Teenagers are notoriously difficult to buy presents for. Even if they love shopping, when they open the presents that you give them, you are usually lucky to get so much as a sneer.
Surprise your teens with gifts that they will actually like. They may forget to thank you, but the look on their faces should let you know that you did it right this time.
Here is a list of ten gift ideas for teenage girls which give you a good chance of getting that elusive prize: gratitude!
1. A Scooter
Your teen may not be ready for a car, but she wants the independence to go where she wants without always asking for a ride.
Razor and other brands have a fun lineup of scooters which will let her go to the mall or her friend’s house in style.
Not only do they come in a rainbow of candy colors, but they are also eco-friendly. Many teens value the importance of being green.
2. An Electric Cleansing Brush
Many teens struggle with acne-prone skin. The new rage is using a sonic cleansing brush, which uses pulses of energy to gently clean and exfoliate the face.
These brushes will remove makeup and dead cells without irritating the already sensitive teenage epidermis. Plus, they are a cool gadget to bring to slumber parties.
3. A Gift Card
Conundrum: many teen girls love clothes. However, buying clothes for teenage girls as a birthday or holiday gift often backfires.
You got the size or the color wrong. That brand is so last year.
Play it safe. Get them a gift card to their favorite designer of girls’ clothes . Let them choose.
You will both be much happier.
4. A Trip
If your teenager deserves a special gift- say for graduation or her sweet sixteen, maybe you should spring for something really meaningful.
Teenagers love to travel: they have boundless energy and curiosity, and they are sponges eager to soak up new cultures and experiences.
If your teen is responsible enough to handle it, why not pay for her to go on a trip? Let her get a glimpse of the wide world by visiting grandma in Italy on her own, or going to Disney with a few of her closest friends.
It’s hard to let them go, but allowing your teen the freedom to venture out on her own is a gift she will treasure for a lifetime.
5. Echo Dot
For techy teens, you cannot go wrong with the latest Echo Dot, the ingenious speaker that lets you ask for whatever you want.
Your teen will play her fave tunes, enjoy games with her friends, and check the weather so she knows whether to wear sandals or snow boots today.
There is also a kid’s version available, so you can limit screen time and block sites that may not be appropriate for her age.
7. A Pet
Even the most jaded teen’s eyes will light up when they see a puppy or a kitten. If there is room in your home and your life for another creature, why not adopt a homeless animal for your teen?
Owning a pet is a great way to learn responsibility and empathy for others. It will get your teen off the phone and open her eyes to the joy of giving back.
Ad if the little guy has trouble learning where to go to the bathroom or not to eat shoes, your teen can teach him. Training a dog requires patience and persistence, other good lessons for all teens to learn.
8. A Turntable
Vinyl is back, and young people are beginning to appreciate the fun of spinning disks. Maybe you want to pass along your old collection of records to show your teen that you, too, were cool once!
There are many fun, simple turntables on the market now that hook up to Bluetooth and also allow a new generation to appreciate the quality of good old fashioned LPs. Some come in fun pastel shades, too.
There are even models which can convert records to MP3 files. Those vinyl disks may not last forever.
9. Unstable Unicorns
This card game sold out over the holidays, but you may now be able to get a copy and prove yourself to be a true hero to your teen.
This strategic card game is like Cards Against Humanity but maybe a tad more teen-appropriate. It’s got sparkly, cute unicorns drawn in the style of her favorite anime or “My Little Pony” cartoons.
It also requires you to betray your friends, which can be an apt symbol for the trails and tribulations of junior high.
Prepare to be kept up late by squeals and giggles throughout the night when your teen and her friends pay this ruthless yet cute game of wits.
10. Soundbot Beanie
Wearable tech is a fad, and the Soundbot Beanie is a great way to get your teen to actually cover her head in sub-zero temperatures without worrying too much about her hairstyle.
This cool hat synchs up with a Bluetooth so your teen can listen to her top tunes while jogging or skiing in the cold weather. The style is unisex, so it’s also appealing to those favoring an androgynous or non-binary look.
Gift Ideas for Teenage Girls: You Really Can Make Her Happy!
It’s hard to predict what is hot in teen style, or what your favorite adolescent may like this week. Who knows what color, band or show is hot from one minute to the next?
However, you can’t go wrong with certain staples, like the latest technology, unicorns, or puppies.
While coming up with great gift ideas for teenage girls, you may be discouraged that you will never hear the words “thank you” issue from those lips. But do not despair.
Your teen knows in her heart that you have done your best to make her happy, and eventually, one day, she will thank you for it.
Just don’t hold your breath.
For more tips on how to stay happy, no matter what, check out our blog.