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You only turn 16 once! So you better make sure it’s a birthday they remember for the rest of their life. And what better way to celebrate their important life milestone than spoiling them with a special gift to commemorate the occasion?

If you have a daughter, sister, step-sister or friend turning 16, then you’ve come to the right place. To help you find the best sweet 16 gifts, we’ve scoured the web for the top gifts that will leave them smiling for years to come. From jewelry and watches to makeup and handbags, here are all the top sweet 16 gift ideas that will leave them feeling loved and special.

The Best Sweet 16 Gift Ideas

1. Sweet 16 Sash & Rhinestone Tiara Kit

sweet 16 sash tiara gift

What is a sweet 16 party without their rightful tiara and birthday sash? Made from quality rhinestones and featuring two combs to clip into their hair, this tiara is one size fits all and suitable for any teenager. Also included is a pink sash with sweet 16 writing on it and a free pearl pin.

2. The Driving Book

the driving book

If they’re planning on learning to drive or just got a new car, then this book will help answer all the burning questions they have. Including invaluable information such as how to change a tire and handling a car in bad weather, this book will help them become a safe and independent driver.

3. Music Jewelry Box

music jewelry box

Give them something they’ll treasure throughout their life with this beautiful keepsake music jewelry box. Featuring an inlaid photo frame lid, it can be easily replaced with a 4×6 inch personal photo to make the box even more special. Upon opening, the box will play you light up my life, letting them know how much they mean to you.

4. Sweet 16 Party Supplies Bundle

sweet 16 party supplies

Throwing the perfect sweet 16 birthday party requires a whole array of decorations. Get everything you’ll need to throw the most epic sweet 16 party with this awesome part supplies bundle. Featuring 45 different individual decorations including a large number 16 balloon, photo booth, and 36 colored balloons, these decorations are sure to make it a day to remember.

5. Sterling Silver Heart Shaped Ring

heart shaped silver ring

Give them something special to remember their sweet 16 by with this high polished solid sterling silver ring. Featuring a heart shape on the top with the number 16 inside, this ring also comes with a jewelry box to keep it safe. Available in a range of different ring sizes, this is sure to be a sweet 16 gift that they’ll treasure forever.

6. Apple AirPods

apple airpods gift

Keep them up to date with the latest technology with these must-have Apple AirPods. One of the hottest current fashion trends, these wireless earbuds are compatible with all Apple cell phones and devices. Complete with a charging case, these AirPods can be charged with a standard lightning connector or wirelessly.

7. Custom Name Necklace

custom name necklace

Gift them a necklace they’ll love with their very own name. Made from durable non-rust 18K gold, this minimalist design is perfect for any girl turning 16. Choose from over 100 different names and give them something they’ll love wearing. Including a matching 18-inch gold chain, this necklace also comes in a lovely presentation pocket.

8. DIY Lip Balm Kit

DIY lip balm kit

Girls can never have enough lip balm no matter their age! Give them something unique for their 16th birthday with this DIY lip balm making kit. Including everything they need to make natural lip balm including essential oils, tubes and stickers, they’ll be able to let their creativity run wild as they make their own balms.

9. Gucci Guilty Eau de Toilette

gucci guilty perfume gift

Spoil them on their 16th birthday with this super popular and desirable perfume. If they’re a big fan of fashion and trends, then they’ll love a gift by Gucci. Featuring notes of mandarin, pink pepper, peach, lilac and amber, this Eau de Toilette fragrance is sure to be their new favorite smell.

10. Travel Cosmetics Bag

travel cosmetics bag

Perfect for keeping their makeup organized, this cute cosmetics travel bag comes in a range of different prints and styles. From Llamas to sloths, and even flamingos, these cute designs are perfect for any 16 year old teenager. With enough space to hold makeup, brushes, and more, this bag is ideal for taking anywhere.

11. Sweet 16 Picture Frame

sweet 16 picture frame

Help them capture those special moments forever with this beautiful sweet 16 picture frame. Perfect for photos of the party or their friends, this picture frame is sure to treasure their favorite moment. Suitable for any 4×6 photo, this frame also has the words “sweet sixteen” and a glitter 16 at the bottom.

12. LED Vanity Mirror

LED vanity mirror

What else would a 16 year old girl want besides a huge makeup vanity mirror? Make their dreams come true, with their own vanity mirror and makeup station. Featuring 21 LED lights embedded into the mirror for the best lighting conditions, the stand also has two magnification panels and a wide-angle viewing panel. If your princess is obsessed with makeup, then they’ll love this gift.

13. Birthday Photo Banner

birthday photo banner

Show them how far they’ve come in life with this cute birthday photo banner. Featuring 14 different photo frames, each one capable of holding a 6-inch photo, the photos are simply stuck on with a plastic needle causing no damage to the treasured memories. Perfect for any sweet 16 party, this banner is sure to make their birthday even more special.

14. Michael Kors Watch

michael kors watch

Turning 16 is a big milestone in their life as it means they’re so close to becoming a young adult. Give them something special to celebrate the occasion with this gorgeous Michael Kors watch. Available in a range of colors including pink, gold, and blue, this designer watch is a must have for any watch lover.

15. Mermaid Tail Blanket

mermaid tail blanket

Whoever said growing up has to be boring? Release their inner mermaid with this cute rainbow colored tail blanket. Suitable for anyone eight and older, this blanket is made from fleece fabric material and perfect for wearing on their bed, couch, or even outdoors. With a sealed bottom to keep their feet warm, they’re sure to wear this whenever they want to snuggle up.

16. Makeup Brushes Set

makeup brushes gift set

Get yourself in their good books with this beautiful collection of professional makeup brushes. Featuring 24 different individual pieces, these soft and fluffy brushes are made from premium synthetic fibers to create an awesome dip-dyed effect. With seven large and 14 precision brushes included, they’ll finally stop moaning and be able to apply their makeup like a pro.

17. Sweet 16 Charm Bracelet

sweet 16 charm bracelet

Help them start their jewelry collection with this awesome rose gold sweet 16 bracelet. Featuring four different charms, including one that says “sweet 16” inside a love heart, this bracelet is also adjustable so it will fit on any wrist. Presented in a jewelry pouch, this is a perfect gift idea for any sweet 16 party.

18. Teen Cookbook

teen cookbook recipes

Does your daughter love to spend her time in the kitchen? Or perhaps they just moan about how there is “no food” to eat. Improve their cooking skills early on in life, with this awesome teen kitchen recipe book. Featuring more than 75 different recipes for everyday cooking, they’ll be even more prepared for adulthood after reading this.

19. Fujifilm Instant Camera

fujifilm instant camera kit

Help them collect memories through the best years of their life with this practical instant camera kit. Including a Fujifilm instant camera with 40 print sheets, the kit also comes with batteries, a carry pouch; stand up frames and even a selfie lens. Unlike using their cell phone, they’ll actually take pictures they want to print!

20. 14K Gold Diamond Stud Earrings

14k gold diamond stud earrings

Make them shine on their birthday, with these sparkly 14K white gold diamond earrings. Featuring authentic diamonds authenticated by an official certificate, these earrings are handcrafted in New York and come in at 0.33 CT. Perfect for any outfit or occasion, these diamond earrings are truly timeless and are sure to be worn for years.

21. Birthstone Ring

birthstone ring

Bring a huge smile to their face with this jaw-dropping 10k gold round cut birthstone ring. Featuring a Swarovski crystal as the centrepiece, the ring is available in 12 different colors for each month. Not only does it look super expensive, but the crystal is incredibly bright and shiny.

22. Prada Sunglasses

luxury prada sunglasses

Spoil them on their birthday with these highly fashionable Prada sunglasses. Authentic and featuring the Prada branding on the side, these glasses are a must-have fashion accessory for many teenage girls. Featuring a distinct shape, these sunglasses are sure to be worn regularly, even when it’s not sunny!

23. HANGRY Care Package Kit

chocolate care package kit

They might be turning 16, but they’ll still have a huge appetite for sweets and candy. Give them a delicious birthday treat with this “HANGRY” chocolate care package. Featuring a range of chocolate bars including Reese’s Pieces, Hershey’s, KitKat and Snickers, they’ll definitely enjoy eating all of these delicious treats.

24. Sweet 16 Bead Bracelet

sweet 16 bead bracelet

With 16 beads, one for each year, this 14K gold dipped bracelet is a cute piece of jewelry to commemorate their special life milestone. Complete with a gift box envelope and space to write your own message, this sweet 16 gift is perfect for any daughter, granddaughter, sister or friend.

25. Canon DSLR Digital Camera

canon dslr digital camera kit

Take their photograph skills to the next level with this incredibly professional photography kit. Featuring a professional level DSLR camera from Canon with an 18 megapixels sensor, this kit also includes a spare battery, external flash, carrying case, and extra SD card. If they’ve shown a keen interest in photography through their early teens, then now is the time to upgrade their gear.

26. Acoustic Guitar Bundle

acoustic guitar bundle

Learning to play the guitar is a great way to release their creativity, and who knows, they might just end up being the next Taylor Swift! This Fender acoustic guitar bundle has everything they need to learn the guitar from scratch, including a full-sized steel-string guitar, carry case, picks, tuner and beginners book.

27. Michael Kors Tote Bag

michael kors tote bag

Make them the happiest teenager alive with this fancy Michael Kors tote bag. Featuring their signature leather handles and chains, this bag features a top zip closure with pockets on the side for easily accessible storage. Inside the bag, it has one zippered pocket and four slip pockets with the Michael Kors signature lining.

28. Makeup Set

professional makeup set

Teenage girls can never have enough makeup. Transform their makeup collection with this incredible Sephora makeup kit. Featuring over 100 different shades and colors, this set also comes with a built-in mirror and instructions under the lid. With retractable palettes for easy storage, this makeup set will please any 16 year old teenager.

29. Apple iPad Tablet

apple ipad tablet

Looking for that special sweet 16 gift to surprise them with? Then look no further than this latest iPad. Available in two sizes of 32GB and 128GB, this 10.2-inch tablet is perfect for studying, gaming, watching movies, or browsing the web. With so much, it can be used for, every teenager is sure to use it regularly.


Beth Noll is a gift editor at Gift Observer. She loves shopping for friends and sharing her top gift recommendations on the blog. With 9 years of blogging experience, she's always up to date with the latest trends and best gift ideas.