When brainstorming gifts for 12-year-old girls, the struggle is real. While they are not quite ready for young adult gifts, tweens are also outgrowing the little girl stuff. One thing is for sure: they’re into what’s cool or trending. It’s all about fitting in with their friends.
Whether they’re into art, tech, sports, or fashion, this list will help you find the chicest, most magical (think: unicorns) and teen or tween-approved gift ideas for the hard-to-please girl in your life.
Even the pickiest daughter, niece, cousin, or goddaughter out there is bound to fall in love with these cool gift ideas. You may even want to keep them for yourself.
We have gifts in every price range, from under $10 to extravagant gifts, so you can find a gift to fit your budget. Let’s dive right in!
1. Portable Movie Theater
This projector is only 3″ in size, but it displays a 12-foot image on the wall. Enjoy movie night with friends at your house. This cool mini theater by CINEMOOD allows you to access YouTube, Amazon Prime, and Netflix.
2. Burrito Blanket
Do you know what’s better than a blanket? An incredibly soft and skin-friendly burrito blanket!
Your tween girl can snuggle into this throw blanket while Netflixing and chilling on the sofa and use it while traveling, camping, or for sleepovers.
3. Echo Dot
This 5th-Generation Echo Dot is a big upgrade in both audio and design. It will let her get answers to kid-friendly questions, listen to music and stories, set alarms, check the weather, and make calls to her friends hands-free.
4. Galaxy Lamp
This is a magical light for kids. With the remote control, you can turn it on/off the lamp, adjust the brightness and change bright colors easily. The most special thing about this night light is its many stars made of fiber optic cable. When turning on this lamp, you will see a lot of twinkling stars around the moon, making your bedroom more like a starry sky at night. It's a cool gift! This moon lamp can be used as decorative lights at birthday parties.
5. Metal Marquee Letter
This might be one of the most unique gift ideas for a 12-year-old I have ever seen! The cordless lighted marquee letter is a unique metal wall or tabletop décor. Use it to spell out a message or add initials to your tween’s room décor.
6. Leather Backpack
You’ll never go wrong with leather. Let your girl carry her tablet, school supplies, makeup, keys, wallets, and more in this stylish and bold bowknot leather backpack.
The backpack is spacious and well-partitioned to allow her to store her items separately.
Diaries never get old. You may not know it, but your daughter has a journal tucked between her pillows. Let her write about her day, draw stuff, make lists, and express herself.
Feeling like getting something extra? Pair this mom-daughter journal with a cute fruity-scented pen set, too.
Basically, everyone can appreciate a new comfy hoodie, so why not get her this long sleeve one in a pretty shade of her choice?
It will keep her warm and cozy in a cold environment and give her that Ariana Grande vibe. The prints don’t fade.
9. Unicorn Gifts
What’s more magical to kids than unicorns? Nothing! No matter how fictional and mythical they are, unicorns are huge favorites of so many young girls.
This package is a great addition to her collection if she's a unicorn collector.
10. Funny T-Shirt
Plain white tee? No thanks. I bet you’ll not get an eye roll or an “eww, mom/dad, gross” reaction with this funny t-shirt. It uses a soft, stretchy, and breathable fabric to provide exceptional comfort and durability.
11. Card Game
Surprise your soon-to-be teenager with this card game. It’s a great way to encourage her focus and imagination. She will enjoy playing this fun card game with her friends or classmates. This game made my list of top birthday gifts for 12-year-old girls in 2022.
If the preteen on your hands is a big reader, inspire her with a good book. Tweens are filled with disappointments, confusion, transition, and anticipation.
This Amazon bestselling guide will help get them from where they are now to where they want to be in the future.
13. Journaling Set
Girls just want to have fun. This DIY journaling set will encourage your tween daughter to step away from the TV and do something constructive.
The 70-sheet spiral journal will let her document all her thoughts, expressions, and memories. Considering how cute the set is, it’s actually pretty affordable!
Gone are the days when young girls could only receive dolls as presents. Show your daughter you appreciate her by gifting her with this complete cookbook for young chefs.
The cookbook features step-by-step photos of tips and techniques. Family cookouts will never be the same.
15. Athletic Pants
Who said athletic wear has to be boring? These athletic pants are a must-have if you have a little Simone Biles in your household. (No shame if you want to snag a pair for yourself, too.)
16. Heart Necklace
She will be thrilled to receive one of these. This tiny gold initial heart necklace could be a gentle reminder of her connection to you.
When she’s feeling down, the necklace could remind her of how awesome she is and that she’s loved.
Bedtime is more fun when pajamas are this cute. Sleepovers are a rite of passage that every girl should experience during their preteen years.
This cartoon print tee and shorts pajama set are available in various colors.
18. How To Draw Cool Stuff
Do you want to be the favorite parent to your middle school girl? Surprise your princess with this cute drawing guide. Designed for simplicity, the step-by-step illustrations will make anything easy to draw.
19. Temporary Hair Chalk Color
You won’t have to worry about anything being permanent, as the hues come out with a simple hair wash. The hair chalk pens make great face paints too.
She will love this set of 10 temporary hair chalks. Each pen lasts for 80 applications!
20. STEM Game
Not all teenage girls love frilly things. Give your little scientist a good reason to stay indoors. A new take on the traditional Marble Go, Gravity Maze provides a fun way to challenge your mind and build technology, engineering, and math skills.
With 60 beginners through expert challenges that get harder as you play, it's great for kids of all ages who need mental stimulation.
21. Rose Gold Earrings
Earrings complete any outfit, and your teenage girl needs a pair. These cute and dainty rose gold plated earrings will look great on your mini fashionista.
They’re not just adorable, they can be gifted on any occasion.
22. Jewelry Box
Does she own so many pieces of jewelry and accessories? This faux leather jewelry box organizer is a timeless and ever-popular choice for tween girls.
She can store all the shiny possessions she’s got in her bedroom in one place and lock up the box.
If you want a Christmas treat, a holiday gift, or a birthday surprise, you’ll score bonus points with these rope bracelets. It’s a priceless gift idea that your little angel can add to her accessories collections. She can wear it as a standalone piece or layer it on the bracelet for a contemporary look.
Teems love T-shirts, especially if such t-shirts have a graphic representation of their emotions. This short sleeve crop top T-shirt is available in multiple color combinations and is perfect for summer.
Working on a low budget? Don’t worry. A pair of socks is an all-time gift favorite. They’re practical and useful to the receiver.
She’ll need ankle socks to complement casual and workout shoes alike.
26. Yoga Pants
We’re almost through with gifts for 12-year-old girls. They’re never too young to enjoy self-care. Make exercising something she can look forward to in these yoga pants.
27. Inspirational Bracelet
This personalized, highly polished bracelet will remind your teen of the inspiration she needs. Since it’s made of stainless steel, it will never rust, fade or tarnish. The rounded edges avoid wrist scratches.
28. Art Set
Let your girl express her creativity with this 142-piece art set. It’s the perfect gift for the crafty preteen girl who loves to draw, doodle or paint.
To help her easily organize her supplies, the set comes in a deluxe wooden carrying case with a drawer.
29. Charm Necklace
Why not gift her this custom-made sterling silver charm necklace to boost her spirit? It will totally elevate any of her outfit choices.
30. Rocketbook Reusable Notebook
Don't waste paper with this reusable notebook that allows you to erase each page with a damp cloth. Everything that you write is saved to the cloud.
At their age, they like being fancy, and these premium velvet hair Scrunchies will undeniably become an immediate fashion statement.
They are the perfect way to spice up a boring ponytail. The different colors can go with any clothing and occasion.
32. Hoverboard With Bluetooth Speakers
This hoverboard has ultra-bright LED headlights for safety and Bluetooth speakers for fun. Kids will enjoy listening to their favorite toons as they glide on this cool board.
33. String Lights
Dress up your world with a strip of Led lights! The Tenmiro LED lights create an unbelievably exciting atmosphere that will fill your room with light and color. For ease of use, all you need is easy to connect plug & play installation!!
Enjoy the shiny facets of any setting allowing for unlimited customization; adjust the brightness and change color or lighting mode with power keys on the remote. Really want to have fun? Connect multiple lighting strips together for a synchronized shine! String lights are a great gift idea for girls and boys.
34. Instant Camera
Make every moment the perfect selfie memory with this Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Camera. Blush pink, credit card size, and easy to use for all ages. It comes complete with a camera, batteries, films (10 in total), and an album to put your pictures in right out of the box for all occasions; Capture and share memories instantly! A camera is one of the best gift ideas for a teen or pre-teen girl.
35. Charm Bracelet
This sterling silver snake chain bracelet with a heart clasp is perfect for any occasion. The bracelet is available in various sizes, so you can find the perfect fit for your loved one. The bracelet is made of high-quality sterling silver and comes with a beautiful gift box, making it the perfect present for any occasion.