Girls Just Want to Have Fun: The Best Gifts Ideas for Girls
Are you struggling to find just the right gift for the girl in your life? Is your child starting to move out of one phase and into another, leaving you unsure which gifts will be a hit and which ones will be shoved in the closet and long forgotten?
Then this guide will make your life a whole lot easier. Girls aren’t impossible to please — you just have to know what you’re doing when you make a gift selection.
Quick Picks – Our Top 10 Gifts for Girls
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- Gift Reviews for Girls
- Best Gifts for 1 Year Old Girls
- Best Gifts for 2 Year Old Girls
- Best Gifts for 3 Year Old Girls
- Best Gifts for 4 Year Old Girls
- Best Gifts for 5 Year Old Girls
- Best Gifts for 6 Year Old Girls
- Best Gifts for 7 Year Old Girls
- Best Gifts for 8 Year Old Girls
- Best Gifts for 9 Year Old Girls
- Best Gifts for 10 Year Old Girls
- Best Gifts for 11 Year Old Girls
- Best Gifts for 12 Year Old Girls
- Best Gifts for Teenage Girls
- What to Look For When Buying Gifts for Girls
Gift Reviews for Girls
Best Gifts for 1 Year Old Girls
You have to remember when buying gifts for this age group that you’ll be more excited by the present you’re giving than they will be. They might be more fascinated by the wrapping paper at this age. Stick with gifts that can be chewed on without fear of plastic exposure because everything will end up in their mouths.
When you want to go for a walk with your daughter, but you know she’ll get bored if she sits too long in her stroller, this push around buggy could be just the tool you need. With the built-in steering wheel, she’ll feel like she’s controlling your every move.
Your daughter will love testing her athletic prowess with this adorable ride-on toy that plays a variety of songs. She can put some of her favorite treasures under the lift-up seat and you can watch your favorite treasure riding this throughout your house.
Your daughter may want to make each farm animal’s sound as she works her way through this puzzle that features jumbo-sized safety knobs. And you’ll want to capture those precious moments while you can, before she gets bigger in what seems like the blink of an eye.
This toy may become your daughter’s first friends — beside you, of course. The friendly looking dog is cuddly, but it also can play more than 40 songs when your baby squeezes a paw to get it started. They can also learn words, colors and counting with their new friend.
Little kids love moving night lights and parents love the peace and quiet of finding a gadget that can mesmerize their child into quietly falling asleep. This starry sky projection light will cast a beautiful light show on your baby’s ceiling and the time will let you set how many minutes you want it to run for.
Girls at this age love cuddly animals and when those animals make noises, it’s even better. They’ll get cuddles at the same time they’re being entertained. When your baby someday outgrows this set of jungle animals, you can store it away for a keepsake.
Your child may not know how to read yet, but she’ll still love sitting on your lap and hearing you read to her. This book’s beautiful pages and die-cut windows will keep her interest. And your attention will make her day.
This tea set will keep your child happy because it plays music and looks adorable. But this toy is more than just a good time — it can help your child learn about counting, matching and colors too. Plus, if you sit down with her and pretend to have a tea party, she’ll learn about manners too.
Your baby will get a kick out of sharing her bathtub with this soft Elmo. You can practice doing your best Elmo voice to keep her amused. When bath time is done, you can hang up Elmo on a provided loop so it will be all dry for her next bath.
This wooden cheese block may not seem like much, but to your 1 year old, it will be a constant challenge. They’ll want to take the big, safe needle-like tool and weave it through the holes on the block of cheese. It will help hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills.
Best Gifts for 2 Year Old Girls
At this age, you have a lot of options when it comes to gift giving. Kids at this stage are really getting into books, stuffed animals and toys that they can do things with. Push-along toys, like a baby doll stroller, are a good pick.
Your daughter will want to pretend she’s just like mommy as she pushes this shopping cart through your house. If you find yourself missing any groceries from your pantry, you might want to check out her shopping cart.
These puzzles are gorgeous and they feature some of most children’s favorite and familiar animals. The pegs on each piece are easy for little hands to hold onto and you’ll love watching her mind in action. It may take a few tries, but she’ll eventually make those pieces fit.
Your baby will love feeling like a mother hen to her baby dolls and pushing them all around the house in this stroller. She’ll learn about caring for others from watching you so make sure you set a good example for her.
This block has a host of activities for your daughter to do. With 14 interactive features, it will help her hone her motor skills and learn animal names and sounds. You’ll enjoy seeing how quickly she gets the hang of her new toy.
Most kids love painting, but at this age, they can still get frustrated by trying to hold a paintbrush for very long. Let her get hands-on with her art with this fingerpaint kit. You’ll get to relieve your youth by trying to paint alongside with her.
Your daughter should have a blast playing with these seven draining bath cups during her baths. The cups each have a number, which will help your child learn how to count. Your floor might get a bit wet from her holding these outside the tub, but one days you’ll miss these kinds of messes.
Whether you love or hate it, technology isn’t going away. The sooner your child learns about technology, the better off she’ll be in this computerized world. This tablet will get her comfortable with technology as it introduces her to letters, words and sounds.
Your daughter will always be your little princess and this play tent can make her feel like one. The opening is large enough so you can fit in there with her. You can read books in there together or just sit there and talk.
You and your daughter will have so much fun looking for this baby’s body parts in this lift-the-flap book. When you’re done, you can ask your child to point out her own belly button too. She’ll be able to learn while having fun.
Your baby will love nurturing her own little doll, just as you take care of her. This one smells sweet, sucks on a thumb or the pacifier that comes with it, and can sit up or recline. She’ll enjoy rocking her baby to sleep or playing with her hair.
Best Gifts for 3 Year Old Girls
When girls hit this stage, they love to do anything they see their moms and dads do. They’re learning by imitation and you should encourage that with toys like fake foods, kitchen sets and even toy mops and brooms. That will help them feel like they’re a little adult.
Many of us parents remember our favorite thing to do when we were this age was to get on our hopping balls and go at breakneck speed around our house. These toys are still popular with kids because fun never goes out of style.
This kitchen set looks like the real deal so your little mini-me will be convinced she’s doing real, important work just like you. And if she has a little friend over, there is enough room and opening doors that they can play together without arguing.
This set will allow your child to go outside and stay busy when you’re doing your gardening. With a spray bottle, watering can, pruning tools and a little rake, she’ll feel like she’s a big kid because she’ll be helping you.
This seven-doll set should thrill any girl who loves rainbows or playing make believe. Each doll represents one color of the rainbow. These are shorter than normal Barbie dolls so they’re the perfect fit for this age group.
This book will lead to parents giving their daughters a lot of kisses while imitating what’s happening in the book. That will make it a favorite book for both of you. The words are pretty basic, but it does a great job conveying the love between a mother and daughter.
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Moms and daughters should both enjoy this Disney movie featuring a strong girl character, Moana, who must swoop in and save her island. It has catchy music that you’ll both be singing for days afterward and beautiful animation.
Playing doctor helps your child feel more comfortable with real-life doctor trips and it makes her feel big and important. You’ll get a chuckle out of being her patient, especially when she gets to do her favorite procedure, which will probably be giving you your shot.
Your daughter will want to dress just like the princesses that she loves to watch on television and in the movie theaters. You’ll love seeing her act out the part of her role models. No matter what she’s wearing, she’ll always be your little princess.
If you find your daughter has started resisting her nightly bath and you want to get things back on track, a bath toy might be the answer. This octopus toy comes with little toys she’ll love placing or throwing onto the legs of the octopus.
This cuddly dog and carrier set will let your daughter bring her stuffed animal with her wherever she goes, even on vacations. She’ll feel like a responsible pet owner with this on her arm and she’ll feel safe with her snuggler there with her.
Best Gifts for 4 Year Old Girls
At this precious preschool age, your child’s brain is like a sponge. With kindergarten right around the corner, it’s a good time to stock up on educational toys that make learning fun. But you’ll also want a good mix of toys that will keep your child on her feet to ensure she gets enough exercise.
This game is so simple, your 4 year old will have a blast with it. All you have to do is stick your plastic sword in the bucket and hope the pirate doesn’t pop up on you. It’s a game that is high on action and low on rules, which keeps your young daughter interested.
Give your child the gift of fun and fitness with this Bungee Boing jumper. Many parents will enjoy giving this toy a whirl too so they can demonstrate how to do it for their child. It’s holds up to 250 pounds and can be used inside or outside.
This bike doesn’t have pedals so your child can simply use her two feet to balance it and coast when she’s ready. That will help her get the hang of the trickiest part of learning to ride — balancing so she won’t have a fear of falling.
Who knows what creations your daughter will dream up with this sidewalk chalk. It’ll keep her entertained for hours. You’ll love seeing your driveway all decked out with her newest pictures and she’ll proudly show you each one of her precious drawings.
This kid-friendly tablet has fantastic parental controls which will keep your daughter from accidentally stumbling upon content you don’t want her to have. The tablet also has a parent dashboard with discussion cards so you two can talk about what she’s seeing and doing.
Your house will be the coolest hangout for kids on your block with this bubble machine that spits out over 500 bubbles per minute. Your daughter will love trying to pop every bubble that heads her way. You’ll spend a couple minutes setting this up, but it’s better than having to blow all those bubbles with a tiny wand.
This is a great gift for the little explorer in your life. She’ll love exploring the great outdoors with these binoculars, compass, flashlight and magnifying glass. You two can have great adventures together as she learns about the world around her.
At this age, your daughter wants to be just like you and she imitates everything about you. If she could have a purse to carry, just like you do, she would be happy. This little purse fits the bill — it’s cute and perfectly sized for her little hands.
If you have the extra space in your house to set up with play tent, your child will be able to use it no matter the weather. You’ll get some great videos of her crawling through that tent and giggling. She may even encourage you to see if you can get through the tunnel.
Remember how much fun you had playing Frisbee when you were a kid — except when the Frisbee was super painful if you caught it the wrong way? This frisbee is great for younger kids because it’s open in the center and lighter, which means no more pain.
Best Gifts for 5 Year Old Girls
The best gifts for this age group are ones that encourage girls to explore their interests and their fantasies. For example, if your little girl can’t get enough of songs on the radio when you’re driving her around, get her a microphone and let her belt out her own songs.
Getting a bicycle is a rite of passage in a young girl’s life. It gives her a chance to practice a new skill, earn some independence and get great exercise all at the same time. This bike should also appeal to her visually. It has a lot of bright colors and plenty of streamers hanging off the handlebars.
This wireless microphone offers five different voices you can switch to, including a robot voice. You’ll find yourself wanting to sing along with your daughter and you’ll make great memories. Your epic performances will keep you both laughing harder than you’ll be singing.
Coasting and moving on this scooter will give your child plenty of exercise to help keep her fit. Instead of steering, your daughter will lean to direct her scooter from one side to the other. This scooter will be a source of fun for her for years to come.
Stamp pad sets are as popular today as they used to be. Girls of this age love pushing the stamp against the ink pad and seeing what happens when they put it to paper. The only downside might be that your hand and arm may be covered in stamps.
You might not understand the appeal of this little toys, but girls this age go crazy for them. They love collecting all the various Shopkins and setting them up in the playsets. The biggest drawback to buying these is that girls usually want to rapidly expand their collections.
Hello Kitty has taken over the world for 5 year olds. Many of them think anything from the Hello Kitty line is the cat’s meow. This playset comes with 10 accessory items that your child can position throughout the house.
Most little girls secretly want to grow up to be a mermaid. The next best thing to being one is playing with one. This doll can transform from a mermaid into a regular Barbie when your daughter wants her to hang out with her land-loving dolls.
With pre-installed games and videos, you won’t have as much work to do to set up your daughter’s tablet. Plus, with the pre-loaded features you won’t have to worry about them stumbling upon inappropriate content when they’re playing on the tablet.
You and your daughter may enjoy designing and making your own headbands together. She’ll learn as she’s figuring out which feathers, rhinestones and flowers she wants to showcase on her masterpieces. She can even make some for her friends since there are 10 in each set.
American Girl dolls are coveted by girls everywhere. Their outfits are well made and, this will probably become a treasured keepsake your daughter will want to store away for her own daughter someday.
Best Gifts for 6 Year Old Girls
This is the age when children really begin to grasp reading and love to show off their new skills to anyone who will listen. They love how smart they feel and having reading material of their own will foster that love of reading. You also might want to consider some electronic reading devices.
If your daughter loves to draw, but isn’t exactly good at it, give her a cheat with this tracing pad. It lights up so she’ll be able to easily see the lines so she can trace it onto a new sheet. With over 100 images to trace, she won’t tell you she’s getting bored.
This collection has five different popular Dr. Seuss books for your child to enjoy. Even if she can’t read all the words yet by herself, following along with the rhyming patterns of the books will be good for her. And she’ll still be old enough to appreciate all the silliness of these books.
Your daughter will quickly understand the premise of this game and will love trying to trick and outsmart you. You might be surprised at how resourceful she can be with the art of distraction when she’s trying to beat you. And you might find yourself letting her win once in awhile just to see how excited she gets about it.
Got a little daredevil on your hands? Get her this camera to strap to the handlebars of her bike or let her take it to the pool to record her underwater adventures — it’s submersible up to 6 feet of water. Someday you’ll both treasure looking back at how fearless she was.
Your child can play this game by herself, but chances are she’ll be begging you to join her for a round. Seeing who can keep the Jenga tower standing the longest is great fun for the whole family and it’s a game she’ll enjoy for years to come.
This watch will make your daughter feel like she’s got all the technology she’ll ever need. She can take pictures or videos with this watch. It even has games for her to keep herself busy with. If your child wants, she can even do math problems on this watch.
If you want to think of your daughter every time you look out of your window, get her this kit which lets her make her own window suncatchers. Your windows will be covered with her artwork, but someday when she’s older, your windows will look just like everyone else’s. Enjoy it while it lasts.
If your girl is interested in science, she’ll love growing her own terrarium with this kit. She won’t have to be too patient because she’ll see growth in 3 to 4 days. Your little scientist will love updating you with every detail she has noticed as it takes off.
Every girl remembers her first jewelry box. It makes her feel so grown up and special. She’ll love the beautiful design on this one and how it plays music. To make it extra special, you can buy her a piece of jewelry to keep inside it too.
Whether your kid loves to read or just needs a little help mastering the skills, this system can work for her and it will keep her entertained while she’s working. You can access more than 150 books and different activities.
Best Gifts for 7 Year Old Girls
Many girls at this age have begun to really develop an interest in sports or other activities like dance. And with obesity still being a problem with kids in our country, finding an active hobby they’ll enjoy is a great investment in their future health.
Girls will love to get their grooves on and they’ll love to challenge everyone of their family members to see who they can defeat in a dance competition. The good news for everyone in the family is that you’ll all be burning calories and fighting inactivity with every step.
This classic card game is simple enough for little kids to understand, but fun enough that you won’t mind playing a few hands with your daughter. Game nights can offer parents and children a great bonding experience that they’ll remember for years.
Did you have a diary where you wrote all your hopes and dreams in? Many girls treasure their diaries and appreciate having a lock and key on them like this diary does to safeguard their innermost secrets.
Girls of all ages look up to Wonder Woman. The little builder in your life will love putting together this dorm brick by brick using the building plans included in the box. Following the instructions will help her develop her brain power while she’s daydreaming about kicking villains’ butts.
Your child and her friends will have a great time playing this water game on a hot summer’s day when school is out. Most kids love to get wet and the anticipation of not knowing when it’s going to happen will keep them laughing.
You’ve been trying to get your daughter to drink more water and less juice. This water bottle might give you a hand with that. She’ll love it because she gets to color it herself. The design is already on the bottle, but she gets to calls all the shots about which colors it will be.
Remember trying frantically to find the end of the rainbow so you could get your pot of gold when you were a kid? It’s a lot easier when the rainbow is in your daughter’s room, thanks to this projector. And, after all, your daughter is better than a pot of gold any day.
With these design plates, your child can create a custom outfit to color in. It’s easy enough for this age to do and enjoyable enough even for adults. She might beg you to create an outfit for her to color in. Let your future designer show off her stuff.
If you have a daughter, you’ve probably already experienced the Frozen phenomenon. Whether your daughter has simply watched the movie a couple times or can sing the soundtrack by heart, this collection of fast Frozen tales should keep her interested. You can read it to her right before bed.
If you have an advanced reader on your hands, she might enjoy this set of Never Girls books, especially if she’s a big Disney fan. You may find yourself reading this after she goes to bed to catch up on the modern-day twist of Never Land in these tales.
Best Gifts for 8 Year Old Girls
At this age, kids are really starting to get the hang of more sophisticated toys like most board games and card games. But they’re also loving electronics too. Getting toys that require some thinking will keep your daughter entertained and challenged.
These books hook this age group in and they don’t let go. Many of us remember book series from our youths that were special to us — that’s what this series can be for this generation. Your child will love the adventures Jack and Annie find themselves in and you’ll love that these books actually teach your child something.
This is a game parents and children can play together and have fun while they’re doing it. There are no complicated rules to confuse everybody. You’ll be given a word and you’ll have to sing songs that contain that word. That’s all there is to it, but it’s surprisingly fun.
Get your superstar athlete out there practicing to develop her full potential. Whether she just likes to play for the exercise, fun and socialization or she dreams of someday playing professionally, a basketball is a gift she’ll get a lot of use out of.
Girls who are interested in science or geography will think this kit rocks. It lets them break open four geodes to see what’s inside. You might find you’re just as curious as they are about it.
Many girls love baking, but their parents aren’t thrilled with the idea of them messing up the kitchen and having large-scale failed experiments in the oven. That’s where an Easy Bake oven can save the day. Girls get to attempt to bake and parents don’t have to worry about their whole kitchen being destroyed.
This tile art can use magnets so your daughter can hang up her creations on any surface that’s metal, like her locker at school or the refrigerator. She’ll have a blast making her pictures and learning how to use patterns to create a balanced picture.
If you and your daughter are Moana fans, you’ll have a blast putting this together. It can be a great mother and daughter bonding night. By the time you’ve finished, you’ll find you’ve built much more than an island scene — you’ve built up your relationship as well.
This remote controlled flying rainbow light-up helicopter ball is the perfect gift to take to the park to see how well the two of you can fly it. The bright lights will attract plenty of attention and before long, you might have other kids wanting to talk to your daughter about it.
This set lets your child draw and stencil her favorite DC girls superheroes. They are great role models for her and you’ll be glad that she looks up to such fierce examples of girl power. And you’ll like that she gets to hone her artistic side and creativity.
If you aren’t exactly the craftiest person in the world, but your daughter loves to sew, this kit might be the answer to your prayers. These easy-to-sew stuffed owls will let your daughter indulge in her arts and crafts without making your feel incompetent when she asks for help.
Best Gifts for 9 Year Old Girls
Girls at this age love trendy toys that their friends have. That’s usually a good pick, and even if you don’t see the appeal of the toys, they’ll be sure to love them. They’ll also love toys that they can play with their friends, like wii games they can do together.
If your daughter likes light frights and chills, she’ll love the Goosebumps series of books. She’ll start telling you the plot of every book she reads and before long, you might find yourself as wrapped up in them as she is.
Athletic girls who want to play school sports should start getting a jump on the action now. They can do that with this volleyball, which is softer than the traditional ball they’ll use when they get into school. You can practice basic drills in your backyard and train your daughter.
Showing your daughter how precious she is to you is as simple as giving her a piece of jewelry that makes a statement. This necklace says, “I love you to the moon and back.” It’s true now and it always will be.
What girls doesn’t like making and giving friendship bracelets to her besties? This kit will give your daughter all the material she’ll need to make bracelets for all of her friends and then some. It’s a great activity for the two of you to do together.
This set has been popular for years because it can help budding artists make cool designs effortlessly. She’ll be proud to present you with some of her best work and she might even give you some pictures to hang up at your office.
If your daughter’s idea of good time is keeping the beat on a drum set to her favorite songs, this drum kit might be a hit with her. Just in case you’ve never tried your hand at the drums, it’s never too late to start. She’d probably love a little company forming her garage band.
Your daughter and her friends will love pampering themselves with this kit as they excitedly talk about the school day and rehash all the juicy details. They’ll be able to do manicures and pedicures to themselves and each other while forming tight, long-lasting friendships.
Just the name alone will have your daughter cracking up after she opens this present. But she’ll still want to rip open the package once she realizes cotton candy is going to be inside. You’ll get some classic pictures of her tearing into the bag of unicorn farts.
Let your budding little artist try her hand at painting a horse statue. If you have a girl who loves arts and crafts and is slightly obsessed with everything to do with horses, this gift might be a winner. Plus, it’ll be cheaper than buying her a real horse. You’re welcome.
This board game test memory and concentration. The question really is — who will do better, you or your daughter? This game makes you really concentrate on the here and now, you have to stay in the moment to do well. Your child will love having that much of your attention.
Best Gifts for 10 Year Old Girls
Girls at this stage can be tricky to buy gifts for. It’s an awkward, in-between age where some of them still like toys younger girls play with, while others suddenly think those toys are babyish. You really have to know which direction your child is leaning toward to pick a great gift at this age.
This game, which includes more than 200 stunts, activities or performance challenges, will have your daughter and her friends giggling all night long during sleepovers at your house. You should only buy it for her if you’re willing to put up with that noise.
These little music storage devices can clip right onto your daughter’s shirt. So when she’s shooting basketballs in your driveway, going for a quick jog or hanging out in her room, she’ll always have her favorite songs with her.
Mad Libs have earned laugh after laugh from school children over the years, but now the fun has been turned into a game. This will help your daughter learn the parts of speech, but it will also give her a chance to let her sense of humor shine.
Boys aren’t the only ones who enjoy being gamers. Girls do too. It may seem like silly games to adults, but gaming can lead children into a lifelong interest in computers. At the very least, your daughter will love to work on improving her skills and beating her competitors.
This epic tale of adventure involving seven friends is one of the most beloved children’s movies made in the past few decades. You likely watched it yourself as a kid. Now it’s time to teach your daughter why this search for pirate treasure has endured for years.
Think back to your early days of wearing make-up. Most of us girls looked like circus clowns with our blending techniques. Spare your daughter that embarrassment by giving her this make-up kit that comes with model pages to help her hone her technique.
Electronics aren’t just for boys anymore. Break down the gender barriers and give your daughter a gift that will teach her valuable skills and make her feel more confident in the process. She’ll be able to build over 75 projects so she shouldn’t get bored with this.
If you like reading, this is a gift you might get some mileage out of as well. You’ll be able to find all the reading material you and your daughter need on this Kindle. The batteries will last for weeks, so you’ll be able to finish a full book on a single charge.
Let your daughter indulge her inner scientist with this kit that gives her common lab equipment. She’ll use everyday household ingredients to complete her experiments. With this under her belt, she won’t feel as insecure about her scientific abilities as many girls her age do.
Girls this age can’t get enough of emojis, and one of the most popular of all is the poop emoji. Every generation has its fads and this generation’s seems to the be emojis. No matter what you think about them, remember back to your own fad and how cool you thought it was.
Best Gifts for 11 Year Old Girls
Electronics and boys are probably going to be two extremely important things in your child’s life at this point. Your child might want a phone or a tablet that allows her constant contact with her besties to discuss her boy crushes.
Girls are talented when it comes to science. Although many of them love it, they start to lose interest around this age. This present, which comes with a microscope and an activity journal, might keep them from giving up on their potential. They could be a future science whiz.
If your daughter can tend to be a bit of a loner or shy when it comes to making friends, she’ll likely enjoy this book about a girl who feels different than everyone else. This book can lead to great conversations with your daughter about accepting people’s differences.
If music is one of your daughter’s passions, you might want to consider getting her this beginner’s guitar. Music is good for your daughter scholastically too — it can make her smarter in school and give her confidence.
Remember when singing into your hairbrush was a real thing? Your daughter won’t have to experience bum equipment like that. She can sing into this microphone hairbrush instead. It even connects with MP3 players so she can sing with her favorite tunes.
Girls are attracted to scents because they love to smell good. But if you buy this kit, you’ll interest her in more than just how perfume smells — you’ll get her hooked on the science behind it too.
Do you remember how it felt to have a best friend as a child? You would share everything with her and laugh over nothing. To help your daughter celebrate her BFF, you can buy this two-necklace set.
The whole family can gather around and have fun with this game, or your daughter can play it at her next sleepover with her friends. They’ll be given a question and they’ll only have five seconds to come up with an answer.
This kit comes with all the clay, tools and accessories you need to make charms for the bracelet that’s included in this set. Getting your daughter’s charms ready to showcase on the bracelet will take some work. She might need a helping hand in the beginning with this project.
Your little rockhound will get lots of specimens of rocks she can study and learn the properties of in this kit. Plus, she’ll be able to grow her own crystals. If you pay attention to what she’s doing, you might re-learn some things you’ve forgotten.
Girls go through stickers at an alarming rate — think back to your childhood days. Stickers were so much fun. Whether you were putting them all over your notebooks at school or just hoarding them for a rainy day, you always felt better looking at your sticker stash.
Best Gifts for 12 Year Old Girls
Whether your child likes to admit it or not, most girls at this age are preoccupied with their appearance. They like to change up their looks now and then. They may want things like flat irons, curling irons and hair chalk at this point. Make sure to also give some gifts that focus on the inside though, not just their outside appearance.
This book is now now old enough to have reached its second generation of readers. Parents who loved reading this book when it first came out will treasure the idea of discussing this modern-day classic with their daughters. Girls will love this timeless tale.
Your daughter is getting to be pretty smart … and she knows it. Give her the chance to show off all that knowledge she’s collected in school by getting to challenge you to a battle of brain power.
When your daughter wants to begin tracking her fitness levels and reach goals she’s set for herself, but you aren’t sure she’s ready for an expensive fitness tracker, this is a great option. It’s affordable, so if she loses it or drops it, she won’t feel like it’s the end of the world.
Chances are, by now your daughter has started to win some performance medals either at school competitions, summer rec programs or for academics. Give her a place to show off all that hard work. If it’s somewhere visible like this medal hanger, she’ll stay focused on doing her best.
Your daughter will get 12 colors of hair chalk, beads and tools to give her the coolest hair in school. She’ll love changing her look and you’ll be glad to know that the hair chalk easily washes out so you can have your old daughter back whenever you want her.
Your daughter may start carrying a lot of gear with her at this age — she’ll need her phone, Chapstick, money and other staples 12-year-old girls can’t live without. This sling back will help her carry her stuff in style and comfortably.
Cubes like these are notoriously hard to solve, but they’re a good exercise in patience and persistence. If you give up, you’ll never solve it. If you have a daughter who likes brain teasers, she might enjoy this puzzle cube.
Changing up your appearance is a bit deal at this age. Even if your hair is slightly straighter than the day before, thanks to your new hair straightener, you feel like the whole world will notice. Let your daughter feel like the center of attention with this straightener.
If your daughter is in dance or sports, you need to keep her hair out of her face. This 24-count of elastics bands will do just that, and there’s enough of them that you won’t have to try to keep track of them. There will always be a replacement waiting in the wings.
Your daughter will always be on the go and you’ll be worried whether she’s drinking enough water, especially if she’s in sports or out in the summer heat. This BPA-free water bottle will keep her hydrated when you aren’t around to remind her.
Best Gifts for Teenage Girls
Teenage girls like to express their individuality whenever they can. It’s a complicated age — they like to fit in and have friends, but they also like to stand out in a crowd. Whether it’s a cool new jacket they’ll love or a t-shirt featuring their favorite band, give them something that lets them be themselves.
Most teenage girls dream of that one glorious moment when their parents finally give them their own phone. You’ll be the hero of the hour when you hand her this Samsung Galaxy. Phones are more than just a luxury these days — they help parents and kids stay in constant contact and can be used as an important safety tool.
Whether she’s using this computer for doing homework or connecting with her friends, she should love it. You’ll like that the keyboard is spill resistant in case your daughter has been known to be a bit clumsy with her drinks.
Give the gift of fitness to your teenager. She may love the calorie tracking feature and you’ll love watching her try to reach her fitness goals each day. While some girls may like these kinds of trackers to help them maintain their appearance, parents just want to make sure their children are active and healthy.
Your daughter is probably at that age when she’ll begin to have a love affair with shoes. Converse shoes never seem to go out of style and there are so many colors to choose from that you’ll be able to find one she likes.
The key to natural looking makeup is blending everything in well. Brushes do a great job at blending colors together so your daughter will have that desirable no-makeup look even when she’s wearing some.
This glow-in-the-dark game is played outside at night. Your daughter will love the adventure of playing this with her friends. They may even let you join them if you play your cards right. They’ll be running around having fun instead of sitting down, so it’s great for keeping her active.
Wearing one solid color of nail polish was yesterday’s news. These days, teenagers want to make their nails into an art form. These sketch pens help them easily draw whatever they want onto their nails. They’ll love this chance at showing off this individuality.
Your daughter will feel like a hotshot wearing these glowing gloves in the winter. And from a safety standpoint you’ll be happy, especially if she’s out in the dark at night, because these will make her more visible when she’s walking around.
At this age, your daughter is going to want to attend every sleepover she can. She’ll need a toiletry bag to cart around her stuff with her from house to house. This one will be big enough to fit all her gear.
Being a teenager can be hard. There can be so much girl drama and stress that you don’t know what to do sometimes. That’s where a source of information and inspiration like this book can come in handy for your daughter.
This bracelet can inspire your teenager to believe in herself and that’s the most powerful message you can give her. The engraved message reads, “She believed she could, so she did.”
What to Look For When Buying Gifts for Girls
Before you go on a shopping spree, here are some things you should factor in when choosing a gift for girls.
What Age Range You’re Shopping For
You should always pay careful attention to the age range listed on any gift you’re considering buying for a child.
If you want to buy a child a book, but you notice the recommended age is three or four years older than the girl you’re buying for, you should keep looking. A book that’s too advanced may leave her feeling frustrated or even stupid. That’s not the vibe you’re going for when you give a child a gift.
If It’s Safe
The best gifts pose no hazard to the children they’re being given to. If you know your child tends to pay no attention to instructions at all, you might not want to give her a grow-your-own-crystals set that has lots of chemical components. That’s playing with fire.
Before you buy anything for your daughter, consider her personality and whether she would follow any safety instructions or use her common sense when using that gift (source).
If you have any doubts, you might want to save that gift for another year, when she’s proved that she can handle responsibility a bit better.
Know Her Interests
The best gifts are ones that are bought after careful thought as to what a child’s interests are. If you love horses, but your daughter has never shown an interest, you’d be better off picking out something else.
While she may grow to love a toy that she’s not initially interested in, you’ll both be happier if you pick something she’ll be excited about right away.
Neither one of you will enjoy the disappointed look she’ll get on her face when she excitedly opens a present only to find out that she has zero interest in it.
Besides, why would you want to part with your hard-earned money to buy something when you already know there’s a good chance she won’t use it?
If It Fits Into Family Values
Before you buy a gift for your daughter, you need to think first if the gift choice is consistent with how you’ve been raising her.
If you think she spends too much time with electronics, for instance, you shouldn’t send her a mixed message by giving her a bunch of new Wii games. You’ll just be tempting her to spend her time on something that you’d like her to do less of.
If you’ve been trying to promote more physical fitness in your family on the other hand, maybe an appropriate gift could be a tennis racket or a basketball for your daughter, particularly if she has been excited about learning a particular sport.
Parents who stress the importance of learning in their families may want to give educational toys (source).