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The Best Gifts for Tween Girls, According to Tween Girls

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If you thought shopping for the teen girl in your life was difficult, try to find the perfect gift for a tween girl. Tween girls, who are between the ages of 9 and 12, are exceptionally tough to please because their tastes can oscillate between the realms of childhood and proper teenage-hood. To make things easier, we asked 18 girls — most of whom are between the ages of 9 and 12 — about what’s at the top of their must-have lists. (Due to their ages, some requested that we withhold their full names.) Read on for the 30 clothing items, art supplies, and other gifts they say are sure to impress the tween in your life.

Beauty gifts for tween girls

Ariella Maizner, the designer and founder of lifestyle brand Theme, says she hasn’t really started wearing makeup yet, but “my friends and I always do face masks.” She uses Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon Mask because it’s “good for sensitive skin and cruelty free.” What’s more, Glossier includes a sheet of stickers with every purchase, which, as we’ve already established, are a crowd-pleaser.

Should the tween girl in your life be looking for a new fragrance, model and competitive cheerleader Abigale Meehan is a fan of Abercrombie’s perfume. In a word, she describes the fragrance with hints of vanilla, orchid, and a little musk as “fresh,” adding, “it’s the perfect everyday scent that I want to wear all the time.”

For a timely gift that’s as useful as it is delightful, actress and model Hendley Williams recommends her favorite Bath & Body Works hand sanitizers, which would serve as a perfect stocking stuffer. “They are easy to put in your bag, and I actually have one attached in a cute case on my backpack,” she says. This five-pack has a clean eucalyptus and spearmint scent.

“Lush bath bombs are on my wish list this year — they are super-fun to use and they smell amazing,” says Ella M. “I love them because there are so many different varieties in lots of colors and scents to try.” If your tween is the type to really get into bath bombs, like Ella, we might suggest splurging on the brand’s advent calendar (just be sure to grab it before it sells out).

As for a place tween girls can store their beauty products, model Aya Spence suggests a Caboodle (the iconic ’90s accessory is trendy once more). She loves hers, telling us the case can also function as a Dopp kit of sorts when she has sleepovers with her best friend. “They are supercute,” Spence says.

Jewelry and clothing gifts for tween girls

Spence told us that last Christmas, her parents gifted her these hoop earrings that she absolutely loves. “They look great with everything,” she says of the affordable 14-karat-gold hoops, adding that they up the “style of every outfit.” Plus, the earrings have a hoop-and-clasp closure that Spence says makes them “super-easy to take on and off.”

Etsy Custom Name Necklace

According to model Parys B., “Word necklaces are so stylish — girls love them.” This custom pendant comes in both gold and silver finishes and a range of chain lengths, from 12 to 24 inches. “It really just makes your outfit pop.”

Tween actress and model Veronica Lopez says any girl her age is sure to love a bucket hat, which she calls a “super-trendy” accessory (as we’ve reported, that sentiment is clearly shared by older women and men too). “They are perfect for when you want to add a little ‘something’ to your outfit,” Lopez says. Some of the popular patterns she told us to look out for are cow print, checkerboard, cheetah print, tie-dye, and floral, like this daisy-print option from Tillys.

Speaking of checkerboard, Lopez directed us to this crop-top hoodie featuring the pattern that she says combines two of the hottest tween fashion trends right now. (To the unhip, those would be crop tops and checkerboard prints.) While cut shorter, she says the hoodie will still keep any wearer “warm, cozy, and cute.”

Actor and model Brooklyn Ajjan agrees that “anything ’90s” — like scrunchies, combat boots, and fanny packs — is back in a big way among tweens. She particularly loves this Vans fanny pack, which also sports that checkerboard pattern that’s seemingly a hit with kids these days.