Inexpensive Birthday Gifts for a Girl's Sweet Sixteen


Milestone birthdays are special in that they represent more than just the casual passing of another year. Considered a coming of age, the 16th birthday has long been celebrated as the day when a girl becomes a young woman. In modern society, even more significance is tied to this particular birthday, as 16 is the age when teens are allowed to begin driving in most parts of the United States. Finding an affordable gift for such an important occasion can be challenging, but it is possible.

Driving-Related Presents

  • Since getting a learner's permit or driver's license is one of the major rites of passage associated with turning 16, gifts that tie into that event work very well. Simple but elegant presents, such as engraved key chains are highly appropriate, acknowledging that the refined young lady will now be driving.

    If the birthday girl will be driving her own car, a way to celebrate this is to put together a road essentials basket. Include items such as a road atlas, an emergency preparedness kit, some carwashing goodies, a cute bumper sticker, and a pair of driving gloves.

Coming-of-Age Presents

  • In honor of the birthday girl entering womanhood, there are some very simple, yet refined gift ideas that are as affordable as they are lovely. Personalized stationery with a lovely pen is a classic way of recognizing her maturity. For a refreshing spin, create her personal stationery by hand, using stamps, embossing tools and other paper-crafting elements.

    A scrapbook is another perfect way to usher a girl into womanhood. Document her journey from her first year of life all the way to age 16, with a page or two dedicated to each year. Add a few pages that are all set up for the next several years, which she can easily add pictures to. She will cherish the personal history for the rest of her life.

Personality Presents

  • If you are still at a loss for the perfect present, then your best bet is to take your cues from the birthday girl. What does she enjoy doing? If she likes to read, consider making her a lovely bookmark, and attach it to a gift certificate for a bookstore. If she is a music buff, a music store gift card is an easy win. To add a more personal touch, include a set of cute headphones in her favorite color. If she enjoys photography, put together an eclectic collection of picture frames for her to showcase her photos.

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