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17 Cheerful Gifts for 12-Year-Old Girls in the UK

Making a ‘tweenage’ girl genuinely happy is no simple task. The girl probably just hit puberty and all the new mixed emotions that came rushing in may seem overwhelming and might make her gloomy. Moreover, while a few years ago a random toy or a piece of candy may have put a big smile on her face, nowadays, finding a good gift for a 12-year-old girl has proven quite challenging.

Luckily, there are some gift experts that know exactly how to cheer your girl up! I have done my research and came up with a list of the best gift ideas for 12-year-old girls that will surely improve her mood in a matter of seconds, even on the murkiest day.

1. Personalised Name Necklace

A lovely gift for a 12-year-old girl in the UK that never goes out of style

Personalised Name Necklace – A lovely gift for a 12 year old girl in the UK that never goes out of style

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Personalised name necklaces are one of those items that never go out of style. Women usually get them when they are young girls and they tend to keep them forever. Plus, they always fondly remember the person who gave it to them. If you would be that special someone who gave her a personalised name necklace, she would certainly cherish the gift and the necklace forever.

You can choose a simple silver personalised name necklace or perhaps a personalised gemstone necklace.

2. Floor Cushion

A comfy addition to her comfy room

Floor Cushion – A comfy addition to her comfy room

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A tween’s room is a sacred place. It’s a place that must be relaxing, safe, private, cosy, and decorated precisely as she likes it. As a floor cushion is one of the cosiest home decor items you can find, she would surely love it. She can put it on her sofa, her bed, or on the floor – either way, she will surely spend many hours on it, regardless of whether she is talking on her phone, meditating, organising her thoughts, daydreaming, or simply chilling.

Choose a large colourful meditation cushion or perhaps choose a floor lounge sofa instead.

3. Spotify Subscription

A musical gift for a 12-year-old girl

Spotify Subscription – A musical gift for a 12 year old girl

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When we were 12 years old, our lives revolved around music. We had our radios and walkmen, and whenever we heard our favourite band, artist, or song, it made our day. If didn’t have the right audio cassette or CD, we had to wait for our jam to play on the radio. Kids nowadays are luckier. They have tons of music streaming services, which come with countless preloaded songs. They can simply choose the song they wish to hear and play it with the press of a button.

Spotify is one of the best streaming services, however, you can also choose Tidal, Apple Music, or YouTube music.

4. Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

An entertaining gadget gift for girls age 12

Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker – An entertaining gadget gift for girls age 12

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OK, so now your favourite tween has all of her favourite songs on her smartphone or tablet. But how can she listen to them at a decent volume? Well, with waterproof Bluetooth speakers which she can connect to her smart device, of course! As listening to her favourite tunes is one of her favourite spare-time activities, a high-quality Bluetooth speaker would make the best birthday gift for a 12-year-old girl as well as an amazing Christmas gift for a 12-year-old girl. Make sure the device is waterproof so that it can serve her well even during the long hours in the bathroom.

Select this high-quality portable waterproof speaker by RIENOK or a Bluetooth shower speaker.

5. Instant Camera

An exciting gift for a 12-year-old girl

Instant Camera – An exciting gift for a 12 year old girl

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At 12 years old our friends are our life. 12-year-olds tend to be happiest when they spend time with their friends. Having an instant camera will allow your tween to take pictures with and of her friends, which will make their time together even more fun. Plus, when her friends are not around, she will be able to decorate her room with photos of her favourite people and thus feel like they are always beside her. As such, an instant camera may be the perfect answer to the question “What is the best gift for a 12-year girl?

You can go with a lovely blush pink Instax Mini 11 or a polaroid with a more retro look.

6. Nail Kit for Girls

A cool gift for the beauty enthusiast

Nail Kit for Girls – A cool gift for the beauty enthusiast

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Are you looking for an age-appropriate toy for a 12-year-old girl and wondering what do 12-year-olds like? Well, the toys that were interesting a few years ago and considered totally uncool among tweens. Instead of playing with Barbie dolls and interactive dog toys, as she used to, she now prefers something ‘more adult’. One of these ‘more adult toys’ that most tweens love is a nail kit for manicure and pedicure. These kinds of kits tend to include nail polish, stickers, adhesive, separators, gems, false nails, and a nail dryer. Buying her one of those kits will make her happy and occupy her for hours.

Choose a 3 in 1 nail art kit and pamper set or a popular Go Glam nail salon set.

7. Heated Slippers

A great Christmas present idea for a 12-year girl

Heated Slippers – A great Christmas present idea for a 12 year girl

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I adored heated slippers when I was 12 and I still do. They are just so comfy and warm and they make me feel safe and happy. While heated slippers may not be a great summer present, they sure are a great Christmas gift for a 12-year-old girl.

To make the gift a particularly good one, make sure to opt for a cute pair with a cool motif. For example, choose these wicked smiley face slippers or cute poodles slippers.

8. Cosy Blanket

A Christmas gift for a 12-year-old girl that will warm her body and heart

Cosy Blanket – A Christmas gift for a 12 year old girl that will warm her body and heart

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When out and about, a 12-year-old may prioritise beauty over comfort, but at home, she values comfort above all else. As such, a warm and cosy blanket is always a lovely gift for a 12-year-old girl, especially during the winter. It will warm her body and heart and melt all of her worries away.

Opt for a soft blanket that glows in the dark, a cute mermaid tail blanket, a wearable hoodie blanket, or a cool emoji blanket.

9. Moon Lamp

A beautiful 12-year-old girl birthday idea

Moon Lamp – A beautiful 12 year old girl birthday idea

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Are you wondering what should you get a 12-year-old for her birthday? Well, it turns out that moon lamps are incredibly popular among tweens and young teens. A moon lamp is a cute decoration for her lovely room, and as they come in different colours and colour-changing modes, you can simply choose the one that fits her room decor or the one that features her favourite colour.

Choose a beautiful colour-changing moon lamp or alternatively, you can choose a sky projector night light.

10. Wireless Bluetooth Microphone

An entertaining gift for a 12-year-old girl

Wireless Bluetooth Microphone – An entertaining gift for a 12 year old girl

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Is your 12-year-old one of those girls that loves music and enjoys singing her heart out, as most tweens do? Well, in that case, buy her a wireless Bluetooth microphone! She will love that! Not only would this entertaining device enable her to sing on her own, but it would also allow her to organise awesome karaoke nights with her friends.

Choose a high-quality microphone with flashing colourful LED lights or a flashy pink one.

11. Deluxe Hair Chalk Gift for Girls

A colourful gift for a 12-year-old girl

Deluxe Hair Chalk Gift for Girls – A colourful gift for a 12 year old girl

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Are you still wondering what to buy a 12-year-old girl? Another all-time favourite tween gift is a deluxe hair chalk gift. It features non-toxic easily washable hair dyes and glitter pens and allows your girl to dye her own hair. As these washable chalks can be used for both hair dying and face painting, such a set is also always a hit at every tween party.

Opt for this bestselling deluxe hair chalk gift or a hair chalk comb set.

12. Makeup Mirror

A gift for the girl who is quickly turning into a young woman

Makeup Mirror – A gift for the girl who is quickly turning into a young woman

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If your 12-year old isn’t into beauty and makeup yet, it’s only a matter of time when she will be. With most of her friends following the beauty trends and watching countless makeup tutorials on YouTube and Tik Tok, getting into these kinds of things is almost inevitable. Oh, well – it’s harmless fun! As such, she would be happy to receive a proper makeup mirror that will allow her to take her beauty game to the next level.

Choose a tri-fold vanity makeup mirror with LED lights or a simple decorative beauty mirror.

13. Riddle Game

A fun game for a 12-year-old girl

Riddle Game – A fun game for a 12 year old girl

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Finding a suitable game for a 12-year-old that she will actually like can be quite challenging. There are puzzles, the good old Truth or Dare, and Would you rather. However, riddle games seem to be the most universal ones. A riddle game is a game that she can play with both her family members and friends. If you are looking for a nice gift idea for your 12-year-old daughter that will help you bond with her, a riddle game may be just the answer.

Opt for a travel-size riddle game suitable for both kids and adults or an Escape room game set containing many riddles.

14. Personalised Phone Case

A thoughtful gift idea for a 12-year-old daughter

Personalised Phone Case – A thoughtful gift idea for a 12 year old daughter

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A personalised phone case is a thoughtful gift for a 12-year-old girl and one that she will likely appreciate. You can personalise it with her name, a photo, or an inspirational quote or motif that will lift her spirits whenever she looks at it. Moreover, as she literally has her smartphone in her hands every two minutes (right?!), she will think of you a lot throughout the day.

Opt for a personalised photo phone case, a sleek one where you can add her name, or one that will allow you to personalise it with any text, name, photo, logo, or design.

15. PopSocket PopGrip

A cool and practical gift idea for a 12-year-old girl 

PopSocket PopGrip – A cool and practical gift idea for a 12 year old girl

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If you are looking for a useful and affordable gift for a 12-year-old girl that she will surely appreciate, you can simply buy her a PopSocket PopGrip – you know, the plastic circle that you attach to a flat phone (or case) with a sticky adhesive and gives you a better grip and makes taking selfies way easier. Well yeah, let’s face it – selfies are here to stay and 12-year-old girls who are just joining in on the selfie frenzy may need this small item more than anyone.

Opt for a PopGrip with a swappable top or a personalised one.

16. Pendant Making Kit

A charming gift for a 12-year-old girl

Pendant Making Kit – A charming gift for a 12 year old girl

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If your 12-year-old is into crafts and jewellery, she will simply adore a DIY jewellery making kit. This adorable gift for girls age 12 will allow her to create her own pendant necklaces and bracelets, develop her creativity, and let her imagination run wild. It will also enable her to create homemade gifts for her loved ones.

Opt for a pendant making kit or perhaps a wooden dangle earring making kit instead.

17. The Complete Harry Potter Box Set

An awesome gift that will keep her entertained for weeks

The Complete Harry Potter Box Set – An awesome gift that will keep her entertained for weeks

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All 12-year-olds in the UK are (or will be) Harry Potter fans. Regardless of whether your tween has already read all the books or if she is just starting to join in on the fun, she will surely love the magical world of Harry Potter and enjoy J.K. Rowling’s irresistible journey. Every Harry Potter fan must have a complete book set and this is your chance to give it to your beloved tween and thus finally win some major bonus points.

Alternatively, you can also choose Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by the same author.

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Carmen Pirc
Carmen Pirc

Ever since I was little, I’ve been my family’s go-to person when it comes to choosing the perfect gift. There is nothing I enjoy more than thinking of gifts that would make someone happy and give them a moment of joy. I would be honored to become your go-to “gift person” as well.

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