Finding the perfect gift for tween girls can be a challenge. They are in the in-between phase where they are not quite little kids and not and quite teens. There is a balance between hanging on to play things and moving on to older things. As a mom of three girls – a teen, a tween and a little kid – I have learned a thing or two about gift giving for this special age group and I’ve rounded up some of the best gifts for tween girls this holiday season. These gifts are sure to slay and not be cringe, as they say 😉
Some of these are gifts I’ve already given my girls, others I plan to buy and a few were gifted to us for consideration in this gift guide. But every single gift is one I would give my tween and her friends.
Tween Girl Gifts That Slay
If you have a tween on your gift list, chances are their list is filled with Apple Devices – iPhone, iPad, AirPods, AirTags, you really can’t go wrong with a device for this age group. But that’s not what this gift guide is about. This gift guide is about the things that are not on their list. These are tween gifts that will surprise and delight them and score you major points. Gifts they don’t even know they want… yet!
Custom Converse Chuck Taylors
Custom Converse? Yes, it’s true. You can customize your Chuck Taylors. The color of the shoe, the laces, the rubber, the patch, the embroidery and more, it’s all customizable. Your tween will have the coolest, one-of-a-kind kicks at school.
Fahlo Animal Tracking Braclets
One part accessory, one part science, one part wildlife conservation. Each Fahlo bracelet comes with all of the info necessary to track a wildlife animal as it migrates across the globe. Plus the bracelet is oh-so-cute featuring a turtle, polar bear, elephant or other animal. Our tween is still tracking the shark she got last year and wants a new animal this year.
Daisy Encens Bath Bombs
Have you seen the trendy rainbow bath bombs that streak colors across the bath? My tween has wanted to try some for ages but has to be very careful with her sensitive skin. Daisy Encens bath fizz are the perfect solution. Handmade with 100% natural ingredients, vegan-friendly, and made with sustainable packaging, she can enjoy bathtime fun. Guess what she will find in her stocking soon!
Pura Vida Jewelry Case
My daughters love their Pura Vida bracelets. So much so their grandmother bought them a monthly bracelet subscription last year (another great gift idea). This year, we bought our tween a Pura Vida jewelry case for her birthday and she can’t stop showing it off. They come in three sizes and several fun colors.
Keep your tween cool and hydrated with a water bottle that doubles as a fashion statement. Hydro Flasks are the IT water bottle with tweens and teens. Select your tween’s favorite color and then let them customize their Hydro Flask with waterproof stickers for the ultimate accessory.
Dashing Diva Gloss
Beautiful nails for tweens – at home. Dashing Diva Gloss boasts a two-week wear time, and my chronic nail picker managed to keep hers looking perfect for nearly three weeks. Not just colors, the press on nail polish includes patterns we could never pull off at home.
You are ever too old for something cute and cuddly, and the huge popularity of Squishmallows is proof of that. If you have a tween in your life, they probably already own at least one Squishmallow, but I am sure they would be happy to accept a few more.
This gift makes me giggle because I received one as a gift from my husband several years ago, and now both my tween and my teen fight over it. Is it the fun colors, the instant gratification of the printed picture or because all of their friends have one? I’ll never know, but I do know this gift continues to be hot! (I’ll be picking up more photo paper as stocking stuffers this year!)
Barbie Be Good To Yourself
Whether your tween is still into Barbies or has fond memories of her Barbie days, she will feel like a diva with the Barbie Be Good To Yourself kit. A spa night at home with three face masks, an applicator and a headband tucked into a glam pink bag. Bonus, each mask packet has enough for two so you can have a spa night with her.
Colored lights and music for the shower, what’s not to love? We bought one for my oldest and then had to buy another for our tween’s bathroom too. If you are looking for a gift that is used on a regular basis long after the holidays, this is it. We put the color-changing speaker lightbulb in the bathroom and connect it to any Bluetooth device to make singing in the shower epic.
Special note, our bulbs are two years old and still going strong!
Mario Badescu Facial Spray
Treat your tween’s skin and make them feel all grown up with facial sprays from Mario Badescu. It’s time for your tween to start thinking about good skin care, and this is a trandy way to introduce good skin care. This multipack comes with four small sprays so they can decide which is their favorite.
Fjällräven Kånken Backpack
When is a backpack not just a backpack? When it is a Fjällräven Kånken! These trendy bags are not just for school, they are a great weekend bag. And they are roomy, I’m surprised how much my daughter crams into hers! For smaller loads, the mini is also hot.
Anything, But Make It Checkered
Animal print is so over, it’s all about the checkered print now. From sunnies to socks, fill her stocking with accessories in a checkered pattern. Vans brand is always popular, but you can also find options at Target and on Amazon.
Custom Name Neon Sign
Who doesn’t want to see their name in lights?! This gift idea is the perfect decoration for any space, your tween’s name in neon lights! Get a custom one created for you with any name or phrase in your choice of colors. What a fun way to light up a room.
Custom Name Neon Sign
Cool Maker Stitch N’ Style Fashion Studio
A toy, but make it grown up and make it really work. The Cool Maker Stitch N’ Style Fashion Studio will spark your tween’s fashion dreams by teaching them to sew. This tiny machine is a great first-step in learning to sew and comes with six projects to get started.
Your tween will love wrapping themselves up like a up like a snuggly burrito in a hilarious tortilla blanket. If tortillas aren’t your tween’s thing, pick your tween’s fav food to wrap up in! Pizza, waffle, donut, hamburger blankets are also available. I recommend the 71-inch size.
If your tween has a phone, the hottest accessory is a phone charm. A beaded dangling loop is the newest trend for phones with tweens. They make great stocking stuffers and come in multipacksso your tween can change their phone charm with their mood.
Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag
Fanny packs are back, but somehow they look a lot cooler than they used to. The ultimate one is the Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag. Worn around the waist or slung over the shoulder, tweens can carry their gear and look cool doing so.
Note, these are so hot they come in and out of stock a lot.