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Last-Minute Gifts for Teen Girls

Still need to shop for those teen girls on your gift list? I suggest you skip the mall and head straight for the drugstore or the supermarket. Why hassle the parking and the crowds just to buy an itchy sweater they’ll never wear? I took a scientific poll (meaning, I asked my teen girls and their friends) and got these gift suggestions that you can pick up wherever you’re shopping for toothpaste or Christmas dinner.

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1. EOS Lip Balm

My girls and their friends can’t get enough of these ball-shaped lip balms that come in flavors like Sweet Mint and Blueberry Acai. Wrap up a whole bunch of these—at $3 each, you can splurge and buy one of each flavor. Warning: The 16-year-old in you is going to start hoarding them for yourself, but resist the urge to put on a crop top and a side ponytail.

2. Gift Cards

Teens love gift cards, so don’t feel guilty buying them. They all said they preferred being able to pick out what they like, even though they really appreciate that Justin Bieber mug you gave them last Christmas. Here are some cards they would be happy to find under the tree:

  • Forever 21
  • Target
  • iTunes
  • Starbucks
  • Sephora
  • Best Buy
  • H&M
  • Amazon

3. Sharpies

Sharpies have a mysterious allure for teens, so buy a huge quantity and wrap them with a nice bow. Skip the black and go for the neon or specialty markers like the ‘Stained’ line for fabrics. Bonus: They are now required to make you a sign whenever you ask.

4. Headphones

Every five seconds, a teen loses their headphones. You can’t stop the epidemic, but you can alleviate their suffering—buy an assortment of inexpensive earbuds so your favorite teen won’t have to live even one minute without their tunes.

5. Dr. Scholl’s Fast Flats

Teens love wearing heels, but they like to take them off, too. These foldable shoes were a lifesaver for my daughter on prom night, when her feet couldn’t take the eight-block walk to the after-party. Wrap them up with other items like a compact first-aid kit, a keychain flashlight and mints to make an emergency GNO kit to tuck in her purse.

6. The Shutterball Remote

What do teens love the most? Their cell phones! (Parents and friends rank somewhere down on the list.) Foster their obsession by gifting them with fun gadgets and gizmos for their faithful companion: Decorative cases (make sure you know the model of their phone), brightly colored charging cords, phone charms and the most popular item: the Shutterball Remote for taking those epic selfies.

7. Makeup & Nail Polish

You can keep your $100 creams and custom-blended foundations—teens are all about the drugstore makeup. NYC, Essie, e.l.f., Maybelline and Rimmel London are the brands they’re coveting. Add on a set of makeup brushes and put everything in a makeup case from the travel aisle. Prepare to renounce your pricey department store makeup counter.

8. Candy

Apparently teens like sugar. Who knew? And for some reason, they especially like those ridiculously large sizes of candy available only around the holidays. Put together a gift bag with a monster-sized bag of Skittles, a Hershey bar as big as their head, several packs of Stride gum and these gigantic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups—and you might just be their favorite person ever.

9. Hair accessories

Around here, a 50-pack of hair elastics lasts only around a week, and hair clips mysteriously disappear almost as soon as we open the package. (One of these days, when I actually vacuum under the couch I might even find them.) So a big box filled with a ton of hair elastics, clips, headbands, a hairbrush or two and a jar of Bed Head gel is something my girls would appreciate—and let me put off that vacuuming even longer.

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10. DIY Kits

I once put together a starter tool kit for a friend’s daughter who was starting a birdhouse-building business: a hammer, a couple of screwdrivers, an assortment of nails and screws, gloves, paint and a tape measure—all items that could be found in the hardware section of your favorite drugstore. For a budding cook, hit the housewares aisle of the grocery store for a couple of sturdy Pyrex bowls that you can fill with spatulas, measuring cups, a timer and an oven mitt. Finish it off with some high-end baking chocolate and cake decorating supplies. Make sure they have your address to send you some samples.

Image via EOS Facebook

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