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As your children or other family members transition from kids to full-blown teenagers, knowing what the best gifts are can be a struggle especially when trends seem to come and go so quickly nowadays and the things that teen girls and boys do and don't like can change quite suddenly.
You might find that toys for teen girls are no longer a suitable or desired gift option and that buying a game as a present for a 13-year-old boy no longer appeals. There is no need to worry though, as we have trawled the internet to find the best birthday present ideas for teenage girls and boys that they are sure to love no matter what.
Our list features some great personalised presents for teenage girls and boys, some excellent gadget products and even gift experience days that make fantastic birthday gifts for teens that are a little bit different.
Kidadl's Top Pick
We are confident that any 13-year-old girl or boy will love the gift ideas that we have included in this article but we have chosen these as our top gift from the list of products due to their versatility and portability.
1. JVC Wireless Earbuds
These wireless earbuds from JVC are ideal for popping in a pocket or bag for connecting to a phone or Bluetooth device at any time. When things such as TikTok, Netflix, Snapchat and Facetime can play such a big part in a teenager's life, these earbuds make it easy for them to tune in and stay in touch. They offer four hours wireless playback and can then be put into their case to charge for an additional ten hours of battery life. Memory foam and silicone earpieces are included for comfort and there are four colours available so you can pick the ones that are most suited to the style they like. They have a great sound quality and battery life for the price and still look sleek and stylish for chatting, music and movies anytime and anywhere; we are sure they will be top of your teen's birthday list this year!
- Price: £39.98
- 14 hours of battery life
- Come with a charging case
- IPX5 waterproof rating
Best For Families On A Budget
2. The Mind Card Game
As 13th birthday gifts go, this one is worth considering if you are looking for something that your child can play with friends or family. Whilst it is marketed as a simple card game, The Mind has a unique twist which makes it challenging to play. The aim of the game is for players to lay their cards in numerical order without running out of lives. The curveball is that no one is allowed to speak throughout the game. Players must try to sense whether anyone has a card that is lower than theirs before they decide to lay it down. If all cards get laid correctly, then the next level begins with each player holding more cards than the previous round. So whilst talking might not be allowed during play, we are sure there will be plenty of conversation about it afterwards.
- Price: £9.39
- Play the game without speaking
- For 2-4 players
- Pocket sized
Best For Pamper Nights
3. Garnier Tissue Mask Discovery Collection
If you are looking for gift ideas for teenage girls that they can use for a bit of pampering then this collection of face masks might make the perfect gift. There are five masks included all with different purposes and formulas: Pomegranate, Hyaluronic Acid & Coconut Water, Sakura, Hyaluronic Acid and Orange Juice and Lavender. Your 13-year-old girl could save them for when they need a pick me up, they could use them with friends or you could even have an at home spa night together.
- Price: £8.29
- 5 masks included, 3 full face masks and 2 eye masks
- Each mask is for a different skin concern
- Easy to use
Best For 13-Year-Old Boys
4. POWR RFID Blocking Carbon Fibre Bi-fold Leather Wallet
If you are looking for birthday ideas for 13-year-old boys, this wallet is both stylish and practical and made from high quality materials that make it durable whilst also keeping cards and sensitive information protected. It has dual layered RFID blocking technology but still has enough space for eight cards, including a quick access ID window slot, which is ideal for a bus pass or student card, and a dedicated space to store notes.
- Price: £14.99
- Blocks all cards that operate at a frequency of 13.56 MHz from being read
- Holds 8 cards
- Comes in a luxury matt black gift box
Best For Gamers
5. RED5 Zodiac Gaming Bundle
If you have a PC gaming mad son, daughter, granddaughter, grandson, nephew or niece and are looking for 13th birthday ideas, boy would they love this gaming bundle! It includes everything they would need to kit out their PC set up for online gaming including a rainbow backlit keyboard, 6,000 fps frame rate mouse and headset complete with integrated microphone. The high specs and finish of these items will make their desk look that little bit cooler but also improve their overall gaming experience.
- Price: £50
- Good specs for each product in the bundle
- Perfect gift for someone new to PC gaming
- Includes 7D gaming mouse, rainbow backlit keyboard, LED headphones and a mouse mat
Best For A Gift Experience
6. Junior Sports Car Driving Experience
If you are looking for gift ideas for a 13-year-old boy or girl that will give them an experience rather than buying a physical birthday gift, this junior sports car driving experience may appeal. It is suitable if you are looking for gifts for teenage girls or boys, especially if you know they enjoy sports and adrenaline activities. With this experience, your teen will be able to choose from a Subaru Impreza, Porsche Boxster or Mitsubishi Eclipse and take it for a three mile spin along the track with an instructor to guide them every inch of the way. Family and friends are welcome to watch and at the end, they will receive a certificate to commemorate the day.
- Price: £19
- 7 locations across the UK on selected weekdays from February to November
- Voucher is valid for 12 months
- Commemorative certificate to take home
Best For 13-Year-Old Girls
7. Tri-Fold Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror
A 13-year-old girl might be starting to experiment with makeup they like and be enjoying trying new styles with their hair so hair and beauty related gifts for teenage girls can be rather apt. This vanity mirror will make a great addition to a desk or dressing table and has brightness-adjustable lights built into the mirror. There are three mirrored panels with different magnifications and it can use either four AAA batteries or a micro USB cable for power.
- Price: £22.99
- 21 built-in LED lights
- 180° rotation
- Dual power supply
Best For Baking
8. Beginners Cupcake Decorating With Cookie Girl
With this beginner's cupcake decorating experience, teen girls and boys will be able to frost a cake like a pro and add those finishing touches to make a dessert they'll absolutely love. During the session, they will be taught how to fill a piping bag and use it correctly as well as learn about different icing recipes and techniques. At the end of the session, the birthday girl or boy will have the delicious cupcakes they have decorated to take home and enjoy as well.
- Price: £42
- Based in Shepherds Bush, London
- Taught by YouTuber and author Xanthe Milton
- 8 cupcakes to take home
Best For Outdoors
9. IREGRO Inflatable lounger
If you are looking for 13th birthday gifts that teen girls and boys can use outside, this large inflatable lounger is worth considering. It is easy to fill, needing just a sweep through the air before being sealed and locked, and when not in use it can be deflated and stored away. It has an integrated headrest and side pockets which we are sure teenagers will like when they want to lounge in the sun whilst browsing their phone or reading a book.
- Price: £19.99
- Easy to inflate
- Side pockets and headrest
- Maximum user weight of 440lbs
Best For Tech
10. Potensic Upgraded A20 Mini Drone
This mini quadcopter drone is sure to appeal to 13-year-olds who love the outdoors and have an interest in technology. It is easy to fly with using the remote control and as it is only small, it can be transported anywhere which makes it great for taking on trips out or when going on holiday. Once used to the controls, your 13-year-old can increase the speed and even set up obstacle courses to fly it through for an added challenge.
- Price: £29.99
- Lightweight and portable
- 3 adjustable speed levels
- Low battery and out of range alarm
Best For Gadget Loving Teenagers
11. Bedside Lamp With Alarm Clock And Bluetooth Speaker
As presents, gadgets for teenagers are always pretty popular so this is sure to be no different. This five in one multifunctional Bluetooth speaker is the perfect gift for 13-year-old girls or boys to have on their bedside table or desk. It is not only a digital alarm clock but also a touch sensor lamp and hands free Bluetooth speaker with microphone. This means that, not only can your child listen to music through it but they can also take calls and respond to the person at the other end via the device. It's one of those products we think your teen will continue to be surprised by as they uncover its numerous features and we are sure they will love the ambience the colour changing light gives to their room.
- Price: £27.99
- Compatible with all Bluetooth devices
- 8 hours play time
- Light has 3 levels of brightness and a range of colours
Best For Music Lovers
12. Bluetooth Beanie Hat
If you are looking for fun but useful gadget gifts that make ideal present ideas for teens, then this Bluetooth beanie hat certainly fits the bill. We are sure that any teenager will like its ability to keep them warm whilst delivery sound through the integrated speakers in the hat. It has a built-in rechargeable battery for up to 10 hours of playing music or calls and is ideal for wearing for pretty much any activity, indoors or outside.
- Price: £11.99
- One size fits most
- 45ft wireless range
- Up to 10 hours play time
Best For Teens Who Are Always On The Go
13. Anker PowerCore Power Bank
For many 13-year-old girls and boys, their phone is one of the most important products they own but with modern smartphones having so many features and being used so much, the battery on them can quickly drain. This power bank is one of those gift ideas which may not be considered fun but is sure to be appreciated. It can be charged up at home and then teens can take it with them wherever they go so that they always have a power source for charging their mobile, meaning they'll never have to be without the apps they love or be stopped from getting in touch with friends and family.
- Price: £34.99
- Compatible with a range of Android and Apple devices
- Micro USB connection for charging the power bank
- Ultra-high capacity
Best For Personalised Teenage Birthday Ideas
14. 3D Cartoon Sketch Initial Water Bottle By Hendog Designs
Personalised gifts add that extra thoughtful touch that most 13-year-old girls and boys are sure to like. This is one of the best personalised gifts we found that can be used by absolutely any teenager regardless of what they like or what their interests are. The 500ml aluminium bottle features an initial in the colour you choose and your teenager's name can be included as well. The bottle is ideal for use at home, at school, when playing sport or when just out and about so that they always have a drink to hand.
- Price: £14.50
- 500ml aluminium water bottle
- Can choose initial's main colour
- Hand wash only
Best For Movie Nights
15. Children's Personalised Popcorn Bowl By Sophie Victoria Joy
This cute personalised popcorn bowl is a great 13th gift idea for girls or boys that they can use for family film nights or sleepovers with their friends. It is made from durable enamel coated steel and, as well as the personalised name, you can also choose a star or a heart motif to accompany it.
- Price: From £16
- Choose from a star or heart design
- Steel bowl with an enamel coating
- Dishwasher safe
Best Clothing Presents For 13-Year-Olds
16. Children's Interactive Green Glow T-Shirt
As interactive presents for 13-year old-boys and girls go, this one is pretty cool. It has a panel on the front which when exposed to light from the torch included or from a smartphone, illuminates according to the design drawn. The green glow lasts for five to 10 minutes before fading so that a new design can be added. It is a fun and novel gift idea that would be perfect for teenagers to wear to parties, discos and other events.
- Price: £15.95
- Glow effect lasts 5-10 minutes
- 100% cotton t-shirt
- Machine washable
Best For Fashion Conscious Teens
17. Adidas Trefoil Hoodie
This hoodie combines style and comfort for a gift that your teen will like wearing any time of day. It is an on trend light grey in colour and features the iconic Adidas trefoil logo on the front. It's a unisex garment making it ideal as a gift for boys or girls and is perfect for lounging at home in or for wearing outdoors to keep warm and cosy.
- Price: £30
- Regular fit with dropped shoulder
- Machine washable and can be tumble dried on a low heat
- 70% cotton, 30% recycled polyester French terry
Best For Trainers
18. Youth Old Skool Shoes
These classic Vans trainers make the perfect gift for teen girls or boys who want a stylish shoe they can wear any time that is still going to be incredibly comfortable. These Old Skool skate shoes feature the instantly recognisable side stripe and have a low top lace up front. They also have reinforced toe caps for durability and padded collars for added support and comfort which makes them perfect for active teens who like to skateboard, bike or walk for long distances.
- Price: £40
- Rubber waffle outsoles
- Iconic side stripe
Best For Jewellery
19. Personalized Script Name Necklace
Jewellery for 13-year-old girls can make great gift ideas as it can feel that little bit more special and is something that they can wear and treasure for years to come. This personalised script necklace is delicate and timeless, making it something that teen girls can put on regardless of their outfit. Available in a gold, silver or rose gold finish and in different chain lengths, you can personalise more than just the name to make something truly suited to your 13-year-old girl.
- Price: From £14.99
- Different finishes to choose from
- Different chain lengths to choose from
- Hook closure
Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. We hope our list of the best 13th birthday gifts has helped give you some inspiration for what to get a teenager for their birthday in 2020. If you are on the lookout for more useful tech gifts then check out our pick of the best kids' smart watches to buy now, or for something different take a look at the best kids' guitars for budding musicians.
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