We’ve got a 12-year-old girl in the house. She’s a cutie and it’s also fun to buy gifts for her! What are you going to get for your dramatic diva, your shy sweetheart, or your precious princess this year? You can find all the best Christmas gifts for tween girls right here!
When your little girl is on the verge of her transition between childhood and adulthood, it’s especially important to handle with care. I made the mistake of going to all clothes and pretty things for an older child WAY TOO SOON. At this tender age, it’s important to strike a balance between gifts that make your girl feel “all grown up” and gifts that still require a playful heart.
My recommendation is – go ahead and buy her toys. Whether it’s a LEGO set, some dolls, or a Hideaway Pet or whatever – buy that special toy on her list. Then to celebrate her becoming a young lady – add one of these fun gifts or sets of gifts from our list of best gifts for tween girls to brighten her special day. Our list of gifts for your tween daughter is carefully curated from among the gifts I remember fondly from my own transition years and the best gifts we’ve given our daughters with a successful, happy result. You are sure to find the absolute best Christmas gifts for a tween girl right here!
We’ve organized our gift suggestions into “baskets” or themes, so that you can buy one or all of the items on our list (pick and choose the best gifts for your tween!) and create a themed basket if you want. We’ve worked really hard to find unique Christmas gifts that your tween girls will love.
Awesome NAIL ART gifts for tween girls
Buy one or all of the following items to inspire your daughter in the art of the manicure.
Look at this sweet UV Nail Dryer! Just like the ones the pros use. LOVED MINE when I was younger.
Don’t forget some fun NAIL ART pens for styling those nails with fancy designs.
And of course, you will want some GLITZ and GLAM so these nail art rhinestones are a must.
And for extra fun – this sweet set of nail art stickers is a perfect addition.
Don’t forget to cover the basics, like a good polish and a good clear top coat.
And let’s not forget some polish remover. Remember this kind that you stick your hands down in? This one’s non-acetone too, so that’s a bonus. Just handle with care. If it removes polish, it’s probably best to keep it safe.
Of course, she’ll need something to put all that nail stuff in for the next trip to grandma’s or to keep it away from little brothers.
And finally, a good nail art book to help teach your young lady some newfound skills in nail design.
Wanna kick it up a notch? Add this SWEET manicure set.
ARTIST Christmas gifts for a tween girl
I have one girl who never gets tired of new Sharpies and new fancy colored pencils and papers. These are my go-to brands and products for gifting my artist.
Soft, smooth, perfectly balanced Colored Pencils that won’t break at weird angles when you sharpen them are an absolute must. For the artist in your family, don’t settle for less than Prismacolor.
Markers with all the colors you can imagine make doodling and coloring a blast for your tween. My girls love to color a pretty picture with Sharpies, laminate it, and hang it in a sunny window.
Grown-ups are getting into this trend, and I bet your daughter will love these too – try some Adult Coloring Books. This one is a huge collection of animals we made ourselves and have in our very own store!
Or you could try this beautiful adult coloring book with Bible verses! I just got this in the mail the other day and it is awesome!
For finer details and drawing in color – these Staedtler Fineliner Pens are my fav. I keep some in my work bag too.
Good sketching pencils are a favorite accessory to pass the time away or take along to the park when we take the littles to a playground.
Good sketching pencils require a good sketching tablet of course!
A kneaded eraser. I don’t know why you need one, but I remember having one for art class and my artistic children insist that this is a necessary ingredient for an art basket!
And let’s not forget a cool container for all those pencils, markers, pens, and accessories like this Art Bin Sidekick Box.
And finally, a good drawing book both of my teens have enjoyed.
This Wacom Bamboo Drawing tablet connects to photoshop and makes transferring your own drawings into the computer a breeze. Our teen daughter has one and loves it. Might as well introduce them to technology combined with their art early. It’s the wave.
Christmas gifts for a tween girl who loves some BLING
One year, we gave my newly minted young lady a collection of tools and supplies to make her own jewelry. It’s a hobby she enjoys to this day, and she makes me some pretty fabulous Mother’s Day gifts too! Plus, I ended up joining in on the fun and we enjoy beading together. If your princess would love to add some bling to her life – put together a Jewelry Making basket and set her up with everything she needs!
Start with a great tool kit. I think pretty and functional are both important, so this is my favorite set. Plus, pretty tools need a pretty bag I think and this set covers both!
After we got started, we realized that these little beading mats have a very important purpose. They keep the beads from rolling all over the place!
Add some gorgeous beads – not the plastic ones she has played with in the past – real glass beads or pretty stones.
Add a few charms and spacers for variety.
Cover the basics like clasps, rings, and wire or string.
Find something she can store her jewelry making stash in neatly like this fun portable carrying bag.
And finally, pull it all together with a good book on Jewelry Design.
If your daughter would like to stamp some jewelry – you’ll need some metal to stamp.
And some cool jewelry stamps.
And some special tools like this hammer.
One of the prettiest hand made bracelets I have ever seen was made with Wire Crochet. If your daughter loves to try something new or loves handwork – this fun wire crochet jewelry kit might be perfect!
Got older girls or different interests? My daughter has an awesome Gift Guide for Teen Girls: Geek Edition! over on her blog.
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