Birthday Present Ideas for Son's 16 Yr Old Girlfriend

Updated on March 23, 2008
J.T. asks from Dublin, OH
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My son will be attending his "girlfriend's" Sweet 16 birthday party and asked what he should get her. They've only been "going together" for a couple of months, which means a lot of texting and only one date with friends. A bracelet or necklace seems too personal and a gift card too impersonal. Any ideas and suggestions?

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Thank you for all the great ideas. After much thought, we finally bought her a nice photo album and included a few pictures I had taken of them from the dance they attended and some miscellaneous shots. She can add future pictures of them together from the party. Then he picked out a cute teddy bear to hold it. He said she liked it and even got a hug from her! :)

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M.W.

answers from Toledo on

You are right a neckless and stuff like that is too soon. maybe he can take her out to the movies and a dinner but being 15 hard to do unless some one drives. a gift card might be impersonal but she might like one to her favorite store that at the mall or to the movies.

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S.F.

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I have a 17 year old son. I would suggest nothing too serious or personal so as not to convey the wrong message.
If there is something she likes, like a favorite candy or she has a favorite sport or hobby something related to that such as maybe a stuffed small animal or bear.

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G.K.

answers from Indianapolis on

Hi J.,

If his girlfriend wears makeup, potentially having someone do a makeover would be fun for her. That way she would feel confident in the way she wears it. I have an Arbonne business and do makeovers if that is what you want.

Best Regards,
G.

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T.P.

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I actually don't see anything wrong with a bracelet or necklace. When I read the question, before I even got to your thoughts on those items, a bracelet was my first thought. That's not too personal of an item. A nice charm bracelet with items she likes on it would be great. It'd show that he knows what she likes and cares about her. Or he could go the route of a new CD out that she would like. Or maybe a novel or some sort of book that she would be interested in. I even just asked my husband what he would get, without giving any of my thoughts, and first thing he said was a charm bracelet, lol. So maybe that'd be a good route to go.

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L.W.

answers from Bloomington on

I think an iPod Nano with all her favorite songs would be appropriate.

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4.

answers from Toledo on

You're right. At 16, jewelry is too personal and gift cards just don't cut it.

I recommend giving a gift that is also an "experience." Build-a-Bear Workshops are very popular for all ages. If he's really smitten with this girl, he could suggest an afternoon where he would take her to the Workshop, help her build a bear (or some other animal), pay for it, and then take her to the food court for an ice cream.

He might also suggest one of those places where they can paint/glaze pottery together or he could contact Bonita Bead Boutique in Maumee ###-###-####) and take her to one of their jewelry-making classes.

There are many other ideas like these... my point is that he offer to do it WITH her. He may not find the outing very appealing, but it will score BIG brownie points with the girlfriend!

Good luck!

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D.B.

answers from Cincinnati on

Does she have a hobby? Collect anything? Music perhaps!
Good luck!

D.

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K.J.

answers from Columbus on

how about something Vera Bradley -- a small purse, ipod cover, etc? All of the high schoolers in our area are really into VB....
good luck!

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J.F.

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That can be a tricky one. I know because I have a sixteen year old and he has been going to alot of parties for sixteen year olds. One of them is his girlfriend. I am a consultant for BeautiControl ( WE specialize in great skincare and pampering products ) and I know how much girls like to pamper themselves these days. I had suggested putting together some of my products in a gift bag for her. If this gift sounds to personnal for your son maybe try a CD or a gift card. You know how girls like to shop!
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J.G.

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How about a special keepsake box or journal? He could even add a little note or poem of his own in either...

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F.R.

answers from Columbus on

How about a cd of a favorite band or dvd? Or a gift card to her favorite store. That way you know she will like what ever she picks out! Good luck!

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L.G.

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A Mall Gift Card. That way she can spend it anywhere within the mall and it is not too assuming.

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T.B.

answers from Terre Haute on

How about a pedicure appointment at her favorite salon!! Girls love this sort of thing.

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L.K.

answers from Fort Wayne on

He should make her a mix CD!

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D.A.

answers from Cleveland on

Movie tickets and a purse

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R.H.

answers from Cincinnati on

I'm sure he knows what kind of music and movies she's into, so a cd, dvd or something of that nature would probably be a safe bet.

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G.K.

answers from Indianapolis on

Hi J.,

If his girlfriend wears makeup, potentially having someone do a makeover would be fun for her. That way she would feel confident in the way she wears it. I have an Arbonne business and do makeovers if that is what you want.

Best Regards,
G.

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P.P.

answers from Dayton on

Dear J.,
I think a good present for any teen is money. Given in a creative way. You could get 4 or 5 helium ballons ( our local dollar store has them) roll 16 one dollar bills up and tie them to the streamers on the ballons. Them put the money ends of the ballons in a gift bag and tape shut. When the bag is open the money suprise comes out ! Girls love it!!

P. P.

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M.W.

answers from Toledo on

You are right a neckless and stuff like that is too soon. maybe he can take her out to the movies and a dinner but being 15 hard to do unless some one drives. a gift card might be impersonal but she might like one to her favorite store that at the mall or to the movies.

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J.C.

answers from Dayton on

A shirt from her favorite store- it shows he is thinking of her and it's not too personal.

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D.K.

answers from Indianapolis on

What about a gift certificate for a pedicure or manicure. Most girls that age LOVE that kind of thing. Or movie theater tickets or tickets to an upcoming event. Something FUN!

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M.S.

answers from South Bend on

Does the girl collect anything? like precious moments or bears?
I would go with that idea. That why she knows the he listens.
Maybe even some flowers or a balloon sent to school. The attention could be nice.

good luck
M.

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L.S.

answers from Columbus on

Concert Tickets are #1 but are often expensive, girls love it when a guy makes them a Build-a-Bear (perhaps one to represent him like if he plays baseball get the bear dressed in baseball clothes), flowers with a CD he personally burnt for her or a funny key chain, a designer (i.e. Coach) wallet or wristlet...or since it's the 16th something cute for her car. :-)

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answers from Fort Wayne on

My 15 year old daughter just had a birthday party and here are some things she got:

homemade card with photos of friends
money
gift cards to starbucks, forever 21, target, carmike cinemas
stuffed turtle (very cute)
small box of debrand's truffles (she loved that!)
tote bag with music notes (she's in show choir)
rainbow knee sox
sunglasses
photo frame

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R.S.

answers from Toledo on

Get a gift card to a salon for a manicure or to have her hair done.

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S.L.

answers from Cincinnati on

A writing journal and a nice pen. He could write a little personal note on the inside cover.

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J.A.

answers from Cleveland on

Movie tickets/gift card
Bath and Body lotion/shower gel/gift sets
Hoodie

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C.R.

answers from Columbus on

He should take her to the mall to Build A Bear and let her pick out a bear to make. They can both kiss the heart for good luck and they should have a really good time. My husband did that for me on our 2 month anniversary of dating (also my 20th birthday) and I thought it was really sweet. If he's embarrased they could do during the day when it's not very busy. It seems corny but I bet she would love it and they could have a good time.

If he doesn't like that idea he could always make her favorite cookie or something. It doesn't have to be store bought, anything that shows he cared enough to think about it will make her happy.

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S.F.

answers from Columbus on

I have a 17 year old son. I would suggest nothing too serious or personal so as not to convey the wrong message.
If there is something she likes, like a favorite candy or she has a favorite sport or hobby something related to that such as maybe a stuffed small animal or bear.

M.Z.

answers from Indianapolis on

He can get her a mini day at a pseudo spa. maybe a manicure and pedicure. or let them have a "romantic dinner". let him cook her dinner as a suprise. i always loved when my high school sweeteart did things that were more thoughtful than material.

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L.C.

answers from Dayton on

Teenage girls are all about the romance and public displays of affection. He could bring her flowers to school (always did love that one personally), he could buy the corsage to wear at her party. He could look up interesing facts about the day she was born (number one song, local news, national news, box office smash etc) and make her a power point presentation on the computer of all those facts.

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G.L.

answers from Cincinnati on

Well i would get a gift card for her or bracelet,necklace,some type of jewerly.

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L.W.

answers from Indianapolis on

I am the mother of 4 and 1 grandchild. I have gone through the teen years and have lived to tell about it.
One possible solution to your question would be to purchase her favorite CD along with a boquet of flowers.
Hope this helps.
LJ

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C.H.

answers from Indianapolis on

I didn't know there was a rule about something like that but i don't see why a bracelet would be too personal.
Maybe a book or parfume. Hope this helps.

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H.C.

answers from Cincinnati on

For Christmas I bought my son's girlfriends products from Bath & Body works & they loved them! My son (15) took a cue from that & bought the next girl he dated products from there for her birthday and she was thrilled! Also, Vera Bradley bags and accessories are huge with teenage girls, depending on what you are willing to spend, he could get her a VB item. They have a wide range of price points for different things from wallets, purses to umbrellas. I have given the boys girlfriends the small zip wallets ($10) for birthdays and they are a huge hit!

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A.C.

answers from Columbus on

I also agree jewelry is a bit too much. I would go with a bouquet of roses along with something from Bath and Body or even a gift card. The roses make it very personal and the lotion not so much. They are ONLY 16. I don't think he need to go too crazy

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M.P.

answers from Indianapolis on

A music CD or DVD movie are always welcome by teenagers.

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C.S.

answers from Fort Wayne on

what about candles or flowers?

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M.A.

answers from Bloomington on

Flowers carnations or spring arrangment. Then card with a gift card would be nice. My daughter is 16 and she loves getting these things. Goodluck!1

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K.C.

answers from Dayton on

My 17 yo daughter received a nice inexpensive necklace with a birth stone charm from her boyfriend and she adores it. They had only been going out a short time also. It was around a teddy bears neck when he gave it to her. I thought the teddy bear was a nice touch. Good Luck!

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M.B.

answers from Lima on

How about a CD of her favorite group or a DVD she's been wanting? She may also like a funny t-shirt.

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L.M.

answers from Fort Wayne on

Hi J.:

I have a daughter who just turned 17 and she loves to get gift certificates for tanning and to get her nails done. When she turned 16 thats what some of her friends got her along with cute picture frames, bath and body works lotions and body sprays etc...

Good Luck!!

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N.L.

answers from Cleveland on

Hi J.,
How about a CD or something like that. Hope this helps. N. L.

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S.W.

answers from Columbus on

Have you asked your son what he would like to get her? I don't think jewerly is to personal, I know my 15 year old has recieved jewerly from her boyfriend on various occassions, along with flowers. If your son knows what she likes than you could even go with some lotion & spray from Bath & Body Works...must girls love that stuff. Hope this helps some.

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R.C.

answers from Dayton on

J.,
I remember what my boyfriend got me the summer I turned 16 ...we had only been dating 2 months so it would have been inappropriate to get me jewelry. I played soccer and basketball, so he got me a jersey and shorts with the logo of my favorite sports team. I wore them for years! R.'

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D.A.

answers from Cleveland on

Hi, I have a 15 yr. old son. He bought his girlfriend a movie DVD. It was one she said she really liked. Or it could be a concert DVD of a band she really likes. Also scrapbooking supplies so she can preserve memories--even a personalized photo album! A gift card for a manicure and pedicure. Best of luck.

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