Last Updated: Feb 23, 2018
Finding the perfect, personalized gift idea for your teen girl can be exciting. Today’s young women are future-focused, ready to explore the next exciting trend in food, fashion, and style. New trends start showing up every day which makes your choices endless! A meaningful gift takes a bit more listening, searching and foresight to know what will feed their passions of the moment.
From pre-teen to college-bound young women, choose a gift that speaks to their favorite hobbies and activities, even if these change day by day. Spruce up their room with a distinctive piece of décor that matches their style, encourage their writing voice with a unique new journal or send them off to college with a new helpful piece of technology.
Most importantly, figure out what makes each girl unique—this will undoubtedly guide you toward the perfect gift for the teenager in your life.
Consider a few helpful tips when picking out a present for teenage girls:
Don’t Assume They Only Want Money
Sure, this is an easy and dependable go-to for gift giving all around. Birthdays, graduations and holidays provide the opportunity to showcase how much you understand this particular girl.
Recognizing their current passions, however different from your own, encourages their self-expression. Consider artwork, cooking gear, specialized books or a unique fashion accessory to customize a present just for her style and interests.
Do Ask for Suggestions
In most cases, an element of surprise amps up the gift-giving moment. Though gifting a teen is no exception, sometimes asking for blunt suggestions is smarter than playing detective. Her answer may surprise you—maybe you had no idea she longed to deck out her room in unicorns, or perhaps she’s taken up a new photography project. Approach the question with excited curiosity and aim for a full discussion.
Don’t Judge Their Fashion
Quickly changing fashion trends allow teenage girls to explore their own personal sense of style. Celebrate their current fad—the support will help them develop and grow naturally. If you’re concerned about investing in pieces that may go unworn, go the accessory route. Funky, colored sunglasses, silly socks or a collection of personalized charms are always a safe yet personal way to go.
Do Encourage New Skills and Hobbies
Teenage girls today have no boundaries in their passions and interests. Encourage their new hobby by gifting a helpful book, educational experience or a physical item that helps them further explore their passion. For those interested in the culinary arts, finding a teen cooking class in the area or gift a personalized set of cooking utensils.
Don’t Go with Last Year’s List
So much can change in a year. Steer clear from banking on last year’s interests without checking in first. Though we tend to grasp onto interests for much longer as adults, style and fashion changes much more quickly at their age. See if they’re looking to make a change or have begun brainstorming a new hobby on their own.
Do Consider Going the Sentimental Route
Never underestimate the emotional depth during this transitional teen time. Your young lady will love any personalized show of love that reminds them how much they mean in your life— even in the ups and the downs. If she’s about to head off to school, now’s a perfect time to arrange a photo-centric gift or a keepsake to keep her family and childhood close.
Personalizing Gifts for Your Teen
Without any doubt, personalizing a gift makes something all her own. Nothing makes an item more special to a teen than a monogram or personalized message of love. Consider adding personalization to practical items that they’ll use every day. Monogram a water bottle in her favorite color for school and on the field. Include adorable childhood photos to a charm bracelet with her birthstone and charms with a few of her favorite things.
Does your teen girl have a green thumb? Check three boxes off at once: encourage a hobby, freshen up her room and give a customized gift. Personalized planters, for example, are stylish additions to any room and encourage her in a new talent.
Think of all the little details that make gift personal to her style. Choose color, patterns, and textures that add to her favorite aesthetic. Add a complimentary item to her room design or an organizational school piece perfect for balancing out her existent collection.
Consider A Few Teen-Perfect Ideas
1. Engraved Necklace
Minimalist style is in. This simple and classic XO necklace is playful, young and modern at the same time. What’s best, it will survive the test of time as they grow older. This is a piece she’ll keep for years and years. With the option of gold, rose gold or silver, personalize this necklace to her style and favorite color scheme.
2. Flamingoes Canvas Pouch
At this age, a small dependable bag goes a long way. She can fill this adorable canvas pouch to her bag collection with art supplies, pens and pencils, makeup or her favorite bracelets. Add a hand-embroidered initial alongside the little flamingo as well. The whole pouch is lined with a gold trim and gold base.
3. Monogrammed Grid Collage Notebook
Reflect her Instagram favorites on her most personal item in her day—her favorite notebook. Every time she jots down notes for class or adds new thoughts to her journal, all her cherished photos will greet her at the front of the notebook. Surround her monogram with colorful images she’s taken on her phone—now published on the front of her own journal.
4. Dot Pillow
Add the coziest addition to her home or college bed with an organic cotton throw pillow. Choose a photo, favorite pattern—such as a playful polka-dot design—or even a drawing of her own. Print it on the front of this stylish room addition. Pick a photo of her and all her friends or a quote from a favorite author or movie!
5. Smart Phone Case
When you gift a quality iPhone case, everyone wins. The inner silicone lining provides extra protection for all those sudden drops and slips, and it’s stylish and personalized cover spruces up her most useful accessory. You can even personalize the outside with photos or your own artistic design.
6. Personalized Puzzles
Great for a girl’s night in, design her own personalized puzzle with a picture of her friend group or a funny pic from childhood. Cozy up with some hot chocolate and spend a night completing this fun challenge together. Choose between levels of difficulty—from 60 to 252 pieces.
Wait…There’s 55 More Gift Ideas for Teens!
In case you are still looking for additional ideas to go with the items above, we’ve gathered 55 more DIY ideas that are perfect for any teen girl. Give her something for her room, her makeup bag or something she can wear any day of the week.
Terrazzo Slice Soaps by Fall for DIY
Grapefruit Rosemary Bath Salts by Homey Oh My
Rose Hibiscus Whipped Body Butter by Poppytalk
Strawberry Face Scrub by The Classy Chapter
Vanilla Sugar Lip Polish by Bitz & Giggles
Coconut Lavender Hair Mask by A Delightful Home
Peach Passion Bath Salts by Savvy Naturalista
Orange and Honey Body Wash by Shaken Together
Mocha Coffee Body Scrub by We Are Thoughts
Coconut Oil Bath Bombs by Hello Glow
Lavender Pillow Spray by The Merry Thought
Colorful Temporary Tattoos by A Subtle Revelry
Shimmer and Shine Nail Polish Kit by See Kate Sew
Signature Perfume Scent by Overthrow Martha
Rainbow Bubbling Bath Truffles by Soap Queen by Bramble Berry
Palm Leaf Ring Dish by A Beautiful Mess
Colorful Tissue Paper Pots by Tell Love and Party
Concrete Copper Heart Candles by I Spy DIY
Geode Jewelry Box by DIY in PDX
DIY Cornhole Game by Lovely Indeed
Rainbow Fringe Blanket by Club Crafted
Glitter Monogram Mason Jar Mugs by Mason Jar Crafts
DIY Travel Journals by Maritza Lisa
Imprinted Ceramic Trinket Bowls by The Lovely Drawer
Lego Gold Mirror Frame by Our Nerd Home
Mixed Media Galaxy Photo Album by Natalie Wright
Beaded and Feathered Dream Catcher by Dream Green DIY
Sequin Picture Frame by I Heart Naptime
Lavender Mason Jar Candle by A Pumpkin and a Princess
Disco Ball Succulent Planters by A Bubbly Life
Embroidered Custom Photo Tote Bag by Sarah Hearts
Graphic Acrylic Purse by Studio DIY
Stamped Scarf by Almost Makes Perfect
Monogram Tassel Keychain by Damask Love
Summery Floral Clutch by Design Improvised
Canvas iPad Case by Say Yes
Glitter Leather Star Headband by Carnets Parisiens
Pearl Studded Fingerless Gloves by Wild Amor
DIY Makeup Bag by Plan B Anna Evers
DIY Flower Crown by Kelli Murray
No Sew Denim Mini Bag by I Love to Create
Personalized Pencil Pouches by Minted
Citrus Earbud Zipper Pouch by Flamingo Toes
Colorful Yoga Mat by Sewing Rabbit
Ombre Scarf by A Blossoming Life
Aquamarine Tassel Necklace by Dans Le Lakehouse
Braided Cuff by Honestly WTF
Wire Heart Ring by Swell Mayde
Crystal Bracelet by A Splendid Assemblage
Fishbone Earrings by Thanks, I Made It
Lariat Statement Necklace by Oh Everything Handmade
Boho Pearl Earrings by Legendary Beads
Raindrop Necklace by Small Good Things
Crystal Ear Cuff by My Little Secrets
Geometric Cocktail Ring by Lusting for Lavish
Buying the perfect gift for your favorite teen girl in your life doesn’t need to be a challenge. She’s passionate about all the new trends the world has to offer, and you’re here to help her celebrate them. Tap into her favorite hobbies, her changing sense of style and all the things that make her unique. Go the extra step by considering a sweet personalized birthday gift, making your gift truly one-of-a-kind for a constantly changing young woman.