Shopping for teen girls can be a bit of a nightmare at times – they can be so picky about what they like and dislike. You don’t have to be stuck for ideas with this helpful gift guide we have compiled here – we’ve picked out 25 great 16th birthday gift ideas here which are sure to appeal to everyone. When your girl is turning sweet sixteen, you might wish to treat her to something really special. Well, don’t worry as we’ve got you covered! Whilst she might be old enough to start driving now, a car isn’t a realistic and affordable gift for many parents. That’s why we’ve picked some of the best sweet 16 gift ideas which are sure to delight her just as much.
Considerations when Choosing Gifts for 16 Year Old Girl
There are a few things which must be kept in mind when choosing the perfect gift. First, her age. Remember she is becoming a young woman, so probably won’t appreciate ‘babyish’ gifts and toys. But, all girls mature at different rates, so also think about what she is interested in and will enjoy using. So, her interests and tastes are also important to consider when choosing out a good gift. The type of gift is also important – do you want a small, funny gift, something to help her remember turning 16, or perhaps a big gift to spoil her on her sweet 16th? We have all of these bases covered below, so you are sure to find the gift which is simply perfect.
Top Sweet 16 Birthday Gift Ideas
We will now present our picks of 25 of the best gift ideas for 16 year old daughter, granddaughter or friends. Whether you’re looking for something special, unique, funny or practical, you can find it all here!
1. Wooden Art Set
Our first pick is this art set, which contains almost 150 pieces and comes packaged in a lovely wooden case. It comes with loads of different shades of crayons, 24 each of oil pastels and colored pencils, sketching pencils, paint brushes, a pencil sharpener and an eraser. The box is great for drawing on the go, as well as keeping everything neatly stored when not in use. There’s a drawer on the box for further storage, and a few sheets of paper could also be kept in with the drawing supplies for convenience. The perfect gift for young artists!
2. Waterproof Portable Speaker
This compact and portable Bluetooth speaker offers excellent 360 degree sound and has a great battery life of up to 10 hours. It’s also waterproof up to 1m for half an hour. There are different color options to choose from, including gray, red, black, pink and green. The speaker can be connected up with two others the same to create an even louder and better sound – perfect for parties. And because it’s waterproof, it can even be used for pool parties, or in the shower at home. Your teen will never have to be without music again!
3. Efytal 16th Birthday Necklace
Jewelry is one of the most popular ideas for 16 birthday, and this necklace is just perfect. It has 16 gems, one for each year, so it’s makes an excellent keepsake for the big day. This is perfect for any young lady who’s turning 16, whether it’s a daughter, granddaughter, best friend, niece, etc. The necklace is made from sterling silver, so it’s long lasting and won’t cause skin irritation.
4. Pure Body Mud Mask
Many older teen girls love to pamper themselves, so why not treat them to this lovely mud mask, which is perfect for both face and body. There are 8.8 ounces in the jar, so it will last well. It’s made from top-quality ingredients such as shea butter, essential oils and Dead Sea mud. The mask helps to clear pores and detox the skin, which can help reduce acne, something which troubles many sixteen year old women.
5. The Sims 4 – Get Famous
If your teen girl is into gaming, there’s a good chance The Sims is one of her favorites. This expansion pack requires the original game, and adds loads of fun features. The game is compatible with a variety of Windows PC operating systems from XP onwards, as well as Mac systems. Players will love the fun additions this expansion pack brings – mainly making their Sims become rich and famous! Teens will love experimenting with the glamorous lifestyle and outfits!
6. Leather Alphabet Keychain
This cool keychain is a gift which is both practical and stylish. At the age of 16, she might have her own keys to the house and might even have a car, so a keyring is surely going to come in handy. It comes in all letters of the alphabet, so you can pick out her initial. The keyring is made from genuine leather, and the hooks open easily to attach the keys, unlike a hoop keyring which can be more tricky. There is a clasp at the other end which is handy for attaching the keys to something, and will help prevent them from getting lost! The keychain comes in a gift box making it easy to give as a gift on the special day.
7. Tirrinia Mermaid Blanket
Next on our list of 16 birthday ideas is this adorable mermaid tail blanket. The crochet blanket has a sherpa fleece lining so it’s super-cozy, and there’s a neck strap to keep it held in place. There are four different colors to choose from – blue, green, purple and pink. The size of the blanket is ideal for adults and teens – you can be sure they won’t outgrow it. The blanket is perfect for using on the sofa, outdoors or when having a sleepover with friends.
8. 16th Charm Bracelet
Our next gift for 16 year girl is this lovely charm bracelet. It’s silver plated and comes in a satin-lined gift box so it can be given straight away. Girls will love the design of this bracelet – some of the charms are glass loops and there are hearts, stars and of course the larger number 16. The diameter of the bracelet is around 3.5 inches, and it is a decent weight, to ensure it is durable and won’t easily get broken.
9. Adidas Lite Racer
When it comes to the perfect gift for 16 year olds, sneakers are usually near the top of the list. These ones from Adidas are perfect for running or working out, but they’re also stylish to wear casually when hanging out with friends. They have a rubber sole and mesh upper for maximum breathability. Inside the shoe, you’ll find a foam sock liner which makes them extremely comfortable to wear. There are various colors to choose from, such as white, gray and baby blue.
10. Just Dance 2019
If your girl is into video game, Just Dance is sure to be one she enjoys! It’s great for playing alone or with friends, and is also a fun way to keep fit and active. This new edition is compatible with a variety of platforms such as PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and more, so you should be able to find the correct version depending on which console she has. The 2019 edition comes with a variety of music, and there’s an online streaming service which gives access to an additional 400 songs, as well as the 40 which come with the game as standard.
11. Kate Kasin Vintage Dress
A beautiful dress is a nice gift for 16 year olds, and this vintage style is sure to appeal to a variety of tastes. It’s made mainly from cotton, is sleeveless and has a zipper back so it’s easy to get on. It’s perfect for a variety of occasions, whether she wants to dress it up for a formal occasion, or dress down to keep it casual. She will look stunning in this at her sweet 16 party! There are other color options and patterns available, so if this isn’t her style it’s worth looking at the other choices.
12. Jansport Backpack
A new backpack for school is always a good gift idea, and you can’t go wrong with this one from top brand Jansport. It’s a great size for school, and comes in loads of color options so you can find one she’ll love. There are padded shoulder straps for comfort, as well as a practical zippered pocket on the front. Jansport backpacks are great quality, so you can be sure this will last for many years. We love the range of colors and patterns which are available – there’s something for all tastes and personalities.
13. Sweet Sizteen Jewelry Box
If you’re looking for unique 16th birthday ideas, a special keepsake jewelry box is a lovely idea. This one has a nice message for the birthday girl on the top, but it can be replaced with a 6″ x 4″ photo if preferred. The box has a wind up mechanism which plays ‘You are my Sunshine’, which girls will love to hear. Inside the box, you can find a velvet lining and padded cushioning to keep jewelry safe and protected.
14. Casio Watch
A watch is always a good gift idea – it’s something practical which can be used and worn every day. This one comes with both analogue and digital displays and has an LED backlit screen. It offers world time displays for 48 different cities, and has an alarm function too. The time can be displayed in 24 or 12 hour format and there’s also a stopwatch and timer function. The watch is water resistant to 100m so it can be worn during swimming, showering and watersport activities.
15. Sony 20.1MP Camera
A digital camera is a great gift for teen girls who love taking pictures with their friends! This one from Sony won’t break the bank, and can also be used to capture HD movies. It has 5x optical zoom for getting closer to the action, and offers reduced blur thanks to the stabilization function. The 20.1MP sensor ensures images are high-quality, and the menu has an easy mode which is perfect for beginners.
16. The Driving Book
If your girl is keen to start driving as soon as she is legally able to, this book is an excellent gift. It tells her everything she needs to know as a new driver, and is perfect for helping her learn when she’s not having practical driving experience. It’s not just advice on driving – you can also learn how to change a tire and more. Advice is also given on driving in poor weather conditions, so the book is sure to put parents at ease. The book contains humor as well as helpful advice, so it’s perfect for the teenage audience. If you can’t afford to buy your teenager a car, this is an ideal compromise!
17. Alex and Ani 16th Bracelet
We’ve already had a bracelet on our list, but this one is too cute not to include! It has a simple yet stylish design which is sure to appeal to teen girls. It’s a lovely keepsake they can look back on over the years, yet it comes in at a very reasonable price. The bracelet is expandable to fit most sizes and has a lovely shiny silver finish. The jewel inside the 16 is a nice finishing touch.
18. Shocking Potato Game
If you’re looking for a great game to play at the 16th birthday party, Shocktato is a great pick! There are three different modes, music only, music and shock, or shock only so you never know when the shock will come! It can be enjoyed by any number of players, which is why it’s the perfect party game. It’s sure to make everyone laugh! The potato is impact resistant so it won’t get damaged if it is dropped during play.
19. Personalized Name Necklace
Personalized gifts for 16th birthday girl are an excellent idea – something she can treasure forever. This necklace is made from sterling silver and there’s the option to have it plated with gold or rose gold. It comes with a choice of chain lengths, and you can choose an name for the pendant. The necklace is presented in a gift box so it’s ideal for giving on the special occasion. Girls will love to wear this necklace everyday, whether it’s a casual occasion or a formal one. It’s very reasonably priced for such a special and thoughtful gift too.
20. Teens Cook Book
At the age of 16, it’s ideal if teens can start learning to cook for themselves a bit in preparation for moving away from home. That’s why we’ve chosen to feature this excellent Teens Cook book in our gift guide. It is filled with loads of fun recipes for all meals of the day and even features snacks and sides ideas. The recipes and instructions are easy to follow, so it’s the perfect book for beginners. You can also find some definitions of cooking vocab, as well as general cooking tips and advice.
21. WXY Over Ear Headphones
Headphones make a great gift for teens as it seems they want to listen to music non-stop! These ones come in a choice of cool colors and designs, and they are wireless for easy use. The battery takes around 2.5 hours to charge and can then be used for up to 14 hours, so they don’t need to be recharged constantly. They can be used with any Bluetooth device and they are soft and comfortable to wear. They’re also adjustable to fit various sizes comfortably.
22. Rosejoice Jade Roller
This unique gift idea is perfect for teens who love to take care of their appearance. The roller should be used on the face, and will help improve blood circulation which in turn reduces puffiness. It can be used daily and is a great way to help limit the effects of aging – something your teen might not be thinking about yet but is sure to thank you later! It’s made from natural rose quartz to ensure it is highly effective and durable.
23. Roku Express Streaming Player
If your teen loves watching movies and TV series, this streaming device is sure to be appreciated! It can be easily set up with a HDMI cable and gives access to over 500,000 movies and episodes. The Roku can be used to access Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video and many more. There’s also the Roku Channel which has loads of popular movies and series available without a subscription. Teens can download the Roku app which allows for voice searching, private listening and more cool features.
24. Lip Balm Making Kit
Next on our list of birthday gifts for 16 year old girl is this lip balm making kit. It has more than 70 pieces, including essential oils, tubes to pack the balm, coconut butter and more. The finished lip balms are highly moisturizing so girls will love wearing them. The kit also comes with labels which can be used to name each finished balm. The finished products are excellent for gifting to friends too – they will love to receive a homemade gift from their bestie!
25. Inflatable Lounger
Last on our list of gifts for 16 year old girls is this awesome inflatable lounger bed! It’s super easy to inflate, and doesn’t require a pump. Instead, simply pull it through the air in order to trap some air inside. There are loads of different color options to choose from, so you can find the one which your teen will love the most. It can be used just about anywhere – it’s waterproof so can also be used on water. There is a comfortable headrest for lying on too. The lounger is designed to stay inflated for 5 or 6 hours, so it won’t go flat in the middle of using it. There’s a carry bag included so the lounger can easily be taken anywhere, and there’s a storage pouch on the side of the lounger to hold a cellphone or a drink.
Best Gift Overall
After looking at some of the best gift options out there, it’s time to decide which is the best overall. We’ve decided to go with the portable Bluetooth speaker. Teens love listening to music and this practical speaker allows them to easily listen anywhere. They will love its waterproof qualities, which allows them to play music in the shower or even at a pool party. The sound quality is excellent, and the ability to connect multiple speakers is ideal for making the sound even louder for parties. We also like the ability to choose from different color options so you can find something she will really love.
Best Budget Gift
If you don’t want to spend a fortune on your gift, consider our best budget option which is the personalized name necklace. Personalized gifts are always nice, and jewelry is usually a hit with teen girls. The necklace is sterling silver so you can be sure it is high quality too. She is sure to treasure this for years to come.
What are Some Trendy Gifts for Sweet 16?
If you’re looking for the best, trendy sweet 16 gifts for daughter, we have some great ideas above! She might like a pair of the latest sneakers or perhaps a new and stylish backpack. You might also like to consider items such as a nice-looking pair of headphones particularly if she loves to listen to music.
Cool Gifts for 16 Year Old Girls Who Like Science?
Do you need some creative 16th birthday gift ideas for a science-loving girl? It might be difficult to come up with fun ideas for something special, but there are loads of possibilities! How about a STEM building kit, in which she could build a robot and bring it to life? You could also choose something like a mug or a t-shirt with a fun science joke on it.