The 44 best gifts for teen girls in 2023

If you weren’t lucky enough to get a slideshow presentation from your teen showcasing all their holiday wants, needs and have-to-haves, then you appreciate how hard shopping for them can be. But it’s not impossible — and the perfect gift for a teen girl usually captures their favorite hobbies, passions and interests. Whether your teen constantly scrolls online to find the best new beauty products or enjoys practicing a certain sport, there are a range of items that best suit them and what they love. To help you find the best gift for the teen girl in your life, we rounded up products that cover multiple interests we think are worth considering.  

Best teen girl gifts

Below, we rounded up some of the best gifts for teen girls this year. We recommended products from brands we’ve previously covered, as well as items we’ve used ourselves or think will appeal to most teen girls, depending on their interests. To help you sift through ideas, we rounded them up into the following categories:

Best gifts for the beauty guru teen girl

Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush 

These pigmented Rare Beauty liquid blushes are a favorite on social media. The blush is available in 13 different colors, so your teen can try all sorts of shades and add to their growing beauty collection. A little goes a long way, so this blush will likely last them a while.

Anthropologie Terry Bubble Headband

A staple in the “Get Ready With Me” video trend is a bubble headband, which pushes your teen’s hair back and makes applying their favorite face products easy and hassle-free. To fit their personal style, these headbands come in seven colors, including sand, green and blue. 

Tower 28 Essentials Set

Tower 28, one of our favorite AAPI-owned brands, offers a wide variety of teen-friendly beauty and skin care products. The Essentials bundle comes with the brand’s popular tinted sunscreen, tinted balm, lip jelly and facial spray. You can choose preferred shades for the tinted sunscreen, tinted balm and lip jelly.

Laneige Starlit Lip Mask Trio

This Laneige set comes with the brand’s Lip Sleeping Mask — an expert-recommended lip product we love — and mini set-exclusive masks. The lip mask has hydrating ingredients like shea butter and vitamin C to help them wake up with moisturized lips. And to make that hydration last, your teen can use the mini masks throughout the day since it’s small enough to throw in their backpack, purse or gym bag.

Drunk Elephant The Littles Skincare Travel Set

Whether the teen girl in your life is new to skin care or already an aficionado, this Drunk Elephant set is a great way to help her try new products. It comes with six travel-friendly items to cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate their skin, according to the brand. The set includes a vitamin C serum, a daily moisturizer, a broad-spectrum SPF, a cleanser, an exfoliating serum and facial oil.

Olive & June Mini Mani Set

Gift an at-home manicure with this Olive & June set, which comes with four long-lasting polishes and a glossy top coat. If your teen loves specific colors, there are 74 variations of the set and you can customize them to create your own. 

Glossier You Eau de Parfum

This Glossier fragrance can complement your teen’s natural scent without being too overpowering, according to Select associate SEO reporter Ashley Morris. The scent is sweet with notes of peppercorn, according to Glossier. If your teen prefers to have perfume on the go, consider purchasing the rollerball version, which they can throw in their backpack or tote. 

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream 

This Cheriosa ‘62 scented Sol de Janeiro body lotion has notes of salted caramel, pistachio and vanilla, according to the brand. The lightweight cream is available in two additional scents — Beija Flor (floral and fruity) and Bom Dia Bright (warm and floral). You can also purchase an accompanying body mist in five scents, including Beija Flor, Bom Dia, Radiance, Cheirosa ‘62 (Bum Bum) and Cheirosa ‘71.

Kitsch Satin Heatless Curling Set

Your teen can get bouncy curls without any heat damage thanks to this easy-to-use heatless curling set. It comes with a satin curling rod and two satin scrunchies to curl and secure the hair as they sleep while minimizing frizz and preventing hair breakage, according to the brand.

Best gifts for the fashion and accessory-loving teen girl

Jenny Lemons Mini Red Strawberry Hair Claw

Every teen with an eye for fashion knows no look is complete without accessories. This strawberry claw clip serves as that ideal finishing touch and can also help them create their favorite hairstyles. The brand also offers claw clips in various other fun shapes, including  croissants and disco balls.

Zia Ponytail Holder Set

Skip the plain hair ties this year and give your teen these colorful elastic bands. I gifted my sister a pack of these, and she loves that the colors complement her outfits.  Each set comes with 10 hair ties and is available in four colors: navy, purple, rose and dark turquoise. 

Momol Sideways Initial Necklace

Gifting jewelry with a personalized touch is a great way to show your teen how much you care. This thin gold-plated necklace comes with an initial pendant and is hypoallergenic so that it won’t irritate their skin, according to the brand.   

Pura Vida Spring Break Friendship 10 Pack

Have your teen mix and match endless combinations with this pack of colorful bracelets. These handmade and adjustable bracelets have a wax coating that makes them water-resistant and durable, according to the brand. The set includes ten best sellers, but you can also purchase them individually, in stacks or other packs. 

Old Navy Extra High-Waisted Vintage Straight Lounge Sweatpants

These high-waisted, straight-leg sweatpants are both comfortable and versatile, so your teen can wear them lounging around or out and about.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Lift Platform High Top

While Converse has been around for decades, these platform high tops are the new buzz-worthy shoes that both teens and adults have on their wish list. If you don’t find the perfect option from the 12 colors available, you can gift them a one-of-a-kind shoe by customizing a pair on the Converse site for an additional $20 fee. 

Adidas Gazelle Bold Shoes

This platform version of the brand’s Gazelle sneakers gives comfort, structure and style, according to the brand. These shoes have a suede upper, padded tongue and a cushioned footbed for comfort, according to Adidas. These shoes come in 11 colors. Adidas also offers a regular style that comes in 32 colors.

Ugg Classic Ultra Mini Boot

Great for the colder months or simply to relax at home, these Ugg boots have a warm sheepskin lining and a lightweight, cushioned outsole for comfort. They’re available in 10 colors and if your teen prefers height, they come in a platform version, too. 

Ugg Tazz Suede Platform Slippers

If your teen wants to keep their feet warm and comfortable, consider these slip-on shoes that hug right below their ankles. The clogs have the brand’s signature sheepskin lining suede upper. Still, the difference lies in the 1.75-inch platform outsole, made from either Sugarcane EVA or Treadlite by Ugg EVA outsole and the UGGbraid detailing, according to the brand. If your teen prefers this style without the platform, consider purchasing them Ugg Tasman Slippers.

Best gifts for the sporty teen girl 

Lululemon Scuba Oversized Half Zip Hoodie 

This oversized Lululemon hoodie is made of a breathable cotton blend that allows your teen to wear it as both exercising gear and athleisure. It has a kangaroo pocket to hold smaller essentials, thumbholes and an elastic zipper that doubles as a hair tie. 

Hydro Flask Water Bottle

This NBC Select Wellness Award winner is a great reusable water bottle for your teen because it keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours, according to the brand. The stainless steel bottle has a leakproof lid, so they can take it to school or sports practice without worrying about spillage. It’s available in 14 colors and comes in four sizes, including 20 ounces, 32 ounces, 40 ounces and 64 ounces. 

FP Movement Quilted Carryall 

This large quilted bag can double as their everyday purse, school tote or gym bag. It has two exterior pockets, an interior pocket and a spacious main compartment. I purchased this months ago and I haven’t stopped using it since then. I can fit my workout equipment, gym shoes, water bottle and more in this bag, and it’s great for overnight stays, too. You can choose between 14 colors, including electric orange, lilac, sky and papaya. 

Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress

Gift your teen this multifunctional exercise dress, suitable for all levels of activity, including walking, running and dancing, according to the brand. The dress has adjustable straps and built-in short liners, which have two pockets big enough to hold their phone and sticky grippers so the shorts stay in place, according to Outdoor Voices. 

Stanley The Quencher 

Help keep your teen’s drinks cold for up to 11 hours with this stainless-steel reusable water bottle. The Stanley Quencher can also keep drinks hot for up to seven hours, according to the brand. The tumbler has a lid to prevent spills, a drinking spout and a reusable straw. This Stanley drinkware is available in 21 colors and you can customize their tumbler for an additional $55 or $57 fee. 

Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag

Your gift recipient can use this Lululemon bag to store essentials like their phone and keys as they run to games, practice, the gym or just do day-to-day activities. The water-repellent nylon is also easy to spot clean, according to the brand. It comes in nine colors and four sizes: mini, 1L, 2L and large 2L. 

Hoka Clifton 9

These NBC Select Wellness Award winning sneakers are great for working out, walking, jogging and running. According to our editors, these are lighter than other versions of the Clifton shoes and have additional cushioning, which offers support and structure while running. The shoes come in 16 colors, including solids, neutrals and brightly colored options.

Best gifts for the teen girl who loves the arts 

Crosley Voyager Bluetooth Record Player

Your teen can listen to music in a whole new way with this three-speed Crosley turntable. It has built-in speakers, a headphone jack and even a Bluetooth receiver, which lets your teen play their favorite songs straight from their phone, according to the brand. It’s also available in 16 colors, matching your teen’s favorite color or room decor. Don’t forget to purchase their favorite album as a vinyl for the ultimate gift combination. 

Spotify Premium Gift Card

Listening to music through online streaming platforms is something that just about every teen does. Spotify is a digital music, podcast and video service that gives you access to millions of songs and other content from creators worldwide. Surprise your teen with this gift card that offers three months of Spotify premium (which lets you listen without ads and interruptions). 

PVO Portable Mini Projector 

Create a movie theater environment with this projector, which can display your teen’s favorite films on a larger screen. The portable device can connect to their phones or other media devices like laptops and TVs. It can display images clearly from up to 170 inches away, according to the brand.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 Instant Camera

Encourage your loved one to capture their favorite memories on film with this instant camera. With a snap of a button, your teen can have a physical copy of their photo within seconds. The mini camera also has a selfie mirror, built-in flash and auto exposure modes that adjust to the lighting of their environment, according to the brand. Although you can purchase the camera independently, this bundle comes with a protective case and five packs of film. 

Camkory Digital Camera 

If your teen is entering the world of digital cameras and getting their photos developed, consider gifting them this pocket-size camera. It has an ergonomic design and easy-access buttons and menus for a beginner-friendly experience, according to the brand. The digital camera is available in black, purple, green and pink. 

The Complete Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy

For the teen girl who is looking to pick up a few new books, this boxed set comes with all three books in the series. The paperback books follow Belly (the main character), her summers at Cousins Beach, and the relationships she develops with her loved ones.

Papier Wonder Reading Journal

If your teen loves to read or listen to audiobooks, consider getting them this guided reading journal. With 96 pages, they can track the books they are loaning or borrowing, create a reading wishlist, rate and review books they’ve finished and keep tabs on where to get their favorite reading material. You can make this journal even more meaningful by personalizing it with their name and a saying for no additional cost. 

Best gifts for the digital teen girl

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)

These wireless headphones are noise-canceling, so your teen can tune out the world while listening to their favorite songs, podcasts or ebooks. They can even work out for an extended time with these AirPods because they have up to six hours of listening time and are also water- and sweat-resistant. The NBC Select Wellness Award winner also has four silicone tips in different sizes for a more comfortable fit. 

Wildflower Cases Aura iPhone Case 

Wildflower Cases is one of our favorite phone case brands because it provides adequate protection and offers several eye-catching designs. If your teen needs a new case or is often dropping her phone, this option is strong enough to prevent cracking and has raised back and front bumpers for added protection, according to the brand. You can choose the specific iPhone size you need, and you can even get a matching case for the AirPods or AirPods Max.  

Octobuddy Silicone Suction Phone Case Adhesive

Your teen can film videos for TikTok or take selfies hands-free using this silicone phone attachment. Once they stick this attachment to the back of their phone case, the suction cups connect to most clean, flat surfaces like windows and mirrors and prevent their phone from sliding or falling. 

Newmowa LED Phone Light 

This lightweight, portable selfie light can clip onto your teen’s phone. It has three light modes and 10 brightness levels to get the perfect lighting for their pictures and TikTok videos. The light is compatible with all smartphones, tablets and laptops, according to the brand. 

JBL Clip 4

Fully embracing the digital era, no phone is complete without its amplifying speaker to blast their favorite albums. According to NBC Select editors, the giftable tech winner is small, lightweight, portable, and powerful. It’s available in 13 colors to fit your teen’s personal style, too. 

Oceavity Shower Phone Holder

This water-resistant phone holder allows your teen to bring their phone into the shower safely. Because of this, they can watch their favorite shows, play music and more. The holder rotates 360 degrees, so they can move and adjust it as needed. It also comes with three adhesive wall hooks to help secure it on the wall, according to Oceavity.

Best gifts for a teen girl to relax

Baublebar The Show Me A Smile Custom Blanket

You can customize this cozy two-toned throw blanket with your teen’s initials to serve as a personalized piece of room decor. The acrylic knit yarn is machine-washable, and you don’t have to worry about it shrinking or fading, according to the brand.

Room Essentials Ribbed Plush Bed Blanket

If the teen girl in your life prefers to relax with a plush and fuzzy blanket, consider this Target-exclusive option. The solid-color ribbed blanket is made from soft and plush polyester  and is available in three colors and two sizes: twin/twin XL and full/queen. 

Boy Smells LES Candle 

This New York City-inspired candle is made from a blend of coconut and beeswax. It has a  fruity and floral scent with notes of pomelo, peony and moss, according to the brand. This candle has a burn time of up to 50 hours, according to Boy Smells.  

Homesick Zodiac Candle

For the astrology lover, this candle has fragrance notes that encapsulate their specific zodiac sign, its characteristics and elements, according to the brand. Each candle is made of a soy wax blend and has a burn time of up to 80 hours, according to Homesick.

Squishmallow Mystery Pack

Help them get cozy with three soft and plush Squishmallows. Inside this 8-inch mystery box is a trio of randomly chosen Squishmallows, creating excitement and surprise for your teen. Some stuffed toys they may receive include a strawberry, bubble tea, seal and antelope. 

Lush Twilight Bath Bomb

If taking a bath is your teen’s preferred way of decompressing after school or sports, consider this bath bomb from Lush. This Twilight option has lavender oil that helps calm and soothe, according to the brand. Plus, the water will transform from pink to purple, and eventually turn into a deep indigo hue, according to the brand.

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Bianca Alvarez has been covering beauty for a year and has written about various self care topics, including best beauty and wellness gifts, skin care routines and body washes. For this piece, she rounded up expert-recommended products, highly rated ones and Select staff favorites.

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