There are regular birthdays, and then there are 16th birthdays, and Sweet 16 birthday gifts are required to be a little more special than most. While every birthday feels like a big deal when you’re a kid, none are as exciting—or as important—as your 16th. You can drive! You’re almost an adult! You’re thinking about college! There are so many things that make a teenager’s sweet 16 so special—and so deserving of a great gift to celebrate.
If your daughter, granddaughter, or any other teen in your life is turning 16, we’ve rounded up 27 of the best sweet 16 gifts that they’ll actually appreciate. Whether it’s a cute lanyard for their new car keys, a custom name necklace, or a trendy Patagonia pullover, these are the presents guaranteed to make their milestone birthday that much better.
Best Sweet 16 Gifts
Give the gift of every self-care item they’ll need with this Fresh Face Bundle from Doe Lashes. This set includes reusable cotton rounds (for applying serums, removing makeup, etc.) and an adorable pink storage container, a silk eye mask with a soothing cooling gel pack (a personal favorite), three packs of midnight patches that help treat acne, and an adorable gray doe-earred headband to holdback their hair during their routine! See — told ya it has everything, didn’t I?
This Everyday Makeup Set from M2U NYC gives your favorite teen all the essentials! This 4-pack set includes one eyeshadow palette full of warm nudes, one cream blush, one luminizer highlight, and one matte liquid lipstick. Oh — and bonus points! It comes with a free zipper pouch too. The birthday queen will love it!
If your 16-year-old loves to be cozy, get her the Ull Blanket, made in Reykjavík, Iceland. In comes in four very hygge-inspired colors, and will keep her toasty as she does her homework on the couch or catches up on some Netflix. Everyone feels luxurious when they have a luxurious blanket.
If you’ve got a gamer, it’s possible they’d be thrilled over a brand new gaming laptop (that can be used for other things…like homework). The Acer Notebook 9th Generation Intel Core i5-9300H Processor is built to process super quickly and its wide screen has great image quality. Plus, gamers love the red backlit keyboard, which looks pretty dope (and is handy if you’re playing in a dimly lit room).
These industry-leading headphones (said to be better than Bose and Beats!) are not only noise-canceling and give you the clearest, crispest sound quality, but you can choose to get voice recognition if you want to listen to music but also be able to hear if someone says something to you (like, “Dinner’s ready!”). Our teen sources say this is *the* pair of headphones to splurge on.
Sweet 16 Gifts for Daughter
Yes, your daughter is a woman (*sniff*), and every woman needs a go-to makeup palette that she can take E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E. We love Billion Dollar Beauty because it’s completely customizable: First you grab the magnetic palette, then fill it with your favorite picks (yes, she can refill it forever!). Treat the birthday girl to a Starter Set, which includes the portable magnetic palette with a mirror, and the brow powder, eyeshadow, and lip balm of your choice — it also comes with tweezers and a set of ultra-plush brushes. FYI, refills are super affordable at $3.99 each, meaning your teen can feel free to experiment with different colors to find her ultimate combo. You can also snag Billion Dollar Beauty at Target, where it’s earned the store’s clean beauty seal of approval. On second thought — maybe you should get a set for yourself, too.
If eyes are the windows to the soul, well, eyebrows are the curtains. Complete her makeup collection with the fan-favorite Billion Dollar Brows set, which will only *enhance* her natural beauty. This quartet comes with the brand’s brow bestellers: A universal brow pencil, the concealer/highlighter stick, brow gel, and a smudge brush.
Sweet 16 Gifts for Granddaughter
Sweet 16 Boy Gift Ideas
Most teens are fascinated by drones, and they’re not extremely expensive anymore, either. This drone has a flight time of 17 minutes and can fly 328 feet in the air — plus, it can be controlled by an app on your phone. You can use this to take high-quality photos, videos, or just use it for fun, like if you’re on a hike and want a better view.
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If she’s the type who wants to put her monogram on everything (literally, everything), she’ll wear this dainty, personalized necklace every day. (It comes in every letter of the alphabet.)
The 2021 version of your childhood Polaroid camera, the wildly popular Instax Mini comes in a rainbow of pretty pastels and is exactly what she needs to capture all her 16-year-old adventures.
The only thing better than a tumbler? A leopard print tumbler. This one from Corkcicle (which comes in solid hues, too) will keep her water cold and her iced coffee colder.
An Alex and Ani bracelet that doubles as a keepsake and that commemorates this major milestone in her life? How, well, charming.
Pricey? Yes. But worth it? Also yes. That’s what the thousands of people who swear by the newest AirPods Pro say. She’ll feel like one of the “cool kids” with the iconic white earbuds.
Small enough to be tres chic yet big enough to actually hold all the things she needs to tote around (aka, her laptop, keys, and makeup). Plus, the pastel palette is the dreamiest.
If your 16-year-old loves to read, she’ll love the Kindle Paperwhite. It’s waterproof, glare-free, and has the most storage space of all the models so she can stock up on all of her must-reads (and must-listens).
Birthstone earrings are one of those gifts that never go out of style. And you don’t have to spend a lot thanks to this pretty pair from Amazon, which reviewers say look way more expensive than they are.
Sometimes your granddaughter just needs a little reminder about how badass she is—and this simple engraved bangle will make sure she never forgets.
Maybe your granddaughter lives across the country or maybe you can’t see her because of COVID-19. Regardless, you can send her a long-distance hug with this perfectly curated care package.
Give her a place to hold those shiny new car keys with this adorable printed leather lanyard, which is available in 28 different colors and patterns.
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