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Best Gifts for 12-Year-Old Girls – Christmas, Birthday, Hannukah, or Just Because.

Updated on March 1, 2015
Gift Ideas for 12 to 13 Year Old Girls
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What Gifts do 12-Year-Old Girls Want?

Buying gifts for anyone can be hard. This is especially true when you’re trying to find a gift for a 12-year-old girl. At that age girls are getting pickier and pickier. Toys don’t spark their interest much and they’re becoming increasingly fashion-conscious.

When I asked a group of 12-year-olds what they would want as gifts, they were a bit indecisive but agreed that clothes - in particular skinny jeans, which are very hot right now - electronics, and kits to make accessories were all high on the list.

If you’re looking to buy a gift for the 12-year-old in your life, then read on as this list was compiled with the help of 12-year-olds with just a dash of an adult point of view.

Rainbow Loom: A Simple but Amazing Gift

A rainbow loom is one of the best gifts for tweens out there at the moment. What 12 year old girl wouldn’t want to make colorful bracelets? If they already have one, then getting them a band-sorting container filled with new rubber bands would be a great addition. Be sure to get one with the metallic, glittered, and glow-in-the-dark bands! I think this makes a great gift as it let's their creativity go wild, is a nice hobby, and is not too expensive.

Even better, it’s something you can do together. If you want to find some exciting new projects to do, checkout out Made By Mommy’s Youtube channel for some fantastic ideas.

There's Also a Ton of Free Tutorials on Youtube

Books a 12-Year-Old Girl Will Love

We’re living in a renaissance for Young-Adult (YA) literature and what’s better is that young adults are actually reading them! That means a book will be a welcome present rather than an unwanted homework assignment.

In addition to The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Divergent, and other blockbuster series, your 12 year-old may really enjoy Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which is one of my niece’s favorites. Books are always a great gift, no matter what age group you're getting them for. Since Hunger Games and the others are obvious choices, you may want to dig deeper and get her one of the books below which she likely won't have already read:

  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. This novel tells the true story of a captive gorilla named Ivan who lives in a glass cage inside a shopping mall. When he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, Ivan looks at his life and his home through a new set of eyes.
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. In this novel, sixth-grader Miranda is “dumped” by her best friend Sal for unknown reasons and soon starts receiving mysterious notes that uncannily predict the future. The mystery at the center of this novel makes it an incredibly compelling read. Set in New York City in the late 1970s, this book does a wonderful job of capturing the inner-life of kids on the cusp of adulthood.

Lessons: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

If she’s ever expressed interest in an activity always wanted to paint or ride horses, you could easily sign her up for some lessons. Maybe some art, dance, or horseback-riding lessons would be just the thing. A gift like this can keep on giving for years.

A Fun Day at the Beach with her Friends

Organize something fun with her friends. If a slumber party seems played out, you should take it outside. Taking her and a group of her friends – no siblings allowed – to a water or an amusement park or for a day at the beach can often be an amazing gift. The experience and the memory can often be worth more than the most expensive gift.

Clothes and Shoes are Great Gifts for Teen Girls

Shoes and clothes are always a great gift, since most girls are thrilled to get them and you’re giving them something that’s actually useful.

Dr. Martens have apparently made a huge comeback. They’re really popular these days and come in a number of fun colors and patterns. I had a pair when I was a kid, and while they weren't as cool as they are today I can say these are one of the most durable shoes I ever had. I wore them for years, so they were worth every cent.

Clothes are also a great gift — skinny jeans are on top of their list at the moment. However, since girls can be really picky about what they will or won’t wear, you’re probably better off letting her pick out the clothes herself. So either a gift certificate or a fun shopping trip together would be ideal.

A Gift for Your Tween Girl's Room

A girl’s room is the only space she can truly make her own. So getting a nice comforter set, some awesome art, or framed posters would go a long way to helping them express themselves. Most girls want something that’s fun, with bright colors, and not too childish. New pillows or a cool looking lamp would also be great ideas.

Is 12 Years Old Too Young For a Cell Phone?

Well this is a bit of a toughie. I got my first phone when I was 13 as they were just becoming widely available back then and I know my mother felt a lot safer with me having one. I was really responsible with it — it was a prepaid one so I was always careful on how much I've spent on texting and calling.

If you think she’s responsible enough to handle a cell phone then it could be a great gift — for both of you — but if not then I would avoid giving one as a gift since there’s no turning back once they have one.

They will probably want an iPhone or something similar but that is way too expensive and not something a 12 year old needs. Keep it simple a phone that can text and call and isn't expensive.

Cute Techie Gifts for Your 12 Year Old Girl

8GB Rainbow Dash MIMOBOT USB Flash Drive
8GB Rainbow Dash MIMOBOT USB Flash Drive

If she already has a laptop, you can get all sorts of cute covers and decals to turn the boring black or silver into something stylish and totally hers.

Cute USB flash drives also make good gifts too. The cuter they are, the more popular they are. It's adorable and practical. The Rainbow Dash shaped one is really cute and the girls loved it.


One Toy a 12 Year-Old Will Love

Nerf Rebelle Phoenix Heartbreaker Bow
Nerf Rebelle Phoenix Heartbreaker Bow

With all the hype about Hunger Games, lots of girls want to get their Katniss on and practice using a bow and arrow. If you have a local archery club you could enrol them there but if not there's one toy that will satisfy their, er, hunger.

Nerf Rebelle Heartbraker Bow is safe to use as it shoots foam arrows and as it is inspired by Hunger Games you certainly can't go wrong with this one.



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      Patcho 2 months ago

      With all the media about shortages of women in IT and Engineering professions, I'd be thinking about getting my daughter something like The Annoyatron.

      Teaches them code and electronics while they build pranks to play on their family and friends.

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      ClicheEquestrians 12 months ago

      I'm 12 and honestly none of this appeals apart from black Doc Martens, I'd rather horse tack and dark clothing with Schleich and Breyer, not... these?!

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      :) 17 months ago

      I got a phone when I was 6. And now I have an iphone 7 and everybody has a phone. I go to the beach everyday with my friends and im 12. this is not a very good list 12 year olds will love..

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      Hailie 2 years ago

      Honestly I'm looking to make a list because my birthday is coming up and I need to play my birthday party im turning 12 and I don't even know what I want so I need to make a list for my friends so they can choose something get me something and I don't even know

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      Nada 2 years ago

      I think some of the ideas may seem childish to you young girls-but as parents we want you to enjoy your childhood. Stop trying to grow up faster then you need to. My 12 year old likes American Girl Dolls and im glad she does . Id rather her have them then a bunch of electronic gadgets that just get lost or broken anyways.

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      A......L 2 years ago

      some of these would work but some of them are not at all the right gift for girls the age of twelve

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      sandra 2 years ago

      Sorry but I don't think that these gifts are age appropriate, in this generation 12 year old girls would rather something like a shopping spree with friends or gift cards and phone cases or even tickets for a concert. No offence but your suggestions would be for a younger agr group.

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      Cadi 2 years ago

      Im 12, and not many of these appeal to me personally. I think some of these are a little sterotypical and under aged. Some girls may want rainbow loom, but a lot of 12 year olds nowadays are kind of "over it" :) I think really only 4 of these would work out, but a few girls may agree with the other ones! :)

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      A person 2 years ago

      Guys this could have been posted a long time ago so yes I agree with you my little pony is off the chart but there were some great ideas. :D

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      Bella Coleman 2 years ago

      I'm a 12 year old. I like things here but My little pony is not a 12 year old thing it is a 5-6 years of age not a 12-13 years of age

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      jasmine wilkinson 2 years ago

      I think girls my age 12-13 would like to do more stuff like blind makeover and watch movies till 5:00 in the morning. But some of those ideas were good. ;)

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      Summer 2 years ago

      This Isn't very good, rainbow loom is over rated and i don't know who would want that like i am honestly saying none of these appeal to me or any of my friends! You under aged us i would want a throw blanket or some makeup perfume hollister stuff a phone case i mean come on

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      Jenny Scholter 3 years ago

      I thing you see 12 years old people like little kids. 12 old people isn't big, but is bigger than you thing. I'm sorry, but is my opinion.It's a new world with new behaviors and have to accept that, as it is normal.

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      Macy 3 years ago

      I am 14 and I'm a pegasisister and most people that like mlp are Teens like me and my sister who's 12

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      Caroline 3 years ago

      I like little kid toys. But really, MY LITTLE PONY

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      jasslin 3 years ago

      these are amazing ideas i love so much