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
“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.”
“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.”
These pink Stan Smith sneakers from Adidas are another colorful, playful, and teen-friendly take on a classic style.
“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.”
“I am wishing for a red Moschino coat,” says Marita, 16. “Blair Waldorf had a similar one on Gossip Girl.”
“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.)
“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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.)
“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.”
“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.”
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’s Birthday Balm Dot Calm smells like Milk Bar’s famous gourmet Funfetti cake, comes in a holographic tube, and has a slight shimmer.
“I want a Kylie lip kit. It’s a good brand! Also it smells nice. It stays on forever,” says Julia O., 19.
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
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.”
“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.
“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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