Gift Ideas for 9-Year-Old Girls

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Introduction: Shopping for a 9-Year-Old Girl

Let's face it: Shopping for a girl is rarely easy. My daughter is almost 9 and she's quite opinionated. So, while preparing for her upcoming birthday, I thought it would be also helpful to create a guide with gift ideas for 9-year-old girls for you all.

Girls at this age are not quite pre-teens. But, their interests are maturing. One day, they might think it's still fun to play with Barbies and American Girl dolls. Then, next thing you know, they're listening to Justin Bieber and experimenting with make-up.

The age of nine is pretty much a bridge over the gap between the childhood and pre-teen years. Personally, I don't want my daughter to grow up too fast. But, at the same time, I still want her to enjoy some of the things her peers are interested in -- with reason, of course.

Additionally, many girls are now interested in gender-specific items, meaning that many gift ideas that would be equally acceptable for boys or girls might not be as appreciated as in the past. Oh yes, it's starting.

Below, I've compiled a list of gift ideas for 9-year-old girls. If you have suggestions on ideas I might have missed, please share in the comment section below! For now, in this Hub, you'll find information on:

  • Traditional gifts
  • Entertainment gifts
  • Electronic gifts
  • Sport-related gifts
  • Girly-girl gifts

Traditional Gift Ideas for 9-Year-Old Girls

Traditional gifts for 9-year-old girls include board games, dolls, stuffed animals, and other collectibles. Before you go gift shopping, find out whether the recipient is a "doll" girl, an "animal" girl, or otherwise.

For example, my daughter has never been into dolls. Instead, she's always played with stuffed animals. In fact, look inside the heirloom doll crib and cradle in her room and they are filled with animals rather than dolls. She loves animals -- from stuffed animals to stories or movies about animals and visits to the zoo or aquarium.

Doll Gift Ideas:

  • Classic dolls. For doll lovers, Barbie is still a classic, along with all of her friends and accessories. Fortunately, Barbies are inexpensive and can be found anywhere. More expensive dolls include American Girl Dolls, clothing, accessories, books, and more.
  • Antique dolls. Perhaps there's an heirloom china doll in the family that could be gifted? Girls at this age are probably old enough to care for and can appreciate antique treasures. 9-year-old girls may not be playing with dolls as much, but instead collecting them and showing them off.
  • Doll houses. When I was a young girl, I was always fascinated by doll houses. I loved the miniature beds, tables and chairs, and many other furnishings and accessories. With their increased dexterity and the danger of small parts having passed (do check to see if there are younger siblings), a 9-year-old girl is the right age for such gifts.

Collectible Gift Ideas:

As with dolls, some girls enjoy collecting other items, organizing, and displaying them. My daughter has a shelf about 12 inches below her ceiling along which her entire collection of stuffed animals is on display.

Some collectible gift ideas include:

  • Beanie Babies or other specific brands of stuffed animals
  • Miniature tea sets
  • Small glass animals or ballerinas
  • Painted ceramic boxes.

Board Games:

We love to play games at our home! Board games and the like are a great way to connect with family members. Consider these:

  • Sorry!
  • Connect Four
  • Scrabble or Scrabble Jr.
  • Monopoly or Monopoly Jr.
  • Sequence or Sequent for Kids
  • Checkers or Chess
  • Story Cubes
  • Jenga
  • Bananagrams
  • Apples to Apples

Find out what interests your 9-year-old girl(s) before shopping for presents
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Entertainment Gift Ideas for 9-Year-Old Girls

When considering entertainment gift ideas for 9-year-old girls, we're talking books and movies. 9-year-old girls are usually in the third or fourth grade, and most read independently at this age. That said, there's a wide range in reading abilities and interests. Fortunately, book stores usually arrange by grade level (3-5 grade or 4-6 grade, for example). For girls who are more accomplished readers, make selections at the upper end.

Consider these book selections for 9-year-old girls, among others:

  • Goddess Girls series
  • Shadow Horse
  • Junie B. Jones series
  • American Girls Mysteries
  • Fashion Kitty
  • Harry Potter series
  • Geronimo Stilton series

As with boys this age, 9-year-old girls are often interested in DVDs that are not animated. Consider the messages that may be present in some of the movies that are rated PG or PG-13. Films that include mature language, sexual themes, drug or alcohol use, or violence may not be appropriate for 9-year-old girls.

Some 9-year-old girls are more into fashion and accessories than others
Some 9-year-old girls are more into fashion and accessories than others | Source

Electronic Gift Ideas for 9-Year-Old Girls

Like boys this age, 9-year-old girls generally love gadgets -- from MP3 players to gaming devices, and even cell phones.

For nearly two years, my daughter has been begging for an iPod Touch. This is basically a mini iPad, or a smart phone that is not a phone. You can listen to music, watch movies, play games, and email. Still, we should wait one or two more year(s) before considering this expensive gift.

Hand-held gaming devices like Nintendo DSIs and gaming systems like the Wii are also favorites of girls this age. If they do not have the console or system, that might be worth considering for a gift, although they are expensive. Alternatively, a game is a much more affordable present for a 9-year old girl (ranging in price from $10-40, depending on whether it's new or used). Be sure to check the game ratings to ensure that mature themes or excessive violence aren't featured. We buy games that are rated E for everyone. Those that are rated T (teen) or M (mature) will have to wait.

Consider these games/themes:

  • Just Dance
  • Mario Brothers
  • Scribblenauts
  • Pokémon
  • Let's Draw
  • Sonic
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!

For a 9-year-old girl who enjoys music and already has an MP3 player, you can easily gift new tunes. iTunes gift cards are available in many denominations, and they're easy to redeem.

Gadget Gifts for Girls

Sports gift ideas for 9-year-old girls
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Sports Gift Ideas for 9-Year-Old Girls

Girls love sports! If your gift recipient is on a team, or participates in individual sporting events, you can find many ideas for presents. Here's a short list of sports, with associated gift ideas:

  • Skiing/snowboarding: hats, gloves, socks, skis, snowboards, jackets, boots
  • Bicycling: helmets, bicycle locks, bicycle shoes, bicycles
  • Volleyball: shorts, shoes, volleyballs
  • Soccer: cleats, shin guards, soccer balls, practice goals
  • Swimming: swimsuit, goggles, swim cap
  • Gymnastics: leotards, gym shorts, wrist bands
  • Basketball: shorts, basketballs, basketball hoop

Don't forget non-team sports, including sledding. Any type of sport that interests your 9-year-old girl should be considered for gift-giving.

9-Year-Old Girl Gifts

Girly-Girl Gift Ideas for 9-Year-Old Girls

If you are brave enough to indulge the girly side of a 9-year-old girl, there are several gift ideas to consider. However, before you purchase, be sure to check with parents or guardians to make sure that your gift is acceptable from a parental aspect.

There are a number of gift ideas for 9-year-old girls that can help them explore their feminine side:

  • Costume jewelry. My daughter has a charm bracelet from The Gap and loves to collect additional charms. Each charm is only $5, which makes them a super incentive on a monthly basis to behave well. If the 9-year-old girl has her ears pierced, a pair of non-allergenic earrings is also a great gift idea.
  • Dress-up clothes. Girls this age love trying out new looks. Whether you get a tutu, a unique hat or cap, or a feather boa, she will probably be thrilled.
  • Purses/handbags/wallets. Find an inexpensive version that your 9-year-old girl can use to try out. She may not have much to put in it, other than a hairbrush or her diary, but that's not the point.
  • Lip gloss. From my standpoint, the only make-up a girl this age should wear is lip gloss. You might consider a small mirrored compact (with permission from parents or guardians) for special events.
  • Shoes. Yes, it starts young! Girls love shoes, and a fun, less practical pair might be the perfect gift.
  • Hair accessories. Clips, headbands, ribbons, and bows. There are many hair accessories to choose from, many of which are inexpensive and fun.
  • Perfumed lotions or bubble bath. While actual perfume may still be a few years away, girls this age love scented or perfumed lotions or bath gels.

What Gift Ideas for 9-Year Old Girls Sound Best to You?

  • Traditional gifts
  • Sports-related gifts
  • Entertainment gifts
  • Electronic gifts
  • Girly-girl gifts
  • Other (please specify in comments below)
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blog8withJ 5 years ago

Your daughter is a beauty. Great ideas you pointed in this hub. Any mothers would love to read this.

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Awwwww - thank you blog8withJ! I love "featuring" my kids in hubs. She might not be thrilled to know that I wrote a hub based on her, though. Thank you for the comment. Cheers, Steph

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princesswithapen 5 years ago

Hi Steph

Some of the gift ideas are unique while some are tried and tested. Either way, you've got a perfect and a cool list of gifting ideas for girls in this age bracket. Bookmarked because I have one such birthday coming up in the family. Nice hub!


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Princess - thank you! I hope the gift ideas help with birthday present shopping. Best to you, Steph

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Great ideas, Steph! I will be sure to share your hub and pass on the ideas you've suggested - thanks so much.


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

Love this hub! Children are hard to buy for at that almost-tween age but girls ? I find them especially challenging. These suggestions are a great reference guide!

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Cloverleaf - I appreciate you sharing this hub with anyone facing the challenge of shopping for 9-year old girls! ;-) Best, Steph

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Sinea,

Thanks! With relatives frequently asking me what my daughter might like for gifts, it helps to have put together this hub. Cheers, Steph

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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

My daughter will turn 18 on her next birthday so I am already familiar with a lot of the items on your list. By the way, it is a great list. My daughter always loved board games (Connect 4 is a great one with no set up required) and the Junie B. Jones series was also a favorite. I do see a lot of the 9-10-year old girls with the Nintendo DS systems. There are some really good games on those and some educational brainteaser types of games, as well.

I think you are right to hold off on the ipod touch. The apps and games on them can be a lot of fun, but it won't be long and facebook will get added. Instant messaging and texting can also be done on an ipod touch. So if you aren't ready for your child to have a cell phone, then I would not get an ipod touch either. Whenever any child gets one I would encourage any parent to make the rule that the ipod cannot be in the bedroom at night and set some parental controls on it.

But, back to birthday gifts - for anyone that already has a game system like Wii there are a lot of good active games that girls enjoy.

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi ktrapp - I totally agree with you! My 11-year old son tells me he is the "only one" without a cell phone, but we didn't buy my 14-year old a cell phone until he turned 13. Just one of our ways to make them wait longer, get more responsible and appreciate it more! With an iTouch or iPad, just about any kid over age 6 would love one. But these are expensive devices. Plus, you make a great point about using them in their bedrooms, unsupervised.

Board games are great because they allow your child (and you) to directly interact with others, while having fun. We love domino and card games, too (even less expensive, more versatile and equally as fun).

Thanks for the great comment! Steph

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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

We have had 2 broken screens on ipod touches and they are expensive to repair. They're really not toys. If my daughter and I get a chance to play games these days, we usually play some sort of card game - even silly ones like slap jack, though we went through a canasta phase.

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi ktrapp,

We bought our oldest an iPad this year, but I forked out $150 for a 2-year repair/replacement contract for spills, falls, etc. Very expensive gadgets, and definitely not toys! Thanks, Steph

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anglnwu 5 years ago

My daughter was never into dolls too. She had lots of stuffed animals which she lined up in rows on her bed. I think shopping for girls is definitely lots of fun and you've given us lots of ideas to think about. Rated up.

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Angin,

My daughter lines up her stuffed animals on the bed, too! I appreciate your reading and commenting. Best to you, Steph

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Dear, Steph. You have marvelous tips about gifts idea for 9 years old girls. I am glad to share this information to my students. Vote up and have a nice weekend. Cheers...


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Prasetio,

Thank you! I hope your students find some good gift ideas. Always appreciate your comments. Cheers, Steph

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twoseven 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Great ideas! I would add Boggle as a great board game, especially for kids who love words. My almost 9 year old niece loves it, and often can find words that I can't!

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi twoseven - great idea! I love Boggle. I'm sure my daughter would enjoy playing with me, or trying to beat her brothers at the game. Cheers, Steph

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EuroCafeAuLait 5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

Thanks Steph, a great preview of things to come. My daughter is six and wants a cell phone, so I guess my holding off is just going to have to continue for awhile. A girly girl to the extreme, you've given me some great ideas. Thanks a million. Voted up and awesome.

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi EuroCafe,

Funny - my daughter continues to ask for a cell phone, but we told her that Santa Claus is not "authorized" to bring her one. :-) Love that your daughter is a girly-girl. Happy shopping to you! Steph

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adrienne2 5 years ago from Atlanta

Oh how beautiful, I love the pictures, they are so adoreable and really adds a bonus touch to your article. I have been hub hoping for most of the week, and this hub is one of the sweetest one I have come across.

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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you so much Adrienne, I really love using my own photographs for hubs like this one, written from my child-raising experiences. I appreciate the comment! Best, Steph

jasmine gray 4 years ago

hahaha so cute

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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

Another great hub, Steph-- I really love that you recommend dolls and board games and some "girly" stuff as well as electronic games and I totally agree with you about waiting until 13 for iPads and cell phones-- more fabulous pictures too

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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Robie - my mom is in agreement with me about waiting until these girls are older to offer more "mature" gifts like cell phones, iPads and even makeup! :-) Appreciate the comment - best to you! Steph

GeoffK 4 years ago

Don't forget about science and educational items. Many girls, especially those who love animals, are very interested in how things work and the world around them. Items like telescopes or binoculars, low-power microscopes, science experiment kits and so forth are great for teaching girls that they can learn anything and do anything that they choose.

Some girls would rather get mascara than a microscope, but don't assum that's true. Also some science items, like flower-pressing kits, appeal even to "Girly-girls".

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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Great additional gift ideas, Geoff! I saw an idea for a pottery wheel and painting kit recently, too. I think my 9-year old daughter would love it. Best, Steph

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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

My daughter will be 9 all too soon! Thanks for some great insight for things to get her. All she ever asks for is money so I'll try some of these ideas and see if they work for her :) Thanks!

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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Good luck shopping for your daughter CassyLu! Happy birthday to her. :) Stephanie

Jab 4 years ago

My daughter is also turning 9 and I am so glad to find this. I am amazed that some days she's still a little girl while other times she's a pre-teen. One day its okay to play dress up and play with her American Girl doll and other's its big shades and glitter lip gloss. I was looking for gift ideas for her - I would love to get her a charm bracelet (like the ones from the Gap) but didn't think she'd still be into this type of thing.

I am going for it. 3 years ago

my grand daughter has gotten really interested in cooking and there are many things out there for her age that are not babyish but yet still safe.

GordT 3 years ago

Thanks for the ideas. Here are some additional ones we had:

- Mom / Daughter Mani/Pedi (or "day at the spa" if your budget allows it)

- Dad / Daughter event (depending what they're into this could also be spa, or baseball game, or whatever)

- Gift Card to Roller Skating Rink - my daughter had her last Birthday party there and ALL the girls (and most of the boys) loved it

We really liked these ideas since it implied "quality time" along with the gift (and of course you could always do gift card for movie theater, go to the fair, or whatever local attractions apply).

- Gift Card for one of the many "Accessory Shops" that carry hair pins/clips, costume jewelry, scarves, hats, etc...

- iTunes Card - this is becoming very popular as many kids have iPad/iPod (or share one with mom/dad)

- For XMas, a family member got my daughter a pre-paid Mastercard, which she loved because it makes her feel so grown up and she can use it anywhere she likes (unlike typical gift cards)

samantha 2 years ago

I was looking for ideas for my kid

Ally love's Mattyb!! 2 years ago

I'm a 9 year old girl!! But I don't really prefer any of those things! I prefer mature since I'm getting older! Bye the way do your 9 year old girls love Mattyb? Mattyb is so cute bye the way! I prefer things like wall art and arts and crafts and thing like that! They are more mature and girly at the same time!

Nancy 2 years ago

Some other gift ideas...musical instruments like a synthesizer or strum stick. My daughter will be 9 next month and does NOT own a cell phone, ipad, or ipod, but keeps asking for any of those things. Without having one, something like a small CD player/stereo that can also handle digital tunes later on works. Also, she has asked for a camera (digital).

Lauren Morano 2 years ago

I honestly like the collectible section and I am 9 I think girls would like cute stuffed animals or big stuffed animals I love stuffed animals and my birthday is coming up on October 14th I could only think of a couple thing I want a Zoomer dog not a Zoomer zuppy and I want a sketch book beanie babies or big stuffed animals and a rainbow loom with a metal hook!

Daniela Calderon 23 months ago

U cool

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pumpkincat210 21 months ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A.

thanks for the ideas! we got my 9 year old a necklace with small diamonds because she wanted to be like her older sister. so far, she has been extra careful with it and wears it almost all the time. i also sew for her, simple things like leggings and maxi skirts, at her age she still really likes it..I hope she continues to. 9 really is a difficult age to buy for though!

mickey99 20 months ago

Thank you for such a detailed article.

I dont usually subscribe to forums or chat sites, but i wanted to let you know that this was very helpful. Im asingle dad of three with two girls. The boy is easy but the girls are very challenging to buy for. This has made it a lot easier.

Thank you.

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