Five Fab 16th Birthday Ideas


Big sis turns in two weeks! Mummy can’t believe it – where did the 16 years go? Lea was born on 10th December 1999 – a Millennium baby. Doesn’t it sound funny that she was born in the last century!?

So, without giving anything away, here are our top Five Fab 16th Birthday Ideas:

16th birthday ideas

1. Concert tickets – our nearest big venue is Cardiff, and Lea is going there tomorrow with her best friend to see Marina and the Diamonds. Mummy has seen (with my sisters) Katy Perry, Rihanna, One Direction and others there. Register and log in to a site such as Ticketmaster before tickets go on sale to save time and frustration – big artists tickets sell out very quickly. If you have lots of money, look at  the VIP options. If you plan to stay over night book the hotel now. You may not get a room otherwise, or will have to pay a lot more for one. If the artist is in a big venue, accommodation will book up very quickly too.

2. A shopping trip – part of Lea’s Big Birthday Weekend will be some time shopping in Cardiff with her friend. Mummy will check on line for any any discounts or special offers in Lea’s favourite shops.

3. A photo keepsake of special moments – a canvas or collage or similar. Mummy had one made for MeeMee when she turned 16.

4. Family will want to celebrate too, so a meal in a really special place will keep everyone happy! 16 year olds won’t want a big party with family and friends, so organising separate ones may be a good idea.

5. A keepsake piece of jewellery. Lea has a Pandora bracelet so a charm is a great idea. A necklace is another lovly idea.

What would you add as 16th Birthday Ideas?


  1. I think a special charm for a pandora bracelet would be such a lovely gift x
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  2. Aww sounds like you have it all sorted and she will have a great weekend, the pandora charm sounds perfect x
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  3. Sweet 16! With those gifts she’ll love turning 16. Tickets for a concert are a fab idea, there’s nothing like the memories! x
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  4. Time really flies, kids grow up too quickly.
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  5. Fabulous idea I always remember the excitement of going to a pop concert when I was younger.

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  6. Some really good ideas here. Sixteen is a difficult age to , party cant be childish yet they are still not adults.
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  7. What a fab list of things to do for a 16th birthday! I really don’t think there is anything to add… I hope she enjoys it all!
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  8. A piece of jewellery as a keepsake for a 16th birthday is such a special thing, I’m sure she’ll have a great weekend with all those lovely gifts and events. x
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  9. I used to love shopping trips at this age. Great way to spend rime together.

    P.S , you have missed ’16’ out of the first sentence. It currently reads ‘Big sis turns in two weeks!’
    Sounds like she might turn into a vampire or something lol
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  10. These are great ideas, I went with my family to London for my 16th to see a musical – it was amazing!
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  11. My mum bought me a CD of “Happy Birthday Sweet 16” by Neil Sedaka for my 16th and to this day I love that song.

  12. I honestly can’t remember what I got for my 16th birthday. I do remember I had a GCSE French exam on that day so I was rather preoccupied!
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  13. My 13 year old is already planning her 16th (and her 18th) so I think I should start saving now 😉
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  14. Happy birthday! Can’t believe she is so grown-up. I totally agree that doing something separate with friends and family is a good idea, and of course, shopping is always a winner!
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  15. I love all your ideas. I hope she enjoyed her trip to Cardiff and the concert. I think the jewelry will go down a treat too

  16. Happy 16th birthday – I think Abbey had a pamper session and concert tickets for girls aloud for hers!
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  17. Sixteen!! Gosh — I remember that age SO well!! The year I first fell in love and had my heart broken! Aah what an epic year! 😉 Happy birthday to your lovely girl — I hope she has an amazing year — from the sounds of the amazing gifts you have in store, it will be off to a great start! xx
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  18. Pandora always goes down well and you can’t go wrong with a shopping trip, so they can choose some things they like.
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  19. I think you’ve got it all covered, lovely! Concert tickets are such a great idea: experiences are often so much more memorable than ‘stuff’. x
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  20. I live in Cardiff and we are so lucky to have so many big concerts here, but you’re right, the hotels get booked up quickly!
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  21. It sounds like you have some great ideas going on! I hope your big sis has a lovely day. x
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  22. Great ideas, i love keepsake jewellery, it’s so nice havig the combination of jewellery and memories. x
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  23. A watch maybe – I think jewellery is a nice gift for a standout birthday.
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  24. I have a teen turning 15 next year and he’s got concert tickets. It really gets harder and more expensive as they get older.
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  25. Fab ideas. I know at that age I just wanted to be with my mates!
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  26. I used to love shopping trips with my Mum for my birthday, we did it every year. I hope your daughter has a fab birthday.
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  27. Oh gosh 16, what a milestone. I so glad I’m still a few years off from 16 lol these seem like great ideas though and I will remember them in the future.
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  28. I’ll bear these in mind for when my two get older! We’re still at the jelly and cake stage at the moment… 🙂 recently posted…Winter sparkle: a Fat Face Christmas jumperMy Profile

  29. Fabulous presents, indeed, I would love each and everyone of them even at my age, lol!xx
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  30. Sweet 16! It seems like forever ago for me but such a big milestone I remember it well. Some really lovely ideas here.
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  31. Sounds like she will have some lovely presents. I would do something to do with the number 16… so 16 presents or 16 messages in envelopes etc x
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  32. I love these ideas, last summer we had a big family Afternoon Tea in Covent Garden, she loved it and so did we.
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  33. 16 oh my gosh!! what a lovely list of ideas though. x
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  34. jewellery is a good , one and a nice watch and perhaps one of those instant camera and a photo frame
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  35. Some lovely suggestions there and what a milestone! I think jewellery or some kind of keepsake is a great idea 🙂
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  36. My daughter is 3 years away from her sweet 16. I love your ideas. We shall see what happens and where we are when she is 16. But I have already warned, she is not getting a car!!

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