If you are struggling with ideas for Christmas gifts for tween girls, you have come to the right place. As a mom who is on her 43rd tween girl…I have some experience with what tweens like and want. You will find some unique and FUN gift ideas for tween girls that they will love!
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WHAT IS A TWEEN?
If you haven't heard the term tween before it is simply a child who is hanging out in those late childhood years before they hit adolescence. Usually, these kids are between the ages of 9 and 12 years of age.
Tweens are too old for many “childish” toys, but too young for the items that teenagers want. They are in a special category and can be hard to buy for if you aren't familiar with kids this age.
WHY USE A GIFT GUIDE TO SHOP FOR TWEENS?
I love to give personalized and special gifts. Sometimes I am unsure of what to buy and need the advice of others.
Using a gift guide is a simple way to get new ideas to make your gift-giving really stand out from the pack. This tween gift guide for Christmas will make your shopping fast and simple!
TRENDY GIFTS FOR TWEEN GIRLS
Tweens and teens alike love trendy gifts. They want to have the latest and greatest to show off to their friends. Here are some trendy gift ideas for tween girls that are perfect for this year.
TWEEN GIRL GIFTS THEY WILL LOVE
1. CLOUD SLIDES
I am the first to admit that cloud slides aren't the “cutest” slide shoe I have ever seen. But they are like walking on a cloud, and tweens love them. Just slide them on and go. Perfect for indoors or outdoors and super easy to clean. These come in lots of colors and are under $25!
STANLEY QUENCHER H20
Stanley drink containers are all the rage with people of all ages. This is a higher-dollar gift idea, but trust me…the tween in your life will love it. Don't wait till the last minute, though, because these can become hard to find as you near Christmas. These come in different sizes, colors, and price points.
LED ROOM LIGHTS
Two of my girls currently have LED lights brightening their rooms. They are fun and easy to put up. These LED lights usually come with a remote and change colors. Some are even more advanced and can sync with music. The good news is these fall into the lower price category and can usually be purchased for under $15.
If you aren't familiar with a Light Box…they are a lot of fun. It is a lighted sign that has letters that can be changed out. You can create new messages every day. The box also works as a nightlight. Tweens love a light box kit that comes with icons and emojis in addition to the letters.
CLEAR STADIUM PURSE
Tweens are getting excited about going to games, concerts, and other live events. Many of these events have a CLEAR bag policy. It is a good idea to have one at home to use. Instead of taking a boring, ugly clear bag…get your tween a trendy Taylor Gray clear stadium purse. These bags are adorable with their stylish trim. They also come with a strap so the bag can be used as a crossbody bag!
DIY WALL COLLAGE
Tweens can try their hand at design with a DIY Wall Collage kit. This kit is HUGE and kids can create a wall collage that is 5.5 feet by 3.5 feet. There are 154 cutouts, 66 letter cutouts, 769 stickers, 41 quote stickers, 10 markers, paint-safe double-sided sticky tape, 6 yards of string, 90 foam squares, and instructions in the kit.
FOOD SCIENCE STEM CHEMISTRY KIT
Kids love to eat candy. What about making candy….that explodes?? How fun would that be? This DIY STEM Kit makes rock candy, marshmallows, chocolate candy, and even lollipops. Sleepovers will be fun with this kit.
CRYSTAL GROWING KIT
I remember using a crystal growing kit when I was a kid, and I loved it. The crystal growing kits they have now are so much cooler! This kit is so cute. You grow crystals on a hedgehog's back in bright colors. There are four hedgehogs in the kit so it is fun to do with friends.
VITAPOD WATER BOTTLE
Vitapod water bottles are all the rage right now. As a parent…I love this trendy gift! It is a water bottle with a spot for a small pod to be inserted. The pod is packed with nutrients and a little flavor. When take a drink the water goes through the pod and the water tastes lightly flavored. It really helps my kids drink more water and I love that they are getting some extra vitamins with every swallow!
GAMES AND BOOKS
I love to include board games and books at Christmas. Games encourage family time, and if kids get books they have an interest in, they will read more! Books and games are also great for a rainy day. Here are some games and books that are popular with tween girls.
- Enola Holmes Mystery Series
- The Secret Series
- Keeper of the Lost Cities Series
- Harry Potter Series
- Stranger Things Book Series
- Bamboozled game
- Taco vs. Burrito game
- Spoof game
PERSONALIZED GIFTS FOR TWEEN GIRLS
I adore personalized gifts. Kids especially love getting gifts with their names on the items. These personalized gifts are extra special for tween girls.
- Customized Name Earrings will be a huge hit if your tween has pierced ears. There are lots of different styles and they are so cute!
- Travel Jewelry Bag with an Initial is a fun, inexpensive gift. Tween girls are really starting to get into jewelry, and this little bag will let them take their jewelry along on trips and sleepovers. It has their initial on the top, and it is so cute!
- A Birthstone Name Necklace will be a big hit. A birthstone charm and a name disc that can be gold-plated, silver-plated, or rose-gold-plated. Name necklaces are also a great gift for your tween's friends on their birthdays.
- A Personalized Tumbler Cup will bring a smile. Cups are all the rage and one that has her name on it will be extra special. This one is stainless steel with a lid and straw and holds 20 ounces. Some kids would prefer a personalized water bottle instead of a tumbler.
- Photo Phone Cases are so much fun and tweens will love putting one on their cell phone. Order from Shutterfly or any other photo printing company.
TECH GIFT IDEAS
Technology is all around us and kids love technology. Getting a tween girl a tech gift is always a good plan. Here are some ideas.
Since CDs are old school, there is no need for a big karaoke machine. Now you can get just the microphone and have a great time singing along to your favorite songs via Bluetooth. Music lovers will have so much fun with this mic.
Record players are back IN and, they are so adorable and retro. Buy a Taylor Swift Album to go with the record player and, I know your tween will be one happy girl.
Chargers are a part of our life, but they don't have to be ugly. Buy a cute phone charger so she stands out from the pack! It will also be easier to see whose charger is whose. My favorite place to get unique chargers is Classy Chargers! You can even customize the chargers.
Find out which gaming system your tween has and buy the latest and greatest video game. I know Mario Kart is a very popular game with this age group.
There are several instant cameras on the market. Whether you pick the Fujifilm Instax, the Kodak Printomatic, or the Kodak Mini Shot…she will love being able to instantly print pictures.
If you want a big-ticket gift idea then a Nintendo Switch is a great idea. Kids love these handheld game systems.
UNIQUE GIFT IDEAS FOR TWEENS FOR CHRISTMAS
There are so many good trendy gifts for tweens. Here are some more unique ideas to put under the Christmas tree.
GLOW IN THE DARK BLANKET
How fun is a glow in the dark blanket for sleepovers? Girls will love this pretty butterfly blanket and it is so soft and cuddly.
FOLDING SAUCER CHAIR
Saucer chairs are beloved room items for girls. All of my girls have had one. They come in so many vibrant colors and fabrics now…even shapes other than circular. I love that these fold up for small spaces.
MICROWAVABLE PENGUIN WEIGHTED HEAT PAD
Aches and pains may go away with a weighted microwavable penguin heat pad. This is cute and practical!
GLOW SKETCH PILLOWCASE
When it is hard to fall asleep, just grab the glow torch and start sketching on the special glow sketch pillowcase. The picture of words will glow for 5 minutes before fading and, then you start a new picture.
ROLLER SKATES OR ROLLER BLADES
Skating has made a comeback. Having your own pair of skates is great because they are much more comfortable than the rentals. Lots of colors and styles to pick from.
THE GIFT OF SAFETY
It is hard to adjust to your child becoming a tween and wanting more freedom. Tweens are spending time with friends and going to events. How about putting something in their stocking to help keep them safe?
Sabre is a company dedicated to personal safety. They have a vast array of personal safety tools. One of the tools that is perfect for a tween is the Personal Alarm. This small alarm has a LED light and a snap clip so your child can snap it to their backpack. It is simple to use and comes in several different colors. I love that it can be used over and over.
Who doesn't love getting a gift in the mail? Subscription gifts make the gift-giving season go on and on. Cratejoy is one of my favorite places to find subscription gift boxes. Here are a few boxes that would be perfect for tweens:
- iBBeautiful is a box full of inspiration to remind your tween how amazing and beautiful she is.
- One Girl Inspired is a box that will empower and motivate tween girls.
- Sock Panda Tween Sock Subscription box will send them FUN socks every month.
THEY DO LOVE GIFT CARDS!
I know that gift cards can seem like a boring gift. Tweens love to shop but usually don't have much money. Gift cards can give them the means to go shopping and buy something they really want. It makes them feel very grown up.
Here are some stores that tweens enjoy shopping at:
- Old Navy
- Dave & Busters
- Visa or Mastercard allows them to shop almost anywhere
I hope these Christmas gift ideas for tween girls help you find just the right item to put under the tree this year. If you have a great gift idea please leave a comment and share!
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