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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.
If your tween is still into stuffed animals, Beanie Boo’s by Ty are super adorable. I love these little guys!
Twister is one of those universally classic games that never gets old. I’ve seen kids ages 7 to 13 love playing Twister!
Pottery Barn Teen has some awesome eye masks. A girl needs her girl power sleep! Love these whimsical, colorful eye masks...
and these faux furry ones are too fun.
Every groovy girl needs a lava lamp in her bedroom!
A girl can never have too much lip balm. I love this cool EOS lip balm gift set in festive flavors.
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.
A girl loves her tunes and these awesome fun headphones from P.S. Aeropostale are perfect for rocking, or chilling, out.
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.
Winter Olympics Swag
My girls are pumped about the upcoming winter Olympics in 2014. Love this warm and sporty beanie from P.S. Aeoropostale.
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…)
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.
Duct Tape Fun
For creative tween girls, duct tape crafts are hot. I love this Fashion Angels tape set.
School Locker Cool
Justice has an entire online section devoted to locker accessories. Tween girls love to personalize everything, even their school locker!
Mustsache theme graphics are all the rage. Techy and trendy, this mustache tech wristlet from Justice will hold your daughter’s iPhone with style.
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.
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.
Do you have tween girls on your holiday shopping list?