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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21+ gift ideas for tween girls
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1. The World – from $27.47
Kiwi Co send out crates packed with activities and learning. This one is the Atlas Crate, but there are also Doodle Crates and Tinker Crates. The crates are sent out each month and you can get any length of subscription to suit your kid and your budget.
Get it from Kiwi Co.
2. Stella! – $24.99
Book 3 in the Stella Montgomery series by Judith Rossell is out now! 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 $19.95.
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3. Catwalk crazy – $49.95
Seedling make lovely kits that tween girls love to tinker with. The Fashion Designers Kit will have them designing and making doll-size clothes in no time at all. Looking at the vast array of patterns included, you’ll know pretty quick whether Stella McCartney needs to be worried…
Get it from TweenScene.
4. Like you need another towel – $29.99
It’s true that not a single one of us needs another towel, but this towel is (a) round and (b) a watermelon, so that puts it on the tween girl’s must-have list. It is cute…
Get it at Cotton On.
5. Mystery, intrigue, gutsy girls – $14.99
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.
6. Cable fix – $6.99
I don’t know about your kids, but my kids reduce the top of charger cords to mush within about a day. A cute little panda cable cover (or cat, or donut, or pizza, or raccoon, or… let’s just say there are lots of different kinds), will solve that problem for a measly seven bucks.
Get it at Typo.
7. Light up a rainbow – $12.95
This is quite a dreadful photo of rather lovely rainbow string lights. There are other string lights to choose from like fish, cupids, cherries and watermelons.
Get them at Pavement. On sale for 2 for $20.
8. Jumpy jumpy – $25
Pogo sticks seem random, but such fun. There’s a reason these retro favourites just keep popping back up on the scene and your kid acts like they invented it – bit like slime and Pokemon.
Get it at Kmart.
9. Wonder – from $12
A quarterly Aussie mag that “empowers pre-teen girls to be creative, brave, kind and to inspire them to think about who they are and what they could be.” That’s a big yes from me!
Get it at Wonder Magazine.
10. Jewels stash – $36.95
A blue and silver snakeskin-look jewellery box that has room for all her cheap tat, I mean jewels. Very glam.
Get it at Pavement.
11. Light her up – $15
If your girl is the only girl in town who still doesn’t have a light box, now is the time. I don’t know why she needs a light box either, she just does.
Get it at Kmart.
12. Imaginary worlds – $29.99
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.
13. Block and tackle set – $64.50
A what?!?! I hear you say. A block and tackle set teaches kids about basic physics, while they tinker away, lifting loads of up to 30 kilos. Click through to learn more about this most awesome of gifts.
Get it at Spiral Garden.
14. Flower pots – $10
Anything that gets kids crafting is a good gift, IMO. You may think differently, but I guarantee you that your girl won’t! Embrace the mess because tween girls are happy to sit for hours and decorate some cute plant pots.
Get it at Kmart.
15. Road block – $36.74
A one-player brainiac game that gets kids solving puzzles to try to block the red car using the police cars. There’s a good little video to explain it here.
Get it at Mighty Ape. On sale for $28
16. Lego Hogwarts – $139
Tweens are just the right age to fully appreciate the magic of Harry, Hermoine and Hogwarts (sorry Ron, you need an H). This is one serious Lego kit for a satisfying sense of accomplishment on completion.
Get it at Target.
17. Bath tree – $7.50
Time for some girl pampering. This is a bath bomb with a twist. It’s a cute tree, for a start, but it also promises to surround your girl with the “serenity of the Tibetan plateau”… whatever that means, it sounds good!
Get it at Lush.
18. Seriously random sloth – $10
Look, I know you need another plushie in your life like you need a hole in your head, but it’s a sloth! These things are adorable and, trust me, the sloth is going to be the new unicorn. Girls love them. Oh, but there’s also a panda and racoon thing going on lately, plus pugs haven’t gone away yet, so… make room for the stuffed toys!
Get it at Target.
19. Ice cream, you scream – $139
The gift that benefits everybody! How pleased will your girl be to make everyone her signature ice cream flavour? And this ice cream maker is actually pretty affordable, compared to most.
Get it at Myer. On sale for $119.
20. Hello world – $24.95
This cool little globe lights up when it floats on water and projects the earth onto the ceiling. See it in action here (skip all the mad unboxing and it’s not in English, but you will see the earth thingy happening so you know what this is!).
Get it at Myer. On sale for $10.
21. 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 $18.25.
22. Mandala cruiser – $179.99
A totally gorgeous complete skateboard that she’ll have for many, many years. This board is suitable for beginners to advanced level. Don’t forget to pick up some protective gear too.
Get it at Kick Push.
Who’s on your list for these gift ideas for tween girls?