Friday 7 June 2024

DIY Sweet Sixteen Birthday Gifts ideas for 16 Year Old Girls

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Forget the car or expensive gifts! Here are some unique, special and creative girls 16th birthday gifts ideas she has never received before - that are super memorable and special and you can give for next to nothing! We hope you love these ideas, if you are looking for a touching 16th birthday gift for your daughter, best friend or to give your sister for her 16th birthday, you have come to the right place!

No cost and lowest ever cost sweet 16 birthday gifts ideas 

1. A novelty shaped cupcake pullapart 

This looks amazing and is so much fun to eat! Simply arrange your plain cupcakes in a desired shape or formation - for example, a heart shape or the number 16 - then ice them all together as one, creating one whole shape, like joining the dots. 

2. DIY her some custom chocolates 

You can have so much fun with this! Why not craft your own chocolates to make them perfectly match your recipient's tastes. You could make them tiara shaped - or any novelty shape - and infuse them with popping candy and fun candy pieces.

3. Bake her a life size cookie face portrait 

Nothing is cooler or more special! You could even try to make it life size, it's such a funny and creative gift idea they are sure to love!

4. DIY a sugar cookie flower bouquet

A bouquet of sugar cookie flowers! Bake the sticks in to the cookies in the oven, then ice them to look like flowers and arrange them in a beautiful bouquet formation, tied with a ribbon! Alternatively arrange them in an adorable jar - or if you are short on time, why not opt for these adorable gift ready sugar cookie blooms! You can keep them in the jar as an adorable gift, or use them to create your sugar cookie flower bouquet - gift them a whole bouquet of edible flowers! 

Ready made jar of sugar cookie flowers πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

5. Bake her a huge cookie

Just like the giant 'Millie's Cookies' gifts that are all over social media, but it will mean so much more as you have made it yourself!

6. Bake her a bento cake πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

These are so cute! These mini scale cakes are perfect to gift your recipient and you can get so creative with the decor and message you choose to give.

7. Paint her portrait 

You could even create a piece of beautiful line drawing style artwork, that looks modern and contemporary and super stylish! To do this, challenge yourself to draw her picture, using a photo of her as reference, without taking your pen off the paper! It might take a while to get in to the swing of it, but try to keep it as simple and minimalist as possible to create the effect. 

8. Make her a pet portrait

Create a beautiful portrait of their pet, a special gift they are sure to treasure always! You could use any medium or materials for this, opting for paint, magazine cutouts or even crafting it out of colourful sweets or candy!

9. Make her some cute scrapbooking stickers 

To make this you will just need a printer and some blank printable a4 sticker sheets, that people use for making labels. Then just put together some pages of cute designs from the web, or even design your own! Then simply print them by loading the blank a4 sticker printer paper in to the printer, and set to print as normal! 

You could even make her a blank scrapbook to go with it, by gathering some paper together and sewing the pages down the middle, to create the binding. 

10. Make a funny photoshopped picture 

Make them a funny photoshopped picture with all their favourite things, you could set it in a place they have always dreamed of visiting! Add in all their favourite things and people - even fictional characters! You could stage them winning a nobel prize - in front of an audience of cats! This is such a unique and creative gift idea and they are sure to love it. You could print and frame the final result for them to keep safely in their room or space, it will be sure to make them smile whenever they see it! Picmonkey is amazing to use for this and is much easier than Photoshop to use! 

11. Write her a special poem or rap 

So creative and special, this is the funniest way to honour your recipient and make them smile and chuckle! 

12. Make a special scrapbook or book of memories for her 

All you need is some papers and a needle and thread to create the binding - you could even craft a pretty cover from free wallpaper or fabric samples. This is an adorable gift idea that is very low cost to make but she will treasure! 

13. A gift of macarons

There is nothing quite as special as a box of pretty macarons, they are such a beautiful and charming multisensory gift idea! You could bake some yourself, pertaining to a special theme for your recipient, or order some ready made if short on time.

14. Bake her a box of 'boys tears' πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Or 'tears of competitors' or 'tears of my opponents' if she is in to a competitive hobby or activity like sports! This is a funny and unique creative gift idea for your daughter, that she has never been given before! Simply make some teardrop shaped sugar cookies and ice them to look like tears, then arrange them in a pretty box with some tissue paper and a ribbon and voila! You could place a little card inside reading 'tears of my competitors' or 'tears of my opponents'.

15. Bake her a box of confidence sparkles 

Shaped sugar cookies! All you will need to make this is a sparkle emoji style cookie cutter and some ingredients for sugar cookies plus yellow icing or frosting. 

Sparkle emoji shape cookie cutter πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

16. Bake her a box of love 

A box of love heart shaped sugar cookies! This is a sweet way to show your love for your recipient and also ties into the 'sweet 16' theme. 

Sparkle heart emoji shaped cookie cutter πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

17. Matching outfits for her and her pet

This gift idea is perfect for a pet lover, you could opt for matching jumpers or even matching costumes they can cosplay in or wear for Halloween! You could also DIY this gift idea if you are handy at knitting, it's bound to be a gift they will never forget!

18. Make her an exfoliating sugar scrub 

19. Create some kusudama origami decor to hang in her room 

The most gorgeous room decor! It looks so beautiful and barely costs a thing - you only need some pretty coloured paper, or paper in her favourite colour! 

These are so beautiful and feature an assortment of origami shapes formed together to make a ball like shape. There are so many different beautiful designs to try - our favourite cherry blossom style kusudama guide is here

20. Make her a bouquet of realistic paper flowers 

You could even create a little booklet or language of flowers guide, so you recipient can decode the meaning behind each flower - you could code a special message for them! 

21. Make her some notebooks with pretty covers 

Or a beautiful diary! To do this, you will need some paper, scissors, glue and a needle and thread. Make the blank notebooks by folding the paper in half and stitching them together, down the middle, to create the binding. To create a beautiful cover, head to a DIY store or similar and see if they offer free wallpaper samples or fabric samples. This is an adorable no cost gift idea that she can treasure!  

22. Craft her some 3D letters for her room 

These look amazing and all you need is some pretty paper samples (you can often find free wallpaper samples at DIY stores) and some thick paper or cardstock, plus some pva or craft glue. 

3D alphabet letters template guide (just add paper!) 

Creative unique sweet 16 birthday gifts ideas

1. Throw a mocktail tasting evening 

And create tons of glamorous and pretty drinks to try! You could put together a mocktail making kit for your recipient, including items such as cotton candy, to make cotton candy mocktails, or butterfly pea flower to make colour changing mocktails, with a little guide or recipes to make the drinks, along with edible shimmer for drinks, edible flower petals and cute stirrers! 

2. Gift some wax melts scented just like her favourite perfume 

Or body products! These Lush scented wax melts are everything and she can pop them in her drawers to make everything smell amazing! You can even get Jo Malone scented wax melts - every scent you can think of, there is a wax melt version!

These are amazing and make the most wonderful gift! Now she can scent her room or space in her favourite perfume or fragrance. 

Perfume dupes selection scented wax melts gift box πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Lush Snow Fairy inspired wax melts gift πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Jo Malone Lime, Basil and Mandarin inspired wax melts gift πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Vanilla shortcake fragranced wax melts gift πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Pink luxury scented wax melts gift πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

3. Put together a pamper evening parcel

Full of treats like pretty pyjamas, body creme, flavoured toothpaste, shower gel, face masks, popcorn sachets... there are so many options for a girly pamper movie night! Wrap it up beautifully and make it look uber luxurious on the outside as well as the inside.

4. Create a book of personalised colouring pages of you both πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Colouring is one of the most soothing and therapeutic activities to try - tailor it to your recipient by creating some colouring pages based on photos of you both together and happy memories you both share!

5. Make her a snack bouquet gift 

Why not put together a selection of their favourite sweets or snacks, arranged in bouquet formation! You could even arrange them in a letter or number shaped gift box, for a standout display and gorgeous looking gift! 

Letter or number gift box (the most affordable!) πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

6. Bake and ice her a box of personalised sugar cookies of her portrait!

Using a personalised face cookie cutter, these are amazing! πŸ‘ˆπŸ» 

7. Create a life size cookie pet face portrait

Create a beautiful portrait of their pet, the cookie version!

8. Put together a waffle making kit for her

With a waffle maker! This is an adorable sweet 16 gift option and you could fill it with all of the toppings. A super creative and indulgent gift that your recipient will love! 

9. Share a special message using flowers only

Create a custom bouquet for your recipient and be the first one to buy her flowers! You could also gift a language of flowers book alongside the blooms, so your recipient can figure out the secret message! 

10. Bake some cupcakes with special photo edible toppers πŸ‘ˆπŸ» 

This is such a great inexpensive gift for your recipient and ticks all the boxes... something delicious they can eat, check! Something you can DIY for your recipient, check! Something inexpensive, yet stands out and makes them chuckle at the same time, check! This is the best way to share memories and cake with your recipient. 

11. Gift her some stunning realistic chocolate peonies πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Where chocolates meet flowers... these are magical and the best way to combine flowers and chocolate in one - why not get her both in one gift! These are visually stunning and are so realistic, they are almost too pretty to eat!  

12. A cuddly toy version of their pet 

This could be a cute cushion, keyring or a plushie! This is such a special, cute and funny gift idea for your recipient they will treasure and always remember.

Custom personalised pet pillow plushie 

13. Make her a set of some shower steamers πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

These are really fun and easy to make! These are so affordable and you can even DIY them from ingredients such as essential oils, baking soda and constarch. There are so many varieties and scents to choose from and they make your shower smell amazing, the shower equivalent of bath bombs for the busy person on the go!


14. Make them a custom piece of clothing

Personalise a plain piece of clothing and make it unique to them - use iron on or sew on patches to adorn a blank piece of clothing, making it in to something totally different and amazing! You can find all kinds of creative iron on/sew on patches, for every franchise, tv series, anime, movie - there are so many to choose from and there are bound to be loads that will match your daughter's personality perfectly! This is such a special gift idea as it will be a unique piece of clothing she can wear, that totally represents her, plus it is homemade too!

15. Gift them a quirky candle or room spray

To suit their tastes perfectly! This is such a funny surprise gift idea and totally unexpected too! Why not gift them a noodle scented candle if that's all they eat every lunch time - you can also get pizza scented candles and chocolate scented candles will always go down an absolute treat. 

Realistic looking fancy dessert candles πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

A Lotus Biscoff scented candle πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

A really special and unique gift idea that you can even DIY yourself to tailor to your recipient!

A chocolate room spray πŸ‘ˆπŸ» 

There is nothing better than making your home or space smell like chocolate!

16. A box of sugar cookies that look like their pet

You could even make a giant life size cookie version of their pet's face! This would be such an adorable DIY gift idea for your best friend, almost too cute to eat!

Personalised pet sugar cookie cutter πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

17. Make her a pretty wreath

That she can pop on her door! This is one of the cutest DIY gifts ideas and are perfect for every season or occasion, you could even make her a new one with every changing season, or every upcoming holiday, to make it a cute little tradition! You could use different flowers, leaves and foliage and even add some glitter to finish.

18. A stationery mystery box

This is perfect for the stationery afficionado and mystery and blind boxes like this are great for a birthday surprise. 

19. A realistic chocolate model

An epic and unusual gift idea to surprise your favourite person, a realistic model of something made entirely out of chocolate, but you'd never notice until you went to use said item! This can be the best surprise gift ever, especially if you don't tell your recipient that it isn't what they think it is and keep it a total secret until they find out! The best kind of gift ever. 

Realistic chocolate cheeses set πŸ‘ˆπŸ» 

Realistic chocolate parmesan and grater (so cool!) πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

20. An amazing popup open surprise card πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

These are amazing and make the best surprise for your recipient! 

21. An empty scrapbook or journal

So she can record this next chapter of her life in style! 

22. A bluetooth photo printer

Perfect for printing out memories to place in her scrapbook, this is such a handy, underrated, practical gift idea that she'll be sure to get tons of use out of! You can find bluetooth varieties that connect easily to your phone or any device. This is such a cool and practical gift idea that will give them the freedom to print off any bits and pieces they need and want - perfect for planning addicts, creative souls and wall art fiends!

23. Hide little gifts around the room or house

You could even leave clues as to where to find the next surprise!

24. Bake and ice a custom portrait sugar cookie of her face 

Nothing is cooler, you could make it life size and decorate it to look exactly like your recipient - then tie with a bow and voila! If you are short on time you could even order a whole set of personalised face cookies ready made, to surprise her with! 

Personalised face sugar cookies πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Gift her some edible polaroid photo cookies πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

Of special moments and memories you have together! 

Giant edible photo cookie gift πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

25. A cardboard cut out or cushion of her favourite person

Whether it's her favourite celeb or fictional character, this is such a fun surprise idea that will be sure to make her laugh! 

26. A pet themed necklace 

Dainty initial personalised paw necklace πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

27. An adorable planner

Such a cute and practical gift they will absolutely love! There are so many cute kinds to choose from, from Hobonichi to Ring Clip planners, which will allow them to take out and pop in planner inserts and extra sheets and bits and bobs. It's such an amazing and thoughtful gift to give and they'll never be without it!

If you liked these ideas definitely also check out these Best Daughter in Law Surprise Gift ideas, Best DIY Long Distance Boyfriend Gifts ideas and Best 50th Birthday Party ideas for Men!

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