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I know all too well about the struggle to find gifts for teen girls that they will actually like. I can remember hitting my teens and my mom saying, “I don’t know how to shop for you anymore.” And, you know what? She didn’t. Now, it’s my turn. My only daughter recently turned 13 and I don’t know how to shop for her anymore.

Which leads me to ask: Am I becoming my mother or are teen girls hard to shop for? I’m sure it’s the latter. So, this year if you’ve also found yourself wondering what the top gifts for teen girls are, take it from the 13-year-old middle-schooler I interviewed. She selected things you’d expect like makeup and iPhones, but also odd new inventions like the Pluto phone case - yeah, it’s a TikTok thing.

Smart Wifi Led Lights 16.4ft Works with Alexa and Google HomeTanTanamazon.com$19.99Shop Now

Led light strips like these are easy to hang and will add a cool vibe to a teen girl's room. These smart lights can be controlled by an app on your teen's phone or tablet that allows them to create custom colors and effects.

Apple - iPhone 12 5G 128GB - Green (Verizon)Applebestbuy.comShop Now

I'm sure this one comes as no surprise, but not every girl will be lucky enough to get Apple's latest iphone for Christmas. However, if you want to make your teen girl swoon, stick this under the tree and give it a call so you can watch her make a beeline for it!

Anime Hooded SweatshirtKaboerwalmart.com$24.37Shop Now

I don't know how we've come so far from He-man and She-ra either, but this generation loves Japanese cartoons. If you are determined to buy something for her to wear, start with an Anime sweatshirt for your teen.

Fleece Unicorn Onesie PajamasABENCAamazon.com$25.99Shop Now

She probably couldn't wait to get out of them, now she can't wait to wrap herself in one. Onesies for teen girls are still a popular choice this holiday season.

Wild Wishes Multi-Palette BlockbusterSEPHORA COLLECTIONsephora.com$25.00Shop Now

The teen girl on your list will love you for a makeup set from Sephora! This monster set comes with 86 different shades, two dual-ended makeup brushes, and one eye pencil.

Royal Bones By Tripp Chain & Pleated Skirthottopic.com$42.90Shop Now

13 gifts teen girls want, according to my 13-year-old daughter

Black attire, ripped jeans and heavy eyeliner have found a new home with Gen Z. It's now called Alt Girl fashion, and it can actually be sort of cute. Shock your teen by being in-the-know about one of their latest fashion trends.

High-Back Swivel Gaming Chair Recliner Racing Style Ergonomic Office Desk Reclining Chair with Headrest and Lumbar SupportModern-Depowalmart.com$124.99Shop Now

If your teen girl is a gamer, a gaming chair won't disappoint. This gaming chair from Walmart comes in several color options to match her favorite color scheme.

Custom Name NecklaceNameCustomJewelryetsy.com$33.12Shop Now

Thinking about buying jewelry for your teen girl? Start with a custom name necklace or a piece of jewelry with her zodiac sign.

Pluto Caseplutocase.com$14.99Shop Now

I know this looks like a plain run-of-the-mill phone case, but it's not. If she enjoys TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat, your teen girl will love to unwrap a Pluto phone case this Christmas. These cases claim to stick to any flat surface and never lose suction power, which makes for interesting camera angles.

Spotify Premium Subscription with 3 Months Free Holiday OfferSpotifyspotify.com$9.99Shop Now

Give the gift of ad-free music streaming by subscribing to Spotify Premium for your teen. For a limited time, Spotify is offering 3 months free, followed by a monthly membership cost of $9.99.

Vans Old Skool Rainbow Checkerboard Skate Shoe - Multijourneyjourneys.com$64.99Shop Now

You cannot go wrong with a fresh pair of Van's under the tree. The color options are almost endless, so go crazy with her favorite colors in solids or fun prints!

Apple - AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (Latest Model) - White Apple Shop Now

She will love you even more if you buy her a set of Apple Airpods. These aren't the newest Airpods, but she will love this version with the wireless charging case. If you want to splurge a bit more, opt for the new Airpods Pro.

Cozy Pom Recycled Sherpa Throwpbpbteen.com$39.50Shop Now

Wrap your teen in love and comfort with a cozy blanket. She will snuggle with it all winter long while doing what most teens do best – lounging.

Want more gift ideas? Visit the ChronHoliday Channel for gift ideas for him, her, kids and more!

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Micolette Davis is a Local Deals Curator for Hearst Newspapers. Email her at micolette.davis@hearst.com.

Written ByMicolette Davis

Micolette Davis is the managing curator at Chronfor Hearst Newspapers.