Our Top Picks
"Lets kids apply colorful streaks to their hair, and it washes out after."
"Has all of the tools and 25 fun nail art designs for them to replicate.”"
"This series has become so popular among readers ages 9 to 14."
"The cutest, snuggliest mermaid tail blanket."
"Comes with a waterproof case to capture special moments underwater."
"Lets her whip up six different lip balm concoctions with the included recipe book."
"Can perform the same tasks as the regular one but has parental controls."
"It can be used not only to amplify, put to play and record music as well."
"The adjustable headband has a built-in mic, giving it a super-sleek profile."
"Has the supplies needed to make two complete charm bracelets."
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ALEX Spa Hair Chalk Salon
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. The chalk pens are easy to apply and are just as easy to wash out with a shampooing. The kit includes the five chalk pens, beads, a beading tool and a small comb. Girls can add color highlights to their own or a friend’s hair then accessorize with the included beads. Perfect for girls ages eight and up.
02 of 19
Klutz Nail Style Studio Book Kit
This all-in-one kit gives girls the tools they need to get crazy creative with a perfectly polished mani (or pedi). Girls love doing their nails, their friends nails, their mom’s nails and yes, sometimes the nails of the family pet. Give them a kit that has all of the tools and 25 fun nail art designs for them to replicate. Included in the kit are six peel-off polishes, a custom dotting tool for detailed design work and over 250 stick-on stencils. The peel-off polish is specially formulated for easy removal so kids can experiment, create, and start all over again and again. The included book has over 60 pages of instructions and is full of brightly-colored images this book has everything they need to start creating whimsical designs, dots, shapes and more.
03 of 19
Dork Diaries (Books 1-3) at Amazon
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. This series has become so popular among readers ages 9 to 14 because it chronicles many of the challenges young girls experience during this transitional juncture. Nikki is the perfect companion for girls navigating the transition from little girl to middle-schooler and all the changes that come along with it. Dork Diaries is an award-winning book series, a NY Times bestseller and has sold millions of copies worldwide.
04 of 19
LAGHCAT Mermaid Tail Blanket
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” or 71” x 35.5” and come in eight different colors. The LAGHCAT Mermaid Tail Blanket comes ready for gift giving and is conveniently packaged in a reusable drawstring bag and includes a precious silver mermaid necklace. With over 3,000 favorable reviews and nearly five stars, this mermaid tail blanket a customer favorite.
Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best mermaid tail blankets.Continue to 5 of 19 below.
05 of 19
Ourlife Kids Waterproof Camera with Video Recorder
For the budding 11-year-old photographer or filmmaker in your life, the Ourlife Kids Waterproof Camera with Video Recorder is the perfect gift. This popular kids camera offers a bevy of features that’ll keep her entertained for hours on end.
It supports both high-resolution photography (up to 5M) and video (30 frames per second), and has the ability to both replay and delete. It also boasts a 1.77-inch LCD screen, built-in microphone, 3.7V rechargeable lithium battery, and a micro SD slot with 32G of storage capacity. The Ourlife Kids Waterproof Camera also comes with a waterproof case that allows it to be used in water up to 33 feet deep, so she can capture special moments when she's swimming or snorkeling.
06 of 19
All-Natural Lip Balm Boutique
If she is into creating things why gift her a lip balm making kit that lets her whip up six different lip balm concoctions with the included recipe book. She can make various different flavors with the included recipe book and natural ingredients like olive oil or chocolate chips to create the desired flavor.
This kit comes with beeswax, six container, gift tags, stickers, and more. Pretty much all she needs to get started in her own lip balm making business.
07 of 19
Echo Dot Kids Edition
Give her the gift of smart-home automation with the Echo Dot Kids Edition that can perform a lot of the same tasks the "grown-up" one can but it also has limits and parental controls. She can listen to her favorite music, read stories, ask it questions, set alarms, and much more.
With the kid-friendly edition, you can rest assured that your child can't ask it sensitive questions perhaps about sex education or politics, so you can feel comfortable letting her use this device in the comfort of her own room. It comes in three different colors so you can choose one that best describes her mood. And if you want to make sure she is actually going to bed, you can set limits on this device so she can only use it for a certain amount of time each day.
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BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone
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.Continue to 9 of 19 below.
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Picun Rose Gold Bluetooth Headphones
This stylish Bluetooth cans 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.
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ALEX Toys DIY Wear I Heart Charm Bracelets
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.
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L.L Bean Bomber Hat
A refreshing change from the basic pom-pom beanie, this popular L.L. Bean hat, which comes in pink, orange and black, is both warm and attractive and makes a warm gift for an 11-year old girl. It's made from tough nylon on the outside, and ultra-soft rabbit fur on the inside. The ear flaps can be left down for polar-vortex days, or buttoned up when it's not as bitterly freezing.
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Iced Faux-Fur Mani/Pedi Lapdesk
If her nail polish is starting to take over the bathroom cabinet, this fuzzy-bottomed mani-pedi lap desk is a foot wide and eight inches deep, so there's plenty of space for storing bottles and other supplies. You can also add a monogram for a fun personal touch, and there are dozens of fonts and colors to choose from.Continue to 13 of 19 below.
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Celebs like J.Lo are proving that the nameplate necklace trend is back from the eighties, stronger than ever. This delicate beauty comes in several different lengths between 14 and 22 inches, and can be ordered in gold, sterling silver, or rose gold. And since it's affordable, you don't need a Kardashian budget to afford it.
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Craft-tastic String Art Kit
Tweens who are big on friendship bracelets and finger knitting will be immediately drawn to this string art kit from Ann Williams, a small, women-owned company based in Michigan. It comes with templates for two different designs (a unicorn or a heart) or kids can opt to create their own design with push pins. Yarn, glitter paper and felt are included for even more customization.
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Memory Foam Animal Slippers
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).
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Canon IVY CLIQ+ Instant Camera Printer
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 (2x3) 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.Continue to 17 of 19 below.
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Frigidaire Portable Retro 6-can Mini Fridge
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.
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AooToo Unicorn Hoodie Sweatshirt
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 the holidays together. Note that some reviewers say it runs large, so consider sizing down a bit.
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Unicorn Wall Head Mount
Whether you use it as a party decoration or a permanent piece of bedroom decor (or both!), this festive, funky unicorn is sure to turn heads. Each one is handcrafted and comes with a loop on the back for easy hanging. The online shop, Kudikis, is based in Kiev, Ukraine and was started by a mom who used to work in advertising, and her business partner, who handles design.
Products Tested by The Spruce
Our writers spent 85 hours researching the most popular gifts for 11-year-old girls on the market. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.
Test Results: ALEX Spa Hair Chalk Salon (Best Overall)
What We Like
Chalk pens are easy to use
Fun, bright colors
Chalk easily washes out of hair
Includes beads, elastics, hair-beading tool, and comb
What We Don't Like
Stains hands and fabric
Pasty texture makes hair clumpy
Colors are very muted on darker hair
“I would recommend this product, because it's bright, fun, and easy to use,” gushed one reviewer. Testers liked how entertained their daughters were by all the colors and beads and appreciated how easily the chalk washed out of their hair. The chalk can rub off on nearby fabric (like your clothes) and stains your hands, according to a reviewer, but, overall, she called it “great for the price.” One person noted that the chalk can make your hair look greasy and suggested applying it to braided hair for best results.
Test Results: Klutz Nail Style Studio Book Kit (Best Beauty)
What We Like
Easy to use
Engaging and fun
What We Don't Like
Can frustrate non-artistic kids
Doesn’t come with real nail polish
Could come with more designs
“This product really is a winner for any child who loves to paint nails,” raved one of our testers. “The directions are easy to follow and the designs appeal to a wide array of kids.” One reviewer also thought it was “'very exciting and empowering for kids to be able to make the nail designs work,” but that it can also “frustrate young kids and those who aren't artistic.” Our testers also wished it came with more designs as well as real nail polish (the kit only includes washable “practice polish”).
Test Results: Dork Diaries Box Set (Book 1-3) (Best Book)
What We Like
Helps young children develop reading habits
What We Don't Like
Won’t expand reading comprehension
“The stories engage 9- to 11-year-old readers and get them into longer chapter books,” explained one of our testers. “They’re like a ‘gateway drug’ in a good way — they’ll help kids develop a reading habit, which is important.” However, according to one reviewer, their “shallow and stereotypical” storylines fell short: “The language is simplistic,” she noted. “It won't expand kids' vocabulary or reading comprehension.”