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Being a teenage girl can be a struggle, but shopping for one doesn’t have to be.
As a teen, you’re basically walking the line of nearly being an adult and still being a child–and when you’re buying for them you have to walk the line of buying of an adult and buying gifts for a child. Sound impossible? It really does, doesn’t it? Luckily, you’re not alone and the world has adapted accordingly with gifts that fit those pivotal but complicated years. Even if it sometimes seems like they’re speaking a different language, remember: we’ve all been 15 years old.
There are a lot of messages thrown at teens today to act, look, and be a certain way. Receiving a thoughtful, unique gift might not erase all those school and social pressures that you couldn’t pay me to repeat–but it makes a difference. It sends the message that she is loved and she is thought of. You’re clearly already halfway there if you’re reading this. Now let’s take a look at the best gifts for teen girls and figure out which is best for the teenager in your life.
If you’re looking for more gift ideas, check out my guides to the best Christmas gifts for feminists, best Stranger Things Christmas gifts, best Christmas party makeup buys, and best beauty gifts for Christmas.
1. Sterling Silver Wish Necklace With Real Dandelion Seed
When you were little and made wishes on dandelion puffs, you believed you could do or become anything you wanted. Capture the hopes and dreams of making wishes on dandelions with this necklace by Aimée Trésor. A single real dandelion seed is encased in a delicate glass oval, making it look like it’s floating on the breeze. It comes with a gift box, 18 inch sterling silver chain with four inch extender, and a single simulated Swarovski pearl. Because it’s a real dandelion seed, each necklace will be unique in the world. This pendant is a reminder of those times when we knew anything was possible and a way to carry the wishes we made with us, guiding us to keep working toward them. This is a perfect gift for the teen with big dreams and anyone who is trying to find their place in the world.
Buy the Sterling Silver Wish Necklace With Real Dandelion Seed here.
2. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Gift Bundle
We’ve swung so far into the digital age that cameras that take physical photos are coming back in style. But forget the bulky Polaroids some of us grew up with, the Instax Mini 9 from Fujifilm is compact, colorful, and trendy. Give the gift of being able to instantly print memories and hang them on your wall like you did as a kid. This gift bundle takes the Ice Blue Instax Mini 9, which you can buy by itself for $79, and throws in all the extras a teenager could want.
The bundle includes the matching camera case with detachable shoulder strap, matching 64 slot photo album, two 20 packs of film, batteries, 10 colorful frames with hanging clips and twine, five plastic frames, selfie lens, four colored lenses for various filters, 60 sticker frames, and two colored pens to decorate your photos. This is nearly endless hours of fun and laughing with their friends. The camera and this package are also available in flamingo pink, cobalt blue, lime green, and smokey white.
Price: From $172.99
Buy the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 here.
3. Harry Potter 9 3/4 Deluxe Mini Handbag
It’s fair to say over half the population under 35 love two things: handbags and Harry Potter. The Harry Potter universe is filled with wonder and has touched a generation somewhere deep when it was exactly what we needed. It’s a tiny escape to a world full of magic and characters that stood up for what’s right even when it was hard. This purse is for the Harry Potter fan who doesn’t want just another bag that says “Harry Potter” on it. The mini nine inch by nine inch satchel is covered in Harry Potter references including names of shops in Diagon Alley, Platform 9 3/4 , and the seal of Hogwarts. This will have them excitedly turning the bag all over finding all the different stamps.
Buy the Harry Potter 9 3/4 Deluxe Mini Handbag here.
4. Anker PowerCore 20100 External Phone Charger Power Bank
If you wanted to go a tiny more practical, this phone power bank is a gift that will make their life easier and help you sleep better at night. We rely more on our phones now than in any other time. I’m right on the cusp in that I grew up without a cell phone, but since college I’m basically lost without one. At the same time, smartphone batteries seem like they have shorter lives than ever. If there’s an extended power outage, that phone isn’t going to last as long as you need it to (I speak from experience here) and if their car breaks down, having a working phone is more important than ever.
This power bank by Anker allows you to charge an iPhone 7 over six times and a Galaxy S5 five times. It’s only about the size of an average smartphone so it’s easy to throw in your bag or keep in a dorm room. There are two charger ports so there’s even space for her and her friends to charge up at the same time. We’re always wishing we had more battery power, so here’s a gift that gives her more texting time and helps to keep her safe. The Anker PowerCore also available in white.
Price: $31.69 (21 percent off MSRP)
Buy the Anker PowerCore 20100 External Phone Charger Power Bank here.
5. Three Swords Exclusive 8-Piece Manicure Set
Everyone needs a good manicure kit to take care of our hands for our health and because neat looking fingernails are a must to look professional. Nearly all the manicure sets you’ll find in drugstores are cheap, Asian made alloy metals that get dull in no time and rust. The best and longest lasting tools are made by artisans in Solingen, Germany. This set from Three Swords was featured as the “Best Cheap German-Made Manicure Set” in my guide to the best manicure sets and kits. It’s good Solingen nickel-plated stainless steel and includes nail scissors, cuticle scissors, fingernail clipper, toenail clipper, tweezers, sapphire nail file, nail pusher/cleaner, and a hoofstick which is a tool to tidy and shape your cuticles. To keep the price down, the clippers are not German-made, but you can pick up a set of Three Swords Nail Clippers for under $6 and swap them out if you want, or check out my best manicure sets and kits for the top sets available today. If plaid’s not her color, this set is available in seven colors including red, polka dots, and black ostrich.
Buy the Three Swords Exclusive 8-Piece Manicure Set here.
6. Whooz? iPhone Charger Stickers
If you’re looking for a gift to make her laugh, have some fun with these vinyl stickers for iPhone 4, 5, and 6. These skins fit over their plugs, USB cords, and earbuds to customize their cords and help keep them organized. Plus who doesn’t want their phone charger to look like a cat with its tongue sticking out (and it’s an epic blep). This set comes with four animals: dog, cat, bird, and a very shocked looking fish. They’re removable so you’re not tied to these designs forever. These stickers are also available in sets of Heros and Freaks.
Buy the Whooz? iPhone Charger Stickers here.
7. Clear Quartz Crystal Glow-in-the-Dark Terrarium Necklace With Real Flowers
For something really unique, give her this Terrarium Necklace. This bell jar dome contains real dried flowers and moss as well as a raw clear quartz crystal. There are glow-in-the-dark fake crystals underneath that illuminate the necklace at night so it looks like you’ve captured a tiny bit of fairyland. These are all handmade and one of kind in the world. The pendant comes on a 24 inch bronze-tone chain and has bronze-tone filigree on its base for a vintage effect, like some magical token passed down through the years. This is a perfect gift for someone who loves nature, magic, or fairies.
Buy the Clear Quartz Crystal Glow-in-the-Dark Terrarium Necklace With Real Flowers here.
8. Society6 Anatomy Of A Hedgehog Throw Pillow
If you can look at this pillow and not smile, I don’t think we can be friends. The term “sightbean” is maybe my new favorite word for the eyes of tiny mammals. You can never have too many pillows and when they’re this cute, it’s impossible not to need more pillows. I have several Society6 pillows (bought with my own money) and the quality of their printing is fantastic. I haven’t had a Society6 pillow go flat on me yet and I’ve had them for years. Plus, they arrive vacuum sealed so you get to have the fun of watching the pillow inflate itself when you take it out of the plastic. That also means you can give someone a pillow as a gift without them being able to tell it’s a pillow in the packaging. This anatomy style of pillow is available in three sizes and also has designs for pugs, foxes, and dachshunds.
Buy the Society6 Anatomy Of A Hedgehog Throw Pillow here.
9. Shany Mini Makeup Train Case With Mirror
Whether the one on your list loves makeup or making their own jewelry, everyone needs more organization. I have featured Shany cases in my guides to the best rolling makeup cases and best train cases for makeup. The accordion trays of this case open up to two bins, a large mirror, and an open storage space at the bottom for bigger items. The interior is spill-proof and easy to clean after the inevitable broken eye shadow or liquid eyeliner. This case is cruelty-free and comes in 14 colors including this peacock blue, baby pink, gold, and zebra print. At nine inches long by six inches tall and six inches deep, it’s a perfect size for someone who is just starting to build up their makeup collection. If the person you’re buying for is already well on their way to having “too much makeup” (that’s not a thing), then check out some of the larger cases in my makeup case guides.
Price: $27.95 (30 percent off MSRP)
Buy the SHANY Mini Makeup Train Case With Mirror here.
10. Amazon.com Santa in Chimney Gift Card
Let’s face it, you’re always going to be safe giving them the gift they’ve always wanted: the ability to buy stuff for themselves. Gift cards are exciting to receive because those items you’ve been pining after and either not able to afford or you’ve been resisting splurging, you can finally buy and that’s a great feeling. I’ve never felt like gift cards are too impersonal and for teenagers especially they are possibly the ideal gift. This cute Santa gift card comes in any denomination from $15 to $2000. To open it you pull up on the Santa to reveal the gift card so there’s still an element of surprise when opening it. Amazon also has a “Happy Holidays” gift card in a snowflake tin and you can always send an eGift Card that goes directly to their email and is available instantly.
Price: From $15