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.

– UPDATED FOR 2021 –

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




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Be sure to visit our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide posts and our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide posts for even more fabulous gift ideas
including 50+ cool gifts for kids and teens, all under $15




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. 

$26, Life Around 2 Angels on Amazon

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

Madpax Spiketus Rex half pack backpack

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

$50, Amazon

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

$36/mo with discounts for longer subscriptions

the Instax Min 9 from Fujifilm lets them have low-tech fun with instant photos

Instax Instant Camera + Film Bundle

Instant cams are of our top tech gifts for teens  and it’s also perfect for tweens. Lots of colors too!

$114.95, 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.

$30, By Keeks with Love

Cool gift ideas for tween girls: Jetsons Rogue Hoverboard

Jetson Hoverboard

With light-up wheels! And Bluetooth speaker!

$199, Amazon

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.

$24.99, Amazon

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

Best gifts for tweens 9-12: Make your own candy bento box from Sugarfina

Make Your Own Candy Bento

Yes, you can order them for adults, too

Starting at $28 for 3 choices, Sugarfina

Cool gift ideas for tween girls: LED Lightbox

Color-Changing LED Lightbox

But we can borrow it, right?

$20 and up, Uncommon Goods

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

$71 and up, Amazon

Best gifts for tween girls 9-12: Kala learn-to-play beginner ukulele kit

Kala Learn-to-Play Beginner Ukulele

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

$69, Amazon

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.

$17.97, 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

Related: The Hamilton Funko Pops are here!


Cool gifts for tween girls: Kids Burton Vent Glove

Kids Burton Vent Gloves

Snowboard chic, in 5 different colors and patterns. If you’re feeling really generous…just add a Burton snowboard!

$39.95, 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

Carpool Karaoke Mic: Best gifts for tweens

Carpool Karaoke Mic

Bluetooth wireless speaker, voice and sound effects…all that’s missing is James Corden.

$43, Amazon

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.

$24.99, The Trini Gee

Cool gifts for tween girls: Doc Martens are always in style

Girls Doc Martens

Outrageous and always in style.

$80, Zappos

Best gifts for tweens; The new Funkoverse DC Comics strategy game from Funko Pop

Funko Pop’s Funkoverse DC Comics Game

The strategy game that makes an awesome gift for a cool tween girl

$19.99 on sale, Amazon

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 telescope

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

$64 and (way way) up, Amazon

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:  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

Best gifts for tween girls: KABOOM! Explosive science STEM kit

KABOOM! Explosive Science Kit

Don’t worry, it’s safe! 

$39.99 on sale, Amazon

Best tween girl gifts: Crazy Aaron's mini tins of thinking putty

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty Minis

Our kids loooooooove these. Times infinity.

$21.99, Amazon

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

Faux fur beanbags

So many cool styles to choose from!

$104 and up, Pottery Barn Teen

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

Diamondback electra cruiser 24” bike

The classic kids’ holiday gift, only modern.

$380, REI

 Be sure to visit our 2020 Small Business Holiday Gift Guide
which helps support dozens of indie shops, makers and artists with the best gifts for everyone on your list.

See our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide here

And don't miss our guide to 50+ of the coolest gifts for kids under $50.