Preteens can be amongst the hardest groups of people to shop for. While with a boy, you will never be too far off with a video game, buying a birthday or holiday gift for a girl can be a bit more complicated. That is especially true at this age when a gradual shift in their interests has begun.
So, what is a good gift to a 10-year-old girl? The best gifts you can buy for a 10-year-old girl are things like: candy and snacks, perfume, makeup, custom but fun jewelry, arts and crafts, video games, cell phone, clothing gift cards, age-appropriate toys, dolls, or a unicorn.
Take a look at this handy guide to give yourself some specific options when buying a gift for your 10-year-old girl.
In addition to this page with gifts for a 10-year-old girl, I have also written about gifts for 10-year-olds. That page has gift tips that are suitable for both boys and girls who turn 10-year-old. Feel free to take a look there for more gift tips. If you are looking for good party tips with games, tip walks, decorations, and candy bags, I have collected many party tips here.
GREAT GIFTS FOR A 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL
The best gift for a 10-year-old girl is her own cell phone. That is what she will be most happy to get.
A Candy Grabber
Let’s face it: every time you are leaving the store and your child sees a crane game with candy, you have to fork over the quarters. Well now, thanks to this miniature candy grabber, they can experience that fun any time they want (and maybe leave you alone next time at the store). Fill it up with real candy and they can keep using the same quarter over and over, saving you money.
Yes, we may be doing a lot of our reading online nowadays. But television did not kill print media, and neither will the internet. Nothing is more exciting then getting something fun to read in the mail once a month. Your kid will definitely be excited to receive their own mail too. For a gift that keeps on giving, consider the fun, out-of-the-box idea of a magazine subscription.
A Large Bucket of Nutella
Speaking of out-of-the-box, how about a large bucket of Nutella. Nutella is absolutely delicious and the only condiment that can fairly compete with peanut butter. Your daughter will appreciate this as a gag gift at first, but surely still love every last bite.
A Popcorn Machine
Microwave bag popcorn is great, but nothing beats movie theater popcorn. Well now your daughter can have fun making the same quality popcorn in the comfort of your own home. This machine makes it exactly the same way and comes with all the delicious products you will need. Extra kernels and butter can be rebought.
Novelty Chocolate Bar
Some kids are no frills. Just give me the cholate and that is it. If your daughter loves a good chocolate bar, this massive novelty bar will give her a good laugh. And be the best after school snack for two weeks in a row. Make sure you clear out space in the refrigerator!
Candy canes are many people’s favorite candy. It will surely be appreciated if she gets a bag of candy canes.
Gift Box Kid’s Candy
You cannot go wrong with candy. But instead of just a basic bag from the grocery store, make it personal. With this custom packaging you can include an image of your choosing along with a personal message.
It is certainly important to encourage drinking plenty of water per day. Having a cute cup to put it in will certainly help your cause. It is also thermal, so they can put hot cocoa in it in the wintertime.
MAKEUP, PERFUME AND STUFF AS A GIFT FOR A 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL
Even 10-year-old girls like to look good sometimes. Why not give her a necklace in real silver? You begin to understand that the necklace you buy cheap is not of such high quality. Then a necklace from Guldfynd can work well. Although it is made of real silver, it is actually not that expensive. You dare to give it to a 10-year-old girl as a gift.
A nice necklace in real silver is a nice gift for a 10-year-old girl.
Bracelet Engraved with A Personal Message
This is the age when some girls want to start looking fancy and wearing jewelry. Rather than any old bracelet, though, this companies will also engrave a special birthday or holiday message for your daughter for only a small fee.
There are many fine jewelry in the right price range to give a 10-year-old.
When you have long hair, it can be very tangled. I grew up with a dad who insisted I had long hair and a mom who insisted on combing my long hair every day. It is incredibly painful to sort out tangled hair. It would have been much easier if we had had an investigation brush. Other things that can be great gifts for a 10-year-old girl are makeup and lip gloss.
I wish I had had an untangling brush like this when I was a child. With a good hairbrush, it is much easier to straighten the hair and it does not become all that painful. This is a really good birthday present for a 10-year-old who has long hair.
Some girls think it’s fun to get makeup when they turn 10 years old. But it’s a bit of a maturity issue. When my daughter got makeup, she came out like a shark. She had made up fangs. So I decided to wait a bit with makeup.
Lip Balm or Glitter
10-year-olds are just starting to experiment with makeup at this age too. However, the adult packaging of these products may be off-putting to them. These products, shaped like fun cupcake figurines, help make makeup fun!
Perfume as a gift to a 10-year-old girl
Even 10-year-old girls like to smell good and wish for perfume as a birthday present. This is a perfume that is suitable for both adults and children.
Britney Spears Perfume
Besides makeup, many girls like perfume too, as long as it smells fun and not too adult. This brand, from Britney Spears’ line, smells great.
Elisabeth Arden Green Tea Perfume
Some girls want to smell a little less like a pop star and a little more classy and subtle. This one, which gives off the faint hint of green tea, is a classic that smells very good but without being intrusive.
Crafts are something that girls at the age of 10 usually like. Maybe a jewelry set where she can make her own jewelry or a package of scrapbooking stuff can be fun to get as a gift when she turns ten.
This around that age where your children may pick up an instrument at school, or at least showing some interest in the idea. If you want to encourage that while having a nice arts and crafts day, this kit lets them have the satisfaction of building their own ukulele and customizing it with any color paint they want.
If you like the crafts and customization angle but do not think your daughter cares much for playing an instrument, what about making their own jewelry? This set comes with a ton of multi-colored beads so they can easily make:
- Ankle bracelets
In their own unique style in a matter of minutes.
Custom Piggy Bank
The idea of saving your spare change at the end of the day, and then later using that to cash in on something awesome, has always been appealing to children. This custom piggy bank takes this hobby up a notch, allowing your child to paint it in a variety of different colors. They could do anything from write their name on it to their favorite team logos, or their very own design.
The best part about this gift for your daughter is that it never ends. Once they receive it, they can keep adding on and filling it with their own memories for years and years to come. This kit in particular even lets them make their own cards with special paint and stickers.
When your daughter is making said scrapbook, there will inevitably be certain objects that will not need to be glued down, such as:
- Receipts to famous places
- Ticket stubs from their favorite concerts
- Steller report cards
That means they will need to punch their own holes. Well why using your boring 3-hole punch when you can buy them the punches with cute figures on them?
Unicorn Craft Kit
Not all crafts need to be utilitarian. Sometimes kids just want to make things that are cute. For the experience. With this easy to understand kit, your daughter will be able to make her very own friend to cuddle with.
Perhaps one day, when you are repairing a button or affixing one of her Girl Scout patches, your daughter showed a strong interest in the process. Using your full size sewing machine would still be a bit too dangerous at this age though. Instead, pick her up one of these kid sewing machines.
All of them have basic settings that will just allow them to do some easy stuff and get their feet wet in the process. Always provide adult supervision.
10 years old might seem like a little young for a smart phone, but dumb phones are basically obsolete and ineffective at this point. Not that you should succumb to peer pressure, but everyone has them. Cell phones make playing games and texting super convenient for a kid. Plus, as a parent, you can always call them to check in on them.
Cell phone case
Of course, to protect her mobile phone, she needs a nice cover.
It is really trendy with shells in marble from Ideal of Sweden.
INTERIOR DESIGN IS A GREAT GIFT FOR A 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL
A good gift for a 10-year-old girl is some nice decor for her room. For a 10-year-old girl, it is perfectly possible to give both a little more childish interior and interior design for adults. They love cacti, unicorns, and nice things to have in their room. Here are some great gift ideas for buying a 10-year-old girl:
You cannot go wrong with a pusheen pillow for a young girl. These ones are soft and have cute designs. While it will not replace a standard bedtime pillow, it is great to have just a throw or to lean against while doing homework on their laptop.
Kids this age, as we mentioned, are starting to learn and embrace their own personalities, and that comes out in wanting to do their own thing. That can be custom crafts, but it can also just be wanting cool stuff in their room to really make it their own. This light up unicorn lamp goes nicely on any dresser or nightstand.
Bouquet of Teddy Bears
Yes, exactly. Probably the most unique gift on this list, this is literally a box with a whole bunch of tiny teddy bears in the shape of a flower bouquet. They will open it, feeling lukewarm about receiving flowers, but then be delighted to have a whole dozen new furry friends to have tea parties with.
Every kid this age, now adept at writing, could use one of these to write anything they want and then erase it with ease. Message boards like this one can be installed in a girl’s room and be used for:
- Inspirational messages
- Chore lists
- Homework to-dos
- Drawings and pictures
Nice decor as a shelf to hang on the wall fits well with a 10-year-old girl.
Why buy flowers that just sit there? If your kid just got done learning about carnivorous plants in school, they might be excited to learn that they could have their very own at home. Buy this Venus fly trap and your child will be filled with wonder, especially when a bug is in their room.
Girls usually like to play video games. A good console is the handheld Nintendo Switch with a good game like Yoshi’s crafted world.
Around the creation of the GameCube, it became obvious that Nintendo smartly decided to stop directly competing with the likes of Xbox and PlayStation. Instead, their products are geared more directly to young children. Your daughter fits within this demographic.
If you buy a Switch, they have the ability both to play their favorite game at home and easily bring it along with them on long car rides and family road trips.
Yoshi’s Crafted World
If you go with the Nintendo Switch, your child is going to need a game to play. Otherwise it is like having a television with nothing to watch. Yoshi’s Crafted World uses characters from the Mario Brothers universe for kid-friendly, non-violent Yoshi adventure.
Getting money is always a successful gift for a 10-year-old girl. Then she can buy what she wants. Buy that nice top she wants or have coffee in town with your friends. You can e.g. give her the money in a nice wallet. But of course, stocks are a better investment. Owning a part of her favourte clothes store is worth more than clothes she grows out of in six months.
This is around the age when kids start wanting to carry their own wallet. They may not have credit cards or a driver license yet, but they still like to carry some allowance cash when they are out the mall for things like:
- Ice cream
- Movie tickets
- Video games
But standard adult leather wallets are not very exciting. So if your daughter likes dogs, try buying them one of these silly dog wallets as a gift. Available in multiple breeds.
Dogs are nice, but some girls prefer a pretty unicorn. This handy wallet has a design she will love, but is also a fully functional tri-fold able to hold cash and cards as needed.
GIVE ACTIVITIES AS A GIFT TO A 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL
10-year-old girls usually enjoy doing things. So getting different activities as a birthday present is usually much appreciated. Gifts for different activities that they usually like are:
These kid size skateboards come in a huge variety of designs and colors. They are also built with the utmost quality and attention to detail.
Of course your child should never leave the house on just a skateboard. The sport, while a blast, is inherently a bit risky. Make sure your daughter is safe while skateboarding by pairing it with this helmet, which comes with a sleek black design. Helmets can also protect her while:
- Using a scooter
This beautiful towel features an image of a colorful unicorn. It is a nice large size, perfect for daily use or chilling on the beach.
If the girl you are shopping for is just not that into unicorns but still wants her own unique towel for that summer beach trip, this one might be perfect instead. Featuring a whole watermelon design, it is kind of funny too. It is even round!
Kids this age are all about having their own stuff. They also love swimming. While adults would rather just sit in a pool or swim surface laps, young kids love swimming underwater. Therefore, they will need goggles if they really want to explore those deep dives. These ones in particular have a cool design and bright green color.
Many kids around this age pick jump roping in school and develop a talent for it. If she expresses that interest, buy her this shiny pink one for a fair price. Buy multiple! Why not?
If your child is starting to play instruments at school, you might want to consider buying her this guitar as an unforgettable milestone gift. This is a particularly good idea if she already plays a string instrument since she already has a basic knowledge of how it works.
Hoverboard (Kart Attachment Optional)
Out for a few years now, hoverboards have come down in price a great deal even though they are still really far out and high tech. This one has comfortable footpads and sturdy wheels, but you definitely will want to consider buying that helmet as well as a precaution.
Optionally, you might consider this simple attachment that turns your kid’s hoverboard into a full-fledged kart. Now they will be able to sit down and steer with ease. This is not necessary, but it turns the hoverboard into two equally fun experiences.
Yes it is true, our phones have cameras now, and your daughter probably already has a phone. But take a closer look: is she just snapping pictures here and there, is she showing a strong interest in the complicated techniques of photography. If it is the latter, consider buying her this camera with special lenses and other professional-grade features.
Canon products are always built tough, so there will be a minimal concern of damage here. Smartphone cameras, while slowly improving, still do not quite match up to a “real” camera like this.
Åhléns Gift Card
Girls this age are starting to develop their own fashion styles, so you might want to consider clothes as a solid gift. However, trying to guess someone else’s style is nearly impossible. Instead, just buy her a gift card from a place like Åhléns so she can pick out what she likes.
Lindex Gift Card
Lindex also sells clothes, but at cheaper rates than Åhléns. It may not be “high end,” so to speak, but it certainly is still well-made and carries an impressive variety. They will be able to buy a lot of the latest fashion with even a smaller gift card, thanks to their fair prices.
Unfortunately, this is also the age where our kids start dealing with more real-world stress. Stress balls are an excellent way to mitigate that and calm us down. Consider picking up a few of these for your daughter. Not only will squeezing them calm her down, but the silly faces will help too.
Honestly, it does not matter how old you are: everyone loves a hammock. Nothing beats lying out in the backyard on a breezy sunny day. The regular one below she will certainly appreciate and comes at a fair price.
However, if you really want to up the ante, consider the enclosed one above. It is not only comfortable but will give her plenty of shade too. Not to mention it is a potential hide-and-seek spot.
You might be reading all this and thinking that, yeah, these toys are fun. But I want to challenge my daughter’s mind. Brain power is important, and luckily you can do that with a labyrinth toy. Underneath is a class, flat version with multiple interchangeable mazes. However, if you want a truly randomized experience, pick up the labyrinth ball, which is 3D and uses a track system.
For any kid under the age of 12, you really cannot go wrong with stuff animals. As long as you are in tune with your girl’s likes and interests, you should have no problem finding one (or multiple) that she will truly enjoy. There are some incredible deals here for stuffed animal:
- Octopi mommy and baby
- Olaf from Frozen
Barbie and My Little Pony
Would this list even be legitimate without Barbie? Barbie is the all time major and safe option. Luckily, she can still be purchased with a lot of different accessories, looking this baking set.
You might also consider Barbie the doctor with her ambulance that can be converted into a full-fledged hospital in seconds.
My Little Pony
My Little Pony is a lot more popular than you might think among this age group of girls. This Princess Celstia doll in particular comes with wings and a comb for her long, flowing hair.
There are really a lot of different choices when it comes to buying a gift for a 10-year-old girl. Use this list as a guide for all you would like. Just make sure you are buying something she likes, not just the best deal.
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