Shopping for Tweens? Let Us Help You With That

Shopping for tween girls comes with a few rules. You never want to give her a gift that feels too kid-like. She's not a little kid, she's almost a teenager, remember? Second, (and very important if you're not her parent), you don't want to shoot for a gift that's beyond her age. (So skip the car-themed gifts since she doesn't have her license.) Finally, stick to what she really cares about — feeling pretty, being silly, and showing off her creative side. And it's always sweet to show a tween some extra love.

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Gifts for Feeling Pretty
Over the Rainbow Paperweight

Homework will feel like less of a drag with her papers set somewhere under the rainbow. 

$44.00

Glitter Water Bottle

She'll love having a water bottle that's different from everyone else's — because it's wrapped in glitter. 

$16.80

Mini Nail Polish Collection

Bring the salon to your tween with this set of 12 shiny, vegan-friendly nail polishes — since color favorites change up fast with her. 

$48.00

Glitter Stars Headband

You can't go wrong with pretty sparkly things — like a sweet crown of glittery stars she can wear on her head. 

$12.80

Color Wheel Pendant

Present her with a rainbow she can wear everyday — especially on those days that feel anything but sunshine-y. 

$25.00

adidas Fashion Sneaker

Sporty meets sassy with a pair of sneakers that are old school cool. 

$79.95

LED Color Changing Showerhead

For the tween who wakes up on the grumpy side of the bed, here's a way to help her morning shower brighten her mood. 

$21.99

Embellished Hair Ties

You know hair is important to her. (Just think about how much time she spends playing with her hair and twirling it into braids.) So here's a good twist on a practical gift for tweens.  

$14.95

Gifts for Feeling Silly
Kate Spade Monster Pouf Key Fob

Spice up her set of keys. Pom-poms are still irresistible when you're a tween, especially ones with glittery eyes.

$35.20

I Donut Care Sweatshirt

Because the best gifts for tweens speak their language. 

$37.00

Inflatable Flamingo

Flamingos seem to be the it-animal of the year. And this pool float is built for two — your tween and her BFF taking in the summer sunshine. 

$70.00

Cat Ear Headphones

Not only are these cat ear headphones adorable, but they're purr-fect for tween study sessions. Your tween can listen to tunes privately — or turn on the cat ear speakers to share music with friends. 

 

$81.99

Lapel Pin Set

Let her decorate her backpack or jacket with enamel pins that speak to her fun-loving style. 

$10.99

Temporary Tattoos

What's not so temporary? How fun these tattoos are to wear around for a couple days — they're simply rad.  

$14.25

Fujifilm Instant Film Camera

Here's a more compact version of the modern instant film camera. She'll love  taking goofy snaps of her squad. 

$49.95

Beach Portable Radio

In cheery yellow, this portable radio lets your tween bring the good vibrations with her wherever she's lounging out.  

$64.99

Ping Pong Set

Give her a watermelon ping pong set to make hanging at home more fun (and less about screen time.)  

$39.00

I'm Not Allowed To Date. Ever. Tee Shirt

Tweens are not ones to mince words, and this slightly snarky tee-shirt is way too funny to pass up as a gift. 

$19.95

Percy the Pencil Porcupine

Perk up her desk with a porcupine pencil holder, and maybe she won't prickle with horror at the mention of math homework. 

$19.00

ColorKu Board Game

Before she turns into a full-on teenager (and doesn't want to do anything but be with her friends), set up some family time with a colorful, fun board game.

$34.95

Mermaid Tail Blanket

Swish something fun and unexpected into Friday movie night with a blanket that's just for her. 

$39.94

Vintage Snow Cone Maker

You'll be winning in the gift department when this rolls in. And your tween will love making snow cones for your crew.  

$39.25

Monster Hand Tattoo Sets

Since she was a toddler, she's always loved to perform little shows for you all. Give her a gift that plays to her imaginative side (something you hope never fades.) 

$12.00

Black Light Putty

Your tween is sure to geek out over putty that glows in the dark with a black light. 

$15.00

Handmade Zebra Slippers

Because she still appreciates accessories with animals on them — and these handmade slippers look pretty cozy. 

$38.00

iPhone Charger Sticker Faces

If your tween owns an iphone, then you're probably aware that she likes to decorate every single surface — here are stickers for the charger. 

$12.95

Gifts for Feeling Loved
Initial and Heart Earrings

Handmade tiny heart-and-initial stud earrings are the perfect personalized gift you've been searching for. If your tween likes gold, choose the rose gold plated set — it feels sweet and less expected than standard sterling silver.

$17.00

I Did My Best Gym Bag

Your tween puts a lot of time and heart into her sport-of-choice, so give her a special travel/gym bag for uniforms and gear to remind her she's doing her best. 

$35.00

Friendship Sterling Silver Bracelet

This adjustable friendship bracelet is the sweet-and-simple style that hits home for any tween. Even better idea? Buy two, and let her give one to her BFF. 

$22.00

Heart Umbrella

Here's a practical gift for your tween that also shows her how she is loved. 

$32.00

Radiate Positivity T-Shirt

Because you want to remind your tween to be herself (even through the highs and lows of middle school drama) — and she's someone who simply radiates positive vibes. 

$16.99

Compliment Pencil Set

Shower her with compliments in the shape of number 2 pencils. You'll make the point that your tween is awesome. 

$10.00

Heart Shaped Sunglasses

Don't be surprised if you get a heart-eye emoji text of thanks for this sweet little gift. 

$9.99

Personalized Pillowcase

For tweens who share a room with siblings, here's a simple way to mark her pillow as hers. 

$13.29

Never Soggy Cereal Bowl

She loves her breakfast cereal a certain way, so give her a bowl that lets her set her own ratios. 

$18.99

Gifts for Feeling Creative
Create Your Own Rubber Stamp Set

For your budding crafter, here's a modern stamping kit that's not too young and not too hard for tweens. 

$27.00

Letter Board

Give your tween a fresh way to communicate what she's feeling with this old school letter board. Just don't be surprised if you see "I want to be alone" hanging up in her room — she's 12, after all.  

$44.95

Roald Dahl Book Set

Here's a complete set of classics by the amazing Roald Dahl. Take a trip down memory lane with your tween with these treasured stories — from James and the Giant Peach to The BFG. 

$52.99

Invention Kit

Encourage her science-minded curiosity with a kit that keeps her playing and learning at the same time. 

$49.99

World's Best Geode Kit

Nothing like busting open a geode rock — and seeing all the beautiful crystals inside — to turn a boring afternoon into something magical. 

$49.95

WhatchamaDRAWit

Here's a gift that manages to get tweens to unplug and have fun with the family  — a win-win gift! 

$18.00

Make Your Own Nail Polish Kit

Pair together two things you know she loves — doing her nails and doing fun experiments. 

$45.00

DIY Lip Balm Kit

Let her inner maker shine with a DIY kit that lets her make lip balm for her and her friends. 

$40.00

Bongo Drums

Because bongoes never looked so fun. You may need to start a family band!  

$34.00

Letters To My Future Self

She's at that tween age of thinking that 23 is the oldest age ever. So give her a gift that will give her a good (funny) read in years to come. 

$14.95

Kite Flying Handle

Don't overlook simple ways to have some fun outside. Flying a kite is still magical when you're a tween. 

$25.95

642 Things to Draw

Prompt her inner sketch artist with a fun drawing book she can use in those moments when there's "nothing to do". 

$10.51

Folio Smartpad

Because your tween is growing up in the age where doodling is now on an electronic tablet — and that's pretty rad. 

$199.95

Yarn Tree Kit

For the always-busy tween who likes to do projects, this yarn tree will be her next proud achievement. 

$30.00

Bracelet Chains Kit

Give her a gift that keeps her doing what she loves best — making things. 

$17.00

Still feeling stuck on ideas for tweens and teens? Here are gifts that will truly impress teens, awesome gifts for 12-year-olds, as well as the best gifts for 13-year-olds

By: Jen L'Italien  |  Apr 7, 2017
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