34 Gifts For 12-Year-Old Girls That Will Win Their Heart

By Candice Elliott | Updated: May 25, 2023

    Certain ages are hard to shop for, and 12 is certainly one of them. It’s tough to choose gifts for tween-aged girls. They’re no longer considered a little kid, but they’re not yet a teenage girl either. They’re too mature for toys, but a lot of the things they do want are too mature for them. There’s got to be an in-between?!  There is, and we found it.

    Jump straight to the gifts

    What are 12-year-old girls into?

    Most 12-year-old girls typically enjoy creative activities such as crafting, DYI projects, drawing, writing stories, performing arts, and playing video games. They also enjoy playing team sports, bike rides, and spending time with family and friends.

    Books are always a great gift! At 12, most girls have started finding their interests and tastes. Clothing and accessories can be a little challenging because some girls are starting to look for trendier pieces, but there are still plenty of great basics that every girl can use. 

    What are the best gifts for 12 year old girls?

    Shopping for tweens is intimidating. Between keeping up with trends and raging hormones, they can be really hard to impress. They are now into tech gifts, creating their own space and DIY projects.

    Our gift guide has the coolest gift ideas to grow their interests, engage them, and help them create their personal style. We’ve made it easy to find the best ideas with these gifts for 12-year-old girls that they will love.

  1. Name Plate
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    Here’s the classic name pendant necklace! Our Personalized Classic Name Necklace in 925 sterling silver makes any name or meaningful word look amazing, thanks to a gorgeous, flowing script alphabet with perfect flourishes accentuating capital letters.

  3. 3D Printing Pen
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    The best gifts for 12-year-old girls or anyone are those that spark creativity and imagination. It’s even better if it’s also a super cool gift. This 3D printing pen ticks all of those perfect gift boxes! This pen is a great introduction to 3D printing. The adjustable feed allows her to control the pen’s speed and flow, and the temperature control is in one-degree increments for better precision. This set includes three colors of ABS plastic filament, an A/C adapter, and a touch pen. This gadget is a great way to introduce a tween to STEM toys. 

  5. Instax Mini Instant Camera


    This instant camera is as close as boys and girls these days will even come to a Polaroid. And the Fujifilm Instax Mini is similar to a Polaroid, so what’s old is new again! The camera takes and prints wallet-sized photos. It has a macro lens and selfie mirror and 20  film sheets.  It’s great for taking selfies with her besties.

  7. Bag Set
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    It’s a cute mini backpack that is perfect for 12-year-old girls! It can carry all types of small accessories and the bowknot decor makes her look chic and fashionable. Also comes with a cute-sized crossbody and wallet so she can accessorize for ant occasion. 

  9. Journaling Kit
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    Includes everything needed to create your very own beautiful journal — the perfect set for the young writer, creator, or memory gatherer. Organize your thoughts, lists, feelings, or favorite memories. With trendy patterned papers, fun chipboard frames, and sparkling glitter tape, you’ll be able to uniquely decorate all 70 pages. The possibilities are endless! Complete it with shapes, borders, bookmarks, paper clips, and of course, the charm.

  11. Crystal Jelly Lip Balms


    These color-changing lip balms are such a unique gift! They’re beautiful; each tube has a real dried flower and gold flecks inside, they’re moisturizing, and they’re unique to each wearer because the color depends on everyone’s unique Ph. The colors are various shades of light pink, so not too much for even 10-year-old girls if their parents aren’t ready for heavy lipstick colors. These are more lip gloss. 

  13. Wireless Earbuds
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    These earbuds have Smart Touch Control, so several functions like play/pause, taking a call, and adjusting the volume can be done without touching the phone. They use Bluetooth technology and are waterproof up to 1 meter deep for up to 30 minutes, so they’re great for sports and activities. They will last up to six hours from a single charge and up to 30 hours with the charging case. 

  15. Cherry Blossom Bonsai LED Light Tree
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    This beautiful tree can be used as a night light or to provide a bit of ambiance when studying or reading. It’s 16 inches tall and has 36 LED pink cherry blossom lights. The timer can be set to turn off after six or 18 hours, and it runs on 4 AA batteries or the included adaptor. 

  17. Kindle
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    A kindle is a great gift for a girl who loves to read. She will be able to fit this kindle in her bag and take it anywhere with her. Since it is lightweight and offers lots of storage she will happily download a bunch of books to keep her occupied.

  19. Remote Control Night Light
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    What could be a cuter night light than a glow-in-the-dark unicorn? This cute light has three levels of brightness and 16 different colors to choose from. She is made of soft, BPA-free silicone so she can be hugged and squished and will pop right back into shape. The light has a remote control and runs on a USB rechargeable, built-in battery. 

  21. Zen Desk Garden
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    Everyone could use more Zen in their lives, and this garden provides it! The garden comes with six tools and 12 features, including stones, sand, rakes, moss, and more. Let the garden be her little oasis when things are stressful. 

  23. Hey Doll! Teen+Tween Subscription Box
  24. Hey Doll is a uniquely curated themed bi-monthly subscription of 3 to 5 quality fun lifestyle items that provide motivation, direction and support for girls 10 to 16 as they navigate through this stage in life. We aim to inspire and encourage with products to help her take maturity one step at a time while reminding her that she is beautiful.

  25. Wearable Bluetooth Speaker
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    This speaker is a great gift for a pre-teen that has an active lifestyle. The speaker is waterproof, so it’s great for the beach, the pool, boating, hiking, running, and biking. This speaker provides twice the smartphone volume, offers hands-free calling, up to 10 hours of play-time, and easily connects to any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet. 

  27. Cute Portable Charger
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    Gift ideas for tween girl can be tough but she will be so excited to have a portable charger to keep her electronics powered up. The cute and compact design is small enough for a pocket or backpack and will fully charge an Apple iPhone or Samsung. Also, it has a convenient built-in flashlight which is a nice tool to have if camping or trying to find something at the bottom of her bag.

  29. Hair Chalk
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    This kit includes ten rainbow hair chalk pens, glitter hair gel, and light-up hair extensions. The components are non-toxic and washable.  A great gift for Halloween or a birthday slumber party! 

  31. Bean Bag Chair
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    This bean bag chair is perfect for cuddling up to read, do homework, or watch a movie with your BFF! The chair comes filled but can be refilled when the filling compresses over time through use. The chair measures 33 x 30 x 20 inches and comes in several colors. 

  33. LED Photo Clip String Lights
  34. If the Instax Mini is her Christmas gift, these string lights are the perfect stocking stuffer! The wire is 10.5 feet in length and holds 20 clear photo clips. Each clip contains an LED light that gives a warm, white glow to the mini-photos attached. The LED lights run on 3 AAA batteries that are not included. 

  35. Rainbow Scratch Art Pad
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    This fun notepad contains 125 pages of rainbow mini notes. The bright colors are hidden under a matte, black coating. Kids use the wooden stylus for scratching a note, doodle, or design into the black layer to reveal the colors underneath. 

  37. Young Chefs Cookbook
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    Using kid-tested and approved recipes, America’s Test Kitchen has created THE cookbook every kid chef needs on their shelf. Whether you’re cooking for yourself, your friends, or your family, The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs has delicious recipes that will wow!

  39. Build a Robot Toy
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    Does your favorite pre-teen love science kits and STEM classes? This STEM robot building kit is the best toy for her to learn and maybe one day she will be making award-winning robots. Since this kit offers 190 pieces that can be built into 12 different robot shapes it will keep her busy for weeks. 

  41. Bed Side Shelf
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    Forgot the nightstand. This shelf is perfect for the college student who sleeps on the top bunk! The stand can hold everything they need at night or while studying, reading, or watching TV from bed. The stand is available in seven different styles, including one that has a divet to hold a cup. This may be the most practical gift for dorm life. 

  43. Tie Dye Kit
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    If tie-dye makes you think of psychedelic chic and summer camp projects, those are awesome. But there’s also way more to the colorful craft that keeps returning as a DIY style must-have. So whether you’ve never dipped into the trend or want to take your textile arts to the next level, this well-stocked kit gives you all the necessary tools. Transform the included 100% cotton squares into colorful bandanas, hair accessories, reusable gift wraps, and more.

  45. Pajama Set
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    Pre-teen girls love to be comfy so this pajama set makes the perfect gift! She can lounge playing Nintendo or pack these to show off at her next sleepover.

  47. Lokai Bracelet
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    A Lokai bracelet is more than just a piece of pretty jewelry. The white and black beads contain elements from the highest and lowest points on earth. The white bead contains water from Mount Everest as a reminder to stay humble. The black bead contains mud from The Dead Sea as a reminder to stay hopeful. The small is six inches around and will fit most 12-year-old girls and women with thin wrists. 

  49. Bath Bombs Gift Box
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    Lots of bath bombs look the same, round. That’s boring! These bath bombs come in fun shapes like cupcakes, donuts, and cubes. The set includes seven bath bombs that are made from high-quality, all-natural ingredients. The scents include rose, orange, lavender, ylang-ylang, mint, coconut, and freesia.

  51. Crystal Growing Hedgehog Kit
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    This fun kit includes everything she needs for growing crystal hedgehogs! You get four hedgehogs, four colors of crystal growing powder, four seed rocks, four containers, four stir sticks, and detailed instructions for growing the crystal hedgehog spines in 72 hours.

  53. Fuzzy Slippers
  54. Fluffy faux fur upper with cross band design makes the slippers soft and fashionable. Plush fleece wraps your feet for warmth and makes you feel like walking on clouds. The open toe design makes it easy to slip on and off. 

  55. What Do You Meme? Family Edition Board Game
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    Everyone loves a good meme, so this is a fun way for the whole family to spend some time together. Players compete to create the funniest means by using one of the caption cards they’ve been dealt to caption the photo card in each round. The card game is made for those aged 8 and older and is best played with three or more players. 

  57. Water Bottle Craft Kit
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    This is a cool gift! Remember when we used to bedazzle our jeans? This is the modern version of that for a water bottle. The set includes 17-ounce stainless steel, a pink water bottle, seven sheets of rhinestone stickers, and hundreds of glitter gems for a customized DIY bottle.

  59. Scooter
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    This Razor scooter is a fun way to get around. The extra-large wheels provide a smooth, stable ride, the height is adjustable, and it can hold up to 220 pounds. 

  61. Harry Potter Box Set
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    Many 11-year-old boys and girls were disappointed when they didn’t receive their Hogwarts letters, but at least they can read about the magic with this Harry Potter complete set. This collection contains paperback copies of the entire series, books 1-7. Give her this as a birthday gift to make up for not getting that letter last year! 

  63. Pastel Tie Dye T-Shirt
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    Tie-dye never really goes out of style, but it does sometimes get an update. This tie-dye t-shirt is in soft pastel colors, not the harsh psychedelic colors of the 60s and the eyelashes are a trendy touch. The t-shirt is 97% polyester and 3% spandex, so it has a bit of stretch and is available in several sizes. 

  65. Twelve Bracelet
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    A charm bracelet with her age and some other pretty charms will be adored by the birthday girl. Commemorate her milestone Birthday with 12 dainty sterling silver dipped beads, one for each precious year. Designed in Los Angeles. Arrives in a giftbox with space to write your own sentimental message. 

  67. Amazon Gift Card
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    Sometimes you comb through ten gift guides and still don’t see the perfect gift, or maybe you need a gift for a 12-year-old girl you don’t know particularly well. Amazon gift card to the rescue! You can buy gift cards starting at pre-set dollar amounts or choose your own.