Buying gifts for pre-teen girls isn’t too complicated. They are still at an age where they have a wide range of interests. The perfect gift-giving boils down a few key factors.
What Are Their Interests?
Avoid taking a shot in the dark with this one. Not all pre-teen girls are obsessed with unicorns and rainbows. Pay attention to the person instead of just the age group. Does she play sports, or is she a bookworm? Noticing those kinds of details will help you when selecting a gift.
One trend parenting experts have noticed in 2019 has been the rise of the VSCO girl. This trend skyrocketed in January 2019 when YouTuber Greer Jones recorded a video about how to become a VSCO girl. Since then, preteens and teenage girls across the country have either embraced the trend or have shunned it.
You’ll want to make sure you know which side of the fence your girl is on before buying her the VSCO girl essentials. And while some of the VSCO girl lingo may make you think of your generation’s Valley Girls, the VSCO girl trend isn’t harming your preteen. It gives her a feeling of fitting in. And being environmentally protective is one of the hallmarks of VSCO girls, and that’s much better than some other trends preteens and teenagers are following.
If you have a VSCO girl on your hands, whether she’s 8 or 12, here are some items she’d love to receive for the holidays:
What Will Their Parents Allow?
Some parents have strong views about letting their child wear make-up at such a young age, or whether they are allowed to have certain electronics. There’s no point in giving a pre-teen a cell phone she’ll love if her parents won’t let her use it yet.
Some items a preteen may love for a gift, if you get her parents’ blessing to give it to her, include:
Some make-up kits are too babyish, but this one will make your preteen feel more adult. The colors are easy to blend so that girls will look cute instead of clownish, and it’s suitable for 8- to 12-year-olds.
Nail art has become a huge trend in the past few years – it’s no longer enough to paint nails. Every girl wants designs drawn on them, and this set of 5 pens will do the trick – if their parents don’t mind them painting their nails.
Is There an Educational Purpose?
Parents love when their children are learning things away from their screens on their phones and tablets, so the Holy Grail of gift-giving for preteens are gifts that are fun and educational. But sometimes educational gifts can be viewed as boring by kids. The trick is finding a gift that teaches children while entertaining them. Here are some great options:
This 908-piece set will keep girls engaged and practicing helpful skills like following directions and using creativity.
Good for all preteen ages, this book gives easy-to-follow recipes to help them succeed and keep your kitchen intact.
Spooky books are a huge draw right now for preteen girls. Bestselling author Katherine Arden’s book is a hot pick for preteens who love chills and a relatable preteen heroine.
It’s never too early to teach your girls they can be a powerful, daring woman. This book will give them real-life role models.
For rock hounds, this geode kit is a big hit. It gives a girl a chance to get hands-on breaking open geodes while checking out the gorgeous crystals inside.
This gift promotes STEM learning, making it educational as well as fun.
Getting Some Exercise
With childhood obesity rates at 18.5 percent of all kids ages 2 to 19, finding gifts that allow the recipient to stay active are always a good idea. And with kids more attached than ever to screens, such as their phones and tablets, these picks are a great option to get them moving.
The popularity of scooters is not slowing down. This one has great colors and 12 multi-color LED lights for nighttime fun. It can hold up to 143 pounds.
This is a good pick for fitness buffs who want to track their activity. Parents might like it because it’s inexpensive compared to other brands like Garmin and Fitbit.
Things They Can Do With Their Friends
Preteens are highly social, and they are starting to form the tight friendship bonds they’ll take with them to high school. For that reason, gifts they can use with their friends are winners.
This crayon melter will allow your daughter and her friends to put all those half-used crayons to good use.
Although many adults don’t understand the emoji obsession, it’s clear they’re wildly popular. When you add emojis to a classic card game like Uno, both girls and boys will love to play.
Best friend necklaces are a time-honored tradition for girls. This set puts a unique twist on that tradition for girls who don’t want anything too sentimental.
Karaoke machines are fun for all ages, so your girl may use this one for family nights or sleepovers with her friends.
Girls will enjoy playing this game with their families and friends. Although it’s billed as suitable for eight years and up, some of the content may be a bit inappropriate for kids that young.
There is a big difference between the maturity level of an 8-year-old versus a 12-year-old. For girls on the younger side, or those less mature older preteens, here are a couple of options geared toward those young at heart.
This set has 16 Shopkins items if your girl is fascinated with these little toys as many younger preteens are.
Barbie has been an obsession of preteen girls for decades. This Barbie comes with a grocery playset, which increases the fun level. It’s always good to have some settings girls can put Barbie in.