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Gift Ideas for 9-Year-Old Girls

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Looking for birthday gift ideas for 9-year-old girls?

Looking for birthday gift ideas for 9-year-old girls?

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 helpful to create a guide with gift ideas for 9-year-old girls—I hope it helps you all!

Girls at this age are still in their early 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 between the childhood and true 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—within reason, of course.

Additionally, many girls of this age are now interested in gender-specific items, meaning that many gifts that are 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 present 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 article, 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 Gifts:

  • 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; they may not be playing with dolls as much, but instead collecting them and showing them off.
  • Dollhouses. When I was a young girl, I was always fascinated by dollhouses. 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), 9 is the right age for such gifts.

Collectible Gifts:

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
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Entertainment Gift Ideas

When considering entertainment gift ideas for girls this age, 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 are usually arranged 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.

Book Ideas for 9-Year Old Girls

Consider these book selections, among others:

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

Movies and DVDs for 9-Year Old Girls

As with boys this age, 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.

Gadget Gifts for Girls

Electronic Gift Ideas for 9-Year-Olds

Kids this age 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 smartphone 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.

For a 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.

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.

Gaming Ideas for 9-Year-Old Girls

Consider these games/themes:

  • Just Dance
  • Mario Brothers
  • Scribblenauts
  • Pokémon
  • Let's Draw
  • Sonic
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
Sporty gift ideas for young girls

Sporty gift ideas for young girls

Sports Gift Ideas for Preeteen 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.

Girly-Girl Gift Ideas for 9-Year-Olds

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.

Note: Before you purchase one of the following gifts, be sure to check with parents or guardians to make sure that your gift is acceptable from a parental aspect.

© 2011 Stephanie Marshall


Lilly Santamaria on August 28, 2020:

I like horsy gifts

Siobhan on April 12, 2019:

My younger sister is turning 9 in 2 weeks and i want to get her something special but I don't know what what...

???? on March 15, 2018:

I can't figure out what I wanna buy for my birthday D:

madeline on December 21, 2017:

i have a 9 year old niece and i gave her some necklaces for christmas the one neclace i gave to her was a traingle necklace i dont know did i do the right thing i dont have kids so i dont know im just an aunt

Loreett on November 30, 2017:

Please I really still can't. Find the right present !

ann england on November 12, 2017:

When buying gifts we don't know where the shoe box is going(what country) what if they don't speak English how will the read a book,directions etc.

Loretta on November 06, 2017:

I have a sister who's turning nine soon and I'm trying to find her the best gift I can she loves cheer, and gymnastics much like me but I absolutely love contortion and gymnastics hopefully I'm starting this month.and I have one sport like thing that you forgot it's cheer

hi on November 01, 2017:

hi do you have a ten year old one for girls.

Hi on August 22, 2017:

My sis plays with shopkins those small little toys and she's turning 9

Allie Isrealy sharp on March 31, 2017:

I disagree I think that nine is perfect for a iPod touch!

Savannah on June 12, 2015:


mickey99 on February 24, 2015:

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.

Courtney Rhodes on January 22, 2015:

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!

Daniela Calderon on December 03, 2014:

U cool

Lauren Morano on October 08, 2014:

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!

Nancy on August 03, 2014:

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).

Ally love's Mattyb!! on February 17, 2014:

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!

samantha on November 21, 2013:

I was looking for ideas for my kid

GordT on January 17, 2013:

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) on November 27, 2012:

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.

Jab on July 20, 2012:

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.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on March 03, 2012:

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

CassyLu1981 from Spring Lake, NC on March 03, 2012:

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!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 29, 2011:

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

GeoffK on November 29, 2011:

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".

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 22, 2011:

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

Roberta Kyle from Central New Jersey on November 22, 2011:

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

jasmine gray on November 12, 2011:

hahaha so cute

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on October 20, 2011:

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

Fierce Manson from Atlanta on October 20, 2011:

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.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on October 20, 2011:

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

Anastasia Kingsley from Croatia, Europe on October 20, 2011:

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.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on October 18, 2011:

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

twoseven from Madison, Wisconsin on October 18, 2011:

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!

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on October 14, 2011:

Hi Prasetio,

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

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 14, 2011:

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...


Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on October 14, 2011:

Hi Angin,

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

anglnwu on October 13, 2011:

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.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on October 12, 2011:

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

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on October 12, 2011:

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.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on October 12, 2011:

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

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on October 12, 2011:

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.

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on October 12, 2011:

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

Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on October 12, 2011:

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

Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on October 12, 2011:

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!

Cloverleaf from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 12, 2011:

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


Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on October 12, 2011:

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

princesswithapen on October 12, 2011:

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!


Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on October 11, 2011:

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

blog8withJ on October 11, 2011:

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

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