Shopping for kids can get pretty overwhelming, with endless options out there for anything and everything. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for an 11-year-old girl, it can be doubly confusing. The amount of potential toys and gifts for 11-year-olds is massive, ranging from simple books to fancy outdoor gear and electronics.
Deciding on the perfect gift, no matter the occasion, doesn’t need to stress you out. Luckily, older kids can give you some ideas about what they would really like to receive. But, if you want to keep things a surprise, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve looked at gifts across many categories, including music, art, sports gear, books, fashion, and more. Our list of the top 50 toys and gifts for 11-year-old girls showcases the highlights from each of these areas. Now, you don’t need to spend hours searching for the perfect gift; you just need to scroll.
The Best Gifts This Year For Eleven Year Old Girls
Creating unique items is a great way for kids to express themselves and explore different forms of art. This string art kit teaches girls how to make a string sculpture using glue, string, and a star-shaped balloon. Plus, it comes with a string of 20 LED lights so she can make her star shine. When she’s done, she’ll have a beautiful 3D sculpture to hang in her room. And don’t worry if the balloon pops before she can create her masterpiece, they send you a spare.
She can sharpen her culinary skills and create some absolutely delicious meals with the help of this Kid Chef Cookbook. If she loves to cook, then this gift could be the one that keeps on giving, since she’ll enjoy making family dinners. It has lots of “grown-up” meals for her to try, featuring over 75 recipes. Plus, it includes lots of tips on how to be the ultimate chef, like how to stock the pantry and handle a knife properly.
These personalized earrings showcase her initial in a pretty jeweled stud. They have a sterling silver post that won’t tarnish, and the earrings are nickel-free, lead-free, and hypoallergenic. She won’t have to worry about them irritating sensitive skin, and they’re lightweight, making them super comfortable to wear. The stud is gold-plated in 14K gold and has multi-colored cubic zirconia gems that sparkle. You can choose between gold and rose gold for any letter of the alphabet.
If she’s begging to dye her hair green, let her try out these hair chalk pens instead. They can give her the same fun wow factor, without the permanence. Plus, they’re easy to use, and she can come up with all sorts of interesting color patterns for her locks. The pens work on all hair colors and each stick delivers up to 180 applications. The set includes 20 clips and 12 scented jumbo pens featuring metallic, sparkling shades of green apple, grape, blueberry, coconut, and more. You can also use them as face paint to have even more color fun.
This digital watch can keep up with her active lifestyle. It has a fashionable design that 11-year-olds will love and comes in tons of different colors. It’s waterproof, making it extra-durable for everyday use and the silicone rubber watch band keeps it comfortable on her wrist. There’s also a built-in LED light so she can read the time even in the dark. And with a touch of a button, she can change the light to 7 different colors, providing a fun backlight to the digital watch face.
As girls get older, they start to acquire a lot more jewelry. They love charm bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and more. Plus, many girls love to make their own jewelry with hands-on art kits. So, giving her a place to keep all of her favorite accessories is a welcome gift. This stylish jewelry box features multiple levels, with a lot of compartments for the perfect jewelry organization. It’s made with a wear-resistant, high-quality material so it can stand up to lots of use, and it has a built-in mirror.
Whether she wants to pretend she’s a superhero or expert archer, this bow and arrow set can test her accuracy and skills. It includes 1 bow, 1 quiver, 1 plate target, 10 arrows with suction cup tips, and 6 foam targets. The bow has an adjustable string for the most accurate shooting. And three LED lights illuminate the bow, helping girls track their targets for nighttime play. It’s also a great way to encourage her to play outside and get some exercise.
The world of electronic circuits is her oyster with this kit from the Snap Circuits Store. She can channel her inner engineer as she builds over 100 electronic circuit projects using the included supplies and parts. The kit contains over 30 pieces that allow for constructing things like a working photo sensor, flashing light, and a siren with adjustable volume. Easy-to-follow instructions help her get started on this STEM activity in no time. Even better? There are no tools required — just snap everything into place.
This easy-to-use and portable handheld game tests her memory, accuracy, reflexes, hand-eye coordination, and more. It features four fun gameplay modes, including speed mode, memory mode, level mode, or multiplayer mode. She can play solo, or she can challenge her friends, which helps encourage communication and social interaction. Since it’s handheld, it also makes a great take-along game for road trips, visits to grandma’s house, and more.
Super stretchy, ooey-gooey, mess-free slime is irresistible for kids, and making her own slime is even better. And this slime is extra-special with a galaxy glow that’s out of this world. Girls will receive a large egg case full of all sorts of goodies they can use to make fluffy space slime. It also has over 20 add-ins, so kids can create unique and interesting slime specimens, like glow-in-the-dark slime and crunchy slime. The bottom of the egg case becomes a mixing bowl, and it features plastic containers to store the slime so it lasts a long time.
If she’s into music, why not let her try her hand at learning an instrument? A ukulele is a fun way to explore her musical skills and learn various concepts. It’s small, so it’s easy for kids to hold and manipulate, and it sounds great. This starter set includes a concert size ukulele, which is the size recommended for most kids 9 and older. It has wider-spaced frets that work well with 11-year-olds’ hands. The set also includes a tuner, padded case, extra picks, digital songbooks and step-by-step lessons for beginners.
Help her create a vibrant masterpiece with a paint-by-numbers kit that makes it easy to paint like a pro. The set features an easy-to-follow guide on textured canvas, so she knows exactly where to apply the colors. Of course, she can always do her own thing too. The set also includes a set of acrylic paints and three paint brushes, giving her everything she needs to get started. Painting is also a great stress-reliever, so she can relax as she develops fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and her artistic talents.
When it’s time to get up for school, kids usually want to roll over and go back to sleep. But, this alarm clock can make waking up a lot more fun (and it has a 9-minute snooze button). The changing colors add a whimsical touch, plus serve as a soft, glowing nightlight with 7 colors to choose from. The display is easy to read and features an adjustable brightness level if your ‘tween prefers it darker while she sleeps. The clock also features dual USB ports so girls can charge up to two devices.
As she gets older, she can take her scooter game to the next level with a few fancy stunts. This trick scooter lets her show off her skills and get where she needs to go in style. The Pro-X 5 features a lightweight but durable frame and comes ready to go. Just tighten the bolts and she’s off to the races. This scooter is great for beginner to intermediate riders that want to improve their skills. The reinforced handlebars with grips provide maximum control and comfort and the brake delivers quick, noise-free stops.
Let her crank up her favorite tunes without bugging mom and dad with a set of stylish Girl Power headphones. They feature a lightweight design with padded ear covers that make them super comfy to wear. Metal extenders allow for easy adjustment, and there’s a share port if a friend wants to listen in with their own set of headphones. They feature a volume limit of 93db to protect young ears and come with a microfiber carrying pouch.
This redesigned look of the classic boxed set series introduces the famous female super sleuth to a whole new generation. It includes the first four books of the series, and Nancy certainly shows girls that they can do anything. Plus, as girls read, they build literacy skills, a love for reading, and can sharpen their reasoning skills as they solve the mystery. The included titles are “The Secret of the Old Clock,” “The Hidden Staircase,” “The Bungalow Mystery,” and “The Mystery at Lilac Inn.”
One of the best things about being 11 is when you get to stay up later at night. If she loves to read before going to bed, then a bedside lamp is an absolute necessity. But, this lamp takes lighting to a whole new level. The built-in Bluetooth speaker turns this light into a convenient way for her to listen to her music too. Plus, it’s cordless and charges easily with USB, so she can move it around as desired.
A quirky necklace is a fun gift that she’ll love to add to her jewelry collection. If she’s a cat lover, then she’ll especially adore this cute cat pendant. It’s sterling silver with a precious cat charm hanging from the chain. The silver kitty looks super sweet as it stretches out on a sleepy afternoon. It’s nickel-free and has a mirror polish finish that gives it a super-luxe shine. If she prefers a little less shine, there’s also a matte finish available.
This gift is engaging, fun, and useful, helping sharpen spatial awareness, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills. The art of origami has existed for centuries, and this challenging puzzle set keeps it going strong as girls use critical thinking skills to complete the tasks. The set contains 100 folding puzzles ranging across 5 difficulty levels so girls can continue to challenge themselves. The portable size also makes it a great take-along activity for travel.
If she has a passion for art and wants to improve her abilities, then a gift that helps her do just that will be much appreciated. This mega art set includes everything she could possibly want to draw, paint, and create new masterpieces. It has 162 pieces including 24 professional-grade watercolor paints, 3 mixing trays, 2 camel hair brushes, 60 wax crayons, and 24 oil-pastels. It also has 24 premium colored pencils, 2 graphite pencils, an eraser, pencil sharpener, a ruler, color mixing wheel, and assorted artists papers. More art supplies here.
This fun game takes the idea of the popular game Jenga, makes it bigger, and brings it to the backyard. Girls will love seeing how high they can get the tower before it comes tumbling down. It’s a great game for family and friends, backyard barbecues, or a family game night. The set contains 56 sustainably-sourced pine timber blocks that stack 19 levels high. They come in a high-quality nylon carrying case for easy storage and portability.
This gift looks like a magic trick, but it’s really a STEM activity in disguise. Girls can explore the world of magnets and art with the amazing Magic Penny game. When they start to move around the pennies and create different sculptures, it’s very much like science meets magic. The included booklet guides girls in making a variety of penny sculptures, great for a warm-up and to sharpen her skills. Then, she can explore on her own, coming up with unique creations as she builds self-confidence and feeds her curiosity about science and math.
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Having a way to express herself in a healthy and positive way is important for any 11-year-old girl. So much is happening in the life of a pre-teen, it can definitely become overwhelming. When she has a journal to write down her thoughts and feelings, it can help her make sense of it all. This personalization set gives her all the tools to customize a 70-page journal. There are embellishments, stickers, glitter frames, and more, along with easy-to-follow instructions.
Growing crystals is a classic science experiment that has been a favorite of many for years. But, this isn’t just any old STEM crystal-growing kit, this version brings art to the forefront, creating the ultimate STEAM experience. Girls can grow 10 vividly bright crystals of different sizes, including 2 sparkling geodes and a glow-in-the-dark crystal. Each crystal takes between 7 and 10 days to reach full size, giving girls a fun experiment to track over time.
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The popular adult game is available in a kid-friendly version that makes a great addition to family game nights and get-togethers. Kids won’t be able to stop laughing as they read through the 600 question and answer cards. And adults will laugh as they come across funny innuendos throughout. It’s all about choosing the funniest answer to find the winner. The game does include some toilet humor, so keep that in mind if it’s not your thing.
A sparkly quilt is the perfect way for her to add some pizazz to her room and show off her style. This mermaid-inspired quilt makes a statement with its colorful iridescent fabric and fantasy-inspired design. The soothing pastel colors are the perfect addition to a restful bedroom retreat. And machine-washable, hypoallergenic fabric makes it super-easy to care for. You can even toss it in the dryer so it’s back on the bed in no time. The quilt also comes with two matching pillow shams.
Do you dare taste a mystery-flavored jelly bean? Beware! This kit includes 20 beans — ten are tasty, and ten are look-alikes that are not so pleasant. Pick a bean and see which one you get. It might be delicious, like strawberry or banana. But, what if you end up with booger or dead fish? You won’t know until you take a taste. Be on the lookout for the two newest disgusting flavors: liver and onions, and old bandage.
This pillow looks good enough to eat, and it’s super soft. The pillow is 14 inches in diameter and it’s both hand-washable and machine-washable. Choose from pink with sprinkles, chocolate with sprinkles, chocolate with pink stripes, or a zebra-striped version. All the pillows feature PP cotton interior and a polyester microfiber shell that provides a skin-friendly feel. For an extra-fun addition to this gift, why not wrap it up with a few real donuts or donut holes?
This intriguing puzzle cube will have her mesmerized with its shapeshifting abilities. It comes in a variety of different colors and patterns, each with the ability to mold and morph into countless different shapes. Girls can create interesting sculptures thanks to the included 36 earth magnets inside the cube. Plus, if you have multiple cubes, you can connect them together to make even larger creations. This puzzler is great for stress-relief, creative thinking, and hand-eye coordination development.
Middle school can be tough, and sometimes, friendship troubles can weigh heavy on the hearts of 11-year-old girls. Giving her a book that centers around the struggles of being a pre-teen can be a lifesaver for a young girl. The Miscalculations of Lighting Girl, by Stacy McAnulty, follows a young girl named Lucy Callahan whose life was changed after being struck by lightning. After being homeschooled for years, she decides to attend middle school, where she learns to step out of her comfort zone with confidence.
Puzzle lovers will say “ooh-la-la” over this 3D version of the Eiffel Tower. It takes jigsaw puzzles to a whole new level with its realistic, sculptural design. The Ravensburger puzzle has 216 pieces that come together to recreate the iconic French landmark. It’s a great way to develop spatial awareness, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. Plus, when it’s complete, it can make a great addition to her room.
This classic toy from years gone by is still as popular today as it was back then. Girls love to ask questions to see what the retro Magic 8 Ball will say. Will it be a “yes,” “maybe,” or “outlook not so good?” It makes a great activity for a sleepover or friend’s get-together, sure to cause lots of giggles. It works just like the original. After asking it a question, simply turn it upside down and wait for the answer to be revealed.
The world of virtual reality is just cool, and being able to experience it in your home is even cooler. A VR headset is the perfect gift for the tech lover and gamer in your life. The Merge AR/VR Headset showcases over 100 virtual field trips for kids to experience first-hand learning. The comfortable and durable foam fits well on kids’ faces, and it can hold up to bumps, drops, and knocks. It’s compatible with iOS and Android smartphones and is easy to use.
Does she have a hoverboard? If so, then let her try it out in a whole new way with this sweet buggy attachment. It connects easily to any 6.5” or 8” electric hoverboard, instantly transforming it into a spiffy go-kart. Girls can use their new vehicle to cruise the neighborhood with friends or have a go-kart race. Hand-operated levers on each side allow for easy steering and maneuverability. Plus, kids can go forward or in reverse.
Board games are not only fun to play, but they typically help kids develop a variety of skills. For example, the Double Ditto game helps kids think logically and creatively while also coming up with answers quickly. Plus, playing board games is a great way to develop social skills and good sportsmanship. This game will have players crying with laughter as they try to guess what others will say to a variety of questions.
The LEGO Creator series features sets that include everything girls need to build three different structures or animals out of the same bricks. She can build her favorite, take it apart, then move on to the next. This set includes 755 pieces that become a tiger, panda, or koi fish, each with moveable pieces. Of course, she can also stray from the instructions and build anything her imagination can come up with.
Give her a gift that inspires and encourages while allowing her to express herself and destress. The Go Girl coloring book features a collection of inspiring messages and beautiful pictures. Coloring is a great way to calm down and relax and can relieve stress and anxiety. The box has 30 inspiring designs and 20 color palettes and an art lesson. Plus, it all comes with extra-thick paper so she doesn’t have to worry about colors bleeding through.
Physical activity is a vital part of any girl’s healthy development, but sometimes, it’s hard to get kids to go outside. But not anymore once you give her this glow-in-the-dark capture the flag set with 12 game variations. It encourages exercise and builds social skills as kids work in teams to be the first to capture the flag. The best part is, glowing LEDs make it possible to play at night, adding an extra layer of fun to the mix.
Give her a gift that can inspire with this book that highlights some of the most famous female pioneers in science. Girls can learn about brilliant women like Jane Goodall and Katherine Johnson, and many other groundbreaking scientists, astronauts, mathematicians, and more. It also teaches girls about the STEM fields and pursuing careers in them. Kids will also find a scientific glossary and interesting current topics, like the salaries of women currently working in these areas.
This cute hoodie with a cropped design is fun and stylish, and it’s just right for a ‘tween. The colorful fabric and “happy” logo make you feel exactly that — happy. The fabric is soft, comfy, and breathable, and the cropped style is just enough to be cool for her but not too short for mom and dad. It’s a great sweatshirt to wear with jeans or leggings, perfect for going out with friends or lounging around the house.
Do you have a budding baker in your life? Let her channel her inner cake artist with a cake pop maker kit. She can try out different recipes as she makes tons of delicious cake pop treats. The set includes everything she needs, like a snap-in-place silicone cake pop pan, 120 cake pop sticks, chocolate melts and melting pop, decorating pen, bags and ties, and more. Plus, there’s a cute 3-tier stand to display her cake pop creations.
Help her keep all of her secrets safe with a locking journal. She can express her feelings without holding back, knowing her thoughts are secure. When she’s ready to write, she simply puts in the personal combination code, and then locks it up again when she’s done. Having a diary is a great way for girls to express themselves. It can also serve as a vital tool to help them talk to someone about any problems or their feelings.
Does she like to juggle? Or does she just wish she could? Either way, this game takes the idea of juggling and turns it into the ultimate test of hand-eye coordination and concentration. She can master the basics, then start to learn all sorts of fun tricks to amaze her friends. This exciting game is also great for gross motor movement and exercise. Although it’s so fun, she won’t feel like she’s working out.
You might be familiar with the world of Mad Libs; the quirky story games that end up being utterly silly. Besides being super fun, Mad Libs are also a great way to brush up on your grammar and language arts skills. They come in a variety of themes, and this particular book showcases some of the most famous moments in history. It has 21 stories that tell tales of the Seven Wonders of the World, as well as famous people and landmarks.
The Exit the Game series of escape games are super challenging and irresistible. Once you start the game, you really can’t stop. Girls need to follow clues and use deductive reasoning and logical thinking to solve a variety of puzzles and riddles. It’s all about escaping in time (which typically takes one to two hours to complete). This game is fun for 11-year-olds and adults, and it features a unique storyline that helps raise the stakes. This particular game, The House of Riddles, has a difficulty level of 2 out of 5.
This fuzzy lap desk makes working on her tablet a lot more comfortable. Or she can even use it to sit in a cozy spot and doodle or write. It has a plush, thick cushion that rests easy on the lap, and a smooth, sturdy wood surface on top for work. The media slot fits tablets and phones or pencils, and the whole desk is lightweight for easy maneuvering and portability. It measures 12 inches by 16.9 inches.
Building with blocks has always been a great way to explore the world of engineering, but this LEGO set kicks it up a notch. The LEGO Gadgets feature 58 pieces that girls can assemble to create 11 different machines. Some are useful and practical builds, while others are pure and silly fun. For example, kids can build a boxing robot or a catapult. Either way, girls can learn about engineering, and develop critical thinking skills, reasoning, and more.
Think she’s getting too old for unicorns? Not so fast — check out this wacky and wild card game first. It’s all about coming up with the best strategy to beat your friends. Girls create the ultimate unicorn army to come out on top. It helps develop strategic thinking and reasoning skills, as well as promotes social interaction. It’s a great game to play with friends or at family gatherings, and it’s sure to have everyone focused and ready-to-win.
She’ll feel super fashionable and cute with this precious and stylish crossbody purse. It has an irresistible sloth design, zipper closures with a front storage pouch, and a comfortable, adjustable strap. It’s lightweight and girls can use it to keep all of their everyday essentials at-the-ready when they’re on the go. If she’s not into sloths, no problem. There are a bunch of other designs available, like hearts, unicorns, elephants, flowers, and more.
This popular trend is still going strong after decades in the making, providing a great way for girls to represent their friendship. They can make bracelets with their friends, trade their finished pieces, or make the solo and give as gifts. This kit comes with 12 different colors of threads, 12 cartoon buckles, a bracelet loom, and easy-to-follow instructions. Girls can follow the guide to create 7 different kinds of bracelets, and everything comes in a drawstring bag so girls can take it on the go.
The Best Toys And Gifts For 11 Year Old Girls [Buyer’s Guide]
Call an 11-year-old girl a kid and you’ll likely get an eye roll in response. By 11, girls are starting to feel like little adults (and acting like it too). But don’t let it fool you; they’re also still very much kids at heart.
Even though 11-year-old girls start to appreciate some more grown-up gifts like jewelry and clothing, they still like to play. Plus, their minds and bodies are still growing, so toys and gifts that can help develop these areas are also critical.
Our top 50 list includes a variety of gifts that appeal to both the kid and the young lady she’s becoming. If you’re still wondering which kind of gift to get, consider one in these categories.
Gifts That Help Her Express Herself
Pre-teens have to deal with many changes. Plus, they’re going through a lot of self-discovery as they get older. Eleven-year-old girls can face tons of peer pressure, and it’s important that they know they can be an individual.
Giving her gifts that help her express her unique style and pursue her own interests is essential to healthy development. Fashion and accessories that match her style are great, but so are art kits that allow her to be creative.
Music is another fantastic way that kids can express themselves, build self confidence, and use their imaginations. Another popular gift for this age group is a journal or diary so she can write out her feelings and ideas.
Gifts That Help Her Stay Active
Exercise is a vital part of anyone’s life, keeping them healthy and feeling good about themselves. But kids don’t always like the idea of exercising, so gifts that make physical activity fun are perfect.
Activities with a twist, like the Glow-in-the-Dark Capture the Flag game encourage movement and teamwork. A bow and arrow set can help her develop accuracy and hand-eye coordination, but also open up a world of imaginative play that is still very important at this age.
Concentrate on a variety of outdoor gear, games, and sports equipment that she can enjoy solo and with friends. It’s a great way to encourage her to get outside and develop a healthy appetite for physical activity.
Gifts That Make Her Think
STEM gifts that help her explore the worlds of science, engineering, technology and math are plentiful at 11. You can also find many STEAM kits that incorporate art-based concepts into the activity. These gifts make learning fun and allow girls to approach these fields in a hands-on, positive way.
She can explore electricity, coding, chemistry, magnets, and more with things like the Magic Penny game and LEGO Gadgets. Even many board games, like Exit the Game’s Escape Game series, make kids use strategic thinking, problem-solving, and reasoning skills.
Of course, books are also a great gift. Introduce her to the world of Nancy Drew, and as she reads she can use her deductive reasoning skills to solve the mystery.
Gifts That Make Her Feel Powerful
Let her see that women are strong, confident, and powerful with gifts like the Women in Science book and the Go Girl Coloring Book. She can find inspiration from other women that have accomplished great things. She can also help foster a sense of self-appreciation as she reads aspiring messages.
Reading books that send a message can also help girls build up courage to be themselves. The Miscalculations of Lighting Girl pushes girls to step out of their comfort zones and celebrate their individuality.
If she has particular talents or hobbies, gifts that help her pursue and improve these skills can also boost her self-esteem. For example, if she loves cooking or baking, a bake set or cookbook can motivate her to learn more. If she has musical abilities, learning a new instrument can change her world.
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
Q:How much should I spend on a gift for an 11-year-old?
A: Price is all a matter of personal preference, budget, and means. But, it also sometimes depends on who the recipient is. For example, you’ll likely spend more on your daughter than you would her friend’s birthday gift.
Still, regardless of who the lucky recipient is, you can get some really good 11-year-old gifts for about $25 to $35. There are some fantastic science kits, arts and crafts sets, and accessory items for this price.
Q: Should I avoid giving my 11-year-old electronics?
A: Many people are under the assumption that simply having anything with a screen will turn their kids into mindless, immobile adults. But, this isn’t the case at all. In fact, the way the world is advancing so quickly technologically, it’s great for kids to get an early start learning about it.
A tablet can become an incredible learning resource when used appropriately. A cell phone can ensure your kid stays safe when they start going out more with their friends. But that doesn’t mean you don’t set some limits.
Make sure there are clear expectations of how technology will be used and how much screen time your kids get. Set up the idea of technology as a tool and for limited entertainment, not an all-the-time affair.
If you feel she doesn’t have the maturity level to handle a phone yet, don’t get one. Or, consider a specially-designed phone for kids, like Sprint’s WeGo. It allows kids to talk and text, but features parental controls and GPS tracking.
Conclusion: The Best Gifts For An 11 Year Old Girl
Ultimately, think about who you plan to give the gift to when you’re shopping. 11-year-old girls have unique personalities and interests, and what works for one might not for another. Therefore, stick with the categories that make the most sense for your particular gift recipient.
If she loves science, then the Crystal Science or Snap Circuits Kit would be great options. For a girl that loves to spend time socializing, a fun game like Unstable Unicorns or Bean-Boozled works well. If she’s more of an introvert, she would enjoy a boxed book set or a personalized journal.
Music lovers would adore their own set of Bluetooth headphones while aspiring bakers will drool over a Cake Pop Maker. Our list covers all types of interests and hobbies, so you can certainly find something perfect for her right here.