Mommyish Gift Guide: 8 Gifts For Your Teenage Daughter That Have Nothing To Do With Her iPhone

Finding my teenage stepdaughter gifts has become a little bit of a bummer. All she ever wants is iTunes gift cards or some accessory for her iPhone or iPad. Yes, she has an iPhone and an iPad. Ugh. How did this happen? Technology is ruining gift-giving.

Is anyone else sick of giving electronics and gift cards as gifts? Maybe no one else has allowed herself to fall into this gift-giving slump. Well, this year money is tight so we can’t be willy-nilly showering kids with electronics. And I really hate giving gift cards on Christmas. I scoured the Internet to find some things I think she may actually be interested in – that don’t involve the Apple store.

1. Crosley Portable Turntable, $115




Nothing beats the sound of vinyl. Nothing. How cool would it be to actually be able to share the experience of listening to music again – as opposed to everyone shoving headphones in their ear? Get your teen interested and there are never ending gift ideas in future vinyl purchases.

2. Vintage Cosmetic Luggage Case, $40




Remember these?  Your teenage daughter probably has a mess of makeup, or art supplies or socks or whatever – and this such a cute way to store it all. Ebay is so great for gifts.

3. Retro Eyeglass Case, $19



Go to Ebay and search “retro eyeglass case.” Most of these things are just the right dimension to fit an iPod or iPhone. Okay, so this gift does potentially have something to do with her iPhone. But, how cute it this?

4. Sock Monkey Umbrella, $12.99


I want this.

5. e.l.f Nail Cube, $12


This is 15 cute mini nail polish bottles for 12 bucks. I think I want this, too. Maybe I’m actually a teenage girl.

6. Optical Illusions Book, $16


Do you remember when those weird 3-D posters were all the rage? The ones you had to stare at in the mall for 20 minutes until the image popped out at you? This is the 2013 version of that. It’s fun and it’s not a video game.

7. Fill-Your-Shoes T-Shirt, $20


“No one else could fill your shoes.” This is like a little love letter on a t-shirt.

8. Personalized Paper Doll, $35


You send in a photo and a description of how your girl likes to dress – and voila! A personalized paper doll is created. This is so cute.

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  • AP

    Pier 1 Imports sells cute jeweled boxes that fit gift cards and jewelery easily, to make a 2-in-1 gift.

    • Maria Guido

      Those are gorgeous!

  • Emil

    Thanks for this. I am at a loss for what to give teenagers. My girls are still little so I am totally out of touch. At work we collect gifts for children in need and I try to by gifts for teenagers because everyone would prefer to donate presents for little kids so older kids don’t get many donations. I’m going to try to find that nail cube and the optical illusions book. If anyone else has any reasonably priced gift ideas for teenagers let me know.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      If it’s teen boys in need, toss in some Axe (not just the deodorant because that’s probably a necessity so boring). They love it and if families can’t afford extras, they don’t get the joy of spraying up the locker room with the other boys. Many girls enjoy nail art stuff….Anyway, I am picturing my slightly younger teen students, but I think it works :)

    • Emil

      great idea! thanks!

    • Amanda Lee

      NO, don’t get them Axe! For the love of god, no. Do you not know what teen boys do with Axe? They think it’s a substitute for a shower. As in, “well this covers up all my funk so why shower when I can just douse myself in this stuff”.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      Yeah, that’s completely true. But…if your parents don’t have the money to waste on this and you’re a teenage boy (you’re still not going to shower, so, funky smell anyway), and it stands out that you are the only one without Axe.

  • Kim

    I bought that record player for my husband, it’s wrapped up under the tree.

  • Amanda Lee

    Er… paper dolls for a teenager…? :/

  • ted3553

    we got one of ours a pass to the ski hill because she snowboards. It gets her away from the electronics and out doing something.

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