The 25 Best Gifts for a 13 Year Old Girl

by Donna Fogarty -

If you have a young lady at home that is getting ready to head into teenagehood, you need some cool ideas for gifts.  Well, look no further!  Below is a compilation of my best gifts for a 13-year-old girl.

Vera Bradley Zip ID Case

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Vera Bradley Zip ID Case: These ID cases are a fun way to carry around the important things in a girls life – cards, cash, etc.  It comes in a ton of different patterns and is a practical gift for your teen.  Vera Bradley items are very popular among girls of all ages.

Vera Bradley Wristlet Wallet

Image of the Vera Bradley Your Turn Smartphone Wristlet in Jazzy Blooms

Vera Bradley Wristlet Wallet: Alternatively, you could grab one of these wristlet wallets, which are fun and colorful as well as practical.  It’s perfect for stashing a phone (which is every teen’s favorite accessory!), and because it’s a wristlet, she’ll always know where her valuables are.

Becoming Me Journal

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Becoming Me Journal: I love how this journal is full of positive affirmations while helping the reader explore who they are.  It asks probing questions, such as “Who inspires you?” and invites you to explore your thoughts.  There’s also plenty of opportunities for coloring and drawing, as well as journaling.  If you purchase this, be sure to grab some Colored Gel Pens to go along with it!

Wreck this Journal

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Wreck this Journal: In case you haven’t heard, these journals are taking over the world.  Literally.  More than 7 million copies have been sold and it’s just getting started.  Is your teen afraid of making mistakes or failing?  This is the perfect tool to get over that!

With guided instructions on each page, this journal literally makes you do the opposite of what you’re used to.  Such as working it in whatever order you want, and making your own page numbers, to start.  Other instructions include to document the color of your dinner on the page or to eat colorful candy and lick the page.

It’s perfect for teens and adults alike!  Many reviewers bought multiple copies for themselves AND their kids.

Jar Melo Scratch Art Notes

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Jar Melo Scratch Art Notes: I think scratch art is one of the coolest things invented for kids.  My kids love uncovering the colors below the black surface.  These notes are a cool way to do that, and the fun part is you can write anything you want.

ALEX Toys Artist Studio Scra-ffiti So Fun Scratch Pad

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Alex Toys Scratch Pad: For a more guided activity, this graffiti-like scratch pad offers hours of endless fun.  It’s kind of like a coloring book, but rather an uncovering book.

Tulip 18 Color Tie-Dye Kit

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Tulip 18 Color Tie-Dye Kit: This classic activity is sure to be a hit with any girl.  Many colors to choose from to customize your own apparel.  I like this kit because it has enough supplies for a party of 6 people so it might even be a good birthday gathering activity.  Not only that, but this kit is not like the kit I’m used to from a decade ago – there is no soaking required.

DIY Lip Balm Kit

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DIY Lip Balm Kit: Another cool kit to try would be this DIY Lip Balm Kit.  It uses natural and organic ingredients, high quality butters such as shea and coconut butter and essential oils.  This kit comes with 23 tubes which is also enough for a gathering of teenage girls to have a lot of fun with.  With four essential oils to choose from, everyone can make a lip balm that they like.

DIY Bath Bomb Kit

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DIY Bath Bomb Kit: Have you heard of bath bombs?  They are ball shaped and once dropped in the tub, they fizz and melt and usually are filled with fun scents and/or colors.  Females of all ages enjoy these, so they are perfect for teens as well.  This kit includes everything you need to make 12 “cupcake” shaped bath bombs.  The kit has 8 different essential oils and cards with recipe suggestions.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera: Remember the good old days of Polaroid?  Instant pictures, whenever you please.  Well, the trend is back in town and the Fujifilm Instax is a perfect fit for every teen girl.  Available in multiple colors to fit every teen.

Fujifilm Instax Accessory Pack

If you get your teen the Instax camera above, be sure to grab an accessory pack as well extra film.  The accessory pack is full of cool hanging frames, desk frames and sticker frames to further dress up the photos.

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Firefly String Lights

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Firefly String Lights: Chances are, your girl loves taking pictures with her friends.  Whether it’s with the Instax camera above, or her phone, there are probably pictures all over her room.  A great gift might be this lighted photo display which would brighten any teen’s room.  The LED lights are powered by a battery and last a long time.

Photo display

Image of the Umbra Hangit Photo Display - DIY Picture Frames Collage Set Includes Picture Hanging Wire Twine Cords, Natural Wood Wall Mounts and Clothespin Clips for Hanging Photos, Prints and Artwork (White)

Photo display: If you don’t need lights, there is also this photo display which can hold up to 40 of her favorite pictures.  It can hold a picture of any size and can be mounted easily.  To mix things up from the typical installation, try mounting it with the string running vertically!

Mermaid Tail Blanket

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Mermaid Tail Blanket: What girl wouldn’t love to pretend to be a mermaid?  This thing is so cool, I might just buy one myself!  Soft and cozy, it’s great for snuggling, the reading corner or cold rainy days.  The way the yarn shimmers looks very mermaid appropriate too.

Mermaid Pillow

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Mermaid Pillow: Along the same lines, perfect for a teen’s room, is this Mermaid Pillow.  It has sequins sewn onto it that change color depending on the direction.  For example, one side of the sequins is purple, the other side is blue and if you run your hand through the sequins from side to side, the color changes.  A really cool idea that looks beautiful in any girl’s room.

Mkay Wireless Over Ear Headphones

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Mkay Wireless Headphones: If your teen loves to listen to music, she might appreciate a nice pair of new headphones, such as these Beats Solo3 Wireless ones.  Not only are they pretty to look at, but they also deliver exceptional sound and are noise-proof.  They also can last 25 hrs on a single charge and fold easily for storage or travel.  Win all around!

VicTsing Bluetooth Shower Speaker

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VicTsing Bluetooth Shower Speaker: I’m pretty sure most teen girls do their fair of singing in the shower, so this makes the perfect gift.  She can karaoke to her favorite tunes with this waterproof speaker.  It’s portable, can clip on anything, so it’s perfect for traveling.  It can even be used to answer phone calls as long as it’s connected to a cell phone via Bluetooth.

Fancy Flash Drive

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Fancy Flash Drive: This Techkey USB Flash Drive is the perfect accessory for school.  Full of pink gems, this flash drive is as stylish as it is practical.  It also comes in a variety of storage sizes, from 16GB all the way to 128 GB.

Personalized Stainless Steel Horizontal Bar Necklace

Image of the Caramel Sweet Life Personalized Stainless Steel Horizontal Bar Necklace Pendant 5 Colors with Chain (Golden)

Stainless Steel Bar Necklace: I love this necklace – its clean, sleek look is timeless and very mature looking.  Perfect for entry into teenage-hood.  This one is available in 5 colors – stainless steel, rose gold, gold, blue and black.

HUAN XUN Custom Name Necklace

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Huan Xun Custom Name Necklace: If you’re looking for something a little more girly, you could go with this one, which is in cursive.  This one is available in 3 colors – rose gold, gold and silver.

Both of these choices are very highly rated on Amazon and I would feel very comfortable giving either to a 13 year old recipient.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens: This book has been praised by teens as well as adults for being an eye-opener full of insights.  Start your teen off on the right foot and give them a tool they can refer to as they grow.  It can help them be more productive, efficient and happy on their way to adulthood.

The Hunger Games Trilogy

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The Hunger Games Trilogy: Chances are, your teen has probably already read this hit masterpiece.  But if not, the trilogy is sure to keep her reading through all three of these page-turners.  Follow Peta and Katniss through the post-apocalyptic world as she finds her strength along the way.  These books make every girl (or woman) feel like a superhero!

Teen Be Attitude Plaque

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Teen Be Attitude Plaque: If you’re looking for an inspirational gift for your teen, check out this cool plaque which can help keep your teen on the straight and narrow.  Full of inspirational Be Attitudes, it’s sure to be a light on her path as she goes forward.

Amazon Gift Card

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Amazon Gift Card: When all else fails, gift cards will save the day.  You can not go wrong with an Amazon Gift card so your teen can pick out exactly what she wants.  You can get either a physical card or an e-gift card if you need it quicker.

Favorite store gift card

Image of the American Eagle Outfitters Gift Card $50

Or if you know your teen’s favorite store, go that route instead.  You could get her a Forever 21 gift card, an American Eagle gift card, Sephora gift card….  The options are almost endless.

I hope you find the perfect gifts for your 13 year old girl!

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Donna Fogarty
I'm a mom of three boys and enjoy researching just about everything, especially when it comes to picking the best anything to buy for my babies.

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