13-year-old girls: They’re at the age where playtime can mean something between playing challenging board games and experimenting with makeup. And that’s why they’re so hard to shop for sometimes!
But don’t worry: we’ve got you covered on the gift-giving front. The Good Housekeeping Institute tests cool toys each year that are both parent- and kid-approved, so you can rest assured knowing your hard-to-buy-for teen will be thrilled with these picks. And if your 13-year-old girl isn’t much into games anymore, below you’ll find personalized gifts and best-sellers from our teen gift guides.
Be sure to check out Good Housekeeping‘s other gift guides for everyone else on your holiday shopping lists. Here are the best toys and gifts for 13-year-old girls in 2019:
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Marble Cell Phone Cardholder
These chic, marble-printed cardholders will stretch to fit up to four cards plus some cash and keep everything safely tucked away behind her phone. They’re also great for the 13-year-old who constantly forgets to carry around her house keys.
Personalized Velvet Journal Notebook
This is the age where she’s likely to be more in tune with her thoughts and dreams. A velvet journal with her name on it provides the perfect safe space for her to capture everything going on in her head.
BEST-SELLING TEEN GIFT
The Original LED Marquee Lightbox
Light-up marquee boxes dominated our gift guides for tweens — there’s just something about being able to display cute, light-up messages. Pack in six AA batteries or use the included USB cable to power it up.
Cursive Name Necklace
Here’s a jewelry piece that will never go out of style. You can choose to have the chain run as long as 24 inches or as short as 14 inches for a choker-fitting style.
TRENDY HAIR ACCESSORIES
Velvet Hair Scrunchies
The Mind Card Game
$7.98 (39% off)
This is a board game that encourage true teamwork and cooperative play, because the number one rule is “No talking!” If successful, she’ll be amazed at how well she worked with her teammates.
Bath Bombs Gift Set
It’s a smart idea to instill the importance of practicing wellness at a young age, so she always knows to help herself before helping others — plus, teens love bath bombs! Each included bath bomb is infused with a special essential oil that provides aromatherapy benefits.
Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera
CUSTOM WORD PRINT
Watercolor Name Art
She doesn’t need much when she’s going out with friends or heading to dance class, so this little bag is the perfect size to fit her everyday essentials.
IF SHE LOVES MOVIES
100 Movies Scratch Off Poster
For the movie lover, this interactive poster board lets her scratch off iconic films she must watch, like E.T. and The Lion King.
COLORFUL HAIR CLIPS
Snap Barrette Hair Set
In case you didn’t get the memo, tweens are obsessed with hair clips (again). This assortment comes with 100 pieces in assorted prints and colors.
The unicorn fad might just be here to stay! If you’re not sure about her size, reviewers recommend to size up. Galaxy and rainbow versions are also available.
CUSTOM MESSAGE OPTIONS AVAILABLE
It comes wrapped with a heartfelt message about entering her teenage years, but you can personalize the message with her name and your own words for a small fee. Choose from sterling silver, rose gold, and gold fill.
This handheld device is a gaming must-have. It can be taken apart for two-player mode so she can play against her best friend. The battery life can last up to nine hours, depending on what game she’s playing.
TRAVEL-SIZED MAKEUP PALETTE
If she spends her time watching YouTube tutorials, she might be starting to experiment with real makeup. This mini eyeshadow palette features eight neutral shades that complement any skin tone.
Color-changing Lamp Speaker
With a simple touch, this lamp changes color, plays music, and helps her sleep. She can even bring it with her on camping trips since it runs for up to 120 hours.
$19.91 (23% off)
Wireless headphones can easily fall and get lost or stolen, but this beanie ensures that never happens. It connects to her phone over Bluetooth and keeps her ears warm in the winter.
Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe
$48.83 (30% off)
Reviewers love how soft and airy these sneakers feel —one user says, “It feels like I’m walking on clouds!” They’re great for walking around school runs or taking a run.
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