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Unique Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

Discover unique sweet 16 gift ideas (from traditional jewelry to exclusive items, plus a few funny gag gift ideas) to help parents, siblings, aunts, and godparents find the perfect birthday gift.

Now that you’ve planned the Sweetest 16th birthday party for your teen, it’s time to think of gifts. You’ll probably also get asked by friends and family what gifts she’d like.

Apart from the obvious gifts like driving lessons, or if you’re super generous, a car, there are some other awesome sweet 16 gift ideas that your teen would love receiving.

I share my top 21 gift ideas for your Sweet 16 that you can share with your guests as well.

Hopefully, you’ll find a few options that you haven’t thought of before.

Books For Sweet 16 Birthday Gift

The Driving Book: Everything New Drivers Need to Know but Don’t Know to Ask

Unique Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

As a parent, handing over the keys is an emotional rite of passage, and the Driving Book will help parents sleep better knowing that their teens have it on hand.

New drivers have so much to learn about the practical aspects of driving that can only be learned through experience. This book has a lot of useful information that you wouldn’t normally get from a driving school or taking the regular driving test.

Karen Gravelle helps teenagers deal with the challenges of starting out as drivers. She explains such topics as changing tires, negotiating rights with parents, what to do if stopped by a police officer; what to do if you’re in an accident, and driving in bad weather.

Gifting Tip: a great gift to receive from grandparents

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers

Unique Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

This book provides teens with an excellent starting point for planning active action based on what they want and are interested in.

Covey offers a simple framework for teens to:

  • improve self-image
  • build friendships
  • resist peer pressure
  • accomplish their goals
  • and appreciate their parents

He also assists teens with dealing with social media and cyberbullying, two of the modern challenges.

Teenagers love this book because it is filled with cartoons, clever ideas, and great quotes. The author also includes incredible stories from real teens around the world.

You might want to read my full book review of the 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens.

Gifting Tip: a great gift to receive from an uncle

Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals

Unique Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

Rachel Hollis is a working mom of four who uses her platform to empower and embolden women worldwide. Her unfiltered honesty and staunch inclusivity have made her a two-time #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers.

She highlights that many women define themselves by how other people see them, instead of learning how to own who they are and what they want. Hollis identifies the excuses you should let go of, the behaviors you should adopt, and the skills you need to develop to become confident and believe in yourself.

Gifting Tip: a great gift to receive from an aunt

Funny Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

“Holy C&%^ You’re 16” Toilet Paper Gag Gift

Unique Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

This hysterically funny gag gift will have your teen in stitches.

Gifting Tip: a great gift to receive from a teasing brother

Sweet 16 Birthday Socks

Unique Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

Two pairs of socks that read “Now That I’m 16 I Officially Know Everything!”

These socks were a super cute addition to any 16 year old’s gift bag. Cute, comfy, and funny too.

Gifting Tip: a great gift to add to a gift bag. 

Jackpot Candles – Birthday Cake Candle with Ring Inside

Unique Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

These premium natural soy candles smell amazing and have a surprise gift inside. The ring values between $15 to $5000, but obviously it’s supposed to be a fun original gift, and not necessarily about the ring value.

Burn this candle and fill the air with the smell of cake batter, vanilla, and warm sugar. Once the wick of your candle burns low enough you can uncover your ring. There should be a code attached to the ring to let you know the value, but it should be about the surprise.

Jewelry Gift Ideas For Sweet 16 Girls

Past, Present, and Future Bracelet

Past present and future bracelet jewelry gift for sweet 16

I found this past, present, and future bracelet which is a reminder of the passage of time to commemorate this special birthday.

It has three interlocking circles: a muted, oxidized ring that represents the past; a sterling silver ring wrapped with a band of silver wire that captures the present; and a shimmering, gold-filled ring representing the future.

This bracelet offers a constant reminder to live in the moment. Included is a card explaining the bracelet’s symbolism. Handmade in Nashville, Tennessee.

Make it a set! They also offer matching earrings and necklace.

Gift Tip: this symbolic bracelet would make a great gift from a godmother.

Anthropology Block Letter Monogram Necklace

I love a personalized gift and these block letters monogram necklaces from Anthropology are absolutely gorgeous.

Anthropology necklace

For a more chunky look, they also have the Chain Link Monogram Necklace, or for a much more dainty look, they offer the Maya Brenner 14k Gold Asymmetrical Monogram Necklace.

All these monogram necklaces would make a very special 16th birthday gift.

Gift Tip: this personalized necklace would make a great gift from mom & dad or from a special friend.

Joycuff Inspirational Mantra Cuff Bangle 


Unique Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

I was drawn to this bangle because of its inspirational message written on the inside of the bracelet, and the reviews saying that it is really great quality for the price.

There are several messages to choose from. I personally really like the “Kind Heart, Fierce Mind, Brave Spirit” message.

Gift Tip: this mantra bangle would make a great gift from a sister.

Make-up Gift Ideas For Sweet 16 Birthday

All in one Makeup kit

Most teen girl loves to play with makeup and what better than to have this amazing kit to start with. This is a best-selling makeup kit for teens as it includes 98 shimmer eye shadows and 70 pastel eye shimmers, as well as lipgloss and brushes.

Unique Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

Gift Tip: combine with a lipgloss kit so that she can complete her look.

Vanity Makeup Mirror With Lights

Unique Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

This tri-fold light-up mirror has 3 magnifying modes, 180-degree rotation, and an adjustable LED light.

Perfect for the teen that loves to play with makeup.

Gift Tip: combine with makeup kit so that she can perfect her makeup skills.

NYX Lipgloss 

Skip the expensive stores and buy online. You can choose several of your favorite colors or get this best-selling pack of 3 lip gloss kit (Angel Food Cake, Creme Brulee & Madeleine).

Unique Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

Exclusive Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

Michael Kors Cross Body Bag

Unique Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

Now that your girl is growing up she’ll need a grown-up purse. These cute Michael Kors bags have a single adjustable cross-over body strap, which makes them a safe option as well.

Choose from several different colors.

Gift Tip: as this gift is more expensive it would probably make a great gift from a godmother or parents 😉

Personalized Illustrated Fleece Blanket

FurbabyPrints fleece blanket Sweet 16 gift idea

If your teen has a pet she’ll definitely love these personalized illustrated products from

Whether it’s a fleece blanket or a custom phone case, every pet lover will adore these personalized gifts.

Just send in a photo of her or her pet (or both) and the artists will handle the rest.

Juicy Couture Perfume

sweet 16 gift ideas perfume

Now that your little girl is not so little anymore, it might be fun for her to start finding a signature scent.

When searching for a great perfume for teens, the Viva La Juicy perfume came out tops. It has a soft sweet floral scent with the warmth of the vanilla and jasmine that’s intoxicating.

Tech Gift Ideas For Your Sixteen-Year-Old Teen

Clip-On Smartphone Selfie Light Ring

Unique Sweet 16 Gift Ideas


Every teen is into selfies so what better gift than to help her get that perfect selfie with a clip-on smartphone selfie light ring.

Yes, that’s a mouth full, but your teen will love you for helping her step up her selfie game.

Fujiflim Insta Mini Camera

Unique Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

I chose this instant camera over the Polaroid camera purely because this camera is much easier to use, and it comes with 40 sheets of film.

If your teen would like to use this at her party, then this camera is ready to go.

The polaroid camera will take a bit of time to learn but is otherwise also a very good instant camera.

Portable Photo Printer

Unique Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

These little portable printers are super retro and allow you to print your favorite pics anywhere. Simply connect it to any mobile device and print your photos immediately.

This set includes 60 sheets of printer paper so she can start printing right away.

Mini Photo Album

A great addition to the Fujiflim Insta Mini Camera is a cute mini photo album. These come in several adorable colors, so choose whichever you think is her favorite.

Unique Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

Room Decor Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

Industrial Lamp With USB Ports

Unique Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

All teens love chatting and texting with their friends at night, and now they can charge their phones & other devices from their lamp. How cool is that! Plus the light is dimmable as well.

Photo Clip String Lights

Unique Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

Every girl loves fairy lights and photos of their friends. Why not combine the two with this super cute and useful photo clip string light.

Black & Gold Throw Pillows

Unique Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

Depending on her room decor color scheme, these gorgeous black & gold throw pillows could seriously upgrade her room with a more sophisticated but still fun look.

There are several options to choose from but these stood out to me as the perfect Sweet 16 room decor upgrade.

Hammock Chair

Unique Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

This hammock chair is super cute and comfy and even has a pocket for her favorite book or mobile phone.

I hope that my list of sweet 16 gift ideas has inspired and enabled you to find the perfect gift for your teen. Feel free to share these with any guests that might ask what to get her for her birthday.

If you have any other suggestions, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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As a mom of two boys, I've been through the many ups and downs that parenting brings. However, I absolutely love reading and learning about better ways to communicate with my teens. I try to understand what they might be going through in their various stages of development. Communication, understanding, kindness, respect, and leading with love can help us maintain a positive bond with our children, from toddlers to teens and beyond.

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