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31 best gifts for 16 year olds in 2021

From trendy sneakers to must-have tech toys, these gifts are perfect for the holidays.
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Teens like to stay up-to-date with the latest products that you may not know about. They always seem to know about the most innovative and unique things on the market, which can make them hard to shop for.

When buying a gift for a teenager, you want to make sure you get them something they'll love — preferably without breaking the bank. Whether it's new tools to add to their skin care routine or a pair of trendy sneakers, these are the best gifts for 16-year-olds.

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Best gifts for 16-year-old girls

1. Trigem Tabletop Jewelry Stand

Help your 16-year-old keep their necklaces, bracelets and rings neat and organized with this jewelry stand from Urban Outfitters. The three tiers will ensure she has enough room for all her pieces and the bottom dish will keep her smaller items safe, too.

2. Hollywood Makeup Mirror

Is your 16-year-old interested in makeup? If so, this gift is perfect. The dimmable LED bulbs will give your beauty guru the best lighting for any makeup application.

3. TonyMoly Superfood Mask Bowl Set

Face masks are like super food for your face. With ingredients like vitamin E, peach extract and more, this variety pack comes with six different face masks that look to calm and smooth your skin.

4. Tarte Cleansing Cutie Scrubber

Add an extra tool to their skin care regimen with this cleansing pad. This silicone face scrubber gives a deeper clean with flexible bristles that aim to dig deep in a gentle yet thorough way. It was also designed with a handle for an easier grip.

5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette

Your makeup-loving teen will swoon when they see the vibrant colors in this eyeshadow palette. With 14 matte and shimmery colors to choose from, they can have fun mixing and matching these shades to keep up with the latest trends.

6. Magicsky Hair Accessories Variety Pack

Teens love their accessories and these are sure to make a statement with any outfit. The 28-pack comes with a variety of pearl, gem and colored clips and barrettes, perfect for casual or dressed-up occasions.

7 . Halluci Plush House Slippers

For the teen who appreciates a day filled with self care, they are sure to love these slippers. Made with memory foam for extra comfort, these slippers will make a chic and stylish gift for all their self care needs.

8. Adidas Grand Court Sneaker

A pair of trendy everyday sneakers are a wardrobe staple. With 36 colors to choose from, you can surprise them with a classic white sneaker or for the teen obsessed with pink, give them the dusty pink style.

9. KiiPix Smartphone Picture Printer

Let your loved one relive their favorite memories in an instant. This smartphone printer can print your teen their favorite photos in real time. All they have to do is pull up the photo on their phone, line it up with the printer and wait.

10. Whellen Selfie Ring Light

Teens seem to always be taking photos, so help them take the perfect selfie with this light ring. Your friend or family member can have perfect lighting no matter where they are.

11. Custom Name Phone Case

Add a little personalization to your teen's phone with this popular phone case. It comes in a variety of colors including black, pink and yellow. Attached to the case is also a stylish wristlet and you can further customize it with your loved ones name.

12. Nodykka Tote Bag

Storage in style! Your loved one can carry their personal belongings in a cute trendy tote. With one compartment and one slip pocket, they can hold everything from their laptop to notebooks and more.

13. Inez Jewelry Holder

Vintage-inspired pieces have become all the rage with teens. For all their organization needs, this rustic-like jewelry holder is a great statement piece to add to their bedroom decor.

14. PrettyGarden Shaggy Oversized Coat

Trendy coats are a must-have for teenagers, so give your 16-year-old a jacket they'll be excited to show off. This shaggy oversized-inspired jacket is not only rated a bestseller on Amazon, but is also made of a fleece to help keep your teen warm.

15. Wilde Fable Long Sleeve Dress

Pair this statement dress with a jean jacket or dress it up with heels — it can really go either way. Plus, this dress is great for almost any season.

Best gifts for 16-year-old-boys

1. Pocket DJ Mixer

Got an aspiring DJ on your hands? With this great gift they can turn their iPhone into a sound mixing board so they can get the party started no matter where they are.

2. Kano Star Wars The Force Coding Kit

Star Wars lovers can learn how to code with this kit that provides step-by-step challenges to help you learn how to control what happens on your screen.

3. Minger LED Strip Lights

Teens love to decorate their room with twinkling lights. These LED strips come with their own remote for color customization, meaning your 16-year-old can deck out their room and make it their own with these lights.

4. Anker Wireless Charger

Teens always seem to know about the latest tech. Keep them up-to-date with a wireless charger for all their electronics. The brand designed it to be compatible for most phone models and it even aims to charge through a phone case, for an easier, hassle-free charge.

5. Kryptonics Original Torpedo Skateboard

Skateboarding has become popular among teens. This model is designed to be a smooth ride with rear grip tape for stability and traction. Your 16-year-old can enjoy hours of riding whether it's around the neighborhood or even to class.

6. Maison Margiela 'Replica' By The Fireplace

Surprise your friend or family member with their very own cologne. Created with warm and spicy scents, this cologne has key notes of clove oil, chestnut accord and vanilla accord.

7. Jack Black All-Over Wash

Upgrade your 16-year-olds beauty regime with a multipurpose soap. This all-in-one wash was designed to clean their face, hair and body without stripping skin and hair of essential moisture.

8. Puma Roma Basic Sneaker

Give your loved one a sneaker they can wear with almost anything. These retro-inspired sneakers come with a cushioned midsole for extra arch support and are available in 45 styles and colors for you to personalize to their preferences.

9. Escape Room In A Box: The Walking Dead Board Game

Bring mystery and excitement to your teen's game night. Inspired by the TV show "The Walking Dead," this chilling game requires teamwork as your loved one and their friends solve the clues to win the game.

10. Etsy Personalized Leather Laptop Case

Keep their laptop safe in a personalized leather case. Choose to customize it with their name or initials and pick one of the six colors it comes in for a truly personalized feel.

11. Nicgid Sling Bag

Whether your 16-year-old is hiking or traveling, help them keep their belongings safe with a trusty bag. This sling-inspired bag is a nice versatile option as it can be worn across their back, chest or as a shoulder bag. It even comes with multiple storage pockets to keep all their belongings safe.

12. Levi's 505 Regular Fit Jeans

Teens are always going to need jeans. For casual looks, it's a go-to most days. These jeans were designed with a looser fit in mind and come in 35 different washes.

13. Hanes EcoSmart Pullover Sweatshirt

Who doesn't love a hoodie? Provide your teen with one that's both comfy and stylish. Designed with environmentally friendly materials, this sweatshirt could be their new go-to, so buy one or more in their favorite colors.

14. Under Armour Blitzing Cap

Give your loved one a reliable hat that's both stylish and protective from the sun. Designed with absorbent material and a sweatband to help keep them dry, this hat aims to provide comfort even on the hottest days.

15. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

For the gamer in your life, this gift will be a huge hit. This bestselling game features beloved characters from the 90s for your teen to choose from in a battle of the best.

16. Etsy Personalized Water Bottle

Keep your teen hydrated throughout the day with a water bottle fit just for them. This customizable stainless steel water bottle can be personalized with their name and one of the 12 icons, including a baseball, basketball or fish.

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