Are you trying to find a gift for a girl and finding it hard? Are you overwhelmed by the number of gifts available and worried you won’t pick the right one? We’ll help you out with our guide to the best toys and gift ideas for 9-year-old girls.
Girls at this age aren’t impossible to buy for. You just need to keep their interests in mind and consider what makes them happy.
Let’s look at what you need to consider when choosing a gift. We’ll also share 50 gift ideas that meet our criteria of being unique, educational, skill-building, entertaining, and developmentally appropriate.
The smile on her face will be your reward for choosing the right gift.
- 131-piece set
- Durable supplies
- Portable case
- Shipped inflated and game-ready
- Deep channel design for superior control
- Fast-paced, competitive excitement
- Lightweight, colorful balls
- Crafted of metal
- Multiple compartments
- Plays Für Elise
- 3D with snap-together boards
- Explore unlimited electronic projects
- Step-by-step instruction manual
- Splash proof
- Customizable watch faces
- Includes motion sensor
- 16 out-of-the-box experiments
- Developed by Crayola scientists
- Easy-to-read instruction booklet
- 4 stories in 1
- Bestselling chapter book series
- Available in paperback, Kindle, or CDs
- 45-piece deluxe set
- Inspired by the original Spirograph
- Comes in a carry-along storage case
- High-quality board
- Super-smooth PU wheel
- Attractive pattern print on the board
Review Methodology: At Mom Loves Best, we understand the importance of finding the perfect gift for your 9-year-old girl. Our team of professionals has conducted thorough research, hands-on testing, and assessment of a wide range of products, using strict criteria and quantitative measurements to evaluate their performance. We’ve compared various gifts based on factors such as age-appropriateness, educational value, entertainment, and creativity. Our comprehensive analysis and first-hand experience allow us to identify key decision-making factors and rank the products, providing you with an objective evaluation to make the best choice. We’ve considered the design, unique features, and user experience of each gift to ensure you’re well-informed and confident in your selection. Trust Mom Loves Best to guide you in choosing the best gifts for 9-year-old girls, backed by evidence and expertise.
Best Toys & Gifts for 9-Year-Old Girls of 2023
Here are 50 great gifts for 9-year-old girls.
Arts and Crafts
Darice 131-Piece Deluxe Art Set
Classic Art Set
This quality 131-piece art kit has all the supplies a 9-year-old will need to explore her artistic side. She can use the set for drawing or sketching, painting, decorating items, or working on a homework project.
The wooden case keeps everything in one place, so you’ll know where it is when you need it. No more searching through drawers for a pencil or scissors.
Spirograph Deluxe Design Set
This might be one you remember from your own childhood, and it’s still popular today. Your girl and her friends will love creating countless unique designs. They can mix and match colors and different wheels for hours of artistic fun.
This set uses interlocking wheels and gears to create spiraled designs. It comes with all you need, including design paper and a full instruction guide.
4M Magnetic Mini Tile Art
Who doesn’t like a fridge magnet? This set supplies everything a girl needs to decorate 2-inch square tiles and pop a magnet on the back. Decorate any metal surface with their completed works of art, like a locker door or the fridge.
She could keep them for herself or give them to family and friends as gifts.
Alex DIY Friends Forever
Best Bracelets for a BFF
BFFs are a big thing for a 9-year-old girl. They’re the center of their world and do almost everything together. This kit has two wheels and two looms to create unique and customized friendship bracelets, with enough supplies for 22 bracelets.
The instructions are easy to follow and include links to online video tutorials. She can weave in diamonds, flowers, and hearts for her friends.
4M Easy-to-Do Crochet Kit
Introduce your 9-year-old girl to the world of crocheting with this kit from 4M. It contains instructions for many projects, including a coaster, belt, handbag, blanket squares, and more. The crochet hooks and yarns to complete three projects are also all provided.
Once your child learns the basics, she’ll be creating her own designs before you know it.
American Girl Crafts Monkey Sew
Introduction to Sewing
Sewing is a skill that can come in handy at any time, even if it’s just replacing a button that’s fallen off a garment. Getting to grips with the basics is a good idea, and this kit’s a great way to learn. It has the materials and easy-to-follow instructions to stitch and stuff two cute monkeys.
While your 9-year-old might need some help along the way, it’s a good excuse to spend quality time with her.
Klutz Make Clay Charms Kit
Make a bracelet or decorate clothes and other jewelry with these cute clay charms. Simply roll and shape them, bake them, then decorate them. Clear instructions are included to create different fruits, animals, sweets, sea creatures, monsters, and more.
The set also includes troubleshooting tips for common mistakes, so you can get a perfect charm every time.
Outdoors and Activity
Spalding NBA Street Basketball
Best Gift for Outdoor Play
Maybe your 9-year-old is a basketball fan and loves shooting some hoops. It’s a great way to get active, so why not encourage that with this pink and purple basketball from Spalding?
It’s the same size as balls used by the WNBA, making it ideal for young girls.
Rimable 22-Inch Skateboard
This kids’ skateboard comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, with 28 options in total. There are block colors and pretty flowers or psychedelic patterns.
Apart from looking cool, it also rides well with a 22-inch by 6-inch deck, 3-inch thick, high-quality aluminum trucks, and polyurethane wheels.
Your girl will be knocking spots off the others in the skate park — just don’t forget the helmet and pads.
Adjustable Inline Skates with Lightup Wheels
Skating is great fun and good exercise. These inline skates have bright pink and purple accents, and they’re soft and comfortable. They’re supportive, too, with an ankle strap, buckle, and laces.
We also like the light-up wheels that enable traffic to see your child easily in poor light. It also means they’ll appeal to her more as she whizzes along.
For safety purposes, the brand also sells a gear set with knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards.
Nerf N-Strike Elite Infinus
Nerf battles are not just for boys. Let your girls channel their inner Lara Croft with this nerf gun, and show the others how it’s done. It comes with 30 foam nerf darts, and you don’t have to stop firing to reload it.
The gun is fully motorized but requires four D batteries (not included).
Lifetime Height Adjustable Basketball System
Shoot for the Stars
Why not get a hoop to go with the basketball we featured earlier? This one is adjustable from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in 6-inch increments, so it will grow with your girl. The hoop is all-weather resistant. It also has a 5-year warranty.
Get out with your girl and shoot some hoops. It’s a great way for mom or dad to spend some active time with their daughter.
Portable Badminton Volleyball Set
Two in One
This quality set has complete components for two fabulous outdoor games: volleyball and badminton. It stores away in a compact bag, so it’s great for days at the beach, the park, or camping. Set up some tournaments for friends or family, and have some outdoor fun.
It’s great that this kit includes everything right down to the volleyball pump.
Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow
Super Heroine Kit
What girl doesn’t want to be a superhero like Wonder Woman or a rebel like Katniss Everdeen? Fuel her imagination with this cool bow with Nerf dart arrows. She can hide secret messages in the darts and give her friends the decoder to read them.
Both the decoder and quiver of arrows store on the bow, which has an electronic red sight dot to help you get a perfect shot.
Games and Toys
Hasbro Connect 4 Shots Game
Best Multiplayer Game for Girls
Do you remember Connect 4? This game has the same principles. Simply line up four of the same color to win, but this time you bounce small balls into the grid. Bounce your shots off the backboard to achieve your goal and win.
We like that this unique game gets kids moving indoors and that it can be played straight out of the box. It also folds up small when not in use.
Lego Friends Heartlake City Resort
Lego sets are timeless and always appeal to kids, female or male, big or small. This City Resort has 1,017 pieces to build a hotel for the four included Minifigures. They can explore the monorail, waterpark, and rooftop terrace.
The many accessories will increase your girl’s imaginative play, including a windsurf board and a dolphin. She can also disassemble the Minifigures to change their clothes and appearances.
Mattel Games Apples to Apples Junior
Best Card Game
This junior version of the popular Apples to Apples card game is sure to be a hit. It will get kids talking and test their powers of persuasion.
It’s easy to play; just choose the red apple card from your hand that you think best suits the judge’s green card. Then convince the judge your card is the best pick. It could be “smelly flip-flops” or “crunchy monkeys.” Whether you play silly or sensible cards, this game will provide hours of fun.
Exploding Kittens Card Game
Best Game for Laughs
This popular game is easy to play. The goal is to avoid drawing the exploding kitten card from the pack. But don’t worry if you do; there are many cards that can divert or block an exploding kitten and keep you in the game.
The card illustrations are fun, and the high-quality cards are made to last.
Nintendo Switch Lite
Best Gaming Console for 9-Year-Old Girls
This lite version of the Nintendo Switch is a handheld console with a built-in control pad (instead of the removable joysticks of the standard Switch). It makes a good 9th birthday gift, especially when combined with such game options as Mario Brothers, Pokemon, Minecraft, or Zelda.
One of our favorite features is that you can monitor your child’s switch from your mobile device by downloading the Nintendo Switch Parental Control app. The app allows you to limit your child’s time on the device, ensure their games are age-appropriate, and view the games and content they use on the device.
Choose from several colors to personalize the item for your girl. Ours prefer the coral version pictured here. Your girl can use The Nintendo Switch Lite to play any of the 5,000+ Nintendo Switch games that enable Handheld Mode.
WowWee Fingerlings Interactive Baby Dragon
Best On-the-Go Toy
There’s always some craze that captures kids’ imaginations, and Fingerlings are one. These cute little pets cling to your finger and need to be cared for. Choose from a variety of fun colors and personalities, and take them wherever you go.
They will reward you with kisses, chatter at you in dragon language, and open and close their eyes. They also respond to your touch and voice. Ruby is just one of a selection of dragons and other animals you can collect. Batteries are included, so your girl can begin playing with her pet right out of the box.
Spin Master Games Perplexus 3D Maze Game
Does your 9-year-old girl have the ability to solve the Perplexus maze? This clear plastic sphere has 100 challenges to keep your child amused and engaged. Turn it through 360 degrees to get the silver ball along the course to the finish line.
This intriguing maze is portable and keeps young minds engaged as they try to solve the puzzles.
Clothing and Jewelry
Jewelry is a great way for girls to accessorize and create their own unique look. But most girls also appreciate comfy night clothes, fun sneakers, or warm cozy boots.
Lenox Childhood Memories Jewelry Box
As your child accumulates jewelry, what better gift than somewhere to keep it safe? This lovely silver-colored jewelry box has a ballerina that pops up when it’s opened. Wind her up, and she’ll dance to the music which plays.
The box includes soft, fabric-lined storage compartments for rings, earrings, and more. The removable tray reveals a hidden compartment underneath, and a small mirror stands behind the ballerina.
Distance Sea Mermaid Crescent Moon Pendant
Young girls love mermaids — get them a crystal-encrusted tail in their favorite color for a sure-fire hit.
This stylish mermaid pendant comes in international standard 925 sterling silver with a blue-colored crystal. The chain is 18 inches long with an extra 2-inch extension, enabling it to be worn long or short.
You can choose from four unique mermaid designs, including a mother-daughter option.
Big Girls' Unicorn Pajama
Practical Pretty Pyjamas
Unicorns may be mythical, but not to a 9-year-old. Girls love this creature wherever it appears, and this pajama set has them in spades. There’s a large one adorning the top, and the shorts are covered in them.
This gorgeous set is made from super soft, machine-washable cotton.
BearPaw Abigail Mid-Calf Boot
Sheepskin and suede boots have become a fashion statement for girls and women of all ages. These cute and cozy mid-calf boots from BearPaw come in 9 colors and sizes from 5 to 11, including some wide sizes. If she has smaller feet, there’s a similar option in smaller sizes.
They aren’t just for cold weather either. She can pop them on with shorts during the summer to look super cute and oh-so-stylish. They’ll be a cool addition to any 9-year-old girl’s wardrobe.
Skechers Kids Energy Lights Sneaker
Light up Soles
Light up your 9-year-old’s world, or at least her feet, with these sneakers from Skechers. The sole has built-in lights with changeable sequences. She can recharge them with a USB and turned on and off using a switch in the tongue.
The sneakers come in shiny silver or royal blue and sizes up to a women’s 7.
Msdada Temporary Hair Chalk
Cool Colors for Hair
Buying clothes for a 9-year-old girl can be quite a challenge. If you’re unsure what she might like, you can always opt for something like these non-toxic hair chalks. That way, she can pop some streaks in her hair to match her clothes.
It won’t freak mom and dad out too much, as the colors wash out easily in the shower. Choose from 20+ color options, including some really funky combinations, to suit any style.
Timex Analog Strap Watch
Give your girl the gift of time with this classic watch from Timex. The screen is made from scratch-resistant glass, and the strap is made of faux leather. It’s got a durable resin case and is resistant to water splashes or briefly being dipped in water.
We like that this has a simple analog display and an easy-to-read dial.
Electronics and Tech
Smart Circuits Games & Gadgets Electronics
Simple Clever Circuits
Get her started on electronics with this easy-to-use snap-together circuit set. It includes a microprocessor, so your girl can build interactive games and wire up gadgets. She can create things like a DJ light show, a doorbell, an electronic rooster, a magic message wand, and so much more.
You’ll love that this set has all the needed parts and lets kids be creative with electronics.
Fitbit Ace 3 Minions Watch and Activity Tracker
This Fitbit smartwatch and activity tracker was designed for kids and makes a great alternative to high-tech smartwatches that may be distracting at school. The special edition Minions version adds some fun appeal and unique graphics, but you can choose from other colored options if Minions aren’t your girl’s thing.
The animated watch face changes throughout the day as your girl approaches her activity goal. We love how this motivates kids to be more active. At a time when screen time offers plenty of motivation to sit around indoors, this technology does the opposite.
Kids can compete against friends or family to get the most steps or active minutes, providing further motivation to keep moving. The watch includes a vibrating silent alarm that will wake them more kindly than a loud, beeping clock, and it tracks how well your child is sleeping at night.
It’s water resistant, so your child can continue to monitor activity levels even while swimming. The sleek face, silicone band, and trim design provide ultimate comfort.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera
Back to old-school classics with new technology, this camera from Fuji prints your photos immediately. Girls will love creating collages for their bedroom walls or taking pictures to gift to friends, decorated with the enclosed frames, string, and clips.
It’s ready to go out of the box, with two instant film packs — enough for 40 photographs. It also has a case to keep it safe and carry it about.
Oh, and don’t forget the cool pink color. Other color options include a pretty blue or lime green, in case girly pink is not your daughter’s thing.
UBTech STEM Building and Coding Unicornbot
Intro to Coding
If you’re going to have a robotic friend, why not choose a unicorn? This snap-together STEM creation has a magical horn you can activate via a free iOS or Android app.
This toy offers a simple intro to coding and robotics as your girl learns to build and program her unicorn.
She can teach her robot friend to navigate obstacle courses, pick up objects, show emotions with sound and light, and so much more. There are 440 snap-together parts and full instructions to build your unicorn.
Kindle Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet
Is your 9-year-old girl ready for her own tablet? This one from Amazon Kindle could be just the ticket. With a year’s subscription included to Amazon Kids+, she can listen to or read books, play games, watch her favorite shows, and more.
The Amazon App store offers thousands of apps, including many kids’ favorites, such as Netflix, Disney+, and Minecraft.
Our favorite features include a strong case, parental controls, and a 2-year warranty. This version has 64GB of internal storage, but you can extend the memory to 1TB with a micro SD card. It also has front and back cameras, a built-in speaker and microphone, and dual-band Wi-Fi, and it lasts for up to 13 hours on a single charge.
Sphero Mini Robot Ball
Best Robot Toy for 9-Year-Old Girls
Girls can use this fun robot in many ways. Use the free app to control it with a slingshot, joystick, or facial recognition. That’s right! Simply smile, frown, or move your head, and watch what Sphero does.
There are different-colored skins available for this robot, so you can make it your own. Three games are included. The robot is compatible with iOS or Android and lasts about an hour on a single charge.
Bluetooth Headphones by Puro Sound Labs
Do you find you don’t always want to listen to the music your kids are playing or the sound effects of their video games? Restore harmony in your household by getting your 9-year-old girl these kid-friendly Bluetooth headphones.
We like that these headphones are limited to 85 dB to protect young ears. They also have soft ear cups and an adjustable headband.
Educational and STEM Gifts
Crayola Colour Chemistry Set for Kids
Create your own erupting volcano, glow-worm, slime, and much more with this color chemistry set. Everything you need for 16 different experiments is contained in the box. Add some everyday household items to help you carry out 34 more science activities.
While adult supervision is recommended, the instructions are easy to read and follow.
Cutest Robot Ever
“Cute” doesn’t do Eilik justice — he’s one of the most animated robots we’ve seen. Eilik might just be your perfect companion for your princess. It features rich facial expressions, would react to the slightest touch, and is able to entertain your kid by showing his dance moves. Just watch that you don’t upset him when playing games with him; he might throw a tantrum. He could also interact with another set of Eilik for more fun and interactive play.
This robot is functional, educational, and lots of fun. Any 9-year-old girl will love this STEM gift, and so will mom and dad.
Dan&Darci Light-up Crystal Growing Kit
Best Molecular Science Kit
Molecular science plays a role in this kit, and it’ll have your 9-year-old girl excited about growing crystals. Girls love a little bling, and this set has everything they need to grow a number of different shapes and types of crystals.
The easy-to-read instruction leaflet takes you through each step, making this an engaging and fun science experiment.
Insect Lore Live Butterfly Growing Kit
Get your 9-year-old in touch with nature and give her some responsibility, raising her own caterpillars into butterflies. She can nurture and feed them before finally releasing them into the wild. While she might be sad to see them go, it will be a good learning experience.
We also like that this kit teaches kids a lesson in patience, as it takes about three weeks for the entire transformation. The kit includes essential instructions, a mesh habitat bag, a feeding tool, and five baby caterpillars.
Snap Circuits 3D Illumination Electronics
Best Circuit Set
Snap circuits have gone into 3D with this easy-to-use introduction to electronics and engineering. There are over 150 simple projects enabling your girl to create a wall light show, a projector, a light tunnel, and more.
Don’t worry; there’s no need for a soldering iron, as everything you need is in the box. It’s also compatible with other snap circuit sets. An illustrated instruction manual is included for anyone unfamiliar with snap circuits.
Kano Computer Kit
Build a Computer
Your girl can build her very own computer with the components in this kit, attach it to any HDMI screen, and learn how to code from over 100 challenges. The fun doesn’t stop there, either. She can make art and music as well as do many other things.
It’s great that the challenges give kids rewards as they progress, unlocking more creations.
Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit
Cast a Spell
Is your 9-year-old girl a Harry Potter fan? Does she wish she was Hermione Granger so she could cast spells with a wand? Well, here’s her chance.
She can build her own wand and then code it to complete over 70 challenges using the free Kano app. She can make pumpkins grow, feathers fly, fire flow, and much more. There are over 200 exclusive sounds, wizarding artifacts, and music effects.
The wand is compatible with Android and iOS devices, PCs with Windows 10, and Amazon Kindle Fire tablets (8 HD 2016 models or newer).
The Best of the Rest
Magic Tree House Boxed Set
Best Book Series
This New York Times bestselling book set will enthrall and enchant your 9-year-old girl. It includes four books: Dinosaurs Before Dark, Mummies in the Morning, The Knight at Dawn, and Pirates Past Noon. It’s available in paperback, Amazon Kindle, or on audio CDs (if you happen to have an old-school CD player).
She can enter the world of Annie and Jack as they have magical adventures in the past from the tree house in the woods. These books have been firm favorites with kids, teachers, and parents for over 25 years, and they’re definitely top of the list for us.
National Geographic Kids 5,000 Awesome Facts
All You Need to Know
Girls at 9 years old are curious and absorb facts like sponges. This National Geographic book is one they’ll pick up time and again. It’s full of valuable and fun information about a wide range of subjects.
There are mysteries of history and facts about reptiles, sharks, robots, chocolate, peanut butter, and more. Pick up tips on toys and games, or learn wacky words. Your girl will amaze friends and family with the snippets she comes out with.
Fin Fun Mermaid Tails
Best Beach Gear
Release your water baby’s inner mermaid with this functional monofin and mermaid tail. It comes in nine different colors and will be great fun at the pool or on the beach. She can quickly remove the patented monofin either in or out of the water.
A word of warning, your child must be able to swim to use this. Various sizes are available for a perfect fit.
Bonaok Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone
Sing Your Heart Out
Move over Ariana Grande, the next big star might be on her way. Girls love a microphone and singing, so this wireless Bluetooth one will make her the star of the show.
It can connect to any Bluetooth device, including a speaker, to play music. Alternatively, it will play music from a microSD card. Let your girl sing along with YouTube videos at her next sleepover. Complete with LED lights — this mic is ready for showtime.
Bag Of Zombie Farts Cotton Candy
Funniest Gift for 9-Year-Old Girls
Watch your child’s face light up, go red, and then see them burst out into giggles with this bag of zombie farts. This fun gift is great to put a smile on any 9-year-old girl’s face.
The company has also made some contributions to the community, with a portion of its profits donated to a charity that helps curb childhood bullying.
RockJam Electronic Interactive Piano Keyboard
Learn to Play Piano
Is your 9-year-old showing an interest in music? This keyboard, complete with an adjustable stand and stool, could be the ideal gift. It also comes with headphones, so kids can practice whenever they want without disturbing the rest of the house.
There’s a free Piano Maestro iPad app that has 30 songs for your child to learn. It listens in real time and gives feedback. The piano also comes with a sustain pedal and over 200 tones and rhythms — lots of options for compositions.
Portable Wireless Bluetooth Shower Speaker
For the Shower Superstar
If your little girl likes to go all Taylor Swift in the shower, this speaker will help her do just that. Compatible with any Bluetooth device, the silicone design is rugged, shockproof, dustproof, and ready for those acoustic-driven shower melodies.
It will play for eight hours on a single charge and has a removable suction cup for attaching to the bath or shower screen.
Tovla Jr. Cooking and Baking Set
Best Gift for 9-Year-Old Chefs
This kit contains everything a girl needs to bake delicious cupcakes and cookies. The pretty little cooking and baking set includes everything she’ll need to create impressive treats and dishes for friends and family.
With a cookbook and colorful recipe cards sporting kid-friendly recipes, utensils, measuring cups and spoons, cookie cutters, a cutting board, kid-friendly knives, an apron, a timer, and so much more, she’ll feel like the real deal.
We love that the set comes in a sturdy plastic case where she can store all her supplies, keeping them separate from mom’s. This set will help her build confidence and kitchen skills — with a little supervision, of course.
How to Choose Gifts for 9-Year-Old Girls
It’s that awkward time in a girl’s development. They’re approaching puberty and going through a lot of changes. These are some factors we consider when shopping for gifts for 9-year-old girls.
Things will begin to hold their attention for longer periods, but as any parent knows, a girl’s interests can change with the weather. They might be open to starting a new hobby or collection. Craft gifts are a good idea to challenge their dexterity and creativity.
Nine-year-old girls are at the age where friendships become more important to them. These connections are essential to a child’s development (1). We can help foster these friendships by providing fun social experiences.
Some gifts that encourage social play include board games, card games, role-play games, or video games; outdoor equipment, such as a basketball hoop and balls, a skateboard, stomp rockets, or dart guns; or indoor activities, such as craft supplies or science experiments.
They might also start reading independently and have a voracious appetite for new books. There are thousands of middle-grade books to choose from, including everything from manga and comics to short stories to lengthy novels.
Girls at this age are often interested in keeping schedules or recording their experiences in a journal or diary. There are many options to suit any girl’s unique style.
Your preteen might experience a growth spurt and express more interest in sports. Gifts that will keep her active and get her outdoors can be a good choice.
No two kids are the same, and their development can be ahead of or behind that of their peers. Challenge their curious minds with educational and STEM gifts as they become more independent. They might learn and absorb more away from a classroom setting with something that’s also fun (2).