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If you are looking for the ideal gift to give an 11-year-old girl on her birthday or for Christmas, I have put together a list of ideas based on things that are currently popular with 11-year-olds and my experience as a mum of finding the perfect gifts for 11-year-old girls.
At 11, girls are slap bang in the middle of their tween years. They are standing with one foot firmly in their childhood and the other inching towards adolescence. I remember my daughter turning 11, as being the first time I had to really work hard to come up with gift ideas for her. She absolutely wasn’t interested in toys anymore, but she wasn’t ready for more grown-up gifts.
I thought I’d make it easy for anyone searching for what to get an 11-year-old for her birthday by listing all the gifts that my daughter loved receiving for her 11th birthday and Christmas and adding in a few that I bought for friends and family as they turned 11.
11 IDEAL GIFT IDEAS FOR 11-YEAR-OLD-GIRLS
Browse through this big list of the best things to get an 11-year-old for her birthday, and you are bound to find the perfect gift for your soon-to-be-11-year-old.
- Barry M Watermelon Lip Scrub
- The Girls' Guide to Growing Up
- SCRIB3D P1 3D Printing Pen
- Psychic Sisters Zodiac Crystal Collection - Libra
- Spots & Stripes - Skin Goals Gentle Cleansing Lotion for Girls
- LEGO Marvel I am Groot
- Little Book of Earrings
- I Heart Revolution Tasty Peach Lip Oil Peachy Keen
- Super Fluffy Slippers
11-year-old girls love lip care. They're not quite ready for make-up (or should that be, their parents aren't ready to allow them to wear it!), but lip scrubs and lip balms always go down well, especially fruity-flavoured ones.
This 3D pen set is a best-seller on Amazon. It includes a 3D pen, 3 Starter Colours of filament, a stencil book, a project guide and a charger. 3D doodling is a great way for kids to flex their STEM skills without needing to go near a screen.
My daughter and her pals got really into crystals when they were 11. I've bought several sets from Psychic Sisters.
The crystals are of lovely quality and packaged beautifully. The zodiac sets come, as you would expect, with a different set for each star sign.
I have bought the Little Book of Earrings for my daughter and several of her friends over the last couple of years. Lots of girls get their ears pierced around the age of 11, so this is a super practical gift.
These super cute fluffy slippers come in a personalised slipper bag, perfect for taking on sleepovers!
TIPS FOR BUYING GIFTS FOR 11-YEAR-OLD GIRLS
Stick to a budget for gift-buying and try not to be swayed by hints for expensive gifts. Tweens can be fickle, so if you plan on buying an expensive item, make sure it isn’t just a passing fad.
Take time to research expensive gifts before you buy them. You want to ensure you go for the best version of the product. Google is super useful, or ask friends and family for recommendations.
3. BRANDS ARE IMPORTANT
Like it or not, brands start to matter when kids reach their tween years. There is no point in buying a brand your child won’t wear or be seen with.
If you can’t afford the brand they want, speak to them about it and buy a completely different item instead.
Or challenge them to save up and buy it themselves to help them understand the value of money.
4. LOVE DOESN’T COST A THING
Always be realistic about what you can afford to spend on gifts for your child. Love is the thing that kids need more than anything. It doesn’t need to be gift-wrapped.
Luci is the founder of Mums Make Lists (Est. 2011). Over the last decade or so, she has used her experience as a mum to create useful guides to organising family life. During that time, she has found the most joy in creating lists of ideas and inspiration to make it easier for busy parents to plan and host kids’ parties and find great gifts. Read more.