Cheap Things to Get a Teenage Girl for Her Birthday

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Make her smile with a useful, attractive gift.
Make her smile with a useful, attractive gift. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

With all the pricey gadgets marketed to teenage girls, finding a gift that doesn't break the bank can seem daunting. However, you can find inexpensive gifts that will please and impress her. Instead of focusing on the price tag, consider gifts that are both functional and fun.

Food

Buy a pretty basket at a crafts store and fill it with a couple dozen candy bars. Wrap it in cellophane and tie a ribbon at the top. Get her four $5 gift cards to various fast food restaurants. Buy a set of letter-shaped cookie cutters and make a personalized batch of her favorite cookies using the letters of her name. Gift a cupcake-making kit; give her cupcake liners, a pastry bag, piping tips and icing.

Homemade treats are more meaningful than anything in a store.
Homemade treats are more meaningful than anything in a store. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Electronics

Gadget-loving teen girls can easily be satisfied even on a small budget. Buy a detachable camera for her smartphone, which will enable her to give photos cool effects, such as a sunburst. Or, get her a trendy rubber watch from Rumbatime. Gift a pocket-sized speaker or a tilting desktop speaker for her MP3 player. You could also try a digital photo key chain for keeping her favorite pictures close at hand on the go.

Get her digital camera a miniature tripod.
Get her digital camera a miniature tripod. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Decor & Accessories

Get some of her favorite photos and make her a photo lampshade. Buy her a vintage-looking tote bag from a crafts store. Get her a self-watering planter so she can have pretty flowers without remembering to water them or a monogram stamp with her initial to personalize stationery or cards. Visit a discount store and buy her an assortment of sweet-smelling candles. Or, make her a necklace, bracelet and anklet set using elastic and pretty colored beads.

Buy an unusual paperweight for her desk.
Buy an unusual paperweight for her desk. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Bath and Body

Many teen girls love bath and body products. Buy her an assortment of scented lotions and arrange them in a basket with a card. Get sample-size bottles to keep the cost down and get a bigger variety. Borrow her bath towels and monogram her initials on them. Buy her a new bathroom set; get a matching shower curtain, toothbrush holder, soap dish, soap dispenser and bath mat. You could also buy her a pedicure kit or a bubble bath and loofah set for de-stressing.

Make her bathroom an oasis of relaxation.
Make her bathroom an oasis of relaxation. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

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