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Being a teenage girl in today’s climate (let’s be real: in any climate) can be complicated, but it’s especially so during holiday shopping season. Finding the best holiday gift for a teen is nothing short of a workout: Not only are teens highly selective and opinionated, but trends change like the weather, likes and interests vary wildly and social media makes the process even more daunting.
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It can oftentimes feel like a lose-lose situation—and that’s where we come in. Teens mostly like gifts that are fun, social media-trendy and tailored to them, so here at Reviewed, we’ve carefully curated the best gifts you can buy for teenage girls for the holidays. There are tons of fun options for even the pickiest of teens, including AirPods Pro, trendy makeup they can use to recreate their favorite TikTok beauty looks, stylish clothing and more. All you have to do is add to cart and watch as your favorite teen girl gets giddy unwrapping your totally cool gift. Thank us later.
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1. For the teen who loves 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 drugstore, impress her with a Norvina Pro Pigment Palette. This 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 colors to take her from a day at school to a night at prom.
2. For the teen who’s into haircare: Blissy mulberry silk pillowcase
If your teen is careful about her hair, she’ll very much appreciate a silk pillowcase. Silk pillowcases are superstars in the world of beauty trends for their purported beauty benefits, including less hair shedding, frizz, split ends and tangles as well as less skin tugging and acne due to its material. This handmade Blissy Mulberry Silk Pillowcase is well-loved by reviewers for its super soft and luxurious feel. It’s also hypoallergenic and comes in four colors.
3. For the teen who wants TikTok lighting: LED light strips
LED light strips are colorful, fun and add a glamorous touch to any teen girl’s bedroom. The LIFX Lightstrip 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.
4. 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. Plus, the range of denim shades offers plenty of variety.
5. For the teen who works out: A matching activewear set
Whether your teen jogs, gyms or bikes, she’ll appreciate a good-quality matching activewear set that keeps her seamlessly stylish and endlessly comfortable. Old Navy has plenty of suitable fabrics, such as stretchy fleece, moisture and sweat–wicking knits and supportive compression for high-intensity workouts. Pick out something that’ll match her activities and her vibes.
6. 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.
7. For the teen who lives in leggings: Aerie leggings
Leggings have long been a teen girl style staple—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, whether she’s wearing them to work out, go for a walk or hang out around the house.
8. For the teen who wants to move in style: STATE Backpack
Your teen girl has outgrown her licensed character kids backpack by now, so gift her an effortlessly 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.
9. 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 she craves regular blow-outs but doesn’t have the funds for salon visits, she’ll love the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer, our top pick for the best hair dryer brush. 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.
10. For the teen who likes vintage vibes: 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 Taylor Swift and Harry Styles). There are a bunch of great record players out there, but the Crosley Cruiser Plus 3 Speed 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 Crosley record crate and she’ll be well on her way to starting an impressive music collection.
11. For the teen who loves anime: Hot Topic merch
Look to Hot Topic for fun anime merch that’ll elevate your teen’s anime watching experience. From shirts and pajamas to backpacks, socks and glasses, there’s a lot to choose from, whether she’s a fan of Demon Slayer or Sailor Moon.
12. For the teen who loves her weekend trips: Weekender Embroidered Canvas Duffel
If your teen is always looking forward to weekend getaways with the family or overnight high school trips, this beautiful weekender canvas duffel would make a great present. The best thing about the bag is that you can personalize it with her name or initials, making this truly hers. The duffel is made from heavy cotton canvas, has two leather top handles and comes in three colors.
13. For the selfie queen: LuMee Halo Lighted Selfie Case
Great lighting is key for great selfies. 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’s 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.
14. 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.
15. For the teen who follows celebrity trends: JW PEI Joy Shoulder Bag
JW PEI handbags are the “it” bag of the season and for good reason: it’s cute and comes with a stamp of approval from Tiktok and Instagram to many celebrities: Gigi Hadid, Hailey Bieber and Megan Fox have all been spotted carrying them. The JW PEI Joy Shoulder Bag is sleek and stylish and 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.
16. For the teen in need of cool new kicks: Nike or Converse
For 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, 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 for your teen girl.
17. For the teen gamer: 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. It features ultimate portability for easy travel, an incredible gaming catalog and a simple all-in-one design. Plus, it comes in five vibrant colors to fit any teen’s style.
18. For the teen who loves her plush toys: Claire’s Exclusive Milk Carton Flip-A-Mallows Squishmallow
Squishmallows are all the rage right now and are probably the cutest thing in your teen’s bedroom. If they don’t have one yet, this 12-inch Claire’s Exclusive Milk Carton Flip-A-Mallows Squishmallow would be an adorable first pick to start off her collection. If she already has a collection, well, the yummy strawberry milk carton plush toy is a great addition to the squad.
19. For the skincare enthusiast: 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 and splurge-worthy gifts like Herbivore Blue Tansy BHA Pore Refining Mask (which helps unclog pores, clear up acne and slough off dead skin cells).
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.
20. For the sporty stylish teen: Wild Fable Faux Leather Varsity Jacket
Classic high school movies and shows have made the varsity jacket look timeless. For one thing, they’re so easy to layer with, and for another, they instantly upgrade every fit from dresses to a standard tee and jeans. Your favorite teen will no doubt sport this Wild Fable faux leather varsity jacket all fall and winter. The jacket has inclusive sizing.
21. 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.
22. 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 artistic prints, crop tops and oversized looks, there are graphic T-shirts to suit anyone’s style at Urban Outfitters.
23. For the picky eater: Sugarwish
Gift your hungry teen a snack you know they’ll 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.
24. For the teen who needs aesthetic essentials: Thread wallet
Whether she’s a newly licensed driver, has just gotten her first debit or credit card, or has 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 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.
25. For the teen who always carries a scrunchie: 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.
26. 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 trendy brand Glossier: Boy Brow, its 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.
27. 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 the 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.
28. For the teen who goes to slumber parties: Insta-worthy face masks
Teen girls love 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 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.
29. For the teen who wants a cool night light: Moon lamp
Moon lamps are all over Instagram and TikTok these days so it’s likely your teenager wants 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 Mydethun Moon Lamp’s design is based on data from by NASA to create a faithful adaptation of the moon’s real surface. The lamp rests on a wooden base and the light is adjustable, able to change from lunar white to warm yellow with a simple tap.
30. 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 your teen uses it to download textbooks or mainline Netflix, it’s sure to be appreciated.
31. For the beauty queen: Makeup mirror
If your teen loves makeup, she’ll appreciate having a makeup mirror to do her fac in front of. 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.
32. For the teen 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 the 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.
33. For the teen whose phone is always dead: Mophie PowerStation Pd
Everyone’s phone dies with enough use—but a phone dies even quicker in the hands of a teenager from this generation 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.
34. For the teen who always needs her water bottle: Hydro Flask
Keep your teen stylishly hydrated with a Hydro Flask. The leakproof, stainless steel bottle performed 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 come in a wide range of colors so the teen in your life will want to carry it wherever they go.
35. 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 outdoors, 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.
36. 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 deluxe 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.
37. 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.
38. 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.
39. 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.
40. 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 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 other options do. For less than $10, they’re a pretty good deal, too.
41. 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.
42. For the aspiring YouTuber: A GoPro Vlogging Camera
This mighty Panasonic Lumix G85 GoPro—one of our top picks for the best 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, is super lightweight and portable and has lenses interchangeable with other Panasonic models. It also features image stabilization and an ergonomic design for your hands.
43. 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 retro colors like “blush pink” and “sky blue”—so the camera looks as fun as it is to use.
44. 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 play the newest releases with her friends during a night in.
45. For the teen who prioritizes comfiness: UGG Classic Mini II
The UGG Classic Mini II is still a comfy winter go-to for many teens for its ability to protect against moisture while keeping feet warm from plush genuine shearling lining. The synthetic sole provides more cushioning and traction on wet ground. The it shoe of the season, it comes in eight colors so you’ll definitely find a shade she’ll like.
46. For the reflective teen: Ban.do notebook set and planner
Does she like to write, journal, reflect on her thoughts and keep her life organized and tidy? Whether it’s that or you’d like to encourage her to do more of it, this Ban.do strawberry notebook set and planner are too pretty to ignore. The notebook set comes with three small 32-page notebooks she can take everywhere with her. The matching daily planner is undated so she can skip days as she pleases. There are sections for schedules, to-do lists, shopping lists and more. The bright, cheery art will no doubt make her smile.
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