I think tweens are the hardest age for buying gifts. Do you? Here you’ll find cool gifts for 11-year old girls including books, games, technology, and art kits. I hope this helps you with your holiday shopping!
Gifts for 11 Year Old Girls
Cuppa Cute: a Fashion Inspired Coloring Journal
Even though my kids aren’t into fashion, I think they would like this part coloring book, part journal. Actually, I would like this, too. Would you?
Sew Mini Treats KLUTZ
This beautiful book will show you step by step how to sew 18 food plushies. The kit includes the materials: felt, needles, floss, stuffing, patterns, and felt eyes & cheeks.
Mermaid Tail Blanket
This is on my kids’ wish list! Be a cozy mermaid with this warm crocheted mermaid blanket. Comes in many colors.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman FANTASY
This book is so well-written, it’s a modern children’s book classic. Bod lives in the graveyard with an assortment of ghosts and other cemetery creatures who raise him after his parents are killed when Bod is only a baby. Bod’s main guardian is Silas who cares for him, feeds, him, and teaches him about the human world. The ending is bittersweet (my daughter yelled at me for making her read a sad story) but perfect. Despite the scary sounding title, the scariest part is in the first chapter when Bod’s parents get murdered and I suspect most 5th graders can handle that part.
Origami Chic: A Guide to Foldable Fashion by Sok Song
We think this is the best origami book ever — the directions are very clear, the designs are amazing, and the oversized papers are gorgeous! My 11-year old already has used all the papers and made most of the designs. It’s a big hit in our house!!
The WAR That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Ada and her brother escape their mother’s abuse when the London children are evacuated during WWII where they live with a grieving woman in a small country town and experience kindness for the first time. I can’t recommend this book enough, it will touch your heart at such a deep level. It is my very favorite of all these best chapter books for 2015.
This self-balancing electric scooter can go 8 mph for up to 60 minutes. This is a HOT gift right now!
Yellow Scope Science Kits for Girls Actids Bases & pH
I haven’t had a chance to try this kit but it looks promising. There are 19+ chemistry experiments, with plenty of ideas for girls to design their own experiments, and all the science supplies you need.
Mad Libs The Game
We play this game frequently — it’s fun and funny! Use your word cards to fill in the blanks on the Sentence Card. Players vote for the silliest sentence.
EOS Holiday Lip Balm
My daughter got these for all her friends last year — and they were a big hit! This is the 2016 holiday gift pack.
Fashion Angels Zendoodles
Draw outside the lines with double sided black pens, neon gel highlighters, drawing pages, stencils, and instructions. My kids want this for Christmas!
Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller, illustrated by Karl Kwasny
This is a superbly written and conceived series. Charlie lives in a purple mansion with a portal to the world of nightmares. Charlie, his little brother, and his friends must learn to face their fears in order for the nightmare world not to have access to the real world.
Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones for iOS Models
My teen switched from headphones back to ear buds because they’re easier to pack and go. These are the best quality, sweat- and weather-resistance, and can take calls and control music with the inline mic/remote.
American Girl Melody a
The newest American Girl doll is optimistic Melody Ellison. She has deep-brown eyes that open and close, and thick black hair and wears an authentic 1964 outfit. Melody REVIEW here.
We LOVE this game — it’s such a blast for the whole family!! Players call out the the actions shown on the card (such as high-five or pound it) and if two players match with each other, you both do the action and discard the cards. First one out of cards WINS. Full review here.
Creative Lettering and Beyond: Inspiring tips, techniques, and ideas for hand lettering your way to beautiful works of art by Gabri Joy Kirkendall, Laura Lavender, Julie Manuring, Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn
We’ve been using this book a LOT for art journaling and quote writing. This is the best book of all the many lettering books I own.
Twinkling Tree Putty with Blacklight Keychain
Isn’t this Christmas tree putty cool?
Powerbeats 3 Wireless In-Ear Headphones
Essential for the iPhone 7 and the latest in headphone technology. These work with any Bluetooth enabled device, last up to 12 hours, and are sweat and water resistant. If you’re looking for a less expensive option, try the Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones instead.
Strike a Pose
A freeze-frame party game. You’re the Statue Collector and it’s your job to figure out who OR what the other players are posing as.
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
We love this book (and the whole series) because it’s a unique story with memorable, wonderful characters. Miri and the other girls in her mountain village are ordered to attend a newly created school to learn enough to be considered wife material for the prince. But the prince, when he does appear, sees cold and unfriendly making Miri reconsider what she wants. Then, when bandits take over the school and hold the girls hostage, Miri finds her inner strength and clarity of purpose.
Magic Puffy Pens
Pens that write in 3D!
Perfume Science Kit
This kit is a complete perfumer’s laboratory, including eight perfume oils, finishing solution, decorative flacons and important tools of the trade. The perfume oils are the same as those used in high-quality designer perfumes. The 32-page, full-color book blossoms with information about the biology of smell, the chemistry of scents, the fine fragrance industry, and the history of perfumes.
Masterminds by Gordon Korman
This is a fantastic story that grabs you and blows you away little by little. Imagine a utopia-type town of happiness all the time . . . sounds creepy, right? Well, it is. Sort-of. Eli and his friends discover that some of them are physically prevented from leaving the town — with violent pain that signals the town’s guards. But there’s more. Eli discovers his so-called father is the leader of a group of scientists who are using the town and some of the kids in a secret and unapproved science experiment. And you won’t believe what that experiment is!! (The title gives you a big hint.)
Minecraft Stop-Motion Animation Studio
Make your own stop-motion Minecraft movies using the characters, stage, and backgrounds provided. This is a creative, hands-on fun!
V-tech Kidizoom Actioncam
Your kids will love this action waterproof camera with 2 mounts so kids can attach it to bikes, skateboards and more. Takes photos and videos in up to 6 feet underwater! Features 1.4-inch color video camera LCD screen and the ability to take videos, photos, stop-motion videos and time-lapse photos. Way cool tech gift for kids!
Garmin Vivofit Fitbit
My daughter LOVES her Fitbit! Get one for your kids that will tell time and help you calculate steps, calories, distance, and sleep. It’s a great way to motivate healthy living.
Kindle Fire HD & Tablet
My 12-year old daughter reads way more now that she has a Kindle and I think it applies to 11 year olds, too. (Most of her ebooks are borrowed from the library!) The Kindle has a fast quad-core processor, HD display, front and rear cameras, stereo speakers, five color choices, fast web browsing, email and calendar support including Gmail and Outlook. This is a really good idea for reluctant readers who also love technology. I highly recommend this tech gift.
Art Journal Kit
What imaginative 11-year-old girl wouldn’t want this inspiring art journal for all their creativity? My daughters love their art journal kits! This makes for a great gift for creative kids.
WAFF Book, Large (4 – 15 years)
I think this 200 lined pages silicone 2 removable clips is too cute, and is available in black, blue, red, green, purple and orange.
Yummy Scented Glitter Gel Pens
My kids LOVE to write with these yummy smelling and spar sparkly set of 12 pens. These last forever, too!
The Amazing Story Generator
This flipbook for writers and other creative types allows users to randomly combine three different elements to generate a unique story idea. With hundreds of settings, characters, and plots to mix and match, the possibilities are just about endless. Packed with colorful, wacky, and engaging prompts, this is the perfect tool for jump-starting fresh new short stories, novels, scripts, screenplays, and improv sessions.
Let’s Color America (Really Big Coloring Poster)
My review of Really Big Coloring Poster
Take a tour of the USA with this map depicting the 50 states with all their splendor and diversity. Illustrated with fun and quirky charm, you can color America while charting its great historical landmarks, its glorious monuments of nature, and the specific foods and people that make every corner of the country so unique. Each poster measures 63” wide by 36” high and are available in four designs: Let’s Color America, the Big Apple (New York City), Food Fight and Funny Farm.
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova GRAPHIC NOVEL, REALISTIC
My daughter found this book SO RELATABLE — just like she struggles with confidence and speaking up, so does the main character, Peppi. This well-done graphic novel tackles the issues of friendships and confidence, among other things. (So glad I’m not in middle school anymore.) We highly recommend this graphic novel.
Morning Coffee 300 piece puzzle
Do your kids do puzzles? Mine do and 300 pieces is just about perfect for this age.
Sharper Image Bluetooth Speaker with Lights
Small speaker from Sharper Image with multicolored LED lights that emit a kaleidoscope of colors on the walls and ceiling for an instantly fun atmosphere. The portable Bluetooth enabled speaker is made for wireless entertainment.
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