Are you looking for the perfect present for your favorite tween but feeling a bit lost? We get it; finding gift ideas for 12 year old girls can be tricky. They’re neither teens nor toddlers, even though they can sometimes act like both! All of this can make shopping for them feel like an uphill battle. Luckily, we love researching gifts for your kids almost as much as we love giving them to our own. Here are ten gift ideas for your tween girl.
Great for STEM learning, this toy also allows your girl to flaunt her creativity by making little figurines. The 3Doodler kit (check price on Amazon) includes several molds to guide her artistic vision, as well as four packs of plastic that melt inside the pen. Don’t let the thought of melted plastic scare you away, though. This pen poses no burn risk to your child as it uses low-heat to melt the non-toxic, BPA free plastic. Your girl can safely design her character however she wants, and you don’t have to worry about a thing.
Why She’ll Love It: If she’s a fan of the Powerpuff Girls, she’ll have a blast bringing its characters to life. She can display her creations in her bedroom, or even use them as locker decorations at school.Check Price on Amazon
The Oculus Go VR (check price on Amazon) offers your tween an immersive universe of possibility, both educational, entertainment, and gaming. Inside this stand-alone unit is a lot of power and hours of wild and engaging virtual reality experiences. The Oculus Go is a portable, all-in-one system; no PC, phone, wires or other equipment is necessary.
To lend to the immersive nature, built-in spatial audio drivers give immersive sound without separate headphones. State-of-the-art 3D graphics and top-of-the-line optics give your girl a personal theater experience. If she wants to meet up with friends around the globe, watch concerts, TV or sports together, the Oculus Go controller is just the vehicle.
Why She’ll Love It: The Oculus Go gives your teen girl all the power she wants in a simple, easy-to-operate personal theater.Check Price on Amazon
This STEM computer kit (check price on Amazon) teaches your young lady girl the fundamentals of computer coding and electronics. She doesn’t need to be a science or maths-whizz to get hooked. Thousands of girls in coding camps and classes helped develop the Boolean Box for educational value and, most important, fun and excitement.
She will build a computer from scratch, and the Boolean Box contains several computer languages complete with lessons. After beginning on Scratch, she can move on to Minecraft, Python, and Java. She can even build electronic gadgets and circuits. All that is necessary is an HDMI-capable monitor or television.
Why She’ll Love It: Once your girl has built the computer, the fun begins. She will have hours of educational fun exploring engineering, technology, and coding. The Boolean University, an online classroom, will guide her further than you’d think possible.Check Price on Amazon
Don’t let this speaker’s adorable appearance fool you; it can project plenty of rock-worthy sound into a room. Capable of more than three hours of battery life, this My Audio Panda Speaker (check price on Amazon) gadget can wirelessly connect to any device with Bluetooth. It’s rechargeable, so there’s no need to worry about constantly buying batteries.
The speaker can be easily attached to purses or bags with the included lanyard if your girl is always on the go. It even has a camera that can be remotely activated to capture that perfect dance selfie.
Why She’ll Love It: Aside from the enjoyable sound quality, this speaker comes in seven different characters. She can pick her favorite or create her own menagerie by collecting them all!Check Price on Amazon
Anyone who ever says gaming is just for boys needs a swift kick in the…well, you know. Nintendo is the system that never goes out of style and has been a staple of every generation since the 1980s.
The 3DS XL (check price on Amazon) features upper and lower screens that are 4.88 inches and 4.18 inches, respectably. The improved CPU allows for quick download speeds and seamless gameplay. Face tracking provides a more innovative experience with Nintendo’s 3D games, and the system can still play all of your tween’s favorite 2DS games.
Why She’ll Love It: Whether your girl enjoys the classics, like Mario Brothers, or is into more modern releases like Style Savvy: Fashion Forward, she’ll never run out of things to do on this handheld gaming system.Check Price on Amazon
Okay, so Boon may have designed these LED portable light pods (check price on Amazon) for babies! You know, because they are afraid of the dark. Well, it turns out the Glo Nightlights have become something of a hit with young people. So while your 12-year old girl may scoff at darkness, she’s still gonna love the soft, magical vibe created in her room.
The nightlight contains three removable light balls. These balls can be strewn around a bedroom, used for a flashlight outdoors while camping, and can even be the object of a fast-paced game of catch or hot potato. The glow gradually fades after 30 minutes away from the nightlight. The balls don’t get warm and won’t break. Your girl can even sleep with a ball.
Why She’ll Love It: Some girls get tired of ghost stories at night, and they aren’t ready to sleep yet. Playing with these glowing orbs whether alone or with friends, provides a new and creative experience. After half an hour, the balls quiet down into darkness and so do the girls.Check Price on Amazon
As a Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner, the Chem C1000 activity set (check price on Amazon) won’t disappoint a girl who wants to delve into chemistry. With over 125 different experiments, she can learn about air pressure, how to dissolve metal with electrochemical reactions, and so much more. And don’t worry; there are instructions on how to conduct these tests as well as extensive guidance for proper safety measures.
Your girl will be able to hold her own in any chemistry class after working her way through this science kit!
Why She’ll Love It: It poses challenging questions, provides plenty of food for thought, and has projects ranging from creating invisible ink to experimenting with everyday household items.Check Price on Amazon
This series of card games is proving to be very popular with middle school kids. FLUXX (check price on Amazon) starts simply: draw one card, play one card. But things get interesting very quickly as new cards enter the mix and change the rules of the game. Controlled chaos ensues with gameplay ranging from five to 30 minutes.
Why She’ll Love It: This is a fast-paced, exciting game that she can play with her younger sister or up to five girlfriends at a slumber party. This game has a good reputation, and most girls will love to play the newest version.Check Price on Amazon
Who doesn’t love being able to wear the end result of their hard work? With eight pendants, chains, and glass covers, along with over 200 images, your artistic tween can craft unique jewelry to wear herself or give as a gift. She can choose between square, oval, circular, and heart-shaped pendants as her necklace base and continue to customize on from there.
Why She’ll Love It: If there’s one thing twelve-year-old girls love to do, it’s hanging out with their friends. This jewelry kit is perfect for parties, sleepovers, or even just a rainy day spent inside with a buddy or two.Check Price on Amazon
There’s nothing quite like being active and young on a sunny day. This lightweight scooter (check price on Amazon) can go from the street to the skate park with little trouble. The handles are large and lined for comfort, the brake is a custom nylon and steel design, and the wheel is connected to the base with a sculpted steel fork. Assembly is minimal, and after you tighten a few bolts, your girl is ready to ride.
Why She’ll Love It: She’ll love the independence that having her own “vehicle” can give her. And you’ll get to safely tuck away the car keys for another few years. It’s a win-win.Check Price on Amazon
If you are lucky enough to live with a tween who loves both listening to and making music, this might be the perfect present. Pair the microphone-speaker to any Bluetooth capable device, and your girl can rock out to her favorite playlist.
The microphone allows her to join in with her tunes and put on a concert for you, her friends, or even just her own reflection if she’s not quite ready for an adoring audience. The built-in smartphone holder means that she can open her favorite karaoke app and watch the lyrics as she sings. She can even use an audio cable to record the output of the mic into her phone.
Why She’ll Love It: She’ll get to explore her own talents, listen to her favorite tunes, and have a great party activity for sleepovers.Check Price on Amazon
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If your girl is on the road to becoming a social media maven, you know that keeping devices charged up can be a major problem. Why not give her the only charging apparatus she needs? The BONAI portable charger (check price on Amazon) has four USB, two input, and four output ports. This portable unit can go anywhere and charge not only iPhones X, XS, Max XR, 8, 7 and 6s, but also Galaxy S8, S7, Note 8.
Why She’ll Love It: Your girl can charge the BONAI charger once and then have plenty of power on hand to tote to camping trips, sleepovers, parties, wherever devices need charging on the fly.Check Price on Amazon
We’re pretty sure there is a proverb that says ‘when chocolate meets art, the children will cheer’. If there isn’t, then this chocolate pen toy (check price on Amazon) shows that there clearly should be.
The included premium confectioners chocolate comes in several colors, so your girl will have plenty of bright hues to choose from as she draws her delectables. Whether she uses one of the included molds or freehands her food art, she’s sure to stretch her imagination right along with those ever developing fine motor skills.
Why She’ll Love It: If she is ever looking for a fun girls-night activity or just feels like making a clever confection for herself, she’ll love this gift.Check Price on Amazon
Is your special girl a budding tech buff? If so, here is a present that is so educational we almost hesitate to call it a toy. But we will because this little computer kit is loads of fun.
By wirelessly linking the Kano Pixel Kit (check price on Amazon) to a computer, your tween can learn how to code and see the results of her work light up in over sixteen million colors. She doesn’t need to have a lot of preexisting knowledge about how to code; this kit is perfect for beginners and comes with easy to follow instructions.
Why She’ll Love It: She will be guided through tutorials that will show her how to make virtually any kind of light show her mind can think up. Whether she wants to focus on making a fun color palette, an image, or even an animation, we can’t think of a better way for her to wow her friends with her tech skills.Check Price on Amazon
To say this board game has developed something of a cult following is entirely accurate. Betrayal At House On The Hill (check price on Amazon) is a new breed of game that blurs the boundaries between horror fiction and classic board gameplay.
This semi-cooperative game, designed for three to six players, is full of spooky suspense and will have a 12-year-old girl and her friends squealing with delight and laughter.
As the name suggests, one player among you is not who they seem… they are the betrayer! As you all make your way through the creepy and haunting game the rest of the players must oust the betrayer, with the game finishing in an epic battle between good and evil.
To get a better sense of what’s involved, check out the video below.
Why She’ll Love It: It’s full of beautifully written and conceived horror moments, and involves both cooperation, deceit, and a battle to the death.Check Price on Amazon
This is no dubious toy for creating questionable cosmetics – no, sir! The DIY Lip Balm Making Kit (check price on Amazon) is a serious piece of kit that women, as well as maturing girls, use to create organic and natural lip balm that is unique to their needs and style.
As well as tubes, tubs, and mixers, this kit comes with 100% pure essential oils including lavender, rose, geranium, peppermint, and lime. The moisture giving ingredients are quality shea and coconut butters.
Why She’ll Love It: This kit provides a wonderful craft project as well as a lovely end product that she’ll love to keep in her tote and show her friends. She’ll have fun by herself or getting a friend or two involed in the lip balm alchemy.Check Price on Amazon
Hearing Things (check price on Amazon) is a hilarious lip-reading game that will challenge her to guess the funny and random phrases that other players will be saying to her. The speech-canceling electronic headphones make it near impossible to hear which results in some rib-aching laughter moments.
There are 150 cards with 600 phrases (and that’s if she and her friend don’t add extra ones of their own). The winner is the player who guesses correctly and wins the most cards.
Why She’ll Love It: It’s quick and easy to play, so friends and family can be crying with laughter in no time.Check Price on Amazon
What to Expect From Your 12 Year Old Girl
If it hasn’t already, puberty will begin to change your sweet little princess into a lovely young lady…with a few bumps in the road. You might notice her becoming a bit moody or distant, likely preferring to spend time with a group of her peers or one girl with whom she has formed a close bond.
Remember, as social and school pressures grow, she will need you even when it seems like she doesn’t want you.
Here are some milestones to keep an eye out for (Source):
Body, Hand and Finger Skills
- Intermittent growth spurts may lead to temporary clumsiness (no laughing when she fumbles things!);
- Small muscles continue rapid stage of development
- Often thinks in absolutes;
- Will sometimes have difficulty accepting praise;
- May have self-esteem issues due to the physical effects of puberty;
- Develops a keener interest in boys (sorry, Dad, it was always going to happen!)
- Engages in more abstract thinking;
- Is able to plan ahead with more accuracy;
- Wants to be considered an adult;
- May prefer to go to bed later and sleep longer in the morning
As you soak up that last year before your special girl hits the big 1-3, don’t be hurt if you notice her wanting to spend more time with her peers and less time with you. We promise that she needs you now more than ever as she continues to find herself and her place in her ever-expanding world.
When looking for that perfect present, remember that group activities will be a hit, intellectually challenging games will help expand her mind, and anything that can keep her active will be a vital addition to keeping her healthy. There are plenty activities and toys for 12 year old girls, but we hope this list gave you some great ideas.
Happy shopping and remember, you are still a significant influence in your girl’s life. Be sure to teach her that you are never too old to play.