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
Scrunchy Hair Bands
They’re baaaack. Yes, I couldn’t believe it either but I’m so psyched. Your tween (and mine) with long hair will want these soft velvet hair bands because they’re useful and trendy.
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.
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.
Connect with a cable or Bluetooth and use the singing app to be a superstar.
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.
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?
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!
I Love Mythical Creatures Kit
Like to craft? You’ll love these 6 mythical DIY projects including a pandacorn, a llamacorn stuffie, and a purrmaid. All supplies are included.
3 Speed Turntable with Built-In Speakers
Kids love these cool record players. You’ll love the price. You’ll have plenty of money to spend on vinyl to go with it.
Rock Pets – FOX
This rock pet line from Alex Toys is a creative craft and decorative feature for your child’s bedroom.
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.
Get five different DIY toy and game projects like making a music simulator, a fishing game, or motorbike. This kit is meant to accompany Nintendo Switch. This kit makes technology hands-on & is very highly rated for 2018.
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.
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!
Twinkling Tree Putty with Blacklight Keychain
Isn’t this Christmas tree putty cool?
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.
Monster Kickboard Scooter
The best scooter for older kids to adults with a long, wide deck and folding T-Bar.
These come in lots of colors & are great for backpacks!
12-Hour battery life, waterproof, bluetooth speaker you can take anywhere! Cool LEDs react and phase in time with the beat in five color themes and patterns.
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
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!
Awkwardby 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.
I can’t believe how many years we’ve played this game. If you haven’t seen it, you’re going to love it! 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!
Sphero BOLT Robot
This is the latest Sphero app-enabled robot. Isn’t it the coolest looking one yet? 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.
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.
National Geographic Mega Slime & Putty Lab
Do your kids love slime like mine? 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.
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
We read this dragon book twice for a bedtime story in addition to the subsequent books in the series. This is about a strong female princess named Cimorene who doesn’t want to be a damsel in distress princess. She leaves her home to apprentice herself to a dragon. For fun. No rescuing involved, thank you very much. Once there, she must help save her dragon from a nasty group of wizards. We LOVE and highly recommend this girl-power series. Box set here.
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.
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. Build over 160 projects using 60 pieces.
Bloxels: Build Your Own Video Game
Hands-on video game development! You build the video game of characters, game rooms, and game art using the provided blocks and game board. Sounds like a blast to me!
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper REALISTIC
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.
Harry Potter Artefact Box
Perfect for kids who have just read and loved Harry Potter! Set includes Hogwarts acceptance letter, Sirius Black Wanted Poster, Quidditch World Cup Ticket, Lily Potter letter to Sirius, Hogwarts Express luggage tag, Order of the Phoenix lenticular photo and Dumbledore’s Army signature list.
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 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 ADVENTURE (series)
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.
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!
This self-balancing electric scooter can go 8 mph for up to 60 minutes. This is a HOT gift right now!
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.
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.
Do your kids like puzzles? Mine do and 500 pieces is just about perfect for this age.
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