Alas, parents, they’re finally here: the highly-anticipated teen years. It’s a time when picking her presents can become difficult, as teen trends and interests seem to change with the weather, but her need to stay active physically, mentally and socially remains; gifts that get her moving, thinking, and engaging are often winners. If you’re looking for genuinely great gifts for 13 year old girls, you’ll want to check out our overview of some well-rounded picks. We’ve paired it with a guide to her current developmental stage, so take a peek – you may just find yourself inspired.

The Winners

#1

Flybar Foam Master Pogo Stick

Best Overall

Staying physically active is still an important part of your teen’s well being, and novel outdoor toys like the Flybar Foam Master Pogo Stick can offer inspiration to get outside and moving. Both the grips and the frame of this toy are covered in the soft, squishy foam suggested by its name, which shields all moving parts and makes hanging on to the handlebars comfortable. 

The bounce tip of this pogo stick has a wider stance, allowing the user to land safe, consistent and stable bounces as they play. Doing tricks is also a bit easier and safer with this particular pogo stick thanks to the non-slip foot pegs, which help kids stay stable in motion even when they’re not wearing their sneakers.

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#2

Sony PlayStation VR

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Virtual reality gaming is the wave of the future, and major console manufacturers like Sony are eager to get ahead of the curve. The Sony PlayStation VR is a Playstation 4-compatible virtual reality headset which features a sizable 5.7″ OLED display in 1080p resolution at up to 120 fps. The 3D Audio tech on this headset is especially impressive – as the wearer plays their favorite virtual reality games, they’ll be able to tell what directions the sounds they’re hearing are coming from within the game itself.

 The headset features advanced LED sensors which are exceptional at detecting and processing a player’s physical movements, but it’s designed to be so lightweight and comfortable that it feels barely there when worn. It’s a bit cheaper than some bigger name VR headsets, and it comes with all the accessories she’ll need to sync the device up to her existing PS4.

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#3

Victoria's Secret Pink Campus Backpack

Best Budget Buy

Toting her books from point A to point B can be a drag, but she’ll mind it a lot less when she’s doing it in style. Victoria’s Secret’s popular PINK line is a favorite among teen girls, and this pink and grey two-tone Campus Backpack showcases the recognizable logo but leaves plenty of room for patches, pins, and personalizing.

The padded straps are adjustable for her size and comfort, and their mesh overlay makes them breathable when she’s carrying her backpack on a hot day. There’s even a special padded sleeve with a zipper to protect her laptop, so she won’t need an extra carrying case. The tote features three main large zipper compartments, a front pocket for small items, and two side pockets which are perfect for stashing her water bottles.

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#4

Beats Studio3 Over-Ear Headphones

If you’ve heard your thirteen-year-old’s favorite album ten times too many, a good pair of noise cancelling headphones may be a gift to you both. Beats headphones are hot for a reason – they produce fantastic audio quality, reduce external noise disturbance and prevent sound leakage with comfortable, soft over-the-ear cups that won’t get uncomfortable during long term listening.

They’re Bluetooth-enabled, so they’ll connect seamlessly with her phone, tablet, and laptop to stream her favorite tunes, games, and apps. She can enjoy them at the gym or by the pool without fear of damage, because they’re also sweat and water resistant. Beats also offer an impressive 12 hours of battery life on one charge, but we especially love their Fast Fuel technology, which allows users to charge the device for 10 minutes and receive three hours of playback.

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#5

PlayMonster Brain Fart

Games that encourage her to think quickly, even about silly stuff, offer boosts to logic and critical thinking. PlayMonster Brain Fart is a game designed to be goofy enough to make players laugh while also challenging enough to leave them puzzling to find answers that are as accurate as they are amusing.

The brain timer offers players their letter to match, and they must take turns naming people, places, and things that begin with the letter and match the categories displayed on the cubes. There’s over 50 categories and a whole alphabet full of letters, so repeat play doesn’t get monotonous. It’s designed to accommodate any number of players over three, so it’s a great pick for bringing out when she’s got friends over or adding laughs to family game night.

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#6

Mobo Triton Pedal Go Kart Trike

Traditional bikes and scooters are great tools for exploring the outdoors, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Cool three-wheelers like the Triton Pedal Go Kart offer stability and maneuverability that’s uniquely fun, as well as a cardio workout that’s low-impact but powerful. The extendable frame of this trike pairs with its 220 lb weight limit to ensure it’s a recumbent bike that she can continue to use and enjoy for years to come. This trike is an ideal pick for teens who may struggle with balance or have disabilities that make it difficult for them to use a two-wheeled bike, as they can ride right alongside friends without feeling left out.

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#7

Sphero Specdrums

For musically inclined teens, expressing themselves through instruments and song is second nature. It’s likely they’re eager to explore the wide world of digital music, and the Sphero Specdrums give them the opportunity to experiment with creating their own beats, loops and songs without spending the money needed for professional turntables and complex software.

Specdrums are comprised of a colorful Play Pad as well as two ring-shaped Specdrum input devices with flat surfaces for tapping. The Play Pad can be a MIDI keyboard, drum pad, or play back countless other sounds of her choosing, including those of her own creations. Specdrums respond to color, so she’s not limited to the pad; other colored objects in her surroundings can also be a part of her symphony!

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#8

Tactic Games Molkky

Backyard athletic games are a great way to encourage your teen to get outside and spend time with her friends, and she’ll get an extra cognitive boost while learning to play Molkky. It may be new to her, but it’s one of Europe’s top outdoor games, combining luck and throwing skill into a game of numbers to beat. Tactic Games Molkky comes with twelve numbered pins as well as a throwing pin, and it’s up to each player to topple as many pins as they can with their toss.

Players may choose to score the game by the number of pins that are knocked down, or make things a little more interesting by tallying the sums of numbered pins that are toppled – that’s where the luck comes in! It’s a durable set in an easy-to-tote wooden box that’s a great addition to picnics, parties, camping trips, and outdoor family events.

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#9

Pandemic

Cooperative games that make it fun to think logically encourage thirteen-year-old girls to expand their minds while they enjoy face time with friends and family. When she plays Pandemic, she’ll be acting as part of a final defense team that’s working hard to contain four different deadly illnesses. She’ll need to work with the other players – the game accommodates up to a total of 4 people – to manage outbreaks and epidemics in a timely, safe manner.

The game never plays the same way twice, and it’s not uncommon for one card or action to shift things in a different direction to create new sets of issues she’ll use critical thinking to solve. There’s no one winner in Pandemic; teams must work their way toward victory together, teaching communication and cooperation within a group dynamic.

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#10

Apple iPad Mini

Tablets are great tech for teens – they allow your girl to enjoy her favorite apps, movies and games as well as communicate with friends at home or on the go. Apple’s iPad Mini shrinks their famous offering down to a pocket-sized pick that still brags a 7.9″ display, front and rear-facing cameras, and up to 10 hours of battery life. The 256Gb size is perfect for the little media maven in your life, as it can hold quite a few games, tunes, episodes and apps without space issues.

 The Wi-fi compatible Mini is available in silver, gold, and slate grey, so there’s a look for every style profile. It’s also compatible with fun accessories like the Apple Pencil, which lets her new device double as a drawing or writing tablet.

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#11

US Art Supply Mega Wood Box

Expressing herself creatively is a great way for your thirteen-year-old to reap cognitive benefits while she enjoys some down time alone or with friends. An art set that legitimately pulls out all the stops is great for providing the tools she needs to tackle more ambitious projects, and the US Art Supply Mega 162-Piece Wood Box set  is full of potential.

She can drawn, paint, sketch and shade with 24 oil pastel crayons, 24 colored pencils, a 24-color watercolor set, a set of wax crayons, three palettes, two sketch pencils, two paint brushes, a ruler, an eraser, and a pencil sharpener, all of which are secured neatly in a classic wooden storage case. Also included are a 15-piece brush set, a larger plastic palette, a field sketch notepad, drawing pad, and watercolor paper, so she’ll have no shortage of mediums to create in nor surfaces to adorn with her latest creations.

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#12

Selfie Ring Light with Tripod Stand

If following her favorite beauty gurus and streamers on YouTube and Twitch are among your girl’s favorite things, she may just have media aspirations of her own. Selfie Ring Lights and Camera Tripods are tools that the pros can’t live without, but they don’t have to cost big bucks.

This convenient pick combines the flattering illumination of a selfie ring light with a durable tripod that can securely hold her phone to allow for hands-free posing and live streaming. A convenient remote control trigger lets her start recording or snap the perfect shot without any hands or arms getting in the picture. The ring light features three lighting modes that are great for achieving warm and cool effects, and the tripod’s quick-flip locks keep it conveniently in place without becoming loose after repeated uses.

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#13

Macaron Bluetooth Speaker

Cute, trendy French macarons in pastel shades aren’t just tasty to eat, they’ve also inspired the sweet-treat design of this budget-friendly wireless Bluetooth speaker. Available in pink, blue or green, the petite Macaron Bluetooth Speaker is less than 3″ in diameter but packs a powerful, rich sound when she’s listening to music, streaming shows and videos, or playing games. It can sync to her iPhone, Android, tablet or laptop, and it’s IPX4 water resistant, which means it’s protected from splashes and is safe for outdoor use near the water as long as it’s not being submerged.

The small size of this speaker makes it great for music on the go, as it’s lightweight and can slip into a purse, backpack or pocket at a moment’s notice. The speaker offers up to six hours of playtime on one charge, and can stay connected to devices at distances up to 10 meters.

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#14

ROKR 3D Wooden Puzzle Treasure Box

There are plenty of hands-on critical thinking opportunities happening when your thirteen-year-old assembles this three-dimensional wooden puzzle box. The laser cut ROKR 3D Wooden Puzzle Treasure Box contains 123 ornate pieces, which might not sound like a lot, but the multi-dimensional assembly process is a lot more complex than old-school jigsaw puzzles.

Detailed instructions help to walk her through the steps of building her password-protected treasure box, which can really be used to securely store her trinkets once she’s finished building. The included key can be used to elevate the inner tray through the keyhole in the back of the box, and the gear on the top of the closed box can also be rotated to open a tiny secret hiding spot.

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#15

BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Microphone

If your girl loves to sing, chances are good she’s already belting out her favorite songs whenever and wherever possible. It follows that she’ll dig this cool rose gold Wireless Bluetooth Microphone from Bonaok, which is Bluetooth-compatible and can link up with her phone, tablet, computer, or other devices. All she has to do connect to the microphone and open the music playback or recording app on her device, and she can sing, speak, record and play back to her heart’s content.

This mic features a micro SD slot which can add up to 32 GB of built in storage – that’s especially handy when taking it on the go, because she can bring her favorite media without other bulky devices. The device’s Bluetooth compatibility means cords are only required if desired, so it’s easy to tote along to a party or event without fear of forgetting essential components.

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How to Pick the Perfect Gift for A 13 YEAR-OLD Girl

Consider Their Developmental Stage

At thirteen, it’s not surprising to hear that many of kids’ developmental needs and milestones revolve around puberty. Physically, your girl is likely beginning (or has already begun) to grow taller, gain weight, and look more adult. She may be learning to cope with menstruation and physical and mental symptoms that accompany it. She may feel self-conscious about these changes or prone to comparing herself to others, and open, reassuring, and frequent talks can help remind her that her experiences are normal. Staying active is a great way to mitigate weight problems now, so games that encourage outside athletics and bikes are picks she’ll enjoy and benefit from.

From a cognitive standpoint, she’s adept at applying her critical thinking skills when it’s time to solve problems or puzzles, and keeping track of her homework and school schedule feels like second nature to her. The confidence her growing ability has given her can sometimes find her failing to think of consequences or feeling immune to bad things happening. She’s beginning to understand that her thoughts and opinions are truly unique to her, which may come with a side of feeling misunderstood. She’s still open to enjoying puzzles and STEM kits and gear that encourage logical thought and hands-on engagement, both of which offer cognitive benefits.

We’re sure we don’t have to tell you how important socialization is to your thirteen-year-old – she’s likely mentioned it once or twice. Keeping busy with her friends continues to be a big focus both personally and developmentally, and though it’s frustrating, it’s normal for her to reject your affection in favor of their acceptance now. Little acts of rebellion and the questioning of authority are part of how she tests her boundaries, but knowing her friends and providing a source of non-judgemental support can help mitigate some early risk-taking behavior that’s influenced by peer pressure. Providing games and gear that offer social opportunities with casual structure help her get the face time with pals she craves while keeping them from idling their way into trouble.

Entertainment vs. Education

As your child prepares for her high school years, she’s no doubt encountering curriculum that’s a little more challenging than she’s used to. Games, books, and STEM kits that reinforce the concepts she’s working with can give her a hands-on, low-stress way to engage with new science, math, and language. That said, entertaining games and toys give her a great way to decompress, and it’s normal for her to spend a couple hours a day playing games and watching shows.

Entertainment vs. Education

As your child prepares for her high school years, she’s no doubt encountering curriculum that’s a little more challenging than she’s used to. Games, books, and STEM kits that reinforce the concepts she’s working with can give her a hands-on, low-stress way to engage with new science, math, and language. That said, entertaining games and toys give her a great way to decompress, and it’s normal for her to spend a couple hours a day playing games and watching shows.

Physical vs. Cognitive vs. Social

Staying physically active remains an important part of your thirteen-year-old’s health. Weight gain is a challenge that girls often face as they enter puberty; if your kiddo stays engaged in sports or regularly rides her bike or scooter, she’s getting a workout and doesn’t even realize it. Backyard games and other athletic toys like pogo sticks appeal to the kid in her, plus they encourage her to socialize with pals.

Although she may be a bit mentally fried from school, her capacity for cognition is well developed at 13. Some personalities might hesitate at the word “educational” around this age, but hands-on opportunities to perform fun science experiments are hard to resist – especially when there’s no homework. STEM kits that teach her more about coding and electronics are also ideal picks for girls who love tech, especially when she can build a real, working computer she can proceed to use.

You won’t have to provide much to encourage her to socialize, her drive to do so is a defining characteristic of her teen self. That said, mental and physical games that offer age-appropriate challenges and invite groups to play are a great way to provide casual social structure that can prevent boredom-led mischief.

Digital vs. Manual

At thirteen, it’s perfectly normal for your girl to own and be familiar with the use of her own electronics. Setting screen time limits of two hours a day on school days is appropriate, and she’s at an age where additional time on a rainy or sick day isn’t problematic as long as use is responsible. It’s still beneficial to her to balance screen time with physical activity and cognitive challenges through outdoor gear, games, and STEM toys, as too much time on devices can lead to bad habits going forward.

Wrapping Up

Although she’s newly a teen, your girl is forever your baby – and that means you know her better than anyone. The best gifts, games and toys for 13 year old girls reflect their unique likes and interests; whether she’s using her body, her brain, or her social gifts, the things that show her you know what matters to her will always be favorites. Now that you also know what kind of engagement she needs to succeed, you’re ready to make a pick your teenager will love.

Quick Decision

Flybar Foam Master Pogo Stick – Best Overall
Offers inspiration to get outside and moving which is is still an important part of teen’s well being to stay physically active. 

Sony PlayStation VR – Upgrade Choice
 is a Playstation 4-compatible virtual reality headset which features a sizable 5.7″ OLED display in 1080p resolution at up to 120 fps.

Campus Backpack Best Budget Buy
A favorite among teen girls, this pink and grey two-tone  showcases the recognizable logo but leaves plenty of room for patches, pins, and personalizing.

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Hannah H.

Hannah H.

Hannah is both a parent and a freelance journalist and author. You go, girl! She is an impeccable wordsmith and her warm and witty outlook on life makes her pieces a joy to read.

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