Are you having a hard time choosing the perfect gift for your 12-year-old girl? That’s understandable. They have blossomed into young ladies, and buying them gifts can be as intimidating as it is exciting.
They are no longer kids, but they aren’t teenagers yet either. They’re caught in the middle, and you think you know what they want — until you don’t. This is when they express their feelings better and have an enhanced ability for complex thoughts (1).
This article will detail what factors to consider and what features to look for in the best gifts for 12-year-old girls. We have also featured 50 products that cover many things, from crafts to games and everything else in between.
What to Consider When Picking Gifts
Maybe your daughter has always been an introvert. At 12 years old, you need to get her more interactive and outdoor toys that will encourage her to socialize. Before you get anything, consider her personality and her preferences as an individual.
If you’re on the fence about what she would like, why not just downright ask her what she wants? Chances are, she’ll say clothes, shoes, or gift cards. However, she might also say she doesn’t know, which is where we come to the rescue.
At this age, puberty is just kicking in, so she’ll be quite aware of her wants and needs. Her emotions might catch you by surprise, and she’s likely to be more social at times. She’s a lot better at solving problems and using logic than she used to be (2).
Look for gifts she can easily enjoy on her own and with friends when she needs to. You can get something challenging, like a board game, which is also fun at the same time. Or find something interactive and captivating, such as a craft kit for her to complete.
The Best Gift for 12-Year-Old Girls of 2020
When it comes to gifts, the choices are seemingly limitless. You can choose anything educational, interactive, or plain old fun. We’ve tried to cover most of these categories with what we feel might be the best gifts on the market.
Electronics & Tech
1. Samsung Galaxy S10 Phone
Whether you think your girl is ready for a phone or not, if you want to bring a smile to her face, this will do it. Every 12-year-old girl wants her own phone. This one comes in four colors to choose from.
The camera is outstanding on this phone. Your girl will be able to shoot fantastic photos to commemorate her junior high years. Also, this phone isn’t oversized and it’s thin and light, which is perfect for a girl this age.
2. Anki Overdrive Fast & Furious
If your girl appreciates the thrill that comes with speeding cars, this could be a prime gift. This two pack of high-tech robotic supercars offers the ultimate racing action, and she gets to race alongside the Torreto crew from the infamous movies.
The track expansion possibilities are endless. For an interactive “Fast and Furious” race, you need to pair the cars with a mobile device. These are not ordinary cars — they are robots programmed with edge-cutting features, ready to battle it out.
3. Nintendo Switch Console
A unique feature of Nintendo Switch is that you can play with it wherever you want. It’s easy to connect to the TV and enjoy playing with friends, just as it is to transition it to a handheld gaming device.
The mobility of the system makes it an incredible gift. It comes with all accessories, like the dock, controllers, and cables.
4. Polaroid Instant Print Camera
Even though we are living in a digital world, there’s still something special about having printed photos. This awesome instant camera allows your daughter to take instant photos, regardless of where she is.
It features innovative zero-ink technology and a unique vertical orientation. This allows snapping upright photos, just like a smartphone. With six picture settings that go from vintage to vibrant colors, she can shoot depending on her mood.
The package comes with a Lithium-ion battery, a Zink paper starter pack, a wrist strap, and charging cable.
5. Razor Hovertrax Hoverboard
Hoverboards are tons of fun to ride and this one is intelligently engineered with a self-balancing feature. EverBalance technology makes it easy to mount and safe to ride.
With a cruising speed of more than eight miles per hour, silent motors, and a running time of up to one hour, this makes for a smooth ride. Whether indoors or out, your 12-year-old is likely to enjoy riding it.
6. Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa
Alexa makes things super fast and easy. With up to 12 hours of battery life and 16 gigabytes of storage, it might be time to get your tween her own tablet.
The tablet features 8 inches of a vibrant HD screen display, 1.5GB of Ram, Dolby Audio, and a lot more. She’ll have access to all the movies, books, games, apps, and songs she wants, at your discretion.
7. Rotating Aurora Night Light
Aurora lights are always a beauty to behold, and sleeping under them each night would be a treat. Your 12-year-old can have a soothing and relaxing sleep experience with the Aurora magic world.
It comes with eight light projection modes that she can choose, depending on her mood. With a 45-degree tilt, it allows light projection in different directions. The built-in speaker is an incredible addition, and with an MP3 player or iPod, she can play relaxing music.
8. Photo Clip String Lights
Girls love to make their bedrooms unique and a private retreat where they can share some gossip with their friends or plan their school, or world, domination. These gorgeous string lights will give an otherworldly feeling to their room. But these lights also have photo clips on them so they can attach their favorite photos too.
You can choose the size to get them, whether it’s 20, 30, 40, 50, or 60 LED lights and clips.
9. PS4 Minecraft Game
Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no arguing that Minecraft is enormously popular with boys and girls. This PlayStation 4 game is good for newbies or for people who want to experience a bigger world than they had with the PS3 game.
Your gamer girl can tackle the world of Minecraft as a solo player, or play with up to seven other people.
10. Bonai Portable Phone Charger
This gift will be something you’ll love too. Your girl will have no reason not to check in frequently — she won’t be able to use that dead-battery excuse with this around. Depending upon which type of phone she has, the portable charger can provide 2.5 to 4.5 charges on a single charge.
It comes in several stylish and fun colors, and it’s slim and compact enough to fit in a pocket if necessary.
11. SPRK+ Educational Robot
This is a lot more than just a robot. It inspires curiosity, invention, and creativity through coding. Your child will easily learn how to program and nurture her imagination.
It’s a progressive learning gift that could expand her mind and allow her to forge her own path. The robot incorporates technology and STEM activities, with unbounded potential. It comes with a durable UV-coated plastic shell and uses an app that’s compatible with Android, Kindle, Chrome, and iOS.
12. JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Speaker
If your girl loves water sports or simply spending days at the beach or local pool with her friends, this is a must.
These waterproof speakers come in several fun colors and are so tough, they can handle some accidental dropping and being tossed carelessly in bags. They can connect to tablets or smartphones. With up to 12 hours of playtime, this speaker will be plenty strong enough to survive an all-day girl-fest.
Not loud enough for your daughter’s backyard bash? Get a few of them — they can link together to really get things pumping.
13. Samsung Chromebook 3
Tired of your girl hogging the desktop computer? Do you think she’s ready for a little more freedom? Then this Samsung Chromebook is a great pick.
She can have up to 11 hours of battery power at her disposal, and it includes built-in security to offer protection from malware and viruses. It has 4Gs of memory, which is enough even if she’s a bit of a gamer.
Clothing, Accesories, and Jewelry
Maybe you can bring her along to the mall and ask her to choose. If that’s not possible, here are some suggestions.
14. Satin Scrunchies
Scrunchies may seem outdated to you if you were a kid when they were first popular. But thanks to the VSCO girl craze, they are back in fashion again. This 60-pack will keep your VSCO girl super happy as she hands out scrunchies to all the boys in her class she has a crush on.
You don’t have to understand it. Parents rarely get their children’s trends. Just know that your daughter will love the color assortment and appreciate this gift if she considers herself a VSCO girl.
15. Over Calf Knee High Socks
You’ll have your choice of six pairs of gorgeous tube socks with cartoon-animal themes. They feature a fox, cat, panda, bear, and more. They’ll keep her warm and looking fashionable.
They’re great for parties, Halloween, or even daily wear. They’re suitable for all seasons, and yes, they are trending.
Made of high-quality cotton, they’re comfortable, elastic, and lightweight. They have enhanced cuffs that hold them perfectly in place.
16. Holylove Pineapple Earrings
These are not just cute, but affordable too. These stunning pineapple earrings are a good gift for your fashion-conscious girl and she might fall in love with them. They are quite eye-catching, and she could be the center of attention at the next party.
They are hypoallergenic, lead-free, nickel-free, and eco-friendly. They also come in a sturdy and elegant gift box.
17. SONGMICS Jewelry Box
All girls need a storage box for their shiny possessions. This one’s just right for all the jewelry your girl might have. It’s made of purple faux leather with a velvet lining that means it’s attractive and durable at the same time.
The handle on top makes it portable and allows her to take it with her wherever she pleases. It features nine multi-sized compartments for all types of jewelry, from watches to earrings. It also has a snap enclosure with two keys for security.
18. Weirdo Best Friends Necklaces
Finally, a piece of jewelry for us oddballs out there. This best friends necklace set is sure to get a smile out of a girl who thinks of herself as a loveable outcast or has no desire to be normal.
If your girl prides herself on being strange, she and her bestie will wear these necklaces with pride.
19. Pinwheel Pendant Making Kit
You don’t have to buy ready-made necklaces — get your girl a kit and allow her to create her own. She’ll make unique pendant necklaces that could become the talk of all her friends. The kit contains a set of over 200 design images for her to choose from.
Inspire her creativity, whether or not you’re raising a jewelry designer. The kit also includes eight pendants of different shapes, eight glass covers, eight chains, glue, and instructions.
Educational and STEM Gifts
To land the perfect STEM gift, consider the progressive levels of challenges, clear instructions, and whether adult supervision is needed.
20. LEGO Ideas Ship In a Bottle
This is the ultimate ship-in-a-bottle building kit. It comes with 962 pieces and features a mast, cannons, crow’s nest, a captain’s quarters, a flag, and sails. The bottle cork is buildable as well, and your girl can lock her ship in there.
It comes with an instruction booklet to make things easier for her. Once complete, she can showcase her creation on the display stand, which features a nameplate.
21. ThinkFun Circuit Maze Logic Game
Electrical engineers at heart will marvel at this game. This circuit maze uses real circuits to create a stealth experience for your loved one. It features 60 progressive challenges that range from beginner to expert.
It will develop her critical thinking and planning skills, as well as logical reasoning, as she learns how electric currents work. It also features clear instructions to make it easy to learn.
22. Hobby Rock Tumbler Kit
For some girls, anything shiny is appealing. Using this rock tumbling kit from National Geographic, your 12-year-old can turn rocks from rugged to shiny. This could be an exciting hobby that’ll be tons of fun to do.
She’ll have an opportunity to have her own dazzling gems collection. Better yet, she can use the included jewelry fastening to create her own jewelry. The kit features a tumbling machine, an information guide, rocks, and grit.
23. Living Zombie Science Kit
The world of zombies is scary but exhilarating, and your young lady could learn a lot from this science kit. It comes with not just one, but four kits. She’ll learn about polymers, gels, pigments, and liquid-solid transitions.
Zombie gizzards, levitating eyeballs, exploding slugs, bubbling bugs, and other gooey stuff is what she’ll be making. The kit features 44 pieces that will allow her to perform 15 experiments and activities, which can be repeated again and again.
24. Passport To Culture
This is a unique travel game that takes players all over the world, teaching them about different cultures. The questions involve people, greetings, food, drinks, customs, culture, and traditions.
Challenge your 12-year-old’s cultural intelligence with 636 questions and 48 culture scenarios. Each question will teach her something new or reinforce something she already knows.
Arts & Crafts
Art encourages self-expression, improves memory, and promotes innovation and flexibility. And, equally important, it enhances their decision-making skills.
25. Fashion Superstar Coloring Kit
This fashion kit combines classic coloring with app creativity. If you know all too well that your girl loves everything to do with design, this is a wonderful inspiration kit. She’ll get to experiment with colored pencils, “SuperTip” markers, and a design book.
Once she’s done creating skirts, dresses, or gowns, she can share them online by scanning them with the app. She’ll have the ability to build her own virtual closet, with hundreds of stylish combinations. This is compatible with iOS and Android devices.
26. Temporary Hair Color
A girl’s mane is always her pride. All girls, regardless of age, love beautiful hair, and this kit will make it more than that. It contains 12 vibrant colors of washable chalk, scented for hair to smell great.
If you’re worried about messing up, instructions are provided. Color combinations are endless and girls get to express creativity and individuality. Colors are easy to remove by washing hair with regular shampoo and water.
27. Easy-to-Do Crochet Kit
If your girl has been yearning to learn the fundamentals of crocheting, she might enjoy this kit. The kit comes with two hooks, a plastic needle, and seven colorful yarns.
The materials provided will be enough to start her off with three items. Choose from a coaster, belt, handbag, or placemat. It also comes with an instruction book to make things easier.
28. Super Mani-Pedi Party Kit
For a full-blown spa experience, a mani-pedi party kit could be the ideal gift. It contains 88 nail essentials that she can use to create fabulous nail designs. It includes five polish colors, four colors of glitter, and other nail accessories.
This could make for a great party activity for 12-year-old girls, where she can design with friends. They can make their own unique creations and have tons of fun while at it. Let her bring a similar kit to sleepovers, and they’ll all go crazy for it.
29. MozArt Origami Set
Origami has always been a charming and delightful Japanese art. This origami set comes with one-sided design sheets — one patterned and one plain side. The mixture creates beautiful design pieces.
It comes with 120 pieces of aesthetically appealing patterns that range from fruity to floral to geometric. Your girl can learn to create animals, dragons, cranes, roses, and more. The only thing that will limit her is her imagination.
Games & Toys
Games allow kids to interact with peers, learn how to function in a team, and how to share. Important lessons, such as cooperation, respect, and patience, are learned through playing games.
30. Blokus Strategy Game
This is a challenging yet stimulating strategy game that your pre-teen can enjoy with friends or family. It’s also competitive as it involves more than one player and each must protect their territory.
The players have to block the competitors strategically. All 21 pieces need to be placed on the board. The player with the lowest number of pieces remaining wins the game.
31. Double Ditto Party Board Game
This a great board game. It involves picking a card, reading it out loud, then writing down two answers your friends might think of. Girls this age can easily have fun with their friends while trying to match their answers.
The box comes with 400 category cards, score sheets, an instruction card, and a 15-second timer. It’s a multi-generational game you can all enjoy together.
32. Not Parent Approved Card Game
This is a hilarious family card game that is nothing short of attention-grabbing. It’s easy to learn and features 455 premium cards. Players get to be as mischievous as they want without getting in trouble.
This might be a good game for her to play to have an enjoyable time with friends. They will expand their creativity and imagination through some wacky humor. It’s compact enough to take to parties, camps, or on road trips.
33. Unbored Time Capsule
It’s human nature to reminisce and smile about memories. How about you give your young lady the chance to store some that’ll bring a smile to her face?
The kit contains a field guide that she’ll use to record her interests, favorite games, and crazy stuff she did with her best friend. She might even record the day you caught her eating all your chocolates or using your favorite lipstick.
It also comes with multiple accessories to help capture those precious memories. She can write about the games she plays with her friends or the gift her dad gave her on her birthday. Some of these everyday things we take for granted make the best memories.
Outdoors & Activities
34. Trendy Hydro Flask
Outdoor fun is not complete without a cute, but functional water bottle. Hydro flasks are known for their exceptionally high quality. They’re also designed for the outdoors and will keep hot and cold beverages at the same temperature for at least 12 hours.
We love that the stainless steel bottles come in a variety of bright colors. The bottles also sport an outer coating that makes them easy to grip. And, how perfectly sized is that 32 oz option? It’ll slip right into any backpack.
At 12 years old, you’ll find most girls love group activities, such as camping, hiking, festivals, or going to the beach. This stunning violet/turquoise parachute hammock is not only lightweight but portable enough to take along. Other color options are available.
It’s constructed from a durable nylon fabric that’s comfortable for chilling out. She can also use it in the backyard when she wants to relax and listen to music, or read a book. Everything is included for setup.
36. Flybold Slackline Kit
The fun that comes with slacklining is undeniable. Kids can become so competitive with this, and chances are your 12-year-old will love it. It’s an exciting backyard game that will increase her strength and agility.
It’s also going to help improve her posture, coordination, and balance. It’s easy to set up and comes with a visual instruction booklet. It’s a competitive game of who can walk the furthest or balance the longest.
It includes the main line, a training line, ratchets, tree protectors, and a carry bag. The walking line is 57 feet long and safely carries 300 pounds.
37. Inflatable Magic Pool Float
Some days you just want to relax in the pool and cool off. Kids want to do that too, which makes this a good gift. She’ll have something pretty to spend those lazy summer days on.
This giant rainbow float comes infused with glitter sprinkles that will make her the envy of her friends. It’s easy to inflate, deflate, and it comes with a repair patch.
38. Premium Outdoor Ring Toss Game
Traditional games never get old, and ring toss is one of those games. This kit comes with eight rope rings, eight plastic rings, a sturdy wood base, and a carry bag. The base features screw-in pegs for point markings.
This is a fun game that channels kids’ mental and physical energy. It helps to improve concentration and teaches the importance of finishing what they start. Your girl is also likely to become more socially adept as she learns about team spirit.
39. Nerf Dude Signature Bow
After watching Princess Merida, the only thing your daughter might want for her birthday is a bow. If your 12-year-old dreams of the day she’ll make perfect archery shots, this might be a suitable gift.
The bow is quite large, so don’t worry about growing out of it too fast, and it comes with two Nerf arrows. The arrows make a whistling sound that makes the experience even more mind-blowing.
40. Intex Challenger K1 Kayak
Kayaking is a wonderful outdoor activity that your girl might truly enjoy with her mom or dad. This inflatable kayak features an ergonomic cockpit designed for comfort and I-beam floors for added stability.
The cargo net at the front is great for storing extra gear, and the grab lines add security. It comes with an aluminum oar, repair patch, and a manual hand pump.
41. Adjustable Skipping Ropes
Skipping is a good way to keep fit and spend some time in the outdoors. This comes as a twin pack with bright pink and green colors. These ropes are adjustable up to 9 feet, making them suitable for multiple heights.
The lightweight foam handles make them comfortable and grippy. You might recall some fond memories on the playground with this option, so join her for some exercise while you’re at it, Mom.
The Best of Everything Else
42. The Book of What If
What if people lived in a floating city? What if your broccoli tasted like chocolate? These are some of the questions you get answers to when you read this book.
It covers all the weird hypothetical questions your 12-year-old possibly might ask you. Of course, you never know what to answer, so why not give her a book that does? It will foster curiosity and critical-thinking skills, and the sidebars will deepen their investigations further, with added knowledge included.
43. MIETTE Small Backpack Purse
During road trips or outings with her friends, your 12-year-old girl will need to carry personal items. This might be the perfect backpack for her. It’s a mini-vacation bag that’s lightweight, appropriate for traveling, or for everyday use.
It’s well designed with water-resistant polyester to ensure safety and features drawstrings for closure. It also has an inner pocket and a rear side zipper pocket. You get a variety of fashionable patterns and colors to choose from as well.
44. Small Spaces
A book so good your 12-year-old asks you to read it when she’s done with it? That’s what happened in my household with this book.
Mildly scary paranormal books are a big trend right now with junior high girls, and this one by Katherine Arden is fantastic. My daughter who enjoys reading, but isn’t a bookworm, couldn’t put this one down.
45. The Night Gardener
For a scarier paranormal read, try this book by Jonathan Auxier. It tells a spooky tale of a brother and sister who begin working for a family and soon realize their employment situation is putting their lives in peril.
Beautifully written, the relationships between the characters will make your daughter become invested in the outcome of this book. It’ll become a classic she’ll want to reread and perhaps give to her own children someday. That’s why we’re recommending the hardcover book.
46. CubicFun 3D Puzzles Model
Puzzles are always so much fun, and exceedingly satisfying to solve. This National Geographic Taj Mahal kit features 87 pieces that are attached to create the Taj Mahal building.
The kit encourages logical thinking, hands-on ability, and patience to complete one of the most famous landmarks. It comes with a National Geographic booklet that features historical knowledge about the Taj Mahal. No tools, scissors or glue needed.
47. Butterfly Craze Floor Lounger
Soft and plush, this lounger cover is inviting for nap times, watching TV, slumber parties, or reading. The pillow covers come in various bright colors and are easy to take care of.
You only get the cover and use your own five pillows to fill it up. Each pillow pocket features a zipper, and all you need to do is stuff it, zip, and lounge. It’s washable by machine on a delicate cycle with cool water.
48. Leather Writing Journal Notebook
Especially at this age, girls experience a roller coaster of emotions and sometimes, it’s just not easy to talk about it. Why not give her an outlet to vent, by writing or drawing all her expressions?
This journal is made of high-quality PU leather and she can make it anything she wants, from a diary, to photo album, journal, notebook, or organizer. She’ll also have permanent memories she can keep for many years.
49. Selfie Stick
Selfies might drive you crazy, but your daughter might love them at this age. If she’s constantly trying to take a great selfie of herself or her group of friends, this selfie stick could be useful.
It can be set up as a tripod, or it can be held out using the comfortable handle. It uses a remote in the selfie stick to capture picture after picture. You may even get some use out of it on family vacations instead of asking strangers to snap your picture.
50. Tetra LED Cube Aquarium Kit
This a perfect starter kit she can place in her bedroom, where she can watch over her fish. The tank is transparent, offering a panoramic view of a beautiful water habitat.
It’s a 3-gallon tank with a filter to keep it clean at all times. It also features an LED light and a convenient feeding hole. It’s a charming little environment for tropical fish, although fish are not included in the package.
Ready to Order?
Now you have some idea of the best gifts for 12-year-old girls; it’s time to choose something for her. Try to match the gift with her current interests or something she has been mentioning.
All our 50 gifts above would be a good choice for a 12-year-old girl, but my absolute favorite is the Lego Ideas Ship In a Bottle. It’s not only educational, but it enhances so many skills and it’s fun to put all those pieces together.
I hope you found something suitable for your young lady. If you have questions or comments, write in the comment section below. And please don’t forget to share.