The best advice I can give for shopping for a tween girl is to buy something that an adult woman would enjoy.
With few exceptions, my 11-year-old enjoys the same things that I do - good books, comfortable slippers, athletic clothing, pretty bags, well-made shoes, jewelry and accessories, room decor pieces, and journals.
Here are some items that caught my eye for 10 to 12-year-old girls in 2017.
Lug's Mini Puddle Jumper Day Bag is a terrific pick for a tween or teen. The mini bag comes in 10 different patterns and includes lots + lots of pockets. She'll have a pocket for her water bottle, wallet, keys, snacks, headbands, sports accessories, pens, etcetera etcetera etcetera.
Whether she's conquering the bunny slope, squealing with glee on an inner tube, building a snowman with friends, or fastening a snowboard to her feet, she's sure to appreciate new winter clothing in her size. Obermeyer's new teen collection offers stylish and well-made clothing for the outdoors - including jackets, pants, suspender pants, tights, gloves, and hats. Pictured above is the Aisha Jacket in Seaglass (such a vogue color!).
When we saw the Essential Teen Study Bible at a local bookstore, I could immediately tell that my 11-year-old was interested. The soft leather cover is gorgeous and very "grown-up." The text is a nice size (not as tiny as many Bibles). The Bible also includes tools for understanding like introductions to each book of the Bible, memory verses, essential questions, behind the story features, and full-color study maps. Although I haven't read all of the included notes and special features, I appreciated that the tone is more academic and less topical/opinion-driven. In other words, you won't find a devotional about dating or peer pressure. It's also super smart that the publishing company did not put the word "teen" on the spine of the Bible. This focus helps the Bible have greater appeal with teens and to be relevant to more audiences.
A hiking backpack is a fun and practical gift pick for active teens & tweens...and she's sure to love Deuter's Airlite 20 SL in Petrol/Mint! Designed for women and by women, this lightweight and super breathable day pack offers tons of smart features, including a hip belt with mesh pockets, ventilated shoulder straps, an integrated rain cover, and plenty of pockets. This pretty pack is also compatible with Deuter's 2-liter hydration system so she can stay hydrated when she hits the trails.
*Note that most "kid hiking backpacks" that are on-the-market are designed for 4 to 8 year olds so it's best to choose a women's backpack like the one above for girls who are 10+.
What are YOU getting for the tween girls on your list this Christmas?
BROWSE the complete 2017 Christmas Gift Guide to get ideas for everyone on your list!