47 Gifts for Tween Girls, Recommended by Tweens and the Parents Who Love Them

Do *not* forget the Drunk Elephant

PureWow editors select every item that appears on this page, and the company may earn compensation through affiliate links within the story. All prices are accurate upon date of publish. You can learn more about the affiliate process here.

gifts for tween girls
Paula Boudes for PureWow

Tweens, they’re tricky. What they like one week they may not like the next. Or maybe you got them something they love…but they wanted another color. Or you bought that sweatshirt in their size…when it turns out they wanted it oversized. That’s where we come in. Finding the perfect gifts for tween girls can be mind-stumping, but we did our research to narrow down an easy-to-shop list, whether the tween in your life loves skincare, reading, friendship bracelets or simply Taylor Swift. Spoiler: They all love Taylor Swift. 

The Best Gifts for Tween Girls at a Glance 


Trendiest Gift

Stanley The Quencher H0 Flowstate Tumbler

read more


For the Makeup Experimenter

Glossier Lash Slick

read more


For the Singer

Ankuka Kids Karaoke Microphones

read more


For the Selfie-Taker

Ubeesize Tripod

read more


Best Self-Care Gift

Old Whaling Co Bath Bomb

read more

Show More

How We Chose the Best Gifts for Tween Girls 

We polled our editors and readers with tween-aged kids to give us the scoop on what products and people they love (are they still into Justin Bieber? One Direction broke up, right?). Then we cross-checked those picks with online reviews to make sure others agreed. (Did the product hold up over time? Was a kid likely to outgrow it?) We also scoped out TikTok to see what’s trending there for the 9 to 13 crowd. Here’s what we uncovered: 

We consider the famous Stanley cup an essential because it keeps drinks cold, thanks to the double-wall vacuum insulation, and we love that it comes with a reusable straw. Turns out: Your tween will love it just as much as you do—and probably get some lunchroom cred for having it. You can choose from a 14-, 20-, 30-, 40- or 64-ounce tumbler and choose from 30 colors. If you really want to impress her, customize it with her name or a phrase that she likes.  

For the Makeup Experimenter

2. Glossier Lash Slick 


As she enters her tween years, she may be interested in starting to play around with beauty products. Go for a brand that specializes in light, natural makeup so she can see how to apply things without running around full glam. “She wanted makeup, but we didn't want to get her something that was too grown up. Glossier is nice because it's exactly that—not too grown up...but at the same time not costume/play makeup that feels cheap,” says one parent we spoke with.  

For the Singer

3. Ankuka Kids Karaoke Microphones 


Whether you have a tween at home who desperately wants to be the next Taylor Swift or one who simply loves to entertain when you have family over, these karaoke microphones will allow her to feel like a popstar. “Microphones can take any karaoke sesh to the next level. (I've used one as a grown adult and thoroughly enjoyed it),” notes one parent tester. It comes in a set of two and connects to a phone or to the app via Bluetooth. The mics have recording capabilities so she can play it back. 

For the Selfie-Taker

4. Ubeesize Tripod 


At only nine-inches tall, this mini tripod will be easy for her to keep track of and take with her, so she can be at the ready to take group pictures with her friends. “The tripod can come in really handy for any tween who struggles to take decent group selfies with their friends,” says one parent. The base has three flexible legs that can wrap, and it even comes with a phone-connected remote so she doesn’t need to race the clock using self-timer, just the click of a button. 

Best Self-Care Gift

5. Old Whaling Co. Bath Bomb 

Old Whaling Co.

We aren’t going to lie; We too would be obsessed with a nice, hot bath with a bath bomb to make it prettier. These ones come in a ton of different scents and leave the skin feeling soft and hydrated thanks to ingredients like olive and soybean oil and Epsom salts. 

Best Skin Moisturizer

6. Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer 

Drunk Elephant

The Drunk Elephant craze has not slept since it’s started, but if you’re hesitant about getting your tween hooked, we recommend grabbing her a light product like a moisturizer, which is all her young skin really needs at this point. This whipped moisturizing formula will hydrate her skin and has the famous push-top pump the kids love so much. 

Most Unique Art Tool

7. Scrib3d 3D Printing Pen 


If you know a little artist who is always creating, this gizmo is going to blow her mind. This pen uses colored 3D filament to make layered art that’s more sculpture than drawing. “These things are so cool--The ‘ink’ gets loaded into the back of them, then gets heated electronically so you can draw in 3D. Simple enough for a tween to use, but way more interesting than your standard kid's art supply,” says PureWow Editor-in-Chief and mom-of-two, Jillian Quint. It comes with detailed instructions and even some templates for getting started. 

Best Subscription Box

8. FabFitFun Membership 


Subscription boxes are a blast and if she is starting to get more interested in wellness, beauty and fashion, this one is a great way to gift her things she can try out. Customize it based on her interests (think: makeup, fitness products, cooking, fashion accessories). The boxes are then delivered quarterly, so you can buy them up front when you subscribe or purchase them seasonally. 

Best Book Set

9. Percy Jackson and the Olympians Boxed Set 

Penguin Books

Before she watches the Disney+ Series have her take a crack at these books that imagine the Greek gods…but in the 21st century. The series is perfect for kids ages 8 to 12; we’ve seen many a tween glued to her Kindle when tearing through the adventures of Percy (son of Poseidon) and his pals. Bonus: download as an audiobook and you can listen in too.  

For the DIYer

10. Wakestar Clay Beads Bracelet Making Kit 


Thank Swifties for this trend! This kit comes complete with colorful beads and charms, all in the service creating a cute bracelet they’ll wear every day. “My friends and I make bracelets all the time and trade them,” a tween we spoke with raved. This set has multiple elastic ropes and 15 bead and pendant themes—like Christmas charms and dangly, metal pendants. 

Best Facial Cleanser

11. Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser 

Glow Recipe

Another skincare brand favorite among the tween girl set. We love Glow Recipes for the gentle formulas and clean ingredients, thanks to the brand’s commitment to sustainability. Kids love it for the pretty packaging and deliciously scented products. 

Best Earbuds

12. Apple AirPods Pro 


Tired of hearing their Olivia Rodrigo playlist on repeat? Give them (and you!) the gift of in-ear listening with a set of AirPods, which have noise canceling capabilities and keep a charge for up to six hours of listening time. Worried about her misplacing them? Grab an AirTag and attach it to the case with a keychain for easy tracking. 

Best Earbud Accessory

13. Casetify AirPods Case 


If you’re grabbing her a set of AirPods, you’ve got to grab her a cute case, too, duh. Casetify has tons of unique, cutesy designs from smaller artists so she can show off her case that’s not like anyone else’s. 

Best Sweatshirt

14. Aerie Real Crew Sweatshirt 


Aerie is beloved by so many age ranges, and when it comes to cute loungewear, it really can’t be beat. This cozy crewneck is slightly oversized and comes in 13 colors. It’s a cotton-polyester blend with a fleece lining inside to keep her nice and warm. 

For the Budding Chef

15. Kids Can Cook Anything

America's Test Kitchen

Learning to whip up meals in the kitchen at a young age is such an incredible skill, plus it teaches focus and creativity. Grab her an age-appropriate cookbook so she can try new recipes that won’t overwhelm her. This one is designed for 8- to 12-year-olds (it includes QR codes so she can watch corresponding videos) and has more than 75 kid-tested recipes, like cucumber-avocado maki and chocolate pastry puffs. 

For the Collector

16. Squishmallows 


She may be growing up too fast, but stuffed animals—Squishmallows—don’t have an age limit. “Initially I thought these things were a gimmick. (Aren't they the same as all other stuffies?) Then, I actually snuggled my little head against one and OMG it is so soft. Now I completely understand why my daughter can't get enough of these things as she enters her tween years,” said one parent we spoke with. “They're cute and collectible and remind her of simpler times, even as the rest of her world grows up.” 

For the Swiftie

17. TaraOutfitFamily Swiftie Shirt 


Young Swifties are all about the merch. But instead of wearing the same Eras Tour shirt everyone has, she can sport this cute Swiftie sweatshirt which comes in a multitude of colors and is made from a cozy polyester-cotton blend.  

Best Belt Bag

18. lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag 


Don’t forget the lululemon for your trendy tween! The ever-so-popular belt bag is a PureWow reader favorite, and holds everything from lipgloss to a phone to maybe even some extra Crocs Jibbitz (should she need to make a midday swap).  

Best Diary

19. Pen + Gear Diary Journal 

Pen + Gear

Journaling and getting those feelings out after a day at school is a great outlet—assuming she can keep it safe from prying eyes (looking at you, Little Brother). This adorable diary comes with a bracelet that connects to the key so she can keep a very close eye on it. It has 160 pages of lined paper and a spiral spine, meaning plenty of room for all her deepest, darkest secrets. 

Best SPF

20. Bubble Skincare Plus One Mineral Sunscreen 

Bubble Skincare

Teach her that the best thing she can do for her skin is to protect it from harmful UV rays. This sunscreen from Bubble Skincare is gently formulated and has SPF 40. Plus, it’s tinted which makes it feel like makeup, even if she’s not yet ready for the hard stuff.  

Best Lip Gloss

22. Merit Shade Slick 

Merit Beauty

Rouge red is probably a no-no in your household, but how about a light lip gloss instead? This one comes in many sheer shades and is moisturizing like a lip balm. “I like that it has really simple and healthier ingredients, because my 9-year-old loves wearing lip gloss like mom, but tends to accidentally lick it off,” says one mom we spoke with. 

Best Personalized Notebook

23. Sapphire Designs Personalized Spiral Notebook 

Sapphire Designs

Personalized belongings are great, both for aesthetics (so cool!) and for a kid who’s likely to leave it on the floor of her science classroom. (Raise your hand if you have a child who is always trolling the lost and found.) Add her name to this sparkly looking notebook, then gift it for school work or journaling.  

Best PJs

24. Abercrombie Kids Shorts Pajama Set 

Abercrombie Kids

Sleepwear is a great gift, especially when it’s cute. This set, made from polyester (with an elastic waistband), is available in four different colorways and will keep them cooler in the warm months. No judgment if they want to get matching sets for their friends for sleepovers.  

Best Eye Mask

25. NailsInc. Eye Need to Relax Eye Mask 


These eye masks, made from a flexible, elastic fabric, will make them feel like they’re having a luxurious spa day from the comfort of their home. “These face and eye masks are so fun and affordable. They'll love having a mini spa day with all their friends,” a parent we spoke with raved. We love the cute “do not disturb” slogan as well as the light lavender scent.  

Best Phone Case

26. Casetify Spring Botanicals 2 Phone Case 


If she has a phone at this age, a cute phone case is really an essential. This floral one is sweet and simple and the two-time military standard, recycled material makes it durable for withstanding drops. It’s available for Apple, Samsung and Google devices and is MagSafe compatible. 

Best Bracelet

27. Kendra Scott Haven Heart Bracelet 

Kendra Scott

A nice piece of jewelry will have her wanting to wear it every single day. This cute bracelet has an adjustable sliding bead and colorful heart charms across the gold chain. Plus, the 14K yellow gold coating over the brass will keep it from tarnishing easily.  

Best Nail Art Stickers

28. Olive & June Nail Art Stickers 

Olive & June

Make spa night even more creative by adding a nail “salon”. These fun stickers adhere to nails quickly with no mess, can last up to a week and peel off easily. Choose from themes like bunnies and sports and take solace in the fact that they’re only $8 for a pack of 30. 

Best Body Spray

29. Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Cheirosa Body Mist 

Sol de Janiero

This brand has a major chokehold on the middle school set, and if your tween is on TikTok she’s likely is dying to get her hands on it. A little goes a long way with this spray, so if you teach her how to use it sparingly, it should last a long time. It has a vanilla scent with a bit of a bite, thanks to the black amber plum and woody undertones. She may spritz herself way too frequently, but don’t worry, the formula is cruelty-free and vegan. 

Best Name Sign

30. CustomNeonWonderland Neon Name Sign 


A cute neon name sign will have her so excited to show off her room and maybe (one can hope) keep it clean. This one has the option to add a remote control ($15) so it can sit right next to her bed and she’ll remember to turn it off at night. It’s available in 12 colors and plugs in via a wall outlet (and it comes with a dimmer, too). 

Best Hooded Onesie

31. HQFurs Unicorn Onesie 


How fun are these PJs? Whether she wears it for lounging around the house or planning a dance routine with her besties, she’s going to love cozying up in this number made from a flannel-like material. (Just note that it may be hot for summer.) 

Best Gift for Sleepovers

32. Dash Popcorn Popper 


Popcorn and a movie can be even more fun if she gets to pop the popcorn in this easy-to-use machine. All you do is add kernels and press start, how simple (and safe) is that? Plus, it’s a healthy alternative since no oils are used for the popping (it’s just air). 

Most Positive Gift

33. Intelligent Change Mindful Affirmations for Kids 

Intelligent Change

The tween years can be challenging (we’re sure you remember as much), so keeping spirits and confidence on a positive track is important. These little affirmation cards, which say things like “I am always learning and growing,” and “I love and accept myself exactly as I am,” are an encouraging gift she can read daily before school or a night out with friends.  

For the Future Shutterbug

34. SmartKlik Digital Camera 


If your kiddo loves taking photos, a starter camera is a great gift for her to experiment with. She can learn lens settings, angles and composition, and then how to transfer the photos to a computer. It’s easy to use because of the point-and-shoot design, meaning the camera recognizes faces and smiles so it can adjust the focus settings automatically. This camera has 4K image quality and comes with a 64GB memory, meaning it can hold hundreds of snaps.

Best Clogs

35. Crocs Classic Clogs 


Crocs are a favorite once again and we are here for it. From the fun colors to the option to add Jibbitz, we think they’re perfect for the middle school set, and we appreciate the pivoting heel strap, which allows for a more secure fit as she hoofs it to the bus stop. Bonus: they’re easy to clean if you have an outdoorsy chick on your hands.

Bright, fun, new bedding will add a fresh look to her room that she’s probably trying to age up a notch. This marshmallow one has a cute pattern, and the tie-dye color is super feminine. It’s available in twin/twin XL and full/queen sizes. 

gifts for tween girls funboy float

Best Summertime Gift

37. Funboy X Malibu Barbie Golf Cart Pool Float 


Summer birthdays mean pool and beach-themed items. Our editors love Funboy, and one mom we spoke with said this gift was a total success. “The girly look of Funboy floats make my daughter always want to be in the pool over the summer; her and her friends love fitting as many of them on one as possible,” she says. 

Best Bike

38. Schwinn Koen & Elm Bike 


A brand-new bike is an exciting gift to get your girl for spring. This one comes in a few different colorways and is made for kids between 48 and 60 inches. The seat height is adjustable (no-tools required) and it has a low stand-over frame design so she can get off it easily. 

Best Hooded Blanket

39. Forever 21 Hello Kitty Hooded Blanket 


This hooded blanket was made for days she just doesn’t want to leave the house. It’s covered in Hello Kitty and is 60-by-50-inches, so it’s plenty big for her and maybe even a friend. It’s 100 percent polyester and the brand notes to hand wash in cold water, likely because of the embroidered face.  

Best for the Hair Stylist

40. Kitsch Flexi Rods


She’ll have so much fun learning how to do heatless curls with these cushioned rods, which secure in place by wrapping hair around them. (They’re easy to use, we promise.) The satin-covered cushioning will help protect the hair from breaking and pulling, and she can opt to do her whole head, or just one section. Look at that--bouncy, fun curls without any heat damage.  

Best "Not Ready for a Phone Yet" Device

41. Apple Watch SE 


If your kiddo isn’t allowed to have a cell phone just yet, an Apple Watch is a great way to ease in. You can track her location on your cell phone and she’s able to text you (as well as friends who do have phones) but she won’t have access to apps or other online distractions. She’ll love the option to replace the bands with cute alternatives. You’ll love that it’s literally attached to her wrist and hence impossible to misplace.  

Best for the Cheerleader or Gymnast

42. Costyway Goplus Inflatable Gymnastics Mat 


Whether she’s on the cheerleading squad or hoping to make the gymnastics team, this mat will allow her to safely practice her skills. The inflatable mat is 10-feet long and comes with an electric pump as well as a repair kit in case of any holes.  The PVC material is sturdy and durable, say reviewers, but allows enough give to help her feel confident when she’s flipping or cartwheeling away. Reviewers note it stays inflated after long periods of time (one noted she’s had it for two months) and that it’s easy to roll up, too. 

Best Bean Bag Chair

43. Pottery Barn Teen Bean Bag Chair Insert & Cover 

Pottery Barn Teen

Does she have some studying to do? She’ll love doing it in this comfy beanbag chair, which is filled with polystyrene beads that conform to her shape. It’s available in medium and large sizes (aka three or three-and-a-half feet wide) and the filling can be easily fluffed around simply by flipping the bean bag. Just note that you’ll have to add a separate cover (which she can swap out if it’s ever time to update her room).  

Best Stanley Accessory

44. Palmy Pineapple Stanley H2.0 Quencher Name Plate 

Palmy Pineapple

If she’s already got a Stanely, help her make it even more unique (and less likely to get lost on the school bus). These name plates are adorable and can be customized by name, color, background and tumbler size. Just note that they require hand-washing.  

Best Crocs Accessories

45. Crocs Sunny Days Jibbitz 


If you’re grabbing her a pair of Crocs, don’t forget the Jibitbz! This set come in packs of five, though they are available individually. Plus, they all have themes like animals or flowers and nature. Forget how Jibitiz work? They pop into the holes of the tops of a Croc clog and swap out super easily.  

For the Artist

46. Color More 175-Piece Deluxe Art Set 

Color More

If you have an aspiring George O’Keefe at home, she’s going to need great supplies to work with. This set comes with two sketchbooks (one for acrylic painting) and a drawing pad, 24 acrylic paints, 24 colored pencils, 24 oil pastels, 24 watercolor cakes and 60 crayons for endless types of creating. Additionally, she’ll get tools like paint brushes, drawing pencils, a sandpaper block, a sharpener and an art eraser. Consider it a total upgrade from the kids’ sets she likely had when she was younger. 

For the Athlete

47. Nike Everyday Plus Cushioned Socks 


The sporty girl in your life needs high-quality socks to get her through practice and beyond. These ones are amply cushioned to keep her feet comfortable in cleats or sneakers. They come in a pack of six and reach right above the ankle. After all, did you know no-show socks are way lame, Mom? 

IMG 1645 e1692204102526

Commerce Editor

Olivia Dubyak is PureWow's Commerce Editor and textbook Capricorn. She studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but has gone from New York City to...

Why You Should Trust Us

PureWow's editors and writers have spent more than a decade shopping online, digging through sales and putting our home goods, beauty finds, wellness picks and more through the wringer—all to help you determine which are actually worth your hard-earned cash. From our PureWow100 series (where we rank items on a 100-point scale) to our painstakingly curated lists of fashion, beauty, cooking, home and family picks, you can trust that our recommendations have been thoroughly vetted for function, aesthetics and innovation. Whether you're looking for travel-size hair dryers you can take on-the-go or women’s walking shoes that won’t hurt your feet, we’ve got you covered.