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Having trouble finding the perfect gift for an 11-year-old girl? We recommend going with something that can help her show her creativity, whether that's a digital camera for snapping photos, a hair chalk kit for testing out new looks, or a karaoke microphone that lets her belt out her favorite song. If that doesn't sound like something she'd like, a fun accessory or colorful clothing item might make her smile instead. No matter what, fun and self-expression are the best qualities to look for in your gift!
Here, the best gifts for 11-year-old girls:
Fashionistas will love this gift. The ALEX Spa Hair Chalk Salon kit lets kids apply colorful streaks to their hair, and the best part is that it simply washes out with shampoo, a bonus parents are sure to love. The kit comes with five different chalk colors: green, pink, blue, purple, and orange, all of which look great with any hair color. There are also beads, a beading tool, and a small comb.
"The ALEX Spa Hair Chalk Salon earns points for precision. Unlike hair color sprays and chalk-embedded combs, these hair chalk pens allowed the kids to apply color just where they wanted it. They could even use more than one color on a single lock of hair."—Danielle Centoni, Product Tester
Dork Diaries is an award-winning book series, a NY Times bestseller and has sold millions of copies worldwide. Tween readers follow main character Nikki Maxwell on all of her middle school adventures as she journals about the trials and tribulations of a first crush, BFF drama, and mean girl entanglements. Nikki journals all of her monthly crises in a humorous, touching, entertainingly illustrated format for young readers to enjoy.
"Each book averages about 300 pages, which might seem like a daunting challenge for young kids, but we found that the drawings (and lots of white space) made those pages go by fast."—Danielle Centoni, Product Tester
Who said there’s no such thing as mermaids? We found the cutest, snuggliest mermaid tail blanket to make any mythical-creature-loving young lady happy. Crocheted from a soft Orlon and Cotton blend, these blankets will keep kids warm in cooler temps. They are machine washable, available in two sizes: 56 x 28-inches or 71 x 35.5-inches and come in eight different colors. The blanket comes ready for gift giving and is conveniently packaged in a reusable drawstring bag and includes a precious silver mermaid necklace.
"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
While it might be out of the norm for your tween to develop pictures, for those photos that are precious and have amazing memories, this photo frame set is perfect. Because it’s not just the frames, but the DIY aspect as well. Kids can use the Lego tiles to build and stack to create a custom look. This kit comes with almost 400 pieces to create three unique frames.
Books are the gifts that keep on giving because they can impart so much knowledge. Teen Trailblazers is full of stories of 30 young women who changed the world and made a major impact, all before their twentieth birthdays. Your tween is sure to read about some familiar women and probably some names and stories they never knew about.
Bluetooth speakers are functional but this one is also quite fashionable. The speaker can play up to 12 hours of music and with a simple tap, the LED lights change to one of six colors. There’s even a time setting, from 10 minutes to two hours, so the music and lights shut off automatically.
While there’s nothing better than curling up with a hardcopy of a book, this kid-friendly Kindle is the next best thing. The battery life is long, up to a few weeks, and the glare-free display is easy on the eyes. There’s also a year's subscription to Amazon Kids+, which provides access to thousands of books. Also, the parental controls make it easy to monitor your child’s reading progress.
Tweens love decorating their room as a way to show off their style. This cactus lamp is sure to be a hit. It’s super affordable but has so much character and would look great on any table, desk, or dresser. As just under 12 inches, it can also be mounted. The lights are a fun bit of room decor but also act as a night light.
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 also 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.
If she's into creating things why not gift her a lip balm making kit that lets her whip up six different concoctions with the included recipe book. She can make various flavors with natural ingredients like olive oil or chocolate chips to create the desired flavor. This has pretty much all she needs (beeswax, six containers, gift tags, stickers, and more) to get started in her own lip balm making business.
These stylish Bluetooth headphones have intuitive controls (for example, it's easy to toggle between answer/hang up and pause/play) and has up to 40 hours of battery life, which is helpful for kids who may or may not remember to charge their devices. They come in five colors, including white and rose gold, and the adjustable headband has a built-in mic, giving it a super-sleek profile.
Think your tween girl has outgrown craft kits? Not when they offer next-level details like this one, which has the supplies needed to make two complete charm bracelets. Kids first use the brightly colored air-dry clay and molding tool to make beads; then they customize their creations with gems, glitter, and (of course!) charms like guitars and horseshoes.
Cozy animal slippers aren't just for toddlers. These adorable house shoes have a clean, minimalist design and come in a choice of squirrel or fox motif, as well as several different colors. They're also machine-washable and have quiet, anti-slip soles to minimize the stomping sounds (well, no promises if she's in a super grouchy mood).
Canon has coined its own word for what this sleek little camera does: "shprinck," which stands for "shoot, print, and stick." There's a built-in printer that dispenses small (2 x 3-inch) photos with peel-off backs, which is useful whether she's making a scrapbook or labeling a bunch of storage boxes. The camera also has a selfie mirror and ring light to help get the perfect Insta shot, and Canon's compatible app lets users control the shutter from a smartphone, as well as customize images with emojis and borders.
Who says you need to wait for college to get a fridge in your room? This pint-size, retro-style Frigidaire holds up to six cans of seltzer or four one-liter bottles—it's also a great place to stash small snacks or beauty products like gel eye masks. It comes in fun colors like robin's egg blue, red, and pink, and has a quiet motor that makes it ideal for a bedroom.
This cuddly, machine-washable hoodie has fun details like wings, ears, and a horn. It comes in sizes 2T all the way up to 16 years, so it would make a fun group gift for siblings or cousins celebrating a birthday or the holidays together. Some reviewers say it runs large, so consider sizing down a bit or embrace the oversized look.