Gifts for 12-Year Old Girls

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Tweens are the hardest age to buy for — so what gifts for 12-year old girls will they like best? Here’s a list of books, games, crafts, and other gift ideas that your kids will enjoy for a  birthday, Christmas, or any occasion.

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Apple AirPods

These will be a hit with any tween! If your 12-year-old girl is like mine, they LOVE listening to music 24/7.

Sofa Chair / Gaming Lounger
What tween wouldn’t love this soft chair that provides great support for reading, meditating, watching TV, or playing games?

Front Desk
by Kelly Yang
Mia and her parents have struggled ever since moving to America from China. When her parents take a new live-in job at a motel, they end up working around the clock for very little pay. Mia helps out by working at the front desk. She befriends the weekly tenants and uses her English skills to write letters advocating other people in tough spots— like her uncle whose sweatshop boss has taken his passport and weekly, Hank, who needs a letter of recommendation to get a job. This book is more than a memorable coming-of-age immigrant story, it’s also about tolerance and diversity and a must-read story you won’t soon forget.

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!


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.

best books for 12 year olds
Dorothy Must Die
by Danielle Paige
In this Wizard of Oz remix, Dorothy is evil and Amy Gunn. That’s when another girl from Kansas is recruited to help the freedom fighters free all of Oz from the evil Dorothy. Great writing plus an unexpected plot make this series hard to put down!

gifts for 12-year-old girls
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.
Gifts for 12-Year Old Girls
Boolean Box
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!
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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.!

MacBook Air
With online learning, these are a must for almost everyone.
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littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit
Marvel fans, make your own gauntlet! Snap together the electronics to build circuits the customize your gauntlet. Videos for over 18 in-app activities, wearable Tech sensors, in-app block coding, customizable LED Matrix light design, and authentic Marvel Avengers sound effects.

EOS Lip Balm
My daughter got these for all her friends last year — and they were a big hit!

Kids use to pop, tilt, wrap, prop, collapse, and grip their electronic devices. Available in other styles and colors, too! And if they already have one, consider getting a new one — they get really dirty. 

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. Charge up to give yourself 8 hours of play time on the go. (It’s compatible with Google Now and Siri.)
gifts for 12 year old girls
Nintendo Switch 

This cool gaming system can be taken on the go for tabletop mode or connect it to your TV. You’ll get two Joy-Con controllers for multiple players. If you have kids who like gaming, this is a top gift choice.
Gifts for 12-Year Old Girls
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!
Gifts for 12-Year Old Girls
Stitch & Style Pouches Sewing & Craft Kit
Learn the basics of sewing with this adorable craft kit that allows kids to make 7 small pouches with colorful felt!

by Lisa Fipps
Heartbreaking and inspiring, this poignant story in verse shows a girl who learns, after years of fat-shaming and bullying, to define herself not based on what others say but on who she really is. Ellie’s nickname is Splash because of her size but Ellie loves swimming; it’s her safe escape where she feels the most comfortable. Her biggest bully? Her mother–who won’t buy her new clothes because she thinks it encourages Ellie’s weight gain and is pushing for gastro-bypass surgery. Not even Ellie’s dad stands up to her mom’s cruel treatment of Ellie. Fortunately, Ellie finds an understanding therapist who helps her move from powerless to powerful. “As I float, I spread out my arms and my legs. I’m a starfish, taking up all the room I want.
gifts for 12 year old girls
Good Vibes Coloring Book
30 activities help kids learn patterning, shading, and coloring while coloring inspirational words of wisdom.
gifts for 12 year old girls
SPRK+ Robot from Sphero

Your kids can do so much with Sphero’s new app-enabled robot that inspires not just coding but also learning STEM / STEAM topics in creative ways. SPRK+ from Sphero caught my kids attention from the get-go and held it as they began to explore the various learning possibilities with it. Read my full review here.

gifts for 12 year old girls
Lokai Bracelet

Infused with elements from the highest and lowest points on Earth. The white bead carries water from Mt. Everest, and the black bead contains mud from the Dead Sea. Very popular!

gifts for 12 year old girls
Scratch Art Rainbow Notes
Draw or write on these rainbow note squares.

Knitted Touchscreen Texting Gloves

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Twinkle Star LED Window curtain String Lights 

These make a grown-up tween bedroom beautiful and cozy. They look amazing!


gifts for 12 year old girls
Squishmallows (Cat)
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!
gifts for 12 year old girls
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.
gifts for 12 year old girls
Code your own personality-filled robot, play games, and explore Cozmo’s world. This high-quality learning toy remains a hot gift for any gift-giving season. I bet this will become a favorite toy for your young STEM learners.

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. If you don’t have one already, this is a top gift for 12 year old gamers.

by Kenneth Oppel
Get ready for a wild ride of suspense, action, adventure, science fiction, and coolness!! Bloom tells the story of three kids who are not affected by the strange-looking plants that appear out of nowhere and take over land all over the world, covering houses and streets, swallowing animals and people but doing nothing to these kids. Scientists figure out that the plants are an alien invasion…and think these kids may be the only chance they have to stop them. To avoid spoilers, I’ll just tell you that it’s an AWESOME story…and ends on a crazy cliff hanger.

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Tinkering Labs Electric Motors Catalyst
This is quite the cool educational Maker kit! It’s filled with parts and challenge cards so that kids can explore, experiment, and learn.


Body Shop Strawberry Body Lotion

Soft Sherpa Blanket

Soft and cozy, this throw blanket will be a cozy vacation necessity.

Make Things Happen Journal

That’s What Friends are Thor nail polish
Island nail polish collection in many cool colors.


gifts for 12 year old girls
Chunky Soft Stretch Cable Knit Beanie 

gifts for 12 year olds
Lockwood & Co The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
In historical London, dangerous ghosts and spirits aren’t just stories — they’re real and murderous. But, only kids can see and fight these ghosts. We follow the perilous adventures Anthony Lockwood who owns his own agency (with no adults in sight) to combat the supernatural with his teen team of Lucy and George. Creepy and exciting!
Quixx dice game
Qwixx – A Fast Family Dice Game

Qwixx is a simple but fun strategy dice game where the more numbers you cross off, the more points you score. With no downtime between turns, you’ll have a chance to gain from each and every roll.

gifts for 12 year old girls
Wise Words to Color: Inspiration to Live and Color By
 by Zoe Ingram
My daughter started this beautiful coloring book of quotes and mandalas when sick. And I’ve been enjoying coloring it myself. The quotes are lovely and inspiring. (Great for travel, too!)

Pure Vida Bracelet

Whale of the Wild
by Rosanne Parry, illustrated by Lindsay Moore
I absolutely love this beautifully written story about two orca siblings separated from their families, trying to find food and their seasonal home. Alternating perspectives between the older sister Vega and little earnest, trusting brother Deneb, their voices express a uniquely imagined orca’s perspective. When a Tsunami hits, they both are lost from their pod. They travel together towards recognizable landscapes and hopefully, food. The story, an adventure with danger and suspense, shows the importance of keeping nature in balance.

Fitness Tracker
My 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.

Gifts for 12 Year Old Girls
Yummy Scented Glitter Gel Pens 

My kids LOVE to write with these yummy smelling and sparkly colorful set of 12 pens. These last forever, too!

Charging Station

This will be so popular — 11 outlets plus 3 USB chargers!! Add in a few extra long charger cords, too!

gifts for 12 year old girls
Blue Murano Glass Beads Silver Charm Bracelet 
DIY charms bracelet with 14 beads and barrel clasp.

gifts for 12 year old girls
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!

gifts for 12 year old girls
by Jerry Spinelli
LIFE-CHANGING! Seriously. This incredible story grips the coward in us all as we relate to Leo who shares how he loves and fails to stand up for Stargirl, the most unique, ukulele-playing girl that Mica High has ever seen. Her strangeness at first is delightful to other students including Leo, but when she cheers for both basketball teams, even the opposition!!, her classmates shun her. Even Leo. Leo regrets his behavior when Stargirl disappears. This is one of my favorite stories for this age group because it deals with kindness, peer pressure, acceptance, and individuality.

Snap Circuits 203 Electronics Discovery Kit

Over 200 projects will teach kids about electronics and develop analytical skills with snap-together electrical circuits.

gifts for 12 year old girls
Live for Today Coloring Book

Positive sayings with affirming and empowering art activities of patterning, shading, and coloring. Great for rainy days and sick days.

Gifts for 12 Year Old Girls
365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts
by R. J. Palacio
If you’re like us and love quotes, this is the book for you. Even if you haven’t read the book Wonder, you will still find the quotes chosen in here (precepts) meaningful and thought-provoking.

Slackers Slackline
The slackline stretches between two trees like a tightrope but is stretchy and bouncy. You can ratchet the line so it fits the distance. It’s great for core strength and balance!

gifts for 12 year old girls
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.

gifts for 12 year old girls

This is an exciting word game (think Password) for 2 – 8 players, even better with 4 – 8 players.  The gist: two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. Teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first.

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New and Notable Graphic Novels (Spring 2019)
Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation
adapted by Ari Folman, illustrated by David Polonsky
The diary bits and dialogue are well-balanced into a cohesive graphic novel story that feels seamless, well-written, and insightful. Anne’s personality really shines through as she sets the historical context and describes her daily life in hiding which isn’t always very exciting but does result in a romance with the boy her age who lives there, too.

Awesome Achievers in Technology
by Alan Katz, illustrated by Chris Judge
Kids will zip through this excellent middle-grade biography because the author makes the information relevant and relatable.   The writing is conversational, the author is totally hilarious (especially when he talks about his own ridiculous inventions or the questions he asks Siri) and there are illustrations, quizzes, fast facts, and activities plus a wealth of fascinating information about each inventor’s life. You’ll read about the inventors of video games, the television remote control, the cell phone, windshield wipers, the first web browser, and the microwave oven.

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5 Responses

  1. I didn’t know what I wanted for my birthday this really helped me give my family some ideas plus all these products are great ?

  2. Patricia Gash says:

    Can you give suggestions for boys and girls from 12 to 25 years of age
    Thank you

    Great list for grandparents

  3. Avery Smith says:

    this helped my daughter find everything she wanted on her christmas list!

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