Do you find buying a gift for a tween one of the most challenging ages to buy for? Not a little kid, but not yet a teenager, the choices can be hard to make. Look no further, here are our top picks of the best gifts for 11-year-old girls.
Girls this age can be a puzzle you can’t unravel. One minute they will be sharing their hopes and dreams with you, and the next it will be one-word answers. Trying to find out what they like or want is no easy task.
Let’s look at some of the things to consider when choosing a gift for your pre-teen girl and our top 50 choices.
What to Look for in a Gift
Starting to find her own identity, a girl at this age is just getting interested in the beauty regimes that she will start as she gets older. Products like lip balms, spa bath products, and hair and nail accessories could be quite high on their list of must-haves. Just make sure to check with mom and dad what is acceptable.
Personalizing her belongings and staking a claim could also be a way of showing her individuality. Maybe gifts bearing her initials would appeal to her.
At 11 years old, a girl is also starting to realize there may be more than one solution to a problem. The gray areas creep in, where before there was just black and white. Gifts which challenge her mind, like STEM and educational products, will help her with problem-solving and hold her attention (1).
Books make another good choice, as she’ll now be able to relate to those that interest her. While there is little doubt you can’t escape screen time altogether, these will be a healthy alternative. Arts and crafts are also great choices to occupy an inquisitive mind.
Then there are the tech gadgets and the latest collectible crazes. Check out what the latest trend is and wow her with it.
The Best Gifts for 11-Year-Old Girls of 2020
These are our top 50 choices of what you could buy for an 11-year-old girl. Let’s split them into groups to make things a little easier.
Electronics and Technology
1. Smart Circuits Games & Gadgets
This kit will let kids create their own custom made games and gadgets. All the pieces snap together and include baseboards, a microprocessor, jumper wires, and light and sound modules. There is a 48-page step-by-step manual for over 50 projects they can complete.
They can make a fun, full-tilt baseball game, a DJ light show, a magic message wand, or an electronic rooster. Once they have mastered the principles, they can design their own gadgets and games.
2. Fujifilm Smartphone Printer
We live in the age of selfies and photos captured on smart devices, but what happens when you want an actual physical picture in your hand? This is where this printer can step in. Send your high-resolution images via Wi-Fi to this mini printer and let it transfer them to quality pictures.
The system works using a Polaroid-style film and can produce prints within 10 seconds of receiving the data. This means no need to replace ink cartridges, just the film cartridge. The printer even has settings which can correct problems, like over or underexposure of your photos.
3. Fire 7 Tablet
Is the girl in your life ready for her own tablet? This Kindle Fire could fit the bill. It’s Alexa-enabled, meaning you can use it to play music, watch your favorite TV programs, read books, or play games.
Ask Alexa questions about anything you want and wait for her answer. The tablet has a 7-inch display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, and 8GB or 16GB internal memory. The memory can be expanded by 256MB with a micro SD card.
It comes with a charger, and the battery will last for up to eight hours on a single charge.
4. GoPro HERO7 White
Your girl might love a gift of a GoPro. This small, rugged, waterproof camera can capture video in full HD or take 10-megapixel photographs. It has an easy-to-use touchscreen, so she can get started straight out of the box.
This is great for shooting videos on the move, with its stabilization that corrects shaky footage. It’s ideal if she wants to capture footage when skateboarding, cycling, swimming, or skiing. There’s even a photo timer, so she can set it up and jump into a group shot, or take a selfie.
5. Singing Machine Karaoke System
Many girls love singing — whether it’s by themselves, with the family, or with a group of friends. This karaoke system kicks up the fun another level with its disco lights and great-sounding microphone.
When singing songs you don’t know all the words to, you can hook the machine up to a television and read the words off of the screen as you sing along. If you’re not sure which karaoke CDs to buy, you can get a 1/8th-inch stereo cable instead and use it to hook up most audio devices like iPods and iPhones. That will let you play any song you could basically ever want for free.
6. Ifecco Bluetooth Headphones
Enhance your girl’s music or gaming experience with these pretty pink foldable Bluetooth headphones. They have stereo quality sound and a range of up to 10 meters to any Bluetooth-enabled device. They can also be used wired, with the 3.5mm cable which is included.
I like that these also have a built-in FM radio and can take a Micro SD or TF card to play music or audiobooks. The headphones are adjustable and have a comfortable on-ear design. They can also be folded to save space if you’re carrying them around.
7. littleBits Rule Your Room Kit
Does your girl complain every time you or one of her siblings walk in her room? Maybe she’s fed up with other household members borrowing her stuff. This kit from littleBits might be exactly what she needs.
This electronics kit lets her invent touch-activated creations for everyday stuff. She can make a safe burglar buzzer, or a room defender, among many other things. There’s an enclosed book, which details eight different inventions, and three more Disney-themed ones are available free online.
Clothes, Jewelry and Accesories
8. Harry Potter T-Shirt
For fans of Harry Potter, this 100 percent cotton T-shirt would be a good choice. Whether they fancy themselves in Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw, there is a T-shirt for them. There are also two stickers enclosed with each item to decorate your girl’s schoolbag, PC, or anything else they want.
The T-shirts are pre-shrunk and can be machine washed and tumble dried on low heat.
9. City Threads Girls' Leggings
Leggings are a staple addition to any girl’s wardrobe. They are versatile and comfortable, can be dressed up or down, and worn every day to go out or stay home. These City Threads leggings are good quality and made in the U.S.
There are 25 different colors to choose from to match your girl’s tastes. I like that they are made without using any harmful dyes or chemicals. There’s a wide range of sizes, so whether your girl is tall or petite for her age, there’ll be a size to fit.
10. Vera Bradley Triple Zip Hipster
Accessories will now be coming into play for girls of this age. They might not want to take a backpack when they visit the mall with friends or go out with you to a restaurant. Why not get them their own handbag for those little essentials they want to carry?
These cotton bags from Vera Bradley will make a statement. Available in 19 colored patterns, they have a fabric lining and a zippered closure. There are also three pockets with zips on the outside.
There is a 56-inch adjustable strap so they can wear it across their body or over their shoulder, as they wish.
11. UGG Kids K Cozy II Slipper
Ugg has been a go-to brand for several years now. If your 11-year-old hankers after a pair of Ugg boots, but you feel they are too expensive, these slippers are ideal.
The pretty pink slippers have a suede outer and natural wool lining. They will keep feet toasty and warm when it’s cold, but let them breath when it’s hot. The rubber soles make sure your young lady doesn’t go sliding around hardwood or tile floors.
12. Alex and Ani Turtle Bangle
Alex and Ani jewelry is quite popular. This bangle is one of many they make and features an adorable turtle, as well as the four Alex and Ani customized charms. The bangle is made in an eco-conscious way, and is matte silver-plated on brass (2).
The story behind the turtle is that it represents protection and strength through difficult times. What better way to support your 11-year-old through her ever-changing life at this age? I’m impressed that 20 percent of the purchase price of this bangle goes to a charity supporting young adults impacted by conflicts in the world.
13. Initial Pendant Necklace
This lovely necklace is made from .925 sterling silver plated with platinum. The pendant is an initial, so you can choose whichever letter is appropriate for your child. The initial is studded with Swarovski Zirconia, whose stones are cut in the same way as diamonds.
The sparkle will appeal to most girls and yours will likely be proud to wear this lovely piece of jewelry. The 18-inch cable chain has a 2-inch extender.
14. Hydro Flask
Someday, this VSCO girl craze will die down. But it’ll be a while. Until then, your 11-year-old will enjoy having a stylish hydro flask like this one to stay on trend.
The water bottle is made of stainless steel and is BPA- and phthalate-free. It has a straw lid and comes in multiple colors. The wide mouth allows you to put ice cubes in the bottle.
It can keep cold beverages chilly for up to 24 hours and hot ones warm for up to 12. It’s not inexpensive, but the quality is great so it will hold up year after year.
Arts and Crafts
15. Crayola Melt ‘N Mold Factory
No gift we have ever given our daughter has gotten as much use as the Crayola Melt ‘N Mold Factory. It’s been going strong for years and still continues to crank out multi-colored creations like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle emblems, rings, new crayons, and pendant charms.
My daughter and her friends and cousins, ranging in age from 6 to 14, all love to make creations using this. It’s so simple parents don’t have to get involved. Although let me tell you, you’ll want to make your own trinket — it’s oddly quite fun.
My daughter has made hundreds of these things and has given them out to classmates for room parties at school and has stuffed them in goody bags for parties.
16. Fashion Angels Project Runway Portfolio
Girls at this age will undoubtedly be starting to show an interest in fashion. They may already have their own touches of flair and style. This Project Runway sketchbook will let them experiment with color and styles.
It has removable plastic stencils which they can use to create over 100 different clothes and accessories on the 40 preprinted sketch pages. There’s a fabric swatch guide, which will inspire them to think about the different patterns and colors they can use. The portfolio will keep them occupied as they design their unique fashions.
17. Naturals Lip Balm Kit
Clear lip balm is a good starting point for an 11-year-old girl wanting to wear lipstick. This kit has everything she needs to make her own. There is shea butter and sweet almond oil to help moisturize, and beeswax beads to help prevent bacteria.
Once made, there are 12 tubes and jars you can store your lip balm in, and labels let you personalize these as well. I like that the contents are gluten-free and there are four flavors to choose from — pina colada, peppermint, strawberry-kiwi, and black cherry.
18. Klutz Friendship Bracelets Craft Kit
Most girls love friendship bracelets, especially at this age when their friends mean so much to them. This kit contains all the yarn and full instructions to make 12 bracelets. You could choose designs which are simple to start and then move on to more detailed, intricate ones.
You can make patterns, including chevrons, zigzags, or broken ladders, and even incorporate some of the beads which are supplied. There are 10 different colored embroidery flosses. It’s great the bracelet can be clipped to the book next to the simple instructions when it’s being made.
19. Bath Bomb Making Kit
Bath bombs are a great way to introduce an 11-year-old to bathtime beauty. Why not let them make their own? This kit has all the ingredients, instructions, and fragrances to make 12 cupcake bath bombs.
It has 100 percent pure essential oils. Just make sure your kids wear the enclosed gloves when using them to add fragrance. Pure essential oils should not contact directly with the skin (3).
20. Kahootz Latch Kits Unicorn Mini-Rug
Latching is an easy pick-up-and-put-down craft for 11-year-old girls. This pre-printed canvas will be great for them to either hang on their wall or use as a mini-rug. After all, what girl doesn’t love a unicorn?
The trimmed canvas comes color-coded and the kit has pre-cut yarn, a latch hook tool, and fully illustrated guide. I like that this craft can be started and continued whenever your child feels like working on it; there’s no rush to finish it.
21. Prismacolor Premier Mixed Media Set
Does your girl like to doodle and draw? Or maybe she’s a fan of coloring books which are making a huge comeback. This set of pencils will have all she needs to create some beautiful artwork.
There are 48 colored soft core pencils for shading and blending, 12 Verithin pencils for sharp details, and 12 watercolor pencils. There are also six “art stix” and a mini pencil sharpener.
Outdoors and Activity
22. Trampoline with Enclosure Net
Do you have a girl with boundless energy? A trampoline is a great way to bounce some of it away and have fun at the same time. Zuppa brings us this trampoline which is available in three diameters — 12 feet, 14 feet, or 15 feet.
I like that this trampoline has no gaps between the jumping mat and the outer spring pad. This means less chance of injury and improved safety. There’s also a galvanized steel frame with a safety net and a ladder.
23. Razor A5 Lux Scooter
This cool pink scooter will have your girl whizzing around the neighborhood. It’s made from aircraft-grade aluminum, which is super strong and has 8-inch urethane wheels. This scooter is built with older kids in mind and has adjustable handlebars, so it can grow with them.
It has a rear fender brake and a kickstand. The scooter is collapsible, which is great for storage or taking it away on camping weekends or day trips.
24. Tachikara Volley-Lite Volleyball
Volleyball is a great way for girls to get some exercise. Why not get her a lightweight volleyball of her own? This one from Tachikara is designed for kids under 12 years old.
It’s made from a microfiber composite leather and has a butyl bladder. This ball is good for getting kids started on this fun outdoor or indoor sport without the impact of a heavier ball. Be warned, the ball is delivered deflated, so you’ll need a pump or compressor to inflate it before use.
25. Capture the Flag
This game is a new take on the old capture the flag game. It’s designed to be played outdoors at night, or indoors with the lights off. The rules are simple — pick your teams, mark territories and jails, hide the flag (orb), and then play.
This kit has 25 pieces which light up, including glow bracelets, flags, and boundary markers. There are 12 cards, giving you variations on the basic game — you could be werewolves and hunters, or wizards and ghouls. I like that all the batteries you need are also supplied, so the game is ready to go out of the box.
26. Spikeball 3 Ball Kit
This is like volleyball, with a difference. The set includes a round net on foldable legs which is placed on the floor and three softballs. Bounce the ball off the net, then watch your opponents try to keep it in the air before bouncing it back to your side.
The net can be adjusted to give more or less bounce to the ball, depending on how hard you want the game to be. Spikeball offers a lifetime guarantee and will replace any part that breaks free of charge. A drawstring transport bag and rulebook are included.
27. Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster
Nerf battles are taking place between boys and girls all over the country. Arm your 11-year old girl with her own Nerf gun.
The Elite Strongarm Blaster comes with six foam darts with hollow tips. They can be fired up to 90 feet, with the gun’s quickdraw and fast firing mechanism. The rotating barrel flips open for easy reloading.
28. Geospace WALKAROO XTREME
Get your girl walking tall with these stilts. They are suitable for kids between 4 feet 6 inches and 6 feet 6 inches tall. Adjustments, from 12 inches to 17 inches off the floor, can be made quickly and easily.
These are lightweight but strong — they have comfort shoulder rests, and easy grip handles made from soft foam. The rubber feet make these stilts good for outdoor or indoor use as they won’t mark your floors.
Games and Toys
29. LEGO Friends Stephanie's House
Lego has stood the test of time and still remains a firm favorite after over 70 years. This dollhouse has so much to offer an 11-year-old girl. It builds into a two-story house, with a porch, lounge, kitchen, office, spiral staircase, bathroom, bedroom, and a rabbit hutch.
There are a lot of accessories, including stained-glass windows, furniture, kitchen appliances, and bedroom furniture. There’s even a swing chair that can be placed on the porch for the three mini figures to sit on.
30. Days of Wonder Ticket To Ride
Travel the length and breadth of the U.S. with this fun board game. It’s suitable for two to six players, and I like that it only takes 30 to 60 minutes to play.
The object of the game is to travel by train to as many cities as you can. You claim the routes as you go, by connecting your trains. The longer the route, the more points you get.
All the trains, cards, scoring markers, and a board map are included, along with a rule booklet.
31. Not Parent Approved
This is the kiddie version of Cards Against Humanity, which encourages kids to be interactive with friends or family. It’s a fill-in-the-gap game, where players choose the best — or worst — card in their hand, with hilarious results.
You could be making vampire bunnies or leotards that ride up your butt for the school fair. Let’s be honest, anything that is not parent approved is going to be fun for a kid to play.
32. Rubik's Race
Do you remember the Rubik’s cube and how frustrating it could be? This cool game is based on the principle of arranging colored squares in a similar way. Each player has a grid and has to match the colored squares that appear in the scrambler when it’s shaken.
The winner of the game is the one who can match the grid in the scrambler the quickest. I like that this game gets kids’ brains working, as they try to figure out which way to move their squares.
33. L.O.L. Surprise! Bigger Surprise
Has your 11-year-old girl been caught up in the latest craze for collecting L.O.L Surprise dolls? If so, this could be just the gift for her. If not, why not get her collection started?
These cute dolls come in “surprise” packages. Peel away the layers to reveal the clues as to which doll is inside. The pretty pink case can be used as a purse as well.
The set includes two limited edition dolls, one Surprise pet, and one Lil Sister Surprise, plus many other accessories, with over 60 pieces in total.
34. Spin Master Games Perplexus Epic
Solve the puzzle of the Perplexus maze to get the silver ball to the finish line. Sounds easy enough, but be warned, it might be harder than it looks. This 3D labyrinth has many twists and turns to master before you reach your goal.
There are 22 feet of track, laden with 125 obstacles to clear. It’s all enclosed in a clear plastic sphere which you can rotate in any direction.
35. Doinkit Darts - Magnetic Dart Board
Get ready for some indoor family fun with this kiddie-safe dart board. It’s full size at 16 inches and can be mounted on a wall or door. There are two sets of neodymium magnetic darts included.
Step up, take aim, and fire. If anyone happens to miss, no worries — these darts won’t damage your walls, floors, furniture — or other kids. They are lightweight and durable for hours of practice or play.
Educational and STEM
36. Sphero BOLT App-Enabled Robot
With its LED light-up matrix, vector graphics and characters can be displayed, or you can even play games on it. The robot also has various sensors, including a compass, gyroscope, accelerometer, infrared communications, and a light sensor. The inductive charging allows for two hours of creative, fun playtime.
37. LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Robot Kit
Whether your girl is a Lego fan or not, this robot kit is an ideal engineering, coding, and programming tool. There are 17 different robotic designs which can be built and controlled with the supplied remote or the free EV3 programmer app.
Your robot can walk, talk, shoot targets, grab, and much more. There are 601 pieces, including the intelligent EV3 brick, color, touch, and IR sensors, and three servo motors. You can choose to build a cobra with a lightning strike, or a six-legged insect-type creature with a sting in the tail, among others.
38. Women in Science
Show your girl the world is her oyster and what might be considered male domains can be cracked by women. This book covers the contributions that 50 amazing women have made in the fields of technology, science, engineering, and math. It features the stories of women from both the ancient and modern world.
Infographics accompany these details in appropriate places and there are lovely illustrations. The book is available in hardcover or as an audio CD. Time to show your kids where girl power originates from, whether it’s calculating the trajectory of a rocket to the moon, or finding a cure for a disease.
39. Snap Circuits BRIC: Structures
Snap circuits allow your child to use ordinary building bricks to make amazing creations. They can learn how to raise a drawbridge or light up a tower. There is an easy-to-follow, full-color project manual to give them ideas, from building a brick house and lighting it up to creating a structure with sound and moving parts.
The kit includes 75 Bric-2-Snap adapters, 20 Snap Circuits component parts, and more than 140 building bricks. I like that you can add to the projects with other bricks, such as Lego.
40. MindWare Q-BA-Maze Stunt Set
This system of cubes lets you build marble runs in a fun way. There are 156 cubes, including double-sided ones, 9 stunt pieces, 8 marble catchers, and 30 steel marbles. Build a geometric shape, an animal, or a building — pop the marbles in and see where they end up.
There are details for suggested structures included, or you can just let your imagination be your guide. With so many options, the fun is never ending and your marbles might not run the same way each time.
41. Thames and Kosmos Chemistry Chem C500
Chemistry experiments are fun and this is a good introductory kit. It contains all your child needs to start exploring the effects of bases and acids, or learn how solids, gases, and liquids react with each other. They can get foaming, fizzy reactions, or write messages using invisible ink.
A 48-page manual gives easy-to-follow instructions for 28 different experiments. It also explains to your child what happened and why, letting them learn the reasons behind their actions.
42. Thames & Kosmos Sensors Alive
This kit is something completely different. It uses the physics of light, sound, and heat to let your girl play at being a bioengineer.
Three sensors are used to collect data from the world around her. The data is uploaded to an Android or iOS device via Bluetooth from the base station to create creatures and their worlds. She might find that low-temperature readings will give her creature lots of hair, and quiet sound readings might give it big ears.
Continue to collect data to create habitats, feed, and care for your creatures, and generate more. If you have access to a 3D printer, you can even print the creature.
The Best of the Rest
43. Just Between Us: Mother & Daughter
Sometimes keeping the lines of communication open between a mom and her tween daughter can be tough. This journal is a great way for moms and tween girls to bond and share experiences, thoughts, and even concerns.
This lovely hardcover book has illustrations, mini quizzes for mom and daughter, and lots of space for open-ended writing. I like that this journal lets moms and daughters get to know each other’s feelings better, which can bring them closer together.
44. Awkward (Berrybrook Middle School)
This is the charming, amusing, and sometimes difficult story of Peppi Torres’ journey through the trying times at her new school. After bumping into Jamie, a boy the mean girls classify as a nerd, and falling victim to their taunts, she distances herself from him.
The tale tells of Peppi’s struggles when her art club clashes with Jamie’s science club. How will Peppi and Jamie’s relationship survive as rivals unfold? Part of a three-book series, this could be a funny, yet supportive, read for this trying time.
45. Money Puzzle - Brain Teasing Maze
There are times when you can’t decide on a gift for a tween and want to give them cash to spend how they want. Maybe they’re saving up to buy themselves something special and have asked for a contribution towards it. However, handing over dollars in a card or envelope is so boring.
This monkey puzzle maze is a great solution. Your girl will have to navigate the ball through the maze before the compartment containing the money can be opened. She will see it but can’t get at it — how cool is that!
46. Playz Edible Candy
Kids, young and old, love candy. What girl wouldn’t enjoy experimenting and making her own to share with her friends? This kit has all she needs to make chewy jellies, lollipops, chocolate, and crystal rock candy.
I like that this set is also a STEM learning tool, combining kitchen science with an edible end product. There’s a colorful guide, filled with facts and instructions for 40 experiments. There are more than 27 ingredients and tools included, but some common household items might also be needed.
47. Hair Chalk, Temporary Hair Color
Part of growing up can often involve wanting to experiment with hair color. This kit lets your girl do that in a safe and temporary way. There are 12 different bright and vibrant colors for your girl to create her own style.
I like that these are non-allergenic and non-toxic, made from FDA-approved ingredients, and can be washed out with shampoo and water. Just separate a section of hair and use the chalk of choice to color it. You could use one, or all 12, of the colors to create a rainbow effect.
48. Fun Cupcake Maker
Does your 11-year-old like cupcakes? This cupcake maker turns out delicious treats in three easy steps. All you have to do is prepare the batter, pour it in, close the lid and let them cook.
No hot ovens or messy pans for clean up. The unit has a non-slip base, an indicator light for preheating and when in use, and a safety lock for when it’s cooking. A manual with recipes and instructions are included.
49. Kidzlane Light Up Dance Mat
Get your tween up and moving with this arcade-style dance mat. They can either choose from the music included or load external music via Bluetooth or AUX. The pad has four arrows which light up, showing their moves.
There are three arcade-style games they can play, with five levels of difficulty. The volume is adjustable and the mat is soft but durable.
50. Klutz Nail Style Studio Book Kit
Tweens love to experiment with make-up, hairstyles, and nail polish. This kit lets them practice in a safe way, ready for when they are old enough to have their nails painted. It comes with six colors of peel-off nail polish, a Klutz custom dotting tool, and more than 250 stick-on stencils.
There is a 60-page instruction book, with 25 designs in four categories. They can choose from dots, picture nails, cute stuff, or stick-on stencils.
Time to Decide
Now you have some idea of the kind of gifts that will appeal to an 11-year-old girl. There are many varied choices, so one is sure to please her.
Of the items we have detailed, my favorite is Just Between Us: Mother & Daughter journal. I love the idea of sharing experiences, feelings, and thoughts between mom and daughter. What a great way to retain and build on that special bond.
We hope you enjoyed our top 50 picks and are now feeling inspired. Please leave us a comment — and don’t forget to share.