When it comes to a Sweet 16, picking the perfect gift for this milestone birthday is no small task. Teens are not easy to shop for any day, let alone for a sixteenth birthday, which is why we’re here to help with a list of awesome ideas and unique gifts to commemorate your daughter’s special occasion. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself reading through and thinking, “one for her and one for me!”
Sweet 16 birthday gift ideas
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1) Experience Gift
Instead of celebrating with a traditional birthday party, another option is to plan a special trip or to treat her to a new experience. Think tickets to a show or dinner at a restaurant she has been wanting to try. Whether it is with family, a best friend, or a group of friends, big or small, let her help choose what will make the most meaningful memories.
One of our favorite gift sites, Uncommon Goods, now makes “Uncommon Experiences” that might be just perfect for a birthday party for your daughter and a BFF or your family. From jewelry making, to pet portraits, to baking, these are unique and unforgettable.
2) Ari Heart Charm Necklace
Give your gem a pretty piece of jewelry to mark her special day. The options and styles are endless, and no matter what your budget, there are plenty of choices. The Ari Heart Charm Necklace from KENDRA SCOTT is dainty, engravable and comes in 3 stunning finishes.
3) Candy Tower
For the sweet girl with the sweet tooth, Dylan’s offers a 3-Tier Candy Cake that is filled with chocolates, gummies and lollipops. A perfect treat to let the birthday girl know that life is sweet!Life is sweet!
4) Spa Day
Treat your girl and several of her 16-year-old girl besties to an afternoon of pampering. It will give her time with friends that she will cherish long after the day is done. You may have to do a little research to find a local salon that will accommodate teenagers or you may even find a salon that will come to your home for a socially distanced afternoon of pampering.
5) Driving Lessons
If your teen is getting behind the wheel this year, driving lessons are an exciting and practical gift that you can both feel good about. Look for local schools and recommendations in your area or visit AAA to find the nearest “Behind the Wheel” course that they offer.
6) Lights, Lights, Lights!
Help give her room a “Sweet Sixteen Makeover” with these LED lights that have 16 different color settings — just enough to match her age and her moods! Also, this Heart LED Wall Light is just the right combination of sweet and modern.
7) Accent Chair
A comfy chair of her own will likely be her favorite new place to read, watch TikTok videos and spend down time that teens needs in their lives. We fell in love with this Unicorn swivel chair from PBTeen and think your daughter will, too.
A less pricy, but more complicated, option is a hanging chair.
8) Money Cake
Some girls would prefer to get cash and have the freedom to shop for whatever they want. If your girl is one of them, you can surprise her with a money cake. How sweet is that?
9) Stylish Threads
Keep her celebration going throughout the year by gifting a subscription box that delivers each month. For the stylish teen who is big into the trend of consignment shopping and thrifting, Thred Up offers brand names at a cheaper price.
10) Cable Collectibles Heart Bracelet
The classic Cable Collectibles Heart Bracelet from David Yurman is a durable and beautiful keepsake that she can cherish for a lifetime.
11) Cell Phone Carrying Case
Let her know that she’s going places with a must-have accessory that will hold her smartphone, cash, and eventually, her driver’s license. Any of these are great options: Coach Turnlock Chain Crossbody, Coach Snap Phone Crossbody in Signature Canvas, a Bandolier phone case bag or the Herschel Nova Crossbody. You could also slip a gift card or a bit of cash into one of the pockets to send her on her way with a smile.
There is a reason why this brand is at the top of many wish lists for workout gear. Lululemon is durable, stylish, and very trendy but more expensive than other brands, making it a special treat as a sweet 16 gift.
13) Pura Vida
Pura Vida has a line of engravable jewelry that lets you create a personalized gift of rings, necklaces, and bracelets. They also have a Pura Vida Jewelry Club in which they send two exclusive styles every month to your lucky girl. You can sign-up for one, six, or even twelve months to really keep the celebration going all year long.
14) Collage Wall
Memories meet art. Let keepsakes and pictures come to life in a collage wall art that she can create by herself.
15) Mini Double Tag Pendant
The Mini Double Heart Tag Pendant from Tiffany & Co. is made of sterling silver and pink enamel and will arrive in their signature little blue box.
16) Video Tribute
Create a video tribute to your girl featuring sentimental wishes from friends and family. She can watch and share to her heart’s content.
17) Teched Out
Think phones, laptops, extra-long charging cables, mobile WIFI hotspots, or headphones. Selfiesticks and instant photo printers, like the Kodak Smile below, are also popular gift ideas. Even though a tech gift may check the less sentimental box on your list, it will definitely check the most-wanted box on hers.
18) Blue Apron
Let her add a little spice to her life with a gift subscription to Blue Apron. The meal kits come with all of the ingredients and instructions she will need to learn the basics. Warning: clean-up not included.
19) Candy Club
For the candy lover in your life, Candy Club offers several plans that will keep the gummies, sours, and chocolate arriving on the regular.
For the gift that keeps on giving: she can ask Alexa to play music, call her friends, check the weather, set alarms, and reminders. Again and again and again. Look who is nagging now.
21) Celebrity Birthday Wishes
If she is a #1 FAN and would appreciate a personalized birthday wish from her favorite actor, artist, or influencer, you may be in luck. Cameo is a digital service that connects admirers to their most loved celebrities. Prices for videos range from $10 into the thousands and participants include Mia Hamm, Mya, and Marlon Wayans. Messages can be viewed in the Cameo app or downloaded and saved so that she can always remember that special someone who made one of her dreams come true on her Sweet 16 Birthday.
22) Alpha Necklace
The Alpha necklace from Mementum is a soft and strong look at the same time. An elegant piece that is meant to be worn every day.
Did you get get the memo?…it’s impossible for sixteen-year-olds to have too many pillows. Whether she “needs” them for the bed, sofa or floor or likes ruffles, sequins, fur, faux-fur, or faux-suede, PBTeen has a high pile of options.
24) Recommended Reading
One of the best gift ideas: a personalized collection of beloved books. Ask 16 of her closest family and friends to recommend a favorite book and then head over to Amazon to purchase a library of 16th birthday reads from her nearest and dearest. For an extra nice touch, create a custom personalized bookplate and ask each recommender to inscribe a birthday wish.
25) I Love You More Charm Bangles
The “I Love You More” Charm Bangles set from Alex and Ani includes one charm bangle and five beaded accent bangles that offer a modern take on a classic style.
26) Vanity Mirror
A vanity mirror – enough said.
27) Sock Subscription
There is also the unique gift idea of a fun sock subscription to Foot Cardigan. With the option of 6 and 12-month plans, it’s possible to surprise her feet with one or two new pairs every few weeks.
28) Gift of Glam
For the makeup maven, a subscription to Ipsy lets her try fresh new products and brushes every month.
A pair of classic converse make for a great gift. The Chuck Taylor All Star comes in an endless variety of colors and styles.
30) Tile Mate Pro
Help her keep track of those precious first keys with a Tile Mate Bluetooth tracker. They are water-resistant and come with a 1-year replaceable battery.
Practical meets adorable and they live happily ever after in this just-the-right-size tote. Plus, it comes in a variety of eye-catching color combinations.
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