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28 Best Toys and Gifts for 12-Year-Old Girls

Updated 14 July 2020

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Choosing what to buy a 12-year-old girl is one of the great gift buying challenges. They are trapped in that awkward stage between childhood and being a teenager, and half of the time they may not even know what they want themselves.  

To help, we’ve sorted through all of the options and found the best gifts on the market for a girl of 12. We’ve weeded out fake reviews to bring you only the options that are verified and approved by both parents and kids.

1Pandasaurus Games The Mind

This is a card game that allows players to meld their minds with other players. This is an excellent quiet game. It is designed to be played without talking, and they are not allowed to do any large gestures, either. It does require high player interaction to make the game enjoyable, which makes it excellent for most game nights.

What we love

  • The cards are beautifully illustrated
  • It comes with well-written instructions on how to play the game properly

We dont like this as much

  • It is a short game, lasting only 15 minutes

2Amamcy Cute Unicorn Cell Mobile Phone Holder Stand

This cell phone holder is made from high-quality environmental protection resin and it is durable and capable of sitting discreetly on any desk. You can purchase it with different colored bases. The cellphone is meant to rest between the rainbow and the small unicorn.

What we love

  • It can hold most smartphones
  • It has a bright and cheerful color scheme

We dont like this as much

  • The unicorn could be a little taller for larger phones

3 Cinema Light Box with Letters

With this lightbox, girls can enjoy displaying their messages in bright lights like at the movies. The set comes with everything needed, including various letters, emojis, and numbers to use on the box. They can change the backlighting to be various colors of their choice.

What we love

  • It comes with 16 letters and numbers and 185 emoji fragments
  • The controller is easy to use

We dont like this as much

  • It uses a CR2 battery, which can be difficult to find in some locations

4Bluetooth Beanie Hat

With this stylish beanie, girls can go anywhere they please and still listen to their favorite music. It comes equipped with Bluetooth 4.1 technology and the beanie is made from a high-quality acrylic yarn that is designed to stretch and fit snug on the head.

What we love

  • It can be purchased in various colors and designs
  • It has its own built-in high-density rechargeable battery

We dont like this as much

  • The volume of the headphones could be louder

5Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

With this small camera, girls can enjoy making their memories last. It has a selfie mirror and an automatic exposure measurement that provides high-quality pictures. The bundle comes with everything she will need to immediately start taking pictures from the moment she opens the camera, including an instant film that will provide 10 exposures.

What we love

  • It comes with a nice case to keep the camera safe
  • It has a high-key mode that allows for brighter pictures

We dont like this as much

  • The camera strap is a little small

6HailiCare Foam Hair Roller

With these hair rollers, any 12-year-old girl can learn how to curl her hair without using dangerous curling irons. These curlers are designed to be easy to use, and they are made to be flexible and soft, which makes them excellent for sleeping in.

What we love

  • The set includes 30 individual curlers
  • It comes with a transparent zipper bag that makes them excellent for traveling

We dont like this as much

  • They are not as effective on thick hair

7Punisher Skateboards

This skateboard is designed for beginners. It is made from high-quality Canadian maple and it has beautiful designs on the top of the board. It is designed with a mild concave skateboard deck profile that is meant to help provide better control while riding, doing tricks, and turning.

What we love

  • It has 80AB heavy-duty black grip tape to help with balance
  • It is capable of allowing riders to practice ollies and tricks

We dont like this as much

  • All other gear is sold separately

8Gallery Studio 82 Piece Deluxe Art Set

This art set is designed to provide any artist with the tools and utensils they need to create beautiful pieces of art. It comes in its case and, with this bundle, you will also get a free Christmas coloring book, as a bonus.

What we love

  • The set includes 82 pieces of art materials
  • It comes in a wooden carrying case that is excellent for travel

We dont like this as much

  • There isn't room inside the case for additional sketchbooks or paper

9Fricon KITY Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone

This Karaoke microphone is designed for any 12-year-old girl that enjoys singing and putting on a show. It has various modes and features, like a voice changer and a record button. The microphone can be connected via Bluetooth technology or by direct audio cable connection, which provides various karaoke options like access to karaoke singing apps.

What we love

  • It can be hooked up to headphones
  • It also has an Aux and USB port

We dont like this as much

  • The USB power cable it comes with is only a foot long

10Friendship Bracelet Making Beads Kit

With this bead kit, you can make all kinds of jewelry, and it includes various types of beads of all colors and special pendants and charms that you can add to any piece to make it unique. The kit includes 48 different colors of embroidery floss as well.

What we love

  • It comes with a plastic organizer to keep everything together
  • The beads are very beautiful and unique

We dont like this as much

  • Could include an instruction manual of different designs

11Endless Games Sleepover Party

This game was designed to be the ultimate game for any sleepover. It is best with three or more players. It has players do various types of acts to gain points to win the game. It comes with a set of easy-to-follow rules and it can provide endless hours of fun.

What we love

  • The cards and pieces of the game are beautifully detailed and colored
  • It can even work as a virtual party

We dont like this as much

  • It needs at least three players to provide the best outcomes

12Crayola Fashion Superstar

This is a perfect gift for girls who love fashion. It will help to let them hone their fashion sense and learn how to design different types of outfits. Plus, it comes with a detailed coloring book and a phone app that will allow them to upload their designs and share them with friends.

What we love

  • The provided app is compatible with both Apple and Android devices
  • It also includes various drawing utensils to get them started

We dont like this as much

  • The color utensils only include basic colors

13KC Republic Hair Chalk

With this hair chalk kit, girls can take their fashion sense to a whole new level. The set comes with 12 different colors, and each hair chalk is scented to match the color of the chalk. Unlike other hair chalk, this set is designed to work with light or dark-colored hair.

What we love

  • To remove the chalk, you just have to shampoo and rinse
  • It has no-mess applicator stix

We dont like this as much

  • It would be better to be able to choose which scents to get

14Grow 'N Glow Terrarium

If your girl likes to grow things, then this terrarium will make the perfect gift for her. With the kit, they can decorate and create their habitat, and at night, the terrarium glows in the dark. This set mixes science with art, and it only takes a short time for the terrarium to begin to grow.

What we love

  • It can begin to grow in a little as three to four days
  • The kit comes with everything needed to build the terrarium

We dont like this as much

  • The seeds that are included are chosen at random

15Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope

Microscopes are a wonderful way for girls to learn new and exciting things about science, but most microscopes are large and heavy to move. However, this microscope is designed with a flexible arm that makes adjusting the lens easier. It has integrated LED lights, and it is compatible with most operating systems that use standard webcam software.

What we love

  • It has a high-definition lens that allows up to 250x magnification
  • It comes with a two-year warranty

We dont like this as much

  • The provided charger cable is short

16Mpow Selfie Stick Tripod

Selfies are not new, but they have grown in popularity. With this selfie stick, you can enjoy taking all kinds of pictures with most of your camera equipment. It can work as a stick that you hold in front of you, or you can set up the tripod base to be able to take pictures from further away. It comes with a controller connected via Bluetooth.

What we love

  • It comes with two independent charging ports for the lights and wireless controller
  • It is compatible with most smartphones

We dont like this as much

  • It works with the GoPro camera series, but it doesn't include the adapter

178X22 Kids Binoculars for Bird Watching

With these binoculars, girls can enjoy different types of activities like bird watching. You can purchase these binoculars in several different colors, and they come with a 90-day money-back guarantee. They are designed to absorb impact, which helps to prevent damage to the lens and optics of the binoculars.

What we love

  • It has a 22mm lens diameter and is powered by 8X magnification
  • It is made from high-quality engineering plastic

We dont like this as much

  • It comes with a 22mm lens, but it doesn't include any replacements

18Bath Bomb Kit

There is nothing better than relaxing in a nice bath. With this kit, girls can learn how to make bath bombs to suit their tastes of scent and colors. The kit comes with enough materials to make 12 lush cupcake mold bath bombs.

What we love

  • The oils that are included are 100% pure essential oils
  • Everything that is included in the kit is 100% all-natural

We dont like this as much

  • A bigger kit would be more fun

19Beginner Acoustic Guitar Starter Kit

Girls that want to learn the guitar will enjoy this beautifully detailed acoustic guitar. It was designed specifically for beginners, and it comes with everything that she will need to start learning how to play the guitar.

What we love

  • The guitar is made from high-quality materials
  • It can be purchased in a variety of colors

We dont like this as much

  • The toner requires batteries

20Dork Diaries Box Set

The Dork Diaries series is a book series that follows the life of Nikki Maxwell as she makes her way through middle school. It is entertaining to read and it includes artwork throughout each book.

What we love

  • This box set comes with the first three books in the series
  • Each book is covered in hardback to help with durability

We dont like this as much

  • The rest of the stories in the series have to be purchased separately

21High Speed Remote Control Car

This race car comes with two rechargeable batteries that make it easier to continue the fun even when the first battery goes dead. It comes with an easy-to-use controller, and you can purchase the race car with different colors.

What we love

  • It comes with a money-back guarantee
  • It is made from high-quality non-toxic material

We dont like this as much

  • The batteries for the controller are not included

22Guardians of the Galaxy Dancing Groot Figure

For girls that are fans of the movie Guardians of the Galaxy, this small Groot figure will make an excellent decoration for them to keep around. It depicts the Groot character in his flowerpot, and it wiggles and dances to his built-in music collection.

What we love

  • It comes with a lithium polymer battery
  • It comes with a one-year warranty

We dont like this as much

  • It could have an AC adapter to plug into a wall outlet

23Rolife Miniature Dollhouse

Unlike other dollhouses, this one is designed to allow the user to create their own space. It comes with different accessories that will allow her to make it her own. It even includes a small music box that provides extra fun.

What we love

  • It comes with everything needed to assemble the dollhouse
  • The accessories have exquisite detail

We dont like this as much

  • The instructions can be difficult to follow

24MERGE Cube and VR Headset Bundle

With this set, you can enjoy diving into the world of augmented and virtual reality. It is compatible with most VR systems and there is a version of the MERGE app available for both Apple and Google Play devices.

What we love

  • The cube and the headset are designed to be easy to travel with
  • It is designed to make learning fun

We dont like this as much

  • It does require a subscription if you want to take advantage of some of the features

25VIPbuy Magic Reversible Pink Heart Sequin Notebook

With this notebook diary, she can keep all of her secrets locked away. The outside binding is made of reversible sequins that make for a unique way to decorate as she wishes. It comes with a lock and key and photo corners.

What we love

  • The diary includes 102 photo corner pieces
  • The front and back cover are filled with reversible sequins

We dont like this as much

  • There isn't any way to refill the diary

2610 Inch LCD Writing Tablet

With this writing tablet, she can enjoy drawing and taking the perfect notes for her classes. It has an easy-to-read LCD screen on one side and a whiteboard on the backside of the tablet.

What we love

  • It has a 10-inch writing screen
  • It comes with a writing stylus and lanyard

We dont like this as much

  • The battery cannot be replaced

27Minecraft Stop-Motion Animation Studio

For Minecraft fans, this stop-motion animation studio will make an excellent addition to their playtime. It will allow kids to make stop-motion movies with a Minecraft theme. It contains a movie stage, six backgrounds, and three exclusive mini-figures to play with.

What we love

  • The set also includes 18 other accessories
  • It works with a mobile app that can be downloaded on most smartphone devices

We dont like this as much

  • You can't choose which exclusive mini-figures come with the set

28Zoku Coca-Cola Float & Slushy Maker

Girls that enjoy frozen treats will love this slushy maker. It is designed to be quick and easy, and it is capable of making a variety of different types of slushies and floats. It has a classic Coca-Cola emblem on the outside of the maker.

What we love

  • It is small and compact, about the size of a regular cup
  • It provides endless recipe ideas

We dont like this as much

  • It could use some sort of recipe instructions