30 perfect gifts for teenage girls in 2021
Put a smile on their face with these must-have items.
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Being a teen girl is always a little complicated. That's why finding the right gift for your teenager can often seem like a daunting, tedious experience.
Teenage girls are notoriously picky, even under the best of circumstances, so we've done the legwork to find the 30 best gifts for teenage girls, so all you have to do is add your favourites to your online cart. There are all sorts of options available including AirPods Pro, Rare Beauty essentials and more, sure to make the teen girl in your life smile.
1. For the trendy student: Fjallraven Kanken backpack
Fjallraven Kanken is the go-to brand for simple, classic, ever-stylish backpacks. When we tested for the best backpacks, we named the Kanken with the laptop compartment the best one for casual use, due to its lightweight construction, adjustable padded straps and easy-to-clean vinyl material. Whether you get the 15-inch version with the laptop compartment or the smaller, classic version, it'll be a happily-received gift.
- Get the Fjallraven Kanken Classic Backpack from Nordstrom Canada for $100
- Get the 15'' Fjallraven Kanken Laptop Backpack from Nordstrom Canada for $135
2. For the girl who'd stay in bed all day if she could: The Husband Reading Pillow
Online classes, video chats with friends, TV and movie-watching sessions—chances are, they're all happening on or around her bed, the floor or a sofa. No matter her perch of choice, she could probably use something to prevent her from slouching. This reading pillow, with a sturdy foam interior, soft micro-plush exterior, two-arm support and headrest, will do just that (without the requisite eye roll that comes with any request to stop slumping over). It comes in a range of colours that should suit any teen girl's style, from powder blue to baby pink to classic black, and provides quality, comfortable support for any laptop-, tablet- or book-based activity she gets up to.
3. The girl who loves having her hair done but hates doing it herself: The Revlon One-Step
Dealing with your hair as a teenager can be rough. If you know a girl who craves regular blow-outs but doesn’t have the funds for salon visits, she’ll love the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer. This tool looks like a round brush, with tufted bristles and nylon pins, but it blows hot air from within the barrel. This allows users to brush it through wet hair to detangle and dry it completely, giving hair a sleek, blown-out look in a fraction of the time it might take to blow it dry then iron it flat.
In short, it’s a low-maintenance tool that can help any teen girl deal with her hair in a snap, so she has more time to think about and do things that are actually fun for her.
4. For the TikToker: A Popsocket
A Popsocket is a gadget that sticks to the back of a phone or phone case and extends out, to create an easy carrying handle or stand. This makes it more comfortable to talk on the phone, FaceTime, take photos and in general hold a smartphone (which technically is not surgically affixed to a teen girl's hand).
We love the classic swappable grip Popsocket, which has a thin plastic base with an adhesive back and an expandable stem that provides an easy grip or allows it to lie flat when needed. But what gets the most attention is the decorative disc on the end, available in colors and patterns.
5. For the stylish, but active, lounger: Lululemon clothing
There's no wrong thing to wear when hanging out at home with Netflix and a cup of hot cocoa. Some teen girls though will likely say there is one thing that feels especially right: leggings. The beautiful thing about leggings is that they can be worn for everything—from dashing out the door to class, to working out, to just, well, watching Netflix.
One of the most popular brands for athleisure wear is Lululemon. We love their Align Leggings, in particular, because they're the fitness legging our former style editor, Amanda Tarlton, swears by. "The leggings are easily the most comfortable, buttery-soft things I've ever put on my legs," she says. Plus, these leggings have multiple inseam lengths—so there are options for the girl you're shopping for regardless of her height. Reviewers also swear by their tanks and hoodies for all-day comfort, too.
6. For the girl who loves makeup: Rare Beauty Liquid Blush and Lip Balm
Last September, Selena Gomez debuted a new beauty line at Sephora, called Rare Beauty—and, unsurprisingly, it was a big hit. The former Disney starlet has enough clout to make even the most mediocre of makeup lines successful, but Rare Beauty is actually worth the hype, according to our reviewer.
Almost everything in the line could make a good gift for a makeup lover, depending on what the teen girl you’re buying for wants. But we’re partial to Rare Beauty’s liquid blush and lip balm, both of which are ideal for makeup newbies and connoisseurs alike. The liquid blush comes in a lightweight formula with an easy-access applicator that makes it simple to put on, blend out or build up, depending on whether a slight flush or bold pop of colour is desired. The lip balm offers a soothing, moisturizing feel enhanced with subtle pigmentation that makes it easy to swipe on without looking in the mirror.
7. For the girl who always loses her hair ties: Scrunchies
Hair ties always seem to evaporate and go missing right when you need them most. Help the teen girl in your life replenish her supply with this top-rated Scrunchie pack. The set comes with a wide range of colours, in a soft velvety material to mix and match with any outfit. Plus, of course, they work well to keep hair tied back throughout the day.
Get the BeeVines Scrunchie Set from Amazon for $23.99
8. For the gamer: Nintendo Switch console
Whether she's trying to escape to an island with her favourite villages in Animal Crossing: New Horizons on racing Mario and his best mates in Mario Kart 8, a Nintendo Switch Lite is a must. It's also available in a variety of fun colours including turquoise and coral, so your teenager can pick one that matches her style. She won't be able to hook this one up to the TV though, so get her the original Nintendo Switch if she prefers gaming on a big screen.
Get the Nintendo Switch Lite from Amazon for $259.96
9. For the on-the-go music lover: Apple AirPods Pro
AirPods Pro are among the coolest and trendiest tech accessories you can get right now. They're a legitimately great product, too—we called them the best headphones Apple's ever made—with excellent sound quality, true-wireless capabilities and an easy-to-store charging case. Also, did we mention that they're cool? Not only will giving them as a present up the status quo of your giftee, they'll earn you some points as well.
If you want to add on to the gift (or your giftee already has AirPods), consider a silicone case cover. The brand Elago sells one with a loop that allows it to be attached to a keychain or to your backpack. They're also available in a variety of fun colours!
10. For the selfie queen: Insta-worthy face masks
Protective face masks, though necessary, may not be every teen girl's gift of choice. But there are face masks with more universal, timeless gift-giving appeal—those of the cosmetic variety, which can be slapped on during a quiet evening at home for a soothing, rejuvenating effect. We especially love this holographic diamond face mask which the brand claims smoothens and strengthens your skin, all while providing a glittery sheen that makes an excellent Snapchat selfie prop.
11. For the photographer: Fujifilm Instax 11 Mini Instant Camera Starter Pack
Wallet-sized, instantly printable photos never go out of style. And the Fujifilm Instax 11 is a great way to get them. It's simple to use and produces perfectly vintage-looking snaps with each shot. As a bonus, the camera comes in a range of bright, peppy colours—like "blush pink" and "sky blue"—so the camera looks fun in addition to being fun.
Get the Fujifilm Instax 11 Mini Instant Camera from Amazon from $89
12. For the self-care devotee: A mix of trendy and tried-and-true favourites
Personal grooming products can make a great present—as long as you get the right ones from the right brands. We recommend two from Glossier: Boy Brow, the brand's bestselling eyebrow pomade, which fills in brows without making them look overdone, and the Body Hero duo, which gets you shower gel and lotion in the brand's signature scent.
13. For the VSCO Girl: Crocs
Crocs are cool again (no, seriously—they are). The lightweight rubber clogs are all over Instagram, TikTok and YouTube, so chances are pretty good that they're already on a teen girl's wish list. Browse through Crocs' vast colour selection, which includes lavender, teal and blush pink, to find the best pair for your giftee.
Get the Classic Clog from Crocs from Amazon from $37.80
14. For the eco-conscious sipper: Sipwell Stainless Steel Straws
"Save the turtles" is a popular meme-slash-genuine-sentiment among teens—which means that, if they don't already have some, reusable straws are probably pretty high up on their gift wish list. Our best value pick for reusable straws are the Sipwell stainless steel straws) and for good reason. They're easy to clean, are great for sipping water and iced coffee and don't carry that annoying metallic taste most other options do. What's more, they're also less than $10!
Get Sipwell Stainless Steel Straws from Amazon from $5.97
15. For the girl who always drops her phone: A cool new case
Smartphones are way too easy to drop. Help your teen girl keep hers intact, even when it slips out of her hand, with one of Lifeproof's Wake cases. This ultra-slim, eco-friendly phone case is made of 85% recycled plastic, but can help phones survive drops of up to six feet. It's also available in different sizes for Apple, Samsung, and Google phones and comes in green, gray, purple, and black colours.
Get a Wake Case from Amazon for $42.44
16. For the girl who always has cold feet: Slipper socks
Getting out of bed with a nice pair of snuggly socks on can start the day off just right, and this particular pair, available in 11 patterns including plaid, chevron, hearts and more, are just what she needs.
Faux shearling lines the interior, giving them a cozy, luxurious feel—and a cool, jaunty look if she wants to fold them over—and silicone treads dot the soles, so she can walk around the house without fearing a slip.
Get Pudus Slipper Socks from Amazon for $25
17. For the girl whose phone always needs charging: Anker PowerCore
Everyone’s phone dies at some point. But a phone dies even quicker if, throughout the day, the user jostles between text messaging, Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat on a near-constant loop—which, for many teens, tends to be the case. Help the teen in your life keep their phone alive with this Anker power bank, which is small and compact but holds several charges' worth of juice and can prolong the battery life of any phone for at least a few hours.
Get the Anker PowerCore Slim from Amazon for $54.99
18. For the pop-up DJ: JBL Flip Waterproof Speaker
Whether it's in a bedroom or stuffed in a backpack for an impromptu DJ sesh outside, a portable speaker is always good to have around. We like the JBL Flip 5, which has great sound quality, a long battery life and solid waterproofing. Because of these factors, it's sure to be a speaker that will stick around for years, even as her music taste changes into college.
Get the JBL Flip 5 Waterproof Speaker from Amazon for $159.98
19. For the girl who's going to travel the world (someday): A scratch-off map
Whether she plans to embark on that international study abroad trip or a summer backpacking excursion, this is the gift she needs. For her trip through Europe or that road trip across the country, this scratch-off map will help her keep track of all her timeless adventures. Rubbing the shiny gold surface with a coin (or fingernail), reveals a bold pop of color, making each map totally unique to the person who owns it.
Giving the map now gives her the oh-so-satisfying task of scratching off the places she’s already visited, and can only get her more jazzed about seeing new places when she can.
Get the Luckies Scratch Map Deluxe from Amazon for $35.94
20. For the first-time shaver: Gillette Venus Extra Smooth Swirl Razor
Not all teen girls shave. But for those that do—or are just starting out—it's hard to imagine a better way to do it than with our favourite razor, the Gillette Venus Deluxe Smooth Swirl Razor. We loved the "swirl" component, which allowed the head of the razor to swivel and rotate to accommodate the knees and ankles readily. But more importantly, it was readily able to remove hair. The razor isn't all that expensive—but it's more than some teenage girls may want to spend on themselves, making it a great gift. Plus, the kit itself comes with three additional cartridges, though you can purchase them separately, too. Not all teen girls shave. But for those that do—or are just starting out—it's hard to imagine a better way to do it than with our favorite razor, the Gillette Venus Deluxe Smooth Swirl Razor. We loved the "swirl" component, which allowed the head of the razor to swivel and rotate to accommodate the knees and ankles readily. But more importantly, it was readily able to remove hair. The razor isn't all that expensive—but it's more than some teenage girls may want to spend on themselves, making it a great gift.
Get the Gillette Venus Extra Smooth Swirl Razor from Amazon for $19.97
21. For the monogram fanatic: Anthropologie monogram necklace
Trends come and go, but monograms are forever. That's why we love this simple block letter monogram necklace from Anthropologie, which allows the wearer to hang a letter—their first name, last name or that of someone they love—around their neck. The letters hang individually, which makes it great for layering with other pieces of jewelry or wearing on its own. (Plus fans of Schitt's Creek will recognize this necklace as nearly identical to Alexis's from the series.)
Get the Block Letter Monogram Necklace from Anthropologie for $38
29. For the girl who's obsessed with "The Office": Schrute Farms Sweatshirt
If you know, you know. Fortunately, a lot of teens are into The Office, and will know the not-so-secret meaning behind this sweatshirt, which references the farm owned by resident Office oddball Dwight Schrute. Reviewers of the sweatshirt love its soft, warm material and the fact that it often gets them appreciative nods and smiles from fellow fans of the series.
Get the Schrute Farms Sweatshirt from Etsy for $44.99
22. For the girl who was born in the wrong generation: A Crosley turntable
Bowie and The Beatles sound great through a pair of AirPods. But if you know a teen who's becoming a true audiophile—or just watched "High Fidelity" for the first time—she'd probably love to hear her favourite artists on vinyl (yes, that includes Billie Eilish and Harry Styles). Reviewers love the appearance of the Crosley suitcase record player, and some claim it's a great starting point for those looking to get into record players.
Get the Crosley CR8005D-WS Cruiser Deluxe Suitcase Turntable from Amazon starting at $143.83
23. For the girl who’s always moving around: Fitbit Versa 3
A fitness tracker can be a great gift for almost anyone. But the Fitbit Versa 3 is an especially great option for any active teen girl. It supports both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, which allows the user to check the weather or get reminders with just their voice. It also tracks all kinds of workouts, from runs to bikes to hikes, in addition to measuring step count all day long.
The Versa 3 also allows the user to connect to Bluetooth headphones and control Spotify or Pandora, which makes it possible to listen to tunes and podcasts during a workout without lugging around another device. Finally, it tracks sleep, so she can make sure she’s making the most of her zzz’s.
Get the Fitbit Versa 3 from Amazon for $229.95
24. For the anxious period-haver: Thinx Fresh Start Period Kit
Part of the teenage experience is getting your (menstrual) period in the middle of (academic) third period and having to excuse yourself to the bathroom to wad up some toilet paper in your underwear and pray that it holds up for the rest of the day. Or, at least, it was—until period underwear came along. (And remote learning, but we digress.)
We tested period panties and named Thinx our favorite because they absorbed menstrual fluid quickly and felt just like a regular pair of underwear. You can give your teen a regular pair or the Fresh Start Period Kit, which contains three pairs of underwear designed for people between the ages of 9 to 16 in cute, comfy styles. It might not be the most glitzy gift, but it's definitely one she'll use.
25. For the aspiring YouTuber: A GoPro Vlogging Camera
This small but mighty GoPro—our top pick for affordable vlogging cameras—is sure to be appreciated by any YouTube-watcher who's thinking about starting their own channel. It's easy to figure out, has great optics and possesses a deep depth of field, which means the object you're shooting stays in focus no matter how far away you are. It's also waterproof and resistant to drops, so it's well-equipped to withstand accidents and adventures.
Get the GoPro Hero 9 Black from Amazon for $459.99
26. For the girl in need of some cool new footwear: Duck boots
The weather might not be cool yet, but it's never too early to stock up on stylish footwear for the winter. Bean Boots are a classic for a reason. These iconic snow boots—the “original antidote for wet feet,” according to L.L. Bean—keep feet warm, dry and comfy in wind, snow and rain. Their design, with grippy rubber soles and a full-grain rubber upper, hasn’t changed in the 100-plus years they’ve been around, so you don't have to worry about them going out of style. This is good, because they last for many, many years, according to hundreds of happy Bean Boots reviewers.
Love the look of duck boots, but not L.L. Bean’s $215 price? Sperry makes a great dupe. This brand’s pair also has thick and tractioned rubber soles, a sleek leather upper and a similar classic, two-toned look at a more affordable rate of about $70. They also have laces that curl at the boots’ eyelets and hold them around the wearer's feet so they can be slid on and off without having to worry about tying them. Whatever option you go for, it’s a great way to ensure her feet stay toasty and stylish all winter, and for many more to come.
27. For the occasional klutz: Tomtoc laptop sleeve
Laptops are easy to drop. Preempt any tech-dropping disasters with this Tomtoc laptop case, which performed well in our test of laptop sleeves. We love its sleek outer appearance, spacious exterior pocket and luxurious-feeling inner lining. Plus, it comes in a few cool colors and patterns such as light pink, blue, floral and more. Altogether, it should help keep any kind of laptop safe and secure in a stylish, affordable package.
Get the Tomtoc 360 Laptop Carrying Case from Amazon for $33.99
28. For the girl who likes looking sleek and feeling comfy: Aerie leggings
Leggings have been a teen girl style staple for a long time—and will likely remain so, at least as long as social distancing and virtual activities continue. If the teen in your life needs a new pair (or three), they'll be happy with Aerie's Real Me high-waisted leggings. Reviewers love that they provide opaque coverage, even in lighter colors, and feel soft and supportive. This makes them a great option for any teen girl, whether she's wearing them to work out, go for a walk or hang out around the house.
Get Real Me High Waisted Legging from Aerie for $35.97
29. For the bracelet stacker: Pura Vida bracelets
Even a teen who’s never been much for jewelry will appreciate these stackable, surfer-chic Pura Vida bracelets, which can be worn all the time and withstand vigorous activity.
Shop Pura Vida bracelets at Amazon starting at $12.99
30. For the girl who likes to rewatch the classics: Disney+
Whether Mom and Dad drew the line at getting one more streaming service, or she just doesn't want to bum off her parents' account anymore, a Disney+ subscription of one's own can be a powerful thing.
A full year of access is $119.99 (or $11.99 a month), and with it, she can watch old favorites from her childhood, plus newer movies and shows such as Black Panther, Hamilton and Mulan. With oodles of Disney content and tons of shows in the Star content hub she’ll stay entertained throughout the months ahead. And who knows? Maybe she’ll even share the service with her parents.
Get Disney+ for $11.99 a month/$119.99 a year
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