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.
Gifts for 12-Year Old Girls
The Alexa Dot was our successful compromise with our daughter who still wanted to listen to her music in her room but wasn’t allowed to have screen time in her bedroom. Now it’s become a favorite way to play music for both our girls. It’s voice-controlled and you can use it as an alarm, speaker, timer, and more.
These are sure to be a hit with any tween!
Sofa Chair / Gaming Lounger
What tween wouldn’t love this soft chair that provides great support for reading, meditating, watching TV or playing games?
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.
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.
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
REALISTIC / BOOKS ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS – OCD
My tween daughter and I love this book so much! The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl is a thoughtful coming-of-age story about a girl genius with OCD whose grandma wants her to go to public middle school to make one friend, read one non-math book, and join one school activity. Surprisingly, Lucy does find friends and more than that, too. This well-written, heart-warming story would be a great gift.
As you might know, these are the hottest water bottles for teens these days. And you don’t have to be a VSCO girl to love these either.
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!
Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker
Bose high-quality sound with 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.
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.
If you like cooperative card games, give this 2019 choice a whirl. You’ll be working on a team to complete a series of goals matching colors or numbers during a timed session of play.
Good Vibes Coloring Book
30 activities help kids learn patterning, shading, and coloring while coloring inspirational words of wisdom.
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.
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!
Scratch Art Rainbow Notes
Draw or write on these rainbow note squares.
Twinkle Star LED Window curtain String Lights
These make a grown-up tween bedroom beautiful and cozy. They look amazing!
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.
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!
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.
Monster Kickboard Scooter
The best scooter for older kids to adults with a long, wide deck and folding T-Bar.
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.
We’re big fans of Gamewright games like Rat-a-Tat-Cat and Sleeping Queens so I was thrilled to see this newest card game with charming raccoon characters tipping over trash cans and racing to amass the most points.
That’s What Friends are Thor nail polish
Island nail polish collection in many cool colors.
Kindle Fire HD 10 Tablet
Reading and writing take practice. Good writers are avid readers. Keep your growing writer reading with a Kindle loaded with books.
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!
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!)
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.
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!
Blue Murano Glass Beads Silver Charm Bracelet
DIY charms bracelet with 14 beads and barrel clasp.
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!
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli REALISTIC
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.
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.
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.
The slackline stretches between two trees like a tightrope but is stretchy and bouncy. You can ratchet the line so it fits the distance. We also use the guided teaching line above so the kids can hold on when they lose their balance. It’s so fun for the backyard when playsets are just to babyish.
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.
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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