The 34 Best Gifts for 11-Year-Old Girls of 2022

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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. Our favorite picks include a mermaid tail blanket from LAGHCAT, a crystal growing lab from National Geographic, and retro mood rings from Super Smalls.

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

Our Top Picks

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.

Our tester loved how mess-free this kit is compared to traditional hair dye. "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," they said.

Price at time of publish: $11

Alex Hair Chalk

The Spruce / Danielle Centoni

Uncommon Goods DIY Dessert of the Month Subscription

Uncommon Goods DIY Dessert of the Month Subscription

Uncommon Goods

For a truly unique gift she'll never forget, opt for a dessert subscription from Uncommon Goods. Every month, she'll receive ingredients and recipes to create delicious desserts from all over the world, including bubble waffles, Swedish cinnamon buns, and more. Choose from a three or six-month subscription for a family-bonding activity that results in delicious treats.

Price at time of publish: $125+

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

Price at time of publish: $17

Pottery Barn Teen Faux-Fur Manicure/Pedicure Lapdesk

Pottery Barn Teen Faux-Fur Manicure/Pedicure Lapdesk

Pottery Barn Teen

With this adorable lap desk, your 11-year-old can read, draw, or stream shows on her phone or table, right from her bed. However, it's specifically designed for DIY manicures with an included nail tool set—just add polish. The desk opens for convenient storage for all her essentials and the back features a mirror to check her nails after she's done.

Price at time of publish: $53

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 at 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.

Price at time of publish: $23

Squishmallow squishville™ mystery mini-squishmallow™ blind bag

Squishmallow squishville™ mystery mini-squishmallow™ blind bag

Squishmallow

Combine her love for Squishmallows with the fun of blind boxes with these squishville mystery mini-squishmallow surprise boxes. Purchase one or a set of three for a surprise plushie she can collect and cuddle with. Buy a whole pack for a fun unboxing or as a goodie bag after a birthday party. She'll love seeing which adorable character waits inside.

Price at time of publish: $24

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.

Price at time of publish: $19

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. It’s not just the frames but the DIY aspect as well. 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.

Price at time of publish: $33

Happy Socks 3-Pack Mixed Cat Socks Gift Set

Happy Socks 3-Pack Mixed Cat Socks Gift Set

Happy Socks

Socks make a great gift for everything, but 11-year-olds will these adorable cat sock gift set from Happy Socks. Each pair has a reinforced heel and toe and are crafted from undeniably soft cotton. Also, the gift set comes in a cute giftable box, so gift wrapping is a breeze.

Price at time of publish: $48

Frigidaire Portable Retro Mini Fridge

frigidaire mini retro fridge

Home Depot

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 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.

Price at time of publish: $38

Chef'n Sweet Spot Ice Cream Maker

Chef’n Sweet Spot Ice Cream Maker

Courtesy of Amazon

With the Chef'n Sweet Spot Ice Cream Maker, she can easily make delicious homemade ice cream and frozen treats. The kit comes with an ice cream maker, scoop, spade, and recipe book. All you have to do is pour the ingredients onto the pan and mix them together until it forms the frozen goodness. Add in some fun toppings for a DIY sundae bar the whole family will love.

Price at time of publish: $47

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.

Price at time of publish: $16

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.

Price at time of publish: $30

Make It Real 5-in-1 Activity Tower

Make It Real 5-in-1 Activity Tower

Make It Real

For an organized and engaging craft kit, we love the Make It Real 5-in-1 Activity Tower. Each part of the tower includes a new activity for her to craft and explore, from beaded bracelets to string friendship lanyards. All of the 1600 components store easily in the tower for easy cleanup and storage after a day full of creative fun.

Price at time of publish: $25

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.

Price at time of publish: $19

Super Smalls Me Time Double Mood Rings

Super Smalls Me Time Double Mood Rings

Super Smalls

Introduce your 11-year-old to a retro classic with this pack of two mood rings from Super Smalls. Perfect for a pair of friends, the rings feature blue or pink gems with a color-changing center that changes based on her mood. The rings come with a color guide to determine what color coordinates with what mood all packaged in an adorable gift-worthy box.

Price at time of publish: $29

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."

Price at time of publish: $25

Winky Lux Flower Balm Bouquet

Winky Lux Flower Balm Bouquet

Winky Lux

If your 11-year-old isn't ready for a full face of makeup, she'll love these gorgeous lip balms from Winky Lux. The trio features three lip balms with a stunning flower trapped inside. The balms may look clear, but they add a subtle, natural pink shade to the lips, suitable for any age.

Price at time of publish: $35

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 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.

Price at time of publish: $31

Tamagotchi Hello Kitty

Tamagotchi Hello Kitty

Tamagotchi

Spark some nostalgia with a Hello Kitty Tamagotchi, perfect for clipping onto her backpack and taking on the go. Tamagotchis are virtual pets that require love, care, and attention to survive, fostering nurturing characteristics in all kids. In this version, your 11-year-old takes care of Hello Kitty, feeding her apple pie and milk, and playing two fun mini-games. Watch Hello Kitty grow and a few fun characters may show up along the way.

Price at time of publish: $20

SmartLab Toys All-Natural Lip Balm Boutique

Lip Balm Boutique

Courtesy of Walmart

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

Price at time of publish: $22

LAGHCAT Mermaid Tail Blanket

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LAGHCAT Mermaid Tail Blanket

Courtesy of Amazon

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. 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." 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," they shared. They 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 easy to wash in the washing machine and can be used by adults too making this affordable pick our favorite.

Price at time of publish: $34

Glamour Jewelry House Sideways Initial Name Necklace

GlamourJewelryHouse Sideways Initial Name Necklace

You may be wary to purchase jewelry for a tween who may damage or lose something special, but we make an exception for this beautiful and affordable personalized necklace from the GlamourJewelryHouse Etsy shop. Add in her initials or first name up to eight letters and choose the right length and color for her taste. There are also 10 fonts to choose from, so you're bound to find one she loves.

Price at time of publish: $19

Chasing Paper Wallfetti

Chasing Paper Wall Stickers

Chasing Paper

This year for her birthday, gift something that lets her add a personal touch to her space, without any damage or permanence. These Chasing Paper wall stickers come in colorful shapes and patterns and add interest to any blank wall. All stickers are stain-resistant, easy to install, and just as easy to remove.

Price at time of publish: $45

Vera Bradley Harry Potter™ RFID All in One Crossbody Bag

Vera Bradley Harry Potter™ RFID All in One Crossbody Bag

Vera Bradle

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 crossbody bag from Vera Bradley features iconic images from the wizarding world for the biggest Harry Potter fans out there. It's made from recycled cotton, and features an outer pocket for her phone with 10 card slips inside for keeping all of her essentials safe and organized, whether she is going to Quidditch practice or class at Hogwarts.

Price at time of publish: $90

Czech Games Codenames

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codenames-board-game

Courtesy of Amazon

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 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.

Price at time of publish: $16

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.

Price at time of publish: $30

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Crystal Growing Lab

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Crystal Growing Lab

Courtesy of Amazon

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.

Price at time of publish: $34

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.

Price at time of publish: $99

Kids Against Maturity Card Game

Kids Against Maturity Card Game

Kids Against Maturity

The perfect card game to play with friends, Kids Against Maturity, uses the classic fill-in-the-blank style gameplay for a portable and hilarious game round after round. The humor is appropriate for kids ages 10 and up, but still funny enough for parents to enjoy as well. The 600 Q&A cards make for a high replay value and endless possibilities for screen-free fun with the whole family.

Price at time of publish: $25

Underdog Games Herstory: The Family Board Game of Remarkable Women

Underdog Games Herstory: The Family Board Game of Remarkable Women

Underdog Games

In Her Story, you play as a famous writer learning and telling the stories of 120 remarkable women in history. Students and teachers were recruited to help pick the 120 amazing women, half of which are diverse. As you play, your 11-year-old and other friends and family learn mind-blowing facts about famous icons that deserve to be celebrated and studied. Also, every purchase of Her Story benefits the Malala Fund, which helps provide education to girls all over the world.

Price at time of publish: $50

Healthy Roots Dolls Zoe

Healthy Roots Dolls Zoe

Healthy Roots Dolls 

Founded by Yelitsa Jean-Charles, Healthy Roots Dolls showcases gorgeous dolls with natural hair to teach girls to love their curls. The first doll in the line, Zoe, stands at 18 inches tall and features washable hair you can brush and style with real hair products. The Black-owned startup is constantly adding new fashion items and curl products to add to your collection.

Price at time of publish: $85

The Op Squishmallows Monopoly Game

The Op Squishmallows Monopoly Game

The Op

The newest licensed version of the classic board game, Monopoly, celebrated the love of adorable and plush Squishmallows. In this version, players buy, sell, and trade beloved characters from the brand to try and collect money and take over the board. Plus, it comes with an exclusive mini Squishmallow, Cam the Cat, that you can't find anywhere else.

Price at time of publish: $60

Forever 21 Hello Kitty & Friends Chococat Beanie & Mittens Set

Forever 21 Hello Kitty & Friends Chococat Beanie & Mittens Set

Forever 21

Forever 21's collaboration with Hello Kitty and Friends includes this adorable beanie and mittens set that makes the perfect stocking stuffer for your tween. The black fuzzy hat and mittens resemble Chococat, the cute black cat sometimes seen with Hello Kitty. It's a great function gift for cold weather and doubles as a trendy fashion item.

Price at time of publish: $20

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

Recommended Age

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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