Christmas Gift ideas for young teen girl---no makeup or gift cards/cash


DIS Veteran
Jul 6, 2008
I have Googled every which way and all that come up are lame "10 Best" lists with links to items I am sure the "writer" is only promoting for the affiliate link pay.
I am looking for Christmas gift ideas from $0 to $100 that a young teen girl (mine is 13) would like. I know what my daughter loves obviously but she always seems to have money on hand and buys what she likes as she earns cash. So I'm hoping this list could help grandmas and aunties as well as we approach Christmas, and give me a few ideas she has not seen in Hobby Lobby or at the mall. 😘
No makeup (personal care is fine) or gift cards/cash since those are a bit too easy and don't fit my family's preferences.

Random Ninja

DIS Veteran
Jan 14, 2012
We also do experience gifts for my tween niece (12); things like passes to the local winterfest and indoor trampoline place.

Jewelry and bath product making kits are a hit too. Last year, the family got a snack box subscription that came with 6-8 different snack items from around the world and that was a huge hit with her. They opened one on Christmas and then got another one once a month for several months.
  • 2TxAgs

    DIS Veteran
    Jun 24, 2001
    Caligraphy book/pens? Art paper and nice pencils, or journal and color pens? Is she into sports - any accessories for that? Tickets to see her favorite team play? New bedspread/lamp/mirror/pillows for her room? Cute slippers/pajamas?


    DIS Veteran
    Mar 18, 2010
    That age is hard - part child still, part teenager.

    How about:
    - Clothing - this was my go-to for DD at this age, she was starting to express her individuality in her clothing choices more. Hoodies, favorite brand of tennis shoes/boots, comfy pajamas/robe/slippers are all good. My daughter got her first college Tshirt at that age from the school most of our family attended and LOVED it.
    - Bluetooth speaker/headphones
    - Scented lotions, bath gels (Bath and Body works tends to be popular with that age group)
    - "Cute" backpack
    - Magazine subscription - I found Teen Vogue relatively unobjectionable
    - If she is into art, supplies for that, but not the kiddie stuff. Some good quality stuff. You can usually get a set of Prismacolor colored pencils on Amazon for a good price around Black Friday if she's into that sort of stuff - they are SO much better than the cheapo ones. Add a nice quality sketchbook and it's a great gift.
    - Lap desk
    - Clarisonic brush - if acne hasn't hit yet, it will soon!
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  • ozziejen2000

    Earning My Ears
    Jun 6, 2006
    Portable Phone Charger
    New Cell Phone Case
    Spotify subscription
    Movie tickets
    Small battery lights with photo clips that go above their bed
    New Blanket or pillow cases
    We redid my daughter's room and let her pick things out to decorate
    Concert tickets
    Crossbody purse
    New wallet with money
    Journal or Diary
    Comfy pj bottoms
  • clori

    DIS Veteran
    Dec 15, 2002
    clip in color hair extensions
    laser tag admission
    board games
    body lotion from bath and body works
    insulated water bottle
    outing to a paint your own pottery place (not a plaster fun time but real pottery)
    teen craft kit
    if she doesn't have one perhaps a starter pandora charm bracelet that relatives can get charms for
    set of fun socks based on her interest
    jewelry box


    DIS Veteran
    Aug 16, 2005
    Pura Vida bracelet of the month club is something DD wants. You can buy it in 1, 3 month increments and they get a bracelet set sent to them monthly. Otherwise, PV bracelets themselves.
    Hydroflask water bottles
    Black Dog, Vineyard Vines, hoodies or spirit jerseys of places they've been are big here


    I've been unwonked!
    Aug 31, 2004
    I got my DD a waterproof camera. It looks like and does everything a GoPro does but it's cheaper. I found a good one on Amazon for $60 and got all the accessories to go with it.

    rella's fan

    Jun 2, 2004
    Expensive but all the teens around here love lululemon leggings, Pandora has really cute charm holders for necklaces, and those Polaroid type cameras are fun.


    Jul 12, 2017
    I bought a friend’s daughter a pretty sleeping bag from PB Teen with her name embroidered on it. It was a big hit, she uses it for her Girl Scout camping trips and sleepovers at her friends’ houses.

    Sephora does a fragrance sampler in December where it’s like $50 for a dozen perfume samples plus a certificate for a normal sized bottle of whichever sample is your favorite. I have given it as a gift to women of several ages and it always goes over well. Sephora also has “Play” which is a sample box of 6 samples for $10/month. I think samplers are great gifts because it’s often things people wouldn’t buy for themselves, yet they might fall in love with a new product!

    I used to like to give a book and the DVD inspired by the book, but do teens still buy DVDs?


    DIS Veteran
    Feb 1, 2013
    My daughter is 14. Some of her wants this year are: Wireless headphones, clothes (particullary Abercrombie and Vans), Kavu sling bag, anything from Bath & Body, North Face jacket.


    DIS Veteran
    Dec 29, 2017
    Book Box subscription! Delivers a book a month, along with art or trinkets, depending on the subscription.


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