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Popular Gift Ideas For Young Girls

Updated on July 26, 2018

Gift shopping for others, particularly young girls, can be extremely stressful. Sometimes you have no idea what their interests are, what the appropriate price of a gift should be, what gifts are considered age-appropriate, what's "cool" or in style, and the list goes on.

You can stop pulling your hair out, if you have any left. If this list of gift ideas doesn't help you find the perfect present, it will definitely lead you in the right direction. Whether you are gift shopping for a birthday, achievement, holiday, or other special occasion, you'll be sure to find some great ideas. The list below are gift ideas for young girls, particularly aged 9-15. However, some of the gifts listed are also appropriate for older girls.

Stationary Sets

Stationary sets are fantastic gifts for females of various ages. However, they're loved by young girls that like to write notes to their friends or send letters in the mail. Plain old lined paper is boring! There are a ton of patterns and designs to choose from when it comes to stationary sets.

If the preteen that you're shopping for has a favorite animal, flower, or color, it can make this decision even easier. Even if you can't find a particular design or have no clue what their favorites might be, there are still a lot of choices.

Diaries and Journals

Diaries and journals are another gift that young girls really like. Although men and women of all ages use diaries and journals, young girls are particularly fond of them. It allows them to express their feelings when they have nobody to talk to, write down their secrets, and just to keep notes of their day to day activities. If they're lucky enough to still have it when their much older they can look back at the things they wrote down as a child.

Address Books

Address books seem like a simple gift, and possibly an odd one, but they're actually very practical and not thought of too often as a present. It's also a gift that may make them feel a little more mature. Address books are more of an adult than a child item and a lot of young people might not even think of needing one. However, it allows them to keep track of all of their friend's information, as well as the numbers and addresses of family members. As they meet new people and acquire new friends, they can be added to the address book. Parents won't have to keep track of of all the phone numbers anymore, it's a win-win!

Child-Friendly Makeup

Most people think of makeup as something that preteens or children wouldn't and shouldn't use, and that it's more for older females. In most cases, this is probably true. However, there are certain items that suit young girls very well. Many preteen girls enjoy dressing up and looking pretty. You can find makeup items that are specifically designed for young girls. Most of these items include lip glosses and nail polishes that are fairly neutral in color. They also typically come in girly packaging with animations, celebrities, or other designs printed on them. Remember that if you're ever unsure of whether an item is appropriate, you can always ask the girl's parent.

Personalized Jewelry

You usually can't go wrong when it comes to jewelry. Just about everybody loves it. Preteens are at the age where they can begin to appreciate jewelry and take care of it. They may not be as responsible as adults, but they are learning to be. A personalized piece of jewelry can make a young girl feel special and pretty. You can find necklaces, bracelets, various charms, and other items that either contain an initial or a full name. It's a great keepsake gift that can be cherished for years.

Clothing & Accessories

Clothing & accessories are not always the best gifts to buy because most people have their own preferences and own sense of style. What you may love, someone else may not.

There are, however, some items that are fairly well liked by most girls and the sense of style shouldn't matter. For instance, pajamas and slippers are a great gift that are liked by girls with various style preferences. Even a mother and a daughter that are more than 20 years apart in age can like the same pajama set!

If you're really unsure about whether your clothing or accessory gift will be liked, you can always purchase a gift card to their favorite store. Most preteen girls do love to shop.

Art and Craft Supplies

Art and craft supplies make good presents because you don't need to have a particular style to enjoy creative and fun activities. The list for art and craft supplies can go on forever. You can find them in regular department stores, specialty art supply stores, and online. There is everything from paint-by-numbers, jewelry making, pottery, blank canvas painting, knitting, and the list goes on.

Whether they are good at it or not, it allows them to use their minds, express their creativity, and have keepsakes of the work they've completed. Not to mention, it's loads of fun.

Scrapbooks and Scrap-booking Supplies

Scrapbooks and scrap-booking supplies make an absolutely fantastic present for preteen girls. It allows them to express their creativity while storing their memories in a fun and interesting way.

Scrap books come in a variety of sizes and styles. If you're unsure of which to buy, just stick with the neutral or generic looking ones and they can design their own scrapbook the way they choose. You can also purchase some accessories for the scrapbook such as stickers or glue.

It's always wonderful to look back years later at the memories you created and saved.

A Spa Treatment or Spa Supplies

Everyone loves a nice spa treatment, even young girls. Preteen girls might have an exceptionally good time. It's not often that young girls are pampered the way they are at a spa, and they'll have an even better experience if they've never been to a spa.

There are a lot of services they you can take part in at a spa. You can get a massage, a manicure or pedicure, facial, hair treatments, and a number of other things. The services you choose would depend on the budget for the gift. It would be especially nice if you could send her with a friend or mother, so she has company and gets to share her experience.

If a spa treatment is a little bit too pricey, if you don't have one in your area, or if the girl is unable to attend a spa, you can find a variety of at-home spa treatment supplies. There are a variety of massagers, aromatherapy items, creams, scrubs, manicure and pedicure items, and the list goes on. At home spa items are a great choice because they can usually be used more than once and in the comfort of your own home.

Bath and Shower Items

Bath and shower items make great presents for females of various ages. All girls love to pamper themselves and the bath or shower is a good time to do this. These items can be found just about anywhere and in a variety of colors, scents, uses, and so forth. There are even gift boxes and packages that contain a variety of bath and shower items.

Candies and Chocolates

Candies and chocolates make lovely gifts for a lot of people. Preteens particularly have sweet tooths. If you know of a favorite chocolate or candy it makes this job that much easier. Even if you don't, it's quite difficult to get this wrong. If you're unsure about a particular product, by smaller samples of various items. You can purchase gift baskets or create your own. Candies and chocolates are fantastic gifts for just about any occasion as well. Just keep in mind that you're shopping for someone else and try not to get too tempted!

Tips For Choosing and Giving Gifts to Young Girls

  • If you're not too fashion forward or don't know what the latest trends are, try looking for one of the more timeless gifts or a gift that is something other than an article of clothing or accessory.
  • If you're not sure whether a gift is price-appropriate or age-appropriate, you should either ask one of the girl's parents, or submit a question on one of the many free question and answer sites.
  • Everyone loves nicely wrapped presents, especially girls. Try choosing a nice, decorative wrapping paper or gift bag. There are also a lot of really unique ways to wrap gifts. Try doing a Google search for inspiration.
  • Shop around for prices. You can find deals online that you might not find anywhere else. Ebay and Amazon are great sites to find deals on both new and used items.
  • If shopping online, make sure you account for shipping time and don't order your item too late.
  • Think of what the preteen girl would enjoy having as a gift, not what you want her to like.


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    • nmdonders profile imageAUTHOR

      Nira Perkins 

      5 years ago

      shiningirisheyes thank you for visiting. I'd be happy with any of these as well. Even some of the makeup haha.

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Great suggestions and other than the pre-teen makeup, I would be happy receiving any of these fine choices.


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