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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.
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.
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.
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 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!)
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.
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.
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, 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.)
Duct Tape Fun
For creative tween girls, duct tape crafts are hot. I love this Fashion Angels tape set.
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.)
Mustsache theme graphics are all the rage. Techy and trendy, this mustache tech wristlet will hold your daughter’s iPhone with style.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Do you have tween girls on your holiday shopping list?