What should I get an 18-year-old girl for her birthday?
Asking your 18-year old girl what she would prefer is the best way to find out what to get her for her birthday. This is unless you are a mind reader. I would be willing to wager that you are not, so talk up and discuss her interests and wish list.
You can keep it a surprise by asking her to choose the items she likes and then choosing one to gift her.
Are you feeling sneaky? You can get her to reveal her wish list unwittingly by:
- Discussing her future plans and selecting an item that will help her succeed.
- Ask her what she is buying for friends to get an idea of what she likes and dislikes.
- Ask your 18-year old girl’s friends if they have any items she is looking for.
There are always options for money and gift cards. Don’t be afraid to ask for money if you feel that it might seem impersonal or show a lack in thought.
Gift cards and cash can be given in many creative and thoughtful ways. We also found that most people would rather have money from someone they love than spend it on unnecessary things. Lets look Best Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
These are the Best Gifts for 18-Year Old Girls in 2021
This comprehensive list of 50 gifts for 18-year old girls was compiled from all of our research and conversations.
1. Birdrock Home Adjustable 14-Position Floor Chair
A lightweight, sturdy frame and firm memory foam create a supportive, comfortable floor chair that can be adjusted to 14 positions. The chair can be stored flat or in a 90-degree angle.
Our daughter uses the chair when gaming, reading, watching movies, and meditating alone or when friends are over. It can be used on the ground or on the bed to sit up and study comfortably.
2. Adidas Women’s Adilette Aqua Slide
Slide Slides are not allowed
Slides are a great option for your teenager to wear around the house, at the beach or in college dorms. These shoes are great for showers and other places where you may get your feet wet. They also make it easy to clean and dry.
Adidas’ Aqua slide is available in seven sizes and eight color combinations. It also features a half-inch sole with a Cloudfoam footbed and a Cloudfoam footbed. These are durable, strong, and an excellent value.
3. Animal Crossing New Horizons Edition Switch
Grateful Gamers Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
The Nintendo Switch offers a variety of gaming options, including big-screen and handheld gaming. You can also play on- and offline with the Switch. You can play with your friends in the same place or remotely, while those who prefer to do it all can have endless gaming options.
Animal Crossing’s special edition features graphics from the Switch stand that match the color scheme.
4. Joycuff Inspirational Bracelets for Women
Sweet or salty Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
Joycuff creates these hypoallergenic, stainless steel bracelets in medical-grade stainless. The inside can be engraved with a sweet or salty message.
The steel is strong and durable enough to withstand everyday wear, but still looks great. It also has just enough flexibility to make it an adjustable bracelet that fits all sizes.
The bangle has more than 50 inscriptions and comes with a gift box.
5. JBL Go 3 Speaker
Sound On The Go Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
The waterproof, dustproof JBL Go 3 can be used with a Bluetooth device to stream your teen’s music, podcasts, or audiobooks from anywhere they are available.
The JBL speaker is great for hiking, biking, in the shower and on the beach. It measures 3.4×1.6×2.7 inches. The speaker is easy to transport and provides crystal-clear sound.
6. Miroco LED Light Therapy Lamp
Shining Bright Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
Sunlight triggers the release of serotonin in our brains, which has a positive effect on our mood. Vitamin D helps to maintain strong bones, teeth, and an immune system that is healthy.
Too much sunlight can lead to health problems. This light therapy lamp can boost your mood, especially if it is used daily by teens who spend too little time in the sun.
7. Champion Women’s Powerblend Fleece Hoodie
Comfort for All Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
Although most 18-year-old girls have at least one or two hoodies, it can be difficult to pick one. The Champion fleece hoodie is great for going out with friends or hanging around the house, according to our teens.
It is easy to maintain and won’t shrink when washed or dried. The hood is lined with jersey and has drawstrings. It can be used to protect your head from the cold, or it can be worn softly on the back.
8. W&P Do Something Dice
These fun decision dice by W&P will help your teen make informed decisions.
Quick rolls can help you decide between pizza, burgers, running, cycling, or listening to music. The four wooden dice, which are painted with logos and have rounded corners, are great for those who need to be indecisive.
9. Unicorn Snot Holographic Glitter Lip Gloss & Gel
Gross Name, Gorgeous Glitter Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
Glitter is still in fashion, and Unicorn Snot makes it easy and simple to use. This is a great relief for teens who are obsessed with glitter.
It is a transparent, tasteless, lightweight gel that suspends the glitter and can be applied to the skin, lips, and cheeks. Unicorn Snot is cruelty-free and vegan, and can be removed easily with simple make-up removers or wipes.
10. Fjallraven Kanken No. 2 Laptop Bag
The Casual Style for School, Work and Play
We were assured by our teens that Fjallraven bags are not boring practical gifts. This bag is a must-have accessory that will make your teenager squeal. It’s made from 65 percent recycled polyester fabric and 35 percent organic cotton fabric. This accessory combines style with sustainability as Generation Z requested.
This particular style features a padded pocket that can hold a laptop up to 15 inches in size, a top handle, shoulder straps and a weather-resistant coating. The original design and details that made Fjallraven so beloved are still preserved.
11. Global Grub Fortune Cookie Kit
Cookie Creativity Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
Global Grub sells many items. This kit includes everything you need for 48 fortune cookies. After that, you can start creating your own recipes and flavor combinations.
A silicone baking mat ensures that each cookie is the perfect size and shape. There are also 60 pre-printed fortunes. There are also blanks and an edible pen to allow you to write your own fortunes for people you know.
12. Imden Bluetooth Car Transmitter
Old Car Update
Is your teen the owner of an older vehicle or inherited it? Lack of connectivity could make them more inclined to use their phones while driving.
The Bluetooth transmitter by Imden can be plugged into the vehicle’s lighter plug to connect to your Bluetooth device. The voice assistant on your phone can be used to make and take calls, listen to music, podcasts or audiobooks, as well as navigate with audio directions.
It works with all Bluetooth devices, Siri and Google assistant.
13. Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty
Busy Brain, Busy Fingers
Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Puutty is a U.S-made silicone putty that is non-toxic and safe for adults who prefer to move or fidget.
Aaron’s Thinking Putty is thicker than slime. It has a consistency similar to well-chewed gum. Because it doesn’t quickly pool in your fingers like slime, this allows you to pull, twist and stretch without paying too much attention.
14. Speedrid Electric Bike for Adults
Power Pedals Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
For most journeys, electric bikes are great for you, especially if you need extra assistance to get home at the end.
Speedrid’s electric bikes can travel at speeds up to 20mph and can go 30 miles on one charge. The power unit can be taken out for security purposes and allows the bike to be charged from anywhere.
The LCD displays clear information such as battery level, speed and distance traveled in miles or kilometers. The thumb throttle makes it easy to control speed.
15. Dr. Martens 1460 Originals Boot
Fashionable Feet Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
Although Dr. Martens were originally designed for work, today’s teenagers are looking for the eight-eye boots.
The 100 percent leather upper is attached to the ridged air-cushion, slip resistant soles with the iconic DM Yellow stitching. To show that your teenager is not willing to accept substitutes, an ankle-tag with Dr. Martens’ logo hangs from the top.
16. Malicious Women Candle Co Adulting Candle
Luxurious Treat Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
The best gifts are the ones you wouldn’t buy for yourself.
Our teens stated that they would never buy something like this for their own, but that they would love to receive one as a gift.
There are 49 candle options, each with a different scent and slogan. The slogans cover all levels of politeness, from “adulting” through “The Badass in Me Honours The Badass in You”, to “Unf*ckwithable.”
17. Gaiam Yoga Mat
Ideal for Posing
For both yoga and other fitness routines, this 6mm-thick foam mat from Gaiam is a generous yet compact 68” L x 24″ W, which is ideal for home and studio use.
Each side of the mat has a different design or color printed. This allows you to choose the visuals that suit your mood. These mats prevent slide unlike other brands, which is something our teens love.
18. Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones
These earbuds combine headphones security, earbuds’ freedom, and the sound quality we know and love from Beats.
You can pair your Bluetooth device with the earbuds to listen to music, audiobooks and podcasts. Voice assistants are also available and you can make calls using the microphone built into each earbud.
No matter what you do, the buds will stay in place with over-ear clips. You can connect two sets of headphones to one device, so you can share your music with a friend.
19. Moleskine Smart Writing Pen and Smart Notebook
The Moleskin Smart writing system allows you to take notes with the pen and then seamlessly transfer what’s on the page to your tablet or another smart device. Your notes can be edited, searched, and shared as with any other electronic document.
Voice notes allows you to expand on or add to your original images and notes. The entire system can be used with both Android and Apple.
20. Hanes Sport Women’s Performance Legging
Clothes are a difficult purchase for teens. These Hanes leggings were a big hit with our teens.
The leggings are made from a spandex and polyester blend. They wick moisture away from skin and have flatlock seams that prevent chafing.
21. Cricut Maker Champagne
Cricut Maker is a must-have item for crafting, papercrafts and leatherwork.
You can use the Cricut software to download and create patterns or designs. Then, send your creations via Bluetooth. The Maker can then cut, score and draw or even engrave depending on which head you have.
22. Kolo Sports Roadside Emergency Car Kit
Prepared For Emergencies
A roadside emergency kit can be helpful for your 18-year old girl if she has a car.
Jump leads, a puncture repair tool, basic tools, hi-vis vests, work gloves, a reflective triangle, and many other items are included in the kit. You don’t need to worry about the flashlight running out of batteries. It is a squeeze-to charge model.
23. RBG and “I Dissent” Enamel Pin Set
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is an icon, even though she was a hero to many people since her death. This pin set makes a great gift for RBG fangirls, who can proudly display their fangirl love.
The pin set is made from brass with nickel plating, enamel coloring and one featuring Justice. The other reads “I Dissent” and refers to her dissension in Bush v. Gore 531 U.S.98, 144.
24. Elite Gourmet 3-in-1 Breakfast Center
Food is Fuel
The 3-in-1 breakfast center allows your teenager to get started in the right way, regardless of whether she is moving away to college or going to live with friends.
The four-cup carafe, fry pan, toaster oven and four-cup cup combo are large enough to make a meal for one.
25. Temporary Hair Color Wax
Change your mind, change your color
Our 18-year-old girls all said that they were interested in changing their hair color, but not all agreed to permanent changes. The temporary hair color wax is available from MS. Dear.
It is suitable for all hair types, and comes in a variety of colors. It acts like a gel, mousse or wax and holds your hair in place. The wax can then be washed off with one shampoo, leaving no trace.
26. Romoss Sense 8+ Power Bank
This power bank can be charged for one day, and it will last you for the entire week. You can recharge your Nintendo Switch, iPad Pro, iPhone 8 and Samsung S9 four times each, approximately 12 times for the iPhone 8 and seven times for the iPhone 8.
It has three inputs/outputs that can be used to charge many devices. Most can also be fully charged multiple times due to its 30,000 mAh battery.
27. Mr. Root Beer Home Brewing Kit
The Mr. Root Beer homebrewing kit includes the instructions, root beer extract, flavor crystals, yeast, funnel, pressure release caps, and four bottles. All you need to do is add water, sugar, time, and your imagination.
With the starter kit you can make two gallons creamy, homemade, traditional root beer. Additional supplies are also readily available to continue brewing.
28. Marshall Stockwell II Bluetooth Speaker
This portable, lightweight speaker is inspired by the Marshall guitar amps and can be connected via Bluetooth or a cable. You can connect two devices simultaneously. This allows you to share your sounds with a friend.
This speaker is the perfect choice for teens looking to stay away from mass-market brands thanks to its exceptional sound quality and unique styling.
29. Kan Jam Original Disc Toss Game
Kan Jam is made up of two “kans”, which are the goals, and a flying disk. For four types of hits, players can earn points by throwing the disc towards the kan.
Kans are lightweight, fold flat and are easy to assemble. The kans will be a hit at home and on college campuses.
30. Big Joe Smartmax Milano
Big Joe designed and manufactured the Smartmax Milano Chair in the U.S. This gives the beanbag a new look for the 21st Century.
This chair has the same structure as the original beanbag, thanks to the careful placement of stitching. The Smartmax Milano allows you to sit comfortably without sliding forward, to the side or falling completely off.
The beanbag’s original design remains unchanged, but the beanbag’s inside makes it a light, comfortable chair.
31. The Comfy Teddy Bear Wearable Blanket
Two Trends in One
The teddy bear jacket was a huge success and Comfy has since produced their trademark blanket in Sherpa-lined Teddy fabric.
The Comfy can be washed on low and dried on cold, making it as easy to maintain as it is to wear.
32. Ellesye Hair Straightener and Curler
There is no other choice
Ellesye’s 2-in-1 allows your 18-year old girl to easily switch between straight and big curls.
This 2-in-1 wonder can be locked and the outside plates only heat up. You can use it as a traditional curler. You can also unlock the plates and heat them up so that you can straighten like a traditional straightener.
It has 13 heat settings that allow for more control and are suitable for all hair types.
33. Amazon.com Gift Card & Gift Box
The Gift of Choice
You can send an Amazon gift card to someone in your life who is unable to decide what they want, or you may be concerned about purchasing the wrong item.
We love the Amazon Prime packaging box and its faux Amazon Prime padded envelope. But there are also cupcake tins and soccer balls and a wide range of virtual gift boxes and cards.
34. Fasmov Cute Nonskid Bookends
Tidy Control Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
These book lovers might appreciate these bookends that are in the shape and style of the word book.
The base of the bookend is available in four colors. It slides under your books to keep them from sliding on the shelves. The word book is displayed against each book. These bookends are safe for teens of all ages, regardless of their style.
35. Razer Blade 15 Base Gaming Laptop
Gamer’s delight Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
There is nothing better for gamers than a Razer Blade laptop. The Blade is fast, responsive, and comes in two RAM sizes. It renders cinematic images with smooth movement.
You can expand memory and storage, and Razer Chroma lit keyboard offers a unique user experience.
36. Adulting Tee Shirt
Fun Tee Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
It can be difficult to choose a tshirt for an 18 year old girl. There seem to be too many options, even if you are aware that she loves t-shirts with slogans and salty phrases.
This is why we recommend the adulting tee. It is fun, casual, and inoffensive. This t-shirt can be worn by almost anyone.
37. Women’s Novelty Socks
Musical Toes Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
These cute socks featuring musical themes could make a great gift for the musician in your family.
Each pair of socks comes in 12 pairs, with a variety of black and white music-themed designs. These socks were easy to wash, dry quickly, durable, and comfortable.
38. Creality Ender 3 Pro 3D Printer
Hobby Pro Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
3D printers are a technology that has advanced significantly since their inception. This Ender 3 model by Creality from Creality is an ideal entry-level 3D printer for home. The printer comes partially assembled, and the source code is open-source. This allows for customization of hardware.
You can swap out the nozzles to make different sizes. You can also use different plastics and create your own patterns. This printer is a great value for the money.
39. Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser
Better Air Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
The inner workings of the ultrasonic essential oil diffuser are hidden behind a beautiful, handmade glass cover.
You’ll receive four hours of moist, lightly scented air if you fill the water reservoir. You can select between 30 minutes, an hour, two hours or more of use with the timer function.
40. Gooseneck Phone Holder With Bed Mount
Simple View Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
TicToc can become tedious if you need to hold your phone and watch, making it difficult to do the same thing one-handed. The gooseneck phone holder can attach to almost any surface and can be adjusted at any angle.
Non-scratch mount can attach to any size up to 2.36 inches. This makes it ideal for clipping to your bedframe and keeping an eye on what you are doing well into the morning.
41. Throw Throw Burrito Extreme Outdoor Edition
Giant Foodfight Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
Throw Throw Burrito, a card game that incorporates foam burrito throwing and dodgeball-inspired dodgeball, is fun. Now there’s Throw Throwburrito Extreme.
You can play the same card game that you know and love but this edition includes a pair inflatable burritos three feet tall to throw.
42. Goodfeel Moon Lamp
Lunar Love Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
This 3D-printed moon lamp was created using NASA satellite images. It has every bump, lump and crater that you would find if the moon were reduced to 5.9 inches.
The full-charge battery provides four hours of brightness and up to 20 hours for lower light levels. Additionally, the USB cable allows you to recharge from many sources.
You can control the lamp using light touch, firmer slaps, or the remote control. There are 16 different light colors to choose from. The moon glows white when it is turned off. It also comes with a wooden stand that looks great on or off.
43. Twinkle Star Curtain String Light
Fairy Lights Plus Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
Some teens prefer to hang horizontal fairy lights along the wall, while others stick strips of LEDs under the ceiling. However, our teens wanted these fairy light curtains.
These curtain string lights are available in white or multi-colored options. They have 300 LEDs suspended in 12 strings from a horizontal cable. These lights will fit an area of 6.6 to 9. 8 feet in diameter
44. Race Conversation Book
Social Exploration Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in The Cafeteria? is a classic in psychology of racism. has been updated and revised to reflect today’s changing landscape of racism in America.
Beverly Daniel Tatum talks about why it is important to speak straight if we are ever to bridge racial divisions.
45. White Pots For Succulents
These ceramic pots, which are specifically made for mini-succulents, come with a bamboo tray that is small enough to fit in each of the six. Each pot has a hole at the bottom that allows for drainage. The trays keep water from dripping or staining the plants.
The pots measure only 2.36 inches high and are perfect for any room, even a dorm.
46. Urban Decay Stoned Vibes Gift Set
Face Fashion Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
Urban Decay’s stunning gift set includes a six-color palette of eyeshadows, an Urban Decay 24/7 pencil and an eye-shadow primer.
The eye pencil is blendable and creamy, while being waterproof. Eye shadow primer prepares your eyes for a flawless, crease-free color that lasts well into the evening.
47. Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock
This hammock by Wise Owl is perfect for backpacking, hiking in the backcountry, relaxing on the porch or taking a nap on the porch.
This hammock comes in 14 colors and is easy to hang, lay in, clean, and maintain. We also found it to be great for sharing with our dog.
48. Dremel Engraver Tool
Free Hand Styling
The Dremel engraver tool was originally designed to mark valuables with your name and address. The more skilled among us quickly discovered that it could be used for any type of personalization or decorative engraving.
Teens can mark almost any surface including glass, steel and ceramics. The adjustable dial lets you engrave at a variety depths depending on the final result you desire.
49. LilySilk Silk Charmeuse Scrunchy
Silky Smooth Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
The scrunchie is back in big fashion, but the latest trend for pure silk scrunchies.
The set includes fifteen scrunchies in high-end mulberry silk colors. These scrunchies are made of high-quality mulberry silk and have substantial elastic to keep your hair in place.
50. Tower Snack Box Variety Pack
Snackscraper Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
This tower of snacks is a great gift idea.
Six boxes in decreasing sizes will be given to your teen. Each box is tied with a ribbon and held together by a beautiful ribbon. There are 30 snacks inside the boxes. They include Chex-Mix and peanuts as well as Twizzlers and Air-Heads.
Teenage girls are notoriously hard to shop for — and picking the right gift for them might be even harder now than ever before, thanks to trends that shift at lightning speed and the influence of social-media stars who most people of legal drinking age have never heard of. We consulted actual teenage girls to help us find the right gift for them. This includes some of the TikTok, Instagram and YouTube personalities that the girl you are shopping for. We then searched our archives to find any outstanding gifts that seemed particularly fitting. The gifts were broken down into different categories: decor, books, games, tech to beauty, bags and luggage, jewelry and accessories to clothing. To jump to the section you are interested in, click the link in the preceding sentence. And if you’ve got an adolescent boy in your life, be sure to check out our list of gifts for teenage boys.
Decor Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
When we asked teens about their favorite bedding, Ava Lattimore told us about this bed canopy that’ll transform any teen’s space if they’re tired of their childhood bedroom. Lattimore especially likes that “it drapes softly around your bed instead of hanging straight down,” and adds that “it reminds me of the pillow forts I used to build when I was little, but with an air of maturity.” The canopy, she adds, lets you create a little “secret hideaway” in your room “to draw, read a book, or chat with friends.”
Garnet Hill Glow in-the-Dark White Rockets Flannel Cover (Double/Queen).$109
While the average owner of these sheets is probably much younger than your teen, we recently spotted them on the beds of Phoebe Bridgers, Gracie Abrams, and Diana Silver — three L.A. cool girls your teen probably follows on social media. The glow-in-the-dark print might seem a little childish at first, but the TikTok light-obsessed youth in your life will undoubtedly appreciate a new way of lighting up their room. While the sheets are only available in twin sizes, the duvet covers can be machine washed in both twin and queen sizes.
Sevenstars Tarot Tapestry Sun Tapestry Wall$14
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This tapestry is the perfect gift for teens who love TikTok tarot card readings. When we asked Heavenly Reyna, a singer and actress, about bedroom decor ideas for teenage girls, she mentioned it to us. She says, “It brightens my wall and brings so many positive energy into my bedroom; the sun card portends luck, happiness, joy and harmony.”
CozyChic Throw by Barefoot Dreams$147
Jazzy Hampton, a Connecticut 16-year old, says that blankets are “one of my top priorities.” It’s nice to be cozy and comfortable. This Barefoot Dreams blanket has been a hit with teens. Brie Larson, an actress who recommended it to her by her 13-year old neighbor, first brought it to our attention. It seems that the blanket is well-respected. Vlogger Marla Fay claims it’s “the most amazing soft and cuddly throw,” and Larson loves hers so much, she now has five.
UGG Avalon Reversible Throw blanket$50
Jenna Wasserman claims that this Ugg blanket, which is reversible, is a less expensive option. We were told by Jenna Wasserman that she feels more relaxed when she is snuggled up under the blanket than when she is awake.
LED Photo Clips String Lights$9
String lights are a popular decor item among this age group, as we found in our 100-teen poll and our survey of college students. Phoebe, a teen, said that the warm glow these lights give off helps her relax and unwind. Sydney, a girl named Sydney also likes the clips to attach to her photos. She says, “I can hang my Polaroid photos on these string lights up to my wall and have them all lit up so that I can see them while I read before bed.”
Philips Hue Bluetooth Smart Lighting Strip Plus 1m Extension with Plug$24
If your teen girl prefers to stay on the cutting edge of decor trends, she might prefer strip lights to string lights, according to the data from our most recent teen poll. While string lights still have a place for their warm glow, LED strip lights look great on TikTok. Claudio, a teen, says they are a great alternative to traditional lighting and a laid-back option for night in with friends.
Himalyan salt lamps are another popular lighting option with the teens. One college student told us, “I’m hard-pressed to think of a single cool girl on campus who doesn’t have one in her room.” Caitlin Belle Isle, 16, agrees that salt lamps are a safe bet for teens. She says that salt lamps are affordable and don’t clash well with other decorations. They would look great in a minimalist bedroom, or in a gothic, witchy one.
“You can’t go wrong with a good scented candle,” says Loren Gray, a TikTok influencer with 40 million followers. Brynn, aged 19, recommends the Boy Smells candle for those looking for something with cool features. Brynn says, “I think this is something everybody needs but doesn’t always want the money to buy. So it’s a great present.” Jewelry and bag designer Susan Alexandra — a favorite among cool girls — is also a fan of the brand.
Saje Aroma Om Stone Diffuser$92
You can use essential oils and a diffuser if the teenager you are shopping for is in a dorm. This diffuser is one thing TikTok star Addison Rae can’t live without. She says that it feels more natural than candles and leaves no smoke residue.
Books, magazines, games
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Savana Santos is one-third of the TikTok-famous girl band Avenue Beat. She claims that she has been playing The Sims since forever. She told us that she’s been playing Sims literally since the first version was released. I used to play it on the family computer in my childhood home’s living room. Sims was my everything. It will always be my everything.
Qwo-LiDriskill, “Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer Memory and Two-Spirit Memory”.$30Photo by retailer
Liz Goldwyn, founder of The Sex Ed multimedia platform dedicated to sex education, health and consciousness education, shared her top sex books with us. This book is recommended for “the GenZer who doesn’t see gender.” She explains that it highlights the Cherokee community’s queer and two-spirit past, making it an excellent title for anyone looking to understand the cultural history of gender identity through an Indigenous American lens.
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Goldwyn recommends the classic James Baldwin novel, “Hello, Call me by Your Name ” to any adolescent who loves Call me by Your Name .
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Evita Nuh, an Indonesian fashion blogger and influencer, says that print magazines offer teens a break from the screens. She loves flipping through Frankie’s latest issue because it gives her a chance to see what she thinks. Nuh says that this Australian magazine is “so artistic and full of inspiration.” She’ll be able to browse through the entire year of content by signing up for it.
“Coloring Book For Teens: Anti Stress Designs Vol 5”$8
Carly Greene (19 years old), a Fordham University student, suggests a coloring book like this one by Art Therapy Coloring for the artistic teen. It’s a thoughtful gift that your recipient can use between Zoom classes, as an alternative to Netflix, or with colored pencils, markers, and pens. Greene states that coloring a page from a coloring book is a relaxing and rewarding task.
LEGO Harry Potter: The Knight Bus (75957)
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Although Legos may not be your first thought when shopping for a teen girl, we are here to tell you. Mxmtoon, who is technically not a teen (but is definitely someone your teen follows on social media), told us that when she can’t travel, she likes to construct escapist Lego sets to visit destinations both real and fictional. This set is a hit with Harry Potter fans. Mxmtoon states that Lego’s Knight Bus, despite its lack of magical abilities, is a perfect recreation of the iconic mode transport from Harry Potter – down to the ability of sliding its tiny bed around the bus on the three levels.
Kawaii Tarot – A 78-Card Deck Of Magic and Cute$13
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“I’m trying to get more involved in stuff like tarot-card reading and horoscopes,” says Caitlin Belle Isle, 16, who told us she would love to receive this very adorable tarot deck. “I use only playing cards but it would be nice to have a set like this.” This deck is also great for teens who use the Co-Star app every day.
Tech and school supplies Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
Peepers Center Stage Blue Light Glasses$27
When we asked teens about things they got to make school-from-home easier, 16 percent of respondents told us they bought blue-light-blocking glasses to help prevent headaches and eye fatigue. Ava, a teenager who shared her experience with us, said that the glasses are very comfortable and not too tight. They have a wide rotation, so they don’t stretch when I place them on top of my head.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2$100
Certified cool girls Brooklyn McKnight and Bailey McKnight are identical twins who have more than 5,000,000 followers on Instagram. They recommend waterproof speakers because “there’s nothing better than jamming out in the shower to your favorite music.”
Victrola Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase with Turntable and Speakers$56
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Marla Catherine, 17, is a lifestyle influencer and YouTuber. She recommends an analog music experience. They also come in cute colors like this one.
Apple AirPods with Charging Case$119
AirPods, which allow teens to listen to music while on the move, are a must-have. According to a teen poll, AirPods are second only to their phones.
Apple AirPods Pro$190
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This slightly more expensive version of AirPods includes a noise cancelling feature and a wireless charging bag.
Wildflower Moo Moo iPhone Case, iPhone 11$35
Although she’s not a household star like Kylie Jenner or Kendall, Devon Lee Carlson, a model, Instagram star and phone-case designer, is a favourite of Gen Z (another tip we gleaned through one of our teen surveys). One teen speculates that Carlson’s popularity is due to her willingness to try new things. This case from her Wildflower line is a stylish, teen-approved way to protect an iPhone.
Polaroid Originals OneStep2 VF$159
One of Nuh’s favorite activities as a teenager was taking photos with her Polaroid camera. She says that every girl should have one in order to preserve memories, moments with friends, and even the darkest days. It’d also be a thoughtful gift for a teen heading off to college soon who might want to decorate her dorm room with pictures of friends from home. Recent college grad Christel Langue told us that “Polaroid walls are a fun way to make memories and not forget about them.”
Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera Set$650
It’s more expensive than an instant camera, but a teen who’s serious about photography will love this easy-to-use mirrorless camera. Nuh said that hers was “one the best gifts I ever received as a teenager.” Mirrorless cameras have a digital display and an optical viewfinder, which is a big difference to DSLR cameras. This prevents blurry images when recording videos.
Fujifilm QuickSnap Flash 400 Disposable 35mm Camera$23
This classic disposable camera is just as fun, but much more affordable. It’s great for any teenage girl who wants to share moments with her friends. “Disposable cameras are all the rage right now and add an entertaining element to any event,” says Nicole Brooks, 17. A disposable camera is a great way of capturing your best moments and making memories. I love taking photos of my friends and getting them developed. The moment is more precious because you won’t be able to see it right away after taking it. Technology is unnecessary distractions.
Beauty Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
According to the results of our latest teens poll, The Ordinary may be even cooler than Glossier. Ciara, a teen, says that she loves The Ordinary’s products as they are affordable and contain simple ingredients. You’re likely to be familiar with TikTok’s brand so if she doesn’t have one, her cool factor will increase.
Speaking of TikTok, this very useful (and affordable) hair dryer-slash-brush is one of the products made famous by the app that users say is actually worth buying. If you aren’t sure whether TikTokers is trustworthy, hairstylists, Amazon reviewers and Strategist UK recommend the tool. One hairstylist told us that a blow-dryer brush could be a great dual-purpose tool, cutting down on heat and protecting hair from damage from excessive styling.
Turbie Twist Super Absorbent Microfiber Hair Towel Wrap$18
YouTuber Emma Chamberlain told us she’s been using this hair towel since the fifth grade. She says that her mom saw the towel at CVS and thought it was clever. She bought one and has used it every since. She says that she can now walk around her house after a shower and not get water all over the place.
Cheek Money Beauty Products$16
Strategist beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton has bravely gone through the intimidating task (for a millennial at least) of rounding up the best beauty gifts for Gen-Zers, and naturally TikTok influencer Addison Rae’s beauty line made the list. Item Beauty celebrates individuality and embraces your imperfections. It also contains clean ingredients under $25 — all things teens would love.
Topicals Like Butter Hydrating Mask$32
This mask by Topicals was another top pick in Viera-Newton’s list of beauty gifts to Gen-Zers. It is a brand that shares a similar mission as Item Beauty’s. Topicals was founded by Claudia Teng and Olamide Olowe. They aim to normalize real, unretouched skin, with all its texture, scars and acne. This mask claims it can soothe, calm and replenish sensitive or eczema-prone skin.
Lemonhead Houdini Spacepaste$22
Lemonhead glitter is another thing we heard about when we asked TikTokers about the actually good beauty products seen all over the app. The cast of HBO’s Euphoria has worn it, as well Beyonce. Dasha, who goes under the name Dash.C on TikTok says that it’s a gentle option. “Lemonhead comes off easier than regular glitter, which was difficult to remove from my face using duct tape.”
Tony Moly Get Ready to Glow! I’m Sheet Mask 10 Pack$26
Sheet masks are a fun beauty gift, offering both skin-care perks and plenty of selfie opportunities, according to several teens, including Brynn and 19-year-old Natalie Grace. Georgia Freyer, 15, says these fun, colorful masks from K-beauty brand Tony Moly are her favorite.
While The Ordinary may be coming for Glossier’s position atop teens’ beauty product wishlists, the brand’s ever-popular lip balm is still something we don’t think any teen girl would turn down. Natalie Grace says that “they have great products, and are very visually pleasing.” We were also told by another teen: “I can’t survive without this.” It’s expensive, yes, but the product is great and the packaging is adorable!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette$45
“I feel like every teen girl is really into makeup,” says Dani Cohn, a singer and Instagram star with more than 3 million followers. Anastasia Beverly Hills is one of her favourite brands. She says an eye-shadow palette would make a good gift, and 20-year-old Quinn recommends this one. “Every well-known YouTube makeup artist raves about it, and most girls who love a smoky eye or cut-crease would want this in their collection,” says Quinn.
Da Bomb Beauty Bomb Bath Fizzer$8
A nicely scented bath bomb is a perennial teen favorite. The brand, called Da Bomb, is actually owned by two teenage sisters. They started making them when they were 10 and 12 years old. Gray believes that any bath bomb would be great for friends who need a little pampering.
Lush Charity Pot, 8.4 Ounces$30
Greene recommends making “a self-care package” for the teen who “is in serious need of R&R.” She suggests items like face masks (of the skin-care variety), bath bombs, nail polish, or “any Lush product.” This cocoa-butter-based moisturizer comes with a bonus charitable element for the teen who spent their summer protesting. Lush promises that 100 percent of the price will be donated to Black-led community-based organizations working to end racism and empower Black voices.
Counting Sheep Essential Oil Blend$15
Greene says that roll-on essential oil would make a great gift. Rocky Mountain Oils is her favorite. You don’t have to remember what lavender and eucalyptus are good for. Instead, they are called things like Clear Head, Counting Sheep, and Muscle Soothe so that you can give your teen girl what she needs.
Bags and luggage Gifts For 18 Year Old Girl
Madewell Medium Leather Transport Tote$168
This simple, leather tote bag is a top choice for women’s work bags. It also made it onto teenagers’ wishlists. Sadie H, 19, says that she wants this bag in black because it is adorable, great quality, and small enough to take anywhere with her and fit everything into.
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