Our Top Picks
"An extra special gift that can be personalized."
Best Sneakers: Vans Old Skool Core Classics at Zappos
"This instrument comes with a black nylon case for easy travel."
Best Backpack: Fjällräven Kånken Mini at Zappos
"Perfect for your stylish teenager yet supportive enough for all-day wear."
Best Musical: Kailua 4 String Soprano Ukulele at Amazon
"These trendy backpacks are on the top of every teenager’s gift list."
Best Bedroom Accessory: Stargazer Glass Bubble Lights, 15’ Battery Powered at Anthropologie
"Help her decorate a room that sparks creativity and relaxes her."
Best Wall Art: Mixtiles at Mixtiles
"These adorable prints allow you to turn any photo into wall art."
Best Phone Accessory: PopSocket at Amazon
"Sticks to the back of a smartphone and allows for easy grip."
Best Camera: Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera at Amazon
"This compact camera is perfect for documenting every moment."
Best Beauty: Lush Girl Power Gift Set at Lushusa
"Each set comes with two bath bombs and a bubble bar."
"This kit helps create temporary henna body art tattoos."
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Best Overall: Kendra Scott Elisa Birthstone Pendant Necklace
Welcome your teenager to a new era of her life with a piece of jewelry she’ll treasure forever. The Elisa Birthstone Pendant Necklace is a delicate and beautiful birthstone necklace that strikes a balance between grown-up style and a youthful accessory. The actual necklace chain is made from 14k plated gold with a portrait-shaped pendant that holds the birthstone. It measures 15 ½ inches long and sits just at the collarbone.
If you're hesitant about buying your teenager a more expensive piece of jewelry, this necklace is the perfect compromise. It rings in around $50, but it looks much more expensive than it actually is and will make a statement anytime it’s worn. If you’re searching for an extra special gift that can be personalized, you can’t go wrong with the Kendra Scott Elisa Birthstone Pendant Necklace.
Help her keep her treasures in one place with one of our favorite jewelry organizers.
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Best Sneakers: Vans Old Skool Core Classics
The Vans Old Skool Core Classics are perfect for teenagers who want something cool and comfortable, and they're versatile enough to transition from the classroom to weekend excursions with friends. These canvas shoes feature a padded collar and footbed for superior comfort and shock absorption. They come in five different colors so you can let her choose her favorite color or surprise her with something new. They run true-to-size, but Zappos offers a 365-day return policy if they don’t fit for any reason. Keep in mind that they don’t provide as much arch support as a traditional athletic shoe, but reviewers say they’re comfortable enough to wear throughout the day.
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Best Backpack: Fjällräven Kånken Mini
If you happen to walk through a middle school hallway anytime soon, you’re likely to spot a handful of Fjällräven backpacks. These trendy backpacks are on the top of every teen’s gift list and they’re a great choice if your 13-year-old is in need of a new backpack.
We love the Fjällräven Kånken Mini because it’s compact, sturdy, and stylish. The backpack measures 11 x 8.25 inches wide and is small enough to go from the classroom to the mall without feeling cumbersome. It comes in a plethora of fun colors and features the brand’s trademark fox logo on the outside pocket. It has a side zipper for a water bottle and a front pocket for extra storage, and the adjustable padded shoulders ensure a comfortable fit.
Owners say that though the Fjällräven Kånken Mini backpack is a bit pricier than other options, it’s worth the investment: it will easily last for years. Plus, its stylish and streamlined design make it the perfect alternative to a purse. Reviewers do mention that it’s much smaller than your typical backpack, so if your 13-year-old carries a lot of books, it may be too small.
For even more options, here are some great backpacks we love.
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Best Musical: Kailua 4 String Soprano Ukulele
If your teenager is itching to stretch her musical muscles, she’ll love this Kailua 4-String Soprano Ukulele. Crafted from mahogany, this soprano ukulele measures 7.1 x 2.4 x 20.1 inches and weighs just over 2 pounds. It features nylon strings and pearl-coated tuners and comes with a black nylon carrying case for easy travel. Custom etching around the sound hole and the neck give the Kailua a vintage vibe perfect for both nights at the beach and music class.
With plenty of glowing reviews, this Kailua ukulele is a fan favorite. Reviewers say it’s lightweight and comfortable to play, and they particularly like the included carrying case for on-the-go performances. If you’re hunting for a creative gift for an aspiring musician, she’ll love this cool little instrument.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Best Bedroom Accessory: Stargazer Glass Bubble Lights, 15’ Battery Powered
This 15-foot battery powered string of lights is the perfect gift for a teenager looking to create her own space. Teenagers spend an inordinate amount of time in their bedrooms, so help her decorate a room that sparks creativity and feels like her own personal oasis. Made from copper wire covered with 60 small glass LED lights, this AA battery-powered set is perfect for wrapping around a bed or a desk. These lights can also be programmed to turn off or twinkle.
Reviewers say that the Stargazer lights are incredibly pretty and feminine. They do mention that the bulbs are very fragile, so this string of lights is best placed somewhere that won’t be bumped or jostled often.
Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best string lights for bedrooms.
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Best Wall Art: Mixtiles
Thirteen is the year of best friends, sleepovers, and memories that will last forever. But these days, every image lives only on a phone or a computer. Instead of worrying that your child’s favorite pictures will disappear during that next inevitable phone crash, surprise her with Mixtiles. These adorable prints allow you to turn any photo into affordable wall art that can be moved around at the drop of a hat. Each tile is 8 x 8 inches and sticks directly to your wall, so you don’t have to worry about nail damage. They can be moved around over and over, so they’re perfect for helping your indecisive 13-year-old decorate her room.
Print out pictures of your teenager’s BFFs or her favorite pup...either way, she’ll love seeing her pictures the old-fashioned way: printed out. Help her create her very own gallery wall or print just a couple to place above a desk or vanity.
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Best Phone Accessory: PopSocket
If your teenager doesn’t already own a PopSocket for her phone, now’s the time. It’s almost a teenage requirement to have an endless supply of fun PopSockets. This collapsible, circular phone accessory sticks to the back of a smartphone and allows for easy grip during those endless text sessions. It also acts as a stand, but most importantly helps to prevent accidental phone drops. The Blue Nebula design has a fun, galaxy-inspired print, but it comes in a wide variety of designs and colors. It weighs just about .5 ounces and collapses flat against any phone.
With nearly 2,000 online reviews, the PopSocket is clearly a popular gift choice. Owners say it makes watching YouTube videos and texting friends a little easier and reduces hand strain. Whether you pair a PopSocket with a new phone or you gift it alone, your 13-year-old will love this handy cell phone accessory.
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Best Camera: Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera
Now that your 13-year-old is firmly a teenager, we’re sure there will be endless school dances, first dates, sleepovers, and mall outings that she’ll want to remember. Help her create lasting memories with a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera. This compact camera instantly prints out Polaroid-style prints small enough to fit in your pocket. Each print measures 2.4 x 1.8 inches and is perfect for hanging on mirrors or inside lockers. Despite its small size this polaroid features an automatic exposure, a LED flash, and a close-up lens adapter. It comes in five bright colors and is small enough to toss in a backpack or purse.
If you have no idea what to get your 13-year-old this year, we’re sure she’ll love the Fujifilm Instax. This adorable compact camera is perfect for documenting every exciting moment in her life.
Check out our full Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera review here.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Best Beauty: Lush Girl Power Gift Set
Teenage years can be hard. Help her decompress with a gift to remind her to take time to exhale and practice self-care. The Lush Girl Power Gift Set comes with all the best Lush products your 13-year-old loves to help celebrate the powerful girl she is. Each set comes with a 6.3-ounce jasmine-scented Goddess bath bomb, a 7-ounce citrus-smelling Madame President bath bomb, and a floral 5.2-ounce Girl Pwr bubble bar. Plus, once the bath bombs are used up the wrapping can be worn as a scarf or used as an environmentally-friendly bag.
Help celebrate the woman your 13-year-old is turning into with a Lush gift set that she’ll love. Additionally, Lush bath bombs are never tested on animals and are made from safe, allergy-friendly ingredients.
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Best DIY: Natural Henna Temporary Tattoo Freestyle Kit
When you’re a teenager nothing is more fun than experimenting with beauty products with your best friends. We love this Natural Henna Temporary Tattoo Freestyle Kit because it’s a unique gift that lets your 13-year-old explore her creative side. This kit helps create temporary henna body art tattoos that last up to ten days. It comes with enough henna to create 20-30 designs, plus stencils and an applicator bottle to create endless looks. Mix one ounce of henna powder to create a paste, and apply all over for a temporary and fun activity that’s perfect for birthday parties and sleepovers.
Reviewers say this henna is easy to apply and lasts about a week. It’s all natural and safe, and the included stencils are perfect if you don't want to freestyle it.