If you’re looking for the best gift for a 16 year old girl and feeling lost, have no fear!
We’ve done our research and gotten ourselves up to date on all the current trends to make this list of great gifts for a 16 year old girl in 2021.
The Best Gift Ideas For a 16 Year Old Girl in 2021
Fun Crew Socks
Fun socks are trending hard right now in the teenage world. If your 16 year old girl has a fun and funky sense of style she’ll love this set of crew socks. We like them for their fresh and modern designs. There are a lot of different patterns to choose from, but the food ones are definitely the most fun.
These socks will add a fun flair to her feet and she’ll love that extra pop. She’ll also feel super cool (which is always a bonus for a 16 year old girl).
Fjallraven Kanken Classic Backpack
You’ve probably seen these backpacks being carried around town before. That’s because they’re insanely popular right now – and with good reason. The Fjallraven backpacks are sturdy, colorful, and unique in their design. They come in a ton of different color options and sizes and work great as a school backpack, everyday purse, or weekend bag.
Their popularity stems from the unique fabric used to make the bags: Vinylon F. This fabric is waterproof, dirt proof, and super easy to clean. It’s easy to see that the designers put a lot of thought into this product and its clearly paid off, with teenage girls everywhere asking for this ubiquitous bag. A 16 year old girl will love this gift because it will keep her right on trend.
Premium Makeup Brush Set
Makeup professionals and amateurs alike stress the importance of good makeup brushes. If your brush doesn’t work, the makeup isn’t going to go on well. Besides quality, beautiful makeup brushes are just fun to have and make your makeup experience even better.
This premium makeup brush set is beautiful and high quality. It comes with 14 different brushes and is perfect for a 16 year old girl who is just getting into more serious makeup.
Hola! Music Ukulele Bundle
Got an aspiring musician? Ukuleles are such fun little instruments and they make a great gift for anyone, really. They have a relaxing sound and are a bit easier to learn than your standard size, six string guitar.
This bundle from Hola! Music is great because it provides everything she’ll need to get started, including a case, strap, and picks. Purchase of this guitar even includes 2 months of online lessons to get her started. Finally, it comes in a bunch of different colors to choose from, so you’ll be able to find the one that’s right for your 16 year old girl.
Lucky Feather Sweet 16 Bracelet
Turning 16 is a big deal, especially for girls. Commemorate this milestone birthday for her with this cute little golden beaded bracelet. The Lucky Feather Sweet 16 Bracelet is elegant and simple.
It has 16 golden beads that represent her 16 years of life. It’s also nickle free, super cute, and will go with almost any outfit. It even comes in a gift box with an envelope for you to write a message.
Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror
This Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror is the perfect addition to any makeup fanatic’s repertoire. The LED ligts that surround the mirror make it super easy to apply makeup and know exactly what you look like. She’ll be able to perfectly apply eyeliner, contour, and blend easily.
A mirror like this is super helpful when you’re getting ready for the day. The size is great and it also moves freely, so she can adjust it to her sitting position. She’ll use it a ton and it’s something she can use for the years to come.
Besteamer Photo Clip Fairy Lights
Fairy lights give a great ambiance to any space. A 16 year old girl will love these Besteamer Photo Clip Fairy Lights because she can add photos of her friends, family, and adventures. There are different options of length so they will fit any room. Plus, she can hang as many photos as she wants.
The lights are battery powered and hang nicely on walls, giving everything a cozy and warm feeling. She’ll love the cool ambiance and the memories that these fairy lights give her.
Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case
It’s no lie that Apple AirPods are extremely popular in 2021. The freedom that they offer to their listerners is awesome. She’ll feel comfortable laying in bed, walking, running, or riding in the car with these wireless earbuds.
With the wireless charging case she’ll be able to talk, call, and for up to 20 hours. These are a great buy for any 16 year old girl. (They are also available with a wired charging case if she prefers that).
Sweetzer & Orange Desk Calendar
If your 16 year old girl likes being super organized (or if she needs to get super organized) this desk calendar from Sweetzer & Orange is a great gift idea. She’ll be able to plan out each day and month too see just what she has in the future.
It’s also got a really cute floral design that will make a great decoration for her desk. She can plan out her homework, chores, and any other things she has going on in her life.
OneStep 2 VF Color Camera
Vintage is really trendy right now. And this OneStep 2 VF Red Color Camera is the perfect gift for any girl who’s into vintage. It’s really simple to use and prints color photos in seconds. This camera comes with special red film, but once she runs out, she can always buy more.
3+1 Makeup Sponges with Kabuki Contour Brush
Beauty blenders are the queens of any makeup kit. In 2020, any wannabe makeup artist doesn’t have a complete set without a good beauty blender. If you don’t know what it is, these makeup sponges help to blend makeup seamlessly. Their shape is what makes them better than your average wedge sponge.
This set from BEAKEY has three blenders for three different types of blending. They are easy to clean and can be used wet or dry. This set also comes with a contour brush, which is an added bonus for any 16 year old girl who really likes shaping her face with makeup.
Thread Wallets Key Chain Holder
In several states, turning sixteen means you’re going to start driving…that means keys! Celebrate this step in life by getting your 16 year old girl a key chain holder. This thread key chain holder from Thread Wallets is stylish and durable.
It comes in tons of different patterns, so you can choose whichever one best suits her style. The wrist lanyard function makes them easy to carry around the wrist or attach to a purse, so it’s super convenient.
The Driving Book: Everything New Drivers Need to Know but Don’t Know to Ask
Speaking of turning sixteen and driving, The Driving Book by Karen Gravelle is a great gift idea to go along with her new license, keys, or cars. Even if she already has a license and has taken driving classes, this book provides advice on things that classes don’t teach you. You’ll have a lot more piece of mind knowing that she’s carrying this book with her, or at least knowing that she’s read it.
It goes over all the driving basics, like changing a tire and talking to your parents about sharing the car. It even covers what you should do if the police pull you over. With stories from real teens and law enforcement, this book will answer any question she might have about taking to the road.
Fujifilm Instax Smartphone Printer
Instant film cameras have been really popular lately. But sometimes it’s really frustrating when you try taking a picture and don’t know if you’ve done it correctly. A lot of film and money can be wasted if the photo comes out wrong or silly looking. But, that doesn’t mean the charm of an instant photo should be lost.
This Fujifilm Instax Smartphone Printer prints pictures directly onto Fujifilm instant film. She’ll love that every photo comes out exactly as she took it on her smartphone. Plus, the vintage aesthetic of the instant pictures will be great. She’ll loving hanging them in her room, gifting them to friends, or carrying them around in her wallet.
Alex and Ani Sweet 16 Bangle Bracelet
Alex and Ani bracelets have always been a hit with younger and older women alike. This sweet Alex and Ani Sweet 16 Bangle Bracelet 16 bracelet is a simple and elegant way to celebrate her 16th birthday. The 6 has a beautiful little gem that adds a nice sparkle and she’ll love the way it jingles around on her wrist. It’s also expandable, so it will fit any wrist size.
Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones
Beats makes some of the best Bluetooth headphones on the market right now. These Solo3 Wireless headphones are no exception. The over ear headphones provide awesome sound quality and are great for blocking out surrounding sound. They come in different colors to choose from and the Bluetooth function makes listening a lot easier.
She’ll love these headphones for their style and awesome sound quality. They provide up to 40 hours of listening time with one charge so they’re great to take on the go. They’re also big enough that she, hopefully, won’t lose them easily!
Hang Loose Dad Hat
Dad hats are big among teenage girls right now. We like this one from faire broderie because it comes in tons of different colors and it’s made of nice, soft material. The little hang loose symbol on the front gives it a different style that will make her stand out among the rest.
Freshwater Pearl Choker Necklace
Pearls have an incredibly timeless elegance, and this freshwater pearl choker necklace is a great gift to give a 16 year old girl. It’s perfect for a teenager because it mixes current trends (chokers) with a more traditional style (the pearl).
Freshwater pearls are equally as beautiful as salt water pearls and equally as real. It comes with a black or brown thread to choose from, so you can pick whichever one goes best with her wardrobe. She’ll feel elegant and cool with this gift around her neck.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High Top Sneaker
Converse sneakers have been around forever, and right now they’re huge among teens and young adults alike. Specifically, the white high tops have been at the top of the Converse sneaker food chain for a while now. And it makes sense why. The white color adds a fresh style and goes with almost any outfit.
If she doesn’t have a pair already, you might consider gifting your 16 year old girl these Chuck Taylor All Star High Top Sneakers in white. Of course, they come in other colors too. So if she already has the white ones, you might consider buying them in another color, like black or yellow.
Stainless Steel Hoop Earrings Set
If hoop earrings ever went out of style, that’s no longer the truth. The hoop earring is back and young girls love rocking them for their simple style. This set of 4 stainless steel hoop earrings is great because it offers four different sizes. We like silver the best, but they also come in gold, black, and rose gold.
Buxom Lip Plumper
The big lip revolution is among us with celebrities like Kylie Jenner flaunting their plumped mouths all over social media. This lip plumper from Buxom has received praise all over the internet and will give your 16 year old girl that plump lip that she’s been looking for.
It comes in a huge variety of colors to choose from, so she can go for a more subtle color or something super bold. No matter what you choose, she’s going to be super excited about adding this lip plumper to her makeup bag.
Waterproof Vinyl Stickers
Stickers are crazy popular right now because they allow teenagers to express themselves. She’ll love this set of vintage stickers because they’re stylish and offer a ton of variety. They’re perfect for sticking to laptop cases, water bottles, suitcases, and much more.
The stickers are also waterproof, which means they’ll last longer and can be touted through rainstorms and beach days. The best part is the amount of options she’ll have between stickers – there’s 156 in the set!
Hydro Flask Water Bottle
Another big trend among teenage girls right now is the Hydro Flask water bottle. We like this one because it promotes hydration and a healthy life style. While it may be a trend, it’s a good one.
The Standard Hydro Flask holds 24oz of liquid and will keep cold thing scold and hot things super hot. It’s BPA free and comes in different colors to choose from. Plus, they’re perfect to decorate with stickers!
Fitbit Inspire Fitness Tracking Watch
Another great option that promotes a healthy lifestyle is a Fitbit watch. Fitbits exploded onto the fitness scene when they first came out. The simply styled Fitbit Inspire is tiny but powerful. It will track her heart rate and steps, plus it comes in three beautiful colors to choose from.
With the Fitbit app, she’ll also be able to see her quality of sleep, calories burned, and average resting and active heart rates. Get your 16 year old girl this gift if she’s likes fitness or if she’s shown interest in the fitness world. She’ll like it’s simple style and that she can learn so much about being active.
Wonder Woman Vintage Logo Tee
This Wonder Woman Vintage Logo Tee from Popfunk mixes two things that teenage girls are pretty into: vintage clothing and strong women. This t-shirt is a unisex fit, so it gives a really nice, loose feeling that will be super comfortable to wear around. Today, vintage tees are the perfect addition to any outfit. You can dress them up or down, or even wear them to bed!
We like this tee for 16 year old girls because it represents Wonder Woman, an awesome, powerful super-heroine who fights bad guys and looks great while doing it. It’s also made of durable fabric. The bonus? It even comes with Wonder Woman stickers!
3 Tier Jewelry Stand
When you start to get lots of jewelry, storing it can become a messy situation without the right organization. This jewelry stand is the perfect gift for a 16 year old girl who has a few pieces that she needs to organize. Plus, it comes in three shades of wood, so you can pick whatever one will go best with her bedroom furniture.
We like this jewelry stand because it provides a straightforward and aesthetically beautiful way to store jewelry. The T-shape part is great for hanging pendant earrings or necklaces, to avoid them getting tangled up. The drawers are better for small things, like rings or stud earrings. Finally, the shelf area is great for any other things she needs to store.
Teenagers these days have their phones practically glued to their hands. But, having something in your hand all the time can become a nuisance. Because a pocket or purse is too far away, the phone lanyard has become the new accessory of Generation Z. This lanyard works by attaching an anchor to the phone and linking that anchor to the lanyard.
We like this phone lanyard from SHANSHUI because of its stylish patterns. There are different colors and patterns to choose from to fit your 16 year old girl’s style. It is the perfect gift because it will keep her phone close and her hands free.
A kindle is an awesome gift for any bibliophile, especially any 16 year old bibliophile. The Kindle Paperwhite is light and stylish. It’s easy to carry and can hold tons of books at once. Its lightness makes it great for traveling across the country or just across town.
Plus, the screen is designed to look like paper, that means no glare in sunlight. It even has a night light feature for reading in the dark. This new edition is also waterproof and it comes in 5 different colors. She’ll love that she can read anything, anywhere, anytime with this Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon.
Celavi Essence Face Masks Set
There’s nothing like treating yourself to a spa moment. Give your 16 year old girl the gift of a spa moment anytime with this set of face masks from Celavi Cosmetics. There are six different masks, ranging from calming tea tree to cleansing honey.
She’ll love spending a half hour relaxing and rejuvenating in her own moment of self care. If she wants, she can even share them with her friends, since there’s two of each mask. This gift will be great because her skin will glow and she’ll feel super relaxed.
Nike Women’s Dri-Fit Tempo Track Short
If you’ve got a runner, or really any active 16 year old girl, these Dri-Fit running shorts from Nike are a great gift idea. The shorts are lightweight, stylish, and super breathable, so they’re perfect for an sport activity.
They also come in many different colors, so you can buy more than one if you’d like. They are built for running, but they’re also great for the gym, going for a walk, or even just lounging around the house on a hot day.
TOZO Wireless Phone Charger
This is a year of wireless craze. With wireless headphone and mobile phones and tablets, a wireless charger was going to come along sooner or later. We chose this Tozo Wireless Phone Charger because of it’s sleek style. It comes in different styles too, so it’s easy to personalize.
If you’re wondering how it works, it’s quite simple. You just put your phone onto the pad and it starts charging. This wireless charger has a foreign object detector, so if something gets set down that’s not a phone, the charger won’t turn on.
Victrola Vintage 3 Speed Turntable
If you’ve been reading this list, another vintage item shouldn’t surprise you too much. Records have returned with overwhelming popularity recently. Of course, with the popularity of records you need a record player.
The Victrola Vintage 3 Speed Record Table is a great record player for a 16 year old girl. It’s stylish and comes in several different colors to choose from. It’s also portable, so she can take her music with her. It also has a Bluetooth capability, so she can use it for playing records or just playing music off her phone.
Levi’s Ribcage Ankle Jeans
We love theseankle jeans from Levi’s. Their relaxed, ankle cut style is crazy popular right now and suits several body types. They come in three different washes and have the high quality that you’d expect from a pair of Levi jeans. The black, distressed color is great for a teenage girl.
Eco-Pals Collapsible Stainless Steel Travel Straw
Today, teenagers are some of the most environmentally conscientious people around. One movement that’s been popular in reducing plastic is the metal straw. These compact stainless steel drinking devices are easy to carry around and help reduce plastic waste from straws.
This set of collapsible stainless steel straws from Eco-Pals is great because it comes with a travel case and a brush for cleaning the straw. Plus, it comes in different colors and they don’t use any plastic packaging.
Retro Cat Eye Sunglasses
Sunglasses are a great way for people to express their personal style in a fun way. These retro cat eye sunglasses are the perfect funky sun accessory for a 16 year old girl.
Having fun with eye wear is becoming increasingly popular among young women, and this pair of sunglasses will be a great way to let her enjoy that fun. They glasses come in different colors, but we like the classic black for a more elegant look. If she’s into brighter colors, the pink ones are a super fun choice.
Personalized Name Necklace
Celebrate your 16 year old girl by giving her a necklace with her name on it. These necklaces have become super popular and we love it because it’s a way for girls to celebrate who they are as individuals.
This personalized name necklace is super cute and can be made to say any name that you want. It comes packaged in a beautiful little box perfect for a gift. Plus, the gold adds a nice touch that will make her look great with any outfit.
Canson XL Mix Media Pad
A mix media pad is essentially a sketchbook with weightier paper that’s meant for all sorts of art medias, like: pencil, charcoal, water color, oil paint, marker, pastel, and more. This Mix Media pad from Canson is awesome because it’s got a big size (perfect for big, bursting, creativity) and the pages are super heavy and really do work with any media.
If your 16 year gold is super artsy and loves drawing, creating, or painting, this mix media pad is an awesome gift idea. It has 60 sheets for creating beautiful images using her favorite media.
Lagunamoon Organic Bath Bomb Set
Honestly, being a teenager is a stressful time. So, there’s no better gift to give than the gift of relaxation. These bath bombs from Lagunamoon are the perfect tool to get your 16 year old girl de-stressed. They’ll add beautiful, luscious color to her baths and each one has different benefits, like happiness, optimism, or tranquility.
We like them because they’re organic, which means she’s not putting any strange chemicals on her skin. The ingredients are natural, things like shea butter and coconut oil. Plus, they’re infused with essential oils that smell fantastic.
Retrospec Quip 22.5″ Skateboard
Remember Penny Boards? Well, they’re back too (I know, it’s getting old hearing that). Perhaps they really never went away. Perhaps they were just underground all this time and now they’re back in the eyes of teens everywhere. Either way, this Retrospec Quip Skateboard is sure to make your 16 year old girl happy if she’s into skate culture.
She’ll feel cool cruising down streets with this retro style mini board, since that’s what the big, soft wheels are meant for. Plus, it comes in five differemt and super stylish colors.
Temporary Tattoo Markers
Maybe your 16 year old girl has been dying for a tattoo and you think hat 16 is just a bit too young for that. Temporary Tattoo Markers are the perfect compromise! This set of temporary tattoo markers from BIC include 8 different colors that she can use to create her own tattoos for herself or her friends.
They’re safe for skin and come with a fine tip for doing more intricate designs. The ink should last her around 3-5 days depending how active she is, which is just the right amount of time to feel out a potential tattoo design.
Anker PowerCore Portable Charger
Yes, teens are constantly on their phones these days. What does that mean? Constant battery use and battery loss. Even though smartphones today are made to withstand a long day of use, sometimes they just don’t make it. That’s where the portable charger enters. These are awesome devices that you can carry with you anywhere you go to charge up your phone when it’s about to die out.
The Anker PowerCore portable charger is our choice because it is super small and light, making it easy to carry. It can hold from 2-3.5 full battery smartphone charges and works with any smartphone, just plug in the charging cable. This portable charger also comes in 4 different colors, making it easy to tailor to her specific taste.
15pc Scrunchie Set
Yes, scrunchies have also made a comeback. Today, teenage girls everywhere love sporting scrunchies in their hair and around their wrists. And why not? Scrunchies are so much better in protecting against hair damage and they add flair to any hairstlye or outfit.
This 15 pack of scrunchies from Homerove is awesome because it includes three different scrunchie styles: plain, floral, and velvet. Plus, each style has 5 different colors. That means there’s a scrunchie for any outfit or any mood that your 16 year old girl is feeling.
Echo Dot Smart Speaker
Most houses today have a smart speaker, and if your 16 year old girl doesn’t have one in her room, you might think about getting her one. The Echo Dot from Amazon is a great option for a smart speaker. It responds to her voice and can do several different things like play music and podcasts, answer questions, set alarms, and more.
This third generation model come with a clock function, so she can see the time (and temperature) without having to ask. It also has a light sensor that changes the display brightness based on whether it is day or night. She’ll love having this hand electronic smart speaker in her room.
Minimalism Art Bullet Journal
Bullet journaling is a trend that’s become super popular over the past few years and hasn’t slowed down in 2021. If you aren’t sure what it is, think of it as a mix between art, organization, and beautiful penmanship. The dotted grid format of the paper in provides easy takeoff points for making symmetrical letters and shapes.
The Minimalism Art Bullet Journal is great because it has a high quality leather outer and a strap to keep the journal closed. It also has thicker paper that works for fountain pens and other heavy ink pens without bleeding. Plus, our favorite part is that it comes in several different sizes and colors, so you can have fun picking the perfect one for your 16 year old girl.
Metallic Nail Stickers
It seems like having nice nails is one of the main beauty goals of girls in 2021. But, going to the nail salon every two weeks can be expensive, and super destructive to your nails. If you’ve got a glam queen 16 year old girl, think about getting her these metallic nail stickers as a gift.
To use them, she paints her nails like normal, then chooses one of the 12 different sheet designs and places them on her nails. She needs to cut around to make sure they fit with her nail perfectly. That’s it! Super easy to use and they offer a bunch of different nail design possibilities.
Gold Armour Camping Hammock
If your 16 year old girl is outdoorsy, this Gold Armour Camping Hammock is the perfect gift. It’s not only for camping. She can tie this hammock up between any two supports (trees, poles, etc.) and will instantly have a comfy place to relax or sleep. She can take it with her to camp, on a hike, or even use it in her own backyard.
It comes in a lot of different colors and includes everything she’ll need to hang her hammock, including straps, attachment loops, and a carrying bag. This hammock is also extra large, so it’s big enough to fit two people. Or, it could just be the perfect amount of room to really stretch out.
How We Selected Gifts For 16 Year Old Girls
Thinking Like a 16 Year Old Girl
If you’re thinking about what to get a 16 year old girl, it’s a good idea to think about what a 16 year old girl would actually want. That is, you’ve got to enter into the mind space of a teenage girl. If you identify as female, think about what you were like in that time, what your feelings and interests were. Even though trends change, emotions and general desires don’t!
To make this list, we got into that mind space. We also talked to some teenagers and did a bit of research. But thinking like a teenager is absolutely what got the job done in the end.
It’s no secret that teenagers are all over the Internet in 2021. Luckily, 60 year olds have just as much access to the Internet as 16 year olds do, or 36 year olds, or even 96 year olds! If you get onto the Internet, especially popular social media sites for teens like Instagram and TikTok, you’ll quickly be able to deduce what is trending right now in the teenage world. Though what is hot and what is not can change in a matter of weeks, keeping you finger on that pulse will make it a lot easier to know what gift to get a teenager when it’s time to buy.