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Totally Rad And Cool Gifts For Tween Girls 8 To 12 Years Old
Stylish And Trendy Gift Ideas For Tween Girls
Looking for a rad and totally cool gift for a tween girl? Here are 17 awesome ideas for 8 to 12 year old girls that they will love receiving for their Birthday, Christmas or any other special occasion. All these gift ideas have been hand picked by myself, my daughter and her BFF's.
Preteen girls can be hard to buy for and it is important to remember to choose a gift that reflects your tweens unique personality and style. This is can be an awkward age to buy a gift for because she may be starting to outgrow her old interests and toys and is starting to explore her own identity, likes and dislikes. Some of the things my tween daughter likes to do are listen to music, decorate her room, work on DIY projects and crafts, read books and magazines, watch movies, hang with her friends, have sleepovers, do fashion make-overs and go shopping.
With so many hip and trendy gift ideas to choose from, I hope you find something that will be just perfect for your special tween girl. For more gift ideas, crafts, diy projects, recipes and party ideas, follow my Just For Tween Girls board on Pinterest.
Quick Links To The Gift Ideas On This Page
Money And Gift Cards ♥ Gift Card Puzzle Box ♥ Discovery Girls Magazine Subscription ♥ Rainbow Loom ♥ Furby Interactive Toy ♥ Just Dance 4 ♥ Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball Maker with Inflatable Cover ♥ Zoku Quick Pop Maker ♥ Duct Tape Craft Kit ♥ Project Runway Fashion Design Sketch Portfolio ♥ Crayola Model Magic Jewelry Studio ♥ Electronic Diary ♥ Dork Diaries Book Series ♥ One Direction Headphones ♥ Orbeez Light Up Lamps ♥ Gummy Bear Squeezable Nightlight ♥ Sleepover Sleeping Bag
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1. Money And Gift Cards
Most Popular Gift For Tweens
During the tween years, 8 to 12 year old girls start developing their own unique sense of style, fashion and interests and it can sometimes be difficult to find the best Christmas or birthday gift to suit her personality and tastes.
Gift cards and money are one of the easiest gifts to give tween girls, enabling her to spend it on anything she chooses for herself. She can also have the option of putting it towards a larger gift she may be wanting.
Some of the best gift cards for young girls are Amazon, Wii, Xbox, iTunes and Mastercard gift cards. They also love getting gift cards to their favorite clothing or music store. Gift cards for local restaurants make great stocking stuffers too. I always make sure my daughter has a loaded Subway gift card in her purse so she is never left without the option of grabbing a bite to eat if necessary even if she doesn't have any money on her.
You can gift Amazon gift cards to your special little lady from anywhere in the world via email or snail mail!
This is a great service for grandparents and other long distance or overseas relatives to send gifts without incurring heavy shipping fees. There are many options for purchasing Amazon gift cards and best of all, they all include free shipping. You can e-mail or video email them to your loved ones, print them at home using your home printer or send an Amazon US gift card in a greeting card or gift box through the snail mail.
Solve The Puzzle To Get The Cash!
2. Gift Card Puzzle Box
Do you have a kid who loves puzzles and a little bit of a challenge? These gift card puzzle boxes are a super fun way to wrap up a gift card or money gift for tweens.
I think these would be great for kids who like mysteries and adventure. It would make an awesome prize at the end of a treasure hunt!
To use, place the gift card or money inside the gift compartment and lock. To open and retrieve the money, you must carefully navigate the metal ball through the maze to the end. It takes good fine motor skills and a whole lot of patience to unlock the gift compartment.
It is a lot more fun than just finding cash tucked inside a card and makes the gift more memorable. The gift box can be used over again or regifted to another lucky recipient.
3. Discovery Girls Magazine Subscription
A Magazine About Stuff Just For Tween Girls Is A Gift That Keeps On Giving All Year Long!
This is my daughters favorite girl magazine of all. She can't wait for it to arrive in the mail every month and reads it cover to cover in one sitting.
It covers timely issues that are relevant to tween girls including advice, real-life stories, fun quizzes and easy to replicate and affordable fashion ideas that are both tween and parent approved. The magazine is engaging and appealing to young girls and parents can rest easy knowing that the content being delivered is wholesome and age appropriate.
The idea for the magazine was conceptualized by a mom of a tween daughter and a team of young girls. She wanted to create a community where girls could come together, share their experiences and learn from one another.
The topics covered include real issues that girls all over the country are experiencing including peer pressure, bullying, troublesome friendships, new schools and so much more with the intention of helping girls know they are not alone.
Parents should read this magazine too! It gives you a helpful peek into what your daughter may be experiencing in her life, giving you the opportunity to open discussion and keep the communication flowing.
Another reason I like this magazine is because they do not use models. Instead, they choose their own readers to appear as the stars and role models in each issue. Each month, 12 girls from across the US are chosen to appear in special photoshoots that are fun and exciting, while creating lasting memories and new friendships.
Learn The Whole Story Behind The Magazine!
4. Rainbow Loom Band Kit
Tween Girls Are Bonkers For Loom Bands!
These tiny and colorful rubber loom bands have become one of the hottest crazes to hit the shelves among tweens and teens. They come in dozens of different colors, shades and patterns including neon, glow in the dark, tie-dye, polka dot and rainbow colors.
What is so great about these loom bands? With the use of a loom, you can make hundreds of different styles of loom band bracelets and charms. These have become the new friendship bracelets among kids today.
Once you've mastered the basics, you can move onto bigger projects and try making a rubber band blanket, scarf, iPhone case or even some clothes for your doll.
My daughter loves her loom and I am having fun too! There are so many amazing videos and tutorials available online, you will never be short on ideas.
This Is The Loom Band Bracelet My Daughter Is Currently Trying To Master! Isn't It Cute? LOVE The Hearts!
Join The Fun And Hatch Virtual Furby Furblings
5. Furby Boom Interactive Toy
Furby Is BACK And Is Smarter Than Ever With A Mind Of It's Own
The Furby Boom is one of the most requested and best selling top toys for girls 8 to 12 years old and its popularity is still going strong. Each "smart" Furby develops it's own personality, likes and dislikes, depending on how you interact with it. Play with it, tickle it, feed it, shake it, tilt it, sing and talk to it and see how it reacts - sometimes good, sometimes not so good.
Brush up on your Furbish language by reading the Furbish dictionary to help you understand what your Furby is saying. The more you interact with it, the more English your Furby learns and is able to interact back with you.
You can also interact with the new Furby toy on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch using the free Furby Boom app available for download from the iTunes App store for even more furbish fun. Connecting your Furby with the app will unlock a virtual egg. When it hatches, you need to care for it in a virtual world.
The toy comes in all kinds of fun colors and dazzling designs! Which is your favorite? My daughter loves the Waves Furby.
Check Out Everything Your Furby Boom Can Do!
Get The Party Started With This Super Fun Dance Game!
6. Just Dance 4
Girls Just Want To Have Fun And Dance, Dance, Dance!
Just Dance 4 is a super hot interactive video game popular with tweens and teens! It features a high energy and fun playlist consisting of over 40 hit songs with a few oldie but good dance party songs from the past thrown into the mix.
My daughter loves all the interactive dance and singing video games and this one is her all-time favorite, especially when she is playing it with her friends. The music is really upbeat and makes you want to let loose and get your groove on.
The girls spend hours having friendly dance-off battles against each other, stopping only long enough to refuel with junk food and water. If there is a group of them having a sleepover, they will host mini dance competitions.
Tired of your boring workout routine? Try the Just Sweat It Out mode to take your workout to a whole new and exciting level! This is a great way to get the whole family involved in a fitness activity together that everyone can love.
Preview The Upbeat Party Songs Included On The Just Dance 4 Playlist
Who Knew Playing With Your Food Could Be So Yummy!
7. Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball Maker with Inflatable Cover
The Play And Freeze Ice Cream Balls make a really cool gift for preteens and teenagers.
They are a blast for kids at summer parties and the beach and The ice cream balls require no electricity to use. Just pour rock salt and ice into one side of the ball and your favorite ice cream ingredients into the other side.
Now, comes the fun part! Gather the girls and play fun party games that require passing and rolling the ball around. Anyone up for a game of hot potato, or should I say "cold" potato?
After 20 to 30 minutes of shaking and rolling the ball around, pass the spoons and dig in to fresh homemade ice cream. I think it would be a blast to have a taste test contest to see who could come up with the best ice cream recipe.
The ice cream ball comes in three fun colors; pink, blue and green. It also includes an inflatable cover for more rambunctious and boisterous play and a recipe book to get you started making your own creations.
See How Easy And Fun It Is To Make Your Own Homemade Frozen Desserts In An Ice Cream Ball
What's Your Color? Orange, Red, Blue, Green Or Purple
8. Zoku Quick Pop Maker
Tweens can make homemade frozen popsicles in just 10 minutes!
These Zoku Single Quick Pop Makers make wonderfully unique gifts for girls who are particularly hard to buy for. What kid wouldn't love to receive their very own popsicle maker?
My family owns the larger family size Zoku and two of the single Zoku's. We love them and the kids are thrilled to each have their own.
Kids can make their own homemade popsicles any time they want, ready to eat in just 10 minutes.That's not all! They can watch the popsicles freeze right before their eyes. How cool is that?
The Zoku requires no electricity to use. Just store in your freezer for at least 24 hours before using. We keep ours in the freezer so they are always ready for when the urge for a popsicle strikes. Each unit can make up to 3 popsicles before it needs to be refrozen.
My daughter is very addicted to making cookies 'n' cream popsicles, so much so, I think I may have to stage an intervention. My son on the other hand, prefers all fruit popsicles, which are much more to his liking.
9. Duct Tape Craft Kit
Duct Tape Fashions Are Trendy And Totally Cool With Preteen Girls
Duct tape craft kits and accessories are a super popular and trendy gift for tween girls right now. Just recently, my daughter attended a duct tape themed birthday party and it which was a HUGE hit with all the kids. Girls can make their own stylish and trendy duct tape jewelry, sunglasses, belts, hair bows, headbands, purses, bags and so much more.
Duct tape crafts are simple for the young crafter to master. There are lots of free tutorials and videos, like this stylish green zebra print nail polish rack, available online that teach the art of creating wild and zany duct tape fashions and décor. Just tear and stick!
The Alex duct tape craft kits include rolls of duct tape in different patterns and colors, shape templates and hardware. Keep the creativity flowing with Duct Tape Fashion Refill Kits and extra rolls of colorful tape to create even more fun projects.
10. Project Runway Fashion Design Sketch Portfolio
Great Gift For Girls Who Love Fashion
Does your preteen daughter dream of becoming a fashion designer or runway model? This is a great gift for fashion divas. My daughter lovers hers and is always coming up with new designs. Her and her friends have spent hours and used piles of paper creating fashionable designs using with the stencils and templates included in the portfolio. I also give my daughter scraps of patterned scrapbook paper, stick-on rhinestones, gliiter and colorful brads for more creative fun.
Crayola Model Magic Jewelry Studio
11. Crayola Model Magic Jewelry Studio
Artistic Gift For Girls Who Like Arts & Crafts
As a busy mom of two, my favorite downtime activity is making polymer clay jewelry and beads with my daughter, but I don't love the waste that happens when kids dip into your craft art supplies. I was absolutely delighted when I saw this kit on Amazon and bought one for my daughter. Crayola model clay is very similar to working with polymer clay, without all the conditioning and blending of colors that is required and comes with a cool bead spinner that jumbles the different colors together into fun designs. It is very easy to use and girls can create hundreds of different beads for themselves or to give as gifts.
12. Electronic Diary
Top Secret Gift For Girls Who Like To Write And Sleuth
My daughter is not so much a diary writer as she is a spy on a mission. This is a great gift for girls who like to pen their most private thoughts and secrets on paper or the girl who likes to solve mysteries and go on secret missions. The journal is password protected and will only open when the secret word is spoken. It also another secret compartment inside that is activated from a second password. Girls can write their most important secrets using the invisible pen that can only be revealed using the black light pen.
The Dork Diaries Are A Hoot For Middle Schoolers
13. Dork Diaries Book Series
The Dork Diaries book series by Rachel Renee Russell is wildly popular with pre-teen girls. Girls love following along with Nikki Maxwell on her dorky adventures as she navigates the choppy waters of middle school drama and the life of an eighth grader.
These books have great messages, dealing with the important issues young girls can relate to such as insecurity, fitting in, friendship drama and getting good grades. Nikki handles every situation with humor and grace and always looks on the positive side of things.
Girls learn that it is okay just to be themselves and that everyone has a little bit of dork in them. That's what makes everyone so unique and special.
The books are written in the form of a diary, complete with fun and cute illustrations. My daughter absolutely loves the layout of the books. So much more interesting to read, especially for reluctant readers.
This book set contains the first six Dork Diaries books plus a collectible poster for hanging on the wall. The book set is a great deal and much cheaper than buying the books separately.
Turn Up The Volume With These Cute Headphones For Girls!
14. One Direction Headphones
Awesome Gift For Tween Girls Who Love Music (And One Direction)
Tween girls are crazy for the sensational English-Irish boy band, One Direction, and go weak in the knees listening to Harry, Zayn, Liam, Niall and Louis belt out the lyrics to their hit songs.
It would be every tween girl fans dream come true to receive tickets to a One Direction concert, but if that is out of the question, the next best thing is to bring the sound of the concert to them with a pair of stylish pink and white One Direction headphones.
Each earphone cuff is blinged out with dazzling silver rhinestones and a picture of One Direction. The headphones deliver a crisp and clear high quality sound and feature adjustable volume control on the headset.
The best part of all? Mom and Dad will never know there is a 1D music concert going on in the house. Win win situation for everyone!
Just In Case You Have Not Heard It Enough, This One Is For You Mom And Dad!
15. Orbeez Light Up Lamps
Slippery, Bouncy And Crazy Fun!
Light Up Your Tweens Room With Colorful And Squishy Orbeez Lamps
I bought an Orbeez Lamp for my daughter and she had a ton of fun growing the little Orbeez and playing with them before she put them in her lamp. Okay, I had fun too!
Just submerge the colorful orbs in water and watch them grow up to 100 times their size and then add them to the Orbeez Light Up Lamps for a colorful and bright light show.
They feel so soft and squishy between your fingers. But be careful, they are like mini super balls and they will bounce away from you, clear across the room.
We had many run-aways and that is where the RC Ladybug Scooper comes in handy. A remote controlled ladybug goes around scooping up the slippery orbs that escape and are almost impossible to pick up with your fingers without sending them orbiting off in another direction. I think these would be crazy fun for kids to play with in the bathtub or a small inflatable pool!
Orbeez are a super fun and addictive! There are lots of different and fun Orbeez Kits available including an Orbeez Jewelry Maker, Orbeez Soothing Spa and Orbeez Perfume Maker.
Squeeze My Belly To Light Me Up!
16. Gummy Bear Squeezable Nightlight
These cute and adorable Gummy Bear Squeezable Nightlights paired with cozy pyjamas and fuzzy slippers make the perfect Christmas Eve gift for tween girls.
The Gummy Bear Nightlights stand 7" tall and are made of a soft rubber that actually feels like a real Gummi Bear. Just squeeze the belly to turn the nightlight on or off, set the timer for an hour or leave it infinitely on all night long. The Gummy Bear lamps include a bright long-lasting LED light and come in 8 colors; red, yellow, orange, green, blue, pink, purple, and clear.
These Gummi Bear night lights were featured on an episode of iCarly, a popular preteen television show featured on Nickelodeon. In the episode, iGot A Hot Room, Carly receives a bedroom makeover that most girls her age only dream of. Her room was accidentally destroyed by a fire started from a home made Gummi Bear lamp her scattered-brained brother made for her. To make it up to her, he surprised her with a brand new and even better room. Included in the new bedroom makeover were these cool and colorful Gummy Bear Nightlights. Of course, every tween girl in America wants one now!
Watch The Makeover Reveal To See All The Totally Cool Bedroom Décor She Scored
17. Sleepover Sleeping Bag
Stylish Blanket And Pillow Set For Slumber Parties
Great Gift For Tween Sleepover Parties
Tween girls love having sleepover parties! What could be more fun than sitting up all night their jammies, eating pizza and junk food while giggling about boys? My daughter and her friends love to sing and dance to obnoxious music, play board games, talk about boys, eat more junk food and, did I mention, talk about boys.
Whenever I would send a regular sleeping bag with my daughter on a sleepover, she would always have trouble rolling up the sleeping bag back up and tying the strings tight enough to fit back into the carrying bag or even to keep it rolled up. Just too slippery and puffy! She would always arrive home buried underneath her unravelled sleeping bag, while struggling to juggle her pillow, stuffy and overnight bag.
These lightweight sleeping bags are perfect for sending with your child on a sleepover. The sleeping bags come with attached velcro straps that make the bag very easy to roll up back up and they even come with a pillow that stays tucked inside. The bag comes with a carrying handle that makes it easy to carry over your shoulders or in the crook of your arm, keeping your hands free to carry the important stuff.