7 Tween Girls on the Gifts They Want for the Holidays


Finding the perfect holiday gift can be maddening — is this the color they’d want? Is it something they already have? Is it so last year? — but really, once you have a sense of a person’s taste, it’s not impossible. This season, we’ll be talking to members of various tribes to find out exactly what to get that serious cook, or golf dad, or picky teen girl in your life. Think of it as a window into their brain trust — or, at least, a very helpful starting point. Today, seven tweens (that very tricky time when a girl’s between 9 and 12) on the “flip stuff” and charcoal pencils they want for the holidays.

“There is this fad at my school called ‘flip’ stuff. Flip things are sequins that can be pushed up and down. The sequins have different colors on each side. For Christmas, I would like three flip shirts, a flip headband, a flip pencil case, and a flip notebook. I love this fad!” — Lily Star Colbert-Bock, age 9

“Kids need to text their parents where they are every day. So if their phone loses power, they can turn their case on and charge their phones.” — Sienna Harbour, age 11

“I’d love a Simone Biles leotard. I know these can be expensive, but I have gymnastics practice every day after school, and these are comfortable and cool.” — Margaret Mary D.

“It’s really cool because it sounds like a real piano and it’s portable, so I can just roll it up and take it with me. Also, the rainbow keys make it even more fun.” — Mia Kamensky, age 11

“These will be really fun to experiment with when I draw!” — Flora C., age 11

“I’d like a Nintendo Switch for road trips — it’s like a portable Wii.” —Margaret Mary D., age 11

“I’d really like a pair of JSlides and a T-shirt from Chaser.” — Jenna Zucker, age 11

“Lush bath bombs are also on my wish list this year. They are super fun to use and they smell amazing. I love these products because there are so many different varieties in lots of colors and scents to try.” — Ella M., age 10

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7 Tween Girls on the Gifts They Want for the Holidays