Sweet 16 gift ideas include a purse or wallet, jewelry, a classic piece of literature, speakers or headphones. Additional ideas include clothing, bedroom decorations, cosmetics or cosmetic cases and a celebratory driver's license kit complete with a tire gage, flashlight, cell phone pouch and fuzzy dice. Some teens may enjoy candy or flowers as a sweet 16 gift. A life planner or journal is also an appropriate gift for any teen. Some teens receive a car for their 16th birthday.
Gifts for a sweet 16 birthday should be fun but sophisticated to avoid making the teen feel childish. To provide the teen with choice, a gift card is also an appropriate gift. To celebrate this coming of age birthday, a formal, semi-formal or casual party can be thrown, depending on the tastes of the birthday teen and resources of the teen's family. Affluent families sometimes host parties with fireworks, a disc jockey and hotel ballrooms, but many families host modest events with family and friends. The teen may wish to enjoy a sleepover, skating or a movie with friends as an alternative. Amish teens celebrating their 16th birthdays may explore the world and decide whether or not to remain with their families.