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Best Christmas, Birthday, or Just-Because Gifts for 11-Year-Old-Girls

Updated on July 28, 2017
Top Gifts & Toys for 11- to 12-Year-Old Girls
Top Gifts & Toys for 11- to 12-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

Plush Animals

Stuffed toys are still acceptable, but they can't look too childish, pink animals are acceptable and their favourites are cats, horses and bears.

If you know there's an animal she really likes be sure to get that as a plush toy. 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

One Direction. Your 11-year-old's crush.
One Direction. Your 11-year-old's crush.

But be careful as while most girls do like mainstream pop music there area 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 – 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 – 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 – 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

Nerf Rebelle Phoenix Heartbreaker Bow
Nerf Rebelle Phoenix Heartbreaker Bow

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.

What gifts do you think are best for 11- to 12-year-old girls?

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      amii 5 hours ago

      i'm 11 and at the moment my friends and i go crazy for cute stationery or anything from typo, kikki.k, pavement, or lush.

      i love reversible sequin stuff and pencil cases and pens and note books. most girl in yr 5 love that sort of stuff and that is want 11yr olds really like.

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      Unknown 3 weeks ago

      I'm 10 turning 11 and I disagree the only thing I agree with is the plush toy, if it is a one from a show I watch, I would hate (no offence mum) getting any of these; I would prefer a video game or a Nintendo Console, or some Pokemon TCG, this is applyed to all girls which is not true, i normally look at boys and see them

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      XxstuipidcringeboysxX 3 weeks ago

      its cool but dumb at the same time

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      Amazingperosn 4 weeks ago

      Where are the prices??????

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      Mahjabeen 2 months ago

      Most of these things r still childish I'm acc turning 12 but it did say 11-12 so yh, also the only thing here I would like for my birthday is the plushy and nerf gun these r good ideas for girly girls tho not girls like me although I am a massive fan girl so if someone got me a BTS hoody or something I would totally freak.

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      Audrey 6 months ago

      I played with loom bands when I was 6!!!!!!!

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      amy 9 months ago

      same i am 11 and trying to find some ideas for Christmas but i just really like skateboards and not girly girl stuff

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      kiwi 10 months ago

      I know that some of this stuff is childish(this coming from a almost 12 year old) but some 11 year olds might like this stuff so even if you are 11, almost 11, or almost 12 people are different. You might like make up(which i think you should wait on) and some else might like a skateboard or a phone.

      P.S i know, when you say we like stuff from claires you are speaking about every 11 year old in the world. Soooooooooooooooooo

      But please don't hate on me for this comment just pointing something out that is kinda important.

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      i know 10 months ago

      Hey anyone who is reading this. at almost 11 I would not want any of this. we like stuff from claires, please no boy bands stuff or dolls and only the best nail polish. also since the person receiving this is almost 11 then not too harsh make up but please MAKE Up. ps I know what I am talking about so listen to my suggestions.( nothing childish)

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      Bae 11 months ago

      I'm 11 and soon turning twelve. Girls start to want to feel grown up when their my age and don't want things like this. They want things like perfume proper jewellery (not plastic) good make up. If you don't know the girl very well then give them some money to spend on what they want. Also girls like things that look nice like pencils in a box that look posh but they don't need to be to expensive. Anything with a famous pop star or anything like that depends on who it's for. If you want to buy makeup DO NOT buy anything if it looks childish. Us girls like nail polish so you could buy us some but just buy single bottles or packs of three or four because the jumbo packs don't have such good quality. Claire's is a great place to shop for older kids (if you avoid the cheesy things and one direction) they have lots of great hairbands, accessories nail polish, makeup etc. Please do not buy these items for an 11 year old or 12 year old because although they may act grateful that aren't great presents.

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      Skyla 21 months ago

      HELLO ALL PEOPLE WHO THINK THAT ANY OF THESE IS A GOOD

      IDEA!

      I'm a 11 year old girl and let me tell you that if anyone got me this (exception my brothers who have no idea what to get me!) I would laugh mercilessly at they're stupidity!

      All these gifts are for the stereotypical girl!

      It's really insulting to see that OLDER PEOPLE LIKE A 20 YEAR OLD MAN, could possibly know what we really want.

      Here is a couple of things that I asked for Christmas:

      1. A Pokémon book

      2. Paper mate flair rainbow set!

      3. Tapeffiti

      4. The book " Fabulous hair"

      5. Douddle by stitch pillow

      6. Bracelet kit (a really good one! Not those cheap ones from the dollar store or walmart!)

      There!

      Those are some good things to get your eleven year old daughter, sister, cosine, GIRLFRIEND…ect…

      Ps

      Show her ANIME it's a Japanese animation!

      It's really good and really addictive here are some really good ones:

      1.fairy tail( PLEASE DO NOT JUDGE IT BY ITS FIRST EPISODE!!!!!)

      2.my little monster

      3.diabolik lovers and the season 2 is diabolik lovers more blood!

      4.say "I love you"

      5.naruto

      There are many others!

      Please do listen to my suggestions!

      :)

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      Coburnliz 21 months ago

      The nail kit in this article is: by [Creativity for kids] Day at the Spa Deluxe Gift Set & you can get it on amazon.com for $38.88 heres the link: http://www.amazon.com/Creativitiy-Kids-Deluxe-Gift...

      Im actually ordering it for my daughter! :) Great job with this list!

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      kidsgardner 2 years ago

      Here is one my kids and students love, The TickleMe Plant Greenhouse Kit. With it they grow a real plant that will close its leaves and lower its branches when tickled. The kids can't stop tickling them and smiling.

      I found them and videos online and Amazon

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      Alison healy 2 years ago

      I am turning 11 and I can't wait. Looking at all of those wonderful things really get me excited

      I would love clothes books and a soccer ball for my bday

      that nail polishing kit looks so cool

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      jazzle 2 years ago

      loom bands are like sooooo last season #selfie

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      Lou 2 years ago

      I have an iPod touch, so I like cases for it. Purses, notebooks, music, gift cards, nail polish, wallets, duct tape, etc. I also have a laptop so I like covers/stickers for it.

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      Eiy 2 years ago

      I'm 11 I would like a IPhone,lap top,nail polish,pretty cloths,new shoes,shiney chewlery, and lots of other stuff

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      Claire 2 years ago

      What is the spa kit called? I really like it and I'm finding things that I would like for my birthday but I don't know what its called.

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      Madi 2 years ago

      My bday is almost here and I'm trying to find out what I want but what u have isn't enough even though I love all of those things.

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      Montana 2 years ago

      These things are to "girly", but I do like the books, plush animals, and the Nerf Rebelle arrow. Anyway, I will figure out what I want before April 28 which is my birthday, but thanks for the help.

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      Darliene 2 years ago

      I did some of these thing for my 11 year old and she LOVED it thinks for the advice/tips

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      Elizabeth 2 years ago

      Im also 11 and I prefer almost all things the regular "Girly Girl" would...

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      Madi 2 years ago

      I'm 11 and I prefer soccer balls, sharpies, skate boards and beanies...

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      Kiana 2 years ago

      I love all these things!!!!!!!! ;) :)

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      Gianni Stevenson 3 years ago

      Wow this is very good stuff