Most Tweens are at a developmental stage where they sometimes feel they are too old for the toys they enjoyed in childhood and yet may not have the same interests as they will once they become teens, which can make giving a gift to girls in this age group somewhat confusing and difficult.
In order to help make your gift giving easier and more enjoyable we have compiled a list of the best premium toys and gifts for tween girls.
In a Rush? See Our Top 3 Picks Just Below
Top Pick: FujiFilm Instax Camera Kit
Runner Up: Slackline Kit
2nd Runner Up: Acrylic Marker Set
Our Criteria for Choosing Good Gifts for Tween Girls
When choosing gifts for tween girls we evaluate each gift based on the following criteria.
We look at the educational value of each gift to determine if the gift can help the tween girl develop or improve a new skill or in some way aid in their educational, physical, cognitive, social or emotional growth.
We also look at each gift to see if it provides some entertainment value to the young lady. We make a determination on whether or not a tween will find the gift enjoyable. Will it provide them with a means of relaxation or allow them to simply kick back and have fun.
The Best Gift Ideas & Toys for Tween Girls List
1. Sleeping bag
A quality sleeping bag can make a great gift for any preteen girl between 10 and 13 since they can use the bag when camping with friends or family, for pajama parties with friends, or as extra warmth on their bed on a cold winter’s night.
Can pack up very compact
Not a good width
2. Instax Mini Camera
This FujiFilm Instax Camera set will make a terrific Christmas gift for any tween who enjoys taking pictures of friends or events. This kit contains camera, film, A photo album and all different types of frames as well as clips and strings.
Nice carrying case
Some users just got black pictures instead of actual pictures
3. Folding Scooter
Scooters are a great alternative to a bike as a mode of transportation. This folding scooter will make a great Christmas or birthday gift and will help the tween improve their balance and provide them with some great opportunities to exercise.
Folds and unfolds easily
Handlebars tend to come loose
4. Acrylic Paint Markers
These painting markers make a great gift for any tween who has a bit of an artistic flair. These markers can be used on paper, wood, glass, rocks, canvas and more.
Ink flows smoothly
These markers don’t always work
5. Bottle Bash
A great gift for a tween this backyard bottle bash game is fun for kids of all ages as well as adults. This game is the perfect way for a young lady to practice her socialization skills as well as good sportsmanship.
Provides hours of fun
Easy to sit up
Some users have difficulty with the poles
6. Notebook Diary
The tween years and middle school can be a confusing time for many young women and having somewhere to write down their thoughts and feelings can help them make sense of their experiences both good and bad. That is why giving a young lady this beautiful notebook diary can be a great gift for any young girl approaching their teen years.
Lock to help keep tweens thoughts private
None that we found
7. Flybold Slackline Kit
This slackline kit makes a great gift for any tween young lady who is looking for a fun outdoor activity. It’s great for improving balance and will allow the tween to even perform tricks.
Comes with everything needed
Some kits came with one or more missing pieces
8. Crocheting Kit
A great Christmas or birthday gift to any tween who loves crafts, this crocheting kit is great for introducing a tween to a new hobby and skill and will provide them with the ability to make crafts that will add to the décor of their room.
Pair this set with fun crocheting patterns and some yarn to make for the perfect gift for your tween!
Lots of supplies
Well made to last
Some said it was too expensive for what a beginner needs
A great birthday or Christmas gift even for the shyest tween this fun singing game is sure to bring the child out of the shell and have them laughing and enjoying a board game with anyone and everyone.
Great for people of all ages
Easy to play
Some people don’t like having to make up their own trigger words
10. Altair Remote Control Truck
Many young ladies would enjoy this rugged Altair RC truck for Christmas or a birthday gift. This truck is one of the best on the market and made of super high quality parts. Avoid the traditional route and get your girl something unique with this gift idea that is sure to offer hours of fun.
Offers hours of fun
Very unique gift idea
Some girls may not actually like this
What to Give a Preteen Girl Who Has Everything?
There are situations where the tween on your shopping list simply has too many toys and too much clothing making shopping for them even more difficult. If you find yourself in such a situation here are some alternative gift ideas.
1. The Gift of Reading
You can always give that tween a good book or set of books covering a topic that interests them or makes for good reading. This will not only help improve their reading skills, but it may also improve their writing skills as well.
2. Give an Experience
Another great gift idea is giving the tween a gift of a new experience whether that is taking them to see a play, a museum or art gallery or something more on the fun side like zip lining or a day of tubing down a lazy river.
Tips for Buying Christmas & Birthday Gifts for Tween Girls
- Don’t assume that all tween girls are only interested in girly gifts, some are very physically active or enjoy exploring architecture, science or engineering.
- Listen to the preteen when they talk about the things they are interested in, this will give you some clues to what types of gifts they will really enjoy.
- Check the reviews and try and find the best quality items you can afford to ensure that the tween will be able to enjoy your gift for months and years to come.
Wrapping up the Best Toys & Gift Ideas for Tween Girls
We hope that this gift guide helps you in your shopping for your tween girl this Christmas!