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55 Cool Gift Ideas for 16-Year-Old Girls

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Are you struggling to find the best present to celebrate your daughter’s sweet 16 birthday or kick off the best Christmas yet for your 16-year-old sister? Whatever occasion you’re shopping for, we’ve found some of the best gift ideas for 16-year-old girls.

We’ve searched through countless TikTok videos and might have even stalked our little cousins’ social media accounts to find out what’s popular with teen girls these days. Now, all you have to do is scroll through and find that present that’s perfect for your daughter, niece, sister, or friend!


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55 Popular Gift Ideas for 16-Year-Old Girls

We watched the Tiktok videos, so you don’t have to! So, let’s dive inside the wishlist of a 16-year-old girl!

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Adidas Santiago Insulated Lunch Bag

  • Lunch Time Swag

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories

Unfortunately, her days of unicorn glitter lunch boxes are probably behind her. On the other hand, this Adidas lunchbox could be just cool enough to make her start packing her own lunch. Or at least, maybe shove some snacks in the bag and call it a day. Either way, we think she’ll enjoy this trendy new lunchbox.


Women's Drawstring Waist Striped Side Jogger Sweatpants with Pocket

  • Sweats To Not Sweat In

  • $$$$$
  • Comfort, Clothing

Loungewear is everywhere these days, and we’ll be the first to admit we love the emphasis on comfort and making casual cute. These joggers are a winner in our book because they’re neutral enough to be paired with almost anything but have fun detailing to set them apart from a sea of boring sweatpants. If the rainbow stripe isn’t perfect for your teen, they come in 30 other patterns and designs.


Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror with 16 Led Lights

  • Brighten Her Day

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods

Whether she’s applying her favorite face mask or trying to follow along with Instagram makeup tutorials, this lighted vanity makeup mirror could make the whole process much easier! This mirror is a great addition to any bedroom or bathroom that might not have bright enough lights for teen girl essentials like tweezing her eyebrows and applying crisp winged eyeliner. If you’re looking for gifts for 16-year-old girls that will be useful for years to come, we think this mirror could be an excellent pick!


Boho Retro Stackable Rings Sets for Teen Girls

  • This Gift Has A Nice Ring To It

  • $$$$$
  • Jewelry, Accessories

Stacking rings have been in style for a hot minute now, but no matter how stylish they are, rings are quite easy to lose just doing day-to-day activities. So, we understand not wanting to spend significant amounts of money on tiny hoops of metal that might end up down the school sink when your teen is washing her hands. This inexpensive set comes with 12 full-sized and midi rings (worn above the knuckle), so your teen can live out their boho-style dreams.


Sweet 16 Birthday Candy Gift For 16 Year Old Girl

  • A Sweet Choice For 16-Year-Olds

  • $$$$$
  • Food & Drinks

Are you looking for a great gift for a girl with a wicked sweet tooth? This box includes 60 pieces of candy like nerds rope, sour patch kids, and more, enough for an intense sugar rush to have her celebrating all night (or at least until her agreed-upon bedtime). It comes in a decorated box that she might even want to keep and use to store her favorite treasures or just more candy.


Sterling Silver Sweet 16 Necklace

  • A Fabulous Choice For A Fabulous Girl

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Jewelry

This necklace is a wonderful way to mark a momentous occasion, like a 16th birthday! It features one stone for every year and comes with a cleansing cloth and gift bag. The dainty chain and necklace are made from sterling silver, so they won’t turn your teenager’s skin red, green, or itchy. This necklace is a simple and elegant choice that can be worn every day!


Bedside Shelf Accessories Organizer- Wall Mount Self Stick On

  • Let’s Shelf It For Now

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods

This bedside caddy is adorable and a super useful gift for a teen with a taste for organization. It’s a great solution for teens that enjoy reading or watching videos in bed but don’t want to lose their electronics into their pile of pillows and blankets. This one comes with strong self-adhesive, so you don’t even need any equipment to hang it.


UGG Women’s Leda Cozy Sock

  • Cozy Toes

  • $$$$$
  • Comfort, Clothing, Accessories

Winter is the worst, but fuzzy, comfortable clothing can try to make it all better. These socks are an awesome Christmas or winter-time gift, and they come in so many colorful and neutral-hued options to match your teen’s taste.


Watercolor Brush Pens by GenCrafts - Set of 20 Premium Colors

  • Craft Away The Year

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment

This gift is for the crafty teens on your shopping list. This set of 20 brush pens is an awesome gift for creative-minded teens, and they can use them for art projects, bullet journals, and more. The set comes with a water brush to blend colors and create beautiful gradients. Not to mention, this set is super convenient for travel, whether it’s in her school backpack or across the country.


Single Edge-Hammered Personalized Charm Necklace

  • A Charming Gift For Girls

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Jewelry

This customized name necklace is a wonderful way to show your daughter, niece, cousin, or sister that you care (and that you know their birthstone). This necklace is crafted from sterling silver, with a silver nameplate and birthstone charm. Plus, if you’re searching for an impressive gift that doesn’t look last-minute, this necklace ships within 24 business hours!

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Photo Clip String Lights (16.4ft)

  • Light Up Her Favorites

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods, Gadgets & Gear, Novelty

Not to stereotype, but teen girls’ tastes can change just as quickly as their moods (this is coming from a former teenage girl, so we feel confident saying it). These photo clip lights are perfect for teens because they can use them to decorate their rooms to reflect their ever-changing moods and interests in a non-permanent way! Plus, twinkly lights are freaking adorable room decor, and we refuse to hear any disagreeing comments.


Tie Dye Printed Long Sleeve Drawstring Pullover

  • A Gift To Tie-Dye For

  • Clothing, Comfort

As we mentioned before, loungewear is a staple of Gen Z aesthetics, and we lazy millennials are big fans of this form of “trickle-up” style. This hoodie combines trendy loungewear with another current (and hopefully forever) trend— tie-dye. This particular hoodie comes in 26 unique designs, and we honestly can’t choose between all the cute styles!


First Time Driver - Sweet 16 Birthday - Personalized Keychain

  • Hit The Road… Carefully!

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories

Sending your teen onto the roads for the first time can be borderline terrifying, no matter how exciting it is for your young driver. This keychain is a thoughtful way to portray your joy at not having to drive them to school anymore, as well as your nerves about them driving on their own! You can customize this keychain with your teen’s name, a sentimental message, and their birthstone.


Standing Jewelry Armoire with 18 LED Lights

  • Multifunctional Homegoods For the Win

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods

We’ve already established that teenage girls are constantly changing their room decor, so why not help them out with a mirror they won’t want to replace in two months? This full-length mirror opens to reveal a storage compartment stacked with useful hooks and shelves for makeup and jewelry. If you’re constantly battling your teen to clean up their bathroom, desk, or vanity of all their beauty supplies and accessories, this could be the solution you’re looking for. Plus, it has LED lights around the mirror to make applying winged eyeliner much easier.


Mini Portable Charger for iPhone with Built-In Cable

  • For a Girl That’s Always On The Go

  • $$$$$
  • Gadgets & Gear

Remembering to pack your portable charger is hard enough; remembering to pack the charger and cord could be downright impossible. Add a teen brain that’s busy thinking about chemistry tests, chemistry with her cute classmate, and all the other dramas that come with that age, and we totally understand why their phone is down to two percent at soccer practice. This mini portable charger could be a convenient option and means she only had to pack one thing!


Aromatherapy Shower Steamers - Variety Pack of 6 Shower Bombs

  • Steam Away The Stress

  • $$$$$
  • Beauty & Skincare

We understand that bath bombs are all the rage, but we also want to be inclusive of those people who prefer showers! Just because you don’t want to sit in a tub doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a bit of comfort and relaxation! These shower steamers are perfect for busy teens that might not have time to lounge in a bath between schoolwork and all their extracurricular activities. This set comes in six scents, like lavender, watermelon, peppermint, and more!


16 Year Old Coloring Book

  • Color Their Heart Out

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment

This coloring book promises to be as snarky and humorous as your favorite 16-year-old girl is, but honestly, we’re not sure if that’s possible. It’s filled with over 25 single-sided coloring book pages, so they won’t have to worry about their markers bleeding through and ruining the next page. If you’re looking for suggestions, this gift could pair well with that watercolor pen set we showed you earlier (if you’re reading this listicle, we already know you need suggestions because finding presents for 16-year-old girls is challenging!).


Dustless Hair Chalk For Girls Temporary Color Dye

  • A Non-Permanent Solution For Her

  • $$$$$
  • Beauty & Skincare

We bet your teen has probably been begging you to let her dye her hair, and if she hasn’t, she might still want to. If you’re not quite ready to let her take that step, or you’re the cool aunt of a teen whose parents say no, we suggest this hair chalk as a fun gift! Especially if you’re the “fun aunt,” dare we suggest you give this to your niece and send her home to freak out your sibling? We vote yes.


Women's Soft Plush Cross Band Slippers

  • Step Into Comfort

  • $$$$$
  • Comfort, Accessories

These plush, fuzzy slippers give us ultimate luxury vibes at a very approachable price point. We can already picture your teen pattering around the house in these ultra-soft slippers all winter break and casually posting about it to their TikTok. While you’re at it, you might one to pick up a pair of these for every other woman and teen on your list, and they come in enough colors to get everyone a unique pair!


Waterproof Led Strip Lights

  • Make Her Room A TikTok Dream

  • Gadgets & Gear, Homegoods

We’ve been informed that modern teens prefer these LED color-changing lights to the string lights of past generations because they look better on TikTok, and after perusing a few videos, we can’t argue with them. These lights are color-changing and dimmable, as well as water and dust resistant. Plus, they come with music modes that can sync the lights with the beat and rhythm of their tunes. Get ready for epic light show concerts from your teen’s room!

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Stickers for Water Bottles Big 30-Pack

  • Gotta Stick It!

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Novelty

Putting stickers on your water bottle has been a trend for years before Gen Z got here, but we’ll be the first to admit they normally have a pretty cool sticker collection. If your teen’s water bottle is looking a little bare, or her current stickers have rubbed off and could use a refresh, this set of 30 could be the perfect solution! It comes with a wide array of options, from jellyfish to donuts, to best suit your teen’s taste.


Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater

  • Say Goodbye To Dry Skin!

  • $$$$$
  • Beauty & Skincare

Anyone living in dry environments, or suffering from dry skin, might already be familiar with this rosewater spray. For anyone else, especially the younger folks reading this, you also might have seen this product trending on TikTok. What we weren’t aware of was this rosewater’s inexpensive price tag, and for that reason in particular, we think it could be a great stocking stuffer this Christmas!


Yoga Tank Tops for Women

  • Yogi Clothing For All

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing, Comfort

Whether she’s heading to her favorite yoga class or weightlifting with her CrossFit fam, this athletic tank top will have her covered and comfortable. Not to mention, it’s also super cute and comes in a ton of colors. The durable straps and high elasticity fabric don’t hurt either, which could help this tank be more resilient than some of those old t-shirts she’s been hitting the gym in.


Exfoliating Foot Peel Masks

  • Put Her Best Foot Forward

  • $$$$$
  • Beauty & Skincare

If your teen spends all her free time watching beauty and self-care videos online, then she might already be familiar with these foot peel masks (even if you aren’t). We hate to admit that we’ve watched one or two of these videos online, but the results are impressive, to say the least. These foot masks seem to peel away years’ worth of skin to reveal baby soft feet, and we are both intrigued and a bit concerned. But anyway, we can’t wait to watch whatever video your teen posts reviewing these!


Makeup Sponge Set of 6

  • Make Everything Better With Makeup Sponges

  • $$$$$
  • Beauty & Skincare

We’ll be the first to admit we still don’t really understand how to put on a full face of makeup, but we also know teens these days are significantly more talented with makeup than we’ll ever be. If you’re raising a budding makeup artist, then you definitely can’t go wrong with giving them a set of these blender sponges. This set comes with six for less than $10, so we call that a win.


Professional Blackhead and Blemish Remover

  • Pop It Professionally

  • $$$$$
  • Beauty & Skincare

Dr pimple popper, who? Okay, we know you’re supposed to leave blemish popping to the professionals, but who really has time to make a dermatologist appointment everyone a zit pops up? If your teen is going to be popping their zits with their dirty fingers or safety pin they found on the floor; then they may as well use these tools instead. We apologize to our dermatologist. Hopefully, you aren’t reading this; you’ll be so disappointed in us.


Dash Compact Air Fryer

  • Fry Their Heart Out

  • $$$$$
  • Gadgets & Gear, Food & Drinks

We know what you might be thinking- kitchen appliances as a gift for a teenage girl, are you sure? We understand if you’re hesitant, but this air fryer could be an awesome gift for 16-year-old girls if your teen is a little foodie (or can’t be trusted to use the oven). Plus, it might result in her cooking you dinner, or at least in some fun foodie adventures! Air fryer grilled cheese, anyone?


Microwave Micro-Pop Popcorn Popper

  • Pop The Night Away

  • $$$$$
  • Gadgets & Gear, Food & Drinks

Her next movie night just got significantly yummier! This popcorn maker has once again been all over teen TikTok, so of course, we have to put it on this list as well. It’s available in individual or family serving sizes, depending on if your teen likes to make snacks for the gang or keep them all for herself! It also comes in six colors, but we’re particularly fond of the teal and yellow hues!


158 Feet Fake Ivy Vines

  • Greenery Without The Maintenance

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods

Does your daughter, niece, sister, or friend want a boho-inspired room full of greenery but can’t even keep a chia pet alive? The opposite of a green thumb is a black thumb, and there’s no shame in having one! These vines can add a touch of nature to any room without actually having to touch any nature. Maybe one day she’ll become a wonderful plant parent, but if not, at least she’ll be able to keep these vines alive!


Initial Stud Earrings for Girls - 14K Rose Gold Plated

  • Check Out Those Studs

  • $$$$$
  • Jewelry, Accessories

These studs are simple enough to wear every day but cool enough to make a statement every time. Each letter is available in gold, rose gold, and silver. Gold and rose gold tones seem to be a bit trendier these days, but if you’re unsure of what metal your teen prefers, try to check out the rest of their regular jewelry pieces (or ask their mom for insight if you’re a friend/relative). These earrings would look great on their own or clustered with other hoops and studs on someone with multiple piercings.

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Fluffy Slime Kit for Girls Everything in One Box

  • Looks Good Enough To Eat!

  • $$$$$
  • Entertainment

You don’t have to be traditionally artistic in order to indulge in some fun crafting! There are so many ways to channel and release creative energy, no paintbrush or easel necessary. This slime kit is the perfect example! The kit includes everything your favorite teen needs to make TikTok-worthy, ice cream-themed slime.


Animal Spa Sheet Mask (Assorted Character Mask)

  • Get Ready For A Wild Night

  • $$$$$
  • Beauty & Skincare, Novelty, Entertainment

Sheet masks are a fun and excellent entryway into skincare, and you’re never too young to start taking care of your skin! These sheet masks are extra cute since they turn your face into a cartoon animal, giving your favorite 16-year-old plenty of opportunities to take silly selfies with their spa night pals. You can choose between two sets of six adorable characters or just get them both!


Velvet Pocket Scrunchies with Zipper Stash

  • Pockets In Unexpected Places

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories

In case you aren’t aware, girls’ clothing usually lacks one critically important thing- pockets. Of course, we have purses and bags to make up for that, but sometimes those can be inconvenient to tote around. When a girl wants to go out with just the essentials and nothing tugging on her shoulder, this scrunchie is there to help! It comes with a hidden zippered pocket so the user can stash their keys, some money, or any other small item in a safe place.


Embroidered Bucket Hat

  • Bucket, Why Not?

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories

Bucket hats are back, baby! Like almost everything else from the 90s and early noughties, Gen Z is bringing bucket hats back into style, and we definitely don’t mind. These bucket hats feature cute embroidery on the front with tons of options to choose from, like a rose, butterfly, cactus, avocado, and much more. We feel like the khaki one with the blue butterfly flew right out of our childhood, and we might just need to grab one ourselves.


6 Pairs Y2K Earrings Set for Women

  • Surprising Throwbacks

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Jewelry

Speaking of Y2K trends coming back from the dead- we never thought we’d see a pair of these earrings again. But we guess that means we doubted Gen Z’s dedication to bringing back these fixtures of Y2K style. Anyways, we bought them once before from Claire’s with our birthday money, so you may as well get your teen a couple of pairs of them now! These ones even have little smiley faces on them, which we definitely didn’t have back in the day.


Fjallraven, Kanken Classic Backpack for Everyday

  • Popular Teen Status Symbol Unlocked

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories

Just like the juicy couture sweatsuits of years past, there will always be a new trendy status symbol amongst teens. These backpacks happen to be one of the mainstays of popular teen style. It is a relatively high price tag compared to alternative brand options, so this backpack might better save it for a big-ticket birthday or Christmas gift, depending on your budget. It comes in tons of colors, but we’ve heard the yellow hue is particularly popular with stylish teens.


Custom Gold Name Necklace Personalized 18K Gold Plated

  • Custom For Your Cutie

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Jewelry

Is it just us, or are these gold name necklaces cuter than they used to be? Either way, they’re definitely trendy and will make a great gift for a stylish teen. You can customize it with your daughter, sister, niece, or friend’s name and one of 13 font options, as well as choosing your preferred metal finish. Personally, we’re torn between font five and nine, but we’ll leave the decision making up to you!


Shoe Charms Fits for Clog Sandals

  • Charm Her And Her Shoes!

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty, Accessories

For this trendy teen item, we’ll have to shift our references away from Tiktok and focus on another popular app- VSCO. This photo editing and sharing app is akin to Instagram, but it gave rise to a very specific teen girl aesthetic called VSCO girls. One of the hallmarks of VSCO girl style is crocs with charms, and these charms are almost cute enough to convince us to get a pair of crocs (almost). The set includes ten adorable charms (look at that bagel!) to give your teen’s go-to shoes an upgrade!


Colorful Mermaid Makeup Brushes 11 Pieces

  • Make Your Mermaid Fall In Love

  • $$$$$
  • Beauty & Skincare

These makeup brushes are a budget-friendly option that is perfect for a young teen who probably only wears a full face of makeup on special occasions. They’re made with super-soft synthetic bristles, and the set comes with a variety of brushes to fit all of your teen’s makeup needs. Plus, the handles look like mermaid tails, which, let’s be honest, is the whole reason we put these adorable brushes on this listicle of presents for 16-year-old girls.


Custom Pet Portrait Necklace

  • A Pup-ular Pick

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Jewelry

We are fully obsessed with our animals, and we know many teen girls are too. We can say with 100 percent certainty that if we had this necklace, we would wear it at every opportunity, and we bet other animal lovers would agree. You can customize this necklace with her best furry friend by uploading a picture of the recipient’s cat or dog (try for a clear headshot) and then entering the pet’s name or nickname. This necklace could be a particularly meaningful gift for a teen whose childhood pet is starting to age or celebrate a new furry addition to the family.

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Cute Bubble Tea Pop Up Stationery Case

  • As Unique As She Is

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories, Novelty

This ultra-cute and inexpensive pencil pouch is perfect for a teen who loves all things kawaii or is just super obsessed with bubble tea. This pen and pencil case extends up to close and slides down to reveal the contents. It zips at the top and even features a cute pink straw popping out to match the smiley cartoon face. You could pair this gift with a set of equally cute stationery supplies or fill it with fun candies for a sugary study time treat!


Kawaii Cookie Gel Pen Set Of 5

  • Another Kawaii (Cute) Pick For Teens

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty

Well, we did say that a pencil pouch would pair well with a cute set of pens, and these might be some of the cutest pens around. They’re designed to look like Pocky, the popular stick-shaped cookies, and we think they did an excellent job. This set comes with five gel pens that write as smoothly as other popular brands but look ten times cuter.


6 Pieces Colorful Macaroon-Shaped Storage Box

  • Make Organization Adorable

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty

We can’t tell you how many pieces of jewelry we lost in high school because we needed to take them off (for sports practice or they were getting uncomfortable), and we didn’t have a good place to store them. These adorable little containers are perfect for stashing jewelry, medicine, or other small-sized goods your 16-year-old wants to keep safe. Their size is perfect for travel, whether it’s just in your teen girl’s backpack for school or your next family vacation.


Surprise Candle With Hidden Crystal In A Personalized Box

  • We’re Melting Over This Gift!

  • $$$$$
  • Novelty, Homegoods

How will you know if the 16-year-old you bought this candle for likes your gift? She’ll text you about the cool crystal she found in it! That’s right; this candle melts down to reveal a bit of hidden treasure, which is perfect for teens with boho aesthetics or an interest in crystals. You can customize the box by picking your preferred theme, from Witchy to Christmas, and writing an optional message inside the box.


Quilted Leather Card Holder Wallet with RFID Blocking

  • For Carrying Her New Drivers License

  • $$$$$
  • Accessories

Now that she’s ready to ride around town with her pals (or at least practice two-point turns in the parking lot with her driving instructor), it might be time for a new safe place to hold her precious ID. These slim wallets are perfect for teens who haven’t yet accumulated a million membership cards and half-used gift cards but still need to keep their essentials secure. They come in seven pastel colors that are nearly impossible to choose among, but we guess we’ll just have to try!


Dr. Martens Womens 1460 Boot

  • Style For Every Generation

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing, Comfort, Accessories

Dr. Martens boots definitely have staying power. These boots are worn by almost everyone, including some of the influencers and celebrities your teen probably follows on social media. While they are a more expensive footwear option, they’re also super durable and should last your teen for years to come, even with regular use. Honestly, we’re so glad these boots are still stylish because we’ll never be ready to retire our pair.


Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)

  • The Fanciest Pen They’ll Own

  • $$$$$
  • Gadgets & Gear

Are you helping to foster a budding digital artist? Your young Picasso can use this Apple Pencil for digital painting, sketching, doodling, or even note-taking. It’s compatible with most newer iPads (check the description for a full list) and might just become your teen’s new favorite creative tool. It is the second generation version of the Apple Pencil for those who might be interested in an upgrade.


GoPro HERO9 Black - Waterproof Action Camera with Front LCD and Touch Rear Screens

  • For The Adventurous Ones

  • $$$$$
  • Gadgets & Gear

This GoPro camera is perfect for the young girl who is always seeking new adventures, from rock climbing to white water rafting and everything in between. As she gets older and prepares to go on more epic trips on her own, she’ll be excited to show you her journey through the awesome action shots she takes with this camera. Once you give them this GoPro, you’ll also always have easy gift ideas for future purchases- GoPro accessories!


Glossier Cloud Paint A New Way to Blush (Haze)

  • For The Best Beauty Buffs

  • $$$$$
  • Beauty & Skincare

If your teen is interested in makeup, you might have already heard them mention this brand before. It’s quite popular with the younger generations with its easy-to-use approach to beauty, and we fully appreciate it. These cloud paint products are a gel-cream blush that your teen can apply with the fingers in buildable layers. Whether your teen is a beauty pro or just starting to get interested in makeup, this could be an awesome choice!


Lululemon Align Pant Full Length Yoga Pants

  • Special Stylish Surprises For Your Teen

  • $$$$$
  • Clothing, Comfort

Alright, let’s be honest, most teens probably can’t afford to buy their own lulu lemon leggings with their babysitting or dog walking money. Until she’s raking in the cash herself, she might appreciate a pair (or two) of these leggings from you. You can never go wrong with classic black, and this style is currently available in sizes 2 to 12.

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HyperX Cloud II - Gaming Headset

  • Quit Playing Games With My Heart

  • Gadgets & Gear

If your teen is an avid gamer, you could improve her gadgets with a pair of these gamer headphones. This pair features a noise-canceling microphone for clearer group communication, a long-lasting battery so they hopefully won’t die in the middle of a mission, a strong aluminum frame, and more for an ultimate gaming experience.


JBL CLIP 3 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

  • Pump Up The Volume

  • $$$$$
  • Gadgets & Gear

Do you need a last-minute gift that your teen is sure to love? You can’t go wrong with one of these wireless Bluetooth speakers. JBL is a respected brand in speaker technology, and we can personally attest to just how waterproof these babies are. This speaker is an excellent option for teens who want to listen to music in the shower, at the beach, or hanging out with friends because the built-in carabiner can attach to almost anything.


10 Foot Long iPhone Charger Cable (Pack of 2)

  • For Bedtime Scrolling

  • $$$$$
  • Gadgets & Gear

Many older homes might not have the abundance of outlets to suit our modern technology needs. Thanks to this super long charger cable, inconveniently placed outlets are a problem of the past. Now your teen will be able to scroll through TikTok videos from the comfort of their bed or couch instead of hovering awkwardly by their weirdly placed outlet. Plus, it comes as a set of two, so they’ll have a backup once they inevitably lose it (or you can snag one for yourself, we won’t tell).


Cloud And Lightning Neon LED Sign

  • Light Up Their Decor

  • $$$$$
  • Homegoods, Novelty

Are you looking for cool decor gift ideas for 16-year-old girls? As we mentioned earlier, teens love revamping their rooms to reflect their new tastes and interests. This statement piece could be just the thing she needs to give her room the aesthetic she desires at a surprisingly low price. Did anyone else think that neon lights like this were expensive, or was it just us? Anyways, this one comes in three color combinations and can be delivered very quickly for a cool last-minute gift.


Hydro Flask Water Bottle with Straw Lid

  • Keep Your Best Girl Hydrated

  • $$$$$
  • Gadgets & Gear, Accessories

Last but not least, we leave you with the classic hydro flask water bottle. These babies are everywhere, and we can’t say that we’re mad that Gen Z made hydration cool and trendy. These Hydro flask products are definitely a bit pricey for water bottles, but they really do keep your water well insulated (plus, it’s huge). If you want to add a little something extra to your gift, we suggest a pack of stickers so your teen can start decorating her new bottle!


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What Do 16-Year-Olds Like to Do?

If you’re trying to figure out a cool gift or experience for a 16-year-old, you might be surprised to realize teens like doing the same things they always have! Additionally, the interests of the teen you’re shopping for will inventively vary compared to another teen. One thing seems to be almost universally true, though, many modern teens might spend time on social media, specifically apps like TikTok, VSCO, and Instagram. If recording a 30-second dance video with your daughter, niece, little sister, or other 16-year-old in your life doesn’t sound like your cup of tea; there are plenty of other activities you could do together. We suggest trying something that appeals to both of your interests, whether it’s a hike, a local pottery painting class, or scrolling through Y2K music videos on YouTube to pick trends to bring back into style.

Are Sweet 16s Still Popular?

Although we might not be in the heyday of “My Super Sweet 16” on MTV anymore, that doesn’t mean sweet 16s have disappeared. But, as always, teens might have different and personalized ways that they want to celebrate. Some teens might prefer a smaller affair, such as dinner with their family and best friend at a favorite restaurant, while others might prefer a larger party. Either way, it’s not the size of the celebration that matters as much as the thought behind it!

Why is 16 a Special Birthday?

In the U.S., 16 is a special birthday because it is when a teenager can get their first job and a driver’s license in most states. This increase in freedom- their own money and transportation- also comes with increased responsibilities that many teenagers feel they are ready to take on.

How Much Do You Spend on a 16-Year-Old’s Birthday Gift?

There is no right or wrong amount of money to spend on a 16-year-olds birthday gift, and the amount you spend will vary highly based on your disposable income, preferences, and the interests of your child. Around 16, many teenagers have developed specific interests or hobbies that might require more expensive equipment or gadgets, so some parents (who are able) might be willing to spend $100-300 dollars on gifts. However, it is, of course, dependent on your individual resources and relationship with the teen.

How Much Money Do You Give for a 16th Birthday?

The short answer is- however much money you feel comfortable with! Teen years are foundational, so it could be a good time to start giving your teen money and talking to them about prioritizing their spending. Additionally, by their teen years, they might want a bit more independence in picking out their clothes and products, and their taste might be quite different from yours! How much money you give your teens will also depend on your resources and relationship to the 16-year-old (you would probably give more to your daughter than your second cousin, for example). Some parents might be willing to spend $100-$300 on their child’s 16th birthday, whereas others might be able to spend less or more. No matter your budget, there are plenty of unique (and inexpensive) items your teen will still love!

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Carly Schwarz

Carly Schwarz is a part-time conservation biologist, part-time creator of funky crafts, and full-time goofball writer for Gift Rabbit. She earned a degree in Environmental Biology from Tulane University in New Orleans and has worked on conservation projects worldwide since. Before she entered the world of online writing, Carly was the Research Coordinator of an elephant sanctuary in northern Thailand.