When you haven’t been a teen in a few years, it’s easy to feel out of your depth while picking presents for your teenage girl. Although her interests and the trends change quickly, there are a few things you can count on – she benefits from staying active, being mentally engaged, and having a healthy social life, all of which are easy to encourage with the right toys, games, and gear. We’ve put together a guide to gifts for teen girls featuring a little something for everyone, and paired it with some light reading about your teen’s developmental stage that will help you make the perfect pick. Read on!

The Winners

#1

Apple iPad Mini

Best Overall

Whether she’s texting friends, playing games, or keeping up on important deadlines, your teen’s devices play an important role in her life. The Apple iPad Mini offers fast performance, front and rear-facing cameras that can capture 8MP photos and 1080p HD videos, as well as the capacity to take notes, download her favorite apps, and stay connected. At 7.9 inches, the display is a bit bigger than the average cell phone, but her tablet will still be small enough to carry in her purse or backpack comfortably.

It features Touch ID, which means her fingerprint is needed to access anything on her device in order to preserve her privacy. The Mini is available in gold, silver, and space grey, and it’s compatible with accessories like the Apple Pencil and Bluetooth-capable keyboards which can enhance its functionality.

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#2

OMAX Digital Microscope

Upgrade Choice

Teens who take science seriously and enjoy exploring their world will find plenty to do with OMAX Digital Microscope. It features 40X – 2000X magnification as well as the capacity to perform oil immersion, which can increase the microscope’s refractory capacity even further.

It’s a binocular microscope, which means it’s a bit more ergonomic and simple in use than its monocular counterparts, and it features a built-in 3 MP camera that your teen can use to capture images and recordings of her specimens for later review and comparison. The device can be connected to her laptop via USB in order to view her images and transfer them for storage. This pick doesn’t come with slides, slips, or tools, but it’s a sturdy, highly-functional microscope that’s great in the classroom or at home.

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#3

Liberex Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush

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The teen years are a time when problem skin can go into overdrive thanks to major hormonal changes, leaving kids feeling embarrassed, self-conscious, and eager for a solution. Many dermatologists recommend the Liberex Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush in favor of using washcloths or bare hands, as the unique oscillation of the brushes helps to evacuate pores more thoroughly without damaging or discoloring delicate facial skin.

This simple one-button cleansing brush from Liberex features three brush heads and three cleansing modes which will allow her to clean, massage, and exfoliate her skin more effectively while still using her favorite face wash. This egg-shaped device is truly waterproof, and it’s even able to be used in the shower thanks to an inductive charging system that doesn’t use ports.

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#4

SHANY Mini Makeup Train Case

If her makeup collection is beginning to monopolize precious bathroom counter space, SHANY Mini Makeup Train Case will give her a spot to stash all her shadows, lippies and polishes safely. This sleek, modern pick is adorned with a textured diamond pattern, but has smooth sides and rubber feet that allow it to sit level.

The 9″ x 6″ x 6″ hinged case opens to reveal three storage compartments, which extend upwards to allow easy access. Also included is a small fashion mirror, perfect for applying her cosmetics at home or on the go. Train cases are a great addition to a beauty loving teen’s luggage and overnight collection, especially as she starts to go on more sleepovers and longer school trips.

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#5

Robotime 3D Puzzle

Assembling puzzles encourages teens to use critical thinking skills, and cool 3D picks like this laser-cut wooden lift coaster Robotime 3D Puzzle take things a step further by also incorporating spatial reasoning. The 219 piece puzzle features precisely cut wood pieces which fit together with ease, but the assembly will keep them learning as they follow the included instructional diagram.

Once their puzzle is assembled, it functions as a mini marble coaster that’s operated by a simple hand crank. It makes an eye-catching addition to her desk, bookshelf, or nightstand, and with a suggested assembly time of up to 20 hours, putting together this puzzle is a project that will keep her busy for a little while.

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#6

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR Camera

If your girl takes her time behind the lens seriously, a quality camera she can learn in-depth skills with and enjoy for years to come will be an appreciated investment in her hobby. The Canon Rebel SL2 allows her to produce professional-quality photos and videos and has a user-friendly interface that young users can learn real camera skills from.

The 24.2 MP camera offers 60P video recording; there’s a mic built into the device for capturing audio as she films, but there’s also a port included for a larger external directional mic if needed. She’ll also be able to share her pictures and videos easily thanks to one-button Wi-Fi access, and the camera’s Bluetooth capability means she won’t need pesky cords to load her pics and videos onto her laptop, phone, or tablet.

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#7

Insulated Stainles Hydro Travel Mug

We truly find it heartening to see the current generation of kids and teens embracing the need to take our role in protecting the planet seriously; by any name, reusable cups, bottles, and mugs help to significantly reduce our plastic waste production. The coldest Insulated Stainles Hydro Travel Mug lives up to its moniker, keeping her beverage cooler for longer than plastic bottles and cups thanks to its double-walled stainless steel construction.

In fact, it’ll keep her drink chilled for up to an impressive 36 hours, making it great for camping trips, hikes, and other long journeys. She’ll also find it useful at the gym, sports practices, or even poolside — it won’t get lost in the deep end, because this bottle can float. The lid is designed to clip easily to her carabiner, and is slim enough to fit into the majority of cup holders and backpack side pockets.

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#8

Holy Stone HS700D FPV Drone

Drones are a fairly new technology that have quickly become popular among tech enthusiasts, photographers, and videographers of all ages. Holy Stone’s HS700D quadcopter is designed to be high-quality yet beginner-friendly thanks to features like single-button launch and GPS-powered return-to-home capability that simplify its use. She can direct her drone with the handheld dual-joystick controller while watching a first person view of its camera through an app on her iOS or Android cell phone.

Conveniently, the controller holds her phone for her, freeing her up to capture cool pictures and videos she can use in her projects or simply take it all in as seen by the drone’s panoramic lens.
Parents should note that it is sometimes necessary to register drones with the FAA before flying for safety reasons, but the process isn’t difficult — just be aware of the rules in your area!

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#9

Sofa Sack

Decorating and personalizing their space is something most teens love, and comfy furniture that turns their room into a fun hangout spot makes a great addition. The Sofa Sack is a lot like a traditional beanbag chair, but it swaps out “beans” or foam filling for a comfortable memory foam construction that contours to the sitter’s form for maximum comfort. There’s no risk of a big mess in the event of an accidental tear, and the filling won’t flatten out and need to be replaced over time. The cozy sack chair offers a great spot for doing homework, watching movies, or even catching a quick snooze, and it’s double-stitched to ensure it’s durable enough for long-term use.

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#10

Swagboard Twist Hoverboard

If she’s ready to upgrade from her old-school bike or scooter, a good hoverboard offers some of the legitimate battery-powered speed that older kids crave. Swagboard Twist Hoverboard colorful Twist also has an impressive range per charge, allowing her to travel up to 4.8 miles before she needs to power up.

Unlike a lot of other electric scooters, it doesn’t struggle with inclines thanks to the addition of two 250W motors which maximize the hoverboard’s torque and make it a more versatile ride-on. It’s constructed from durable polymer which protects the device against collisions and drops and stays cool to prevent motor burnout. She can ride at speeds up to 7 MPH, and she’ll be kept extra safe in dimly lit areas thanks to the board’s bright headlights, which help her be seen and avoid obstacles in her path.

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#11

Official Kala Learn to Play Ukulele

Self expression through music inspires creative thinking and can improve mood and self-esteem, and it often begins with learning to play an instrument. Small but powerful, the four-stringed Hawaiian ukulele is a popular first instrument pick for those who want to learn strings. It’s fairly simple for beginners to pick up, and this Learn to Play set from Kala features online lessons and a quick start instruction guide that walk learners through the basics of their new soprano ukulele — it’s the smallest of the three styles of uke, making it ideal for a teen. It also features a black carrying bag with a secured drawstring and shoulder strap, so carrying it in safety and style on the go is easy.

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#12

Revolution 101 Balance Board Trainer

Balance boards are a tool that many pro athletes use to build their core strength, improve their reflexes, and, unsurprisingly, gain better balance. Revolution 101 Balance Board Trainer features a two-toned brown design with a modern logo, and has a cushioned top with Durasoft grip that’s comfortable with or without shoes — it’s designed to be non-slip without being grainy, so it won’t scratch her up nor will it harm your floorboards if she practices inside.

The weight limit of 400+ lbs on this balance boards means she’ll never outgrow it, so it’s a great trainer that’ll last and is especially great for girls who are into snowboarding, surfing, skating, and other sports where balance is key. The best toys for teen girls feed into the hobbies she’s passionate about, and this is a pick that any athlete can benefit from.

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#13

AfterShokz Bone Conduction Headphones

It might seem impossible to create a headphone which both doesn’t require covered ears and doesn’t lead to sound leakage, but bone conduction headphones are designed to do just that. AfterShokz Bone Conduction Headphones transmits audio through your teen’s cheekbones rather than her ears, which allows her to be aware of the sounds around her. That’s especially helpful if she likes to headphones or earbuds while jogging or at the gym, as it helps her to stay safe and be aware of her surroundings.

They’re also a lot more comfortable than some sets of headphones that squeeze, pinch, and lead to sore ears, as they simply rest against the cheekbone next to the ear, feeling barely-there. They’re Bluetooth-compatible and feature noise cancelling mics, so she’ll be able seamlessly switch from tunes and streams to chats with friends.

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#14

Harry Potter Hybrid Bag

You might not be shipping her off to Hogwarts any time soon, but your Harry Potter-loving teen will love stashing her stuff in this themed faux-leather purse. The two-toned brown Harry Potter Hybrid Bag features the stately wizarding academy’s famous sigil, a tag which reads “School of Witchcraft and Wizardry”, and a round 9 3/4 emblem memorializing the train platform on which our heroes began their journey. The fully-lined pocketbook has a 48″ gold-toned chain strap for easy cross-body wear as well as a carrying handle that styles it to look like a miniature briefcase. It’s adorned with flashy gold-toned studs at the corners, and is just the right size to hold her wallet, keys, lip gloss and a few small essentials.

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#15

Giant Inflatable Unicorn Pool Float

When it’s summertime and the living is easy, there’s no doubt your teen is ready to hit the pool. A Giant Inflatable Unicorn Pool Float with a rainbow mane and shiny horn adds fun and style to her sunny ventures, and we’re not exaggerating when we say giant – this huge float is able to hold two adults, and has a weight capacity of over 400 pounds. That means there’s room for her and and her friends, who will enjoy the soft, comfortable feel of this thick, durable raft. Inflation can be performed with a hair dryer or simple air pump quickly, and deflation is quick too, so it’s simple to transport the raft while it’s deflated and blow it up when you arrive at the pool, beach or camp site.

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How to Pick the Perfect Gift for A teen Girl

Consider Their Developmental Stage

The teen years are a time of constant change. Physically, your teenager is growing taller and stronger, and it’s likely she’s put on a little weight. Depending on her age, she’s growing accustomed to the physical and mental ups and downs that accompany her menstrual cycle, and may be combating common skin issues like acne. Feelings of self-consciousness are common now, but can be reduced by keeping a regular, casual dialogue with her that normalizes what she’s going through. Physical gear like bikes and sports toys offer her a way to stay active and keep her weight under control while also pursuing hobbies she enjoys with friends.

From a cognitive standpoint, she’s using both creativity and logic fluidly and on a regular basis. During her early teen years, she’s prone to feelings of overconfidence and impulsivity, but her perception of consequences and ability to think first and act later are still in their developmental stages – they’ll improve as she progresses toward adulthood. STEM toys and gear that play into her interests, whether they lean more toward science, coding, or building, are the most likely to pique her interest and lead to hands-on cognitive engagement.

Socially, your teenager is heavily focused on making, keeping, and pleasing her friends. Even though this behavior can be frustrating to parents, it’s normal, right down to the eye-rolls and dodged hugs. It’s a time when part of establishing an independent identity is distancing herself from you, but her desire to please her pals and her fluctuating degree of self-confidence may make her vulnerable to peer pressure. Again, the best way to combat this is to have an ongoing conversation about her social life and decisions; knowing her friends and being willing to be the “hangout house” can go a long way in keeping her safe, as can providing activities and games that offer casual structure with social elements.

Entertainment vs. Education

As she progresses through high school, your teen will be tackling advanced math and science concepts, and may pursue the SAT and college prep. Although science, math, and language-based educational gifts are still often enjoyed, there’s less pressure for the home environment to be a continuation of school, as kids need time to relax and de-stress. Purely fun games and activities offer great ways to decompress, and responsible use of electronics is also normal for teens. Screen time limits are helpful, but using phones, tablets and laptops to enjoy media and socialize with friends is a form of relaxation for her.

Physical vs. Cognitive vs. Social

For your teen, staying engaged physically is less about hitting developmental milestones and more about staying healthy and keeping her weight at a normal level during the changes of puberty. She’s naturally likely to be less active now unless she’s regularly playing sports, as her friends are gravitating toward indoor activities and her body’s physical changes necessitate extra sleep. Sports games and bikes both offer great prompts to keep her moving, because they’re always better with friends.

Mentally, schoolwork is occupying a great deal of her time when the school year is in session. Teens who have a genuine love of science and programming continue to enjoy STEM kits that let them build and experiment on their own terms, while some others reap their cognitive boosts from creative expression and reading. They’re all healthy ways for her to spend her time, but she’ll get the most enjoyment out of learning through activities she loves.

Social engagement is an easy sell for teens, who often have to be pried away from their pals as-is. That said, games and activities that offer a casual structure for her friends to gather around will put them in a place where they’re safe and prevent the boredom that often leads to risky behavior and peer pressure situations. Indoor quick-moving trivia games and outdoor sports sets both tend to attract teens and hold their focus.

Digital vs. Manual

When it comes to levels of enthusiasm, digital devices are the new toys for teenage girls, and it’s natural that our teens learn to responsibly use and care for them. There’s nothing wrong with their phones, tablets and laptops being a part of the way they entertain themselves, but screen time limits will help them to balance their digital entertainment with other activities. It’s still important for her to stay physically active and keep her mind engaged, and her interests and personality inform which picks will be best at doing so.

Wrapping Up

Your little girl has grown up quickly into a mature, responsible teen, but your love and guidance are still helping to steer the ship. The gifts you choose for her can help her to focus her skills, enjoy her interests and spend healthy time with friends. Now that you’ve learned about what fuels your teen, just think about who she is and what she loves; a present that reflects her life stage as well as her individuality is sure to be a winner.

Quick Decision

Apple iPad Mini – Best Overall
Our top choice offers fast performance whether she’s texting friends, playing games, or keeping up on important deadlines.

OMAX Digital Microscope – Upgrade Choice
Teens who take science seriously and enjoy exploring their world will find our upgrade choice pick plenty to do with.

Liberex Sonic Facial Cleansing BrushBest Budget Buy
Helps to evacuate pores more thoroughly without damaging or discoloring delicate facial skin.

THE BEST gift FOR 8 yr-old-girls

Looking for gifts for your 8 year old girl? Look no further. We’ve put together our top choices to guide you to some truly fun and useful picks.

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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