Finding the perfect holiday gift can be maddening — is this the color they’d want? Is it something they already have? Is it so last year? — but really, once you have a sense of a person’s taste, it’s not impossible. This season, we’ll be talking to members of various tribes to find out exactly what to get that college student, or serious home cook, or Star Wars fanatic in your life. Think of it as a window into their brain trust — or at least a very helpful starting point. Today, 14 teen girls on the gifts they want for the holidays.
“I would enjoy receiving this gift because it tells you information on your genetics and whether you carry genetic markers that correlate with risks for particular diseases. As a curious human, it’s interesting to learn this information about myself that I don’t already know.” —Jesse M., 19
“I’m asking for this for Christmas because it is extra amazing, and will give edge to any outfit.” —Jesse M.
“I want this bag (in black, of course) because it is so cute, amazing quality, and the perfect size bag to bring anywhere and be able to fit anything into. I would use this for school, work, or even a beach day. I feel like it’s just a great, essential tote to have in your collection.” —Sadie H., 18
“I’m asking for a pair of Ray-Bans with a round frame and purple-tinted lenses. I already have a pair of aviators and I kind of just want something different. These are cool.” —Ava, 16
“I also want a cool jacket, a beautiful leather jacket, definitely not grungy. I’m thinking of this one from BCBG, it’s really nice. It’s fitted, black, and super soft.” —Ava, 16
“I want a Beats Pill so I can listen to quality music when I throw parties. They’re the best-known Bluetooth speaker, so I trust them.” —Lauren F., 19
“I’m hoping for Lululemon leggings for working out or just wearing. I found a pair at the store, all black and the seams were popping out. I don’t have a pair yet, but my sister has a couple of pairs, and I’m jealous.” —Audrey, 13
“Jack Rogers sandals. I had a pair but I grew out of them. Then I was on vacation and I found a really cute pair. They’re like a circle with circles inside of it. They’re so comfortable.” —Audrey, 13
“I always see these types of masks being used in those Instagram beauty videos and I’ve wanted to try one.The rubber mask seems so fun to put on, and even more fun to peel off. Sheet masks are a big trend because of how easy they are to use, so this would be so fun to try out for the holidays, especially when my skin gets super dry.” —Casey G., 16
“For this holiday season I am really wishing for a Google Home because, as I will be a freshman at fashion school next year, it would be really helpful to organize my school plans and play music.” —Jenny S., 17
“On the top of my holiday wishes are Schultz red sneakers that read on the back, “THE FUTURE IS FEMALE.” I absolutely love these sneakers because I am a feminist who has dreams to be a creative director in a fashion company when I get older and these sneakers are a great reminder that women are capable of anything. It would spread inspiration to girls around me daily and make me feel powerful when becoming my own girl boss.”
—Jenny S., 17
“This Christmas I want a bra that actually fits. I tried this one on in the store and was amazed at how incredibly comfortable my boobs were while wearing it.” —Julia H., 15
“I want a Clarisonic Mia 1 brush. I’d like this system because I want to finally clear my skin and have a skin-care routine that really works.”
—Julia H., 15
“I am wishing for a red Moschino coat. Blair Waldorf had a similar one on Gossip Girl.” —Marita, 16
“I’m a huge makeup junkie and this one has caught my eye for such a long time. Every well-known YouTube makeup artist raves about it and most girls who love a smoky eye or cut-crease would want this in their collection.” —Quinn G., 19
“I want mom jeans because they’re super comfy and they look good with almost all tops. I love these high-waisted ones from Levi’s. [Editor’s note: These are also the jeans Strategist editor Alexis Swerdloff raves about.]”
“As a college student, it’s always been important to me to decorate my dorm as cute as possible. This duvet cover is simple enough to add some spice to the room, yet not too busy to the point that it will make the room feel smaller than it already is.” —Sara S., 19
“I have wanted the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette for a long time, but couldn’t make myself pay that much for a palette myself.” —Alyssa, 16
“I know this is really small, but I really want the holiday pack of EOS lip balms. I get very into the holidays and having little things like these make my day so much better. EOS lip balms also taste really good.” —Alyssa, 16
“I want a Kylie lip kit. It’s a good brand! Also it smells nice. It stays on forever.” —Julia O, 19
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