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Gift Ideas For a Girl Age 12

Updated on December 3, 2017
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Mother of two girls & grandmother to 6. Writing is my hobby, my work, my play, & my passion. I have enjoyed writing online since March 2007.


Tweens are One of the Most Delightful Ages to Shop For.

The 12 year old girl has a lot of hobbies and interests and this makes her fun to purchase gifts for. From clothes, makeup, and jewelry items, to electronics, sports equipment, movie passes, or a gift of her own personal music, she will love most items that fall into one of these areas.

Our family is prone to girls so I've certainly enjoyed my fare share of shopping for this age group. She is a wonderful mixture of little girl and teen which makes her one of the easiest people to shop for.

Silly and sweet, moody and melancholy, energetic with a tendency to be more than a little lazy when it comes to something she doesn't want to do, a twelve year old girl is a bundle of different emotions. She is still collecting all her childhood toys but at the same time she is also busy experimenting with all the wonderful lotions, glosses, glitters, and fragrances that teen girls have access to.

Tween girls can be silly and sweet at the same time.

In love with mystical magical stuff she can be as sweet as sugar when she wants to be but a preteen girl also has many sides to her personality and she can be snarly, sniffly, or just plain old goofy silly when she chooses to.

Which means that there are hundreds of wonderful gifts out there for a 12 year old girl. Theme her gifts toward angels, animals, mermaids, fairies, dragons, or trolls, she'll probably love them all. She's at that wonderful age between a child and an adult and she can scoot into which ever age group that she chooses to.

At this age style items such as hair care, nail care, bath products, glosses and glitters are ideal. Fun and fancy personalized temporary tattoos are a fun way for girls to play. She and her friends can choose the designs of their own glitter tattoo. Application is quite easy and as these are temporary they can easily change their tattoo to suit their mood.

Encouraging the proper use of cosmetics and beauty products can help her move into her teen years with a confident and assured attitude. Tween girls are generally experimenting with make up and fragrance but it is important to keep these shades and scents light as innocent as she is.


Sample beauty gifts sets are ideal for a twelve year old girl.

The twelve year old girl is just beginning to figure out the colors and shades of cosmetics that will compliment her. Although it is quite early for her to be wearing eye color sampler packs of nail polish or glitter are perfect selections for her.

These beauty sets will allow her and her friends to dabble and experiment. She and her other tween age friends will have fun playing with all the shades and designs that only their creative nature can produce.

If you are purchasing a beauty gift try to keep the color shades soft and gentle. You want her to look sweet and charming just like a 12 year old girl should. Fragrance gifts should also be of a very gentle nature rather than strong scents which would overpower her youthful personality.

Nail Art is a Fun Way to Personalize Your Style

Technology and electronic gifts are popular gift choices for a twelve year old girl.

Electronic and technology based gifts are very hot items for 12 year old girls. Laptops, tablets, video game systems, cell phones and their accessories, digital cameras, iPods and MP3 personal music players, and computer accessories are some of the hottest electronic and tech gifts for the twelve year old girl.

Of course every teen girl needs a cell phone or a laptop so she can keep in touch with her friends. While a digital camera allows her to record all her memories within images she can download onto her computer.

Nintendo Wii and Playstation are popular game systems. With the fitness, sports, sing-a-long, and dance video games being very popular interactive game choices in entertainment for teen girls.

Personal headphones are another techie gift for a twelve year old girl. She can listen to her music without disturbing the rest of the house. It's an absolutely wonderful way to let her know that you care.

Let her be the star with a Karaoke machine. She and her friends will have a blast singing along to their favorite songs. A Karaoke machine or new stereo are some of the best gift ideas for a tween and teen kids.

My Granddaughters Enjoy Playing on our Kindle Fire.

Get Her Online with Her Own Laptop or Tablet.

It was shortly after Amazon brought out their Kindle Fire that I received mine and it has proven itself to be a wonderful addition to our electronics. My grandkids love it. For playing games, reading articles, or checking out their Facebook page this tablet is ideal.

Children today are raised on computers and other electronics. Electronics are a basic part of their world. Children today need a computer to stay on top of the technology they will one day use in their future employment. Computers are an integral part of most business today and a necessary part of a child's learning.

A laptop or tablet is also a great place for her to play of course and she can meet up with her friends in interactive game rooms to visit while they are online. For her a uniquely colored laptop is fashionable funky fun.

I received a Kindle Fire about 4 years ago and it was immediately adopted by my grandkids. That's it there in my granddaughter's hands. I am pleased to say it is still working great today.

The Fire HD tablet is hot hot hot. Available in a range of sizes and colors.

Even Video Games Can be an Important Part of her Play.

These games are an excellent gift choice for a twelve year old girl. Kids don't just sit around when they play today. They get up and move with the game they play.

The interactive video game systems are great for getting kids up and moving and tween age girls love getting up to learn all the latest moves to their favorite music. Just be sure to check which video game system she has.

Studies are also showing that skills such as multi-tasking and dexterity are easier for kids who game play. Who knew having fun could be this good for you?

How to, Craft, and Age Appropriate Books are a Great Gift Choice for Her

Tweens like to spend a lot of their free time with their friends but they also like quiet time alone to stop, think, and reflect. Which is why most kids have a love for reading or doing small craft projects.

Books are a timeless way to drift away into the magical world of imagination and magic. There is nothing like a good book to relax your worries away. Of course now we have the Kindle and other tablet readers in addition to the paper print books.

How to draw books, craft books, discovery books, and fashion how to are great choices to help her discover new interests and refine her current talents. Age appropriate stories such as Monster High and The Spirit Animal book series are great as there are quite a few in the series to keep her reading.

Learning How to Draw Can be a Fun Experience and Help Her to Develop an Interest in a Future Career Field

The Fashion Sketchpad: 420 Figure Templates for Designing Looks and Building Your Portfolio
The Fashion Sketchpad: 420 Figure Templates for Designing Looks and Building Your Portfolio

Most young girls have a keen interest in design so this is the ideal age to encourage her creative interests. Two of my granddaughters were very enthusiastic about fashion and spent many hours creating new outfits and hair style designs.

Inspirational, humorous, curious, or fascinating although most won't voice it as something that they would be interested in one of a tweens most active hobbies is learning.


A Beginner Craft Kit or a Selection of Supplies Can Initiate a New Hobby


Items Which Include Her Best Friends are Also Fun

Tweens and teens are very close to their best friends and you will often have trouble prying them away from one anther. They are busy discussing life, playing games, and experimenting with clothes, hair styles, and makeup.

Movie passes, a gift certificate to go shopping, or a restaurant gift card are all great gifts for a 12 year old girl because they let her spend time with her best friends.

Whether you are shopping for a Christmas, Valentine's Day or birthday gift for her, gifts which she and her friends can make use of together are great choices for her. From singing on a karaoke machine, to dancing to Wii or Xbox video dance games, twelve year old girls can be pretty goofy and silly when they want to be so let her have fun her way by choosing items which will allow them to play, and giggle like girls will when they are together.

© 2011 Lorelei Cohen

Do you have a preteen girl on your gift list this year?

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Exactly what our granddaughter told me. Love to buy these gifts as well.

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      missjensen 5 years ago

      These are really great ideas. I know once my daughter turned 11 she gave up scrapbooking and in its place she began to experiment with my make-up. That wasn't such a good thing! Mind you it meant I knew exactly what to get her for xmas - Jolly Pre-Teen Girls! lol

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Eleven year old girls are fun to shop for aren't they. Girls at age 7 are so excited to receive presents.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Brite-Ideas: Thank you. I love shopping and we have had a lot of girls in our family so it has been fun gift shopping for gifts for girls.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Aw you are a sweetheart. Our family is prone to girls. My daughter and niece each just had one within the past 3 weeks. I had 2 girls, my older sister had 3 girls, and my younger sister had 1 girl. Lol...that is a lot of birthday and Christmas gifts for girls over the years.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Sylvestermouse: Preteen girls can alternate between being quiet and bouncing all over the house like a little kid lol. There are a lot of great gift choices for a 12 year old girl and the only real change has been in the areas of tech and make-up. Girls are maturing a little earlier now.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      These are great gift selections for a 12 year old girl! I was just trying to remember what my daughter liked at 12. Yes, music and books! LOL, not much has changed :)

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      More great gift ideas from a lensmaster mother that knows!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love all your insights here...yes, 12 year old girls really are the easiest to shop for as they balance between two worlds...both holding on to the things of little girls and stepping into the world of young ladies with so many possibilities! I love the idea of including friends in the gift ideas...brilliant with a Mother's wisdom, experience and insights...

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I enjoy how you structure your lenses, very coherent and easy to follow and filled with information pertinent to your lens topic..nice!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      we have a 11yr old girl and yes these are great items for them, got her perfume for the first time.

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      Tamara14 6 years ago

      Oh boy! My thirteen year old daughter would love this lens :) Her Christmas list was just the way you're saying, from little girl wishes to all those makeup and toiletries "necessities". It's so funny watching them develop their own taste and wanting to grow up fast, but then again maybe to be a little girl a bit longer :)

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      viscri8 6 years ago

      I have an old boy instead of a preteen girl and no gift list at all. Merry Christmas! Blessed for the many gifts this lens will bring to 12 years old girls.