Ideas for Birthday Gifts for a Girl Turning 17

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Your teen girl's 17th birthday is a cause for celebration and creative gifts that celebrate her individuality. While some teens have a long list of things they want, others may be more difficult to shop for and give few clues. Pay attention to your teen's personal style and choose something that would seem meaningful to her.

Auto Gifts

  • If your teenager is driving her own car, consider a gift that will help spruce it up. Buy her a car detail from a local auto detail shop. Detail packages range from basic services under $40 to deluxe packages over $100. New rims might set off her car's tires nicely, or give the interior a pick-me-up with new floor mats. Affordable gifts include steering-wheel covers or an accessories gift pack with car wash and wax products, a wash mitt and air fresheners. Package the accessories in a bucket decorated with ribbon. For the teen who drives in inclement weather, give her a car emergency kit to keep in her trunk or a membership to a roadside assistance service.

Books

  • Young adult books are hot sellers, and stories geared towards teens' interests can be found in any bookstore. Ask your teen which books she's recently read and enjoyed. Use that information to ask for recommendations from your bookseller. Online sites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble have recommendation tools as well. Search for your teen's favorite book, then scroll down the page to see what the site recommends or what other customers are reading that are similar to that book. If you choose a series, be sure to buy the first books, if your teen hasn't already read them. A pretty bookmark makes an appropriate card for this gift.

Computer Accessories

  • Your laptop-lugging teen might want some new tech gadgets for her computer. Laptop totes and bags come in numerous colors and designs to match her personal style. Get her a messenger bag or tote in sporty nylon or streamlined leather with padding to protect her laptop. Buy a bag with numerous pockets to hold cords and flash drives. A new flash drive is useful for a teen who saves large amounts of files, such as for a photographer. For teens on the go, portable speakers, collapsible keyboards and ear buds in novelty shapes like animals or cartoon characters might be appreciated.

Cash and Gift Cards

  • It's not the most personalized of gifts, but teens who enjoy picking out their own things will appreciate a card with cash or a gift card to a clothing store, bath and accessories shop or music service. Consider your recipient's style as you choose the store you buy the gift card from. Department stores offer a large choice of items to pick from, but a teen whose style is edgy or away from the mainstream might have a tough time finding something she likes there. Many malls sell gift cards that can be used at any shop in the complex, giving your teen a wide selection.

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