Sweet 16 Gift Ideas From Friends


Her sweet 16 is a milestone birthday. Thoughtful gifts from friends will make it a day she'll never forget. Consider her interests when choosing a gift, and stick to your budget even though it's tempting to be extravagant for an important occasion such as a sweet 16. Remember that a gift card to the movies or an online music store makes a welcome gift if you don't know the birthday girl well enough to select a more personal present.

Sixteen Kit

  • Put together a basket or gift bag of 16 small gifts. Pick up some lip gloss, nail polish and nail art decals. An aromatherapy candle, body wash and lotion in an energizing citrus scent are luxurious additions. Burn a CD of music she'll like or buy a magazine on a topic that interests her, such as fashion or entertainment. Round out the 16 gifts with sweets, for the "sweet 16 girl," such as chocolate truffles, saltwater taffy or her favorite candy bar.

Car Accessories

  • If you know that the birthday girl is getting a set of wheels for her birthday, shop for vehicle accessories. A jeweled license plate frame and a pair of fuzzy dice help her to make the car her own. Get her a pair of sunglasses and a visor clip to hold them, a car charger for her cell phone or MP3 player or a travel mug for her coffee-to-go in the morning. Buy or make her a CD of music about cars and driving such as "Life is a Highway" and "Running Down a Dream."

Expressive Gifts

  • Help the teen channel her angst with a gorgeous eco-friendly journal and special ballpoint pen in a faux tortoiseshell or marble finish. There are customized journals for poetry lovers and blank sketchbooks and pencil sets for aspiring artists. If she is oriented more to the physical realm, get her a beginning yoga or meditation kit complete with mat, instructional DVD and accessories. She'll use these sophisticated gifts, given in honor of her milestone birthday, to help her express her inner self.

Experience Gifts to "Experience"

  • Treat the birthday girl to a day at a spa--complete with facial, manicure and pedicure--or book her a salon appointment for a cut and highlights. Get the drama queen tickets to a Broadway show performed regionally by a touring company or choose concert tickets for a band she enjoys. Get her a gift card to have dinner with friends at a nearby theme restaurant, such as Japanese teppanyaki, where the chef cooks the meal on a large iron grill in front of the guests. Parasailing would be an exciting adventure for the active 16-year-old who lives near the ocean, while an inland hot air balloon ride would make an unforgettable sweet 16 experience for anyone.

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