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.
Top 10 Best Toys for 12 Year Old Girls
Great for STEM learning, this toy also allows your girl to flaunt her creativity by making little figurines. The kit 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.View 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 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.View on Amazon
What young lady doesn’t love taking pictures? Diana cameras have a well-regarded legacy dating back to the 1960s and are ideal for any girl interested in photography. This particular model pays tribute to the original and features two shutter adjustments, a manual focus, and three aperture settings. It uses any type of 120 medium film, transforms into a pin-hole camera when the lens is removed, and can even take panoramic shots. Although not included, this model is compatible with the Diana Flash.
Why She’ll Love It: She can show the world that analog photography is alive and well! The low fi images produced by this camera bring a stylish nostalgia to any contemporary picture, making for plenty of unique DIY photo projects.View 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 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!View 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 toy 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.View 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.
This model 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.View on Amazon
As a Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner, this activity set 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.View 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.View on Amazon
There’s nothing quite like being active and young on a sunny day. This lightweight scooter 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.View 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.View 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
Toys & Gifts by Age
Looking for another toy or gift? Have another child in mind?
Check out our carefully curated lists of games, puzzles and toys for different ages and stages. The items on each have been chosen to match your kid’s physical, emotional and cognitive abilities.
Browse for toys and gifts by age:
- 1 Year Old Girl or Boy;
- 2 Year Old Girl or Boy;
- 3 Year Old Girl or Boy;
- 4 Year Old Girl or Boy;
- 5 Year Old Girl or Boy;
- 6 Year Old Girl or Boy;
- 7 Year Old Girl or Boy;
- 8 Year Old Girl or Boy;
- 9 Year Old Girl or Boy;
- 10 Year Old Girl or Boy;
- 11 Year Old Girl or Boy;
- 12 Year Old Girl or Boy;
- 13 Year Old Girl or Boy;
- Teen Girl or Boy
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.