Twelve year old girls can often be difficult to shop for. They are at the stage where they are no longer little kids, but not quite teenagers yet. This means, knowing what to get them on special occasions is often an impossible task. Thankfully, we have searched for the best gifts for girls who are 12, and reviewed them here for your convenience.
21 Best Gifts For Girls Aged 12
Here, you will find our picks of over 20 great gifts sure to be loved by any 12 year old. There is a range of choices, from jewelry making kits to makeup and lip gloss – so there is something here to suit all personalities and interests.
Alex Toys DIY Wear Charm bracelets
This charm bracelet kit is an excellent gift for girls who love wearing jewelry and engaging in craft activities. It comes with everything necessary to create two bracelets – perfect for making one for her BFF! There are 5 different colored clays included which can be molded into beads for putting on the bracelet. Eight charms are also included in the kit, including shapes such as a key, a horse and a star. There’s even glitter glue to give the bracelet a sparkly finish.
Creativity for Kids Mermaid Jewelry
This is another great jewelry making kit for girls. It can be used to make four necklaces or bracelets, in a beautiful mermaid theme. There are four different colors of cord, pearl beads and seashell, dolphin and clam-shaped charms. Twelve year olds will be able to complete this project without help, so it’s perfect for friends to share on a play-date or sleepover. This is a fun activity for a birthday party, too. Additional kits can be purchased if there will be more than four kids. Girls will love wearing and showing off their finished pieces!
Enchantmints Monarchs Butterfly Music Jewelry Box
This beautiful musical jewelry box is perfect for storing jewelry and other small treasures. When the box is opened, Isle of Capri plays as the Monarch butterfly spins around. There are little drawers on the sides for storing tiny items, as well as a large main compartment. There is a further drawer at the bottom, so it is easy to keep everything organized with this practical jewelry box. Girls will love having this stunning box on display in their bedroom.
American Ultimate Crafting Super Set
This massive crafting set is great for girls who love all sorts of craft activities. It comes with over 1500 pieces which can be used for jewelry making, crocheting and making greetings cards. The set comes with a design guide filled with ideas to inspire girls to create something amazing. As well as all the materials, this kit also includes every tool needed to get started. Girls will love making gifts for their friends and family, as well as making matching bracelets for themselves and their BFFs!
ALEX Toys DIY Wear Infinity Jewelry
This Infinity jewelry kit is another fantastic activity for girls who love making bracelets. It comes with different colored cords as well as various charms to thread onto them. Making these bracelets doesn’t require any glue or any tools, meaning it is easy for girls to do without help. This is a great birthday present for girls – it would be perfect for using at a party. There are enough materials included to make several bracelets and necklaces, so it is perfect for sharing.
Shany Makeup Palette Gift Set
This large makeup palette is perfect for a young girl who is starting to wear makeup. It includes everything she needs to get started and give herself a full makeover! The kit is well-designed, with each part unfolding from the center. There are also two mirrors built in to the box to make applying the make up easier. There are over 100 shades of eye shadow as well as blushes, powders and brushes for application. Tween girls will have so much fun using this kit at a sleepover or birthday party with their friends. There is plenty for everyone to share and they will love creating fun, new new looks!
Cute Unicorn Bracelet
This adjustable bracelet can fit wrists of just about any size. It comes in a choice of 10 different unicorn-themed designs, some pastel as above and some more bright and boldly colored. This is the perfect gift for a young girl who loves unicorns! It comes nicely presented with a drawstring bag so it is easy to give as a gift. The unicorn bracelet is made from high-quality materials which won’t irritate even sensitive skin.
Engraver Craft kit
This engraving kit is a fun project for older girls who are looking for something a little different. The kit comes with different shaped tags which can be engraved then painted, before baking in the oven to set the design. There are also six chains included, so this is another great kit for using at parties. Additional tags can be bought to get more use from the kit – kids will never get bored of using it! Paints and a paintbrush are also included, so there’s everything you need to get started right away.
Unicorn Pillow with Reversible Sequins
This unicorn pillow case would look great in any 12 year old girl’s bedroom! The sequins can be flipped to reveal a different design, a pink unicorn with its eyes open. The pillow case measures 16 x 16 inches, so be sure to find a cushion to fit inside before giving this as a gift. It’s perfect for redecorating the room, snuggling on the sofa or getting more comfortable in the car. The cushion cover is made from pure cotton, however the sequins mean it should be hand-washed only.
Klutz Mini Bake Shop
This Klutz clay kit can be used to make 12 different mini clay treats! Even better, the clay is air-drying so there’s no need to bake the finished products. There is also a mini cake stand and box for displaying the goodies once they are finished. Twelve year old girls will have so much fun making and decorating these mini cakes. It’s even more fun to share the kit with siblings or friends – perfect for a sleepover party!
String Art Craft Kit
This string art craft kit is a great gift for creative girls. It can be used to make three different canvases, which would look great hanging around the home. This project might look difficult, but it comes with clear instructions. To complete the designs, simply push the pins into the pre-patterned foam base then wrap the strings around the pin heads. This is a great activity to pass away a rainy day. It’s also ideal for girls to share with their friends at birthday parties or playdates.
KLUTZ Create Your Own Mini Erasers Toy
This is another fantastic Klutz craft activity for girls. It comes with eight different colors of clay which can be used to make up to 25 mini erasers. There are instructions to create food, animals, sports and many more designs. Of course, the clay can also be used to make anything your girl wishes! The kit comes with bright and clear instructions, a shaping tool and a pencil to put your very own eraser on top of. There are also paper pieces included to make storage for your erasers – such as a house for the gnomes and a box for the fries. Completing this activity is so much fun, and is also perfect for girls to share and enjoy with friends.
ALEX DIY Knot A Quilt
This Alex DIY kit is used to make a colorful fleece quilt. It doesn’t require any sewing, with the pre-cut squares simply being knotted together. The finished piece will measure 42 x 54 inches, making it the perfect size for snuggling up on the sofa, reading a book or even taking to a sleepover. Some twelve year olds will be able to complete the project without help, but it can be difficult to keep focus alone. So, it’s a great way for parents to spend quality time with their children. Finishing the project can take several hours, however, it’s worth the wait to have a beautiful quilt in the end!
Crayola Art Case
This Crayola Inspiration art case comes filled with a range of drawing supplies to complete projects using a range of mediums. The stylish and convenient case means everything can be stored together safely and also taken on the go. There are nearly 150 pieces in the kit, including crayons, pencils, drawing paper and two different types of marker pen. The markers are washable so there’s no need to worry about making a mess when drawing.
The drawing kit is perfect for taking on vacations, as all the pieces will be held neatly in place. It’s sure to provide hours and hours of entertainment for artistic girls who love to draw and color. They are sure to be impressed with the wide range of stunning colors included in this kit.
Rainbow Fruity Lip Gloss Makeup Gift Set
This lip gloss set is a great gift for any young girl who is becoming more interested in beauty and makeup. The set comes with six different scented glosses. Each one is also a different color and pattern – they not only smell great but also look great too! The lip glosses all have fruity scents, sure to appeal to young girls. They are slightly glittery – enough to notice but not so much it looks tacky. They also come nicely packaged and ready to give as a gift.
Bath Bomb Gift Set
This huge gift set is perfect for girls who love taking a relaxing bath with a scented bath bomb. Each bath bomb is around the size of a golf ball, and there are 40 included in the set. So, you can be sure it will last a long time! There are a variety of scents and essential ingredients to help make the skin look and feel great. Ingredients include cocoa butter, clay and essential oils. The bath bombs are all handmade, natural and organic so you can be sure they won’t harm your child’s delicate skin.
LEGO Creator Downtown Diner
This massive LEGO set is perfect for girls who are experienced at building LEGO and are looking for a new challenge. The Diner consists of over 2400 pieces, so it is difficult to build and requires concentration and focus. Therefore, it’s a great gift for Christmas when you need something to keep for 12 year old entertained for hours! The finished piece will look incredible on display, and girls will be so proud to show it off! There are six minifigures included and also a buildable pink Cadillac, perfect for creating a fun scene. Inside the building, you will find a gym, recording studio and classic diner features such as a jukebox and a coffee machine.
3D Pen Arts and Crafts
The MeDoozy 3D printing pen is an amazing gift for kids of all ages. It is really easy to use, and is also very safe. The nozzle doesn’t reach very high temperatures, and the pen is also smell and noise-free. The pen only has three buttons for operation, so tweens will be able to learn how to use it quickly. It can be used to create anything they can think of! The 3D pen comes with a built-in battery, which when fully charged will last for up to 2 hours. Girls can even customize their pen with the included stickers to give it a cute animal theme.
Star Projector Light
This projector night light is great for girls who want to give their bedroom a makeover. It projects stars onto the walls and ceiling, which can either rotate or remain stationary. The lamp gives off little noise when in use, so it can be left on overnight without disturbing sleep. It can be used when relaxing, reading, watching TV or to help drift off to sleep at night. The star night light can be powered either by batteries or by a USB cable. It’s also lightweight and portable so it can easily be moved around and used anywhere.
VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch
The VTech KidiZoom smartwatch is a great tech gift for girls who are not quite ready for a ‘real’ smartwatch. The pink color will appeal to young girls, however there are other color choices if not. The watch comes with over 50 different watch faces, both analogue and digital. The Kidizoom comes with an amazing range of fun and useful features, such as a camera, games and voice recorder. One of the games features augmented reality to help keep kids active when playing. There is a cable included to upload photos to the computer too.
Coloring Puzzle Set
This set of 3D puzzles is a great gift to keep tweens entertained when they are stuck indoors over Christmas. There are 10 different puzzles included, some larger ones up to 15 inches tall and smaller ones between 5 – 7 inches. Some of the designs include a windmill, the Eiffel Tower, a house and a swan. The kit also comes with over 40 gel pens which can be used to color in the models. It’s recommended to color before building as this will be easier. The gel pens come in a range of amazing shades – pastel, neon, metallic and glitter colors.
Tips for Finding the Perfect Gift for Tween Girls
There are many things to consider when looking for the perfect gift for your pre-teen. The best way to find a perfect gift for her is to ensure it is age-appropriate. Check the age suggestions on the product, to ensure it’s neither too advanced nor too childish. You should also ensure the gift matches her interest – for example if she doesn’t wear jewelry it’s unlikely she will appreciate a jewelry making kit.
You should also make sure any gift you choose is safe. This means it’s made from non-toxic materials, and if it is to be worn, such as makeup, it shouldn’t irritate the skin. Durability is another important factor to keep in mind when shopping for a gift. You don’t want something that will break quickly or be outgrown after a few months. You might like to choose a gift which will help your girl in some way. It could be learning a new skill, or boosting her self-confidence for example.
What to Get a 12 Year Old Girl for Her Birthday
Shopping for a 12 year old girl on her birthday can be challenging! She might have asked for money to buy her own gifts, or say she ‘doesn’t know’ what she would like. It can be fun to take your 12 year old out for a shopping day to choose her own gifts, and maybe get some lunch too. However, it’s always nice to have some surprise gifts to unwrap on the special day.
Some fun ideas for a 12th birthday include:
- Bracelet or t-shirt with ’12’ on it
- Unicorn gifts
- Crafting kits
- Beauty gifts – such as lip gloss and nail polish sets
- LEGO sets
- Board games
Conclusion: Our Top Pick
One of our favorite gifts for a 12 year old girl is the 3D printing pen. It is sure to provide hours of fun, and can be used to make just about anything! It’s a great gift for all tastes and personalities – no matter what your tween is interested in, they are sure to love creating with this pen.