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 to test out and my younger 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 and Funko Pop Vinyls

If your tween is still into stuffed animals, Beanie Boo’s by Ty are super adorable and the latest 2016 rendition are Teeny Tys! I love these little guys! Another big collectible for 2015 for kids are FunKo pop vinyl figurines and Amazon has a ton for less than $10. I’m sure the Snoopy figurine is going to sell out quickly now that the Peanuts movie has hit theatres. The entire gang is available, including Lucy.

Snoopy Woodstock FunKo Pops


Twister is one of those universally classic games that never gets old. I’ve seen kids ages 7 to 13 love playing Twister! There are also new variations to the classic game, such as Twister Moves Hip Hop Shots and Twister Hoopla.

Eye Mask

A girl needs her girl power sleep! Love these whimsical, colorful eye masks…and Amazon has very cute eye masks as well. If you need a cute tween gift basket idea, pair these with other fun tween centric items like sleepover games, a plush throw, popcorn, fun hair chalk and nail polish.

 pb teen eye mask

Woven Bracelets from KEEP Collective

Friendship bracelets all grown up! Reversible so you double the looks. These look fab stacked with other bracelets. Add a charm for $7 and you have a wonderful git.

Boodle Box

Boodle Box is a fabulous new to me monthly subscription service for girls. We recently reviewed the Thanksgiving box and it was filled with great goodies, such as a wishbone necklace and leg warmers. It’s $19.99 per month for a year (free shipping!)

Lip Balm

A girl can never have too much lip balm. I love this cool EOS  limited edition lip balm gift set and Lip Smackers are a classic. I also love this DIY make your own lip balm set.

Fun Scarf

My girls love fun scarves. Amazon also fun scarves that make a statement, such as this cute owl scarf. I also love these animal theme scarf, hat and mitten sets!

cute tween scarf

Rockin’ Headphones

A girl loves her tunes and these floral headphones (featured in Teen Vogue) are perfect for rocking, or chilling, out.


Ticket 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

Selfie Sticks

At my 13-year-old’s birthday party these were a HUGE hit! Selfie sticks also come in a variety of colors, such as pink. While you’re at it, order a fun photo booth props set, perfect for your tween’s next sleepover or party.

Mad 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, no matter if she is 8 or 80, 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 LOVING this Q&A a Day three-year journal. I may have to order this for my girls. What a cool gift! I also love the Moleskin line featuring Peanuts (which will be hot this year with the new 2015 movie release.)

tween journal

Peanuts Journal

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

Amazon has an entire online section devoted to locker accessories from brand Locker Lookz. Tween girls love to personalize everything, even their school locker! This cute locker chandelier is on sale for less than $20 (and was nearly $50.)

middle school locker chandelier

Mustache Mania

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

mustache wristlet

Boho and California chic

The free spirited boho chic look is really in now for tweens and teens. I love these leg warmers! This California surfer inspired outfit from Billabong is super cute and I love the fur-trimmed hoodie. It’s more than $20 but oh so cute.

boho hoodie

Movies and Music

A new DVD release is always a great gift idea. My younger daughter has Inside Out on her wish list this Christmas. The Disney classic Aladdin has also been rereleased for a limited time so it’s a perfect time to add it to our gift ideas list. Another fave of ours from 2015 is Cinderella. A classic that never goes out of style is the Peanuts Holiday Collection of DVDs, the trio that we all recall from our own childhood!

Need music ideas? An iTunes gift card is always great and One Direction just released their new CD as did Justin Bieber. Selena Gomez is also a big hit at our house, as is Ariana Grande.

Inside Out DVD

one direction new CD


Catching Fire and the Hunger Games Trilogy by author Suzanne Collins are still hot, but I’d recommend them 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. My younger daughter read Wonder in 4th grade and proclaimed it as one of her all-time favorites and my 8th grader loved Paper Towns. This Rad American Women in History book is a great nonfiction book to add to the list.


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 kitty case! And if your tween or teen is into British pop culture, they will love this Keep Calm makeup bag, which could also be used as a small clutch for their iPhone, lip gloss, etc.

tween makeup kitty case

keep calm bag


 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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