My niece is 11-years-old, so I know how tough it can be to shop for someone in this age range. See, they’re still kids…but they’re in middle school now, so they’re becoming legitimate big kids. My biggest fear is that I’ll buy my niece something too babyish and she’ll hate me forever. I want to be the cool aunt with the awesome, gasp-worthy gift that nobody else came up with — something that shows that I get what she’s interested in and I want to help her explore her passion, whether that’s crafting, dancing, or physics. To come up with this list of best gifts for 11-year-olds, I’ve done hours of research and, I have to say, I’m pretty pumped about the list. Check it out and rest assured that there will be something the 11-year-old in your life will go nuts over.
Code Master Programming Logic Game, $23.89
This awesome coding board game is perfect for kids who are interested in learning about programming. Help your Avatar search for power crystals in an exotic new world, working their way through 60 levels that will require you to use programming logic and carefully thought out sequencing.
Pocket Stix, $6.47
If you’ve got a little musician in your midst, he (or she) will love these awesome drum sticks that fit in your pocket. They are lightweight, durable, and come in lots of fun colors.
Educational Insights Wordical, $12.99
This dice/card game is a great brain flexer for kids with a growing vocabulary. Players must roll the vowel-dice and find different ways to combine the vowels with the consonant cards in their hand and try to build the highest-scoring words, as quickly as possible. Great for building spelling skills and broadening vocabulary.
Junior Explorers, starting at $15.42
Junior Explorers is a nifty subscription box that delivers a monthly mission for curious 11-year-olds. Each mission takes kids to a new ecosystem with new animals. The kit comes with awesome Junior Explorer gear and a Biomes of the World Map, and is filled with interesting activities, collectibles, and cool facts about different ecosystems.
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Selfie Stick, $16.90
What self-respecting tween doesn’t want a selfie stick?! Well, first of all, this gift only works if your 11-year-old has a smart phone, but if she does, she’ll adore this cute, easy- to-use gadget that’ll make it easier for her to take pics with her friends wherever they go.
ADoorAbleCreationz Emoji Earrings, $6.99
These fun, silly stud earrings are sure to get a giggle or two out of your 11-year-old and her friends. A great way to make a fashion statement while also showing the world how you feel.