Girls between the ages of 8-11 years old aren’t hard to find the perfect gift for, as our list of the 10 best gifts for preteen girls will show. Preteen girls are at a precarious age between imaginative play and self-expression, and gifts from each of these categories will be appreciated. The key to finding the best present for your preteen is in observing their burgeoning styles and tastes. Our editors considered all these factors when compiling this list. Read on for our reviews of the top gifts for preteen girls.
1. LET’S GO! Wireless Portable Handheld Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone
Unleash her inner star with this Wireless portable handheld microphone by Let’s Go! A solid favorite among preteen girls, it comes in five different colors and features Bluetooth and noise-canceling technology. The high-quality chipset features impressive stereo sound, and it can be connected with a cable USB or Bluetooth. After hookup, she just opens up the singing app on her phone (or yours) to start belting out some tunes.
2. Fairy Nightlight Lantern Craft Kit (2 Pack) by Brass Tacks
This fairy lantern craft kit by Brass Tacks is sure to put a smile on her face. It comes with enough supplies to make two—one for her and one for a friend—and is a thoughtful gift that she probably doesn’t have yet. When she is done, she can use it as a nightlight. The kit includes everything needed to make two enchanting lanterns but will need two AAA batteries (sold separately) for each one.
3. Wearable Hooded Unicorn Blanket by Kanguru
Kanguru offers this sweet unicorn blanket that will keep your favorite 8 to 11-year-old girl all cuddled up and toasty. Made of 100 percent microfiber polyester, it is super soft and measures 37 inches by 50 inches. The hood allows her to transform into a dazzling unicorn while she keeps her head warm. Its machine washable, but the manufacturer recommends you dry it naturally. Perfect for traveling, watching movies, or napping, this blanket will become a long-time favorite.
4. Six-Foot Teepee Kids Tent with 25-Foot Little Star Light and Cotton Mat
This adorable teepee tent is destined to be one of the best gits for an 8 to 11-year-old girl. For starters, it’s made with 100 percent pure white cotton canvas, so it will look great in any room. It’s roomy enough for more than one, so it’s ideal for sleepovers and “club” meetings. The five-sided design is 6 feet tall, 47.3 inches long, and 47.3 inches wide and includes five wooden poles for setup. There is an inner pocket for girls to store their favorite books and stuffed animals, and it comes with a handy carrying case. Little white pompoms and 25 feet of lights adorn this fun hideaway.
5. 18-InchSuper Cute Sparkling Dolphin Plush Toy with Color Changing LED Light by Elfe Boutique
Perfect as a nightlight and a new cuddly friend, this 18-inch plush dolphin has color-changing LED technology that provides a soft glow of ten alternating pastel colors all through the night. This is the ideal gift for kids who are afraid of the dark or have trouble sleeping. Huggable and sweet, you can turn it on or off and change the batteries by accessing a velcro pouch underneath.
6. FujiFilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera Bundle
If you’ve got a budding photographer on your hands, this Instax Mini Camera Bundle by FujiFilm is the ideal gift. Like a polaroid, it prints pictures instantly with the enclosed film (two packs included) and has a close-up lens and four color filters so she can take a variety of pictures. Additionally, it features handing frames, stickers, and a photo album she can use to display her photos. A matching carrying case and adjustable straps top it all off for a gift that will be used over and over. The set is available in several color choices to match your 8- 11 year old’s personality.
7. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Slime Kit & Putty Lab
Who says girls don’t like slime? We happen to know they do, and this cool slime and putty eight-pack by Nat Geo is gonna knock her socks off. It features eight different types of slime and putty, including fluffy slime, premade magnetic putty, liquid slime, glow-in-the-dark putty, color-changing putty, snotty slime, bouncing putty and a DIY slime lab that glows in the dark. A 16-page full-color guide will help her learn the science behind all that slime. Nontoxic and 100 percent safe for kids, this is a fun gift that will be remembered.
8. Temporary Hair Color Chalk by Ms. Dears
Temporary hair color chalk is all the rage, and it suits this age perfectly because it’s non-toxic and not permanent. The set comes with eight fun colors: white, silver, green, purple, wine red, yellow, pink, and blue. Made of natural botanical extracts, deionized water, glycerol, and pearl luster, they are safe and easily wash right out. Unlike some hair chalks, this set by Mrs. Dears works on brunettes and dark-haired girls too.
9. Razor E100 Glow Electric Scooter
Razor’s E100 Glow Electric Scooter is an exciting gift for girls over eight years old. Constructed from an all-steel frame, it features a 200 mm pneumatic front tire, a high-torque, chain-driven motor, a kickstart, a hand-operated front brake, and twist-grip acceleration control. It travels at speeds of up to 10 mph and can go 40 minutes on a single charge. It runs off a 24-volt sealed battery system and includes a battery charger. Keep in mind that you will want to charge this for 12 hours before the first use, so if you have an impatient girl, plan ahead! Oh, and don’t forget the safety helmet up next.
10. Adjustable Ultralight Child Bicycle Helmet for Ages 3-12 by Ledivo
Ledivo’s adjustable bike helmet for kids comes in three cool colors— pink, neon green, and blue. This is a must-have for girls on wheels. Made of PVC and EPS, it is crash resistant and CPSC certified for the highest in safety standards. There are 17 air vents to keep her cool even on the hottest of days, and a washable, adjustable strap with quick-release clip keeps it securely in place. This popular helmet comes with a two-year warranty.
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By BCR Staff