No two girls are the same; just because one may spend hours experimenting with makeup doesn’t mean another doesn’t like rocking a pair of converse and hanging out with their guy friends. But understanding a teens preferences alone isn't enough when you're hunting for gifts, oh no, you must ensure you fully understand exactly what is on trend, with their reputation (and yours) on the line if you fail! So, if you are a parent, auntie, uncle or friend in turmoil over what 'cool' actually means to teenagers right now, rest assured our list will have you covered with the best gifts for teenage girls this year.
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There’s probably no such thing as the best gift, seeing as every person is different, but there are some presents for teenagers that are pretty awesome no matter what their preferences or hobbies. Our top pick for teen girls this year are the Beats Solo 3 Wireless (opens in new tab)headphones, not only are they spot-on when it comes to cool branding but the sound quality gets a huge tick in the box too.
If you are hunting down a great gift for teenage girls who are into their cosmetics, makeup lovers of all ages are raving about the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (opens in new tab), trust us when we say that a lot of beauty bloggers use this palette in their makeup tutorials which gives it instant brownie points!
It’s always handy going for something that they’ll make use out of, too. Buying them something related to a hobby, like a Kindle (opens in new tab)for bookworms or a FujiFilm Instax Mini 9 (opens in new tab) for budding photographers, will always ensure that they use your gift over and over.
When it comes to gifts for girls, headphones are always a great idea. Whether they’re into the charts or spend their time sourcing their favourite artists from the back end of Spotify, these Beats headphones are bang on trend for any type of listener. Available in a range of funky colours – from blue to rose gold– there’s a pair to suit every personality. They’re completely wireless and the battery life lasts for up to 40 hours, making them a complete success in our book.
This cool retro looking instant camera shouldn’t fail to impress any selfie obsessed teenager. Although the print outs won’t be of professional quality, FujiFilm promise that the camera is capable of producing attractive and accurate images that would make for a great wall collage. The camera features a selfie mirror, a close up lens and a high-key mode for brighter pictures, giving them plenty of scope to snap some great memories.
Explore some of the different sets where the Harry Potter magic was created, including the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room and the Burrow’s kitchen. See the different costumes first hand, then hop on a broom and weave your way through the London skyline. If they want, they can even try a butterbeer, before finishing the day with a yummy afternoon tea at the Hunton Park Hotel. In our view, the best gift for Harry Potter fans, bar none.
There’s no doubt the Converse trainers are a failsafe when it comes to teenage footwear. They’re a timeless classic and a clothing item that generally looks better with age, so you’ll probably find that they’re still wearing them several years down the line. With a leather upper rather than the traditional textile, these white Converse are easier to keep clean and more durable, ensuring they’ll last even longer than usual.
If they tend to have their nose in a book more often than their eyes on a screen, a Kindle Paperwhite could be the perfect gift idea. With full access to the Kindle library, they can download books to their heart’s content, and Kindle versions are usually cheaper than the paper version, too. The Paperwhite is one of Amazon’s most advanced Kindles, with a reactive back screen, adjustable light and hi-res screen for the best reading conditions.
Add to their ever expanding makeup collection with this palette from Urban Decay. With 12 neutral shades to play with, you can quietly encourage them to keep their look natural while the velvety texture and blendability of the powder should enable a relatively easy application. With Urban Decay noting its staying power, this is the ideal makeup palette for busy teenagers and best of all, you can personalise the tin with their initials.
When they’re having to wear their uniform day in day out, accessories such as school bags and pencil cases become something of a fashion statement. Both stylish and functional, this backpack from Knomo passes with flying colours, with the bonus of a laptop compartment and deep exterior pockets giving it full marks. With compartments for a tablet and their textbooks too, this is the perfect gift idea for older teenage girls.
If they’re all about taking snaps of them and their friends, this photo display could benefit them as well as you. Instead of blu-tacking every photo to their bedroom wall (which leaves marks), they can now neatly hang each photo on this wall feature. There’s three colours to choose from, including white, black and natural, so you can make sure that the display will look lovely in their room. And when they’re off to uni or college, they can take the display with them.
Check out our guide to the best gifts for teenage girls (opens in new tab) too.