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Here’s your one-stop guide to the best gifts for tween girls, put together by the mother of a tween girl and tween-girl-approved.

Shopping for tween girls can be quite daunting! In my experience, it is also the first time that it drives it home to you that your daughter is no longer a little girl. Gone are the days when you could confidently buy an assortment of fun toys and craft stuff and create a giant tower of gifts for her to open.

If you feel like a rabbit caught in the headlights, don’t worry, I’ve got you! I’ve compiled a gift guide of the best tween-approved birthday and Christmas gift ideas for you to browse and choose a really cool gift for your tween.

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The best gifts for tween girls – guaranteed!


Look at this wide range of tween-girl gift ideas I have curated with my daughter and her friends. I’ve steered clear of run-of-the-mill gift ideas for tweens and sourced cute and cool gifts that get the seal of approval from a bunch of very cool tween girls. I guarantee you will find the perfect gifts that your tween will actually want and love. 

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  1. Paper Girls: The Complete Story
    £44.99 £33.15

    Papergirls are the graphic novel books of the moment - and also now a very successful Amazon Prime TV series. The novels feature four twelve-year-old newspaper delivery girls from 1988 who uncover the most important story ever. It's a tale where suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide with nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood. In short, Papergirls is wonderful, and I challenge any 12-year-old tween not to love it!

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Waterstones
    12/06/2023 01:08 pm GMT
  2. HappySelf The Journal – The Award Winning Daily Journal

    The HappySelf Journal is an award-winning daily journal designed to help children aged 6-12 develop positive habits and boost their happiness. With all the challenges that tweens face, a spot of daily journaling is a great way to find moments of calm to focus on the positives in life.

    Buy from Amazon
    12/05/2023 09:48 pm GMT
  3. Lucky Voice Karaoke Machine &  Microphone

    Karaoke can provide hours of fun, either solo fun for tweens just getting into spending more time alone in their room (around 12 is when it starts to happen) or when they get together with friends for sleepovers or parties.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Lucky Voice
    12/05/2023 05:23 pm GMT
  4. Heartstopper Volume 1
    £16.99 £15.63

    How about giving a graphic novel as a party favour for older kids? Graphic novels are cult classics at the moment. The Heartstopper series of books is now a monster hit on Netflix. Great for kids aged 12+

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Waterstones
    12/05/2023 08:33 pm GMT
  5. Echo Dot (5th generation, 2022 release) Kids

    The Amazon Kids' Echo Dot (5th Generation 2022 release) is a smart speaker with Alexa designed for kids.

    Tweens can use Alexa to play music, listen to the radio, read bedtime stories and get homework help. The Echo Dot comes with a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, which gives access to kid-friendly Audible books, interactive games and educational Alexa skills.

    Parents can set daily time limits, review activity and filter explicit content using the Amazon Parent Dashboard.

    It's a great gift for tweens as they become more independent.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Currys
    12/05/2023 07:33 pm GMT
  6. Revlon Salon One-Step Hair dryer brush (mid to short hair)

    My daughter and I share one of these brilliant Revlon hairdryer brushes, and I wish with all my heart that I had had one when I was a tween, struggling to style my hair for the first time! It is so much easier to blow-dry hair when you aren't having to juggle a brush in one hand and a hairdryer in the other. Needless to say, my daughter absolutely loves using it.

    The brush is really light and the handle is shaped in a way that makes it easy for tween and teen hands to hold.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Boots
    12/06/2023 07:23 am GMT
  7. Instax SQUARE SQ1 instant film Camera
    £119.99 £94.00

    The Instax SQUARE SQ1 instant film camera is a step up from kids' favourite, The Instax Mini

    It looks much more grown-up looking (choose from blue, orange or white), which will please tweens. There is a big trend towards film photography, so tweens with an eye for trends will love getting their hands on one of these. 

    It's a really easy-to-use camera that instantly produces high-quality prints in a square format. It has automatic exposure (AKA 'point and shoot', which is useful for avoiding dud shots that just waste film) and a built-in selfie lens and mirror. 

    The film works out to be a little more expensive than the Instax Mini film. The most economical way of buying it is to go for the 50-shot pack.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Boots
    12/07/2023 02:43 am GMT
  8. Raina Telgemeier Five Book Collection: Smile / Drama / Sisters / Ghosts / Guts
    £54.95 £35.88

    The Raina Telgemeier Five Book Collection (Smile, Drama, Sisters, Ghosts, and Guts) - is a must-have for tween girls who love graphic novels. Raina Telgemeier is a cult-favourite author amongst tweens and teens, and graphic novels are a great way to entice them to read in a world otherwise dominated by screens. 

    Each book follows relatable characters facing real-life issues such as friendship, family, and growing up. The cool illustrations and engaging stories make this collection perfect for tweens looking for a fun and inspiring read. With themes of resilience, self-discovery, and empathy, these books. My daughter absolutely loves them. 

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Waterstones
    12/05/2023 08:33 pm GMT
  9. Venom Pro Complete Skateboard | Spectrum - 8.0"

    Skateboarding is huge with tween girls. After all, they have an icon in Skye Brown, who slayed at the Japan Olympics. This is a great starter skateboard for sk8tr girls.

    Buy from Skatewarehouse
  10. Animetrics: A Striking Geometric Sticker Painting Book
    £12.99 £11.75

    Sticker Art is increasingly popular as a calming and creative way to while away a few hours. The aim is to use the stickers like paint to create beautiful images.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Waterstones
    12/05/2023 09:48 pm GMT
  11. Sillbird STEM 12-in-1 Education Solar Robot Toys
    £27.99 £19.99

    The Sillbird STEM 12-in-1 Education Solar Robot Toys is a brilliant gift for tween girls who love science and technology. This 190-piece DIY building science kit contains various pieces and parts to help kids explore their creativity and develop their STEM skills. 

    Plus, the kit is powered by the sun, so no batteries are needed (parental win!). With 12 robots to build that can move on land or in the water, this kit offers two degrees of complexity, making it perfect for both kids just starting out with building robots and those who are more advanced. 

    Buy from Amazon
    12/06/2023 11:23 pm GMT
  12. Multicoloured Led Strip Lights
    £12.59 £8.99

    Striplights are a TikTok trend that has taken hold with tweens and teens. They are super easy to put up, and it's fun for kids to control the different lighting schemes with the remote-controlled app that comes with the lights.

    Buy from Amazon
    12/06/2023 11:08 am GMT
  13. Nintendo Switch (OLED Model)

    The Nintendo Switch is one of the most popular tech gadgets amongst tweens. Whether your tween loves the more classic games, like Mario Kart, or is a fan of the latest releases, they will be beside themselves if they unwrap a Switch. 

    This is the latest model, the Nintendo Switch OLED. It has a 7-inch OLED screen and 64GB of storage. It has a built-in stand, dock, wired LAN port, and controllers. It is backwards compatible with previous models and supports 4K gaming resolution, a frame rate of up to 120 fps, and 3D spatial audio, which make gaming sessions more immersive. 

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Argos
    12/06/2023 11:53 pm GMT
  14. Retro Acrylic Name Necklace | MYKA
    £50.00 (at time of publication)

    I just love this Retro Acrylic Name Necklace. It is on my list for several tween girls' birthday gifts. The necklace is customisable for any name up to 8 characters. It comes in five different acrylic colour combinations and is made from durable acrylic. The necklace has a cute but edgy vibe that's perfect for cool tweens.

    Buy from Myka
  15. Abstract Painting Kit

    This painting kit has everything budding tween artists need to get started creating abstract art. There are even some tutorials from abstract artists on the Sculpd site. Art supplies are guaranteed to be a big hit with creative tweens.

    Buy from Sculpt
  16. Donut Bath Bomb Fizzer Gift Set (6 x 58g)
    £10.00 (at time of publication)

    Bath bombs always go down well as a gift for tween girls, particularly younger tweens or young-at-heart tweens who have yet to graduate to more of an interest in beauty and skincare.

    Buy from Bubble T
  17. 4M 406805 Logiblocs Spy Tech
    £27.99 £20.74

    Great for younger tweens who love a bit of STEM tech, Logiblocs allow you to record and playback secret messages, set traps, build door alarms and do sneaky activities whilst learning about electronics and computer science.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Bright Minds
    12/05/2023 07:38 pm GMT
  18. Spots and Stripes Starter Skincare  Girls

    Spots and Stripes is a favourite among parents for tween skin. It is super gentle and kind to young skin. Starting tweens off on a good skincare routine young is setting them up to look after their skin well for life.

    Buy from Spots and Stripes
  19. Scentology Vanilla Latte and Velvet Woods Body Spray

    Body spray is a great gift for a tween girl, she's not yet old enough for perfume but wants to smell fragrant - especially after sport!

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Boo Hoo
    12/07/2023 02:38 am GMT
  20. Squishmallow  - Deja The Donut
    £23.99 (£23.99 / Count)

    I challenge anyone not to love squishing and cuddling a Squishmallow. This is the perfect little treat of a gift for tweens who are oscillating between being almost-teens one minute and little kids another.

    Buy from Amazon
    12/05/2023 04:03 pm GMT
  21. Florence By Mills Zero Chill Face Mist
    £10.50 (at time of publication)

    12-year-old girls are often just starting to become interested in skincare, they may have noticed spots and bumps appearing. Gentle skincare brands with no nasties make great gifts. This face mist is a real favourite amongst the tweens and young teens I know.

    Buy from Boots Buy from Beauty Bay
  22. Florence By Mills Dreamy Dew Moisturiser
    £14.00 (at time of publication)

    This is a lovely starter moisturiser for tween girls keen to look after their skin. It's a particularly winning gift for fans of Stranger Things, as the range is by Millie Bobby Brown.

    Buy from Boots
  23. LEGO Dots Big Message Board

    The LEGO Dots Big Message Board set is a great gift for tween girls who love to express themselves by creating and customising. There are 1,464 pieces in the set, which means there are endless possibilities for building and designing unique message board messages. I love that tweens can create something special and use it to personalise their bedroom decor. 

    Buy from Amazon
    12/05/2023 10:33 pm GMT
  24. Pink Medium Jewellery Box | Pandora

    Pandora is a bit of a favourite with tween girls, so why not get them ready to start their Pandora collection with this fab little jewellery box? Of course, it doesn't have to be filled with Pandora jewellery!

    Buy from Pandora
  25. Makeup Revolution, Glaze Lip Oil
    £5.95 (£595.00 / 100 ml)

    Revolution is a hugely popular beauty brand with tween and teen girls. It's got really pocket-friendly prices and dupes for some of the massive cult beauty favourites. This lip oil is really gorgeous and a favourite dupe for Dior Lip Oil.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from Superdrug
    12/05/2023 08:18 pm GMT
  26. Casio Digital Watch
    £14.99 (at time of publication)

    Casio digital watches are the ultimate retro must-have for tweens. A very cool 11-year-old I know just got one for her birthday and all her friends have them too.

    Buy from Argos

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The coolest gifts for tween girls

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Here are some things to take into consideration when choosing gifts for tween girls:

  1. Interests and hobbies: Take note of her interests and hobbies, and choose gifts that align with them.
  2. Educational value: Your tween may not be a young child anymore, but it is still worth looking for educational gifts, such as STEM toys or craft kits.
  3. Quality: It. is always worth choosing high-quality and durable gifts, so they will last longer and be handed down or even sold. 
  4. Trendiness: Tween girls are starting to really notice the latest trends. Whilst there is no need to be a slave to trends, particularly if it means blowing your budget, it is worth considering things that are currently popular among tween girls. 
  5. Personalisation: Consider adding a personal touch to a gift, such as a monogram or custom engraving, to make it more special.