30 cool gift ideas for tween girls 9 - 12, approved by actual tween girls


We love shopping for our tween girls, who were so wonderful in helping us to put together this tween holiday gift idea list. They’re into so many different things at this age, and really starting to create their identity, making it fun to help them explore all their sides — stylish, sporty, funky, bookish, adventurous, radical, and always, silly. 

PS YES, boys will like plenty of these gift ideas too. And tween girls will like plenty of the gifts for tween boys that we’ve recommended. Cool.

30 cool gift ideas for tween girls 9-12, all tween girl approved




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Cool gifts for tween girls: Rebel Girls Journal

I Am a Rebel Girl: A Journal to Start Revolutions

Inspiring creativity, positivity, and passion for things kids care about. 

Cool gifts for tween girls: Our favorite bath bombs

Bath bombs gift set

This box of a dozen is best we’ve tried. 

$24.80, Life Around 2 Angels on Amazon

Cool gift ideas for tween girls: Spiketus Rex half-pack bag from Madpax

Madpax Spiketus Rex half pack

The super popular half-pack is now available in a hot new out-of-the-blue navy color.

$53, MadPax

Cool gift ideas for tween girls: Owlcrate Book Subscription Box

Owl Crate Jr. middle grade book subscription box

Each box contains a new release hardcover, along with 3-5 fun items around the theme of the book

$27.99/mo, Cratejoy

Cool gift ideas for tween girls: Polaroid POP! Instant Camera

Polaroid POP Instant Camera

One of our top tech gifts for teens this year is also perfect for tweens, and yes, it comes in colors besides pink.

$199, Amazon

Cool Christmas gifts for tween and teen girls: Black girl magic Christmas Tee from  By Keeks with Love

Black Girl Magic Christmas Tee

5 colors in sizes for tweens…and babies, and kids, and teens, and you.

$25+, By Keeks with Love

Cool gift ideas for tween girls: Jetsons Rogue Hoverboard

Jetson Rogue Hoverboard

With light-up wheels!

$149.99, Target

Cool gift ideas for tween girls:  Thames & Kosmos 100 Trick Magic Set

100-Trick Magic Set

With a magic-obsessed tween girl in our ranks, she has the Thames & Kosmos magic kits at the top of her list.

$19.79, Target

Cool gift ideas for tween girls: Day at a Ropes Course like Spins Hudson

Day at a local ropes course

However long you think they’ll want to stay, add a few hours. Trust us.

Shown here: Spins Hudson; prices vary at locations near you

Cool gift ideas for tween girls: Hello Kitty Candy Bento from Sugarfina

Hello Kitty Bento of Treats

Yes, you can order them for adults, too

$68, Sugarfina

Cool gift ideas for tween girls: LED Lightbox

LED Lightbox

But we can borrow it, right?

$19.98, Amazon

Cool gift ideas for tween girls: A top rated gymnastics mat

Folding gymnastics mat

Lots of sizes and colors from Tumbl-Trak, a top-rated gym mat company

$152 and up, Amazon

Cool gifts for tween girls: Kala brand Makala classic ukelele

Classic Ukelele by Kala

Top-of-the-line entry ukelele made of gorgeous mahogany and a walnut fingerboard.

$71.99, Kala Brand

Cool gifts for tween girls: Unicorn headphones that light-up too!

Light-up unicorn headphones

Because of course they have to light up. They’re magic.

$29, Amazon

Cool gifts for tween girls: Hamilton coloring pages or postcards from Coloring Broadway

Hamilton coloring pages, postcards, or note cards

Just add a set of good fine-tip markers, then put the soundtrack on repeat.

$7.95-14, The Coloring Project; Markers $12.99 on Amazon

Cool gifts for tween girls: Kids Burton Vent Glove

Kids Burton Vent Gloves

Snowboard chic, in 5 different colors and patterns

$34.95, Burton

Cool gifts for tween girls: Star Wars Women of the Galaxy book

Star Wars Women of the Galaxy

“A diverse galaxy of heroes and villains, renegades and rogues, caretakers and, sometimes, unscrupulous scum.”

$19.46 Amazon, or your local indie bookseller

Cool gift ideas for tween girls: Singsation Karaoke Mic 5-in-1 system with Bluetooth, sound effects and LED lights

Singsation all-in-one karaoke mic

Bluetooth wireless speaker, voice and sound effects, and LED lights? SOLD. 

$39.99, Amazon; smaller one available for $24.99

Cool gifts for tweens; Black ballerina water bottle by From Keeks with Love

Black girl ballerina water bottle

Also available as a coffee mug…for hot cocoa.

$25, The Trini Gee

Cool gifts for tweens: Navy sequin boots from H&M

Mermaid sequin boots

We looove kids’ Doc Martens (avail at Zappos) but they can get spendy.
Here’s a fun, slightly more outrageous alternative.

$39.99, H&M

Cool gifts for tweens: Jumanji Board Game

Jumanji, the Board Game

If your kids liked the movie, they’ll love this collaborative board game for up to 4 players. 

$17.89 on sale, Target

Also see our picks for 7 great new board games for the family that take 30 minutes or less

Cool gifts for tween girls: Meade 70 mm Telescope

Meade 70 mm telescope

Great gift for future astronomers and current star-gazers, at a nice price

$77.99, Best Buy

Cool gifts for tween girls: Hair braid practice mannequin head

Braiding practice mannequin head

Kristen swears by this gift for a tween girl, as endorsed by her own braiding-crazy tween daughter. 

$28.99, Amazon

Cool gift ideas for tween girls:  Totoro Duffel from Canis Picta

Totoro duffel

For weekends with friends, real or imaginary. 

$55, Canis Picta

Cool gift ideas for tween girls:  LEGO Brickheadz

LEGO Brickheadz Go Brick Me Building Kit

Our tweens absolutely love this kit which lets them build a Brickhead who looks just like them.

$23.99, Barnes & Noble

Cool gift ideas for tween girls:  A MAD magazine subscription

MAD Magazine subscription

If you weren’t aware, yes it’s still around, and yes, our tweens still love it.

$19.99/1-year subscription, MAD Magazine

Cool gift ideas for tween girls: Sew and Glow Learning STEM badge DIY kit

Sew and Glow STEM flair kit

From Tech will Save us, it’s a craft, a STEM project, and a set of cool accessories when she’s done.

$24.99, Amazon

Cool gift ideas for tween girls: DIY Slime set

Crazy Aaron’s design your own putty kit

Oh, and did we mention it glows in the dark?

$20, Uncommon Goods

Cool gift ideas for tween girls: Cat bean bag on sale from Pottery Barn Kids

Faux fur cat beanbag

Or check out the fox, bunny and owl.

$85.99 on sale, PB Teen

Cool gift ideas for tween girls: Diamondback Cruiser 24 girls bike

Diamondback electra cruiser 24” bike

The classic kids’ holiday gift, only modern.

$279.95, REI


 Be sure to visit our brand new 2020 Holiday Gift Guide
which helps support dozens of indie shops, makers and artists with the best gifts for everyone on your list. 
And don't miss our guide to 50+ of the coolest gifts for kids under $50 in 2020.


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