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What is a Good Christmas Gift for a Teenage Girl?

Everyone likes gift certificates.
Most teen girls will love some fun pajamas and slippers.
Bath products are a safe option.
A teenage girl may find a new hairdryer to be very useful.
Teenage girls might enjoy receiving flowers from a special person in their life.
Handheld MP3 player with earbud headphones.
A subscription to a favorite magazine is one idea for a Christmas gift for a teenage girl.
Girls may enjoy a blender they can use to make smoothies.
Perfume is a good idea for teenage girls.
Girls may enjoy a new hairbrush.
Handmade earrings are a good gift for a teenage girl.
A teenage girl may appreciate slippers as a gift.
Many teenagers prefer gift certificates so that they can choose their own purchases at a favorite mall or retail store.
Teenage girls might enjoy a gift basket with scented soaps and perfumes.
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Probably the best way to figure out a good Christmas gift for a teenage girl is by asking her what she would like, and then making sure the parents approve. She might be very much into makeup or certain fashions that would not meet with her parents’ approval, for example. People who cannot get a direct answer from the teenage girl or her parents may want to consider a few gifts that will generally delight most girls, like bath products, hair care items, music players, or books. Of course, gift certificates are usually an acceptable choice.

When the gift giver is unsure about whether or not makeup would be a good gift, a bath and body product can be a good alternative. They come in great scents, from flowers and spices to cinnamon or chocolate. Everything from body wash, to shampoo, to moisturizing lotions are available in pretty and young scents. In addition, adding some nice loofahs or scrub pads can be a nice touch.

Hair care items can make good gifts as well. These can include practical items, like brushes or shampoos, and higher priced products, like ionic hair dryers or flat irons, may also be appreciated. If a girl has long hair, a basket of differently styled ponytail holders, headbands, and decorative clips could make a lovely Christmas gift.

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Another Christmas gift that few teenage girls would object to are MP3 players. This method of listening to tunes is a must have for most teenage girls. If a girl already has a digital music player, the gift giver can consider music downloads gift certificates so she can add to her music collection. Alternately, a satellite radio player and subscription to a satellite service can make for a great gift.

Unlike many boys, teenage girls often welcome clothing. Shoppers who are unsure about the girl’s fashion sense, a whimsical pajama set, perhaps with accompanying robe and slippers, can make a fun gift. Garments that are flame retardant are best, for added sleeping safety.

Avid readers may enjoy advice books or a current fiction bestseller. Alternately, books that cater to a particular girl’s interest are excellent choices. Gift givers who can’t decide may want to go with a gift certificate to a good bookseller with lots of choices instead. Subscriptions to magazines designed for teenage girls may also please the reader.

If choosing gift certificates, shoppers try to focus on stores with a wide variety of merchandise. Gift certificates that can be used throughout a mall or for large Internet companies are more likely to give the teenager lots of options. Alternately, the giver can focus on a girl’s specific interests in choosing a Christmas gift certificate. A passionate nature-loving girl might be best served by a certificate to a good outdoors store, while a sports fanatic might be most charmed by one to an excellent local sporting goods store.

Whatever the gift, the giver should be sure to include a gift receipt. This is particularly important for electronics, books and clothing. This gives the girl the option to return duplicate gifts or to get a different size if needed.

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tigers88
Post 10

I have gotten into the habit of buying my teenage daughter a really nice, leather bound notebook every year for Christmas. She is a budding writer and a compulsive journaler and she always finishes the diary she has before the next Christmas comes around.

I am hoping that by using nice notebooks she will feel more inclined to keep her diaries for later on. I used to have a whole stack of them but I threw them out during a move in my 20s. I still regret that.

backdraft
Post 9

I usually get my niece $10 in scratch off lottery tickets. She has never won much money, just a few buck here and there, but there is a little bit of thrill in scratching them off and who knows, she could be a big winner.

honeybees
Post 8

Teenage girls can sometimes be hard to buy for, but I think some of the best Christmas gifts for them are makeup and beauty products.

They have a lot of great collections out there with a wide variety of scents for them to choose from. I bought one of these for my daughter and it included things like shampoo, body wash, body spray and lotion all with the same scent.

I added some bottles of fingernail polish, lip gloss and perfume. I think any teenage girl would be pleased with a fun gift like this.

SarahSon
Post 7

My parents always ask me what our kids want for Christmas and I don't often have any great ideas for them. This past year they gave our boys gift cards for downloading songs and movies from iTunes.

These were gift cards that they were really excited about and began using right away. I know some people are hesitant to give gift cards because you aren't really opening a present. As long as the gift is something you think the user will really enjoy, I don't think it matters whether there is an actual present to open or not.

Mykol
Post 6

My teenage niece loves to read and I bought her an e-reader for Christmas. Along with this I included a gift certificate where she could download some of her favorite books or magazines.

I knew this was a gift that she would really love and get a lot of use out of. Not all teenagers like to read, so I wanted to do everything I could to encourage her to keep reading.

I finally gave in and ended up buying an e-reader for myself too. Now I really understand what a great gift this was.

julies
Post 5

I often buy gift cards for teenagers even though I wonder if they will just get lost in the shuffle, forgotten about or never used.

I am not very creative when it comes to thinking of a unique Christmas gift for a teenager. Like all of us, they are pretty specific about what they like. When a buy a gift card I will get one for the entire mall. That way they can split it up between more than one store and have lots of options to choose from.

ChickenLover
Post 4

@wecallherana - It would be very easy to personalize one for a teenage girl as well. It could be one of those personalized Christmas gifts that they really appreciate. It can be difficult because "teen" encompasses from becoming a young woman to becoming a young adult and at each age, girls are into different things. It's really important to talk to the girls parents (if you're not one of them) in order to get a proper idea of what she does and does not like.

wecallherana
Post 3

@plaid - Agreed. I also like making Christmas gift baskets as well. I have a friend who is heavy into couponing and gets things for literally pennies on the dollar and so making gift baskets is a great way to share the same things with everyone for a super low cost. They can also be personalized with favorite treats like cookies or hot cocoa mixes.

plaid
Post 2

@snappy - I agree. Gift cards have grown in popularity as perfect gifts for Christmas. A lot of the older generation see them as impersonal, but the truth is that it can save a lot of time for both parties involved.

You don't have to stand in long lines to get a gift card from the service desk of a department store. In addition to that, many gift cards or certificates are available at other stores now as well. Also, not only can the recipient choose what they truly want without hurting some one's feelings, but they don't have to stand in the long return lines after the holidays. Phew, thank goodness!

snappy
Post 1

Even though I tend to think of gift cards as "unthoughtful", twice I've settled on a gift card to Bath and body works, for 2 teen girls. The squeal of happiness pretty much confirmed it was a good choice. They ended up getting all kinds of fruit scented shampoos, lotions. And I didn't upset any parents!

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