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Shopping for children is fun, but shopping for 10-year-olds can be tricky. After all, 10 is a tough age — a complicated age. It’s also a transitional age.

Some kids play with dolls while others are obsessed with their tablets and “the screen.” But no matter what your child is into, there’s a gift for them.

From crafting and fashion items to purses, scrunchies, scooters, and STEM toys, there are many things you can buy a 10-year-old girl. Below are our favorite gadgets, games, books, and kits for tween girls.

The best gifts for 10-year-olds are the ones that invite creativity and curiosity.

“Developmentally, 10-year-olds fall into Erikson’s fourth stage of psychosocial development,” explains Dr. Pavan Madan, a psychiatrist at Community Psychiatry.

This means they’re focused on learning new tasks and “the mastery of a skill.” During this stage or age, their self-esteem is evolving, and 10-year-olds are starting to form strong friendships.

Social development is key. As such, the best gifts are those that encourage:

  • confidence
  • cleverness
  • growth
  • social-emotional development

Active play is also important.

While awards are meaningful and reviews are great, nothing beats firsthand experience. Many of these picks were favorites of Healthline Parenthood’s writers and editors. Some were chosen by child development experts, and others were fan favorites in online reviews.

Best gifts under $20

Squishmallows

Squishmallows are beloved by many — and for good reason. They’re cute and cuddly. They’re soft and snuggly. And from cats and unicorns to elves and elephants, there’s a Squishmallow for everyone.

Monochef DIY Charm Bracelet Making Kit

Girls love gifts that foster creativity, inspire curiosity, and can be shared. After all, there’s a reason why the friendship bracelet has withstood the test of time.

This DIY kit takes bracelets and bonding to the next level. With beads, pearls, dangles, and more than a dozen designs, this set is great for the preteen in your life.

LCFUN Mini Leather Backpack

If your little one is a budding fashionista, a faux leather backpack may be right for them. Why? Because these bags are purposeful, practical, and super stylish.

CellElection Scrunchies

Whether they’re in a stocking or a goody bag, scrunchies are the gift to give right now. After all, the 90s are back — and in a big way. Plus, they’re incredibly practical, so it’s a real win-win.

Best gifts from $20–$50

GoGlam Nail Stamper

With bold colors, patterns, and an innovative “stamp” design, the GoGlam Nail Stamper is a top choice for at-home manicures and pedicures.

Tech Tools Punching Bag

While you might not expect to see a punching bag on a gift roundup for girls, remember: Not all girls are alike. Some like to climb trees and scuff their knees. Plus, a punching bag will foster courage and confidence, and give your little one a healthy way to process their newfound emotions.

Designed by You Fashion Studio

Does your child dream of becoming a fashion designer? If so, this kit is for them. With swatches, trims, embellishments, and bows, it’ll help your little one bring their colorful clothing creations to life.

Best gifts from $50–$100

Singing Machine’s Bluetooth Karaoke System

With bright lights and a (seemingly) unlimited library accessed via a mobile app, this colorful — and powerful — karaoke machine will let your little girl be the life of the party. It’s fun for the whole family!

Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit

If your little one loves technology and the wizarding world, you may want to consider purchasing this kit. Why? Because they can create creatures, sweets, and spells with the wave of a wand, the touch of their hand, and the push of a few simple buttons.

Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera

Kids love taking photos — of their family, friends, and surroundings — and this instant camera by Fujifilm can take their love of photography to the next level. Encourage them to put down the cell phone for some simple kid-friendly fun, old-school style.

Best gifts over $100

Lego Friends Heartlake City Resort

Looking for an age-appropriate Lego set? With 5 mini-figures, more than 1,000 pieces, and a fun interactive design, the Heartlake City Resort set is great for budding builders because of the variety of creative components included.

American Girl Doll Courtney

American Girl dolls have withstood the test of time — and for good reason. Their accessories are enticing. Their costumes are elaborate. And they’re good quality.

Many parents buy them as milestone presents for big holidays, birthdays, or celebrations. If your 10-year-old is into dolls, you may want to consider Courtney, who’s changing the game with her headphones, cassette player, and a high-waisted denim skirt.

Fender Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

Girls just want to have fun, and this guitar bundle from Fender is the perfect way to do just that. Includes one full-size, steel-string acoustic guitar, a gig bag, strap, picks, and online lessons.

Best educational gifts for 10-year-old girls

Snap Circuits Arcade

If you have a budding engineer, you may want to consider Snap Circuits. With slides, wires, switches, and circuits, this kit gives your kiddo the chance to play with and create real, working electronic devices for easy, award-winning fun.

4M STEAM Crystal Science

Explore STEM and STEAM concepts in a bold and beautiful way with this gorgeous grow-it-yourself crystal collection. The kit includes 10 grow-yourself crystals, 2 geode pairs, and a glow-in-the-dark stunner.

Thames & Cosmos Happy Atoms Complete Set

Is your 10-year-old a tech and science whiz? If so, teach them the basics of chemistry with this interactive modeling set. With physical play and a free app, your little one can build molecules and learn all about them. Solid and smart.

Best outdoor gifts for 10-year-old girls

Otw-Cool Adjustable Roller Skates

Roller skates are back and all the rage. These beauties aren’t just colorful and adjustable, they’re also stable and cool-looking. Fun for kids from ages 9 to 90!

Think Gizmos Pogo Stick

While pogo sticks aren’t very practical, they are fun. I mean, who doesn’t want to jump around?! This version is perfect for girls (and boys) ages 9 and up.

Flybold Obstacle Slackline Kit

Turn a simple slackline into a Ninja Warrior course with this kit from Flybold. It comes with fist holds, monkey bars, and gymnastics rings as well as ratchet straps for easy assembly.

Best games for 10-year-old girls

Ravensburger Disney Villainous

Voted the 2019 TOTY Game of the Year, Disney’s Villainous brings characters you love (and love to hate!) to life in a fun-filled strategy board game. It’s great for Disney fans and their families!

PlayMonster Mad Moves

Get your girl up and moving with this fun, fast-paced dancing game. It’s like charades for “the floss” or even ballet.

Mattel Apples to Apples Junior

Hilarious and award-winning, Apples to Apples Junior will entertain children with its crazy comparisons while expanding their vocabulary and thinking skills — perfect party fun for kids ages 9 and up.

Best arts-and-crafts kits for 10-year-old girls

Klutz Make Your Own Bath Bombs Kit

What’s better than a bath bomb? Well, a DIY bath bomb kit of course. This set includes everything you need to make 12 fizzy, fragrance-filled bombs. So sit back, craft, and then settle in for a good soak.

Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit

Tie-dye is all the rage right now, and this kit includes enough supplies to host your own painting party. Your little one will pop with over-the-top color and creativity.

Nintendo Labo Variety Kit

While Nintendo products may not usually be considered “creative” or “educational,” this kit will keep your little one stimulated and entertained. It requires kids to build the game themselves, with heavy-duty, precut cardboard. Make, play, and discover.

Best tech gifts for 10-year-old girls

iPod Touch

Whether your 10-year-old loves listening to music or playing the latest trendy app, a new iPod is the perfect gift. Why? Because with the Touch, your little one can play games, watch videos, and send messages safely over Wi-Fi — and under your control.

Plus, the iPod Touch comes in a bunch of different colors, meaning there’s shade for every kid and personality.

Nintendo Switch

While many consider video games to be “a boy’s toys,” make no mistake: Girls are gamers, too. This bundle contains a pastel-colored Switch, a copy of “Animal Crossing,” and hours of fun.

Acer Chromebook Spin 11 Convertible Laptop

Laptops are quickly becoming essential items for 10-year-olds — and for good reason. From remote learning to general fun, these devices are both coveted and necessary.

But if you’re looking for a good starter laptop, look no farther than the Chromebook Spin. With a full keyboard, an 11-inch touch screen, and a durable design, the Chromebook Spin is a solid choice.