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Being a teen girl can be bit (or a lot) complicated. That's one of many reasons why finding the right gift for your highly selective and opinionated teenager can often seem like a lose-lose situation.
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Teenage girls are notoriously picky, so here at Reviewed we've carefully curated the best gifts for teenage girls, so all you have to do is add your favorites to your online cart (and thank us later). There are actually tons of fun options for all types of teens including AirPods Pro, trendy makeup and stylish clothing, which are sure to make the teen girl in your life giddy once again.
1. For the teen who loves trying new makeup trends: Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palette
Bold and vivid eyeshadow is a popular makeup trend among teen girls. Instead of grabbing the cheap stuff at the drug store, impress her with a Norvina Pro Pigment Palette. The top-rated palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills features 25 high-pigment shades in a mix of matte and shimmer, and range from vibrant to neutral shades to take her from a day at school to a night at prom.
2. For the teen who wants cool lighting in her room: LED light strips
LED light strips are colorful, fun and add a glamorous touch to a teen girl's bedroom. The LIFX Lightstrip with Color Zones is our top choice for many reasons: They're easy to install, they offer eight different color zones and the color and brightness can be adjusted with voice control. Your teen might actually be impressed.
3. For the denim-obsessed teen: Abercrombie & Fitch jeans
If your teen is obsessed with the latest denim trends, you'll want to snag a pair of these TikTok famous jeans from Abercrombie & Fitch. The Ultra High Rise 90s Straight Jean offers regular and curve sizes as well as short, regular or long length, making them size-inclusive and flattering on virtually every body.
4. For the teen who needs good vibes: An affirmation card deck
Anyone could benefit from a little more positive self-talk, especially teen girls. This mindful deck of "I Am Everything" affirmation cards is made to help get those happy thoughts flowing. Simply shuffle the cards, pull one and read it out loud. There are 30 different cards that vary with statements such as "I am resilient" and "I am grateful" along with a message to reinforce each affirmation.
5. For the simply cool teen: STATE Backpack
For the teen who's outgrown her colorful kids backpack, gift her a simply cool Kane Double Pocket Backpack from STATE. It's a minimalist design with maximum function: The main compartment fits books, shoes and essentials while a separate compartment holds a laptop up to 13 inches. The side pockets are designed to hold a 17 ounce or smaller S'well water bottle (which happens to be one of our favorite water bottles), while the front pockets conveniently carry keys, pens and a wallet.
6. For the teen who loves having her hair done: The Revlon One-Step
Dealing with your hair as a teenager can be a very dramatic situation. If you know a girl who craves regular blow-outs but doesn’t have the funds for salon visits, she’ll love the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer. This tool looks like a round brush, but it blows hot air from within the barrel, so it brushes right through wet hair to detangle and dry it completely, giving hair a sleek, blown-out look in a fraction of the time.
7. For the active or lounging teen: lululemon clothing
The beautiful thing about leggings is that they can be worn for everything—from dashing out the door to class, to working out and to just chilling out. One of the most popular athleisure brands teens love is lululemon, and so do we, especially their Align Leggings. These leggings have multiple inseam lengths—so there are options for the girl you're shopping for regardless of her height. Complete the look with a coordinating tank or hoodie and your teen will be skipping (or lunging) with joy in her new outfit.
8. For the teen who likes a vintage vibe: A Crosley turntable
Sure, Bowie and The Beatles sound great through a pair of AirPods—but if you know a teen who's becoming a true music fan—she'd probably love to hear her favorite artists on vinyl (yes, that includes Billie Eilish and Harry Styles). There are a bunch of great record players out there, but the Crosley Cruiser Deluxe Suitcase Turntable is a great option for a teen who's into all things vintage. It has a cool vintage look, but with all the perks of modern Bluetooth technology to wirelessly stream music to the turntable's speakers. Pair it with a record crate and she'll be well on her way to starting an impressive music collection.
9. For the teen who loves taking selfies: LuMee Halo Lighted Selfie Case
For the teen who loves snapping those selfies, great lighting is key. A LuMee Halo Lighted Selfie Case is an instant upgrade to her smartphone camera that will provide soft and beautiful light to highlight her best features and rack up those "likes". There is even an adjustable dimmer to ensure the right amount of light in any space, just be sure to buy the correct model to fit her phone.
10. For the aspiring singer: Singsation Karaoke Station
If your teen is already planning her future world tour, consider gifting her one of the best karaoke machines we tested. The Singsation All-in-One Karaoke Station comes with one microphone, a stand that holds the mic in addition to a phone or lyric sheets, and built-in lighting. Bluetooth capability makes it simple to connect to external speakers, plus voice and sound effects will help alleviate the sound of anyone who's not quite ready for their solo.
11. For the teen who follows celebrity trends: JW PEI Gabbi Ruched Hobo handbag
The JW PEI Gabbie Ruched Hobo handbag is the "it" bag of the season and for good reason: The trendy purse is cute, affordable and even comes with a stamp of approval from many celebrities: Gigi Hadid, Hailey Bieber and Megan Fox have all been spotted carrying the ruched, vegan leather handbag. Best of all it comes in a ton of colors to match any outfit, from a neutral beige for a casual outing to hot pink for a night on the town.
12. For the teen in need of some cool new kicks: Nike or Converse
For cool new kicks any teen is sure to love, look no further: Nike Air Force 1s are currently dominating the market when it comes to shoes for teens. They are casual, cute, comfortable and can be worn with pretty much any teen attire.
Or, combine two trends in one (chunky sneakers and Chuck Taylor high-tops) with the platform version of the classic Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars. Either way, you're taking the right step toward a great gift.
13. For the teen gamer on the go: Nintendo Switch Lite
With popular games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Just Dance and more, the Nintendo Switch Lite is one of our favorite Nintendo Switch Consoles and is perfect for the teen who likes gaming on the go, or travels often. It features ultimate portability, an incredible gaming catalog, a simple all-in-one design plus it comes in five vibrant colors to fit any teen's style.
14. For the skincare queen: A beauty YouTuber’s must-haves
If she’s into skincare, she’s probably well aware of Skincare by Hyram. The beauty influencer's list of approved products ranges from affordable drug store finds like Neutrogena Hydroboost Cleansing Lotion (which gently washes off makeup and grime without drying out the skin), and splurge-worthy gifts like Herbivore Blue Tansy resurfacing mask (which claims to unclog pores, clear up acne and slough off dead skin cells after just one use).
Now, is it necessary to store skincare products in a fridge? Maybe not, but if your teen is obsessed with beauty trends she'll adore having her own personal Cooluli Skincare Mini Fridge to store her favorite items in.
15. For the on-the-go music lover: Apple AirPods Pro
AirPods Pro are still among the coolest and trendiest tech accessories you can get right now. They're a legitimately great product, too—with excellent sound quality, true-wireless capabilities and an easy-to-store charging case. If you want to add on to the gift, consider an Elago silicone case cover.
16. For the teen who lives in T-shirts: Urban Outfitters graphic tees
When it comes to shopping for teen tops, do yourself a favor by skipping the plain white shirt and grabbing a cool graphic tee instead. From rock bands to vintage styles and artistic prints, and whether they prefer a crop top or oversized look, there are Graphic T-shirts to suit anyone's style at Urban Outfitters.
17. For the teen who's a picky eater: Sugarwish
Gift your hungry teen a snack you know they will love, because they picked it out themselves! With Sugarwish, you choose the category (cookies, candy, popcorn, etc.) and the gift size, then send it to them electronically. Now your work is done and the recipient will do the rest, choosing their favorite treats from dozens of options, before the gift is shipped to them in a beautiful gift box.
18. For the teen who needs a cute accessory for her essentials: Thread wallet
Whether she's a newly licensed driver, has just gotten her first debit or credit card, or has a stash of babysitting cash, she'll love keeping it stashed in a cute accessory. This minimalistic wallet from beloved-by-teens brand Thread holds the essentials—ID, a credit card or two and a few bills. It also comes in a bunch of colors and patterns so she can maintain her own style and maybe even have more than one to match different outfits.
19. For the teen who always wears scrunchies: Scrunchies with a hidden pocket
What's better than a classic scrunchie? How about a scrunchie with a hidden pocket?! This set of Hidden Pocket Scrunchies comes with two jewel-toned, velvet scrunchies that will hold her ponytail and some cash or keys, thanks to a hidden zippered pocket—perfect for a handbag-free outing.
20. For the self-care advocate: Glossier products
Personal grooming products can make a great present—as long as you get the right ones from the right brands. We recommend two from Glossier: Boy Brow, the brand's bestselling eyebrow pomade, which fills in brows without making them look overdone, and the Body Hero Duo, which gets you both the shower gel and lotion in the brand's signature scent.
21. For the trendy teen: Crocs
So, apparently Crocs are actually cool again. The lightweight rubber clogs are all over social media, so chances are pretty good that they're already on a teen girl's wish list. Browse through Crocs' vast color selection, which includes lavender, teal and blush pink, to find the best pair for your giftee. It also can't hurt to throw in some Jibbitz that match your teenager's personality.
22. For the teen who goes to slumber parties: Insta-worthy face masks
Teen girls love having slumber parties with their besties, and one tried-and-true activity to do during the evening is put on a face mask. The I Dew Care Peel-Off Mask claims to smoothen and strengthen skin, all while providing a glittery sheen that makes an excellent selfie op. Or, add some giggles with a hydrating sheet mask that comes in adorable animal face designs like a tiger, bear or unicorn.
23. For the teen who wants a cool night light: Moon lamp
Ever heard of a moon lamp? Your teenager probably has—and they want one. It's a night light in the shape of a mini moon and it gives off a soft glow to create a relaxing atmosphere. The color of the Mydethun Moon Lamp is adjustable and can be changed from lunar white to warm yellow with just a simple tap.
24. For the Netflix fiend: An iPad
Our best tablet, an iPad, can come in handy for just about everything, from schoolwork to reading books to a secondary—or even replacement—laptop. Whether the teen you give it to uses it to download textbooks or mainline Netflix, it's sure to be appreciated.
25. For the teen beauty queen: Makeup mirror
If your teen loves wearing makeup, she'll love putting it on in front of this mirror. The Deweisn Lighted Makeup Mirror is our favorite affordable makeup mirror because it provides perfect views (and multiple magnification) and lighting for optimal makeup application. It's not too expensive, which makes it convenient to pair with some new makeup as a complete gift.
26. For the girl who always wears sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviators
Who doesn’t love a good pair of sunnies? You can treat the teen girl in your life to a pair of our top-tested Ray-Ban Aviators that have that classic silhouette, and elevate them with a pop of pink. Colored sunglasses are hot right now and these mirrored, polarized lenses will make her stand out from the sea of black sunglasses.
27. For the teen whose phone is always dead: Mophie PowerStation Pd
Everyone’s phone dies at some point—but a phone dies even quicker in the hands of a teenager who is talking, texting and TikToking simultaneously throughout the day. Help the multitasking teen in your life keep their phone alive with our favorite portable charger. The Mophie PowerStation Pd is compact but mighty, offering quick charge times and high portability.
28. For the teen who always carries around her water bottle: Hydro Flask
Keep your teen stylishly hydrated with a Hydro Flask. The leakproof, stainless steel bottle performed very well in our test of the best water bottles, keeping the liquids at their intended temperatures for hours without creating condensation on the outside of the bottle. The bottles also come in a wide range of colors so the teen in your life will want to carry it around wherever they go.
29. For the pop-up DJ: JBL Flip Waterproof Speaker
Whether it's in a bedroom or stuffed in a backpack for an impromptu DJ sesh outside, a portable speaker is always good to have around. We like the JBL Flip 5, which has great sound quality, long battery life and solid waterproofing. It's sure to be a speaker that will stick around for years, even as her music taste changes into college.
30. For the teen who wants to travel the world: A scratch-off map
Whether she plans to embark on that international study abroad trip or a summer backpacking excursion, this scratch-off map will help her keep track of all her timeless adventures. Rubbing the shiny gold surface with a coin (or fingernail), reveals a bold pop of color, making each map totally unique to the person who owns it.
31. For the teen with cold feet: Ugg slippers
There are slippers, and there are Ugg slippers. A teen who is always complaining of cold feet would particularly appreciate the plush comfort of the super popular Fluff Yeah Slide. The lightweight platform and soft sheepskin combined with funky prints and vibrant colors make for one bold slipper statement.
32. For the monogram fanatic: Anthropologie monogram necklace
Trends come and go, but monograms are forever. That's why we love this simple block letter monogram necklace from Anthropologie. The single letters hang individually, which makes it great for layering with other pieces of jewelry or wearing on its own.
33. For the social media star: A Popsocket
Since most teens are quite literally attached to their phones, we might as well give in and gift them a cute accessory that makes scrolling, texting and simply holding their phone more comfortable. We love the classic swappable grip Popsocket, which has a thin plastic base with an adhesive back and an expandable stem that provides an easy grip or allows it to lie flat. The decorative disc is available in unique colors and patterns like genuine rose quartz, funky plated enamel, glittery stars and even a Burt's Bee's lip balm pot.
34. For the eco-conscious teen: Sipwell Stainless Steel Straws
If you've ever heard your teen proclaim, "Save the turtles!" then reusable straws are probably pretty high up on their gift wish list. Our best value pick for reusable straws are the Sipwell Stainless Steel Straws because they're easy to clean, great for sipping water or iced coffee and don't carry that nasty metallic taste most other options do. For less than $10, they're a pretty good deal, too.
35. For the teen who’s always moving around: Fitbit Versa 3
A fitness tracker can be a great gift for almost anyone—but the Fitbit Versa 3 is an especially great option for an active teen. It supports both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, which allows the user to check the weather or get reminders with just their voice. It also tracks workouts and sleep, in addition to Bluetooth capabilities so they can listen to Spotify or Pandora all on the same device.
36. For the serious student: HP Envy x360
The HP Envy x360 has pretty much everything you could want in a laptop—like a long battery life, bright and colorful screen and quick operating speeds—for a relatively low price, which makes it a great pick for teens and students. If you know a teen who needs a powerhouse of a laptop, this is an excellent choice.
37. For the aspiring YouTuber: A GoPro Vlogging Camera
This small but mighty GoPro—our top pick for affordable vlogging cameras—is sure to be appreciated by any YouTube watcher who's thinking about starting their own channel. It's easy to figure out, has great optics and features a deep depth of field, which means the object you're shooting stays in focus no matter how far away you are. It's also waterproof and resistant to drops, so it's well-equipped to withstand accidents and adventures.
38. For the photographer: Fujifilm Instax 9 Mini Instant Camera Starter Pack
Wallet-sized, instantly printable photos are a novel gift for a teen who's used to scrolling through her camera roll, and the Fujifilm Instax 11 is a great way to get them. It's simple to use and produces perfectly vintage-looking snaps with each shot. As a bonus, the camera comes in a range of bright colors like "blush pink" and "sky blue"—so the camera looks as fun as it is to use.
39. For the teen who lives in leggings: Aerie leggings
Leggings have been a teen girl style staple for a long time—and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future. If the teen in your life needs a new pair (or three), they'll be happy with Aerie's Real Me high-waisted leggings. Reviewers love that they provide opaque coverage, even in lighter colors, and feel soft and supportive. This makes them a great option for any teen girl, whether she's wearing them to work out, go for a walk or hang out around the house.
40. For the teen who likes to rewatch the classics: Disney+
Whether Mom and Dad drew the line at getting one more streaming service, or she just doesn't want to bum off her parents' account anymore, a Disney+ subscription of one's own can be a powerful thing. She can re-watch childhood favorites on one of our favorite TVs, or press play on the newest releases with her friends during a laidback night at home.
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