Tween girls are notoriously hard to shop for. They’re constantly scrolling Instagram and TikTok, so they know what’s cool and trendy — and they’re not afraid to judge you for being out of the loop. To help you out, especially if you're shopping for a birthday, we’ve rounded up the best gifts for tween girls between the ages of 8 and 12 that will actually impress your middle schooler (or soon-to-be middle schooler).
Her interests are changing by the day. She’s not a little kid anymore, but she isn’t quite a teenager either — although she may think she is. These age-appropriate gift ideas cover all the bases, with everything from girly gifts like hair accessories and bedroom decor to award-winning toys and tech gadgets that are available on sites like Amazon, Walmart and Etsy. Find cool crafts that will make her put her phone down (yes, really), beauty products she’ll be begging to use and stylish bags you may even want to borrow.
If you’re in need of unique girl gift ideas for an older tween (11 or 12 years old) or a new 13-year-old, click on over to our gift guide for teens for even more creative finds. Plus, if you're shopping for Christmas, don't forget to pick up a few stocking stuffers! We've also got ideas for gifts for tween boys, too.
Make your tween feel special with a customized gift, one she can admire every time she enters her bedroom. She will love seeing her name on display!
Give the gift of endless entertainment! Kids have gone crazy for this gooey concoction, and this set includes 10 different slimes. Fellow tween parents have rated this slime the best, because it's super stretchy and soft.
Tweens everywhere are rocking rainbow-colored bracelets and necklaces with lettered messages. Encourage your tween to flex her creativity by making unique jewelry for her and her friends.
Enter the easiest way to step up her slumber party game. This polka dot lounger is way more fun than a standard air mattress, but is just as plush. Just fill the washable cover with five spare pillows for a cozy bed or hangout spot.
TikTok made it famous and now, tweens are ditching their drugstore body lotion for this multi-colored body butter. The scent, which is meant to mirror a unicorn's vibrant, fun nature, smells like "pure magic," according to one reviewer.
She always has room for more Squishies, especially if it means she can customize them with adorable facial expressions. Bring all 10 to life with the included stickers or go the extra mile by coloring them with markers.
She'll no longer be bored in the house if she has this single-player game. She simply picks an art technique and subject card to guide her as she draws.
If the choice was hers, she would tie-dye anything and everything. Give her bedroom a multi-colored makeover with this fuzzy blanket that's become popular with TikTok users (like her!).
Encourage your tween to unleash their creativity with an assortment of stickers, gems, glitter tape and other fun add-ons. Once her journal is decorated to her liking, she can work on filling the inside with doodles and daydreams.
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She won't have to choose between butterfly clips and claw clips with this set. All six tortoise clips combine the best of both — a cute butterfly exterior with the functionality of a claw clip — so she can pull her hair back with style and ease.
The next time she's feeling under the weather, she can take out the heating pad pouch from her favorite plushie and heat it in the microwave for instant comfort and warmth. Choose from two adorable avocados, a pineapple and a cactus.
They can design and make the coolest friendship bracelets with this loom, which helps them make intricate patterns. It comes with 10 pattern templates, from hearts to chevrons, along with eight colors of cords. Ages 6+
Let her play her favorite songs while enjoying a comforting light show. With a setting for every mood, she can pick from seven color light modes and three levels of brightness.
Even though you can't physically be with her during the school day to shower her with compliments, you can give her this 10-pack of pre-sharpened pencils engraved with inspiring phrases like "Yes, you totally can" to celebrate her smarts, beauty and heart.
You'll have a hard time keeping your budding baker out of the kitchen if you give them this book. Inside, they'll find over 110 cake, cookie and other dessert recipes, all tried and tested by Food Network Magazine editors.
This might just be the coolest way to unwind: Drawings and doodles cast a glow on this pillowcase for up to five minutes before gradually fading, so she can start with a blank canvas when she wakes up.
From happy to sad, these stylish color-changing earrings will determine their mood. Everyone will be asking her what the colors mean!
Her room can be a little more fun, thanks to these LED lights. Just stick the adhesive side to the wall and plug them in. It comes with a remote control, so she can change the color whenever she wants.
She already has a backpack for work, but what about play? This small backpack is the perfect size to tote around her on-the-go essentials: iPhone, lip balm and ever-growing Squishies collection. It even comes with adjustable straps, so the bag can grow with her.
With this pack of seven multi-colored bath bombs, she'll actually look forward to her post-soccer bath. Including lavender, blueberry and sweet orange scents, these fizzy bombs smell amazing.
This wireless microphone lets her take the party — and the music — with her wherever she goes. When she wants to jam out to her favorite playlist, she can sync it with any Bluetooth-enabled device to sing along to songs on Spotify, iTunes and other streaming sites.
Tweens can make six accessories all on their own with this sewing machine set, which makes it easy to learn how to sew. The fabric is pre-patterned, the machine automatically senses when there's fabric and turns on and off on its own and the threader uses pre-loaded cartridges so no one has to thread the machine. So simple! Ages 8+
Add a lovely touch to her bedroom with this heart-shaped, LED mirror! To really impress her, pair this gift with some lip balms, hair accessories or jewelry — which can conveniently fit in the catch-all tray base.
These adorable heart-shaped silicone drinking straws will upgrade any beverage. The set includes 15 straws, so she can keep her favorite colors for herself and share the rest with friends!
It's LEGO building meets DIY, and she gets to personalize the results! More than 1,000 pieces in this kit can be used to personalize a photo frame, a note holder, a pencil cup, a desk tray, a double-row bracelet, adhesive and stitch-on patches, and message tags, so every inch of her backpack, locker or desk can be decked out in dots! Ages 8+
For as much time as they spend on YouTube and TikTok, help them create a couple of videos of their own with this easy-to-use duo. The 10" ring light can be turned on and off with just the touch of a button and boasts 10 different brightness levels.
Does she want to give her desk a makeover? With this marble organizer, she'll have an adorable spot to wrangle her pens, sticky notes and other most-used supplies. There are other playful patterns, so you can find the perfect fit for her personality.
What was once considered uncool is now all the rage! This trendy fanny pack is the perfect place to store lip balms, hand sanitizers and scrunchies (which can all be found on this list).
With this pack of 12 velvet hair scrunchies, she'll be able to perfectly accessorize all of her outfits, no matter the color or style.