Gift ideas for teenage girl?

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I am visiting my girl soon on a sponsor tour and I need some ideas of what gifts to bring her. The gift suggestion list seemed more geared towards younger children. What are some things that a teenager would want/need?
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Lauren, 
How fun to be able to take little gifts when you go see your sweet sponsored girl! I hope you have a wonderful time making memories with her!
I have a few suggestions, but maybe some others will have ideas for you also! :)

If i were still in my teens, here are a few things I think I would like: A new journal with fun pens, hair accessories, school supplies, a special Bible with her name on it (of course in her language), a stuffed animal or doll that is age appropriate, books in her language, art supplies, nail polish is fun for an activity you can do together, and maybe some other things you could do together like card or board games. :)

I hope this is helpful! I am sure whatever you choose to take to her will be very special to her! 
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Thanks so much for your suggestions! She's actually 18 and has just started college this year. Do you know if she would need anything specific for that? I was thinking about some school supplies, but I wasn't sure if maybe her center gives her any or not.
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Hi Lauren, 
School supplies are always a wonderful idea! Even though she may have access to some at the project, she can never have too much and easy access at home will likely be very helpful to her! Maybe some fun book covers would be fun for her too! Anything that will help her stay excited about school would be great! Note cards, coloring utensils, pens, pencils, notebooks, all would be wonderful! :)
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I had an opportunity to send a quart size package to my teenager in her 2nd year of college, I sent a T-shirt with iconic imagery from my state, A Fun flat handbag to pack the things in (I used the handbag, which was about a quart size, to be the "bag" I put everything else in. My favorite 4 color pen (A brand new version of it: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0018RJK0K/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1, a handful of stencils https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B079BPBJYQ/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1, a set of colored pencils, a compact mirror, and some hair ties (I wanted to put in more but ran out of space)
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Oh and a Texas-shaped keychain and a necklace -- with those stones that change colors when you put them in your hand.
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I think all of the suggestions so far are great!  In my visits to my kids (including two teens) I had a mix of fun and practical items, but after the first one wished I'd brought more items for the family.  The Compassion trip lists suggest flat sheets, and I found those were appreciated.  A set of nice towels and soap.  Several toothbrushes.  A girl I travelled with brought flint lighters.  Depending on your child's program a decent calculator (available at this time of year for $10!)  Socks and underwear.  A compact umbrella.  A modest keepsake item like an inexpensive necklace or bracelet.  A small photo album with whatever photos you have from her childhood.  (She may not have seen them since they were taken!)  A sewing kit.  I try to put together a mix of useful items, but am also aware that most of the gifts I gave 4 years ago are likely given away, worn out or consumed.  It's the memory of the visit that they will keep the longest!

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