Sweet 16 Gifts for a Niece


The American tradition of sweet sixteen celebrations for girls began in the early 1900s. Like the debutante balls of that period, the sweet sixteen celebration marks a milestone in the life of a teenage girl as she sheds her little girl self and becomes a woman. Hopefully, the parents are handling the all-important sweet 16 birthday party and aunts are free to find a perfect and memorable gift for a niece's special day.

Spa Experience

  • Give your niece a spa experience so she can pamper herself. Purchase a spa gift set or make a personalized spa gift basket that allows you to get creative. When making your own set, add items that complement your niece's interests. Alternately, you can pay for her to enjoy a day at the spa at her leisure; make the occasion a girls' day out and treat her to lunch afterward.

Bedroom Makeover

  • Your niece might be ready for bedroom with a more adult theme or one that is more expressive of her personality. Give her a bedroom makeover gift, such as a quilt set with sheets, pillow shams and a dust ruffle. Add matching curtains and an interesting area or throw rug. Other family members can give her lamps and other accessories. Offer to help her redecorate to make the creation of her new abode an event.

Special Experience

  • Give your niece a gift that cannot be duplicated by offering her an experience that she has never enjoyed before. Take her to a local traveling play or spring for a trip to New York for a Broadway experience. Treat her to a dinner at the fanciest restaurant in town; encourage her to dress up, and highlight the event with a picture session before and after.


  • A 16th birthday might be the perfect time for your niece to receive her first semi-precious piece of jewelry. A charm bracelet is easy to personalize and she can add pieces to it for many years. A birthstone ring in gold or sterling silver will last for years; for an everyday piece, give your niece a simple and beautiful necklace. Purchase a small pair of diamond stud earrings for her to wear on special occasions.

Personalized Gift

  • Many teens love personalized items, such as personalized sports equipment, clothing or bedroom accessories. Contact a graphic arts company to have them place your niece's photo on a mock magazine cover. Frame the final high-gloss photograph for her to display in her room.


  • Give your niece stock in her favorite company. A gift of stock can spark her interest in learning about financial planning and encourage her to start thinking about her future.

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