Someone you know celebrating their sweet 16? Choose from some of these gift ideas, which range from trendy to unique.
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Teens live for their electronic devices; too bad those batteries don’t have the charge to last for very long. Mobile chargers are a great gift for that person who spends so much time on their phone or tablet, running out of battery long before making it home to plug back in. Mobile chargers, also known as portable chargers or battery packs, are compact battery devices that can recharge your device on the go. What teen wouldn’t love the gift of extra battery time?
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For many teens, the most exciting thing about turning 16 is that it’s the magical age where they get a driver’s license or learner’s permit. Any gift that relates to this life event is likely to be well received. Some ideas include:
- Gift cards for gas.
- Seat covers, steering wheel covers, or floor mats.
- A bucket filled with car washing supplies like a sponge, chamois, car brush, and wax.
- Vanity license plate frames.
- A car.
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Let’s face the hard truth here: most 16-year-olds wouldn’t like you to choose their clothing. There are a few apparel gift ideas, however, that can be considered a safe bet when gifting to teens. These include popular footwear (think Ugg boots and name-brand sneakers), band T-shirts, accessories that are currently on trend and, the safest bet of all, clothing store gift cards.
If you are not close enough to the birthday person to know sizes and preferences, a little homework might be in order (such as contacting the parents).
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Turning 16 marks a shift toward adulthood. With this new-found maturity comes a chance to try new experiences. An evening of gourmet dining at a fancy restaurant may be one of those experiences that a 16-year-old would enjoy as a change from the high school cafeteria fast food and after-school snacks. Treat the teen to a night of fine dining as your guest, or give a gift certificate to a fabulous restaurant so the teen can get dressed up and dine out with friends.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Like the mobile battery charger, a mobile wi-fi hotspot device is another gift that a 16-year-old would likely appreciate. These devices can connect to wi-fi on the go, and then connect your device to the mobile hotspot they create. Since many tablets and electronics come with a wi-fi-only setting, a mobile wifi device will allow them to connect from anywhere.
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Think taking all of those selfies is simple? Think again. Thankfully, the market has answered the call for selfie-help products, such as the selfie stick. Any of these products are likely to please as a 16th birthday gift.
In addition to the selfie stick, consider the suction cup designed just for the cell phone, for hands-free bathroom mirror selfies. Other selfie-help items include a Bluetooth shutter control, a tool that works as a selfie stand and clicker remote, and a lighted phone case to provide the perfect lighting for your selfie. Throw in a few photo booth props and you've got everything you need for hours of selfie fun!.
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If you’ve got all of those selfie accessories, you might as well have a way to print them on demand. The smartphone printer is a portable printer that you can use to print photos directly from your phone. Like the Polaroid camera for today, teens will love being able to share instant images with their friends.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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If the 16th birthday child already has sights set on a certain college, you may want to give a gift that gives a head start on celebrating that school spirit. University apparel is one idea, with school colors or sports team logo.
If the desired college is out of town, another fun gift would be a trip to tour the campus or spend a night or two visiting the hometown.
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Life Changing Book
It’s hard to guess what book would be life-changing to someone else, but most people have read a novel during their teenage years that has left an impression on their lives. Why not give that same book that influenced you? Include a heartfelt inscription about how it did so and why you’re gifting it to them on this milestone occasion.
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Headphones are just things you sick over your ears for private listening, right? Not anymore. Headphones are a big deal with today’s teens. With features that enhance sound quality, cancel noise and adjust to the exact right “fit” for your needs, headphones have become more than just an accessory. They are as important to the user as the device they are plugging into.
Add to those features cosmetic elements such as colors and name brands, and headphones become a trendy tool that top many teens must-have gift list.
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One very popular activity for teens is watching, posting and sharing videos online. Gather some of the birthday kid’s friends and make a funny or sentimental video. Then post it online to serve as a virtual 16th birthday card.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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More 16th Birthday Gift Ideas
Here are few more quick suggestions:
- Concert tickets
- Meaningful jewelry (perhaps a family keepsake or something that signifies the milestone)
- Jewelry box
- Video game console, video games, or gift cards to play on servers
- Tablet, smartphone, or other mobile devices
- GoPro camera
- Classes to pursue an interest (such as cooking classes, tennis lessons, etc.)
- Bedroom makeover accessories (paint, new bedding, wall art, etc.)