Best Gifts for a 12 Year Old Girl

If you are looking some great ideas for gifts for a 12 year old girl (daughter, friend, sister…) you will find it here! Even if you are 12 and are looking for some inspirations and ideas on what to put on your wish list I bet you’ll find quite a few things here?

If you need something for an older girl also check this list of gifts for 13 year old girls!


Best Gifts for a 12 Year Old Girl

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12 year old girls can be quite challenging to shop for as this age is somewhat “caught in the middle”. While some might still enjoy some of the toys others will frown upon the idea of being given a toy.

What gifts does a 12 year old girl want?

Well the best way to find that out is to simply ask her what she wants. This might save you a lot of trouble and you’ll be able to get that one perfect gift.

Naturally chances are she’ll say she doesn’t know or will want something that is totally out of your desired price range.

Now if you can’t ask or didn’t get a clear answer this list will help you out.

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Money or Gift Cards

Yep! That’s it. Money and gift cards can be far from personal but they do the trick most of the time.

By giving either of those you’ll allow the girl to get whatever she wants for herself.

Good choices for gift cards are

  • iTunes Gift Card
  • Amazon Gift Card
  • gift card to their favorite clothes stores
  • if you are a friend buying a gift for a friend a plush toy is kind of a evergreen pick

What’s great about giving one of these two gifts is that they go well with all types of teens – if she’s geeky, sporty, tomboy, diva, girly girl, fashionable, into music or anything really as she’ll be able to put that money forward to buy something she really, really likes!

Now the amount? We leave that one to you!

Most Asked For Gifts for a 12 Year Old Girl

Clothes and Shoes

They love getting clothes but thread carefully, the chances of you getting something she will really, really like are way slimmer than getting something she’ll hate (and will have to pretend to like and then never wear).

If you’re in tune with her style, than by all means do buy her clothes, (everybody needs them) if not it’s best to go with a gift card for one of her favorite stores with clothes.

Jewelry and acessories

Most girls wear jewlerry of some sorts, be it an adorable charm bracelet or a netted wrist band.

Scarf, handbags, pins… All of these make fun gifts just be in tune with her style.

Body care products, perfume, make up, hair products…

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This is another fairly safe idea to give as gifts for a 12 year old girl.
Make Up (if parents allow) and if she wears it

  • nail polishes
  • lip balm, lip gloss

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Body care products

  • Hand cream
  • Body lotions
  • Spa gift basket
  • skin care and acne care products as sadly these can be in ful swing at this age


  • a scent that’s not too intense should do the trick

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Electronics, Gadgets and Accessories

Yes, you guessed it these are all a huge hit with tweens – most of their friends in this age group already have phones and other gadgets so this is somethng you could consider.

Here are some of the ideas depending on “relations” with the girl

Parents and step parents:

  • smart watch
  • tablet – iPad, Kindle Fire,…
  • laptop
  • phone
  • all other gifts listed bellow

Grandparents and other family members:

  • high-end headphones as music is more and more important to them
  • digital camera or if they have a good smartphone attachable lens for photography
  • all other suggestions bellow

Friends, boyfriends:

  • a cute case for their phone, tablet,…
  • fun low-end headphones
  • iTunes card ($10, $20…) so they can pack their device with awesome music

Simple and Awesome Gifts 12 Year old Girls will love!

Simple and Awesome Gifts-Ideas for 12 Year old Girls

1. Happy Jackson Queen of Awesomeness Mug

2. Giraffe Bookend

3. Gummy Candy Maker

4. Awesome Post it Sticky Notes

A good book if she likes to read

Books make wonderful gifts, especially if the person likes to read!

As a reference here are some of the books that are currently trending among tween

      • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
      • Percy Jackson and The Olympians Rick Riordan and John Rocco 
      • Paper Towns by John Green

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For the movie loving girl

  • DVD’s (or blu-ay)
  • tickets to the movie the whole family can see (or let them go with their friends)
  • movie memorabilia – posters from the movies that are currently in, themed jewellery, room decor, books….


Something for 12 year olds who love music

Every year music is more and more important to them – by now they pretty much know what the love (nowadays One Direction seems to be the it band – this not meaning every tween will be happy to receive something that has to do with that band).

  • you can always play it safe and get them an iTunes card so the’ll be able to grab the music they love
  • new headphones will do great
  • music memorabilia – if you know they are crazy about one band or a singer why not get them a book, bracelet or anything else to do with that band – get an autograph and you’re golden
  • does she love to sing? Why not get her singing lessons to perfect her talent
  • or maybe a guitar (or any other instrument) lesson – all of these are wonderful gifts for a 12 year old girl

For the Creative Mind

Encourage their creativity, you can get them all kinds of art and craft supplies.

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For the Sport Loving Teen

If you are looking for gifts for a 12 year old girl who loves sports here are some of the ideas she might appreciate;

      • a brand new ball
      • a set of trendy sporty clothes
      • new trainers
      • ticket to see a game
      • sports memorabilia – a signed ball, card…
      • trainers
      • cool looking water bottle to keep them hydrated

For the Environmentalist 

Eco friendly gifts are great for so many reasons and she will really, really appreciate one. You can get recycled clothes and all kinds of other cool things made from recycled materials. If you have a fair trade shop in your town you’ll find a whole lot of awesome gifts there too.

Gift Ideas for a Video Game Enthusiast 

Video games are “in”! Geeky is the new cool these days and I was always a fan of video games. You can get her some of the latest titles you’ve probably heard her talking about and with video games becoming super popular you can now easily get game memorabilia too. How does a plush of her favorite game character sound? Fun right!

Is she asking for a gaming console? It’s a great gift. If not that you can always go with a popular game title!

A few geeky picks and stuff for “tomboys”

I just have to put it out there (again) – I really, really dislike the word “tomboy”, they should totally come up with a better word to describe the coolnes factor it comes with ha.

Kicking it off with a geeky suggestion – like how cool is this mug?


Legendary Hero Mug

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  • accessories that go well with her style, if she’s geeky and loves all things superheroes why not get her some superhero stockings
  • a cool watch
  • if she’s into sports a t-shirt of her favorite team will go a long way, a hoodie is also awesome
  • remote controlled helicopter or drone

Classes! Let them learn a life skill – these make great gifts for a 12 year old girl!

      • music lessons
      • cooking class
      • horseback riding, skiing lessons
      • a trip and a stay (with adult supervision) to another city or even country.
      • art classes

Something for Her Room

      • furniture – bean bag chairs are great
      • new bedding
      • wall art
      • doorbell (got to smile at this one but I think it’s awesome)
      • a new lamp

There! Hope you enjoyed this list of gifts for a 12 year old girl and you found something you will be buying or putting in your wishlist!

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9 thoughts on “Best Gifts for a 12 Year Old Girl”

    • I know I love the cup. I want to make one for my sister she is turning 12 tomorrow so I’m in a hurry. I love this website!!! If you guys have any ideas for my sister that would be great. Thanks.

  1. I’m 12 year old and i didn’t like these first but when i got on the personalities side i’m happy that you did put there for 12 y/olds who like games and tomboys bc i’m one and it’s pretty hard to find someting cool for us. 🙂 You should propably add a colouring pillow there too, that would be cool.

  2. Im nearly 12 and I found this a little helpful, but didn’t like these ideas much… I really need more Ideas that are cheap but cool because mum mum has a £50 limit! But thanks anyway 😊

  3. i need something for my daughters christmas gift ideas please good ideas all welcome please she is 11 even though it is christmas i need christmas gift ideas for her. ALL IDEAS WELCOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. i would like my friends to buy me makeup….
    only they dont know i wear it, and i cant tell them because at my school i have an rep for anti girlness.

    • Hi Aria,
      Wearing makeup doesnt make you girly at all. Just be honest ro your friends and tell them how you feel. I mean, its not a bad idea.

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