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.
|Top 6 Best Gifts for 13 Year Old Girls||Why It's Best||Mom Rating|
|Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera||Instant printed pics, like the Polaroid days||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Mason Kreations FireFly Lights Silver Wire||Lighted string photo hanger to brighten her room||♥♥♥♥♥|
|MKay Bluetooth Headphones||Pretty, nice sound, long battery life||♥♥♥♥♥|
|VicTsing Waterproof Bluetooth shower Speaker||Singing in the shower, portable - clips on anywhere, even answer the phone with it||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Random House Wreck This Journal||7 million sold, much more than a journal||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Tulip One Step Tie-Dye Kit||Fun for groups and alone, creative outlet||♥♥♥♥♥|
Best Gifts for 13-Year-Old Girls!
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera
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.
Firefly String Lights
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.
Wreck this Journal
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.
Mkay Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
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
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.
Tulip 18 Color Tie-Dye Kit
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.
Becoming Me Journal
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!
Jar Melo Scratch Art Notes
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
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.
DIY Lip Balm Kit
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
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 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.
Vera Bradley Zip ID Case
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.
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
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: 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.
Fancy Flash Drive
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Vera Bradley Wristlet Wallet
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.
Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Stand
Belkin Boost Up Wirelss Charging Stand: Your new teen probably uses their electronics non-stop. This reliable wireless charging stand will come to the rescue when they are running low. It’s QI certified and works with both Apple and Samsung devices.
jane iredale Pure and Simple Makeup Kit
jane iredale Pure and Simple Makeup Kit: This natural makeup kit comes in 5 shades and includes two mineral foundations, two eye shadows, a blush, and a lip and cheek stain. This makeup is full of nourishing ingredients to keep break out-prone skin happy. Pair with a jane iredale mascara for a full face fix.
JUST IN STONES All Natural Mini Heart Assorted Gemstone
The JUST IN STONES All Natural 25mm Mini Puffy Heart Assorted Gemstone offers 24 heart-shaped crystals your teen can fit in her pocket or display on her bookshelf. Girls love all things esoteric as they explore their fantasy side and gems seem to help stimulate their thoughts.
Teens can use these as decoration or even use them to make wrap necklaces. This came right off my thirteen-year-old daughter’s list which is loaded up with similar stones and crystals. Find a wooden bowl to store the gems or risk finding them all over your house.
Apple Watch Series 5
The newest Apple Watch Series 5 may look huge on your 13-year-olds wrist, but I guarantee this is on her wishlist. This gift is a win for teens and for parents as it has a built-in GPS so you can track your teen where ever she goes and text her without her needing to keep her phone in her hand 24/7.
It’s a watch, a heart monitor, alarm clock, timer, means of communication, and so much more. Teens want powerful computers in their pocket and this one can help them stay healthy and in the know. Great for listening to music too.
Maven Thread 4 Count Hair Scrunchies
If you haven’t heard of a VSCO Girl yet, get ready because it’s a big deal trend with a few benefits. Either way, one of the top things on a VSCO girls’ list is a set of Hair Scrunchies like the set by Maven. They come in super popular color including baby blue, maroon, plum, and mustard yellow.
These are the perfect accessory with little knotted bows with elastic to fit even the thickest hair. Super soft hair scrunchies will have your daughter squealing in delight and keep hair out of her face.
BEARPAW Women’s/Girls’ Boshie Winter Boot
Keep your girl’s feet warm with fleece-lined suede boots like the BEARPAW Women’s/Girls’ Boshie Winter Boot. They come with all the style of name brand boots because they are a new up-and-coming brand with all the right finesse and comfort.
Pick from a variety of neutral shades for these flat boots with a rounded comfort toe. These boots go all the way from toddlers sizes to woman’s sizes to fit any size shoe your daughter might wear. Buy a size up since she is growing a lot this year.
ENVMENST Stranger Things Eleven Friends Don’t Lie Hoodie
The television show Stranger Things on Netflix has garnered unprecedented amounts of teenage attention. ENVMENST’s Stranger Things Hoodie Pullover takes one of the quintessential lines from this show and Friends for the design.
All six of the main characters decorate the cover too, including Eleven (yes, that’s a name) who says, “Friends, don’t lie.” Now, isn’t that a great shirt to remind your teen about lying? Choose from X-small up to XX-large to outfit every girl in comfort and their favorite show.
Phone XR Case Aura Holographic
Get your daughter the Phone XR Case Aura Holographic case for her iPhone XR because it’s fairly plain, which means she can decorate to suit with stickers galore! Why at 13 teens are still obsessed with stickers makes no sense but they love to personalize their belongs and this case offers an affordable option.
Even if she doesn’t want to decorate, the holographic case appeals to teens’ love of blurred color and abstract art. It also protects her phone from drops with protective TPU and Polycarbonate material which is still thin enough to fit in her pocket.
Babo Botanicals Nutri-Shine Luminizer Vegan Lip Gloss Set
Lip-gloss never goes out of style and the Babo Botanicals Nutri-Shine Luminizer Vegan Lip Gloss Gift Set offers an all-natural option to keep your daughter’s lips both beautiful and healthy. The set comes free of artificial dyes, fragrance, talc, silicone, mineral oil, and other creepy chemicals. Instead, theses sprays use nourishing ingredients like cocoa butter, calendula, and coconut oil to give teens subtle color.
Nintendo Switch Light
Get the teen in your life the newest video game console. The Nintendo Switch Light uses all the games from the full console but packs easily in a backpack for long weekends visiting family or just for the doctors waiting room. This is the next generation of popular and powerful portable consoles by Nintendo.
INTERESTPRINT Tie Dye Home Decor Tapestries Wall Art
Tie-dye is all the rage… again. INTERESTPRINT offers theTie Dye Wall Art to decorate practically an entire wall in your teen’s bedroom all for an extremely affordable price and three size options. This simple fabric requires hand washing but works as a bedspread, wall decor, or a blanket that she can use to replace all of her childish decor she has outgrown.
Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle, Straw Lid
Yes, the Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle with Straw Lid is a little spendy. However, but it’s the “in” brand and it will actually save you money on water bottles. It’s BPA and phthalate-free water bottle with food-grade stainless steel to stay hot for 12 hours and cold for 24 hours with a built-in straw for easy travel and drinking.
TAGLN Lifelike Giant Plush Toys Tortoise
Not only is the TAGLN Lifelike Giant Plush Toys Tortoise absolutely adorable, but it’s the perfect gift for a VSCO girl. The Hydroflask above is on the list because girls want them to avoid plastic straws and bottles that can harm turtles. This toy offers a constant, cuddly reminder of their eco-conscious mission and works as a great pillow too.
Purelis Natural Bath Bomb Gift Set
Girls love luxury and what can be more luxurious than the Purelis Natural Bath Bomb Gift Set? With 40 different bath bombs, your daughter can enjoy over a month of lavish baths to help her rejuvenate from a long day in middle school. Each comes with a beautiful color and aroma without toxic or harmful ingredients.
HUILAN Women’s Tie Dye Crop Top Hoodies
If you were born in the 80s then cropped hoodies make perfect sense to you and now your daughter wants one too. TheHUILAN Women’s Tie Dye Crop Top Hoodies is all the rage with soft fabric, long-sleeves, and a drawstring hoodie. Add in the pale tie-dye and the cropped waist for the perfect style and comfort for this generation.
Crocs Unisex Classic Blitzen III Clog
While the Crocs Unisex Classic Blitzen III Clog aren’t the prettiest show, they are soft, warm, and waterproof with an assortment of colors and a removable fleece lining. These are the perfect shoe to toss on quickly and walk around school all day long without wearing down feet. Even better, the shoes have tons of toe room for growing feet and for comfort.
Mario Badescu Spritz Mist and Glow Facial Spray Collection
The Mario Badescu Spritz Mist and Glow Facial Spray Collection is an ever so popular brand of face products to improve skin. The brand uses natural ingredients like flowers, herbs, and plants. While the sprays use food dye, they are a paraben and cruelty-free way to hydrate the face without pore-blocking creams or oils perfect for young skin.
Sturdy and Heavy Duty Writing Desk for Small Spaces
Want to get your teen a simple desk to do homework or work on her computer that won’t take up a lot of space? Try the Sturdy and Heavy Duty Writing Desk for Small Spaces it’s a tabletop with legs and underneath it has storage to keep cords contained. Choose from three wood stains for the top to pair with her decor to give her a space to work on her laptop, draw, or do homework all for a low price.
Dhwazz 8 Inch WiFi Digital Photo Frame
The Dhwazz 8 Inch WiFi Digital Photo Frame comes with 8BG of internal storage to hold hundreds of pictures of your teen and all of her friends during the day and a smart sleep mode for night. She can upload pictures instantly from an app on her phone to the touch-screen 800 x 1280 high-resolution frame to always keep those she loves nearby. Place it on her desk, or mount it to a wall and allow all her memories to decorate her room in either portrait or landscape mode with a simple wifi connection.
KALIDI Casual Backpack for Women,15 Inches Laptop
All teen girls need a versatile backpack and its even better to have one for school and the
KALIDI Casual Backpack for other activities. The square shape holds a laptop along with anything else a girl may need in a wide assortment of colors including the current trendy colors mustard yellow and maroon. It comes with a main spacious compartment and several internal and external pockets to accommodate everything from ink pens to water bottles.
Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Eau de Parfum Spray
Not only do girls want to look good, but they also want to smell good like a Victoria’s Secrets model with this bombshell perfume spray. The floral and fruity scent releases a blend of vanilla orchid, purple passion fruit, and Shangri-la peony into your daughter’s life to give her an upbeat attitude to make it through the day with a happy mood for hours. It comes in an elegant pink bottle with a unique shape and a little black bow.
The Connecticut Home Company Shag with Sherpa Reversible
Girls love snuggling up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and aSherpa Reversible blanket. Find her favorite vibrant color and size so she can snuggle with faux fur in bed or in the den with the coziest and softest blanket on the market. Don’t worry about shedding, the blanket may have fur, but it doesn’t shed and washes like a dream in the machine.
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Milestones for 13-Year-Old Girls
Teenagers have so much going on as their brains and their bodies grow. They are starting to look and sound like adults but with a lot more attitude! You may not remember, but transitioning from a child to an adult takes a lot of mental energy and your teen has her mind full with several milestones.
Thankfully, the good news about the 13th years is girls gain more logic and can solve problems with multiple variables. She sees the world around herself a little more clearly too and finds justice and inequality unacceptable. Expect tons of righteous indignation and anger of the unfairness of life for herself and those she feels she needs to protect.
Mood swings dictate your teen’s life right now as she battles increased workload at school and at home along with hormones. She wants her independence and her privacy. Let her make some decisions but guide her because her brain will still grow for at least 10 more years!
Your daughter is seeking the approval of her peers and arguing with you constantly questioning your authority. It’s not to be a brat but to gain independence and is a normal stage for kids. However, don’t allow her to walk all over you just because her behavior is normal and you are currently incapable of doing anything right so keep your authority.
From moodiness to sensitivity, and self-consciousness, teens are battling hormones and growing like weeds. Beyond that, they are growing curves which causes a lot of their anxieties as they learn to accept the new them and deal with the opinions of their peers and own perceptions of beauty and body image. Watch for signs of eating disorders and truthfully compliment 13-year-old girls often.
What can I write in my daughter’s birthday card?
Happy Birthday!” (Okay, so that’s a cop-out.) Make it personal and not too flowery or overstated. Not that it can’t be flowery, but if that’s not the way you two communicate it needn’t be. Tell her what makes you proud of her/ what you like about her. Describe some way in which you have seen new growth and maturity this year.
Tell her how happy you were when she was born/came and how happy she makes you still. If it’s been a rough road, assure her that it is every bit worth it. If it’s still a rough road, assure her you’re in it for the long haul.
If you can employ an inside joke, by all means do, but not if she’s the butt of the joke. Wish her joy and excitement in the coming year. Tell her that you pray for her, for God’s blessing and for His hand at work in her life.
And do it –faithfully. If you can draw, draw something cute that has meaning for her. Then, if you haven’t already, be sure to say ‘Happy Birthday!’ and to remind her that you love her.
How can I make my child’s birthday special?
If it’s a school day, surprise your child at school with his or her favorite takeout for lunch, decorated locker, or decorated car if applicable (check school for restrictions).
Alternatively, you might decorate your front door, mailbox, or yard. It’s always fun if you can recognize him (without embarrassing him) in some way that will be seen by friends and teachers. Surprise her with an unexpected birthday guest (maybe a favorite friend or family member she doesn’t often get to see) when she returns from school.
If the time is right, give your child a carefully chosen pet (or allow him or her help you make that careful choice). Give an experience that he or she has long wanted (ball game, theme park, makeover, broadway play, concert, etc.,) or would love, but hasn’t yet even imagined. Dad, if your daughter has never received flowers, perhaps you could might be the first to give (or if one of you is away, send) flowers. Be sure to take a few special birthday photos. Most kids will appreciate it. If yours doesn’t, you will.
What can I do instead of a birthday party for my young teen daughter?
Invite one to three friends for a sleepover, cookout, art or cooking class, or dinner and a movie. Or invite them to cook: homemade ice cream, maybe, or pizza and “birthday” cake (let them decide what kind). Or keep it in the family (immediate or extended): hike, ski, go bicycling, or see a point of interest that would be of particular interest to your daughter.
Go shopping together for something she’s been wanting; take her for a weekend with an older sibling at college; or give her a horseback ride or flight lesson. It could be as easy as her favorite takeout and movie at home. You could give her a photoshoot (but keep it on the light side – not too much “glamour”).
If you don’t have money for a professional shoot, family members could each take 20 minutes with her and see who can craft the best shots (you’d be surprised what you can turn out.) You could even paint her bedroom together. You know your thirteen-year-old. Think about who she is and what she likes, and then get creative.
What do tweens want for their birthdays?
It’s easy. Phones, phone cases, phone chargers. Ipads, ipad covers. Video gaming systems and games, gaming rocker or beanbag chair, Netflix or Spotify, earbuds, headphones, gift cards, money. That’s the long and short of it. That may not be what you want to give, however (many of these items demand parental control and monitoring, especially for tweens)
Other options: jewelry (girls) new bicycle, skateboard, violin, band instrument or new mouthpiece, electronic drum, tongue drum, cajon box, music stand, guitar, mandolin, ukelele, synthesizer or midi keyboard/controller (ask them), Adobe Indesign or another such tool, Adobe Photoshop, language tutorial software or subscription, music tutorial software or subscription, music or art lessons, gift certificate to shutterfly, so they can make (for free) and afford to buy (their own) photo books, board games, outdoor games like frisbee, corn hole or spike ball, tickets to sports event, theater, or concert.
How do I bond with my teenaged daughter?
Scheduled time. Mom, girl time is good: shopping (you don’t have to spend much to enjoy it – go to a nearby thrift store and see who can get the best find), baking, ice cream, crafting if your daughter likes crafting, hiking or passing a softball or frisbee if she’s more active. If you can splurge, spend a night in a hotel, just the two of you, get dinner, and watch a favorite show or movie.
Dad, dinner or ice cream date once a week (or even month, if that’s the best you can do) would be great. Probably she’d even get up for breakfast if she could have that time with you (and, if not, the chocolate chip pancakes ought to do it!) If you can’t do the regular date, schedule a weekend getaway now and then.
How do you make a teenage party fun?
Simple: friends and food. For the best kind of fun, involve them in the doing. Plan an activity; not just hanging out, especially if it’s a mixed crowd. A cookout is good, or even a cook-in (let them build the fire and cook). Or, you can cook and have them play games. Yes, kids love video gaming, but they can also have great fun with boxed games like Catan, Heads Up, Taboo, Pictionary, Code Names, Decrypto, Balderdash, or my personal favorite, One Night Werewolf.
There are many party games, too, that can be played with little or nothing other than participants. Or what about an impromptu, no props, talent show? If you have outdoor space, send them outside to play running games (capture the flag, kick the can) — It’s just as much fun for teens as it is for kids. Add two paint cans and a rope for tug of war (each player stands on a can and the one who falls off first loses), several hula-hoops, bocce or corn hole, and a jump rope. They’ll love it!
Final Thoughts About the Best Gifts for 13-Year-Old Girls
You probably cannot pick every option on this list and if you can only pick one, then pick the Apple Watch Series 5 as it allows teen girls the option to feel more grown-up and independent while providing more monitoring skill for parents. This useful tool serves as a clock, alarm, fitness tracker, music player, and a means of communication which is a great gift that lasts for years.