Eleven-year-old girls are beautiful, smart, and thoughtful. They are on the cusp of growing up, but they still retain a youthful awe about the world. They can converse with adults with maturity, but also dissolve in a fit of laughter with their friends.
If you have an 11-year-old girl in your life, I have some birthday gift ideas that will please most any personality. The key for girls in this age range is to not buy products that are too "young." When in doubt, go with an item that a teen or an adult woman would enjoy.
Here are 9 gift ideas for tween girls (ages 9-13+).
ivivva has the tween market down to a T.
ivivva is a lululemon brand, which is "inspired by active girls." The company specializes in clothing & accessories for swim, dance, running, gymnastics, tennis, cheer, golf, hiking, and hanging out with friends. The clothes are stylish, while also providing optimal comfort for athletics and every day wear. Available in sizes 6-14.
There are currently only 12 ivivva stores in the United States (none in Arizona - boo hoo!), but you can order online or by phone. Complimentary shipping + returns on all orders.
When you give a girl a book, you're opening up a new world for her. It's like giving her a plane ticket (which would also be a fun gift!), but far cheaper.
Adventure, mystery, history, biography, fantasy - there are so many different genres to choose from. Don't let the vast possibilities bewilder you! Since I am an avid reader of children's and YA fiction, I'm happy to share five excellent recommendations for 11-year-old girls: (1) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, (2), The Giver by Lois Lowry, (3) Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan, (4) The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, and (5) Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley. Thumbs-up to all of these titles from my tween daughter (and from me too!).
For less fluent readers or those who are very interested in history, consider the Imagination Station series. Published by Tyndale, this 22-book series follows the adventures of two cousins (Patrick and Beth) as they travel back in time.
Our tween daughter enjoys decorating her room and this is true about most of her friends as well. Even if she shares a room with siblings, your gift recipient will appreciate being able to show her personality in special nooks and corners.
Ideas to get you started: a whiteboard and dry erase markers, a framed bulletin board, an interesting sign, a throw blanket, a beanbag chair, or a themed pillow.
We also love these porcelain knickknack trays by Galison. She can set them on a shelf and put trinkets on top- eyeglasses, keys, chapstick, travel souvenirs, etc.
A box of beautiful stationary with her name on it will be a gift that will be appreciated by any tween girl. Minted has hundreds of gorgeous designs + prints to choose from. Browse, personalize, and click - you'll have a lovely gift with far more personality and thoughtfulness behind it than a gift card.
If you live far away and want to surprise your tween granddaughter, niece, or friend, consider the Movie Night Chocolates Gift Basket by Sanders. Includes Chocolate Covered Potato Chips, Peanut Butter Block, Motor City Mix Popcorn, Dark Sea Salt Caramel Mini Bites, and Chocolate Covered Gretzel Grahams in a reusable theater-style popcorn tub.
We are smitten by the quotation notecards by Princeton Architectural Press. They come in sturdy keepsake boxes and feature 12 notecards (4 quotes, repeating 3 times) and some of the most beautiful envelopes we've ever seen!
There are currently 6 options available: Buddha, Einstein, Emily Dickinson, John Muir, Thoreau, and William Morris. We especially recommend the Emily Dickinson box for tween girls.
I hope that Princeton Architectural Press expands this line to include boxes with quotes from Madeleine L'Engle, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Toelkin, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Mother Teresa, Charles Dickens, L.M. Montgomery, E.B. White, and Mary Oliver. We're eagerly watching for new arrivals, especially ones that might be available for the holidays!
Fancy pens are another terrific item to throw in a gift bag for tween girls! She'll use them for sketching, letter writing, doodling, and homework.
Stabilo's point 88 fineliner pens come in a set with an array of vibrant colors. They write smoothly and dry quickly (no smudging!). Ideal for bullet journaling too!
Snap up this vintage camera journal for a picture perfect present.
Or let her dream of faraway places with travel-themed pocket notebooks.
Craftivity by Faber-Castell
Faber-Castell has a terrific line of craft kids for tweens called Craftivity boxes. So many fun themes to choose from - including the Dare to Dream Board (pictured above) and Super String Lanterns! Each box includes everything you need to complete a project.
Klutz has been making craft kits for kids since 1977. Three of our favorite options for tween girls are: Fabulous Flowers, Glitter Face Painting, and Make Your Own Tiny Camper. These kits come with everything you need to create a fun and beautiful finished product - by yourself or with friends!
Classic Bananagrams is another super fun (and inexpensive!) option for kids who love words. Super simple to play, this game is fast-paced and creates quite an energetic frenzy. Ages 7+.
What birthday gift ideas would you add for 11-year-old girls?
* Thanks to ivivva, Galison, Minted, Sanders, Stabilo, Princeton Architectural Press, Faber-Castell, Klutz, Bananagrams, and Tyndale for sending us products to photograph.