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30+ Great Gifts for Tween Girls

Finding gifts for tween girls can be challenging. Here’s a great list to make your shopping easier. Your girls are sure to love them.

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Raising tweens is a challenge!  I have two in my house and it can get very dramatic at times.  I think I would go back to the toddler years if I could to avoid it sometimes, but its really about changing how you interact with and treat your child that leads to a better relationship and allows the fun times to easily happen.  

One big challenge of the tween years is finding gifts that your child will enjoy and use.  If you are like me, you hate to spend money on something and then just watch it sit on a shelf or the floor.  

My daughter just turned 12 and I’m already stressing over what to get her this holiday season.  Here are some cool gift ideas for tween girls I’ve come up with from talking to her and to some of my friends that have more experience with the tween girl scene.

Before we get to the list, here are some of my popular posts that are for tweens. I’m sure you’ll find some useful information in those too!

Gifts for Tween Girls


Most tweens probably already have some sort of music player.  My daughter uses her iPad because, in our family, we don’t allow smart phones until they are 13 years old.  

At some point, we all get tired of listing to their music all the time, so they need headphones for our peace of mind too!  Of course they want Beats, but my daughter has these instead and loves them.  With the price, I don’t have to worry about her breaking or losing them!

Hair Chalk

This has been our go-to gift this year for every birthday! It’s the perfect gift for tweens and teens.

Water Speakers

We got these for my daughter last year and she loves them!  When she has friends over, it is always a party in her room.


What girl doesn’t love jewelry?  No need to spend a ton of money when they will probably lose them.  My daughter would rather have 10 pairs of cheap earrings than one pair of expensive. We recently started an earring subscription box called Earfleek. You get a pair of earrings delivered to you once a month. She loves it!

Toiletry Case

Whether it is a case for make-up, or a small pouch for personal hygiene items, these are sure to be a hit with the tween girls.


With all the time these girls spend on their hair, they can’t chance going out in the rain and getting the least little bit wet.  Here is a cute one that is sure to please.

Waterproof Digital Camera

My daughter loves to take pictures.  She can’t snap selfies and pics of friends on a phone, because once again, we don’t do smart phones until the age of 13, so I am going to get her this camera this year.  I like that it is waterproof and she can easily transfer her pictures to the computer. Another alternative is the Polaroid Snap that produces instant pictures.  (And they think this is cool new technology!)

Art Set

My daughter loves to sit and doodle while listening to her music.  This is the set that she likes the best. It gives her hours of fun!

New Bedding

Such an easy way to give a room a new look.  My daughter loved getting this set for her birthday this year.

Books about their bodies

There are so many good books that help explain what tween girls are going through.  You can read them together, or they can read them on their own.  Sometimes girls don’t feel comfortable asking questions so book like these can help!

Of course, it isn’t always about useful and practical with these tween girls.  Sometimes they just have to have the cute or popular items that everyone is asking for.  Here are a few gifts that fall in the just for fun category.

American Girls Dolls

My daughter is obsessed with getting these dolls and although they do fit into the sit on the shelf category at my house, they really are great quality dolls.  The doll of the year this year, is Gabriela.  She is beautiful!  They even have a boy doll now!  

Bath Bombs

These are great for girls of all ages and lots of fun in the bath! These bath bomb kits are great so you can make your own too! The set includes everything you need to make your own bombs.

Tsum Tsums

I’m sure my tween isn’t the only one out there that loves these cute little characters.  They are sold by themselves or in sets and it is hard not to get duplicates, but its ok if you do because the girls love to trade them! They even come in plush versions which is always a hit at my house.

Science Kits

Do you have a kid who loves science? These kits are great because they’re made just for girls. You have several to choose from and it’s perfect for an activity to do together. They’ll walk you through, step by step. Even teen girls will like this.

Beanie Boos

Speaking of plush above, these little creatures with the big eyes seem to multiply at my house.  They are great for giving as birthday gifts, especially for the younger tweens.  There are so many out there to choose from and you can buy them practically everywhere.

Bean Bag

This is such a fun item for girls to have in their rooms to make them more comfy.

Keyboard Cover

Little Refrigerator

I just bought this for Christmas and have it hidden. Make sure to fill it up with her favorite drinks!

Lava Lamp

Does this ever go out of style?

Disco Ball Lamp

Microphone and Stand

We have this exact one and all my kids play with it.

iPod Shuffle

This is the perfect gift for a music lover.  It doesn’t cost a lot and you can control what they are putting on it.

Harry Potter Merch

Do you know a Harry Potter fan? There is so much merchandise for them. You can even get wand makeup applicator brushes! These illustrated books are great!

Chicken Foot

My kids love playing this with their Grandma.

Emoji Chia Pet

I hope you have gotten some practical and useful ideas from this list and hopefully a few fun ones too!