We continually update this page with the hottest gift ideas and trends for 15 and 16 year old girls. If you have a great gift idea for this age group please feel free to share it using the message form at the bottom of this page! Thanks for stopping by today and good luck shopping!
“Build Your Own” Retro New Balance Sneakers:
Do you have a picky teenage girl on your Christmas shopping list and you don’t know what to buy them? How about giving them an opportunity to design their very own pair of custom New Balance sneakers? The sneakers are made right here in the USA (in the great state of Maine). These are PREMIUM sneakers! They can’t get upset about the colors because they get to design that part themselves. Pretty cool right? To learn more about custom New Balance sneakers and to purchase gift certificates, visit their website today:
Custom Jewelry From CHART Metalworks:
Not sure what gift to buy the teenage girl that seems to have everything? Consider a custom made nautical inspired necklace, bracelet or earring set from Chart Metalworks in Portland, ME. One of their most popular creations involves the incorporation of a chart or map of an area of importance to the recipient (maybe a favorite vacation spot, hometown, college town, etc.). The chart or map is reproduced and encased in one of various sterling silver, pewter or brass settings to complete the custom jewelry piece. Chart Metalworks can be easily found online and you can order directly from their website.
Inexpensive Gifts Under $15:
The gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. Consider buying the teenager on your shopping list a subscription to a magazine focused on one of their interests (beauty, gossip, news, outdoors, etc.). Most monthly magazine subscriptions centered around these themes can be purchased for less than $20. You can order magazines online through each magazine’s respective website, but I would just buy a single copy of the magazine at my local book store and wrap it as a gift after I filled out the subscription card inside.
Gift Ideas Between $15 and $25:
iTunes Gift Certificates
iTunes Gift Certificates are a versatile and inexpensive gift to give the 17-18 year old boy on your shopping list. Cards typically come in $10, $15, $25, and $50 denominations. There is also a “3-pack” of $10 cards you can buy to split if there is more than one teenager on your shopping list (you could also keep one for yourself!). You can buy iTunes gift cards at Target, Wal-Mart, and most major supermarkets (usually at the checkout counter areas).
The Gift of Carbon Neutrality:
What do you give to the earthy, environmentalist teen on your shopping list? How about giving the gift of Carbon Neutrality? With carbon offset certificates from TerraPass, you can effectively offset the amount of “carbon” you release into the air from your normal everyday routine (driving, eating, heating your home, etc.). When you purchase a carbon offset from TerraPass, the money is then invested in a sustainable energy technology such as wind, tidal, solar, or hydro power making the world a better place all in the name of the teenager on your shopping list! There are a variety of carbon offset packages to choose from including “symbolic” purchases of 1,000lbs carbon offsets for $5.95.
Liberty Graphics:Environmentally Friendly T-Shirts
Liberty Graphics offers a variety of cool and unique t-shirt designs that you’re teenager is simply going to love. These t-shirts are made with 100% organic cotton fibers right here in the USA using water based inks that penetrate and bond to the fabric. This attention to manufacturing results in a more environmentally friendly t-shirt that is softer to the touch, more breathable (than oil based inks) and…if you want…you can even iron the t-shirt without worrying about melting the designs. To learn more about Liberty Graphics Designs and how to order them read our full review here.
Great Gifts Between $25 and $50:
Manicure or Pedicure Gift Certificates:
Girls love being pampered and a relaxing pedicure or manicure can be the perfect indulgence! Consider a gift certificate to a local beauty salon or spa in the girl’s local area. Pedicure and/or manicures typically cost between $25 and $35 each and make a great gift for the teenage girl on your shopping list!
Looking for gift ideas for a teenager with his or her own car? You can’t go wrong with buying a gas card! I know gift cards can be considered very impersonal, but when it comes to teenagers and gas money, an exception to this “rule of thumb” can be made. Just be sure you give a gift card that can be used in the recipient’s location. I once received a Chevron gas card that I couldn’t use in any New England state (there are no Chevron Gas Stations that I know of in Maine, New Hampshire, or Massachusetts). Gas cards can be purchased from just about every “major” gas station.
Cool Gifts Between $50 and $100:
An Authentic L.L. Bean Sleeping Bag ($59)
Yes I’m from Maine, and yes my in-laws work at LL Bean headquarters in Freeport, ME, but that doesn’t stop me from making an unbiased recommendation of an L.L. Bean sleeping bag as a great gift for an active boy or girl! I literally grew up in one of these bags! Whether crashing on friend’s living room floor during a slumber party, or camping at a remote campsite, a good quality sleeping bag (especially one from L.L. Beans) will stand the test of time and keep the boy or girl in your life warm and cozy no matter where they end up sleeping! If you’re not lucky enough to live by an L.L. Bean retail or factory store, you can shop for L.L. Bean sleeping bags online.
Awesome Gifts Over $100:
iPod Touch from Apple, 4th Generation ($214):
Chances are good the teenager on your shopping list already has an iPod or similar music listening device. So why take the chance and buy a new 4th generation iPod Touch as a gift? In addition to a virtually limitless number of down-loadable applications and games, the real game change for the new iPod Touch is the built in cameras. iPod Touch captures video with two built-in cameras. It shoots amazing HD 720p video from the back camera. And with its advanced backside illumination sensor, it captures beautiful footage even in low-light settings. All while the built-in microphone records conversations, music, or any audio at the same time. And on the front of the iPod touch, the built-in camera is perfect for making FaceTime calls and shooting self-portraits. It’s surprising how much fun can fit into something so small.
Fender Starcaster Acoustic Guitar Starter Package ($125)
Although it may seem intimidating, learning to play basic song structures on the acoustic guitar is achievable by almost anyone. This Starcaster® by Fender® Pack delivers a great-sounding dreadnought acoustic guitar and all the essential accessories a starting player needs! Accessories include strings, picks, a strap, a tuner, a gig bag and an instructional DVD. This is very similar to the package I learned to play on! You can find a similar package at most local music stores in your area.
Sporting Event or Concert Tickets:
Another excellent gift idea for teenage boys and girls is to purchase tickets to see their favorite sports team or music group. Of course it wouldn’t be fun to go alone so make sure you purchase at least two tickets so the recipient can bring a friend (or maybe even you)! Finding out what her favorite sports team or music group is shouldn’t be too difficult. Even if the game or concert is sold out, you should easily be able to find tickets from online ticket brokers like StubHub and AceTicket.
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