20 of the best gifts for 11-year-old girls, from an arcade-style basketball game to creative STEM sets

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Wondering what to buy that tween in your life? Undoubtedly, you want to find a gift that won't gather dust in the corner. Rather, you want to find something that will make their eyes light up — something they'll want to show off to all their friends. 

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To find the best gifts for 11-year-old girls, we spoke to Jackie Cucco, senior editor at the Toy Insider and Laurie Leahey, senior editor of TTPM (Toys, Tots, Pets, and More).

Cucco explained that some of the top gifts for 11-year-old girls this year include activity and crafting kits, STEAM toys, and anything that goes viral on social media. "Look for toys that have an activity element to them so kids can stay entertained with a project," she said. The tweens we've spoken to have also mentioned that they enjoy gifts that make their rooms feel cozy. 

While we picked out some of the hottest toys for 11-year-old girls this year, remember that gender is fluid. Many 11-year-old girls may be more drawn to gifts marketed toward boys, and you just might find that perfect gift for the 11-year-old boy on this list. 

Here are 20 of the best gifts for 11-year-old girls:

A wooden marble run for them to build

Girl building Marbelocity marble run - STEM gift for 12-year-old girl
Uncommon Goods

Build Your Own Marble Coaster, available at Amazon, Uncommon Goods, and Maisonette, from $29.99

Marble runs are both fun to assemble and satisfying to watch. If they love to tinker and build, they'll enjoy putting together this marble run. The instructions are in graphic novel form, adding an extra element of intrigue.

A head-to-head basketball game

Light up Pop-a-Shot Double Shot dual basketball hoops for gifting 12-year-old girls

Pop-a-Shot Double Shot Basketball, available at Target, $39.99

They can turn their bedroom into an arcade with this double basketball hoop lit up with LED lights. It can hang over any standard door and comes ready to play head-to-head basketball. The game includes two basketballs and an inflation pump.

A strategy game for the Marvel fan

Funkoverse: Marvel 100 4-Pack card game gift for 12-year-old

Funkoverse: Marvel 100 4-Pack, available at Amazon, $32.43

Marvel fans will enjoy this strategic card game that allows players to be their favorite Marvel hero. It's designed for one to four players, making it a fun solitary game or one to pull out at family game night. 

A science-based cookbook

"The Complete Cookbook for Young Scientists" by America's Test Kitchen book cover

"The Complete Cookbook for Young Scientists" by America's Test Kitchen, available at Amazon and Target, $14.49

Many 11-year-olds like to get in the kitchen. With this cookbook, they can make over 70 delicious recipes. The best part, however, is that the cookbook explains why food cooks the way it does, and it includes science experiments they can do in the kitchen.

A jewelry holder for the Potterhead

Harry Potter themed quidditch hoops jewelry holder and golden snitch clock
Pottery Barn Teen

Harry Potter Quidditch Hoops Jewelry Holder, available at Pottery Barn Teen, $99

Eleven-year-olds who can't put the "Harry Potter" books down will appreciate this unique quidditch jewelry holder. This delicate but generous design is the ideal place for them to store up to 15 pieces of jewelry. 

A microphone so they can make sure they're always heard

Karaoke Microphone Speaker on white background.
Uncommon Goods

Karaoke Microphone Speaker, available at Uncommon Goods, $50

Popular on social media, these karaoke microphones allow kids to really belt it out. This one lights up and includes voice-changing effects, like baby sound and electronic sound.

Charms they can make while they learn to code

Hand2Mind Coding Charms kit

Coding Charms, available at Amazon, $21.01

Coding gifts are very popular and engaging for kids. This one teaches them how to code while they make up to 15 different charms. "Not only will it teach kids about algorithms, sequencing, and other STEAM concepts, but it will leave them with a charm they can attach to their backpack," Cucco explained. 

A gift that makes a difference in an animal's life

plush elephant and tote bag that reads "future of nature"
World Wildlife Fund

Wildlife Adoption, available at the World Wildlife Fund, from $25

Many 11-year-olds are starting to understand their place in the world, and a gift that can help save a wild animal will mean a lot to them. With a $60 adoption kit, they'll get a plush animal, a photo of their "adopted" animal, an adoption certificate, a species card, and a gift bag.

The perfect gift for the future culinary star

Global Grub DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit
Uncommon Goods

Global Grub DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $34

Kids who are into baking can make delicious mochi ice cream with this DIY kit. They'll enjoy showing off their sweet treats and enjoying the fruits of their labor. 

A novelty mug for the sports lover

Cereal bowl with mini basketball hoop attached
Uncommon Goods

Playful Sports Mugs, available at Amazon and Uncommon Goods, from $25

Eleven-year-olds can still be quite the picky eaters, but a fun mug can make all the difference. Choose from four sports: basketball, hockey, soccer, or baseball/softball. Sometimes playing with food is all kids need to actually get it into their belly.

A kit for nail art lovers

nail polish making set including polish maker, bottles, and more

Color Fusion Nail Polish Maker, available from Amazon, Target, and Joann Fabric and Crafts, from $19.99

If you know an 11-year-old who is always trying to find the perfect nail polish color, this polish maker is the ultimate gift. They can create over 200 different colors and can even use an app to find the perfect color match for their outfit. Cucco recommends this kit as a top pick for 11-year-olds this year.

A game that will turn their world upside down

Girl pouring out a bottle of water while wearing goggles from the Upside Down Game

The Upside Down Challenge Game, available at Amazon and Target, $23.99

Fun games that bring the family together are always popular gifts. This game challenges players to complete simple tasks while special glasses turn their world upside down. While fun, this game can also be an excellent learning opportunity, teaching kids what it might be like for people with disabilities to navigate daily life.

An art kit that takes their designs into another dimension

3D Art Coloring Kit
Uncommon Goods

3D Art Coloring Kit, available at Uncommon Goods and Blick, $24.99

Kids who love to draw and doodle will be amazed when their art enters a new dimension with this 3D coloring kit. The kit includes six markers, four unique coloring boards, 3D glasses, and an artist booklet.

A light-up string to display all their pictures

String lights with Polaroid photos clipped on strung onto the wall

Room Essentials LED Fairy Lights with Metallic Photo Clips, available at Target, $10

String lights and pictures help tweens create that ambiance they're looking for in their bedroom. This string includes 20 photo clips, each lit with a warm white LED light. 

An instant camera to fill their photo strings

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Camera, available at Target, $69.99

This instant camera is an excellent companion gift to a light string. The automatic camera is simple to work and creates pictures instantly, just like the Polaroid cameras you remember. 

A book about fitting in

cover of "New Kid" book with boy wearing a backpack looking down anxiously at school book

"New Kid" by Jerry Craft, available at Amazon, Bookshop, Target, and Barnes & Noble, from $8.64

Many kids at this age struggle to fit in and to feel comfortable in their own skin. They'll relate to this popular book that follows a seventh-grader who doesn't quite fit in at his new school.

A Bluetooth speaker they can take anywhere

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JBL FLIP 5 Portable Speaker, available at Amazon, $129.99

This waterproof Bluetooth speaker can go with them anywhere — in the shower, at a sleepover, or in their bedroom. This is a high-quality gift that can grow with them, and it's ideal for music, audiobooks, or anything else they like to listen to.

A cozy blanket for their bedroom

Fuzzy throw blanket with cats print

The Big One Oversized Supersoft Plush Throw, available at Kohl's, $9.99

Some tweens love to wrap themselves up in a cozy blanket while reading, studying, or just hanging out with friends. This oversized plush throw is available in over 60 trendy patterns. The soft blanket will be a welcome addition to their bed.

A putty to keep their hands busy

Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty

Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty, available at Amazon, $14.95

Fidgets of all shapes and sizes are very popular, and the 11-year-old on your list will mindlessly play with this putty for hours. It's super stretchy, will never dry out, and is ideal for tweens who need something to keep their hands busy. 

A rock polishing kit for the budding gemologist

National Geographic Rock Tumbler Kit

National Geographic Rock Tumbler Kit, available at Amazon, $59.99

This rock tumbler teaches them how to polish stones into gems. Once they're done creating their gems, they can display them with the included jewelry fastenings. This gift provides a springboard to sneak in some science education.

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