At 13, she's a full-fledged teenager now. That means she's likely keeping a close eye on trends — which can be hard to keep up with in a TikTok-paced world — while still developing her own interests. Whether you're shopping for gifts for teens, be it a birthday gift, a holiday present or a just-a-little-something for your 13-year-old girl, it can be hard to keep your finger on the pulse.
That's where the Good Housekeeping Institute comes in. The Good Housekeeping Institute tests toys and board games for its annual Good Housekeeping Best Toy Awards, but keeps track of which games resonate with teens (because you know they never really grow out of toys and games). Good Housekeeping also follows trends and best-selling gifts — like the best fidget toys, or the still-lingering love of all things tie-dye — and adds in its own editors' picks, to be sure there's a gift for every budget, occasion and interest. When the dust settled this year, these were the best gifts for 13-year-old girls in 2022.
Best Stocking Stuffer for 13-Year-Old GirlsDoodleJamz JellyBoards Sky Castle Read More
For the artistic teenDIY Wall Collage Hapinest Read More
Trendy Room DecorMoon Lamp LOGROTATE Read More
Unique Gift for a 13-Year-Old GirlProfessional Printing 3D Pen MYNT3D Read More
Unique Hair AccessoryDeluxe Hair Chalk Salon Desire Read More
For toys and board games, the Good Housekeeping Institute does year-long toy testing to evaluate for safety, durability, and ease of use, then hands the toys over to real kids to make sure they have the all-important fun factor. While non-toy gifts are not evaluated in the Lab, editors still look for gifts put out by trusted brands, gifts with great reviews from purchasers, best-sellers and editors' favorites. The list is then vetted by Good Housekeeping editors, who, after years of curating gift guides and keeping track of trends, tries to match the items with what is popular now and what Good Housekeeping readers and families have loved in the past.
For decades, the Good Housekeeping Institute has provided expert reviews and advice on everything parents and children love, including STEM toys, educational toys, sensory toys, board games and outdoor toys.
Much of the toy testing for this article was overseen by Rachel Rothman, the Good Housekeeping Institute's Chief Technologist & Director of Engineering, with the help of Marisa LaScala, Good Housekeeping's Senior Parenting and Relationships Editor. For more than 15 years, Rachel has put her training in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics to work by researching, testing and writing about parenting products. Plus, as a mom to three kids under 5, she has plenty of first-hand experience.
Marisa has covered all aspects of the world of parenting, from the postpartum years through the empty nests, since 2015, and she's pitched in with Good Housekeeping's toy coverage since 2018. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter, who are both avid toy collectors.
Looking for more great gifts for kids? Let the experts do all the hard work for you! The Good Housekeeping Institute's Parenting Lab has expert-tested, kid-approved picks for the best toys and gifts for kids of every age, including:
- Best Gifts for 1-Year-Olds
- Best Gifts for 2-Year-Olds
- Best Gifts for Toddlers
- Best Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers
- Best Gifts for 3-Year-Old Boys
- Best Gifts for 3-Year-Old Girls
- Best Gifts for 4-Year-Old Boys
- Best Gifts for 4-Year-Old Girls
- Best Gifts for 5-Year-Old Boys
- Best Gifts for 5-Year-Old Girls
- Best Gifts for 6-Year-Old Boys
- Best Gifts for 6-Year-Old Girls
- Best Gifts for 7-Year-Old Boys
- Best Gifts for 7-Year-Old Girls
- Best Gifts for 8-Year-Old Boys
- Best Gifts for 8-Year-Old Girls
- Best Gifts for 9-Year-Old Boys
- Best Gifts for 9-Year-Old Girls
- Best Gifts for 10-Year-Old Boys
- Best Gifts for 10-Year-Old Girls
- Best Gifts for 11-Year-Old Boys
- Best Gifts for 11-Year-Old Girls
- Best Gifts for Tween Girls
- Best Gifts for Boys
- Best Gifts for 12-Year-Olds
- Best Gifts for 13-Year-Old Boys
- Best Gifts for 14-Year-Olds
- Best Gifts for Teen Girls
- Best Gifts for Teen Boys
- Best Stocking Stuffers for Teens