthday girl is inclined toward, what she might want to do next.
If you carry a notebook, make a note once in a while about your teen enjoys. Keep your ears peeled for any possible hints. If she talks about something that has gift potential, write it down in your notebook. Does she draw (on her homework, for example)? Does she dress up in different outfits or make her own clothes? Did she ever prance around in sparkly princess “jewels,” or was she a tomboy? Does she cook? Does she talk about movies, TV, politics, comics, science, computer games? Does she pore over photos on the internet? Observe, and when her birthday rolls around, you will have an idea of what she might like to do in life, certainly over the next year, and some idea of how you can help with that mission.
1. An Experience
We're all hip-deep in things, nowadays. Sometimes the best gift is an experience, not a thing—a few hours worth of something new and different. For example:
- If she might like to play the hostess: a certificate for dinner out with a few friends.
- If she likes horses: riding lessons, or a horseback ride for her and a few friends.
- If she already likes the outdoors: a boat ride, a botany hike, a weekend in a state park, rock climbing lessons, skiing lessons, or a week of summer camp in or near a national park or wilderness area.
- If she paints: watercolor lessons at the local community center or junior college, or a trip to an art museum.
- If she is always talking about movies and TV shows, and how they should be directed and written: a gift certificate to take three friends to a movie, so they can talk about it.
- If she says she is going to be a game designer or cartoonist: a week of computer camp, summer camp in game design, cartooning, or mural-making, or even a trip to Comic-Con, Alternate Press Expo, or WonderCon (go with her).
- If she likes sports: a summer clinic or private lesson in the sport of her choice (ask her parents what type of clinic might take her to the next level).
- If she wants to play music: a few sessions with a trusted teacher of her instrument.
- If she wants to be a scientist or environmental activist: a trip to a local hands-on science museum. Science, to some extent, is science; the approach, the atmosphere, the basics are applicable to a lot of fields.
2. A Gift Certificate
The right gift certificate can do a little extra beyond just giving cash, because it has a chance to show the teen things she didn't know about that might suit her particular interest or quest. She may find the art supplies, book, instruction manual, comic book, tool, or gadget that might be useful next. For example:
- If she draws or paints: an art supply store.
- If she makes costumes or jewelry: a store with fabric, beads, or craft materials.
- If she plays team sports: a sporting goods store (for example, for a ball, a soccer goal, a glove, or a bat).
- If she reads: a bookstore.
- If she likes graphic novels: a comic book store or a subscription to Comixology (an online comics database).
- If she likes $2 earrings, hairbands, barrettes, and pink hair: a “beauty supply” store.
- If she likes to dress up: a shoe or clothing store, especially if it has plenty of items more interesting to the birthday girl than to you! Or a secondhand clothes store.
- If she plays computer games: a game store or online database such as GameStop or Steam.
- If she plays board or card games: a store that has them!
3. A Tablet Computer
A small tablet computer like the iPad (high-end) or Kindle Fire (cheaper) is fantastically versatile and entertaining, and prized by teens for checking email, watching movies, reading books, browsing the Internet, and playing games.
The best tablet is the iPad Air, the 5th generation iPad. It's very high-end, but at least it’s not the very latest iPad (iPad Air 2). Apple products tend to keep their value.
The Kindle Fire HD has a lot for the money, it's full of features! It's basically an Android device, and does a great variety of things (though not iTunes).
Kindle gets teens excited about reading.
4. Portable Music
Teens love music. An iPod (matchbox-sized music player) and/or an iTunes gift card seem to be always welcome.
iPods are not cheap, but they are really worth the money, and will be used and appreciated for a long time. Plus, a variety of iPods are available (including discontinued versions if you don't need the very latest thing). The current 16GB iPod Nano can hold up to 30 hours of music. If you are on a budget, the iPod Shuffle ($60) is a great choice. Like the iPod Nano, it comes in silver, slate, purple, pink, yellow, green, and blue, and can be clipped to their clothing. (Don’t forget to include earbuds or headphones or some other way to get the music from the device to their ears.)
If the teen already has an iPod, an iTunes gift card may be a cool choice so they can download new music. It's a way to get a teenager exactly what they want without having to know what that something is! Just coordinate with relatives, and make sure your birthday girl isn’t getting multiple iPods!
5. A Camera
Teens seem to be interested in looking good, and interested in how other people look. So a new compact camera, or smartphone with built in camera, is typically well-received, perhaps especially by a budding journalist, artist, or blogger.
If it seems possible she might get the photography bug, either a point-n-shoot or DSLR camera would start her out right. A Canon ELPH is about $100 and easy to use.
6. Earrings, Makeup, Hair Ornaments, Necklaces, Bracelets
Of course not all girls like these things, and they might seem a little too intimate, but if it seems right you can stuff her stocking with her favorite adornments and most likely she will be very happy. I've never heard of anyone of any age having too many earrings, for example. If she wants to have her ears pierced, and hasn’t yet, her first pair of earrings will have to be small and light—nothing dangly for months—and have studs of non-allergenic material, like silver or gold. Necklaces and bracelets can be quite inexpensive and still a lot of fun.
Jewelry Tree for Earrings, Bracelets, and Necklaces
A couple Christmases ago, we got our oldest daughter this jewelry tree and she uses it all the time and adores it. It keeps her stuff from getting tangled together and damaged. She dangles necklaces from the branches and hangs earrings from the holes in the leaves.
It can be fun to buy clothes for a cute young lady, but it’s a hit-or-miss effort, mostly miss. Unless you have special expertise, you aren’t likely to find the clothes she and her friends consider cool. You could take a chance with a knitted scarf (people seem to be wearing them, and at least they only come in one size) or stockings or tights (if you know the right size; again, no one seems to have enough of these).
Games like Bananagrams, Hedbanz, and Apples to Apples can be fun for verbal kids to play with family. Now that families don’t always eat together, or even watch TV together for the most part, it's great when family members of different ages can connect by playing games together.
Players use tiles to create words crossword-style. For 7 and up; good for beginning spellers, as well as more advanced players. No pencil, paper, or board required. Fast and fun. Great for travel.
9. A Bike or Skates
Mobility is part of growing up; it's fun to have a way to explore the neighborhood. Besides it's healthy exercise.
Older teens know a lot about the value of things, what’s real and what’s imitation, what’s the latest and what isn’t. They know how important money is, and they have ideas about what they’d like to do with it. Cash makes a highly appreciated gift.
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