Now that your daughter is turning 16, you'll want to present her with a gift that celebrates her youth, but also speaks to the young woman she's become. Since the 16th birthday is often seen as a rite of passage, presents that are sophisticated and "adult" and are centred around your daughter's interests will make her birthday extra special.
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A number of electronics items might make your teen's 16th birthday one to remember. If she's always on the go, an iPad or other tablet may be a more practical choice than a laptop, as the device is easy to carry and has some of the same document saving and Internet connectivity features as a laptop. Or present her with an iPod or other MP3 player, preloaded with songs from her favourite band; you can also give her an iPod gift card so she can download the songs she likes from iTunes. If she's an avid reader, an e-book reader is a suitable 16th birthday gift. Present your teen with a Barnes and Noble or Amazon gift card that allows her to download the novels she prefers onto the device.
A piece of jewellery that your daughter will likely reserve for special occasions is sure to make her feel like a sophisticated young lady on her birthday. For instance, give her the string of pearls that you received as a teenager as a heartfelt generational gift, or select pearl jewellery that are specific to her style, e.g. pink, green or black pearls. Elegant birthstone jewellery is fitting for a 16th birthday as well. Give your teen a diamond bracelet to celebrate her April birthday, or a pare of genuine garnet studs if she was born in January, along with a greeting card letting her know how proud you are of the young lady she's become.
Of course, your teenage daughter will be immensely excited to receive a car for her 16th birthday. A vehicle painted in her favourite colour makes a more personalised gift, and you can customise the car even more by adding a dashboard trinket of her baby picture or high school colours. Decorate the car with mats embroidered with her name or initials, and present her the keys on a chain that is a nod to another one of her interests, e.g., a key chain with a music note or soccer ball charm.
Clothing or Gift Cards
Your 16-year-old may want to make some mature changes to her wardrobe, and her birthday is the ideal time to help her get started. Present her with accessories she'll enjoy wearing, like fashionable scarves, fedoras with colourful bands or feather accents, and wide leather belts at her birthday celebration. Or give her a gift card so she can pick out her new clothes herself. This way, you can be sure she's getting the gifts she wants, but the present is still coming from you. One gift card for a substantial amount from her favourite clothing store makes an appreciated gift, or you can give her several gift cards to three or four of the stores where she shops often.
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