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
These are sure to be a hit with any tween!
Soft Sherpa Blanket
Soft and cozy, this throw blanket is a cozy bedroom necessity.
All-Natural Lip Balm Boutique
Use STEM learning to create makeup! This fun kit uses chemistry and different molds to blend all natural ingredients into amazing, unique lip balms!
Foldable Hi-Fi Wireless Headphones
These aren’t just highly-rated, they’re really a good price, too! We also love that they fold up and come in 7 colors! Other features: stereo sound, ear cushion, wireless mode or wired, and a built-in mic.
This amazing build-it-yourself computer kit will teach kids how to create games and animations, teach them engineering concepts, and help them learn new coding using Scratch and Python! This box, created with children who know very little about coding in mind, is the perfect gift for any child looking to learn STEM and have a lot of fun at the same time!
Scientific Explorer Crime Catchers Science Kit
Solve fun mysteries using science experiments that have kids thinking like a real scientist would!
From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
On her 12th birthday, Zoe, a girl who loves to bake, discovers a letter to her from her incarcerated biological father, Marcus. She decides to write him back, even daring to ask him about the murder he’s in jail for — did he really do it? Marcus writes to Zoe that he’s innocent and he can prove it which sets Zoe on a quest to find out the truth for herself, even if her mom and dad forbid it. She enlists the help of her Grandma and her best friend, Trevor. You won’t be able to put down this winsome story with a heroine you can’t help but adore; a story that illuminates social justice with themes of family, friendship, and love.
Easy-To-Do Crochet Kit
This great beginner’s gift teaches any child the basics of crocheting and allows them to create awesome things like handbags, placemats, belts, etc.!
Crayola Light Up Tracing Pad
This pad comes with over 100 images that kids can trace by putting their blank sheets over the awesome light up pad and drawing away!
DIY Floating LED Cloud Light
Kids will be in awe when they make this incredible floating LED cloud light, which will also educate them on how a circuit functions and different types of clouds!
Cleo Porter and the Body Electric by Jake Burt
An eerily timed pandemic adventure with a smart heroine you’ll love! People are sealed into apartments ever since Influenza D tore through the world. Cleo is an only kid but she’s studying to be a surgeon like her mom who performs virtual surgeries using robots from a room in their apartment. When a life-saving medicine gets delivered by accident, Cleo breaks out of her apartment to find the sick person but she gets tossed outside their ginormous apartment building with the compost. Outside she meets an elderly woman and a child…and sees the sky for the first time. But Cleo is determined to help her patient so she reenters her building in one of the food transport robots. When she arrives at her destination, she learns it was all a test — and she’s mad and feels betrayed. The story ends with a glimpse of her spending time both inside and out.
Color Your Own Water Bottle
Get creative coloring and decorating this water bottle! This is a great activity that keeps kids hydrated and imaginative!
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
A Newbery Honor winner!!! Ada and her brother escape both London and their mother’s when the children are evacuated to the country during WWII. They move in with a grieving, crabby woman in a small country town. Although trust is difficult, with time and patience, the three form a new family and regain hope and love. I can’t recommend this book enough, it will touch your heart at such a deep level. Don’t miss the equally amazing sequel: The War I Finally Won.
Trust me when I say Squishmallows are THE SOFTEST, CUDDLIEST plush toys we’ve ever owned. And we own like a million. My kids LOVE these and want all of them. 🙂 I’m highly, highly, highly recommending these amazing toys. There are different animals, too — a llama, a frog, a unicorn, a cow,… My girls love these!
Brain Waves: The Astute Goose
Put your thinking caps on for this unique award-winning memory game which asks players to recall what the burglary suspect was wearing, the color, and the animal he is holding. An added bonus to the thinking fun is that it can be for 1 to 5 players!
Create Your Own Bead Pets
Kids will love making all sorts of beaded animals with this awesome set that comes with cool accessories, including key rings and lanyard clips!
Klutz Sew Your Own Unicorn Cake Pillow
Cuteness alert! Learn to sew a soft decorative pillow using techniques like whip stitching, basting, and gathering. With plush faux fur, metallic gold lame, iridescent pom-poms, and pre-cut felt pieces, you’ll have tons of options to decorate your cake. Add a rainbow mane, a flower crown, rock Star fringe, wings or adorable Meringue dollops.
Legacy and the Queen by Annie Matthew, created by Kobe Bryant
Not only is this book beautifully executed with a fuzzy cover, full-color illustrations, and lovely border details, but the uniquely imagined story is also beautifully written and 100% enchanting. Legacy lives at an orphanage with her father and the other orphans but she longs to compete in tennis. When she gets the chance, she leaves to try out for the country’s elite tennis academy. Once she’s there, Legacy’s country background makes her an outcast but that also helps her discover two true friends, her inner magical power, and the dangerous truth of what’s actually going on at the Academy. I loved this unexpected but delightful combination of tennis and fantasy and can’t wait until the next book!
Gumball Machine Maker
Kids get to build a gumball machine that’s part marble run, part roller coaster, part pinball machine! Each segment of track teaches a different lesson in mechanical physics, exploring topics such as simple machines, force, motion, momentum, gravity, Newton’s laws, energy transfer, and more. Track segments are modular and can be easily moved around to create an almost limitless number of different gumball machines. As they roll down the tracks, the gumballs perform cool stunts via a pulley lift, pendulum, funnel, trampoline, pinball launcher, domino slide, and more!
Fashion Angels Mini Clay Tiny Food Kit
Do you have a crafter who loves making small things? (I do!) With this kit, you’ll get the air-dry clay and directions to make pancakes, cake, candy, donuts, and cupcakes.
We laugh so much during this game as we totally butcher words trying to figure them out. In fact, my daughter has started writing down the funny words we invent on accident.) To win a card, you correctly read the word around one of the colored circles. The player with the most cards wins.
Specks Magnetic Balls
Build, mash, smash, mold, sculpt, and engineer with 512 miniature magnets! Teens love these! (And, it’s a nice anxiety, fidget toy for distance learning!)
Think fast and spot identical pairs. Grab the match. But don’t get tricked by similar patterns– because they can get stolen if a third match appears.
Nanoblock Lemur Building Kit
My daughter has loved Nanoblocks for years. Do your kids like building these little brick kits, too? They’re all so cute!
One by Wacom Digital Drawing Tablet
The original Wacom tablets cost $500+ so this is a more affordable option at $60 for kids who want to get started with digital art. Plug into your computer and start drawing! My daughter even figured out all the technical stuff on her own becasue this tablet motivated her so much.
LEGO City Passenger Train
My kids can’t wait to get their hands on this remote control passenger train set with motorized engine, 2 cars, platform, signals and configurable circular track with this train set and tracks. Includes 4 mini-figures on their journey: 2 passengers, a train conductor and a train attendant.
The Royal Guide to Monster Slaying by Kelley Armstrong
These come in lots of colors & are great for backpacks!
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall
878 pieces lets you build Hogwarts Great Hall complete with house banners, movable spiral staircase, potions room, treasure room, and magic items. It features 10 figures, too: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Susan Bones, Professor McGonagall, Hagrid, Albus Dumbledore and Nearly Headless Nick and Professor Quirrell.
Lego Star Wars Droid Commander
These exciting interactive droids teach kids how to code with over 40 possible interactive Star Wars missions for them to explore!
Kid Made Modern Studio in a Box
We regularly by the Kid Made Modern art supplies just like you’ll find in this incredible kit that is filled with paints, brushes, pencils, markers, four canvas boards, and two quality paper pads. I love that this kit gives kids supplies to allow them open-ended imaginative creation, don’t you?
The Giver by Lois Lowry SCI-FI
Set in a dystopian society, this Newbery medal winner grabs your attention and keeps it until the end. What is going on in this strictly controlled community? When Jonas is assigned his job as “Receiver of Memory” he learns just how much the government has suppressed from the people’s knowledge not to mention that they’re giving pills meant to control people’s behavior and that they murder so-called defective babies and older people. When his foster baby brother is up to be killed, Jonas must decide how he will save them both. BOX SET
XBox One S
Get the latest in disc-free gaming with digital games. This newly-released bundle includes your Xbox One S plus Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Fortnight.
iPad Pro + Apple Pencil
Both the Pro and the Apple Pencil have been much-used, favorite gifts for both my girls. They’re loving the pencil for drawing apps and think that the functionality of the Pro rocks.
Hermione Granger Doll
Hermione jointed doll is dressed in her Hogwarts uniform with a Gryffindor robe and personalized wand that fans can use to help the young witch cast spells and charms. See all the new Mattel Harry Potter dolls.
Two Truths and a Lie by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson, illustrated by Lisa K. Weber
This book is GENIUS! It’s an impressive dare really for kids to read and figure out what is true and what is a lie. Know that readers will not just be reading and thinking deeply, but they’ll also doing research while they’re immersed in the book… (Because 11 year old readers must know if a prehistoric dinosaur named “Bambi” exists, if the slyrking will take over your picnic, or if doctors really can implant a stimoceiver in the brain to control your behavior.)
Fashion Angels Pet Lovers Sketch Set
My kids LOVE these — they’re stencils and sketch pages for you to design your own fashions and color in with colored pencils.
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!
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
GRAPHIC NOVEL, REALISTIC
My daughter found this excellent book SO RELATABLE — just like she struggles with confidence and speaking up, so does the main character, Peppi. The story tackles the issues of friendships and confidence, among other things.
Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker
My kids LOVE their portable mini-speakers and so will yours. Something about kids — they need their music, right? This Bose provides amazingly high-quality sound in a waterproof, silicone exterior. (Yes, one kids takes it in the shower with her!) Charge up to give yourself 8 hours of play time on the go. (It’s compatible with Google Now and Siri.)
Help the Sleeping Queens wake up. The goal is to be the first player with queens that add up to 50 points. Steal queens, put opponents queens back to sleep, and fight dragons. What will your kids’ favorite queens and kings be? This is a fun family favorite game!
Sphero BOLT Robot
This is the latest Sphero app-enabled robot. Isn’t it the coolest looking one yet? 11 year old girls will learn to code through hands-on activities to program infrared, compass, light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, and motor encoders. Drive BOLT and play games. 2+ hours of battery.
Sofa Chair / Gaming Lounger
What tween wouldn’t love this soft chair that provides great support for reading, meditating, watching TV or playing games?
Connect with a cable or Bluetooth and use the singing app to be a superstar.
Check the Fridge! A Shameless Game of Bluffing
We’re pretty picky about which games stay in the game night rotation. Check the Fridge is a win for us. We loved it because it got us laughing and we practiced our ninja-like addition math skills.
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Hands-down one of the best life-changing books you’ll ever read. Narrated by Melody, we learn what it’s like for her, trapped in a body with cerebral palsy that doesn’t allow her to speak or take care of herself. No one, except her parents think she’s smart. Then one day, she gets a chance to prove it. Heartbreaking. Real. Inspiring. Beautifully written.
My 11-year-old daughter LOVES her Fitness tracker! It helps kids tell time and calculate steps, calories, distance, and sleep. It’s a great way to motivate healthy living.
Twinkle Star LED Window curtain String Lights
These make a grown-up tween bedroom beautiful and cozy. They look amazing!
Lokai Classic Bracelet (other colors available)
The white bead with water from Mount Everest represents life’s highest moments. The black bead with mud from the Dead Sea signifies difficult moments.
Winterhouse by Ben Guterson, illustrated by Chloe Bristol
Elizabeth, an orphan, is unexpectedly sent to a large, stately hotel with a kind, grandfatherly proprietor for Christmas vacation. There, she discovers a magical book, a sinister couple, a family mystery, and a new friend who loves puzzles as much as she does. The writing is mesmerizing, the mystery fascinating, and the characters, enchanting. This is a delightful, atmospheric read.
National Geographic Mega Slime & Putty Lab
Do your kids love slime? This is a great starter kit for kids to make 8 types of slime and putty including magnetic putty, fluffy slime, and glow0in0the-dark putty. Includes storage tins and accessories and a 16-page guide. Non-toxic.
Code your own personality-filled robot, play games, and explore Cozmo’s world. Sure to become a favorite toy for your young STEM learners.
Snap Circuits 3D Electronics Discovery Kit
Build 3D projects snapping together these parts that come with circuits! It’s the coolest electricity kit I’ve seen. Gift this to your 11 year old girls and they’ll be able to build over 160 projects using 60 pieces.
EOS Lip Balm
My daughter got these for all her friends last year — and they were a big hit!
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.
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.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Kyle and a few classmates win a sleepover at the new town newly created library by game-creator Mr. Lemoncello. The silly Mr. Lemoncello devises a fun way to get OUT of the library — you can only get out if you solve the puzzles around the entire library. Will the kids work together or will it be every child for himself? Box Set Here.
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.
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!!
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.
Instax Mini 9 Camera Bundle
Tweens love this cool camera PLUS in this set, they’ll also get a carrying case, filters, albums, a selfie lens & MORE. Such a fun thing to do with friends.
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. A way cool tech gift for 11 year old girls!
Scented Glitter Gel Pens
Add some sparkle to your writing and drawing!
Paint Your Own Porcelain Bowls and Vases
I like these because if you give them early, kids can make other people presents. Get 3 bowls and 3 vases to decorate with paint; paints are included.
Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick
This coming-of-age series kept my (reluctant reader) daughter reading all summer one year. The story begins when a group of 6th graders join a mother-daughter book club. Each book in the series focuses on a book that the girls read (such as Little Women, Daddy Long Legs, and Pride and Prejudice) as well as the relationships among the girls, the relationships with their mothers, and the tricky business of growing up. Box Set Here.
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