Trying to find the perfect gift for a nine-year-old girl might feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. It seems like there are endless options for pretty much anything you can think of, from art kits to fashion to outdoor activities. Plus, by 9, girls can start to get a little more particular about what they like and don’t like.
Should you get them something that’s the latest fad so they can impress their friends? Or do you stick with something purely educational to help them develop essential skills? But, what if you could find something that does all of the above?
It’s okay, you don’t have to think too hard, because we’ve done the hard part for you. We’ve scoured through all sorts of games, toys, and other gift ideas for 9-year-old girls to find the best. Just scroll through our list to find your favorite, and make sure to check out our helpful tips at the end too!
The Best Gifts This Year For 9 Year Old Girls
She can imagine she’s prepping for the runway with this fashion designer kit. It lets girls explore their fashion ideas and creations then see them come to life on the lace-covered mannequin. The sketchbook is the perfect place for kids to plan out their ideas, then they can put them together in real life with the included supplies. The set features fabric samples, ribbon, various embellishments and tools, a swatch booklet, and more. Illustrated instructions serve as a useful guide to get girls started on their designs.
Photography is a great way for children to develop their imaginations, creative abilities, and visual skills. It’s also fun and a great way to interact as they snap group shots with friends and family. This camera lets girls capture all their special moments, no matter where they might be. It has a waterproof case that makes it the perfect camera for around the pool, at the beach, and more, plus the case adds extra durability. The camera includes 28 frames and 6 filters so girls can add some extra-special touches to their photos.
Are you ready to challenge your friends and family to all sorts of interesting and weird feats? This fun, interactive game includes 160 challenge cards that are a great fit for kids and adults. Place your bets on who will win these tricky feats of dexterity. You can choose to compete as individuals, pairs, or team-ups. This game is great for 2 to 8 players and is sure to have everyone laughing in seconds.
She can create the perfect floral crown or flower bracelet before becoming a princess of a magical forest or a fairy queen. This craft kit lets girls explore their creative sides and develop hand-eye coordination and other essential skills. Then, it helps facilitate imaginative play as their creations become the perfect costume accessories. It includes supplies to make four 17-inch garlands and four 32-inch garlands, including berry branches, glitter, flowers, and instructions. This would make for a fun activity during your 9 year olds birthday party!
It’s time to get the party started with this full, high-quality karaoke system that will have her and her pals singing all night. It features a top-loading CD player for CDs and CD+Graphics, or you can stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth. There’s also a USB connection to record your best performances or play back your favorite songs. The unit also flashes 57 LED lights with a dimmer, making it a great addition to a girl’s night party or sleepover.
Let her cut loose and have some fun with a safe way to color her hair. If she wants pink hair with blue stripes, no problem. This non-toxic, washable hair chalk goes in easily and stays in place for a few days. Then, girls can wash it out easily when it’s time to get rid of the color or try something new. It includes 10 different chalk pens in a variety of vivid colors, and each pen lasts for roughly 80 applications. You can even use the pens as face paint.
This fun board game takes the famous Rubik’s Cube and turns it into a fast-paced competitive matching game. It’s designed for two players that go head-to-head in a speed battle. You need to hurry to be the first to match the pattern on the Scrambler and slam down your frame to declare victory. It’s excellent for developing cognitive skills and dexterity, and it quickly becomes one of those games you don’t want to stop playing.
As girls get older, they start to face all sorts of new situations and experience a range of emotions. They start to care more about what their friends think and unfortunately have to deal with peer pressure more. A diary or journal provides a safe and healthy outlet for girls to express their feelings. It’s also a great place for girls to write down ideas and encouraging thoughts. This journal set includes a 70-page journal, 6 paper clips, stickers, bookmarks, glitter tape, and much more.
Girls can take their spa day for a walk on the wild side with these fun animal face masks. The set includes 12 masks, showcasing two each of different animals or magical creatures. Kids can choose from an otter, panda, llama, cheetah, unicorn, and mermaid. The masks help hydrate and detoxify the skin, leaving girls with a glowing complexion. They’re a fun addition to a girl’s night sleepover or spa day with mom, and they also help build self-confidence since girls will feel so good after their facial.
Blaster guns, bow and arrows, and similar toys are a great way to encourage physical activity and time outside. Plus, they help develop coordination, visual acuity, accuracy, and focus skills. This Rebelle bow blaster combines a powerful blaster bow that can shoot whistling darts up to 85 feet. It gets even cooler — the darts include secret messages, and there’s a decoder to help reveal the message. Plus you can store the decoder and a detachable quiver on the bow, keeping everything together in one place.
The popular Connect Four game adds an extra challenge into the equation with this ball version of the classic. Players take turns trying to get four in a row, but you need to aim the balls into the upper slots first. It’s a great way to practice accuracy and hand-eye coordination. If your ball goes in the wrong slot it might lead your opponent to a faster victory. For even more competitive spirit, players can start shooting at the same time to see who can get four in a row first.
There’s no denying that sloths are cute, which is probably why they feature on so many different products. You can find sloth coffee mugs, t-shirts, notebooks, and anything else you can think of. This little Fingerlings sloth is named Marge, and she lets girls pretend they have their very own baby sloth to take care of. Its interactive features allow girls to pet her to sleep, tell her a joke, or blow her a kiss. If you get more than one, the Fingerlings will even sing together.
Walkie-talkies are a great way to encourage communication skills and get kids interacting with others. This three-pack means more can join in on the fun. Kids can enjoy using them in real-life scenarios or rousing games of pretend play, like spy missions or jungle explorations. The units are lightweight, making them easy to carry around on various adventures, and they feature a powerful transmitter for a stable signal. There’s also a flashlight on top, and it works with simple push-to-talk technology.
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9-year-olds can leave plastic, pretend toys behind for the real deal when it comes to a lot of things. Among them are many STEM-based activities and items, like this working microscope, perfect for beginners. Aspiring scientists can get a closer look at their various specimens and samples. The kit includes a microscope with a molecular viewing head, a built-in color filter wheel, multiple magnifications, and a durable metal frame. It also comes with 52 accessories, all of which fit in a hard, ABS plastic case.
There’s something that’s just so cool about sending secret messages. Girls can have fun with their friends, pretend to be secret agents, and explore chemistry with this STEM kit. The Girls Only! Secret Message Lab teaches about chemical reactions and other scientific concepts through the fun of hidden messages. It comes with enough supplies for two girls to use and interact, which helps build communication and social skills. There are 2 code wheels, a UV light pen, red filter, red marker, spray bottle, wax crayon, stickers, and more.
Girls love to feel all grown-up at 9-years-old, so some big-girl gifts are certainly in order. She’ll love to get some fun spa-inspired treats, like these rainbow cloud bath bombs. They’re made with natural, vegan ingredients and kid-friendly, featuring all plant-based ingredients. They add a fun fizz as they change the color of your bath water, without staining the tub or your skin. Plus, they leave skin feeling soft and healthy thanks to Shea butter and sea salt.
You likely don’t want your nine-year-old going out and getting tattoos with her friends. But, with these glitter tattoos, she can have a blast adding some art to her skin. Temporary tattoos are a popular activity for kids of many ages. This set includes everything girls need to apply colorful glitter tattoos to their skin. There are 24 tattoo stencils, 6 different colors of glitter, and 2 make-up brushes for an easy-to-use application. There’s also a unicorn version that features a variety of tattoos showcasing the magical creature.
Kids can create the ultimate marble run with over 135 tube pieces, 55 action pieces, and 10 bases. Then, they can turn off the lights and let the fun really begin as marbles race through their creation. Building marble runs is an excellent exercise in engineering and problem-solving. It also helps develop logical thinking and reasoning skills. This set from National Geographic features a UV light that quickly recharges the marbles and a storage bag so you can keep everything organized and not lose any pieces.
Nine-year-old girls still enjoy doing lots of craft kits, especially since they can do more on their own. By 9, girls can handle most craft kits solo without any adult assistance. This freedom means they can also put their complete artistic stamp on what they do. This mini magnetic tile kit has everything girls need to create an assortment of 2-by-2-inch magnets. Girls can decorate the family fridge or their school lockers with their own creative masterpieces.
As girls become more independent readers, providing them with engaging stories can help develop a love for reading. When they enjoy what they’re reading, they’re more likely to have an affinity for books and literacy. The Roald Dahl Collection features some of the author’s most classic titles. Included in the boxed set are “Matilda,” “The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me,” “Going Solo,” “Esio Trot,” “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator,” “James and the Giant Peach,” and many more favorites.
Can you guess the secret city in ten questions or less? Girls will love to challenge each other and themselves as they try to figure out the answer through logical reasoning. They get ten questions to help them determine what’s on the card as they put together all the answers. The game requires little setup and is easy to play, so the fun can start right away. It’s also a great way for kids to learn about tons of cities around the world.
Kids will get their scientific juices flowing with this liquid science kit from Crayola. It features a variety of supplies that when combined with common household items can facilitate 15 experiments. Performing science experiments is a great way for kids to develop interest in the field and teach valuable skills. Plus, this STEAM kit throws some art and creativity into the mix, too. Easy to follow instructions helps guide kids through the various steps as they perform the labs and learn in the process.
If your 9-year-old enjoys arts and crafts, then this gift is an absolute must. It has tons of pieces and everything she could need to bring her imagination to life. The Arts and Crafts Vault is loaded with classic craft supplies like pom-poms, pipe cleaners, fuzzy sticks, wooden and plastic beads, googly eyes, scissors, sewing needles, glues, and more. When she’s ready to create, she just needs to grab this kit and start making all sorts of amazing sculptures and works of art.
Do you have the next Gordon Ramsey or Giada De Laurentiis on your hands, then give them something to help them flex their culinary muscles. This kid-friendly cookbook from Food Network is full of tasty recipes that budding chefs can follow easily. Let the kids take care of dinner tonight, whipping up some easy family dinners and creative desserts. It features over 150 recipes and full-color photographs, plus food quizzes that will test their culinary knowledge.
Barbie gets a magical twist when she changes color in water. She comes in a tube that girls simply fill with warm water, swirl Barbie around, and see what colorful look they’ll reveal. Also included in the tube are four bags that hide secret surprises like a pair of shoes or a ruffly party dress. Then, girls can change Barbie again with some ice-cold water and the included sponge so they can perform the dazzling transformation again and again.
Kids start to get a lot more mobile and active the older they get (and that’s a good thing). By now, most kids have likely been riding a bike for a few years. If so, then let them step up their pedaling on a little off-road terrain. The Mongoose Mountain Bike features a 15-inch pink steel frame, 24-inch alloy wheels, and a kickstand. It has 21 speeds, is lightweight and includes front and rear pull brakes.
It’s time to look at LEGOs in a whole new way with the LEGO Gear Bots. These brick figures go above-and-beyond your basic builds. The set includes a 64-page book that educates kids about various STEM subjects like axles, cranks, engineering, cams, and more. Kids then get to test out and explore what they’ve learned in real-time as they use the LEGO bricks and papercraft in the kit to create 8 physics-driven creatures that can move.
She can sketch out all of her fashion designs in one convenient place with this handy sketch portfolio. Drawing is an excellent way for kids to indulge their creative side and serves as a vehicle for self expression. This sketching set makes it easy with removable stencils, colorful stickers, and 40 sketch sheets. It’s great for relaxing or to take on-the-go and travel. It also features a set of instructions to help give clear guidelines and inspire young designers.
Give her some free reign to design her own room, and she’ll probably choose something super fun like this bedding set. It features a vibrant and fun leopard print in various neon colors. She can certainly put her own personal stamp on her bedroom with this vivid five-piece collection. It includes a colorful assortment of bedding — a comforter, flat sheet, fitted sheet, pillowcase, and sham. It’s available in twin/twin XL, full, or queen sizes.
This light projector brings the beauty of the Northern Lights to any girl’s room with its incredibly colorful projections. It’s great to use as a night light or even as an addition to a fun karaoke dance party. The light includes a 3-in-1 night light projector, Bluetooth speaker, and white noise feature. There are 14 color variations that help create a variety of moods and relaxing atmospheres. It also features a remote control and is sound activated.
A classic never goes out of style, and if she’s a sports fan, then a basketball is a winner. She can test her skills, improve her game, or just enjoy shooting hoops. It’s a great way to work on endurance, speed, hand-eye coordination, and accuracy. This intermediate size basketball measures 28.5 inches and features a durable rubber cover perfect for holding up to outdoor use. The deep channels also allow for easy handling. You can also opt for a youth size, measuring 27.5 inches.
This retro art activity is still a fun favorite with its spinning art templates and all-in-one carrying case. The case doubles as the work surface and storage, making this art activity a perfect choice for a road trip or visiting friends and family. It encourages creative thinking and imagination as it develops coordination and fine motor skills. The kit includes 3 colorful markers, 2 drawing pads (each with 24 pages), and a full set of wheels and rings that are compatible with all Original Spirograph sets.
Whether at the park or heading down the street to a friend’s house, this speedy skateboard will get her there in style. It has a stunning galaxy-inspired design and rich color that will make her stand-out as she zips by. The deck is 6 inches wide and 22 inches long, and made with a durable, plastic. The high-quality wheels are 3-inch thick aluminum trucks with smooth PU wheels. The board can hold up to 198 pounds, sure to last her a while.
The Creator series from LEGO features an assortment of clever and creative builds for kids. Each set features multiple options for builds that kids can create from the same set. The pet shop and cafe can be rebuilt into a bank or a market street with a tram. Altogether, there are 969 pieces that kids use to build the designs following the included instructions, or they can use their imaginations to create whatever they want. This freedom to create is what makes LEGOs so amazing.
When used appropriately, a tablet can be a great educational tool and learning resource. And although it’s understandable you want to be aware of screen time, a tablet also helps pass the time on long road trips. The Amazon Fire Kids tablet features 3 GB RAM, a 10.1” full HD display, dual cameras, and USB-C port. It also comes with a free year of Amazon Kids+ which features tons of books, games, and shows. Parental controls and a slim, durable case make this worry-free for mom and dad too.
Cute pajamas are a fun gift for this age, especially these whimsical and fantasy-inspired sets. They have soft, 100% cotton material that is machine-washable. There are multiple sizes available, and you can also choose from several other designs. They have a bunny, sleeping kitty, ballerinas, and even a pink T-Rex wearing sunglasses. Some sets even glow-in-the-dark, so make sure to look at your options to decide which one she’d love the best.
If you give her some freedom to decorate her room, she can develop decision making skills and her creativity. These butterflies make a big and beautiful statement and girls can arrange them in a variety of ways. The set includes 72 brilliant butterflies in 6 different colors and 4 varied sizes. The stunning creatures attach to surfaces and walls with double-adhesive foam (included). The 3D design makes them look like real butterflies fluttering across the room.
Girls start wearing more jewelry as they get older, so having a special place to keep it is important. They can organize their necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings in the multiple compartments of this musical jewelry box. The drawer provides another easy way for her to store her favorite accessories. Plus, there’s a mirror, unicorn necklace, and bracelet, and Luna (the spinning unicorn). Download the accompanying app and watch Luna come to life.
These shoes are a true fashion statement, sure to help her show off her style flair. The soles contain LED lights in 7 static colors and four moving colors that can change with the press of a button. The shoes recharge easily with the included USB cable and are fully adjustable with hook-and-look straps and a lace-up design. They’re constructed with a durable, high-quality material, delicate but strong stitching, and come in multiple sizes. Make sure to consult the size chart to find the best fit.
Add a fantasy-inspired twist to STEM learning with this buildable robotic unicorn. Once girls build their new robotic pet, they can explore the world of coding to give it a variety of commands. Girls use the included color cards to program their unicorn to perform multiple actions. It can walk, run, and even dance, with Blockly coding using the JIMU app. Kids can also customize their robot friend by changing its LED horn a variety of colors.
Styling and accessorizing dolls is still a popular pastime for 9-year-old girls. Dolls enable girls to engage in imaginative play. Plus, the added layer of styling the fashions helps build creative skills. The OMG Sunshine Gurl provides lots of fun with 20 surprises for girls to unbox, including various fashion pieces and accessories. You can remove her hands for easy dressing and thanks to articulated joints, girls can position the doll into various poses.
This painting set helps girls create beautifully painted artwork on canvas. It’s paint-by-number taken to the next level, resulting in a stylish, multi-color design that really pops. It helps build confidence, fine motor skills, and artistic abilities, while helping girls destress and relax. The set includes a pre-printed textured art canvas, a set of acrylic paints, and a 3-piece brush set. Choose from an assortment of images such as a puppy dog face, cat and butterflies, and many more.
A scooter not only helps girls get around faster, but it helps encourage physical activity. Girls can get outside and on the move with this electric kick scooter from Segway. The powerful 130W motor means girls can reach speeds up to 8.7 mph, and the lightweight design makes it easy to carry around. Plus, it’s foldable for maximum portability and on-the-go fun. The max load is 100 pounds, and Segway offers a 180-day warranty.
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Growing crystals is an excellent science activity for older girls to explore the world of chemistry. But growing these crystals is only half the fun in this kit from Dan&Darci. After growing their crystals using the included supplies, girls can watch them glow when they show them off on the LED display stands. The set includes a USB cable, 3 growing cups, 3 bags of crystal powder, 3 crystal starters, tweezers, a mixing stick, and a colorful guide to help walk them through it.
She’ll love kicking back with her favorite tunes no matter where she is with these Bluetooth headphones. They feature a limited 85 decibel range to protect young ears and studio-quality sound. With one touch, girls can pair the headphone to an iPhone or Android device and enjoy a generous 30-foot range. The headphones also come in a variety of colors including blue, pink, green, teal, and more. Girls can enjoy up to 20 hours of music playback before having to recharge the headphones.
The friendship bracelet trend has been around for decades. It’s an enduring favorite because it not only gives girls something to do but it represents their friendships with others. This DIY bracelet kit features 12 different colors of threads, 12 buckles, a bracelet loom, and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. It’s great for at-home art activities, sleepovers, or on-the-go fun. Everything comes in a convenient storage bag, so girls will have everything they need in one place when they’re ready to start creating.
Beauty gifts are a big hit with this age. When girls can create their own beauty and spa products it adds a whole new dimension to the gift. Now, girls are also learning about chemistry and developing their cognitive skills. This set gives girls the means to make their own lip balm, including 6 lip balm containers, a lip balm mold, a sticker sheet, and a lotion bar mold that has four shapes. It also includes the necessary beeswax to make the balm and gift bags if girls want to give their creations as presents to others.
STEM learning isn’t all about making volcanoes or coding robots. It’s anything that centers around the areas of science, technology, math, and engineering. A popular way to explore the world of STEM is through building. This DIY STEM kit supplies girls with everything they need to assemble a variety of robots, cars, and more. They can even make a mini generator and a mini bubble machine. It also includes a mini screwdriver, so girls can get to work learning and exploring right away.
Music is a great way for kids to unwind and express themselves while they build musical skills and self-confidence. If the young girl in your life is showing an interest in music, giving her the tools to pursue that interest is vital. The RockJam keyboard is 61 inches and features an interactive touch display. The panels allow girls to play 200 rhythms, 200 various tones, and 30 demo songs. It also features a teaching function so girls can advance their piano skills.
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Move over plastic cookware, it’s time to make some real sweet treats in the kitchen. Give your young baker a set that can help her pursue her most baketastic creations. The set includes 25 pieces that can help her get started on her baking journey. It has a cute polka-dot patterned chef hat, apron, oven mitt, and pot holder, plus a wooden spoon and rolling pin. There are five measuring spoons, three cake cutters, five silicone baking molds, a whisk, and four cookie cutters.
The Best Toys And Gifts For Nine Year Old Girls [Buyer’s Guide]
Ask 15 nine-year-old girls what they want for Christmas, Easter, their birthday, or any other occasion, and you’ll likely get 15 different answers. It’s because nine-year-olds are very much individuals with their own unique likes, dislikes, hobbies, passions, and dreams. But, there are still those gifts that appeal to many thanks to their ability to engage and their high fun factors.
For example, the Light-Up Crystal Growing kit is fun for budding scientists, girls that love glam, and creative-minded kids. A real baking set can inspire kids to whip up fun dishes in the kitchen while learning about math and science.
So many gifts can serve multiple purposes, both entertaining and educating girls at this age. To help narrow down your options even more, here’s a peek at some of the top categories for gifts for 9-year-old girls. Think about the recipient when you’re reading through to decide which area you should concentrate on the most.
STEM Kits And Building Sets
So many different STEM toys are available for 9-year-olds. Since older children have more sharply developed fine motor skills and coordination, they can take on more intricate STEM-based activities.
You’ll find sets that include more advanced features like electric motors and gears. Plus, kids will be able to engage in more involved experiments using real supplies. For girls, lots of spa kits offer a fun way to learn about chemistry, physics, and more. Girls can make their own bath bombs, soap, and lip balm, learning about chemical reactions.
LEGO sets are always a classic, but also offer ways for kids to practice problem-solving, reasoning, and engineering skills. There are also fun interactive toys that enable girls to experiment with robotics and coding. These types of gifts help spark interest in important fields while also developing essential skills.
Electric Scooters, Bicycles, & Other Outdoor Gear
By 9, it’s likely girls have already had a bike or two and a basic scooter. They also probably have tried out roller skates and other ride-on toys. But, by 9, girls can start to try some more advanced variations of these outdoor classics, including motorized options.
Also, there are many different types of sports gear and other outdoor activities that help promote physical activity. Anything from a simple but durable Spalding basketball to the Rebelle arrow blaster can encourage movement. Plus, they also help develop accuracy and hand-eye coordination.
Video Game Consoles
The Nintendo Switch is a popular choice for this age group for its portability and ability to play with friends. While parents may worry about excess screen time, keep in mind video games have benefits too.
Playing educational video games can help sharpen skills and knowledge in various areas. Plus, video games can also help improve fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving.
Just make sure to set clear expectations about screen-time limits and the types of games allowed. Video games feature a maturity rating, so make sure to choose those appropriate for 9-year-olds.
Gifts That Show Off Style And Creativity
Girls love any chance they have to show off their sense of style. And it’s not just their sense of fashion, but they also love to redo their bedrooms at this age. Giving them some freedom to pick a theme for their bedroom and adding some personal touches lets them express themselves.
Temporary fashion statements like glitter tattoos and hair chalk let girls experiment with different looks without permanence. Or, they can put their imaginations and creativity to the test with endless varieties of arts and crafts kits.
By 9, girls can handle some of the more advanced kits, creating some genuinely artistic masterpieces. They can also continue to improve skills like focus and coordination so they can keep moving up to the next level.
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
Q: Should I get my 9-year-old a tablet?
A: You know your 9-year-old the best, so think about how they will likely use the tablet. If clear rules and expectations are set down from the beginning, a tablet can be a great learning device. Plus, in today’s technological world, it’s pretty much required that kids start to learn how to use technology.
Most likely, your 9-year-old is already pretty tech-savvy. And if you monitor the tablet’s apps and content, you can ensure that there’s a healthy dose of educational material. When used properly, a tablet can become an excellent learning resource for kids.
Q: How much freedom should I give a 9-year-old in designing their bedroom?
A: Ultimately, it needs to be an amount of freedom you’re comfortable with, but as much as you’re willing to give is great. You can set down some basic parameters like no all-black ceiling or busting down walls. But letting her choose her paint colors, bedding, and decor goes a long way.
Discuss her plans and your budget for the room, and then go from there. If there is something very specific she wants (like a purple cheetah lamp), you could always give her the approval but have her save the money for it. Decorating her own room could be a great opportunity to help her learn about saving and making decisions.
Conclusion: The Best Gifts For A 9 Year Old Girl
Ultimately, it’s all about finding a gift that speaks to a specific recipient’s personality and likes. If she’s really into making things and being crafty, then the Arts and Crafts Vault is a sure winner. She’ll have everything she needs to bring her ideas to life on a whim.
Science kits are a fantastic go-to for girls who love to explore and discover new things, but you can put a fun spin on it. Try making some colorful “unicorn poop” or unique lip balms or sending secret messages. Mix in a healthy dose of exercise with fun outdoor activities like a stylish skateboard or the Rebelle arrow blaster.
If she prefers a more laid-back way to spend her time, go for a boxed book series or Bluetooth headphones. This list is by no means everything that’s out there, but it will undoubtedly help you narrow down your options. You can’t go wrong choosing one of these gifts for 9-year-old girls.