The 34 Best Gifts for Teenage Girls, According to Teenagers

Best Holiday Gifts for Teen Girls
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Teenage girls are notoriously hard to shop for. Picking the right gift is even harder now than ever before thanks to trends that shift at lightning speed and the influence of social-media stars who most people of legal drinking age have never heard of. To help you find an age-appropriate gift that’s actually cool, we consulted with actual teen girls — including some of the YouTube and Instagram personalities the teen you’re shopping for likely follows.

Décor gifts for teen girls

LED Photo Clips String Lights
LED Photo Clips String Lights

As we discovered in both our very enlightening 100-teen poll and survey of cool college students, string lights are one of the most universally beloved décor pieces in this age group. One teen, Phoebe, says, “the warm hue that these lights create helps me de-stress and unwind,” and another girl named Sydney especially likes this set with clips for her photos. “I can hang my Polaroid pictures on these string lights up on my wall, and have them be all lit up so I can look at them while I’m reading before bed,” she says.

$15 at Amazon
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$15 at Amazon
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Himalayan Salt Lamp

Himalayan Salt Lamp

Himalyan salt lamps are another popular lighting option. One college student told us, “I’m hard-pressed to think of a single cool girl on campus who doesn’t have one in her room.”

$25 at Amazon
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$25 at Amazon
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Frankie Magazine
Frankie Magazine
$19 at Magazine Cafe
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Lula Magazine

Lula Magazine
$16 at Magazine Cafe
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Print magazines give teens a break from their screens, and Indonesian fashion influencer Evita Nuh says she’s always excited to flip through a new issue of Frankie or Lula. According to Nuh, these international mags (from Australia and the U.K., respectively) are “so artsy and full of inspiration.”

Boy Smells Ash Candle

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Boy Smells Ash Candle

“You can’t go wrong with a good scented candle,” says Loren Gray, a 17-year-old singer and Instagram influencer with more than 17 million followers. If you’re looking for something with a cool factor, jewelry and bag designer Susan Alexandra loves this one from status candle brand Boy Smells.

$32 at Nordstrom
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Tech gifts for teen girls

Apple iPhone 11
Apple iPhone 11

We’re not surprised to hear that the latest iPhone is at the top of many teens’ wish lists this year. “It has an amazing camera which is good for taking photos for social media,” says Sophia Grace, a 16-year-old singer with more than 3 million YouTube subscribers. “It has lots of new features that other iPhones don’t have.”

From $699 at Apple
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SoundBot SB510 HD Water Resistant Bluetooth 3.0 Shower Speaker

SoundBot SB510 HD Water Resistant Bluetooth 3.0 Shower Speaker

Certified cool teens Brooklyn and Bailey McKnight, 19-year-old identical twins with over 5 million followers on Instagram, recommend a waterproof speaker because “there’s nothing like jamming out to your favorite music in the shower.”

$15 at Amazon
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$15 at Amazon
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Victrola Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable with Speakers

Victrola Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable with Speakers

Marla Catherine, a 16-year-old lifestyle influencer with over a million subscribers on YouTube, is looking for a more analog music experience: “I love music so much, and record players are an awesome way to stream it.” She prefers Victrola record players “because they’re fairly cheap but really good quality. Plus, they have cute color options like this turquoise one.”

$44 at Amazon
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$44 at Amazon
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Apple AirPods
Apple AirPods

For listening to music on-the-go, AirPods are a must-have among teens. As we learned in our teen poll, “second to their phone, this is what most teens said they always have on them (or want on them).”

$144 at Amazon
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$144 at Walmart
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Wildflower Floral iPhone Case

Wildflower Floral iPhone Case

She’s not a household name like Kendall or Kylie Jenner, but model, Instagram star, and phone case designer Devon Lee Carlson, is a top source for teen fashion inspiration (another tidbit we gleaned from our teen poll). On her popularity, one teen theorizes, “I think it’s how confident she is, willing to try and wear weird or different things.” This case is from Carlson’s Wildflower line.

$35 at Urban Outfitters
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Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 Instant Camera
Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 Instant Camera

Nuh turned 20 this year, but one of her favorite activities as a teenager was taking photos with her Polaroid camera. “Every girl needs one to capture memories, fun moments with friends, and even darker days,” she says. It’d also be a thoughtful gift for a teen heading off to college soon who might want to decorate her dorm room with pictures of friends from home. Recent college grad Christel Langué told us, “Polaroid walls are a fun way to make memories and not forget about them.”

$88 at Amazon
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$88 at Amazon
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Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Kit

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Kit

It’s more expensive than an instant camera, but a teen who’s serious about photography will love this easy-to-use mirrorless camera. Nuh says hers was “one of the best gifts I received [as a teen].” Compared to DSLR cameras, mirrorless ones have a digital display instead of an optical viewfinder which helps prevent blurry images, especially when taking video.

$649 at Amazon
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$649 at Walmart
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Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Glossy Posse Mini Gloss Bomb Set

Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Glossy Posse Mini Gloss Bomb Set

Is there any beauty product more closely associated with teens than lip gloss? As Gray says, “it’s perfect for any makeup lover and it’s minimal so it also works for anyone who wants a more natural look.” If your teen loves Rihanna, this set from Fenty Beauty is sure to be a hit. Strategist beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton says Fenty’s gloss is “very nourishing — I found it actually hydrated my lips instead of drying them out. This is the perfect finishing touch for a glowy, sun-kissed look,” and the brand is also one of Grace’s favorites. Act fast though, this set is part of Fenty’s holiday collection that will likely sell out.

$36 at Sephora
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with code: HOLIDAYSAVE

Glossier Balm Dotcom
Glossier Balm Dotcom

This lip balm from the highly Instagrammable beauty brand Glossier will also surely delight a teen girl. One teen told us, “I can’t live without this. I know it’s a bit pricey, but it’s really good and also the packaging is cute!”

$12 at Glossier
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Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette

“I feel like every teen girl is really into makeup,” says Dani Cohn, a singer and Instagram star with more than 3 million followers, and Anastasia Beverley Hills is one of her favorite brands. She says an eye-shadow palette would make a good gift, and 20-year-old Quinn recommends this one. “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,” says Quinn.

$42 at Ulta Beauty
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$36 at Sephora
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with code: HOLIDAY SAVE

Da Bomb Beauty Bomb Bath Fizzer
Da Bomb Beauty Bomb Bath Fizzer

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. Gray says any bath bomb would be “great for a friend who needs a self-pamper day.”

$8 at Ulta Beauty
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Dr. Jart+ Clear Skin Lover Rubber Mask
Dr. Jart+ Clear Skin Lover Rubber Mask

Sheet masks are another fun beauty gift, and this one offers both hydration and plenty of selfie opportunities. “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.”

$10 at Sephora
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with code: HOLIDAYSAVE

Clarisonic Mia Prima Skin Cleansing System

Clarisonic Mia Prima Skin Cleansing System

Help out a teen dealing with acne or other skin issues with this powerful cleansing brush that’s also a favorite among Sephora reviewers. “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 16.

$99 at Amazon
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$84 at Sephora
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with code: HOLIDAYSAVE

Madewell Medium Leather Transport Tote

Madewell Medium Leather Transport Tote

This simple leather tote is one of our top picks for women’s work bags, and it made teenagers’ wish lists as well. “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 19-year-old Sadie H.

$158 at Nordstrom
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Herschel Supply Co. Classic Backpack

Herschel Supply Co. Classic Backpack

If she prefers a backpack, our teen poll respondents say this Herschel style is the most popular option.

$45 at Zappos
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Fjällräven Kanken Water Resistant Backpack
Fjällräven Kanken Water Resistant Backpack

While it ranked second in our teen poll, the Fjällräven Kanken is the “No. 1 status backpack,” according to college kids — and this yellow color is a favorite among style-minded students.

$80 at Nordstrom
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Away The Bigger Carry-On

Away The Bigger Carry-On

As a teen girl becomes more independent and starts traveling alone or with friends, she’ll want a suitcase of her own. Nuh says, “a big suitcase is like a cue from my family that they allow me to travel alone … and not just a sleepover at my friend’s place.” When we asked frequent travelers about their favorite rolling luggage, the Bigger Carry-On from Away was named more than any other style. Plus, it comes in millennial pink which seems like the obvious choice here.

$245 at Away Luggage
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Urban Outfitters Simple Cowrie Shell Pendant Necklace

Urban Outfitters Simple Cowrie Shell Pendant Necklace

As Cohn says, “jewelry is a really big thing right now.” She and her friends gravitate toward “beachy” styles like dangling earrings with sea shells or this shell necklace from Urban Outfitters, one of her favorite stores.

$10 at Urban Outfitters
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Francesca’s Layered Initial Necklace
Francesca’s Layered Initial Necklace

Like Cohn, Grace agrees that jewelry is always a safe bet. “It always adds a finished touch to any look,” she says. Gray adds, “a personalized necklace always feels thoughtful and special,” and we like this initial necklace from Francesca’s, a store popular among teens for its affordable and trendy pieces.

From $11 at Francesca's
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Days Of The Week Scrunchie Set

Days Of The Week Scrunchie Set

Like mom jeans, shell-necklaces, and many other things ’90s, scrunchies are also cool again. “Scrunchies are making a major comeback right now and we totally love it,” say Brooklyn and Bailey. The two have their own line of scrunchies, but there are plenty of other options out there, like this set of five that has you covered for the whole school week.

$12 at Urban Outfitters
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Ray-Ban Round Flat Lenses in Gold Lilac Mirror
Ray-Ban Round Flat Lenses in Gold Lilac Mirror

Sunglasses with circle lenses are having a moment among teen girls, too. Seventeen-year-old Ava says, “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.

From $178 at Amazon
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From $178 at Amazon
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Clothing gifts for teen girls

Levi’s Wedgie Icon Jeans
Levi’s Wedgie Icon Jeans

Mom jeans, with their high waists and tapered legs, have been trending among teens for a while now and show no signs of going out of style anytime soon. “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, 15.

$98 at Amazon
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$98 at Shopbop
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American Eagle Stretch Curvy Mom Jean

Photo: Courtesy of the retailer

American Eagle Stretch Curvy Mom Jean

American Eagle’s mom jeans are also a huge hit with teens. Celina, a participant in our teen poll says, “I just love the quality of the denim; it’s very durable but also flexible — it’s possible to distress them on your own if you want. And the waist fits snug but allows movement, so you don’t feel suffocated.”

$35 at American Eagle
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Speed Up Tight Full-On Luxtreme
Speed Up Tight Full-On Luxtreme

Teens who are into athleisure will appreciate a sporty pair of tights from Lululemon. “I’m hoping for Lululemon leggings for working out or just wearing,” says 14-year-old Audrey. “I don’t have a pair yet, but my sister has a couple of pairs, and I’m jealous.”

$108 at Lululemon
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Champion UO Exclusive Reverse Weave Mock Neck Sweatshirt
Champion UO Exclusive Reverse Weave Mock Neck Sweatshirt

Cohn likes sporty gear from Champion, and the brand definitely has a following among other teens.

$59 at Urban Outfitters
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Body by Victoria Demi Bra

Body by Victoria Demi Bra

Bra shopping can be tricky for teens, but a well-fitting one can help them feel more comfortable and confident. “I want a bra that actually fits,” says 16-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.”

$45 at Victoria’s Secret
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Converse Chuck Taylor All Star '70 Hi, White

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 Hi, White
$85 at Zappos
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Nike Air Force 1 ‘07 Sneaker
Nike Air Force 1 ‘07 Sneaker
$90 at Nike
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$90 at Nordstrom
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sneakers in our teen poll, there’s a heated debate on which one’s the best. “Air Forces are the most ideal sneaker to dress down a skirt or dress to wear in the everyday,” says No Agency model Lumia, but fellow model Sabrina disagrees: “Converse is classic and comfortable like blue jeans.” Grace, who actually prefers the Nike Air Jordans, says “sneakers would be a perfect present, as I wear [them] with most of my day-to-day outfits.”

Fashion Nova Furget Me Not Jacket
Photo: Courtesy of the retailer

Fashion Nova Furget Me Not Jacket

Both Cohn and Grace mentioned they’d love receiving clothes from Fashion Nova. “They have every item of clothing you can think of, from dresses to shoes to swimwear,” says Grace. Here’s a cozy-looking and very on-trend teddy coat.

$40 at Fashion Nova
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