There are many things a girl looks forward to in life; her first kiss, prom, and her sixteenth birthday. Known as a Sweet 16, this time-honored tradition celebrates a girl’s transition from childhood to the early stages of adulthood as she enters into a new stage of maturity. Normally, extravagant themed parties are thrown at venues with dancing, non-alcoholic drinks, and catered food. With this in mind, you will want your gift to be memorable and meaningful. Choosing a sweet 16-birthday present that is perfect for a girl entering her journey towards adulthood takes careful thought, and here are some ideas that also convey a message to the girl who is growing up.
Luxurious Organic Cosmetics
As girls grow up, they begin wearing makeup, and when teens enter into a new stage of responsibility, many become more aware of the roles they play in the environment and strive to go green. Companies like Josie Marin Cosmetics all-natural makeup for the face, lips, eyes, cheeks, and a number of organic skin care products made with 100% natural Argan oil. These high-quality cosmetics will magnify one’s natural beauty, improve skin quality, and they are completely earth-friendly.
Jewelry With a Personal Connection
Giving a luxurious necklace or bracelet is a classic Sweet 16 gift. But having one custom made with gems and natural stones that promote healing powers to the wearer is even sweeter. You can still use precious gems and gold or silver, but adding a few polished stones chosen specifically to the girl’s astrological sign and birth month may give her that holistic energy. For example, those born in June have the pearl and alexandrite as their birthstone, and those in October the opal and tourmaline. By pairing these and incorporating them into a piece of jewelry, your teen can go out for an elegant night, and be buzzing with healing energy.
Journals to Record the Journey
After age 16 girls begin to enter that transition in life where a plethora of new experiences will be had. For getting a first job, learning to drive, thinking about college, and having a relationship, 16 year olds really start to get their feet wet in the drama that is life. Consider giving her a journal to record those moments. You can even go a bit further and get her a selection of different colored journals to represent various moods: red for love, blue for sadness, green for joy, purple for philosophical pondering, and so on.
If she reads Cosmo or Vogue, why not surprise her with those Prada heels she was salivating over, or that dress by Tom Ford that’s perfect for Spring? If she will likely be attending formal functions and evolving in social settings, having a designer dress or two with a pair of exquisite shoes would help her feel confident as she becomes acclimated into older social settings. Who wants to go to the opera wearing Levis?
Send Her Into Space
Okay, so this is not a suggestion to pay the Russians a few million to send her up to the International Space Station, but instead to send a precious item of hers with deep meaning into space. This is a gift for that girl who might be an artist, or an abstract thinker; it is a symbolic gesture. ‘New Scientist’ published an article on a low-budget way to send your stuff into space in which they interview the co-owners of the company Sent Into Space. These guys sell do-it-yourself kits that allow people to launch items into space. There are various models with differing abilities. Imagine sending a container into space with a lock of her hair, a photo, a poem she wrote, and a precious object that holds sentimental value to her. The thought of it floating around in the universe long after she is gone may crack a smile on her face, or even the possibility that an alien may find it!
Be Creative and Bold
Gift-giving, especially for a Sweet 16, should involve lots of thought, creativity, and daring. Giving a gift card or an iPad is dull. Convey your feelings through a gift that inspires positive behavior, such as organic, green living. Give her something to show she is blossoming into a beautiful lady. Or give a gift that is just bizarre, yet fun. Aim to give her something she will always remember, even at 61!