Birthday Gift Ideas for a 16 Year Old

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Birthday Gift Ideas for a 16 Year Old
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Turning sixteen is a major event for many teenagers. This is a time for new beginnings and new responsibilities such as driving and preparing for college. Once a teen reaches age sixteen she can begin to apply for scholarships and make plans for her future. Keep your teens preferences in mind when searching for a gift.

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Spa Package

A spa package is the ideal gift for a teenager who leads a busy life. Many teens juggle, work, school and sports. This takes hard work and dedication, which often results in fatigue. Even high school and sports alone is a full time job. A spa package usually includes a variety of luxury services such as a full body massage, facial and additional treatments like a pedicure.

This gift will work well for a teenage boy and girl, but adjust the specific services to cater to the individual. For instance, if the package is for a football quarter back, select a sports massage and a foot rub. However, if the gift is for a girl, select more frilly treatments like an oxygen facial, massage and pedicure. An oxygen facial is a rejuvenating treatment for the skin. You can find this treatment in most salons and spas.

Photo Calendar

If you are on a tight budget you may be wondering what to get the person turning 16th. The amount of money you spend on a gift is not what's important. What is vital is the thought and intent behind the gift. A photo calendar is an inexpensive gift that most teens will treasure. Gather twelve photos of the teenager over the years and bring them to a printing store. The calendar can feature a gradual progression of the teen getting older, or just a mix of really great photos. These calenders typically cost less than twenty dollars to make, depending on where you go.

Engraved Gifts

Engraved gifts are sentimental tokens of your love and appreciation for the person getting older. The type of engraved gift is costumed tailored for the birthday boy. If the gift is for a young man, an engraved watch will send a caring message. However, if the gift is for a girl, a locket or bracelet is more fitting. The engraving should say something special, rather than just a generic message like, "I love you." Instead say something specific about the teen. For instance, if the teen is a cheerleader, you can say something like, "Cheer your way to the top."

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