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Shopping for the perfect gift for a 10-year-old girl can feel impossible, but if you choose something that is tailored to her interests and allows her to express herself creatively, you're sure to find a hit.
Not sure what to look for? From karaoke microphones to manicure kits and beyond, there are tons of options out there that are sure to satisfy the tween in your life. Just be sure to consider any gift's recommended age, safety features, and educational value, as well as if it'll spark creativity.
Here are the best gifts for the 10-year-old girl in your life.
Tricase Cinema Light Box with Letters
Sometimes tweens get a little less chatty during dinnertime or stop telling you about the little details of their day. This light box is a fun way to let your 10-year-old express herself on her own terms. It includes 167 black letters and numbers, plus 185 emoji fragments. The remote control lets her operate the brightness settings from across the room.
Be Amazing Toys Big Bag Of Science
Budding scientists will go mad for this awesome bag of science that allows them to perform 70 scientific activities. The kits cover three areas of science (physical, earth, and life) and include ultra-cool things like making a rainbow in a tube to creating quicksand and even setting-up a soda geyser. Little scientists will be able to wow friends and family with these cool creations from home.
"The instructions are written clearly so our 10-year-old and her friends were able to work independently, and the scientific explanations are perfect for the age group—not too simple, but not too complicated."—Kelly Hodgkins, Product Tester
Hasbro Connect 4 Shots: Space Jam A New Legacy Edition Game
Fun for boys and girls, this classic two-player game has some added features inspired by the animated movie, Space Jam: A New Legacy. In this version, players shoot mini basketballs simultaneously, trying to get them in the grid while also lining four balls of the same color in the same row. It's a fun activity that a wide range of ages can enjoy.
Forever 21 Plush Avocado Throw Pillow
Made of 100% polyester, this avocado pillow is super soft and easy to clean. Its cheerful eyes and bright smile are embroidered on, ready to brighten up the mood of any room. This pillow is just one of Forever 21's new HOME collection.
eatsleepdoodle Doodle World Map Pillowcase
This world map pillowcase is a dreamy gift for a 10-year-old girl. It’s printed with a map of the world, along with pictures and facts about animals and sea creatures that live in various regions. It’s up to her to bring it to life as she colors in the scenery with the 10 fabric markers that are included. She can also color outside the lines and add any quotes, notes, or other drawings as she sees fit. The markers wash out in warm water, so she can color the map over again and again.
"Each marker is double-tipped, providing a thin point and a blunt point. We found that it was easy to doodle with these markers, and the ink washed out easily. However, kids should be careful with the blunt points, as they tended to bleed through to the other side of the pillowcase."—Kelly Hodgkins, Product Tester
Endless Games The Sleepover Party Game
If you're looking for the perfect birthday gift for a girl, this sleepover game is a no-brainer. Designed for three or more, each player takes a turn spinning the wheel to get their Act It, Work It, or Party Challenge. They’ll find themselves charged with doing everything from being a human mirror to trying to lick their own elbow (it’s harder than it sounds!). The first one to 10 wins the game, but everyone wins when it comes to the good time being had. It’s all good, clean fun that will elicit giggles galore.
"Don’t be turned off by the game’s simplicity. Trust us; it’s incredibly entertaining to watch and play. The girls at our sleepover were amused from the first spin, and things only got sillier from there."—Angelica Leicht, Product Tester
LAGHCAT Mermaid Tail Blanket
Let her curl up with her favorite book with this adorable crocheted mermaid tail blanket. Available in eight different colors, it also comes in two sizes so you can customize it to the recipient's height. With this purchase, she'll also get a mermaid blanket and a mermaid necklace giving her everything she needs to truly transform into this beloved sea creature.
"One of the things we really liked about this blanket was the design. It’s made of acrylic fibers that are crocheted in a wave pattern, so it truly incorporates the sea theme down to the last detail."—Angelica Leicht, Product Tester
Twinkle Star Window Curtain String Lights
Does your tween girl want to add some oomph to her bedroom? These gorgeous string lights resemble delicate branches and are designed to be hung vertically for a waterfall effect. You can make the warm-white LED lights wave, twinkle, flash, and more when using the controller with eight mode settings.
BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone
Whether she's into Billie Eilish or Dear Evan Hansen, this microphone will make her musical dreams come true. Sold in more than 10 different colors, it connects to a phone, tablet, or other device using either Bluetooth or a cable. It can be used not only to amplify but to play and record music as well. The head has multiple filters (they reduce the dreaded feedback noise that's the bane of most kid karaoke parties) and there's an adjustable echo control for fun sound effects.
Thames & Kosmos Rainbow Gummy Candy Lab
This make-your-own candy kit perfectly illustrates what great science teachers have known all along: That kids learn best when the concepts relate to real life. Yes, your tween will enjoy making tasty gelatin gummy creations that look like unicorns and rainbows, but she'll also explore topics like matter, color mixing, and the properties of polymer substances. The kit comes with all the ingredients (including citric acid for sour candies), a mold, and a 16-page manual with ideas for future experiments (melted gummies, anyone?).
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9
Though kids today are used to pretty much everything being digital, there's something so fun and nostalgic about snapping pics on an actual camera that prints photos out. The Fujifilm Instax has all the features to help your little one take their best pics, like easily adjustable brightness and even a selfie mirror. The pictures are then developed within a matter of minutes. Just don't forget to buy the film pack which is sold separately.
Cool Maker GO Glam Nail Stamper
Want to distract your tween from her tablet? Kick the basic home manicure up a notch with this adorable kit, which is part art project, part beauty treatment, and the perfect sleepover-party activity. Simply paint a nail using the included polish, let it dry, and then stamp on one of the fun patterns (there are several to choose from, like cupcakes and flamingoes). The set comes with enough designs for 125 nails, but refills are also sold separately once you run out.
Ravensburger Disney Hocus Pocus: The Game
Board games are great for kids to play with one another or the whole family can join in for a game night. Hocus Pocus is a class 90s Disney movie and whether your kid has seen the film or not, she'll most likely enjoy this colorful card game. Suitable for ages eight and up, the game takes about 30 minutes and players have to work together to protect the town of Salem.
Jetson Rave Extreme Terrain Hoverboard with Cosmic LED Wheels
This tricked-out hoverboard lets kids mix riding and dancing, thanks to a Bluetooth speaker and compatible app that allows them to play their own music, change the colors of the see-through wheels, and adjust the speed (newbies should start on beginner mode). All-terrain tires help you glide over bumps and sidewalk cracks, and an anti-slip mat is included so you can practice at home without worrying about wiping out.
PBTeen Pink & Purple Marble Bottle
Two reasons to get her this gorgeous, brightly colored water bottle: if she loves it, she's less likely to lose it, and if it does go missing, it will be easy to spot in the lost-and-found pile. This stainless steel workhouse holds 17 ounces of liquid (a hydrated tween is a less cranky tween!) and can be tossed in the dishwasher.
ALEX Toys DIY Wear Friends 4 Ever Jewelry
This jewelry making kit comes with all of the materials she needs to make friendship bracelets for her and her BFFs with ease. Included in the kit is a friendship wheel, which is a specially designed tool that shows exactly where to place the string to get the desired designs. Four color-coded looms help make eight patterns (two on each loom) including hearts, stripes, diamonds, and flowers. They’re reusable too, so she can make them over and over again.
Circle Society Classic Adjustable Indoor and Outdoor Roller Skates
You probably laced up your roller skates as a child and now your kid can enjoy that same classic pass time. But these skates from Circle Society are way more stylish than the options from years past. The cotton candy colored laces have a winged accessory that can be removed and parents will love the fact the skates are adjustable to accommodate growing feet. Also, the super smooth wheels make the skates appropriate for skating indoors or outdoors.
UGG Kids' Fluff Yeah Slide
Truth: Good slippers are like hugs for your feet. She'll love these Uggs' plush sheepskin body and trendy logo strap. You'll appreciate how well-constructed they are, thanks to a solid rubber sole that's sturdy enough to wear outside the house.
DawnbJewelry Girl's Charm Name Bracelet
Seasoned parents know that a charm bracelet is a gift for girls that keeps on giving since you can always add tokens as experiences and interests change. This classic-looking bangle is handmade in Brooklyn, and there are three different sizes to choose from, as well as dozens of charms like music notes, sailboats, flowers, and more.
Best Spa Day: Creativity for Kids Day at The Spa Deluxe Gift Set
You’d be hard pressed to find a girl who doesn’t crave a day at the spa. This deluxe spa kit gives her all of that pampering right at home. The 30-piece set includes everything she needs to primp and unwind, from an oh-so-relaxing inflatable pedicure pool in which to soak her toes and a battery operated nail dryer (no smudges!) to four bottles of kid-friendly nail polish and sticker nail art. There are also toe separators, cotton balls and a satin eye mask. She’ll have a blast setting up her own swanky salon.
It’s great to share with friends, as there are plenty of supplies, and it will definitely be on the list for any sleepover. Spa party ideas are even included in the set. If you’re lucky, she might even use it to give the person who gave her this great gift a little mani/pedi too.
Best Headphones: AILIHEN C8 Foldable Headphones
Headphones for a 10-year-old girl need to sound great, look good, and be durable. The Ailihen C8 Foldable Headphones are a popular choice.
These headphones come in a rainbow of colors, but the candy pink or totally teal varieties are sure to catch any girl’s attention. Aside from the fun colors, the Ailihen C8 headphones include functional features, such as a microphone and volume control buttons—something not always present on headphones for kids.
Most people find the headphones to be comfortable, with the adjustable sizing able to fit most heads. Adding to the durability of these headphones is the fact that they are foldable—meaning they can stash them in a backpack or overnight bag and they’re less likely to be broken. One other plus that people liked was the flexible fiber cord instead of a traditional plastic-coated cord. For a young music-lover or avid audiobook reader, choose the Ailihen C8 Foldable Headphones.
What to Look For in Gifts For 10-Year-Old Girls
Girls at this age are solidly in their tween years, but this doesn’t mean that they’re ready for everything—even if they may feel differently. Check the recommended age on any gifts that you consider and think about your child’s maturity. Some girls may be ready for more independence while others can benefit from some additional adult supervision. When you’re not sure, you can always play with her for a time until you are both comfortable.
Ten-year-old girls enjoy a range of activities and games at a more complex level, like making pottery, improving their skills at a talent or sport, or tackling more advanced science projects.
Make sure that you consider any safety precautions of your gift. You may need to include additional gear, like a helmet, knee pads, or eye protection. Because 10-year-old girls can have strong preferences for these things, it is also a good idea to ask her to help pick out the gear that is comfortable and looks stylish.
A gift for a 10-year-old girl that teaches her a new skill is one that will keep on giving. Whether she wants to learn more about a particular interest or develop an entirely new hobby, an educational gift may just spark a new passion in your 10-year-old’s life.
Gifts for the creative 10-year-old girl don’t need to be limited to arts and crafts. While these are popular choices for this age group, anything that allows her to express herself is a solid choice. Think about her interests and ways for her to show her individual personality, whether it’s through creating a science experiment or a bold fashion statement.