Gift Guide: Tween Girls (9-12ish)

By Rachel Tiemeyer
October 21, 2020

Tween girl–roughly between the ages of 9-12–is the age of maturing kid and not yet teen. My daughter falls in this range, so she and her sweet friends inspired many of the gifts on this list. From books to games to cute accessories and more, I hope these gift ideas help your tween girl to be a well-rounded gal.

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Tween Girl: Ages 9-12 Gift Guide

Color Changing Lightbulb with Remote My 9 year old got this for her birthday this year and it’s been a huge hit. The light bulb works anywhere a standard lightbulb does and the user can change the colors with the use of the remote. I bought a few of these to give as birthday gifts as well!

Color changing lightbulb

Gift Bag of Scrunchies – Why hello, scrunchies. It’s been a while! (Believe it or not, the hottest hair accessory from my Junior High days is back.) Here’s a cute bundle of scrunchies of every color and pattern a tween girl could ever want. My daughter uses scrunchies from this stash EVERY SINGLE DAY.


Hydroflask – This is not just any water bottle. No, no, this is THE most popular water bottle right now in our middle school. Your tween is sure to love it. And, hey, I’m all for getting my kid to drink more water. 🙂 Check out the various designs, colors and sizes.



Gel Pens Set + Blank Journals – How much fun could your tween have using this giant set of colorful gel pens? Whether it’s writing letters to friends or sketching in one of these journals, she will get her use out of them. I love these blank journals, so she can decorate the front covers.

Gel Pens

Paint by Sticker Books – This is no ordinary sticker book. It’s a great indoor activity and the pictures that evolve, sticker by sticker, are really cool! The final product is on card stock too so it can be torn out and displayed.

Paint by sticker books

Ripstick – Our whole street of boy and girl tweens ride up and down the sidewalks and driveways after school on their Ripsticks. Such great exercise and reason to get outside! The mom in me has to suggest investing in a helmet and pads, too. 😉

Echo Dot with a clock -Perfect for her nightstand! My kids LOVE these. They use it for music and audiobooks primarily. The Echo Dots also have games on them that the kids have fun with. What I learned after I bought them is that they can also be used as kind of a walkie talky. From my phone, I can drop into their room, make announcements, block certain songs, set time limits, and turn on explicit filter. Now truth be told, they still find songs that you may not approve of but all you have to say is, “Alexa, never play that song again.” I love these!

Colorku – My tween is obsessed with this game, but it’s really great for all ages. Instead of using numbers to solve Sudoku puzzles, Colorku uses brightly colored wooden balls. The solid wood game board includes 81 balls in 9 different colors, 104 puzzle cards, solutions booklet, color conversion card and storage tray. There are 5 levels of difficulty.


Oversized Sherpa Wearable Blanket – This is 100% on my list for my daughter this year. She would love it!

Oversized Sherpa

Gold Initials Heart Necklace – This dainty gold necklace can be personalized with her initial. Great stocking stuffer or add-on gift.

Customized Necklace

Nerdy Nummies Cookbook – My 11 year old is obsessed with this popular Youtuber named Rosanna Pansina. She wants her cookbook as one of her gifts. Is this tween or what?

Nerdy Nummies

Electric ScooterI’m pretty sure this is the year we are going to pull the trigger and get one of these for kiddo. I plan to get this one based off the Amazon reviews. They are all the rage with the tweens in our neighborhood and don’t seem to go too dangerously fast.

Razor scooter

Girls Bible: My daughter is in 4th grade and joined her first small group. I realized quickly that while we had plenty of Bibles in our home, she wanted one that was hers. This is a great option to start a little lady off with. There are more, age-appropriate Bibles from this list of Children’s Bibles or this list of Tween and Teen Bibles. Rachel’s 12-year-old daughter uses this Faithgirlz Bible the most.

Faith girls

Onesie PJs – I have no idea why these are such a hit, but they are. My daughter wants to wear them even in the summer. Lot’s of different animal/color options too.

Onesie PJs

Light Strings for Bedroom – These Bedroom Lights come with ON/OFF switch, getting rid of unplugging to turn the lights off. 200 mini LED bulbs and 66Ft in length, great for decorating, creating a warm, gentle, ambient glow in the room.

Light Strings for Bedroom

Cute Crossbody Bag – Whether it’s art supplies, books, or a water bottle and snacks, your tween girl will love this adorable crossbody bag that’s just her size.

Cute Crossbody Bag

Electronic Snap Circuits: Designed for young engineers ages 8+. Build over 300 experiments with 60+ parts, including photosensitive electronic organ, a Lie detector, an AM radio, and a two-finger touch lamp and much more!

Electronic Snap Circuits

Cat Crimes – Tweens around my neighborhood love this game. Cat Crimes is a super cute yet challenging logic game that can be played alone or with friends. Gets progressively harder.

Cat Crimes

Lego Friends are still super popular with many girls in this age range.

Lego Friends


Books: Here are a few great book series ideas for Tween girls. I’ve listed them from younger to older age-appropriateness.

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88 replies
  1. Cindy Hutchings says:

    To be honest I knew my daughter would love the majority of the gifts suggested but felt stumped until I saw theses suggestions! Thanks

  2. Colleen M says:

    The Nerdy Nummies cookbook looks really cute! Perfect for any young “creative” baker. It received excellent reviews on Amazon! I really wish my kids were still at the “tweens” age!

  3. Haley says:

    ColorKu is so fun!! It’s one of my favorite games as an adult. It’d be fun to play with your tween and is good exercise for the brain!

  4. Hilary says:

    Love these ideas! I don’t have a tween, but I do teach them and I know they would love these gifts! I think I’d like the gel pens and scrunchies for myself!

  5. Lee A Parker says:

    I love the gel pen set and blank journals! It encourages creativity and well as promoting some slow down/meditation time in a young lady’s hectic life. To me, this is especially important in all that is going on in our world right now.

  6. Ruthie Shaw says:

    I love all these ideas! Especially the gel pens and journals and Bible of their own! Also this is the perfect age to get in to Harry Potter 🙂

  7. Kim says:

    The Hydro flask water bottle for sure. My older teen has one, and I know my tween would love one. They are both soccer players and use water bottles all of the time!

  8. Nadene R. says:

    This is a great list that has given me some ideas for my tween! The lightbulb that changes color intrigues me! I agree with you on the ripstick; get a helmet, pads, and, I would add bandaids!

  9. Danielle says:

    My 10 year old would love the color changing lightbulb or the string of lights for her room. I already ordered her a similar crossbody bag – great minds think alike!

  10. Nicole B says:

    My daughter would love all of these, so hard to choose! But, she has really wanted a hydroflask bottle instead of our Walmart cheapie! 🙂

  11. Krysta says:

    I’m probably not alone in thinking I’d happily accept many of these gifts for myself! I loved having my own water bottle for school and the Colorku board seems neat!

  12. Cathy H. says:

    So many good ideas! I like the color changing lightbulb (mood lighting), the gel pens and journals (writing is my jam), and for pure comfiness, the wearable blanket. 🎄

  13. Brandy Lutz says:

    I could choose all of these for my 9 year old going on 16. If I had to choose just one, I would have to say the Hydroflask.

  14. Kimberly Tracy says:

    💯 the inside PJs and the Percy Jackson books for after they finish Harry Potter. That’s for my ten year old. Also, is it bad that I want the cooku for myself? LoL