20 Best Gifts for Teenage Girls In 2017

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Choosing the perfect gift for teenage girls is perhaps one of the most challenging tasks you will ever encounter, especially today’s teens. This is can be simplified a whole lot more if you have an idea of what your young lady really likes. And because teenagers mostly associate themselves with their peers, you can just look at her circle of friends to get an idea of what she would like for her birthday or even this coming season of giving. To help you get started, we have collected herein 20 of the most popular gift items you would like to consider giving to your teenage girl.

Our Top 20 Gift Suggestions for Teenage Girls

PictureProduct NameBrandRating
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant CameraFujifilm5
60 Gel Pen SetGecko Fine Art4.9
Keiby Citom Professional Stainless Steel Nail Clipper Travel & Grooming KitKeiby Citom4.7
Nail Art KitNew8Beauty4.6
SHANY Glamour Girl Makeup KitSHANY Cosmetics4.3
Wireless HeadphonesSound Intone4.2

1Instax Mini 8 by Fujifilm

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With an all-new slim and truly lightweight design, the Polaroid-inspired Instax Mini 8 is one of the hottest gift items you can ever present to a teenage girl especially if you pick the pink one. The Instax Mini 8 is great for today’s teenagers because it gives them the capability to print their shots in an instant. There’s no need to go to a photo printing shop and have the pictures printed for instant mementoes. It has an automatic exposure feature that dials in the correct aperture settings as well as the ISO and shutter settings in relation to the prevailing lighting conditions. This helps ensure that the pictures taken are never out of focus, are always well-exposed, and in crisp and vibrant colors. It also features a High Key mode which is almost synonymous to prime macro lens used in portrait photography. This makes it ideal for picture-perfect close-ups of your teenage girl and her friends. The Instax Mini 8 comes with a pack of instant films good for 50 shots.

What We Like about It – It’s instant. While it may be bulkier than your smartphone, it nevertheless has superb picture-taking capabilities. What’s more is that its instant-print feature will guarantee your teen will be snapping photos of her exploits with much enthusiasm.

2Casual Canvas Backpack by Leaper

 

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Teenage girls want to be as preppy as possible. This can be seen in their choice of clothes as well as fashion accessories. A wonderful gift to augment this need to be preppy and stylish is the Casual Canvas Backpack. Roughly measuring about 11.7 inches by 17.1 inches by 5.4 inches, the Casual Canvas is just perfect to put your teenager’s 14-inch laptop, magazines, notebooks, A4 files, and other school items. Its Bohemian inspired embroidery design should really get your grown-up girl upbeat about going to school. It has plenty of pockets to put a water bottle or even a foldable umbrella into. Whether it is for school or for those weekend getaways with friends, the Casual Canvas is the perfect companion for your teen.

What We Like about It – The padded straps are thick so it should not be a problem to your teen especially if she decides to put her laptop inside. There’s also padded cushion inside the backpack itself for added protection. Plus, its preppy design is something that teens will really love.

360 Gel Pen Set by Gecko Fine Art

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If there’s one thing that best characterizes young teens, it will be their fascination for colors. In fact, compared to adults, teens love using pastel colors in different hues. Just look at their notebooks and you’ll see writings in different colors. Whether for writing down notes or simply doodling, your teenager will fall in love with the Gel Pen Set by Gecko Fine Art. This 60-piece colouring set comes in different types such as metallic colors, glittered ink, neon colours, pastel colours, and the more basic ones.

What We Like about It – It’s a very great gift for teenagers who love to draw and write in different colours. Their creativity can be enhanced if you give your teenage girl a set or two of this colour pen set.

4Professional Stainless Steel Nail Clipper Set by Keiby Citom

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A great partner to the nail art kit set we have in our list of the top 20 gifts for teenage girls is the Professional Stainless Steel Nail Clipper Set. Made y Keiby Citom, the set includes all the tools your teenager will ever need to perform a professional-grade manicure and pedicure. With this set, she can also attempt to shape her eyebrows to give her the look she always wanted. And if she is deeply troubled by the acnes that is cropping up in her face, she can also use the kit for its anti-acne capabilities. At the very least, your teenager will no longer have to spend a day at the spa just to have her mani and pedi done. This Keiby Citom creation is also excellent for removing dead cells and accumulated debris on your teen’s skin so that it glows naturally radiant. The Keiby Citom set is made of only the highest grade of stainless steel so she can use it until she reaches old age. If you’d like, you can also borrow it and have your own mani-pedi. The set comes with a luxury case that is as fashionable as it is sturdy.

What We Like about It – Your teenager won’t have to spend tons of money just to have an excellent manicure and pedicure. She can now do it like the pros.

5Nail Art Kit Set by New8Beauty

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If you buy the Nail Art Kit Set, make sure to buy the Professional Stainless Steel Nail Clipper Set as well. It’s perfect for adding character to your teen’s nails using the 8 different kinds of nail brushes including 2 flat fans, 2 liners, 3 flats, 3 obliques, a pattern brush, an angled head brush, a drawing brush, and a petal brush. It also includes a dotting pen to complete the 20-piece nail art set. The good thing is that these brushes are not only designed for nail art but can also be used for face painting as well as body art. Each of the brushes is made of water-resistant, eco-friendly, and durable acrylic materials. It also includes an instructional e-book to teach your teenage girl how to create fantastic nail art. With this e-book, she will learn how to properly use each type of brush as well as dotting pen. She will also learn how to create nail designs as well as how to draw images such as flowers on her nails.

What We Like about It – One of the best gifts you can give to a teenage girl especially if she is into the arts. Furthermore, the set can help refine her motor and visual coordination as it requires steady hands to create pieces of art on the nails.

6Glamour Girl Makeup Kit by SHANY Cosmetics

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Don’t be surprised why we included the Glamour Girl Makeup Kit in our list. Just try to recall when you were also a teen. We’re pretty sure you also wanted to put on your Mom’s makeup whenever she was not around. Well, your teenager will be doing the same thing. Instead of her trying on your own makeup, why not just give her her very own kit? The Glamour Girl is the solution. It has eye shadows, blush-ons, and face powders. The eyeshadows are mineral oil-based so there’s no danger of harmful chemicals that may aggravate the acnes of your girl if she already has them. The blushes range in hue from mid-orange for a gentler look to dark pink for a more rosy appearance. The face powders can also double as color correctors so your teenage girl will have absolute control of the way she puts on her makeup.

What We Like about It – Now is the time for you to teach your teenager how to properly put on a makeup. It should be a very unique experience that can bring you closer to your teenager. Best of all, she’ll feel a lot prettier and more confident about herself when fully done.

7The Wanted Ones Lip Gloss Set by SHANY Cosmetics

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If there’s one thing that guys love in a woman, it’s her lips. Call it subliminal but the lips have always been known by cultural anthropologists as one of the major attractors of the opposite sex. Whether you believe this or not, many of today’s teenagers really love applying on a lip gloss, not lipstick, to bring out the sheen in their lips. SHANY’s The Wanted Ones is a 12-piece lip gloss set that provide a wide range of options for teenage girls whether they prefer neutral nudes or girly pinks or even luscious reds and unique oranges. These lip glosses come in varying finishes and opacities so your teenager will be able to apply something that best suits her personality and prevailing mood of the day. Each lip gloss has been especially formulated with Vitamin E as well as Aloe Vera extract to help nourish the lips and make it suppler, softer, and shinier. The lip gloss is contained in a clear tube so there’s no second-guessing what color is your teen applying on her lips.

What We Like about It – Looking good is important to teenagers. It helps build their confidence as well as their self-esteem. With more vibrant and naturally-looking lips, teens will definitely feel prouder when with other people.

8P6 Stereo Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphone by Sound Intone

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Many of today’s young generations find music to be one of the most important instruments for the expression of their sentiments. They know that they are not yet adults and as such most of their views and opinions are shrugged off by the adult society. What better way to help your teenage daughter or niece to express her thoughts than by listening to her favorite brand of music? In such cases, you would want her to have the P6 Stereo Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphone. It’s completely wireless so there’s no added hassle of unrolling audio cables that can really get in the way to a more pleasant listening experience. The P6 features ear pads that sit comfortably over the ear to help produce really clear tones and deep bases provided by its 40mm NdFeB audio drivers. It’s like going to a concert or even an opera performance. It features a CVC 6.0 broadband technology that effectively reduces unwanted sound or noise emanating from the surrounding environment. And with a standby time of 30 hours as well as continuous playtime of 6 hours, the P6 is an excellent companion for your teenager to enjoy music.

What We Like about It – First of all, it’s wireless. That alone should be great news especially if your teen really messes up with cables. The good thing is that, should the battery run low, she can always plug in the accompanying audio cable so it draws its power from her music device.

9COMISO Fashion Bluetooth Speakers by COMISO

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With 2 units of 5W acoustic drivers for a total of 10 and an ultra-lightweight and very portable design, the COMISO Fashion Bluetooth Speakers is all the mobile boom box that your teenager will ever need. It’s made of highly durable plastic and silicone materials with excellent sand-proofing and water-resistant technology. This means your teenager can take the COMISO speakers even to the beach to provide really fantastic sounds while she and her friends frolic in the sand. The Bluetooth speaker recharges in 4 to 5 hours and typically lasts up to 12 long hours. Its Bluetooth technology is already on the latest version enabling it to seamlessly connect with even the latest gadgets such as the iPhone 7 or the iPhone 7 Plus. Bluetooth connectivity is assured up to 20 meters or 66 feet away.

What We Like about It – Its compact design is something to be grateful for. However, it is its water-resistance and sand-proof features that really stand out.

10Original Makeup Sponge by beautyblender

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Is your teenager having a pretty difficult time applying her makeup? Then why not give her beautyblender’s Original Makeup Sponge. This latex-free foam that is formulated with natural antimicrobial components should help your teenager apply on her makeup without damaging her very sensitive skin. This is also ideal for teens with skin allergies so they won’t have to worry about their faces going all puffed up and red. The Sponge is fully washable, recyclable, and very reusable. It can be used either damp or dry and works well with practically all types or kinds of makeup. The beautyblender is perfect for teens who need to cover their blemishes. Just use the sponge’s pointed end and then perform a stipple and twist maneuver to provide a more perfect finish.

What We Like about It – It’s made of safe materials so it won’t irritate already-sensitive skin. Additionally, it can be reused after washing. Now, isn’t that amazing?

11Christmas Cookie Tumbler Candle by Yankee Candle

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Being a teenager can be wrought with a lot of stresses. There’s pressure from the peers to conform while there’s also stress from the academic requirements of the school. Many teenagers get depressed simply because they feel so hapless about many things. What they need is something to help them relax. Essential oils have been known to be excellent natural mood calmers. Instead of buying an essential oil diffuser, you’d be better off with the Christmas Cookie Tumbler Candle. It’s made of high quality ingredients and some of the world’s finest essential oils. It can provide both candle illumination and aromatherapy to calm your teen’s nerves. This should last up to 45 hours on continuous burn.

What We Like about It – Once used up, you can always repurpose the tumbler. At least, you won’t be discarding it anytime soon.

12142-Piece Wood Art Set by Art 101

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Cultivate the inner artist in your teenage girl with this Wood Art Set. The deluxe wooden case makes this set truly awe-inspiring as it can serve other useful purposes once your teenager is done using her coloring materials that includes 142 pieces of colored pencils, pastels, watercolor, and crayons. She can use the wooden case as the perfect storage solution for many of her smaller trinkets and jewelry. In the meantime, your teenager can get to relive her childhood doodling and refine it into an art form.

What We Like about It – You may find us absurd but we definitely loved the wooden case. In fact, you can buy the rest of the coloring materials elsewhere. But the wooden case is truly one of a kind.

13iPad Mini MD531LL/A by Apple

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Is there something that people don’t know about Apple’s products especially now that they have already launched their iPhone 7 and 7 Plus? For those who are not yet fully aware, the iPad Mini MD531LL/A is Apple’s Wi-Fi-only version of the much-venerated iPad Mini. With 16 GB of storage, this should be perfect for teens instead of the bigger iPad Pro and iPad Air, although the Air sits comfortably between the Pro and the Mini in terms of size. The iPad Mini boasts of a 1024×768 resolution on a 7.9-inch LED-backlit display. It features a 5-megapixel camera with the capability to record high definition videos at 1080p provided by its PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphics co-processor mated to the 1.0 gHz Apple A5 dual core architecture.

What We Like about It – Everyone wants a taste of Apple technology. We’re sure your teen would want, too.

14Guess Eau de Parfum Spray for Women by Parlux Fragrances

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Part of being a teenager is grooming to establish an identity. That’s why teens will always have their favorite t-shirts, colors, jeans, shoes, and even perfume. With the Guess Eau de Parfum Spray, your teenage girl will never have problems sporting her very own signature scent. The Guess Eau de Parfum comes in a beautiful pink leather pouch so that it can be a great addition to your teen’s personal collection. The perfume contains 2.5 fluid ounces or roughly 74 milliliters which should last several months.

What We Like about It – Guess is a brand that is known for its fashion products. With its perfume line, you can expect your teenager to really stand out in her group.

15Dead Sea Mud Mask for Facial Treatment by Pure Body Naturals

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Girls naturally want their skin to be looking young and vibrant.  With the Dead Sea Mud Mask, your teenage girl can now have her very own facial treatment right in the comfort of your home. This product contains many natural ingredients such as Dead Sea mud, sunflower oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, and aloe vera extract. These ingredients are excellent for removing dirt and debris from pores so that the skin naturally breathes. It also contains vitamins and minerals as well as essential fatty acids to help nourish and bring luster to the skin.

What We Like about It – You can actually share in your teen’s Dead Sea Mud Mask especially if you also want to bring back the youthful glow of your skin. For teens, however, this is a safer and more natural product to use in facial rejuvenation.

16iPhone 6/6s Case for Girls by Akna

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If your teenager already has her iPhone 6 or iPhone 6S, then you might want to give her the all-new Akna Glamour Series of iPhone 6/6S cases? This is made of high quality, ultra-flexible, and super-soft TPU phone cover complete with a fabulous-looking glossy pattern. It effectively protects the surfaces of your teen’s iPhone while also providing incredible button responsiveness through its patented FingeReaction technology.

What We Like about It – The raised lip is remarkable as it effectively protects the screen of the iPhone. Its FingeReaction technology is also superb.

17The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

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From the best-selling author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People comes a version intended solely for teenagers. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is a roadmap that helps teens decide on their future by taking more positive and constructive approaches to how they view and do things. It talks about how teens can improve their self-esteem, build lasting positive friendships, achieve their life goals, resist the pressure of their peers, and getting along with parents. It also discusses many of today’s challenges that beset teens such as the effects of social media and cyber bullying, among others.

What We Like about It – There’s a reason why the adult version of Sean Covey’s masterpiece is one of the most-read book in contemporary times. It is therefore understandable that teens will benefit from the teen version as well.

18Ferris Wheel Building Kit by LEGO Creator

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Designed specifically for 15- to 17- year old teenagers, your young lady will surely love the Ferris Wheel Building Kit from the Creator line of Lego. This 2,464-piece set can build a 60-centimeter high and 55 centimeter wide Ferris Wheel. If you add Lego’s medium motor the Power Functions 8883 together with its patented AAA battery box, your teen can have a wonderful replica of the famous carnival and theme park attraction. If you like this, then you will love our top girls lego sets this year.

What We Like about It – Lego is definitely not only for kids. There are a lot of adults who still use plenty of Lego’s products to help them stay creative. We’re sure your teen will find this very exciting as well.

19NEO Women’s Lite Racer W Casual Sneaker by Adidas

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The Lite Racer Casual Sneaker is Adidas’ answer to the need of teenagers for a hip yet comfortable footwear. It has a mesh upper adorned with beautiful and truly artistic prints. The signature Adidas 3 stripes are made of welded synthetic leather so it stays on the sneaker forever. The rubber sole allows for optimum grip so your teen can really use it on all terrain.

What We Like about It – Adidas is a well-known brand of shoes so quality is never an issue. The design however is something that can complement the fashion of today’s teens.

20Baby-G Women’s Pink Whale (BG169R-4) Digital Sport Watch by Casio

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To complement the preppy fashion of your teenage girl, you’d need the Baby-G Pink Whale Digital Sport Watch. It is water-resistant for up to 200 meters making it very suitable for most water activities except scuba diving. It’s got all the features you’d expect from the G-Shock series of Casio women’s watches including Japanese quartz movement, EL backlight, several time modes, and the signature shock-resistance of Casio watches. If you are after a cool watch, then be sure to read our article on the best kids watches this year.

What We Like about It – Baby-Gs are women’s versions of the men’s G-Shock series. Aside from the size, you’d expect it to be of the same quality as that of men’s.

How We Chose the Top Gifts in Our List

Teenagers have a very unique personality that can be best described by their eagerness to establish their own identities and make a mark for themselves. As such we tasked our researchers to scour the internet for the best products that can help teenage girls define their personalities and help in the enhancement of the self-esteem. No longer do we need to focus on psychomotor development because adolescents are already near-adult proportions. What is important is their emotional wellbeing as well as the soundness of their social relationships.

Our researchers then reviewed the countless feedbacks and comments from customers and check whether they would recommend these products to their respective families or even to their friends and acquaintances. We tended to focus on the negative comments as these can really make or break the decision to include the gift in our list.

Of course, we also looked at the safety and overall design of the product especially in terms of their testing and certification. For this, we had to consider the company’s reputation as a reflection of its design and manufacturing practices.

With these, we can say that we have collected 20 of the best gifts for teenage girls that we can share with you. However, as the choice of a gift actually depends on how well you understand the characteristics of the recipient as well as her preferences, we really cannot guarantee that all of these top 20 gifts will be loved by your teenage girl. Nonetheless, it’s a start. Besides, it is the thought in giving that really matters.

Teens and Their Search for Identity

If you look at the psychosocial theory of development by Erik Erikson, you’d notice that the psychosocial crisis which all teenagers must be able to resolve is identity vs. role confusion. This is best exemplified by their constant search for the answer to the question, “Who am I?” Sure, school-aged children already have a fair idea of who they are but teenagers are typically in a conundrum where they are no longer kids but are definitely not adults yet.

Part of this “confusion” is the wide discrepancy between what they have learned at home from their parents and relatives and they are slowly learning from their peers. Because teens are desperately trying to gain acceptance in their peer group, they are constantly under pressure to conform. The question most teens have to answer is whether to live by the family’s code or accept newer ones espoused by their peers.

If their peers fortunately espouses the same beliefs and principles that teens have, then this strengthens their identity as well as their roles in society. On the other hand, if their peers espouse a totally different mindset and behavior, then problems may arise. Role confusion can result because of what we adults call “bad influence” by their peers.

Our role therefore, is to recognize our teens’ need for independence and autonomy while at the same time providing them guidance in making their own choices and decisions. Technically, the strength of our child-rearing practices will be put to the test during the teenage years as they will have to decide on who they want to be.

The Bottom Line

Teenage girls are in a constant struggle to establish their identity. Choosing items that can help them express themselves can definitely help. Hopefully, our list of the top 20 gifts for teenage girls will help you build on the relationship that you have with your teenager as she attempts to find her place in this world.

Last Updated 11th October 2016

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Selina Marie is our head of content for MyKidNeedsThat.com, mum of two and a self proclaimed toy geek. When she isn't juggling the madness at home, on a school run or baking her world famous blueberry muffins, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest toys and fun for our readers!
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