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5 Top Gifts Ideas for Pre-Teen or Tween Girls

Following up from my previous post Unique Coming of Age Gift Ideas For Daughters I thought I would write another post that covered pre-tweens and tweens.

Pre-teen (or tween) girls can be very difficult to buy gifts for.  They are still children but like to think that they are adults and make a point of making sure we are fully aware of their so called adulthood!  Of course this puts parents in a difficult situation.  Obviously, they want their daughter to be pleased with her gift but they don’t want to buy something that is inappropriate.

Here are 5 Top Gifts Ideas for Pre-Teen or Tween Girls

Age appropriate makeup

Some girls are not remotely interested in makeup but most will have started to show some interest in it by the time they reach high school.  Of course mine already love it at the ages of 7 & 8 so I plan to start getting make up tips from them in a few years lol!  It is nice for them to have some makeup of their own so they do not keep borrowing / stealing mine.  This gives them a chance to experiment with how to apply make up correctly. Many young girls / tweens love to watch YouTube videos that show them how to do that.  Start off with a neutral shade of lip gloss, a little highlighter and a touch of mascara.

3d Pen

This is something both boys and girls would love, it’s pretty cool I must say.  3D pens are suitable for children of around 12 years and above due to the hand eye co-ordination required. With one of these the can create very impressive projects and hone their design and technology skills before they get to high school.

A mobile phone

This can be a very contentious issue but most girls will want a mobile phone before they reach high school.  Mine have been asking for the last 2 years as some of their friends supposedly have them already.  I have told them that when they are a little older they can have one as their safety is a priority for me – I am a major safety freak!!!.  As they become tweens they are becoming more independent are walking around on their own.  If they have a mobile phone you can check in with them when you need to. Unfortunately, if they are anything like my second daughter they will lose their phones on a regular basis and so sim only deals are the best option.  Reconditioned or cheaper model handset are a great idea and can be upgrade when they are a little older.

Experiences as a Gift

Sometimes an experience is more valuable than a physical gift. Trips to theme parks are always popular or you could try something more adventurous such as indoor skydiving or skiing.  An increasingly popular option are ‘Escape Rooms’ where you have to work with a team to get out of a room in a certain period of time using a series of clues.

Clothes, Shoes & Bags

Many girls are changing their taste in clothes at this time so they will have a list of new items that they would love to have.  The problem is that this phase of experimentation can prove expensive.  If they want some designer items, it may be best to purchase nearly new versions from apps such as Depop whilst they decide on their true style.


This is the age when they discover music so you have several years of deafening tunes ahead of you!  Most teens store their music collection on their phones so why not get them a mini speaker.  They can use it in your house and take it with them into the garden, the park or to a friend’s house!

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What gift(s) would you by for a pre-tween / tween?

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This Post Has 35 Comments

  1. Absolutely agree that this age group can be one of the hardest to buy for. The inbetween age, the age that you don’t want to get it wrong. Wise ideas you have. I often found things like lip gloss were ideal for my girls, not full on make up, but something to feel a little more grown up with. In fact I remember lip gloss being the first kind of cosmetic I was allowed too, cherry flavour. I like the idea of the experience gifts, I’ve looked in to these before. Sometimes they are a little restrictive with age brackets, but there are some great ideas that do work.

  2. I liked the ‘Age appropriate Makeup’ i feel the Lip gloss is a great idea Younger ones like make up & i feel lip gloss is a great starting point and the colours are just right.

  3. I love compact make up kits as a great idea to gift girls in teens. They love it since that age is all about dressing up!

  4. Love your idea’s for tweens especially when my Daughter is 14. Talking about mini speakers I actually got one for my daughter and she always has her’s on and they are really loud! lol Best thing about them you just charge it up by plugging it into your comp or if it comes with a plug charge it that way . Talking about make up , My daughter has a better collection than me and she puts it on her face much better than what I do mine lol

  5. 3D pens sound like great fun! I’ve not seen those before.

    1. They are really good aren’t they. I’m sure my little ones would love one from now.

  6. Some fantastic ideas, the 3d pen looks fun, and music and make up is always a hit with my nieces who are teens xx

    1. Glad you liked the suggestions. The pen is fantastic isn’t it 😉

  7. Music + Make-up is always goes down well.

    1. They sure do. But when buying we need to also remember to take into consideration the persons taste.

  8. very interesting post share. love it.

  9. I think when I was about 10-13, I used to get “smellies”, shower gels and soaps and bath bombs etc. I’m sure any girl that age would love a Lush gift card to go and chose their own (back 20 years we had bath pearls at Body Shop, and you could buy one single bath pearl for like 20p!) 🙂 x

  10. These are great gift ideas! I have two cousins around this age so would be good tips for their birthday. Thanks for sharing 👍🏼

  11. lip gloss is a great idea. My daughter is a tween and loves lip gloss. I’m not ready to give my child a mobile but she does have an ipod.

    1. Ha, lip gloss is one of those things we all like from ages 5 to 105 🙂

  12. My tween only wants money so she can buy her own stuff which makes it nice and easy!

    1. That can make life easier provided you approve of what they want to buy.

  13. Great suggestions – I have two daughters aged 17 and 20 and they would have loved all these as pre-teens. Kaz x

    1. I think most would love them at any age 😉

  14. I got my first phone when I was 12 but was constantly grounded so I didn’t get one regularly until I was 15/16. I agree that sim only is a good idea x

    1. It can be important to have a sim only to avoid excessive costs that’s for sure.

  15. These are fantastic ideas! I love the sound of giving experiences as gifts!

  16. These are all great ideas, especally that 3-D pen! I can be a hard age to buy gifts for but I think these are universally appealing!

    1. They are a great idea I think and look like so much fun!!!

  17. My daughter’s birthday is coming up so will definitely be stealing one of these ideas. She is very tricky to buy for x

    1. Aaahhhh happy birthday to her. I hope she has a lovely day 😉

  18. These are all great gift ideas, I’m mentally remembering some for nearer Xmas and birthday times. Tweens and early teens are so difficult to buy for, I dread when my daughter comes home to tell me it’s one of her friends birthdays.

    1. They can be hard to buy for I know. It helps when you have an idea of what they like.

  19. Great ideas, thank you! It can be so hard to keep up with what kids are interested in at that age.

  20. I believe experiences are the most memorable. Once on my birthday, my aunt asked me if I wanted a present or an afternoon tea get together with family and I opted for the latter. Still have those memories fresh in my mind. This is a great list but I will definitely opt for a gift voucher for an experience, when giving to a teen.

    1. They can really be wonderful for making great memories and photos taken make keepsake that can be treasured.

  21. I think Lip Glosses always go down well. 🙂 Also Nail Varnish. As a teen I collected freaky gothic dolls and figures though and wasnt really into makeup myself haha

  22. Totally agree with all of these! I think ‘age appropriate’ is a concept lost on most parents where makeup is concerned round here. The amount of my 13 year old daughter’s who look older than their mums is unreal. They wear full makeup to school, don’t have a hair out of place, and definitely think they’re a lot older than they are. I’m glad Stacey just wears a bit of lip gloss and concealer!

    Louise x

  23. Some lovely ideas here, I really love the idea of experiences as gifts – they’re the presents they’re going to remember in years to come, aren’t they!? 🙂

  24. My daughter loves make up too. Agree with gift experiences. That’s always a great gift

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