34 Sweetest Sweet Sixteen Gifts Your Teen Will Love 2021

The Sweetest Sweet Sixteen Gifts Your Teen Will Be #Obsessed With

December 29, 2020 Updated February 16, 2021

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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

MOMOL Sideways Initial Necklace

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.)

$8.99 AT AMAZON

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

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.

$66.00 AT AMAZON

Nixon The Sentry Leather Strap Watch

If your kid is ready for their first grown-up, sophisticated watch, we love this leather Nixon watch which is water-resistant, and securely buckles so they won’t lose it.

$150 AT NORDSTROM

Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop

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).

$739.00 AT AMAZON

Sony WH-1000XM4 Noise-Canceling Headphones

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.

$348.00 AT AMAZON

Thread Wallets Key Chain Holder

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.

$11.00 AT AMAZON

WONDRUZ Makeup Mirror

She spends all of her free time watching her favorite beauty vloggers on YouTube. With this light-up makeup mirror, she can finally nail that smokey eye once and for all.

$24.99 AT AMAZON

Apple AirPods Pro

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.

$197.00 AT AMAZON

SANROCK 1080P HD Camera Drone

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.

$59.99 AT AMAZON

Himawari Backpack

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.

$36.99 AT AMAZON

Corkcicle 16oz Canteen

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.

$37.25 AT AMAZON

World Chic Blanket

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.

$105 AT WORLD CHIC

The Josie Ring

If your teen is a minimalist (it’s possible), they will probably love this simple — yet gorgeous — ring, which is easily stackable and goes with just about everything.

$48 AT BOUV THE LABEL

Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover

Every teen girl wants a Patagonia pullover, so you can’t go wrong with this super soft, super cute color-block sweatshirt. She’ll cozy up to it all fall and winter long.

$119 AT REI

EZDC 100 LED USB Powered Photo Clip String Lights

Name a teen girl who isn’t obsessed with her room… we’ll wait. Help her take her sanctuary to Pinterest-worthy levels with these tiny fairy lights complete with clips to hold all her snaps.

$14.99 AT AMAZON

BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone

Make her the TikTok star of her dreams with this wildly popular Bluetooth karaoke microphone. With nearly 20,000 rave reviews on Amazon, it’s the only thing standing between her and a million new followers.

$30.99 AT AMAZON

Women's Keds x kate spade new york Champion Glitter

Take the classic white sneakers everyone is wearing this year, toss on a bunch of glitter and voila: the perfect sweet 16 gift for any girl who considers herself stylish.

$85 AT KEDS

Sweet 16 Gifts for Daughter

Minimalist Name Necklace

Everyone who’s anyone (aka, all of her favorite Instagram influencers) has a name necklace. Get her one to match with this customizable chain from Etsy.

$28 AT ETSY

Tile Mate

Those new car keys are a big responsibility. Help her keep track of them with a Tile Mate, the popular Bluetooth tracker that will make sure she never has to ask, “Has anyone seen my keys?” again.

$37.50 AT AMAZON

Personalized Makeup Bag

Finally—a gift for her and for you. She’ll get a cute personalized bag to store all of her things and you’ll get a bathroom counter free of said things cluttering it up.

$9 AT ETSY

Birthday Party Candle

Homesick candles are all over Instagram right now and for good reason. People love their delicious scents but more importantly, they love that you can choose candles for any occasion (like a birthday!) or any state.

$34 AT HOMESICK CANDLES

Zonli Weighted Blanket

Two reasons to get your daughter a calming weighted blanket for her 16th birthday: first, because they’re very trendy, and second, because becoming an almost-adult is very stressful.

$99.99 AT AMAZON

Alex and Ani Sweet 16 Bangle

An Alex and Ani bracelet that doubles as a keepsake and that commemorates this major milestone in her life? How, well, charming.

$37.50 AT AMAZON

Kindle Paperwhite

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).

$129.99 AT AMAZON

Custom Photo Book

All those pictures you’ve saved up from your granddaughter over the last 16 years will finally be put to good use—and will be cherished forever—with one of these custom photo albums.

$23 AT AMAZON

Anker PowerCore Portable Charger

Now that she’s able to drive herself around, she’ll probably be out and about a lot more—which means she’ll need a portable battery pack like this one to keep all of her devices charged.

$24.99 AT AMAZON

Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover

Every teen girl wants a Patagonia pullover, so you can’t go wrong with this super soft, super cute color-block sweatshirt. She’ll cozy up to it all fall and winter long.

$119 AT REI

Billion Dollar Beauty Starter Set

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.

$49.99 AT BILLION DOLLAR BEAUTY

Billion Dollar Brows Best Sellers Kit

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.

$16.17 AT AMAZON

Sweet 16 Gifts for Granddaughter

Amazon Essentials Birthstone Stud Earrings

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.

$25.00 AT AMAZON

Personalized Birthday Print

You’ll be crowned “world’s best grandmother” if you gift her one of these stylish hand-painted portraits from Etsy. You can customize everything from her outfit to the drink she’s holding to the message printed across the top.

$12 AT ETSY

17-Month Planner

So much to do, so little time. Your newly-16 granddaughter’s schedule is jam-packed between school and a social life so she’ll appreciate a pretty Rifle Paper Co. planner to keep it all organized.

$34 AT RIFLE PAPER CO

InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser

Not a day goes by that your teenage granddaughter doesn’t bring up essential oils (which she swears solve everything). So she’ll think you’re the absolute coolest if you gift her this popular oil diffuser for her room.

$14.99 AT AMAZON

Personalised Hug In A Box Gift

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.

$23 AT ETSY

BTYSUN Bracelet

Sometimes your granddaughter just needs a little reminder about how badass she is—and this simple engraved bangle will make sure she never forgets.

$9.38 AT AMAZON

Find all of our gift guides—for everyone from the men in your life to the new parents—here.

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MOMOL Sideways Initial Necklace
$8.99
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera
$66.00
Corkcicle 16oz Canteen
$37.25
Alex and Ani Sweet 16 Bangle
$37.50
Apple AirPods Pro
$197.00
Himawari Backpack
$36.99
Kindle Paperwhite
$129.99
Amazon Essentials Birthstone Stud Earrin...
$25.00
BTYSUN Bracelet
$9.38
Personalised Hug In A Box Gift
$23
Thread Wallets Key Chain Holder
$11.00
Tile Mate
$37.50
WONDRUZ Makeup Mirror
$24.99
Minimalist Name Necklace
$28
Birthday Party Candle
$34
Custom Photo Book
$23
Personalized Birthday Print
$12
Personalized Makeup Bag
$9
Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T F...
$119
Zonli Weighted Blanket
$99.99
Anker PowerCore Portable Charger
$24.99
InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser
$14.99
EZDC 100 LED USB Powered Photo Clip Stri...
$14.99
BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microp...
$30.99
17-Month Planner
$34
Women's Keds x kate spade new york Champ...
$85
World Chic Blanket
$105
The Josie Ring
$48
Nixon The Sentry Leather Strap Watch
$150
Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop
$739.00
Sony WH-1000XM4 Noise-Canceling Headphon...
$348.00
SANROCK 1080P HD Camera Drone
$59.99
Billion Dollar Beauty Starter Set
$49.99
Billion Dollar Brows Best Sellers Kit
$16.17