Play is essential when it comes to your child’s development. But we have to balance the toys and non-toys we give to our growing tweens. Have you ever bought your tween a toy, and then they want the next big thing two days later? Well, that’s the age they are at.
Your 9-year-old girl’s interests may change by the day, but learning her personality will help in selecting the perfect gift.
It is very accurate that some girls will prefer brightly colored toys still – everything sparkly, rainbow, and unicorn – while others will want dark-colored items, tech, and sporty gear by this age, shunning their previous pink and princess obsessions. It happens.
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Best Gifts for a 9-Year-Old Girl
Be it a birthday present or a Christmas gift, there’s bound to be something here on our curated list of 9-year-old gifts that your new tween girl will love (even if they still need gentle prodding for that thank you!).
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Is your tween gal the artistic type? If yes, then this would be an excellent gift idea for a 9-year-old girl. This 200-piece set of colored gel pens and fine-tip glitter pens is perfect for your novice artist to expand her talents – be it completing coloring books or making her own designs.
Coming in a handy carry case with detachable inserts, your tween will never run out of the perfect color pen again! The set includes 100 refills for longer durability, and every pen is fitted with a comfortable grip for hours of coloring fun.
At this age, your tween is slowly learning how to be independent and note down life events, whether it’s starting the great practice of journaling or doodling her inner thoughts.
Get her a good-looking diary that is secretive so no nosy siblings – or parents – can pry! This would make an excellent keepsake present for a 9-year-old girl.
Are you looking for a thoughtful 9-year-old girl’s birthday present? This bakeware set will serve more than that. Your girl will get to be a great chef, and you will get to enjoy the yummy cupcakes she makes!
This 37-piece set includes five-piece measuring spoons, a six-piece cookie-cutter, 15-piece cupcakes, muffin molds, five-piece cake deco supplies, a food tong, a whisk, a pastry mat, a spatula, a brush, a rolling pin, and a pastry mat.
It even comes with a gift box for that special occasion, the perfect baking gift for a tween girl!
Is your young gamer girl starting to show a real interest in video games and spending time with gaming consoles? Far from just being firmly in the domain of boys, an increasing number of girl gamers are showing they’ve got what it takes.
Professionalize her gamer girl look with these cute gaming headphones. On-ear, with a retractable mic and noise canceling, they are packed full of useful functions, compatible with all the leading gaming console brands – oh, and help her totally look the part!
We share more of our favorite age-appropriate video games for tweens over here if you’re still unsure about where their gaming adventures should begin – we’d suggest Animal Crossing and Minecraft are excellent choices for a 9-year-old girl.
The ultimate bag of tween girl stocking stuffers! When you’re 9-years-old, unicorns are still all the rage.
This unicorn package includes one charm bracelet, one pendant necklace, one drawstring backpack, one unicorn keychain, one coin purse, five hair ties, five pieces of slap bracelets, and six-sheet stickers. All your gal needs to shine bright like a diamond! Or a unicorn!
These cute pens are uniquely designed in 10 styles (duck, fruit, flower, rabbit, etc.), and make a wonderful tween stocking stuffer idea that will have a practical use, too.
Is your tween the sporty type? Then this fun kite got her! It is a classic triangle kite that comes brightly colored, has a 300ft kite string with a handle, and two ribbons sawn with the kite.
It’s a perfect girl gift idea as it will encourage your tween to get outside with her peers as they enjoy flying their kites together and learning the skills needed to properly fly a kite – it is honestly trickier than it first looks!
Your growing girl who’s into LEGO will love the Elves-themed sets. Some tweens will start to claim that LEGO Friends is too babyish by 9, so this is the perfect segue for her LEGO interests, keeping up those brilliant fine motor skills LEGO is known for.
Noctura’s Tower & the Earth Fox Rescue is a complex set for hours of building and imaginative play, perfect for your capable 9-year-old girl looking to expand her LEGO collection.
Has your tween girl outgrown the frisbee you got her as a little kid? It is time you upgraded her by gifting her with this glow-in-the-dark flying disk.
This disk will bring in a whole new level of fun to your camping trips and outdoor adventures as it glows in the dark during those much-loved twilight evenings as a family. It is water-resistant, meaning it will be perfect for the beach as well.
Has your sporty tween girl started to show a passion for soccer? I mean, who wouldn’t want their little girl to be the next Alex Morgan or Michelle Akers?
This girl’s soccer gift set still has plenty of feminine touches but will let everyone see just how passionate she is about her favorite sport, with a steel tumbler cup, small purse, bracelet, and scrunchy.
Your 9-year-old girl is certainly not too grown up yet to appreciate cute and cuddly soft toys still to snuggle up with and cradle. This is the best type of plush toy for a 9-year-old girl. A super soft, cute, and adorable companion will see her through those tween years.
This edition of the classic board game Monopoly is super cute as players buy, sell, and swap other player’s dolls to collect all the rare dolls. It has an exciting surprise that players will come across as they get to unwrap the mystery tokens they pick on the way.
This board game is excellent in teaching your tween gal on teamwork. It works as a great Christmas gift for a 9-year-old.
This unicorn craft kit will help grow your tween’s creativity as it combines DIY projects with STEM learning. It comes with a step-by-step video for the models included in the kit (unicorn, bunny, polar bear, and ballerina).
It’s an easy-to-use gift as it comes with clear visual instructions. The inclusion of a string of LED lights makes for a particularly striking finish for the piece of artwork that your tween makes. It’s one of the more unique presents for nine-year-old girls that she’ll treasure.
Want your tween to learn physics at an early age? Get her this 9-year-old girl gift that is mind-boggling! It includes all the chemicals and real lab tools your tween will need in this well-equipped 27-piece science set.
You will need to provide your girl with a few extra tools from the kitchen, such as water, eggs, oil, vinegar, and lemons, for her to be able to make her own slime, erupt a volcano, and make a glowing lava lamp. It’s the ultimate play-to-learn STEM toy of the season for girls.
Is your 9-year-old a Potterhead, perchance? A high likelihood for this age group where they are just starting to devour full-length novels with gusto.
Capturing the imaginations of preteens for more than 25 years, any Harry Potter merch is bound to go down a treat; how about a secret-ink locking diary for a 9-year-old girl?
If your 9-year-old loves to glam it up, this is one of the best toys for young girls who strive to be ladies. An all-in-one exclusive nail kit with five design pods, including four nail polish colors, a dryer, storage, and a removable stamper.
The beauty kit has a wide range of unique designs and a stamp and scrolls personalized mani-pedis. It is the perfect age to start experimenting with their style and using beginner makeup items!
Is your preteen feeling tempted to change her hair color temporarily? Whilst you’re almost certainly not allowing her to dye all her hair just yet (nor will most schools allow it!), hair chalk can be a fun way for your tween to experiment with a bit of color. Non-toxic and easily washable, it is a great gift for a girl who likes a little glam.
Your tween girl will love to fill their room with creative ideas and inspirational messages of compassion and inclusivity.
This beautiful poster set full of positivity and girl power, just what your 9-year-old girl needs to fill herself with confidence and brighten her room with some personal style.
This gorgeous bath bomb makes the perfect little gift for a 9-year-old girl. The sweet smell of birthday cake added to her bath for a wonderful, soothing and fizzy experience.
It’s time to ditch those 3-wheeled trainer scooters by the time your girl is 9. This type of tween scooter is swift and will offer the thrill your tween is looking for.
If your 9-year-old is comfortable with the balance and lean of basic scootering, then this sleek two-wheeled fly flash scooter will open the doors to cool tricks and faster speeds than she could ever have imagined! This is a superb present for 9-year-old girls who love being active and outdoors.
Your 9-year-old girl will be pumping out friendship bracelets by the dozen with this all-in-one kit. Your crafty girl can learn 16 different styles with the included loom, string, beads, and charms in this great gift for a preteen with creative flair.
We love that our 9-year-olds are ready to handle more complex family board games. This high-tech version of the classic Monopoly board game is an extraordinary gift to bring your family together.
In this voice banking game, you use the voice commands on Mr. Monopoly to pay rent, check balances, and buy properties (no more banker cheating!).
The winner of this board game is the one with the most money and the highest property value. It’s an exciting family game with a modern twist!
Ah slime! A concept parents will forever shake their heads at whilst your tween gleefully squishes and pops her sludgy creation. This is a unique birthday present to get your 9-year-old girl with an artistic interest.
For all that we might hate it getting in the living room rug, remember slime making is a great way to improve your tween’s hand-eye coordination and promotes creativity (trust us, there’s an educational toy element there, too!).
Super soft and stretchy, as well as non-sticky, this one is on the less-harmful to-the-furniture end of the tween slime scale! And it doesn’t smell too bad either!
The ideal gift for a 9-year-old who should be proficient by now in telling the time. This sophisticated girls’ watch by Timex is a wonderful introduction to analog watches when all she needs to know is how to tell the time and when to come home!
The perfect gift for a girl learning independence but still seeking a fun and feminine touch.
Now, at the other end of the scale, if your tech-savvy tween is expecting far more from their watch than telling the time, now might be the time to invest in a smartwatch.
Smartwatches for kids these days, as you can imagine, do much more than tell the time; built-in fitness tracker and stopwatches with long battery life and waterproof outer are just some of the features you should look for in buying your tween’s first smartwatch.
Let’s take a look at more fun tech-gifts for new tween girls! This pink karaoke machine will help turn your dance-loving tween into a bedroom star! It is a unique and memorable present to get your 9-year-old.
It can stream audio via Bluetooth, bringing out the karaoke bar experience right into your tween’s bedroom. This gift is exclusive of two microphones and a remote control so she can grab her girlfriends too and sing to their heart’s content, so much fun for a tween wannabe rock star!
Put your tween to bed in their very own galaxy with this colorful moon lamp. Our tweens can often get embarrassed if, by the age of 9, they still want a night light, but this is a superb solution that will leave their room looking seriously cool!
Lighting up in 16 different colors with two control modes (i.e., the remote control and a button), this is a superb décor gift for both boys and girls who like the room lightly lit at night.
Your 9-year-old is getting mature enough to carry her own girlie essentials when you leave the house. Why not gift her with a travel purse that is cute and fashionable?
This travel purse can be worn over the shoulder or as a cross-body purse. This Choco Mocha tween purse will allow your gal to take her things in style with multiple different patterns to pick from to reflect her personality.
We are slowly but surely molding our tween girl to be “that girl”. One who has her act together, clean, and organized. Gifting her a toiletry bag will help her as she will be able to carry her girlie stuff, from lipglosses and beginner make-up to deodorants and toothbrush sets for sleepovers or family vacations.
Is your tween the type that loves outdoor adventure and camping? The ideal gift would be a cool youth sleeping bag that will offer her comfort like home, even while out camping.
This sleeping bag is comfortable and roomy enough for her to toss and turn as she would be in her bed, down to temperatures of 40 degrees.
This would be the ideal gift for your tween girl who is planning to go on an independent camping trip. Most tween girls will love matte rainbow, so this is the perfect gift with a perfect shade (though there are plenty of other color choices to match to any personality!
Coming in its own compact carry case, this is a super helpful gift for a 9-year-old on the move, be it camping, traveling, picnicking, or even throwing it in their school bag for an eco-friendly lunchtime.
Is your tween into cooking? Step beyond basic baking and introduce your tween girl to new cooking skills.
Gifting her a fabulous cookbook will give your tween a fun, creative outlet while teaching her lifelong skills. It has simple recipes and step-by-step instructions for your budding chef to follow. It is one of the ideal books for a 9-year-old girl.
Does your girl fancy outdoors over screen time? Time to ditch her beginner bike that I bet originally came with trainer wheels. Your 9-year-old girl is ready for a big bike with gears that will fit to her growing body.
Based on your tween girl’s height, you should look for a 20″ to 24″ frame (13″/14″ wheels). Nothing gives your tweens more independence then their own set of wheels to explore the neighborhood and keep fit with friends.
Nine-year-old girls are at that perfect age for mastering card games with friends and family. This fun Apples to Apples card game would be an excellent present for your tween girl with a friendly competitive streak. With this game, each card contains a one-word characteristic (like “fresh” and “roses”).
The game’s objective is to impress the chosen judge with a green apple card that cleverly complements the red apple card. It will expand your tween’s vocabulary and thinking skills, with many giggles on the way.
Is your tween girl ready for her first overnight trip – or longer? It’s around this age when kids will start venturing from home without you, be it a friend’s house for a slumber party or school trip.
They’ll need the right gear for this, so why not equip your 9-year-old with some stylish tween luggage to last her several years? We’ve found Rockland to by a reliable and affordable brand with plenty of fun colors and patterns to choose from.
This hammock chair is ideal for your 9-year-old girl who loves a quiet place at home to call her own.
Either hanging from her favorite tree or a bedroom reading corner, with a weight capacity up to 230 lbs there are no issues with your tweens size. It is undoubtedly a cozy and comfortable nook that your tween will enjoy as a present for reading her favorite books!
This is a great age for your tween to start recording her memories from a trip.
Lonely Planet, a trusted name in travel books, has created this ready-to-fill-in journal, perfect for a tween girl as it has space to write, draw, collage, and color, ultimately turning it into a beautiful scrapbook after it is complete. It offers endless creativity for your tween who loves travel.
This is the hands-down tween gift trend of the year! What goes around, comes around, but with more functionality and way more highly specced than anything we may remember as a kid!
This camera gift includes a 64-page photo album and five colored plastic frames. It is way better than our old Polaroids and will give your 9-year-old hours of fun with her friends.
- If you think your tween is showing a real interest in photography, it could be worth investing in a proper digital camera. The Fuji Insta is really just for fun snaps, whereas a serious ambition to pursue photography, there are more advanced models to consider.
If nothing on our list has quite sparked the imagination enough, and you’re seeking something truly special for a special gal, what about an experience gift?
Some ideas that may pique the interest of girls ages 9 include:
- A baking class with friends
- A soap/bath bomb-making workshop
- Tickets to see their favorite sporting team
- A mini stay-cay or a mommy-daughter weekend
The choices are really limited only by your imagination when it comes to cool experience gifts for a 9-year-old!
If your 9-year-old girl has an upcoming special occasion and you are unsure where to start shopping for unique and cool birthday gifts, we believe you will not fail to pick one or two from our list above.
With our hand-selected gifts (all tween-approved in our household!), your tween will feel more grown-up without leaving the toy world entirely behind.
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