Great Gift Ideas: Teen girls are some of the most important people in our lives—whether that’s your daughter, granddaughter, niece, sibling, or friend—and yet they can be some of the most difficult people to shop for. We were all teenagers at some point, yet none of us quite know what it’s like to be a teen in 2022. It seems like internet culture and trends are changing faster than we can blink, and beyond that, we all know that teens are some of the hardest people to impress. Something that was cute a month ago can elicit an eye roll from your teen just a few months later.
Plus, teens are always in the know about the latest trends. If your daughter, niece, granddaughter, or sibling finds out about and purchases the latest tech gadget before you even know it exists, how can you surprise her with a gift? Never fear—here are some gift ideas for Gen Z and Gen Alpha that won’t go out of style.
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1. Leggings for Tweens
In some ways, tweens can be even more difficult to shop for than teens. They still have that childlike energy about them, but they’re already too cool for hugs and kisses from Mom and Grandma. Luckily, there are hundreds of cute leggings for tweens in creative patterns and colors. Whether the teen in your life prefers leggings for tweens in bold colors and bright animal print, tye dye, or galaxy patterns, or leggings for tweens in a classic black or gray, you can find leggings for tweens that they will love to wear to school or out with friends.
2. Bedroom Decor
If the teen girl in your life is looking to update her bedroom decor, you might want to help her out with some trendy items. Retro-themed decor is definitely in style right now, so consider seeking out artwork, posters, and tapestries that teens in the seventies and eighties might have loved to have in their room. LED signs and lights are also super popular and can give your teen’s room a party-like atmosphere when she has friends over in the evening time. Plants, both real ones and faux strings of ivy, can also give your teen’s bedroom that extra pop of color and life.
3. Polaroid Camera
While you might think that teens only want the latest tech gadgets and iPhone cameras, the retro fad extends to cameras, too. You might want to invest in a Polaroid camera and some film for your teen to take aesthetic pictures with her friends. The Polaroid camera re-emerged a few years ago when they went viral online as an essential accessory for VSCO girls—girls who love photography and nature. Polaroid cameras remain popular today as an aesthetic and vintage way to take one-of-a-kind pictures with your friends. If you do purchase a Polaroid camera for your teen, you may want to pair it with some photo clip string lights or a grid wire board so she can hang her photos on her wall.
4. Skincare and Beauty
What teen girl doesn’t love skincare or beauty products? If you’re really stumped on what to get the teen girl who already has all of the essentials, ask her what her favorite skincare or makeup brand is and buy some items that you think she will like. Teens are becoming increasingly more conscious of the environment and expressing interest in vegan products, so you may want to opt for a vegan beauty line for your teen—or a brand that is transitioning to being vegan, like Glossier. Classic makeup brands that are still popular with teens today include Morphe, Benefit, e.l.f., Anastasia Beverly Hills, and Tarte Cosmetics.
Teens are also drawn towards makeup brands created by their favorite celebrities, like Florence created by Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown and Fenty created by Rihanna. Ask your teen to see which products she loves the most. Whether she’s an eye shadow fanatic or a lip gloss collector, you will be sure to find a beauty product that she just HAS to have.
5. Tech Accessories
While the teen girl in your life might already have the newest phone model, headphones, tablet, and computer, she will probably appreciate some cute new accessories. A new phone or tablet case, airpod carrying case, and pop socket or phone charm could be just what she needs. Think outside of the box and consider personalizing a phone case with her name or an image of something she loves, like her dog or cat. You can find airpod cases shaped like almost anything, from iconic cartoon characters to popular food and drink brands. If you don’t want to invest in a piece of tech or a tech accessory for your teen, you could always seek out some decals or stickers for her to decorate her favorite tech items however she likes.
When shopping for the teen girl gift who already has everything, rely on brands that you already know she loves—or surprise her with something completely new and different. It’s true that your teen will appreciate anything that comes from the heart and won’t necessarily judge you for choosing a gift that isn’t trendy, but hopefully these gift ideas will help you surprise her with your “cool” factor!