What are the best gifts for 11 year olds in 2016? Who better to find out from than the experts – actual eleven years olds.
What do 11 year olds like? What are the best toys for 11 year olds? Wasn’t it so much easier when they were little? Eleven is an interesting age because some kids are still very much into toys but others find them babyish. Some kids are into double digit big kid stuff.
This is the age when kids are defining who they are so they are getting harder and harder to shop for. But it doesn’t have to be so hard, because they are at the age where they can tell you exactly what they like. Why not ask them?
Eleven year olds love electronics, quiet time reading, drawing, watching movies, and playing video games. From age appropriate beauty products to gadgets galore, these are the gifts that 11 year olds are asking for on their Birthday or for Christmas. With over 180 handpicked gifts, it’s the ultimate gift guide for 11 year old boys and girls.
Some 11 year old girls are very much into boys, makeup, perfumes, hair and nails. At this age, kids are just trying to figure out their favorite style. The number one item on most 11 year old girl’s wish list is a brand new makeup set. If they are ready, a big makeup set that they can mess around with around the house makes a great gift.
In addition to makeup, kids this age have all begun experimenting with nail art, fun hair styles, and sweet smelling perfumes and lotions. She will love these beauty products as much as she loves her friends.
At 11, girls have just started to hit makeup age. A makeup kit is at the top of their list. This makeup kit from Shany is the perfect kit for tweens. Shaped like a book, it comes with eye shadow, lip stick creams, and applicators. It is the perfect set for starters.
With lots of makeup, this huge makeup kit from Shany contains 168 eye shadows, 6 lip glosses, 3 blush, and applicators. Everyone will want to come to your house for a slumber party get together. A dream come true for any 11 year old girl.
Baby Lips are perfect stocking stuffers for lip balm addicts. Offered in 6 different colors, these lip balms smell so good that you want to eat them. It helps that they leave your lips feeling soft and smooth. With the tinted colors, it leaves a subtle sheer of color on your lips.
Treat your lips, toes, and fingertips with this wonderful gift set from Burt Bees. With natural ingredients, the holiday set contains trial versions of hand cream, foot cream, and lip balm.
This fruity blend of waterlilly, floral notes, and chiffon vanilla makes a perfect first perfume. It has a flowery fragrance with a little hint of vanilla. With a cool and light feel, it subtle enough for even beauty beginners.
Swifties will love the Wonderstruck Gift Set from Taylor Swift. It contains a perfume, body lotion, and bath gel. With a mix of Freesia, Apple Blossom, Raspberry, and Vanilla, it smells sweet and pretty. Perfect for tweens.
With a sweet burst of cherry blossom & cedar wood, this Japanese Cherry Blossom gift set from Bath & Body Works will make you feel like you are in a beautiful Japanese garden. It is a soft and light flowery scent that young girls with love. The set contains full size bottles of shower gel, body lotion, and fragrance mist.
The Clarisonic facial cleansing brush leaves your face cleaner than manual cleansing. The brush really removes dead skin, making skin look fresher and more radiant.
The Nail Art set from Klutz puts style at your fingertips. The kit has everything you need to get started creating cool nail art from spotted monsters to pretty bubbles. With the included 6 colored nail polishes and detail brush, there are over 35 easy designs to create.
Learn to create nail art that rocks with Hannah Lee, the YouTube superstar of Hannah Rox Nails. It contains step by step directions to create 35 fabulous nail art designs. You’ll learn techniques like dotting, decals, taping, striping, and gradients.
You have to have the SHANY Nail Art Set in your tool set. The 24 colors are perfect for creating all types of different nail art.
11 year olds are all about getting the coolest and latest gadgets especially if their friends already have it. Gadgets are one of the best gifts for 11 year old boys or girls. Most kids this age want their first cell phone. If your budget allows it and you don’t mind spoiling your eleven year old a bit, think these mp3 players, laptops, tablets, and cameras.
Remember when you could take a picture and instantly give it to your friends? If you don’t, this instant camera from FujiFilm is a throwback to the original instant cameras.
Turn your Smartphone into an instant camera with the Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer. Like a retro Polaroid instant camera, this mobile printer for iOS and Android devices allows you to print pics from your phone at any place or time.
Now anybody can make their own Minecraft Stop Motion movie with this kit. The kit comes with everything kids need including a cast of characters and backdrop. Using the app and a SmartDevice, kids must construct each frame by slightly moving the props and recording each frame by frame.
Your 11 year old will feel like an absolute star with the Kidizoom action camera. With this wearable camera, kids will be able to capture their most daring adventures from their own point of view. They can share the video with their friends by uploading it to YouTube.
Bookworms looking to escape the reflective screens of tablets will love the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. Thanks to the sharper display and better performance, it is simply the best ereader you can buy.
With the Amazon Fire, you don’t have to spend a lot to get a powerful tablet. Amazon has given the tablet an impressive makeover with a quad processor, Dolby sound, and the all new Amazon underground.
Simply plug the Amazon Fire Stick into your TV’s HDMI port and you can stream content from Amazon and third party companies like Netflix, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, and more.
Now you will always have your usb key with this beautiful USB Flash drive. With up to 64 GB of storage, you will have plenty of storage.
With this selfie stick you can take flattering pics. Best of all, nobody will have to know that you took them yourself. After pairing it with Bluetooth, simply press the button to shoot pictures. Who needs a photographer?
Do you love to read? Then you need this super bright LED book light. Simply set the intensity of the light by clicking it once or twice. The durable clip opens wide so you can clip the light to any sized book .
The Fitbit Zip is a sleek affordable fitness device that can help you monitor your physical activity, helping motivate you to the next level. Simply clip it to your clothes and it gathers stats from the number of steps you take to even your sleeping habits.
Don’t you hate it when your cell phone runs out of juice? Meet your new best friend. This pocketable battery pack can charge your phone up to 2 times when finding an electrical outlet is not an option.
How cute is this Pokeball charger? There is nothing more fun than playing Pokemon Go. The only problem? Your phone will run out of battery since it uses so much of power. With this phone charger that is shaped like a Pokeball, you can finally catch as many Pokemon as you want. It’s got enough power to charge your phone up to 3 times.
You won’t find a better mp3 player than the iPod Touch. It is so much more than an mp3 player. It’s like an iPhone without the calling capability. It does everything from playing music to running apps. If you aren’t ready for yourtween to have a phone yet, this is a great compromise.
What 11 year old doesn’t love music? An iTunes gift card or concerts tickets will score you major kudos points. In addition, these fashionable headphones and wireless speakers are sure to be the life of the party.
Think you are a good singer? There is nothing more fun to do together than singing together. Make every night Karaoke Night with the Singing Machine. With a 1/8 stereo jack you can hook it up to just about any personal device that streams YouTube so you can sing the latest tunes. This one has lights on it so everyone will think they’re at a disco.
With this pair of headphones stuck to your tween’s ears, the latest hip hop tune won’t be stuck in yours. Sporting an ultra hip design, this pair of headphones offers excellent sound quality for the price.
The LilGadgets Untangled Pro is probably the best wireless set of headphones in its class. Offered in many cute colors, these headphones are designed with children in mind. With a great sound quality, these lightweight headphones are so comfortable to wear. You might just want your own.
Have you heard of a cassette player? Tweens love retro looks. That is why they will love this speaker that looks like a cassette tape. The Bluetooth speaker connects wirelessly to your Smartphone streaming music wirelessly.
Take your music by your side with colorful Bluetooth speaker. It plays your music from your Bluetooth device wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Best of all, it offered in several colors to match your style.
Add a little boom to the party with this wireless Bluetooth speaker. With a unique disco ball shape, this speaker shoots disco lights on your ceiling and walls so the party goes anywhere.
Tweens will love the color changing feature on this clock which is pretty rad. Wirelessly connect this clock to an iPad, iPhone, iPad, or laptop and you can stream music to the clock. It even charges your phone.
If your tween is always singing in the shower, this waterproof Bluetooth shower speaker is a must have. Available in several fun colors, it easy to find one that fits your eleven year old’s personality. It sports easy to use controls that control your music and phone calls all in the shower.
Does your 11 year old want to learn to play a musical instrument? A Ukulele is the perfect first instrument. This soprano ukulele is much smaller than a guitar, which makes it easy to start with. This starter kit includes everything she needs to get started including an online tuner and basic tutorials.
Cell Phone Accessories
If your 11 year old already has a cell phone, there are a ton of accessories that make great gift items as well. A fashionable cell phone case, usb phone charger, selfie stick, or mobile printer will likely be a big hit.
Many eleven year old boys and girls love video games. If they have some sort of game system, a new game will likely be a big hit. Give them the latest in their favorite video game series or let them get full immersed in a completely new video game world with these great video game gifts for tweens.
DIY Fashion Kits
Bling! Bling! At age 11, girls love making their own jewelry and fashions. Some of the best gifts for an 11 year old girl will be ones that she can share with her friends. A henna tattoo set is a very fun gift idea for an eleven year old girl. From henna tattoos to diy jewelry kits, tween girls will love creating their own fashion with these gifts.
At the age of 11, kids are very impressionable so gifts that unlock hidden artistic talents will be ideal. Doodle books, how to draw books, and art sets are popular gifts for children of this age. For girls, fashion design books will likely be a hit. These artsy kits are sure to bring out the artist in your 11 year old.
Does your 11 year old live in the basement conducting their own science experiments? For those who love figuring how things work, these science kits make great gifts
Robotics and Programming
11 year olds learn by playing. With these robot, computer, and programming kits, children can become programmers, engineers, and artists as they learn to solve problems in fun and interesting ways.
Legos are pretty much great for anyone from 8 to 100. It’s still one of the top toys for 11 year olds. Kids never seem to outgrow these toys.
Anything to do with clothing or fashion will likely be a big hit with an 11 year old. Girls love new clothes but can also be very particular about the type of clothes they like. Your young fashionistas will love upgrading their wardrobe with these trendy clothes and accessories that are 11 year old approved.
Give your 11 year old happy feet with these great pairs of trendy kicks.
At age 11, girls spend a lot of time with their best friends so slumber parties are likely to be big deal. Spending time over at a friend’s to play, talk about boys, talk about school, listen to music, will be one of her favorite things to do. These pajamas, booties, and duffle bags are perfect for sleepovers.
Books And Journals
Does your 11 year old love reading or writing? At any age, a book makes are great gift. Encourage your child to read with comics, popular novels, or fun fact books. For those that love to write, a journal is the perfect gift for an 11 year old girl. Girls love spilling all their secrets in a journal.
Does your 11 year love things that roll or fly? These vehicle toys will likely be a big hit.
Outdoor Toys And Gifts
A Nerf gun is still one of the best toys for 11 year old boys. Anything that goes boom or gets kids outside is still very popular with this age group.
For those that love wheels, a cool new bike, skateboard, or anything that gets kids around in style makes the perfect gift. That’s how they roll.
Is your 11 year old into sports? There are many great fitness gifts for boys and girls. Try a new ball, trampoline, or duffle bag.
At age 11, tweens love something cute that they can put in their room to make it their own.
Got a foodie? Whether your 11 year old loves to eat or cook, they will love these gifts.
These board games gifts are perfect for those nights when friends come over and spend the night or even on family game night.
Dolls and Action Figures
At age 11, some girls may be still interested in collecting dolls and some boys may still love cool action figures.
At age 11, most kids this age don’t have a part time job since they are in school. Still, they love shopping on their own. Movie passes and gift cards are always a good idea. Girls love shopping for their own clothes. A gift card to their favorite store makes a great gift.
What are fun gifts for 11 year old boys or girls? Let us know in the comments below.