So, your girl is turning 11! She is not a little girl anymore (or at least so she claims) and she is right in the middle of the notoriously complicated tween phase. She may have become distant and your relationship with her may be getting complicated. Yup, it’s the early teenage hormones! Brace yourselves, dear mothers and fathers, as for a while now it’s going to be a bumpy ride, especially in terms of finding the right gift. Indeed, finding a suitable gift for an 11-year-old girl in the UK that she will actually like and appreciate is often rather daunting.
However, if you take the time to find out what she likes and truly needs, you will soon realise that it’s quite manageable. To make all of our lives much easier, I have consulted some experts and we came up with a list of the best gift ideas for 11-year girls. Feel free to use it as a cheat sheet when trying to find either a nice Christmas gift for an 11-year-old girl or a good birthday gift for an 11-year-old girl in the UK.
An amazing gift for your musical 11-year-old
If your 11-year-old loves to sing, dance, and if she loves music (which tween doesn’t?!), she will undoubtedly love a karaoke machine. These kinds of machines tend to feature a microphone or two, powerful speakers, and a Bluetooth connection, which enables them to connect to any other Bluetooth-enabled device. Having a karaoke machine will allow her to sing her heart out in the privacy of her own room and to perform in front of family and friends if that’s her thing. As such, it is surely one of the best gifts for an 11-year-old girl.
An entertaining and useful present for an 11-year-old girl
A tablet is both a gift she needs and a gift she wants – a win-win! It will allow her to browse the internet for school, read e-books, communicate with her loved ones, listen to her favourite music, play games, and watch cartoons, movies, Tik-Tok videos, YouTube makeup tutorials or whatever else she might be into. And at 11, she may be ready to receive her very first tablet.
3. Swing Chair
A comfortable addition to her safe haven
A tween that is approaching her teenage years really needs just one thing – a place where she can be alone, feel safe, and organise her thoughts and emotions. She needs a cosy spot where she can unwind, grow, and daydream. And a super-comfortable swing chair may just be the perfect spot to do so and thus an excellent present for an 11-year-old girl.
A gift that will make her want to cook and bake
Do you want to motivate your young girl to start cooking and baking? At 11, we can’t expect them to cook a gourmet dinner or bake a fabulous cake, but making waffles is a relatively simple task. And if you buy her a waffle maker with mini emoji smiley faces or another cool motif, she will totally want to do it. Hell, I’m no tween but if I had such a wicked waffle maker, I would definitely want to make waffles every morning!
The perfect gift idea for 11-year-olds who are into beauty
11-year-old girls tend to be very artistic and crafty. They like to create things themselves, even if they don’t get to use them afterwards. If, on the other hand, we are talking about sweetly scented lip balms, which they absolutely can and wish to use, the motivation to create it is that much higher. A DIY lip balm making kit is definitely a good gift for an 11-year-old girl, as it will enable her to make lip balms for herself, her friends, and her loved ones.
The practical gift that will help her understand
I remember when I was an 11-year-old. All the changes my body and mind were going through were overwhelming. My mum could only help me understand what I was experiencing to a certain extent, after that, I had to rely on books that taught me about puberty, periods, and the bumpy ride we call ‘growing up’. Every tween girl needs one of those books to help her comprehend and cope.
A fashionable gift that she will love
Cool tweens need a cool backpack to store their monthly pocket money, sunglasses, smartphone (if they have one), and candy. But beware that 11-year-old girls are just starting to get into fashion, therefore not all backpacks will work. Only the cool and age-appropriate ones will qualify as a good present for 11-year-old girls. Add in a box of chocolate or some candy and you will get an amazing gift basket for an 11-year girl.
A lovely girl gift for 11-year-olds who love to create
A jewellery making kit would make an awesome girl gift for any creative 11-year-old, especially the one that is into crafts and jewellery. Such a kit will allow her to nourish her artistic side and create bracelets and necklaces on her own or share the experience with her friends. She will be able to create jewellery that she can later use herself or give to her loved ones.
A sweet gift for a sweet girl
Are you wondering ‘What should I get an 11-year-old for her birthday?’ Well, a sweet little pair of earrings would surely make a sweet and thoughtful present for an 11-year-old girl. Jewellery, especially if made of silver or gold, lasts forever and if you personalise it with her initials, it can make a particularly sentimental gift.
A lovely girl gift for 11-year-olds
Wondering what to get an 11-year-old for Christmas? A cute unicorn stationery set with notebooks, pens, a pencil case, a notepad, and some stickers to decorate her pages would probably make a nice Christmas gift for an 11-year-old girl. It is a useful gift that she probably needs for school and an exceptionally cute one.
Most 11-year olds are obsessed with unicorns. However, if you believe unicorns may not be her thing (yes, sometimes the ‘unicorn phase’ comes earlier or later – but it almost always comes), you can go with a Minnie Mouse stationery set or one with any other lovely design.
A great gift that will help her organise and find joy
A gratitude journal and planner is always a great gift, regardless if you are searching for a cool present for an 11-year-old girl or a thoughtful gift for a 90-year-old man. These kinds of journals are designed to help a person get organised and practising gratitude is one of the best ways to become more optimistic, start focusing on the positive things in life and finding lasting inner joy.
A cool gift idea for an 11-year-old
Are you wondering “What should I get my 11-year-old daughter for Christmas?” A trendy cinematic light box could be the perfect answer. These devices tend to be USB or battery operated and come with numerous letters and colour emojis, which gives the user the opportunity to write any motivational, encouraging, or sentimental message to him or herself and thus decorate their rooms with the coolest personalised light decor. And it turns out that 11-year-olds consider them incredibly cool.
13. DIY Water Bottle
A practical gift for an 11-year-old girl that will keep her hydrated
Are you struggling with getting your 11-year-old to drink enough water? Yes, we’ve all been there! When you are a tween everything else seems way more interesting and exciting than to make sure to drink enough fluids. However, as chronic dehydration may lead to certain health issues, it’s vital to make sure our kids stay hydrated. Perhaps having a lovely water bottle that she decorated herself will encourage her to have a sip more often.
14. Tie-dye Art Kit
The best gift for a creative girl
When my teenage niece was 11 years old, she literally used every minute of her spare time to create something – a DIY lip balm, DIY bath salts, DIY jewellery, or at least her very own baked goods. When she discovered the magic of a tie-dye art kit, which enabled her to tie-dye her own unique colourful patterns on t-shirts, dresses, pillowcases, and other pieces of fabric, a new world opened up to her and she became obsessed with it. If your 11-year-old has an artistic and creative side as well. She will surely love this gift.
A great girl toy age 11
What is a good gift for an 11-year girl, you ask? Well, you can never go wrong with Harry Potter! Toys for 11-year-old girls that she will actually find cool are pretty hard to find, as she is pretty much out of the toy phase. However, a Harry Potter wand coding kit (or anything that has to do with the bestselling books really) is simply too cool not to like. Plus, it will teach your girl the basics of coding, which is invaluable these days!
A magical gift for the princess inside her
Who doesn’t love Disney? I adore it and my 11-year-old self was obsessed with it. I honestly considered every Disney-related gift as an awesome gift, regardless of what it was and which movie it was from. It could be a Mickey Mouse pyjama, an Aladdin mug, or a mermaid tail blanket – either way, I would have loved it and the person who gave it to me.
As such, I strongly believe that a Beauty and the Beast enchanted rose desk light, a Beauty and the Beast chip mug or a Disney Lilo and Stitch metal drinks bottle would all make great gifts for an 11-year-old girl.
17. Colouring Book
A calming gift for your 11-year-old
Colouring has been shown to have numerous benefits – it improves focus, sleep, motor skills, and vision, and reduces stress and anxiety. Therefore, a colouring book for teenage girls (yup, she is almost there) may be a great gift idea for an 11-year-old girl.
A fun gift for an 11-year-old girl
Tweens love games and luckily, there are tons of fun board games for 11-year-olds. There is Pictionary Air, The Yes! No! Game, the 5 Second Rule, and Who Knows Me Better, just to name a few. With the many appealing choices, you will surely be able to find one that your 11-year-old won’t be able to get enough of.
A cute decor gift
A young girl’s room is her safe haven. She wants it to be peaceful, private, and adorably decorated. As metal marquee letters are one of the cutest and currently most popular decor options for tweens, a large initial with lights would certainly make a lovely present for an 11-year-old girl.
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