With three daughters, two in their teens, we always have our eyes open for gift ideas we think they would like that are both meaningful and practical.
But with all three at home the last half of the school year and leading into the summer, we wanted to find some things that were more involved. Things that would engage them in activities that did not include an electronic.
In our search, we came across some great gift ideas that were both crafty and unique. Our girls loved creating their projects and have since taken on several more.
So if you are among the tons of people wondering what would make great gifts for teen girls, here are five gift ideas that have been tried, tested and given the stamp of approval.
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I have my sister-in-law to thank for introducing our girls to this craze. I had never heard of it until she bought one for our oldest’s birthday. Ever since then, our girls have done several of these and I have to say, they turn out gorgeous.
To be honest, when my sister-in-law told me about it, I wasn’t sure how committed my daughter would be to finishing the picture. But all three of our girls have finished their own pictures and loved doing them.
Even our preteen, who doesn’t sit still for long, has been super engaged when working on her picture.
After the recipient of your gift finishes the picture, she can frame and display it; she’ll love showing off her handiwork.
You might think that teen girls are not going to be thrilled with getting a Paint by Number Kit as a gift, but you would be wrong. Paint by Number has made quite the comeback and gaining popularity with the younger generation.
If your girl is crafty or artistic, she’s going to love it! Here are some really gorgeous designs to choose from. (I’m planning to try my hand at it, too, and I have my eye on this one.)
Our oldest got a Baby Yoda Paint by Number for her birthday and was over the moon about it.
She worked on it a little every day and felt so accomplished when she finished it.
This is another gift idea that can be framed and should; some good, hard work went into it!
TIP: If you are looking to buy a Paint by Number Kit as a gift, you will want to consider adding something like this, as well. Sadie kept her paints in a bag and would have preferred having a carrying case to keep everything organized.
We actually bought this for our 10-year-old, but our teen girls loved helping their sister put it together.
If you know of anyone who loves all things Paris, this gift is perfect! Not only is it fun to put together, but it’s tall and lights up, too!
This set even comes with a mini Statue of Liberty that you put together to get a hang of how assembling works.
As you can see, this is a large kit, but it makes quite the statement when you walk into a room and see it there. Especially at night with the LED lights glowing.
TIP: Our 10-year-old needed help to put this kit together, but it should be just fine for a teenager to do. Just make sure you follow the steps carefully or you might need to redo something.
I have to admit, I was a little jealous of our middle daughter’s kit, just from the picture on the outside of the box.
Mahaala is just like me and loves whimsical things. She was more than thrilled to get this as a gift.
This is such a great gift for teens because they can put it together on their own and the finished result is just so beautiful.
As you can see, it’s just so elegant. I’m thinking about getting one for my office. 🙂
TIP: Getting the pieces to fit together can be a little tight but don’t worry, the material is not as fragile as it looks. Mahaala used a small object to “hammer” some pieces in place that were tighter than others, and it worked great.
Sadie is our musical girl, but she also loves to create, so this gift idea was a perfect fit.
Putting the instrument together was more time-consuming than any of the other kits we ordered, as there are multiple steps involved.
One “setback” was that Sadie’s fingerboard was slightly smaller than the neck, so she had to sand down the neck to make a seamless fit.
Sadie decided she wanted to add some charm to her ukelele, so she stained it and painted her design before adding the finishing touches. (Stain and paints are not included.)
If you do this, it will add more time to your project as you need to let it dry between coats.
Sadie was very pleased with the finished product and we have enjoyed countless hours of ukelele music as a result.
Not keen on a Ukelele? Check out these other DIY instruments!
TIP: The instructions are not very clear, but after a couple YouTube videos, Sadie and her dad had no problem finishing it.
These gifts were well-received, and our girls made some great memories of putting them together. We also have to keep the girls Diamond Art stocked as they are always working on them and wanting more. 🙂
Don’t forget to pin these ideas for future reference, if needed!
Looking for a project to do with your kids? Check out how we made a Giant Jenga Set for our family.
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Kimberly McGraw is the founder of Life Worth the Living, a blog focused on helping mothers live their best life. Her desire is to help moms find purpose in who they are as a person, not just as a mom. Life Worth the Living has been featured in Making Sense of Cents, Outwit Trade and Believe and Create.