It used to be so easy to shop for my daughter. I knew what characters she liked, the toys that she’d enjoy, and colors she was drawn to. She enjoyed stuffed animals, games, small and cute things, ugly and weird things, bugs, art supplies, etc. Now that she’s a teen, buying gifts she likes is much harder.
Shopping for Teen Girls Can Be a Pain
Last year, when we had an eighth grade graduation party for her, friends would ask me what they could get for her. I honestly couldn’t tell them. They inquired as to what her favorite clothing store was. She doesn’t have one. They wondered what her favorite colors are. They change daily, as do the shades she gravitates to. I felt like such an aloof mom but, even when consulting with my daughter, it turns out that she doesn’t know what she likes or doesn’t like either. I do not envy those teenage years.
12 Non-Lame Gift Ideas for Teen Girls
So what did I learn from all of this? While much depends on the teenager, there are a few basics that will likely appeal to teen girls. This list has the nod of approval from my 14-year-old daughter.
- iTunes Gift Card (if they have Apple devices)
- Silly Smartphone Case or Wristlet (again, see what type of phone they have)
- Best Buy Gift Card
- Bluetooth speaker
- Designer earbuds
- Cute or fun keychain
- Store (preferred apparel) gift card
- Brightly colored purse with a lot of pockets
- Costume Jewelry (they can never have enough earrings)
- Various nail polish colors
- Sketch or writing notebooks with animals, sports, or floral designs (depends on the type of girl)
- Deposit into their ScholarShare account
The last one they probably won’t appreciate until they are older though 🙂 To learn more about ScholarShare, see this post I wrote a few months ago.