In this list, I’ve included gifts that suit girly tween girls and less girly tween girls. Very important, as I happen to have one of each myself. This can be an especially tricky age to buy for, as some tween girls are quite sophisticated, whereas others are still happily playing with dolls and softies.
One thing I know for sure, when it come to gift ideas for tween girls, you can’t go wrong with a book. This is the age where it seems kids are most likely to identify as a “reader” – they are proud of their reading capabilities and enjoy books, but haven’t yet decided that they’d rather do something else. Try buying a ‘next step’ book that will challenge your tween girl with a story she can really sink her teeth into.
Enjoy sifting through all my gift ideas for tween girls and let me know what you end up getting for your girl!
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29 gift ideas for tween girls
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1. Bocce set
In European countries, bocce is a popular game for life. For under 10 bucks, it’s about time we found out why!
2. Name necklace
Name necklaces are back – not that they ever really went away. This is a sweet version for a tween girl and quality enough to take care of and keep forever.
Get it at Etsy.
3. Personalised weekly planner
I reckon any tween girl would love her own personalised organisation notebook… or maybe that’s just me? Wait, no, I just did a check with the teen girl brigade and they agree that it’s a fine gift for a tweenie.
4. Shower timer
My daughter needs this, just sayin’.
5. A bloody good book
Book 3 in the Stella Montgomery series by Judith Rossell is brilliant! This is my 13-year-old daughter’s favourite book series EVER. The first book is Withering-by-Sea, the second is Wormwood Mire, and book three is Wakestone Hall. Highly recommended for girls 8+.
Get it at Booktopia for $21.75.
Book gift ideas here too: 16+ books both boys and girls like
6. Skipping rope
It may surprise everyone to know, but skipping is back. My teen girls are right into it right now. Trust Cotton On to come to the party with this cute rope that you can get in lavender or apricot.
7. Pretty wallet
Right now this sweet wallet is on sale at Strandbags for $14.99 – it used to be $34.99. There’s also a cute floral version for the same price if that’s more your girl’s thing. Strandbags, huh? Who knew?
8. Fingerprinting kit
One for budding sleuths (and all tweens have a tendency to be nosy and hopefully problem-solvey). You can actually use this kit to pull a pretty good fingerprint. Fans of Brooklyn 99 will be here for this.
9. Another bloody good book
My sister AL Tait’s amazing Ateban Cipher series is a great read for any tween girl. It’s a mystery with cool girl characters who your girl will want to be immediately. For which I should issue a warning: the girls live in a tree in the forest…
Get it at Booktopia for $12.95.
10. Panda sleep mask
We all want our tweens to get really, really good at sleeping. This mask might help. Plus they will look so darn cute in it.
11. We live in hope – $20
This is a cute attempt at not finding hair elastics all over the house. Until you need one, of course. In which case there are none to be found anywhere, forever.
Get it at Etsy.
12. Vlogging tripod
I’m sorry, I know. We don’t want to encourage the tik toking, vlogging crazy kiddos. But this is what they want and if we can’t give them that at Christmas, when can we?
13. Projector set
Movie nights are GO! What a fun gift for tweens and it’s half-price at BCF until 24th December. Go, go, go!
14. Boho hanging chair
My daughter is desperate for a chair like this, so on the list it goes.
15. iPad mini
I can’t live without my iPad mini. It’s the perfect size for holding to read, draw (with my Apple pencil) and pop into your bag. It’s an extravagant pressie for a tween, but one they will have for years (mine is five years old and still going strong).
16. Just Dance
If she haven’t got it already, get her a copy of this gem. It’s such a lot of fun and it will get a lot of use. The link is good for PS5, Nintendo, etc versions.
17. A creative book
We own all the Kerri Smith books and this one is one of her best. It encourages kids (and adults) to look beyond their immediate environment and imagine possibilities instead. Great for growing curious brains.
Get it at Booktopia for $23.75.
Find more books to encourage creativity here.
18. Sumo costume
I kinda want to get this for me…
19. Smart touch lamp with speaker
This would be such a cool thing for a tweenie bedroom. A touch-control bedside lamp that changes colours AND has tunes sounds ace!
20. Push scooter
This is a mean machine that looks a treat. A long-distance folding scooter that will take your tween across town to visit friends or pick up some milk from the store. It’s fully adjustable, so if they take care of it, they can ride or die for life.
They’re not going away anytime soon. I’m sorry.
22. Bath bomb lab
I love it when a gift is a game, a luxury product and an education all in one. I’d like to think that this gift is non-gender specific. I don’t know when girls claimed ownership of a soothing bath, but I do know that boys should try one.
23. Phone charms
I honestly don’t understand the charm of phone charms. I mean, why would you want something dangly swinging in your face when you make a call? But tweens get it. They also get that anyone under the age of 40 doesn’t actually make calls with their phone…
24. Friends Puzzle
Can you believe that Friends is a thing again? Thanks Netflix! Tween girls everywhere are being oh-so-retro with catchphrases like “Could I be any more like my mother 20 years ago?” So weird, but she’ll love this Friends milkshake puzzle, I promise.
25. Sunnylife glitter noodle
Add some disco to their pool days with a glitter pool noodle. It’s beautiful when the sun shines on it/them.
26. Avo catch game
Please! We need this in our lives!
27. Ring trio
Rings are a thing. It will make your tween feel so grown up when they open this present.
28. Yoga pretzels – $19.99
A colourful set of cards that teaches the basics of yoga in bite-sized amounts. A good way to get some stretches in yourself, just quietly…
Get it at Booktopia for $17.95.
29. Vans bucket hat
Tie-dyed, check. Bucket-style, check. Cool brand, check.
Who’s on your list for these gift ideas for tween girls?