20 Tween Girl Gifts For Under $20

Tween Gift Holiday Guide

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Being a mom to two girls, one who at 11 1/2 is a full-fledged middle schooler, I know a thing or 20 about tween girl gifts. Now I may know nothing about what makes a tween girl’s brain tick, but hey I do know shopping.

If you have a middle school age girl on your shopping list this holiday season (or even need to pick up a birthday gift), here are some fun and reasonably priced gift ideas that will only set you back $20 or less.


RingStix is a fun new game that kids can play alone or against each other (two players.) We were actually sent the RingStix Lite set in the fall and my 8-year-old daughter was entertained at the soccer fields during her sister’s tournament. Although this list is all about the girls, RingStix would be a hit with boys, too.

Beanie Boo’s

If your tween is still into stuffed animals, Beanie Boo’s by Ty are super adorable. I love these little guys!

Penguin Beanie Boo


Twister is one of those universally classic games that never gets old. I’ve seen kids ages 7 to 13 love playing Twister!

Eye Mask

Pottery Barn Teen has some awesome eye masks. A girl needs her girl power sleep! Love these whimsical, colorful eye masks...

 pb teen eye mask

and these faux furry ones are too fun.

Lava Lamp

Every groovy girl needs a lava lamp in her bedroom!

Lip Balm

A girl can never have too much lip balm. I love this cool EOS lip balm gift set in festive flavors.

eos lip balmFun Scarf

My 11-year-old loves fun scarves. This one from P.S. Aeropostale has just a little bling to make it stand out. And the LOL scarf from Old Navy is totally fun.

Tween Scarf

Old Navy Scarf

Rockin’ Headphones

A girl loves her tunes and these awesome fun headphones from P.S. Aeropostale are perfect for rocking, or chilling, out.

polka dot earmuff headphonesTicket Stub Diary

Tween girls love going to concerts, sporting events, and other fun outings. This Ticket Stub Diary from Uncommon Goods is a cool way to hold on to mementos documenting those first Taylor Swift and One Direction concerts and more.

Ticket Stub Diary

Winter Olympics Swag

My girls are pumped about the upcoming winter Olympics in 2014. Love this warm and sporty beanie from P.S. Aeoropostale.

Winter Olympics HatMad Libs

Here’s a great slumber party edition of one of my childhood faves, Mad Libs. Tween girls are always up for a sleepover, even if mom can’t hang. (Cough…)

Gift Card

I know, I know, it may be generic but tween girls love receiving gift cards. Try one for their local movie theatre (pair it with movie theatre candy from a dollar store or Walgreens), favorite frozen yogurt or ice cream spot, or favorite shopping destination, such as TJ Maxx, Target, Michaels, Amazon, or Claires.


Every girl needs a special place to record her hopes and dreams. This Peanuts journal from Dayspring makes me smile and it features some inspirational Bible verses. For older tweens (and teens), I am digging this Chill & Spill Journal featured on Uncommon Goods.

Peanuts Journal Dayspring

Duct Tape Fun

For creative tween girls, duct tape crafts are hot. I love this Fashion Angels tape set.

Duct Tape Caddy

School Locker Cool

Justice has an entire online section devoted to locker accessories. Tween girls love to personalize everything, even their school locker!

Mustache Mania

Mustsache theme graphics are all the rage. Techy and trendy, this mustache tech wristlet from Justice will hold your daughter’s iPhone with style.

Mustache WristletBright accessories

Harkening back to my teen years in the 80s, neon and bright color accessories are big with tweens. I love this double wrap silicone watch from Children’s Place.


A new DVD release is always a great gift idea. Both my girls have Despicable Me 2 on their wish list this Christmas.


We just saw Catching Fire and the Hunger Games Trilogy by author Suzanne Collins is hot right now, but I’d recommend it for girls 11 and up. My daughters also love all of the American Girl books that give helpful tips and advice on all things girl, from making friends to peer pressure.

The Feelings Book American Girl

Makeup bag

Most tweens are already into makeup, from lip gloss to nail polish, and they love containers, bags, and other organizing goodies for their room. I love this fun peace sign theme cosmetic bag from Etsy.

Makeup Bag Tween


 Do you have tween girls on your holiday shopping list?


  1. lauren says:

    Those Beenie Boos are adorable1 My daughter would like that even though she’s a lot younger. Love this list- will tweet it too!

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