16th Birthday Gift Ideas 2022 – What To Buy At 16

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Turning 16 is an important milestone in life. You may not yet be considered a legal adult, but you’ve reached the age at which you’re allowed to get a driver’s license (in most parts of the country) and you might even be starting your first job. Thus, turning 16 is often an excuse to celebrate a little bigger. Even if you’re not planning a Sweet 16 party, your parents or family might be looking to give you something a little more special this year – and you might find yourself shopping for an epic 16th birthday present for one. of your best friends. It’s a big day, and we sure can’t ignore the pressure to come up with the perfect 16th birthday gift idea.

Of course, you want to give (or get) something memorable and meaningful to mark the occasion. Luckily, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best 16th birthday gifts, whether you want to celebrate that your best friend just passed her driving test or you just want to give her something better than a gift card. Maybe they’re #BookTok enthusiasts and need their next new read? Or maybe they can’t get enough of all the viral TikTok stuff on their FYP. Below, find all the best 16th birthday gifts that just might earn you the title of greatest giver of all time – and don’t forget to send this list to your family if they don’t know what to get for you. your next 16th birthday.

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Victrola Vintage 3-speed record player

Record players are definitely having a moment. For the music lover in your life, this player features a carry handle for easy portability, a belt-driven three-speed turntable, and built-in Bluetooth speakers, just in case they still want to stream from their smartphone. .


Heartstopper Series Volume 1-4 Book Set by Alice Oseman

ICYMI, Heart stroke is one of the hottest new shows on Netflix, based on the graphic novel series by author Alice Oseman. The coming-of-age story follows Charlie Spring and Nick Nelson, who meet one day in class and develop a friendship, and then something more. If you or your BFF can’t stop rewatching the show, pick up the binge-worthy four-book set before season two debuts, likely in 2023.


Dr. Martens 8053 Leather Platform Casual Shoes

The Dr. Martens x Heaven by Marc Jacobs collection quickly sold out (sigh). However, you can still pick up a pair of 8053 leather platform shoes, one of the brand’s best-selling and trendiest offerings. Olivia Rodrigo loves rocking this style, and so do you.


The Bucket List Diary

Turning 16 marks a pivotal moment in your life. At this age, many begin to think about what the future might hold for them, from college to career and from friendships to relationships. Help the dreamer in your life plan their hopes and dreams with The Bucket List Journal, featuring before and after prompts, goal trackers, and blank pages to let their creative minds run wild.


Hellfire Club “Stranger Things” Tee

Does your best friend have an unwavering adoration for stranger things, and more specifically, Eddie Munson? U.S. too. Let them show their love with this retro Hellfire Club t-shirt, featuring Hawkins High’s iconic Dungeons & Dragons team logo.


AIDSOTOU Set of 20 Acrylic Resin Rings

The perfect gift for someone who loves fashion, and above all loves a trend. The accessory options are endless with this 20-piece acrylic ring set, which offers a rainbow of fun, vibrant colors and striking designs. Plus, with a generous coin count, you might even be able to steal a ring (or two, or three) to wear yourself from time to time.

You can’t really go wrong with baked goods. The Milk Bar Confetti Cookie Tin includes the mouth-watering flavors of a classic birthday cake, from vanilla to rainbow sprinkles in decadent sugar cookie form. Choose between a 6-piece box and a 12-piece box for the perfect, often foolproof gift idea.


Personalized Angel Gal Necklace

Frasier Sterling creates some of the cutest jewelry that will have everyone asking, “OMG where did you get that?!” This particular necklace is customizable, up to nine characters maximum, and features a chic mix of faux pearls and colored glass beads.


Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera

Instantly print the cutest photos with the Fujifilm Instax Mini, available in a range of colors like dusty pink, charcoal grey, white, lilac and blue. There’s even a selfie mode to capture all of life’s cute close-up moments. All you need are two AA batteries.


Aureday Selfie Ring Light with Tripod and Phone Holder

Friends don’t let friends take selfies in bad lighting. So give away flawless photos and TikToks endlessly with this LED ring light, complete with a supportive stand and a handy phone holder. What makes this even better? It’s rotatable and dimmable, offering five different brightness modes and heights from 17 to 62 inches.


The five minute diary

This popular journal from Intelligent Change features six months of daily journaling, offering prompts that go beyond the typical blank-page journal. Reflect on your days and practice manifesting with daily gratitude lists, designed to boost your confidence and foster a positive mindset.

A leather shoulder bag is a timeless addition to your wardrobe, and this one from Staud offers just that little something extra with the distinct mixed metal detail on the shoulder strap. It also has a zip closure, suede lining and interior pockets. Don’t like the cream color? The bag is also available in black and a rich emerald hue.


SUNNYLiFE Travel Speaker

Bring the music on the go with this portable speaker, delivering all the right vibes with its shaded yellow and blue hues. The device is 3.54 x 1.77 x 3.54 inches long, which means it can easily be tossed into a beach bag or backpack. Additionally, it has Bluetooth connectivity, 1-2 hour playtime, and comes with a mini USB charging cable.


CASETiFY x Olivia Rodrigo Broken Ego Broken Heart Phone Case

If you weren’t able to purchase tickets to any of Olivia Rodrigo’s shows this year, might we suggest a phone case from her collaboration with CASETiFY. The collection features seven different prints, all designed with Olivia’s distinct pop-punk aesthetic in mind.

It’s never too early to start a thriving plant collection, so why not help someone get started with Snake Plant Laurentii, a low-maintenance succulent that’s generally easy to care for? This plant comes in three different sizes – small, medium and large – so you can buy the perfect planter for their space.

This delicate minimalist chain bracelet from Mejuri is a must-have that could last you a lifetime. It goes with virtually any outfit – casual or formal – and can be mixed and matched with other bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings.


Harry Styles: and the clothes he wears

An intricate breakdown in book form of Harry Styles’ most iconic and spectacular ensembles of all time? Yes please – and can we get a promise of future volumes? This hardcover book by Terry Newman also features eye-catching photos of the artist’s amazing fashions, making it the perfect purchase for the biggest Harry Styles fan – or even fashion lover – you know.


Stranger Things Mad Libs: The World’s Greatest Word Game

Since we haven’t finished the season four finale yet and will be totally on the edge of our seats until season five drops, we’ve included another stranger things gift option for you here. This version of Mad Libs, the classic fill-in-the-blank word game, lets you direct part of the story of Eleven, Mike, Will, Dustin, Lucas, Max, and the rest of Team Hawkins.


SEPHORA COLLECTION Sainte Feuille! Mask Set

Here’s the ultimate gift for you and your best friend’s next self-care day. Relax and unwind with Sephora Collection’s 18-piece set, filled with everything from eye masks, exfoliating masks, hand masks, hair sleep masks and, of course, face masks.


Birdie Personal Security Alarm

Turning 16 comes with a lot of responsibility and often a lot more freedom, especially if you or your friend just got a driver’s license. The Birdie Personal Alarm is one of the most important safety tools anyone can have. It emits a loud siren and flashing light when activated, to create a diversion and help someone get away from a dangerous situation. It can be used multiple times and can easily be attached to a keychain.

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