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Eleven-year-old girls can be a bit of a challenge to buy a gift for. They aren’t quite ready for teen interests and they are no longer sold on “little kid” toys. Their interests fluctuate nearly as quickly as their moods and they often think they’re more grown up than they really are. We know that you want to find the perfect gift for that tween in your life—one that will garner an OMG.
To help you navigate this potential gift-giving conundrum, we’ve found some trend-worthy things that tweens actually want. Here, our top gifts for 11-year old girls.
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Best Overall: 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.
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Best Beauty: 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.
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Best Book: Dork Diaries Box Set (Book 1-3)
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.
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Best Craft: Lokai Classic Bracelet
Lokai bracelets have quickly become the must-have collectible accessory among tweens, teens, and yes, adults. The story behind each Lokai bracelet is one reason these bangles have become so popular. Lokai bracelets are infused with elements from the highest and the lowest points on Earth. The black ball contains mud from the Dead Sea and the white ball contains water melted from Mt. Everest snow. Both are supposed to bring balance and clarity as well as instruction for your personal journey on life’s path, reminders to stay humble in the high moments and hopeful during the lows. But the story behind the Lokai is only a part of the appeal. They are affordable and come in small, medium, large, or extra large sizes to fit nearly any wrist. The Classic Bracelet is the first in this collectible series. There are also many special edition versions, each with their own story and link to a worthwhile charity. When you purchase a Lokai bracelet, 10% of the profit is donated to a variety of charities — making this one gift certain to give back.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Best for Cooks: Babycakes Mini-Cupcake Maker
Most young girls love to bake and, well, tweens are bit beyond the Easy-Bake Oven. So why not get them a real baking appliance that lets them can whip up mini cupcakes for friends and family? The Babycakes Mini-Cupcake Maker is easy to use and easy to keep clean. No oven required, no baking trays or cupcake liners needed. Just plug in the cupcake maker, let it heat up — the light indicates when it’s ready to use — fill the non-stick cups, close the lid and in about five to eight minutes your budding baker will have eight mini cupcakes that are ready for decorating.
This set includes the cupcake maker, icing bag, coupler, four stainless steel decorating tips, a plastic crust cutting tool and a manual that includes recipes, hints and decorating suggestions. The interior plates have a non-stick coating and can easily be wiped clean when done. Your tween girl can let her imagination run wild while creating adorable cupcakes in the Babycakes Mini-Cupcake Maker.
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Best for Memories: Fujifilm Instax Mini 9
Budding photographers (or social butterflies) will love this retro-feeling camera by Fujifilm. The Instax Mini is a fun, easy-to-use camera that lets kids take pics and get instant gratification. The Instax spits out instant 2” x 3” photos. Available in a variety of trendy colors like ice blue, flamingo pink, cobalt blue, lime green and smokey white we think that this cool little camera is one of the cutest we’ve seen (and your tween probably will too). We know kids will love the look, feel and simplicity that this camera comes with but it is also chock-full-of a few technical features that make this camera a top pick. Features like the ability to adjust for various lighting conditions, an f-stop range of 12.7 to 32, and a close-up feature for artsy images all let beginners experiment with creative photography.
The Mini 9 comes with a small mirror on the front of the camera for the perfect selfie. Film is not included with this camera so make sure you pair it with Instax Fujifilm for a gift that’s point-and-shoot ready right out of the box. And be sure to check out all of the fun Instax accessories, like photo albums designed to hold the mini photos or cute carrying cases to keep the camera safe while toted around by your on-the-go tween.
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Best Cozy: 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.
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Best Tech: Echo Dot Kids Edition
Give your kid 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. Your kid can listen to their favorite music, read stories, ask it questions, set alarms, and much more.
With the kids editon, 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 them use this device in the comfort of their own home. It comes in three different colorways so you can choose one that best describes her mood. And if you want to make sure your child is actually going to bed you can set limits on this so they can only use it a certain amount of time a day.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Best Music: Brookstone Wireless Cat Ear Headphones Bluetooth Headset
Let her rock out to her tunes in style with these funky cat ear headphones that will give her wireless, Bluetooth access to all of her favorite jams. Besides being able to listen to music in the comfort of her own room (without disturbing the whole family!), these headphones also light up, giving her a bit of flair. She also is able to turn on the speakers with these so her friends can also get in on the music listening experience.
These headphones provide 5 hours of playtime and they can be charged with a USB. Reviewers these are super cute, and many tweens really loved these, but a few comment that they aren't the best quality sounding headphones on the market.
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Best DIY: 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.