Someone you know celebrating 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 device batteries don’t live for them. Mobile chargers are a great gift for that person who spends so much time on her phone or tablet, she runs out of battery time long before she makes 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 (perhaps in the birthday child’s favorite color or ones that reflect something personal to the teen such as a favorite band, hobby or sports team)
- 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 sixteen-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), rock 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 things like shoe size, which brand of athletic... footwear he prefers or what bands and trends currently appeal to him, a little homework (call his mom) might be in order.
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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, she has come to know as sustenance. Treat her to a night of fine dining as your guest, or give her a gift certificate to a fabulous restaurant so she can get dressed up and dine out with her... friends.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Speaking of new experiences, perhaps a day out, trying a fun activity would make a great gift. Is he adventurous? Buy him snowboarding passes or a day of zip-lining. Is she into fashion? Give her tickets to a runway show.
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Like the mobile battery charger, a mobile wifi hotspot device is another gift that a 16-year-old would likely appreciate. These devices can connect to wifi on the go, and then connect your device through the mobile hotspot they create. Since many tablets and electronics come with a wifi-only setting (which means they can only connect to the internet when they are logged into their home’s wifi), 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 shutter that connects through the iPhone audio jack, 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 his sights set on a certain college, you may want to give him a gift that gives him a head start on celebrating that school spirit. University apparel is one idea (what teen doesn’t love a hoodie?), items that display the university sports team logo is another.
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 of us have read a novel during the teenage years that has left an impression on our lives. Why not give that same book that influenced you and includes a heartfelt inscription about how it did so and why you’re gifting it to her 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 in honor of her. 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
- Concert Tickets
- Meaningful jewelry (perhaps a family keepsake or something that signifies the milestone).
- Jewelry box (because many teens get a lot of jewelry for their sweet 16).
- Video game console, video games or gift cards to play on servers such as Xbox live.
- 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.).