Similar to Shrek, teen girls are like onions. They have layers. And as you peel them back, you discover interests upon interests you never knew were there, that keep them booked and busy—online and off.
But part of the whole teen-girl schtick is never really knowing what they’re thinking, making it extra tough to figure out what in the world a good holiday gift would be. (As a former teen girl, I wish I knew the power I held.)
However, you know you’ve won the unspoken “Does she really like it?!” competition if she posts about your present in any way, shape, or form on TikTok. With how much content these younger generations absorb and create, if your gift is making the FYP, it must be good.
In order to supply y’all with the best gifts for teen girls, I put in tons of research hours (read: fun scrolling time) to see what themes and topics are really hitting lately for that age group.
The consensus? Teenage girls want to feel luxurious self care, have a top-notch glow-boosting skin-care regimen, own only cute things in their closets, and have a space that really feels like theirs. (They just might not actually say any of that out loud.)
All this research taught me that we have more in common with teen girls than we might realize. Yes, our interests have changed or maybe even upgraded over the years, but the bottom line stays the same: We want to feel like grown-ups and have nice things to show for it.
These gifts for teen girls emulate that exact feeling, so you can find the perfect TikTok-ready gift for your teen—and potentially kickstart a life of prioritizing self care (as well as just giving them the satisfaction of having cool new pieces to show off to their friends).
Shop Best Gifts for Teen Girls
JOYA MIA LED Nail Dryer — $59.00
Indulging in the luxury of a fresh set of nails is a canon event for some teens, launching into a lifetime of manis, pedis, and the works. Start her on the DIY route early with this super-simple, user-friendly nail dryer that evenly cures gel polish for that salon-level shine. Plus, being the one with the gel nail kit during sleepovers? Immediately the cool house.
Peter Thomas Roth The Gift of Eye Recovery 2-Piece Kit — $56.00
Half the fun of teen-girlhood is pretending you need all the skin-care products a woman in her 20s and 30s do, but really just wanting to feel the adult-like-zen that comes with it. These cult-fave Hydra-Gel Eye Patches are the product equivalent of laying slices of cucumber over your eyes—but better because these will deliver good-for-her-skin ingredients and refresh those overly-scrolling eyes.
America & Beyond Embellished Zodiac Sign Coin Pouch — $30.00
Have a fashionista teen on your hands? Nothing says adulthood (with style!) more than these fun, embellished zodiac pouches that can act as a coin purse for when they’re out and about with friends or a catch-all for chargers, lip glosses, and random knick-knacks in their backpack. Warning though: All the adults in your life will be wanting one, too.
Philips Hue Gradient Lightstrip — $173.00
If there’s one thing that TikTok taught me about teens, it’s that they love a colorful light strip for their rooms. This Philips Gradient Strip has instant wireless dimming, leaving her in control of the brightness and color change. Yup, you’re about to totally upgrade her bedroom for the better.
Replica Flower Market by Maison Margiela Eau deToilette Spray — $144.00
I personally always thought fancy perfume was the peak of adult womanhood, which means gifting your teen a cool-girl scent like Replica Flower Market—which is like wearing a bouquet of fresh delicate flowers all day—will be a highlight of her life thus far. But, remember (and maybe remind her): All you need is a couple spritzes.
Josie Maran Argan Whipped Sugar Balm Body Scrub 10-oz Duo — $51.00
Turn shower time into a total spa-like experience with this Josie Maran Argan Sugar Balm Body Scrub that gently exfoliates skin with delicate sugar crystals while nourishing and hydrating head-to-toe with coconut oil and shea butter. (She’s in for a solid lesson of self care with this one.)