The tween years aren’t an easy time for girls. They are somewhere between dolls and dating, which can make it tough to know what to buy them for Christmas. With the help of my own twelve-year-old daughter, I’ve compiled a list of things that most tween girls would like to receive this Christmas.
For girls who enjoy arts and crafts, a subscription to Kiwi Crate might be just the thing. Each month they send a new kit with arts and crafts projects to make. Not only is it fun to get a surprise in the mail, it’s fun to spend time doing something artsy that can become a keepsake. Big Sis loves this kind of thing and she thinks most girls her age would, too.
Craftsy offers some online classes in quilting, knitting, and other handicrafts that could develop into fun creative hobbies for girls, too. You can encourage her interests with classes like this. They even have photography classes, which might be a future career possibility!
Another great idea for this age group is a journal or a diary. I have always kept them and Big Sis does now, too. They don’t have to be fancy, or even have locks. Just a place where she can write down her thoughts and feelings. A safe place to get those things out without fear of being criticized. I always like a special pen to use for my journal, too. Here are a few favorites that Big Sis and I have used or would like to use:
At this age, girls may be ready to move from play jewelry to a few starter pieces of real jewelry, depending on their maturity level. Big Sis has a few favorites now that were gifts from her Grandma and Grandpa.
Being able to show her personality and decorate her own room with some personal touches can also mean a lot at this age. Here are some ideas that Big Sis loves:
Something to Encourage Her Faith
It was at this age that I started reading daily devotionals on a regular basis and now Big Sis does, too. It’s a good habit to start for tween girls. It can be an encouragement to her during the awkward and tough times of growing up. Here are a few that we have read and recommend:
Books by Dannah Gresh, including our favorite, The One Year Mother-Daughter Devo
My parents got me my first personalized Bible when I was 13. I still have it to this day. It became the first Bible I read on my own on a regular basis and carried with me to Youth Group and church every Sunday.
Something to Read
Has your daughter read the classics like Anne of Green Gables and The Little House on the Prairie series? If she hasn’t yet, now is a good time. If she has read them and enjoyed them, she might also like the following books:
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
Diary of a Real Payne, Books 1, 2, and 3
This is a list of fun books that Big Sis has especially enjoyed that are perfect for tween girls.
Do you have a tween or teen daughter or granddaughter? What suggestions can you add to this gift guide?