The Only Tween Girl Gift Guide You Need!

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Alright, here we go: The Tween Girl Gift Guide

This is a funny one for me – because I continuously hear how difficult it is to shop for tweens – but I feel like I really got this one in the bag.

Maybe it’s because I taught middle school for 9 years, or because I have 12 nieces, many of which are in the tween years. Could be because I am also a little immature and still think all of these things are adorable. Probably a combination of all these things.

That being said, I am putting together this gift guide with gifts I have bought for the lovely tweens in my life.

Now, if the tween is your child – remember that adding technology to any of this will be a sure win. I didn’t add technology since this gift guide is geared towards the more affordable gift ideas.

When I first wrote this post, I started with these 8 ideas:

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But since then, I decided to create the ultimate gift for the tween girl – because I couldn’t find anything like it already on the market.

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1. The Empowerment Book for Tween Girls

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After looking all over for something like this, I couldn’t find it. So, I created it. Since I was a middle-school English teacher for years before going into freelance writing, I busted out some of my all-time best writing prompts and combined it with powerful, inspiring quotes and fun coloring pages.

If you check it out on Amazon, you can look inside and see some of the pages, but here’s what is included:

  • 25 Coloring Pages with inspiring quotes like, “You CAN Do Hard Things” and empowering quotes by leaders like Amelia Earhart, Michelle Obama and many more.
  • 25 Journal Pages with guided prompts to encourage teens to self-reflect, make plans, work through tough experiences and laugh.
  • 5 Doodle Pages with design inspiration to encourage creativity and artistry.

It’s a jungle out there. Give your favorite girls the gift of a safe space to be built up and share their feelings.

Read more about this book in the full book review post here. 

2. Tucker & Tate Striped Top

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A few things make this one a win: soft, striped, not too babyish, Tucker & Tate. I think Tucker & Tate is one of the cutest kid and tween lines to emerge in recent years. My kids are younger, but I absolutely love their younger clothes, too. They’ve done a fantastic job of merging kid-friendly, parent-approved styles.

When they go on sale, it’s really just an “add to cart” kind of day. I bought this for my fashion-forward tween niece and I know she is going to rock it.

You can find more of their lines for toddler girls here.

Find more of their tween girl items here.

3. Justice Backpacks

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If you haven’t discovered Justice, now is your time. With sizes from 6x up to teen sizes, including plus sizes, you will be just as enamored as the kid in your life with the bright, fun,  high quality, trendy looks they offer.

Every girl, tween, you name it, loves this store and you could pretty much walk in and buy anything and the girl-child in your life would be delighted.

Girls at this age are particularly interested in fun details and monogrammed things.

There are lots of options for adorable backpacks, makeup bags and accessories, all on sale for incredible prices.

Go straight to the holiday shop for even more great tween ideas.

4. Justice Initial Necklace

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Girls at this age are also starting to accessorize.

I bought some similar necklaces like this for my nieces last year and they loved them.

There are so many necklaces that are so cute and affordable – some under $5!

Easily could be added to a shirt for a great gift, or put in the front pocket of the backpack for a fun surprise.

5. Watch Ya’ Mouth Game

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A fun game she can play with friends or that you can play as a family is a great way to get them off the tablet and interacting in the present.

I bought this for one of my other nieces this Christmas and I can’t wait to see the funny pics and videos of them playing.

Less than $20 – you just can’t go wrong. 

6. Converse Glitter Low Top Sneaker

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What girl doesn’t love shoes? At this age, Converse, Vans, Uggs, and more are where it’s at.

With these a fun take on the popular Converse in a festive color AND on sale – it’s time to buy.

I got these for my niece to go with the Tucker & Tate top and beanie.

What an outfit!

7. Spa Creations by Cra-Z-Art

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I love giving art kits to kids, for a couple reasons.

First, allowing them to explore their creativity is very therapeutic and often really takes their attention off other things in their life (stress, technology, hormones, etc.).

Second, even if they have done it before, they will appreciate having more art supplies.

So, for the kid you may not super well  – this is just an easy gift.

There are so many great art kits for the tween you can find here.  

8. Leopard Print Pom-Pom Beaniegifts for tween girls

If you haven’t noticed, the pom-pom beanie is all the rage this year.

They’re so cute, even my own non-tween kids love them.

Beanies are super affordable and make a great gift all by themselves.

Or, pair them with another small gift for a really fun combo gift that is still affordable.

Here are a few more on Amazon:




There you have it! 8 great ideas for the girly Tween in your life!

If some of these aren’t a fit, maybe they’ll lead you to find what is.

Remember that the tween is just an in-betweener. They’re still very much emotionally a child, but their body and brain are growing quickly. They are starting to learn who they are, what they like and don’t like, and creating their self-identity.

Giving them unique gifts that will allow them to explore this phase of life will be loved and appreciated.

For the other people on your list, check out my other gift guides:

Do you have great ideas for the tween in your life? Share them below!

Have a fabulous day,




  1. Marla
    December 1, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    This is great! I’m shopping for my nieces straight from this list. I really love your gift guides!

    • Erica
      December 1, 2018 / 6:17 pm

      Yay! So glad you found something your favorite tween will like! I actually think tweens are easier to shop for than teens. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Rachel
    December 3, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    Love this List! Such good ideas for my girls!!

    • Erica
      December 3, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      So glad you found something that you like! I hope they love it and you have a great Christmas!

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