Best Christmas, Birthday, or Just-Because Gifts for 11-Year-Old-Girls
What Gifts Do 11-Year-Old Girls Want?
They sure do grow up fast, don't they? If you have an 11-year-old girl at home, you’re already getting a sneak-peek at what the next few years will be like as she becomes a full-fledged teenager. Trends change so rapidly, that knowing what to get her can be pretty tricky.
It’s like your 11-year-old has already outgrown toys, and her world is starting to revolve around teen fashion, beauty, and whatever pop idols are currently on the scene. If you know which singer or group is her favourite, then getting her anything associated with them will make her scream and jump up and down.
If you need a bit more help, then this list will give you some great gift ideas. I compiled it with the help of a group of 11- to 12-year-olds I work with and they've helped me in finding out what girls at this age want and what makes them happy.
Get a Rainbow Loom for Your 11-Year-Old Artisan
Most 11-year-old girls love wearing bracelets and necklaces and they love even more to make them themselves. That way they get to be creative and make the exact thing that they want.
Currently, Rainbow Loom is the hit among teens and pre-teens as they love making their rubber band accessories and all the other cute little things you can make with it. There are thousands of tutorials on how to loom something on Rainbow Loom on Youtube so they will be making loomed masterpieces in no time.
One Amazing Rainbow Loom Tutorial
If you know there's an animal she really likes, be sure to get that as a plush toy. Stuffed toys are still acceptable, but they can't look too childish; pink animals are acceptable, and favourites include cats, horses and bears.
When I was a kid I had an obsession with killer whales (did you know they are actually dolphins and not whales?) and when I got a plush one I was overjoyed. It was my favourite plush of them all (until I got a pink unicorn a few year later).
They Will Love a Gift With Their Favourite Pop Star on It
But be careful as while most girls do like mainstream pop music, there are also quite a few rockers out there. Some of the more favourite picks of theirs are Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez. One Direction, Jessie J, Justin Bieber, etc.
Posters, bracelets, and biographies are always greatly appreciated, but there's nothing an 11-year-old girl would want more than a ticket to see her favourite band or singer (you being right there with them of course, so be sure to bring your earplugs!).
Books Make a Great Gift
Lots of 11-year-olds love to read, so books are always a great gift. Even if your 11-year-old doesn’t enjoy reading, the right book can still make a great present.
- My Sister the Vampire by Sienna Mercer: My friend’s daughter wasn’t really into books, but for her birthday my friend got her My Sister the Vampire and it was an absolute hit! The book is written for pre-teens so there’s no real horror: just a light fun read. It was the first book in a series and the daughter is still continuing to read the sequels. I gave it a read myself and I have to say it was really entertaining. It has a fun way of addressing the issues preteens are facing (fitting into society, making new friendships, being different. accepting the different, etc.)
There are also a bunch of other wonderful books you could get. I think the two below are fantastic, and the 11-year-olds I know agree:
- 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass: This is kind of like the movie Groundhog Day for the tween set. The main character Amanda doesn’t have the best 11th birthday because she’s on the outs with her best friend Leo. So Amanda keeps repeating her birthday over and over again until she can figure out how to repair her friendship. It’s a really funny, touching little novel.
- Splendors and Gloom by Laura Amy Schlitz: This supernatural mystery/thriller set in Victorian London will have your daughter reading under her covers with the flashlight in order to find out what happens next. It involves the master puppeteer, Grisini and his two orphaned assistants who must clear their name when the daughter of a wealthy doctor goes missing after one of Grisini’s performances. A real page-turner!
Another Toy They'll Fall in Love With
With all the Hunger Games hype (and preteens do like the Hunger Games) Nerf has hit the spot with their Rebelle line as a whole lot of tweens want to get bows and arrows.
Nerf Rebelle Hearbeaker Bow is safe to use as it shoots foam arrows so there's no chance anyone would get hurt.
They Love Doing Their Nails
The more colorful the more fun! Kits with lots of nail polishes and nail stickers will make them really happy. These are super popular at sleepovers where girls do each other's nails—often better than most professionals could. I admit most of them have nicer nails than I do.
If the idea of nail polishes isn't to your taste, a nice bath and spa package will make them happy: a nice scented soap, some shampoo, bath salts, etc. Anything that will allow them to pamper themselves.