Make it the best Sweet 16 ever with these unique birthday gifts

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Turning 16 is a momentous birthday for many teenagers. To show your appreciation, you may be searching for that extra sweet gift to help celebrate their special day.

Teens can be tough to shop for. Sometimes it feels like they already have everything, and it often takes a lot to impress them. However, we found several gifts for both boys and girls that they’re bound to appreciate for years to come.

From chic necklaces for her to T-shirts for him, take a look below to find that perfect gift to surprise your loved one with.

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Gifts for 16-year-old boys

1. FullLight Tech Bluetooth Beanie Hat

FullLight Tech Bluetooth Beanie Hat

Upgraded V4.2 Bluetooth Beanie Hat Headphones Wireless Headset Winter Music Speaker Hat Cap with Stereo Speakers & Mic Unique Christmas Valentines Day Tech Gifts for Women Mom Her Men Teens Boys Girls (Amazon / Amazon)
Upgraded V4.2 Bluetooth Beanie Hat Headphones Wireless Headset Winter Music Speaker Hat Cap with Stereo Speakers & Mic Unique Christmas Valentines Day Tech Gifts for Women Mom Her Men Teens Boys Girls (Amazon / Amazon)

FullLight Tech Bluetooth Beanie Hat $21.91 at Amazon

Fashion and Bluetooth combine with this beanie hat that any music buff is bound to enjoy. This beanie has both volume control and surround speakers to help provide comfort and warmth as you enjoy your music.

2. Ann Arbor T-Shirt Co. “I Paused My Game” Shirt

Ann Arbor T-Shirt Co. “I Paused My Game” Shirt

Ann Arbor T-Shirt Co. “I Paused My Game” Shirt $14.95 at Amazon

If your teen is always playing video games, he may laugh at this gift. The gray shirt is made of a cotton and polyester blend and features the saying, “I paused my game to be here.”

3. Bengoo Gaming Headset

Bengoo Gaming Headset

Bengoo Gaming Headset (Amazon / Amazon)
Bengoo Gaming Headset (Amazon / Amazon)

Bengoo Gaming Headset $50.99 at Amazon

This headset could be the perfect gift for any gamer or tech-savvy loved one. It features a noise-isolating microphone and padded ears to add comfort. It’s also currently the No. 1 bestseller in Amazon’s Xbox One headsets, and is compatible with PlayStation 4, PC, laptops and more.

4. UncommonGoods Game of Phones

UncommonGoods Game of Phones

Game of Phones | Smartphone Scavenger Hunt
Game of Phones | Smartphone Scavenger Hunt

UncommonGoods Game of Phones $20.00 at UncommonGoods

Make being on your phone more interactive with this fun scavenger hunt that will get the whole family involved. For three players or more, this game aims to see who the fastest and funniest of the group is.

5. UncommonGoods My Comic Book Kit

UncommonGoods My Comic Book Kit

My Comic Book Kit | DIY Book Drawing Set
My Comic Book Kit | DIY Book Drawing Set

UncommonGoods My Comic Book Kit $30.00 at UncommonGoods

This comic book kit will help get their creative juices flowing. Your teen can design an entire comic book by following along with the included guides. Once the book is complete, your teen can mail it with the prepaid envelope and it will be professionally bound and sent back.

6. Etsy Personalized Leather Keychain

Etsy Personalized Leather Keychain

Etsy Personalized Leather Keychain $24.50 at Etsy

For the new drivers, personalize their car keys with a custom leather keychain. You can add their favorite photo and a personalized message for them to have wherever they are.

7. Etsy Custom Throw Blanket

Etsy Custom Throw Blanket

Etsy Custom Throw Blanket $49.00 at Etsy

For those lazy Sundays, gift your 16-year-old with a custom blanket to help them get cozy. You can order the original design or create your own — just describe what you want and the shop owner will send a mockup to you!

8. Etsy Custom Headphone Stand

Etsy Custom Headphone Stand

Etsy Custom Headphone Stand $36.00 at Etsy

If your teen is always leaving their headphones around, it might be time to gift them with a custom headphone stand. Choose from 19 colors ranging from blue, black, gold and more. To make it even more special, you can also choose to have their name engraved for an added cost.

9. UncommonGoods Playful Sports Mugs

UncommonGoods Playful Sports Mugs

Playful Sports Mugs | sports cup
Playful Sports Mugs | sports cup

UncommonGoods Playful Sports Mugs $25.00 at UncommonGoods

This fun basketball mug definitely adds new meaning to the phrase “playing with your food.”

10. UncommonGoods Constantin Brainteasers

UncommonGoods Constantin Brainteasers

Constantin Brainteasers | Laser-Cut Mazes
Constantin Brainteasers | Laser-Cut Mazes

UncommonGoods Constantin Brainteasers $20.00 at UncommonGoods

Put their knowledge to the test with these handmade brain teasers. The objective is to get the ball to escape, but they’ll have to move through tiers, corridors, gears and more.

11. Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock

Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock

Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock (Amazon / Amazon)
Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock (Amazon / Amazon)

Wise Owl Outfitters Hammock $27.95 at Amazon

For those who enjoy the outdoors, consider gifting them a durable hammock. Made of parachute nylon, this hammock is designed to be both sturdy and comfortable. Tree straps and carabiners are included to help make installation a breeze.

12. Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook

Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook

  • Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook $20.73 at Amazon

  • Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook $20.73 at Walmart

  • Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook $22.95 at Staples

This modern notebook does more than just hold notes and drawings. Using AI technology, this smart notebook can automatically upload everything to Google Drive, iCloud and more. When all 80 pages have been used up, just pop it in the microwave and the pages will be blank again.

13. Pick-A-Palooza DIY Guitar Pick Punch

Pick-A-Palooza DIY Guitar Pick Punch

Pick-a-Palooza DIY Guitar Pick Punch with Leather Key Chain Pick Holder - Blue (Amazon / Amazon)
Pick-a-Palooza DIY Guitar Pick Punch with Leather Key Chain Pick Holder – Blue (Amazon / Amazon)

Pick-A-Palooza DIY Guitar Pick Punch $22.95 at Amazon

If your loved one is always playing their guitar, they may love this DIY guitar pick maker. The stainless steel blade was made to cut through thin pieces of plastic and comes with four different patterns for up to 20 guitar picks. You can even hold up to 10 guitar picks with the included leather holder.

14. DIY Gift Kits Hot Sauce Kit

DIY Gift Kits Hot Sauce Kit

Hot Sauce Kit (Makes 7 Lip Smacking Gourmet Bottles) Featuring Heirloom Peppers From 5th Generation Farmers, A Full Set Of Recipes, Storing Bottles & More! (Amazon / Amazon)
Hot Sauce Kit (Makes 7 Lip Smacking Gourmet Bottles) Featuring Heirloom Peppers From 5th Generation Farmers, A Full Set Of Recipes, Storing Bottles & More! (Amazon / Amazon)

DIY Gift Kits Hot Sauce Kit $54.95 at Amazon

Make this year’s birthday a spicy one by surprising him with his very own hot sauce kit. Featuring a variety of peppers and spices, the kit provides everything you need to make your own blend of up to seven hot sauces.

15. Etsy New Driver Keychain

Etsy New Driver Keychain

Etsy New Driver Keychain $7.51 at Etsy

Add some personalization to your loved one’s car keys with a customizable key ring. Each unique charm is made out of Tibetan silver and features an optional 2020 charm, smiling car and their initial.

Gifts for 16-year-old girls

1. UncommonGoods Birth Month Flower Necklace

Uncommon Goods Birth Month Flower Necklace

Birth Month Flower Necklace | Real Flower Pendant
Birth Month Flower Necklace | Real Flower Pendant

Uncommon Goods Birth Month Flower Necklace $48.00 at UncommonGoods

Every birth month has its own special flower, and she can show off hers with this handmade delicate necklace. Made of sterling silver and silver-plated pewter, each necklace is designed with dried flowers sourced from around the world.

2. UncommonGoods Bedside Smartphone Vase

Uncommon Goods Bedside Smartphone Vase

Bedside Smartphone Vase | iphone vase, dock
Bedside Smartphone Vase | iphone vase, dock

Uncommon Goods Bedside Smartphone Vase $32.00 at UncommonGoods

Add a touch of green to their room with this bedside vase that also acts as a smartphone holder. Handmade from glazed stoneware, this vase can hold fresh-cut flowers or even dried ones all while charging your smartphone.

3. Etsy 16th Birthday Newspaper Poster

Etsy 16th Birthday Newspaper Poster

Etsy 16th Birthday Newspaper Poster $19.00 at Etsy

Personalize your loved one’s gift with a poster that showcases all of the unique events that took place the year she was born. Add in their name, a special message and choose your own photo of them to display.

4. Etsy Personalized ID Holder

Etsy Personalized ID Holder

Etsy Personalized ID Holder $18.95 at Etsy

Keep all their personal belongings organized and stored in this handy personalized ID holder. You can choose from a variety of font colors when adding their name to the floral design.

5. I Dew Care “Let’s Get Sheet Faced” Sheet Mask Set

I Dew Care “Let’s Get Sheet Faced” Sheet Mask Set

I Dew Care “Let’s Get Sheet Faced” Sheet Mask Set $25.00 at Ulta

We all love to pamper ourselves, so why not give the gift of self-care? This face mask set features a variety of sheet masks that will help provide nutrients and leave skin glowing.

6. E.l.f. Cosmetics 19-Piece Brush Collection

E.l.f. Cosmetics 19-Piece Brush Collection

E.l.f. Cosmetics 19-Piece Brush Collection $50.00 at Ulta

This brush set is sure to make any makeup lover excited. Each brush was made from vegan-friendly materials and can be used with wet or dry products. It also comes with a travel case to help make it easier to carry with you.

7. Conair Illumina Lighted Makeup Mirror

Conair Illumina Lighted Makeup Mirror

Conair Illumina Lighted Makeup Mirror
Conair Illumina Lighted Makeup Mirror
  • Conair Illumina Lighted Makeup Mirror $39.99 at Ulta

  • Conair Illumina Lighted Makeup Mirror $54.99 at Kohl’s

For the makeup guru in your life, surprise them with a makeup mirror that’s designed to provide glare-free lighting. Choose from four light settings including day, evening, home and office to help simulate what your completed look will appear under a variety of lighting conditions.

8. Leclstar Photo Clip String Lights

Leclstar Photo Clip String Lights

Leclstar Photo Clip String Lights (Amazon / Amazon)
Leclstar Photo Clip String Lights (Amazon / Amazon)

Leclstar Photo Clip String Lights $10.99 at Amazon

Bring some sparkle to your loved one’s bedroom with these string lights that can clip to photos. They can take a look at some of their favorite memories under the LED lights.

9. Joycuff Personalized Bracelet

Joycuff Personalized Bracelet

Joycuff Kind Heart Fierce Mind Brave Spirit Bracelet Empowering Gifts for Women Teen Girl Sister Wife Mom Friend Mantra Cuff Bangle (Amazon / Amazon)
Joycuff Kind Heart Fierce Mind Brave Spirit Bracelet Empowering Gifts for Women Teen Girl Sister Wife Mom Friend Mantra Cuff Bangle (Amazon / Amazon)

Joycuff Personalized Bracelet $14.97 at Amazon

Inspire your loved one wherever they are with this personalized bracelet. Choose from a variety of different inspirational quotes to have engraved onto the cuff.

10. UncommonGoods DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit

UncommonGoods DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit

DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit | Food Gifts, Mochi Balls
DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit | Food Gifts, Mochi Balls

UncommonGoods DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit $32.00 at UncommonGoods

For a tasty treat, make kitchen time more interactive with this DIY mochi ice cream kit. The set makes up to 32 delicious pieces and includes everything you need to complete your mochi ice cream.

11. UncommonGoods Travel Stub Diary

UncommonGoods Travel Stub Diary

Travel Stub Diary | Traveler Memory Book, Journal
Travel Stub Diary | Traveler Memory Book, Journal

UncommonGoods Travel Stub Diary $14.95 at UncommonGoods

Help them relive some of their favorite travel memories with this diary. Made with plastic sleeves to help store tickets, brochures and photos, this keepsake will surely help them keep track of all their fun adventures.

12. ColorfulKoala High Waisted Leggings

ColorfulKoala High Waisted Leggings

ColorfulKoala High Waisted Leggings $25.00 at Amazon

For the days when they just want to lounge around, gift them with a pair of comfortable leggings. Available in 16 colors, these leggings are also currently the bestselling yoga pants on Amazon.

13. Etsy Engraved Keychain

Etsy Engraved Keychain

Etsy Engraved Keychain $19.00 at Etsy

Whether it’s a special note or their favorite quote, have it engraved on a custom keychain. Let it bring a smile to their face no matter where they are. You can even choose between a gold, silver or rose gold color.

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