The Best Gifts for 11-Year-Old Girls That Will Make Them Feel Cool

The LAGHCAT Mermaid Tail Blanket is our top choice

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The 17 Best Gifts for 11-Year-Old Girls in 2022

The Spruce / Sabrina Jiang

The greatest gifts that 11-year-old girls love are ones that allow them to express themselves and their interests.

We researched the top gift options on the market, considering the recommended age, safety precautions, and educational value of each. The LAGHCAT Mermaid Tail Blanket was our favorite pick due to its adorable design, cozy texture, and versatility.

Here, the best gifts for 11-year-old girls.

Our Top Picks

LAGHCAT Mermaid Tail Blanket

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LAGHCAT Mermaid Tail Blanket

Courtesy of Amazon

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. These kid-focused blankets are machine-washable, available in two sizes—56 x 28 inches or 71 x 35.5 inches—and come in nine different colors. The blanket is perfect for gift giving and is conveniently packaged in a reusable drawstring bag, and includes a precious silver mermaid necklace.

Our tester loved the intentional crocheted design of the blanket, but noted that the material is prone to snagging. It sits firmly on the waist, then billows out towards the tail. Our tester also noted that the blanket is super comfortable for snuggling. The blanket is very lightweight so you can use it year-round, but you may need an additional layer during the wintertime. It is machine washable.

What Testers Say

"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

ALEX Toys Spa Hair Chalk Salon

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Hair Chalk

Alex Spa

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.

Alex Hair Chalk

The Spruce / Danielle Centoni

What Testers Say

"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

Teen Trailblazers: 30 Fearless Girls Who Changed the World Before They Were 20

Teen Trailblazers: 30 Fearless Girls Who Changed the World Before They Were 20

Courtesy of Amazon

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 20th birthdays. Your tween is sure to read about familiar women and probably some names and stories they never knew about.

Voch Night Light Bluetooth Speaker

Voch Night Light Bluetooth Speaker

Courtesy of Amazon

Bluetooth speakers are functional, but this one is also quite fashionable. The speaker can play up to 12 hours of music on low-level brightness, 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.

BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone

bluetooth microphone

BONAOK

This microphone will make her musical dreams come true. Sold in 11 different colors, it connects to a phone, tablet, or other devices using Bluetooth or a cable. It can be used not only to amplify but also 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.

SmartLab Toys All-Natural Lip Balm Boutique

Lip Balm Boutique

Courtesy of Walmart

This lip balm-making kit 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 bags, stickers, and more) to get started in her own lip balm-making business.

Picun P26 Bluetooth Headphones

Picun P26 Bluetooth Headphones

Courtesy of Amazon

These stylish Bluetooth headphones have intuitive controls (for example, it's easy to toggle between answer/hang up and pause/play) and a playtime of up to 80 hours in wireless mode, which is helpful for kids who may or may not remember to charge their devices. They come in four colors, including platinum grey and rose gold, and the adjustable headband has a built-in mic, giving it a super-sleek profile.

ALEX Toys DIY Wear I Heart Charm Bracelets

ALEX Toys DIY Wear I Heart Charm Bracelets

Courtesy of Amazon

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.

Frigidaire Portable Retro Mini Fridge

frigidaire mini retro fridge

Courtesy of Home Depot

This pint-size, retro-style Frigidaire holds up to six cans of seltzer or four 1-liter bottles—it's also a great place to stash small snacks or beauty products like gel eye masks. This funky mini fridge comes in fun colors like blue, red, and pink and has a quiet motor that makes it ideal for a bedroom.

Tuiyata Cute Animal Slippers

Tuiyata Cute Animal Slippers

Courtesy of Amazon

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.

Uncommon Goods Create Your Own Comic Book Kit

Uncommon Goods Create Your Own Comic Book Kit

Uncommon Goods

Foster your tween's inner artist with a create-your-own comic book kit. This set comes with formatted pages for 11-year-olds to bring their own story to life. For those looking for inspiration, turn to the included instructions and helpful tips for getting started. The coolest part about this set is once your tween's book is finished, you can use the pre-paid envelope to send it back to Uncommon Goods. The retailer will professionally bind her comic book, complete with an "About the Author" page to display on her bookshelf and keep forever.

LEGO DOTS Creative Picture Frames

LEGO DOTS Creative Picture Frames

Courtesy of Amazon

It might be out of the norm for your tween to develop pictures, but for those precious photos offering beautiful memories, this LEGO DOTS Creative Picture Frames set is perfect. Kids can use LEGO tiles to build and stack to create a custom look. This kit comes with 398 pieces to create three unique frames that add a personalized touch to any kids' room.

Dork Diaries Box Set (Book 1-3): Dork Diaries; Dork Diaries 2; Dork Diaries 3

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Dork Diaries Series

Courtesy of Walmart

The New York Times best-selling "Dork Diaries" series has sold millions of copies worldwide. Tween readers follow the 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 her monthly crises in a humorous, touching, entertainingly illustrated format for young readers to enjoy.

This boxed set includes the first three books from the award-winning series: "Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life," "Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl," and "Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star."

What Testers Say

"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

Canon IVY CLIQ Instant Camera Printer

Canon IVY CLIQ

Amazon

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 to help get the perfect Insta shot, and Canon's compatible Mini Print app lets users control the shutter from a smartphone, as well as customize images with emojis and borders.

Czech Games Codenames

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codenames-board-game

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Get your 11-year-old ready for her next birthday party or sleepover with the perfect party game. Teams of tweens will work together to to determine the identities of 25 agents known only by codenames through one-word clues. This option is fast-paced, so she can play multiple rounds in one night, whether she is with a large or small group. Also, Codenames is aimed at kids ages 10 and up so get the whole family involved at the next game night.

Pottery Barn Teen Tosca Accessory Tree

Pottery Barn Teen Tosca Accessory Tree

Pottery Barn Teen

As your tween begins to amass their own collection of jewelry, they need the perfect way to organize their pieces while still looking stylish in their bedroom. This accessory tree is simple and white, so it matches any decor your teen loves. She can hang necklaces, earrings, and bracelets on the various branches for easy storage and organization that won't take up too much space.

Etsy Bullet Journal Kit

Etsy Bullet Journal Kit

Etsy

Inspire your tween's creativity with a complete bullet journal kit. Bullet journals are a great way for people of all ages to plan their days, keep track of their thoughts, or doodle and create something just for them. HarvestCollectionAu on Etsy makes it easy to get started with two notebooks, markers, colored pencils, gel pens, and PDF templates for new spreads. This purchase also includes video lessons for learning the basics of journaling, creating spreads, drawing different doodles, and more.

Vera Bradley Harry Potter Mini Sling Backpack

Vera Bradley Harry Potter Mini Sling Backpack

Vera Bradley

For the 11-year-old wizard in your life, gift her a bag to keep all of her wands and school books in one place. This sling bag from Vera Bradley features iconic images from the wizarding world for the biggest Harry Potter fans out there. This sling bag is made from recycled cotton, can be worn two ways, and features two zip pockets for keeping all of her essentials safe and organized, whether she is going to Quidditch practice or class at Hogwarts.

Doodle Hog Alpaca Squishies Paint Kit

Doodle Hog Alpaca Squishies Paint Kit

Courtesy of Amazon

Squishies are a tween staple for collecting and squeezing to relieve stress and keep hands busy. Now, your tween can paint and decorate their own squishies to add to their collection. This kit features three squishy characters—an alpaca, a sun, and a cactus—along with four bottles of paint, two brushes, pom-poms, and helpful instructions. Buy a few sets for a perfect rainy day activity and once they dry, your 11-year-old will love squeezing and squishing their new toy again and again.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Crystal Growing Lab

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Crystal Growing Lab

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Grow your own crystals with this innovative science kit from National Geographic. In just three to four days, your 11-year-old will grow beautiful crystals in eight eye-catching colors, all while learning about the basics of geology. There are five real gemstones included for a realistic experience, including amethyst and rose quartz. The included learning guide has tons of fascinating information to guide her along the way and keep the learning going after she uncovers all of the crystals.

What to Look for in Gifts for 11-Year-Old Girls

Recommended Age

Most eleven-year-old girls, no matter their interests, are social and love to spend time with friends. As their peer group becomes the center of their world, make sure that any gifts you consider are age-appropriate for these tweens. This is especially important for gifts that include online access.

Safety

Follow all recommended safety precautions, such as eye or hearing protection or other protective gear, especially if you're considering gifting an outdoor toy like roller skates. If you’re worried that your 11-year-old girl won’t want to cramp her style, ask her to help pick out the most fashionable helmet, knee pads, or goggles that you can find.

“Give them choices and let them choose how to express themselves,” says teacher and literacy coach Alicia Drozd. This can build up their enthusiasm for everything from safety gear to the gifts themselves.

Educational Value

There are so many great gifts for 11-year-old girls that are fun and educational. Books are especially great for this age, especially those that highlight the achievements of other notable girls and women. You may even inspire her to make her own entry.

Why Trust the Spruce?

This article was written by Julia Fields a lifestyle writer for The Spruce covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, and the holidays since October 2021. Before that, she covered similar topics including toy reviews, product round-ups, expert-focused articles, and more.

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