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The 28 Best Gifts for Teenage Girls, According to Teenagers

Best Holiday Gifts for Teen Girls
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Much as you might try, it can be hard keeping up with teens and their trends if you’re not one yourself. One day, they’re vaping and dressing up like internet memes, and the next, they’re over it. That fickleness is exactly why it can be tricky to find gifts for teenage girls that they’ll like and use — and if the mere thought of trying to find a present for a teenager is making you feel old and overwhelmed, don’t worry. Below, we found 28 gift ideas for teenage girls, as recommended by actual teenagers, to make it a little easier for you to find an age-appropriate gift that’s actually cool.

Clothing and Accessories

Madewell Medium Transport Tote
$158 at Nordstrom

“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,” says Sadie H., 18. “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.”

Fjällräven Kanken Water Resistant Backpack
$80 at Nordstrom

For a teenage girl who might prefer a backpack, or an everyday bag that’s not black, Fjällräven’s Kanken backpack is a stylish, teen-approved option.

Ray-Ban Round Flat Lenses in Gold Lilac Mirror
$178 at Ray-Ban

“I’m asking for a pair of Ray-Bans with a round frame and purple-tinted lenses,” says Ava, 16. “I already have a pair of aviators and I kind of just want something different. These are cool.”

Le Specs the Last Lolita Cat-Eye Sunglasses
$80 at Matches Fashion

These smallish sunglasses are reminiscent of those often worn by models Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and their cool friends.

Air Max 90 EZ Sneaker
$120 at Nordstrom

We’ve written about the rise of ugly-cool sneakers and the enduring appeal of all-white sneakers in the past, and these Nike sneakers are the best of both worlds.

Adidas Originals Stan Smith
$80 at Zappos

These pink Stan Smith sneakers from Adidas are another colorful, playful, and teen-friendly take on a classic style.

Jack Rogers Georgica Sandals
$128 at Zappos

Audrey, 13, wants, “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.”

Topshop Blossom Blossom Faux Leather Biker Jacket
$67 at Nordstrom

“I also want a cool jacket — a beautiful leather jacket, definitely not grungy,” adds 16-year-old Ava. “It’s fitted, black, and super soft.”

Boutique Moschino Embroidered Button Coat
$1,582 at Farfetch

“I am wishing for a red Moschino coat,” says Marita, 16. “Blair Waldorf had a similar one on Gossip Girl.”

Editor’s note: This exact red embroidered coat from Moschino is sold out, but this oversize wool jacket from ASOS has a similar vibe. So does this red trench coat from Topshop.

Levi’s 505C High Rise Crop Jeans
$98 at Bloomingdale’s

“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,” says Roxana, 14. (These are also the jeans Strategist editor Alexis Swerdloff raves about.)

Lululemon Speed Tight V Leggings
$108 at Lululemon

“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,” admits Audrey, 13.

Body by Victoria Demi Bra
$60 at Victoria’s Secret

“I want a bra that actually fits,” says 15-year-old Julia H. “I tried this one on in the store and was amazed at how incredibly comfortable my boobs were while wearing it.”

True Body V Neck Bra
$49 at True&Co.

For those who want a well-fitting bra but are perhaps intimidated by Victoria’s Secret, online bra company True & Co. might be a good place to start. Your teen can take an online quiz that’ll help determine which style is the best for their lifestyle and body — all without leaving the comfort of their own home.

Beauty Products

Dr. Jart+ Clear Skin Lover Rubber Mask
$12 at Sephora

“I always see these types of masks being used in those Instagram beauty videos and I’ve wanted to try one,” admits Casey G., 16. “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, especially when my skin gets super dry.”

Moisturizing Moon Mask
$22 at Glossier

Another Instagram influencer–approved skin-care brand is Glossier, and their moisturizing mud mask will also hydrate dry skin, but is sensitive enough for acne-prone skin. (Plus, it comes with stickers and their now-signature pink bubble-wrap pouch.)

Clarisonic Mia 1 Skin Cleansing System
$129 at Ulta Beauty

“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,” says Julia H., who is 15.

Da Bomb Fairy Bomb
$8 at Ulta Beauty

A nicely scented bath bomb is a perennial teen favorite. This brand, Da Bomb, is actually run by two teenage sisters who started making these when they were 10 and 12 years old.

Too Faced The Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette
$49 at Ulta Beauty

“I have wanted the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette for a long time,” says Alyssa, 16, “but couldn’t make myself pay that much for a palette myself.”

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette
$42 at Ulta Beauty

“I’m a huge makeup junkie, and this one has caught my eye for such a long time,” admits Quinn G., 19. “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.”

EOS Marine Collection
$8 at Ulta Beauty

Alyssa would also like a pack of EOS lip balms. “Having little things like these make my day so much better. EOS lip balms also taste really good.”

Glossier Birthday Balm Dotcom
$12 at Glossier

Glossier’s Birthday Balm Dot Calm smells like Milk Bar’s famous gourmet Funfetti cake, comes in a holographic tube, and has a slight shimmer.

Kylie Cosmetics by Kylie Jenner Lip Kit in Penelope
$29 at Kylie Cosmetics

“I want a Kylie lip kit. It’s a good brand! Also it smells nice. It stays on forever,” says Julia O., 19.

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint
$24 at Sephora

If your teen is more of a Rihanna stan, this matte-red lipstick from Fenty Beauty is sure to be a hit. It’s adored by Strategist’s resident beauty write Rio Viera-Newton, who calls it “an ultramatte velvet red that’s eye-catching without looking overly pinup-y.”

Home and Tech

23andMe Health and Ancestry DNA Kit
$199 at Amazon

Jesse M., a 19-year-old, wants a 23andMe DNA kit 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.”

Google Home
$129 at Bed Bath & Beyond

“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,” says Jenny S., 17.

Beats Pill Plus Portable Wireless Speaker
$230 at Amazon

“I want a Beats Pill so I can listen to quality music when I throw parties,” says Lauren F., 19. “They’re the best-known Bluetooth speaker, so I trust them.”

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Waterproof Super Portable Bluetooth Speaker
$69 at Amazon

This colorful speaker from Ultimate Ears is less expensive than the Beats Pill, but still has great sound quality.

Urban Outfitters Rowan Bandhani Duvet Cover
$89 at Urban Outfitters

“As a college student, it’s always been important to me to decorate my dorm as cute as possible,” says Sara S., 19 (though the sentiment is probably shared by many other teenage girls who are still living at home). “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.”

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The 28 Best Gifts for Teenage Girls, According to Teenagers