Read this blog post for a list of 30 tween girl gifts that are actually cool. Shopping for a tween girl doesn’t have to be difficult, but it does require you to think out of the box. If you’re not sure, check out my recommended gifts below for inspiration. These ideas are great for every occasion: birthday, Christmas, graduation, or just because. They’re suitable for girls aged 8-14.
Best Gift Ideas for Tween Girls Aged 8-14
Apparel & Accessory Gifts for Tween Girls
Here are some sweet little things a tween girl can wear or accessorize herself with. The following apparels and accessories are perfect for an energetic young girl.
Beautiful and charming — this pendant necklace from Dogeared is a jewelry piece that impresses and inspires. Its outstanding design features a golden mortise key which symbolizes a wish or an encouragement for the recipient to unlock her potential in life. The necklace comes affixed on a beautiful keepsake card; the card conveys the pendant necklace’s meaning to the tween girl through inspiring words that are printed on it. It is made of gold-plated silver. Lovingly crafted in the USA.
Fashionable swimwear for the summer. Have fun at the beach or hang out by the pool in this comfortable tankini. Unique design with some hobo elements in it — and that’s great since hobo style is all the type right now. Perfect for young girls because it’s not too revealing. Good for swimming too, but you may want to go for a sports swimwear if you want to swim laps. There is also a pink variant for this tankini.
Punctuation is a good virtue that gains people’s respect and acknowledgment. Help instill a sense of respect for time by getting your tween girl a watch. This attention-getting analog watch from Timex is perfect for a tween. Sleek durable silver bezel with an unapologetically cool pink leather band; the tonal stitching on the band adds a lovely dose of sophistication to it. White dial with a pair of sharp black hour & minute hands — contrasted favorably by its pink second hand. Quartz crystal movement with water resistance up to 99ft.
Can you keep warm with style? With this knit jacket from French Toast, you can. Great for spring, fall, and even winter as part of a layered setup. Chic and unique ruffle design at the bottom of the jacket. Hooded design to keep her head warm when the weather gets cold. It has two pockets. The jacket that I’m recommending here is in cute youthful pink, the other colors available are gray and black. Great for tween girls who love the pink color. You may want to go for the black jacket if your tween has taken an interest in the black-and-white fashion world.
Gorgeous vintage-inspired pendant necklace with Shakespeare quote on destiny and life. The quote goes like this, “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but ourselves”. The pendant is 1 inch in diameter which is perfect for tweens and teenagers.
Cute and edgy skater dress from CowCow. This special graphic dress feature cutely-drawn white cats in space. The use of contrasting colors creates tension that grabs the attention of a bystander. Perfect for the summer — the dress is light, stretchable, and quick to dry. There are more than 40 other designs available besides the one that I’m showing you below, so I’m sure you will find a dress that is perfect for the tween girl that you’re shopping for.
One-of-a-kind t-shirt that says “you’re one in a melon” surrounded by cute cartoon watermelon slices.
A funny gift for tween girls who can take a joke! I’m sure you get it, sometimes we’re just too tired or too lazy to take care of that messy hair; when that happens, beanie hat is here to the rescue! Simply hide your messy hair with this hat. Combined this beanie with a chic jacket and skinny jeans, and you get a fashionable and trendy OOTD. Besides being rich in the humor department, this beanie hat is actually practical for the colder days as it keeps your head warm.
Toy & Game Gifts for Tween Girls
Tween girls and boys love to play, so get them something fun to play with. Below are my recommended toys and games.
Poorly managed personal finance can lead to a lot of unnecessary troubles. Many of these financial troubles can be avoided if you have good financial knowledge. But it can be a dry subject to teach it to a tween girl directly, which is why I’m recommending this educational and fun board game Cashflow. Designed by the famous personal finance guru Robert Kiyosaki, the author of the bestselling book Rich Dad Poor Dad. This board game helps to educate youngsters by simulating different financial scenarios in an engaging and fun way. Learn the basics of accounting, investing, and money management by simply playing! Your tween girls will thank you for this when they grow up.
Two of the world’s greatest building-block games in one. This Lego set features well-known Minecraft characters, terrains, and items. Minecraft is a hugely popular sandbox construction game that allows you to build your own world; it is available on virtually all gaming platforms, PC, Mac, PS4, X-box. This gift is perfect tween girls who play Minecraft and love Lego. How do you know if they’re playing the game? All you need to do is ask! Anyway, even for non-players, this Lego set is pretty sweet. It has one human character, a zombie, and a cute black spider; it features building blocks like the waterfall, lava, gold, obsidian, and more. Help encourage a tween’s creativity with this unique Lego set.
Have lots of fun making art with this cool product from Toysmith. Create 3D art by moving hundreds of moveable metal pins. Don’t like your artwork? Reset and try again. Its size of 3.8-inches by 5-inches is great for a bookshelf or tabletop. Note that this is not recommended for younger children without adult supervision, but it should be fine for tween girls.
In my blog post about tween boy gifts, I talked about how the sight and sound of an RC car get the boys all excited, well guess what, the same could be true for tween girls! If your girl is mechanically-inclined or likes geeky stuff, she will love this super cool RC car. Eye-catching sturdy design with sharp black and neon green color scheme. There’s definitely a vibe of the batmobile from Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The kind of stunts that you can do with this bad boy is insane! Aside from the standard back-and-forth, left-and-right movements, this beast can do a 360-degree flip, double sided running, 3D flip deformation, and more crazy stunts. It can go off the road with absolutely no problem, its oversized wheels allow it to conquer different terrains: grassy, stony land, beach, and more.
The car comes with rechargeable lithium batteries that provide 30 minutes of playtime per charge.
A fantastic way to have fun at a pool or a lake. Break the waves with this aerodynamic RC speed boat. Race at 15 mph, do extreme sharp turns and auto flips with this cool speed boat that has a retro-inspired design. You don’t have to worry about the boat capsizing because the boat’s self-righting feature allows you to keep going — it will un-capsize itself. Note that this speed boat doesn’t support salt water, so don’t try this on the sea. Cool idea for tweens who like water activities.
For tween girls who are enthusiastic gamers. From Nintendo comes the latest and hottest gaming system — Nintendo Switch. Nintendo Switch is a unique gaming system — the system is both a handheld console and a home gaming system. The core unit is a handheld device that allows you to play your favorite game anywhere you like; there’s also a docking station that allows you to dock the handheld device and continue to play on a bigger screen, say your TV. The system can also enhance a tween’s social experience. The handheld unit can stand on its own with a built-in back stand, and the two free controllers can be detached to support 2 players, which allows her to play with her friends and family. The system supports wildly popular games like Zelda: The Breath of Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
STEM Gifts for Tween Girls
It’s all fun to play and dress up, but all play and no work make a girl dull. Logical skills are among one of the most important skills to have. Here I have rounded up some cool STEM gifts that are great at encouraging critical thinking and problem-solving, both of which can be applied generally to other fields besides STEM.
The pinnacle of gifts for young geology enthusiast. Grow your own colorful and exotic-looking crystals with the material and instructions that come with this experimental kit. Grow a total of seven unique crystals — the process of crystallization produces outcomes that are extremely rare to duplicate. This kit is recommended for kids over 10 years old but I think it’s fine for tweens before 10 to play with this, as long as there’s proper adult supervision.
In this Lego kit from Klutz, your girls can design and build amazing moving machines. These moving machines can be combined into a bigger system that performs multiple actions, each of the actions a triggered by the action that happens before it (hence the aptly named product name Chain Reactions). Some of the examples of what these machines can do are: ring a bell, toss a gum wrapper into the trash, and deliver a message (‘Oh Yeah!’). A kit with superb value, it has more than 30 essential Lego elements. Your tween girls will be fascinated by this cool gift.
Get hands-on with otherwise abstract molecules. Atoms and molecules can seem abstract for students of science who are relatively new (can also true for adults) since atoms and humans are operating at different scales. This educational molecular student set from Duluth Labs provide 54 model atoms and bonds for students to build their own molecule models. In the process, they get a visual and hands-on experience for learning molecular structures and chemistry function groups. The pieces are made of durable high-quality plastic and are color coded to universal standards The set also provide a convenient tool to quickly disassemble molecules and atom connectors.
Become an agile stargazer with this portable telescope from Celestron. Recommended for beginners, this telescope is light and flexible. Setting it up is as painless as it can get and requires no additional equipment. Moving it around is just as simple thanks to it’s weight and compact size. Its 70mm (2.75″) aperture lens allows wonderful views of the Moon, bright planets like Mars, and Saturn. You can observe craters on the Moon as small as four or five miles in diameter, you can have more details on 70-mm (and higher) telescopes at Astronomics. This telescope offers great value for its price, especially since the price also includes a backpack for easy traveling. With this cool gadget, a tween girl can observe the heavenly bodies from her favorite spot and be fascinated by the planets and the Moon.
Learn to build your own computer with the Raspberry Pi 3 complete starter kit. Raspberry Pi is a credit card size mini computer core on a circuit board. This kit comes with a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, premium black Case, 16GB Class 10 Micro SD Card, 2.5A Micro USB Power Supply, HDMI cable with Ethernet, and heatsink for Raspberry Pi. The Micro SD card is pre-loaded with NOOB — a starting OS for Raspberry. A quick-start guide is also included to help get your tween understand what she needs to do to get started. You may need an additional, more complete guide, as the quick-start guide is pretty basic.
Sports Gifts for Tween Girls
Sports are critical for girls from this age group. Encourage them to do more physical exercises with the right equipment. Help your tween to form a life-long habit of doing exercises. Below are my recommendations.
Run girl, run! With this comfortable pair of running shoes from Adidas, your tween girls can jog and get involved with other physical activities without straining her feet. It is designed for running but also works great for other exercises. There are two other colors available: navy blue and black.
A must-have for doing exercises at home. Perfect for a tween who is more of an indoor person. Use it for yoga practices, sit-up, or stretching in general. This yoga mat from YogaAcessories is extra-thick, that means extra support for your body when you do exercise with it. The mat is twice dense as a normal yoga mat and 6″ longer. Durable and tear resistant — no worries about accidental tears by your fingernails. You have more than 20 colors to choose form! So choose a color that your tween will love.
Are the girls into baseball? Do they want to get better with their swing? If that’s the case then you will not go wrong by getting them this automatic pitching machine. With this robot pitcher they can practice by themselves all day long.
For girls who prefer to play tennis, perhaps it’s time to change their old racquet. This quality racquet from Wilson is great for those who are experienced and those who are just starting to learn. Beautiful design with striking black and red color scheme. Perforated handle that provides a soft but strong grip. It makes use of arc technology that gives greater stability for added control. There are also stop shock pads that reduces racquet vibration which also improves the control.
Art Gifts for Tween Girls
For artistically-inclined girls, I recommend the following gifts that will help them to explore and improve their art skill.
Take and share photo instantly with Instax Mini 8 — a best-selling camera from Fujifilm. With this camera, your tween girls can learn to take beautiful pictures. With every picture that they take, they can print and share it physically with their friends and family in a matter of seconds. Its instant printing ability makes it a great social device. This kit that I’m recommended here comes with the camera itself, rechargeable batteries, instax films, screen protector, and bag for your to store your camera with. There are other colors available, such as red, pink, yellow, and other cute colors.
These adorable ukuleles from Hot Seal have really unique designs. Choose from one of the four available designs: penguin, kiwi, watermelon, and pineapple. Suitable for playing at school performance or as a collectible item. Depending on the kind of performance, this Hot Seal ukulele will add points to her presentation! Perfect for tween girls who are already good at playing ukulele or is interested in learning to play.
School Supplies for Tween Girls
Below are some cool school supplies a tween girl will love. Be sure to check them out.
100% canvas backpack set with matching designs. From this matching set, you get a backpack, a shoulder bag, and a pencil case. All of them feature the starry night design that has a navy blue background. The zippers are beige in color which goes really well with the navy blue canvas. The shoulder straps are padded to ensure your comfort when you carry it. The backpack has one large main compartment, one zipper front pocket, two side pockets, and padded laptop sleeve. Its multi-compartment design makes it ideal for organizing a tween girl’s necessities systematically.
A unique school backpack that features vintage graphics with flowers and fruits. Great for tween girls who are looking for ways to express themselves. In terms of fulfilling storing needs, this durable backpack does an excellent job — it’s spacious and provides multiple compartments which are great for organization.
Inspiration is one of the most powerful forces in the world in getting us to improve ourselves, to do things that we won’t have the courage to do otherwise. For tweens who are going through puberty, and other challenging transitions, it helps to get some inspiration that encourages them to face their challenges. And these cute pink-and-gold pencils can just provide the inspiration they need. Engraved with meaning quotes from Winnie the Pooh, for example: “stronger than you seem” and “braver than you believe”; these pencils are stationeries that inspire and motivate.
An insulated tumbler that is in the shape of a handled mason jar. Keep your tween girl’s drinks at the temperature she prefers for much longer with the help of this tumbler with double-wall insulation. A quality product from the trusted Aladdin brand. The tumbler’s lid is made of metal and it comes with a smoothie-sized straw affixed to it. It’s dishwasher safe, so no worries about having to wash it by hand. It is made of food-grade plastic that is BPA-free. Other available variants come in equally striking colors, namely: aqua, orange, baby blue, and cyan.
Other Gift Ideas for Tween Girls
Below are other lovely presents for tween girls that do not fit into the categories above.
Be accompanied by a mermaid tail as you chill at the pool on your glamorous pool float. Turn your otherwise dull summer day into a fun-filled day with new experience with a float that is big and super cool. Take excellent photos that will make waves on the social medias.
Success is hardly attainable without perseverance. Sow the seed with this mug that features a Confucius quote on perseverance.
As Seen On The Voice and What The Stars Use, the Edge Chalkers are a must have in a girl’s beauty arsenal. This specific set offers six unique hair chalkers of different colors: gold, silver, pink, blue, purple, and green. Give vibrant temporary colors to your hair. Create layered looks with creative application of these chalkers. They work on hair of all colors. The effect only lasts 3 days in hair or until it is washed with shampoo. This is great beauty product that allows the tweens to change or tune their hair color according to their mood or outfit of the day.
I recommend this book for older tween girls (13 or 14 years old) who are really young teenagers themselves. This humorous and practical book offers 100 helpful tips for teen girls that could be useful to them. This comprehensive guide offers tips on how to dealing with mean girls, manicures, and more. One of the two authors of this guide Susie Shellenberger is the editor of “Brio” magazine for teen girls.
Play the I-dare-you game with your tween girls with this positively challenging book. Dare them to do something that they couldn’t do before, not just any kind of dare, but one that will force them to get out of their comfort zone and improve themselves in the process. Some of the dares in this book are to build a raft, learn to play football and to learn Japanese tea ceremony. This book is a follow-up of the popular The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz.
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