Gift Ideas for a Tomboy

Updated April 17, 2017

You might worry about finding the right gift for a tomboy girl, particularly if you're used to simply picking out a pair of earrings or a clutch purse for every girl's birthday. But don't worry; you can find plenty of good gifts for a tomboy if you know what to look for.

Custom Shoes

Design a pair of custom canvas shoes or skate shoes for the tomboy birthday girl. You can design your own Keds shoes at or Keds Collective ( You can choose colours and patterns for each part of the shoe, including the laces, lining, sidewall, heel, toe and more. You can then add your own text, art and photographs to your shoe design. You can also design custom skate shoes at Choose a style to customise, then choose your desired colours and patterns. You can also get a gift token to one of these sites to allow the birthday girl to design her own pair of shoes.

Homemade Gift Basket

Assemble a personalised gift basket that will appeal to the birthday girl's interests and personality. Assemble a sports-themed gift basket with a jersey representing one of her favourite teams, a poster of her favourite player and a piece of equipment for a sport she loves to play. You could also include tickets to a big game, or you could fill a gift basket with one of her favourite foods. Put together a chocolate gift basket with chocolate truffles, hot cocoa powder, brownie batter and chocolate bars, or a pasta lover's gift basket with several kinds of pasta, tomato sauce and a recipe book. Another option is to put together a movie-themed gift basket, complete with a gift token to the local cinema and a new DVD, fleece blanket and microwave popcorn for watching movies at home.

Books and Movies

Get the tomboy birthday girl a classic book or movie featuring a spirited tomboy role model. Look for Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women," with the spirited Jo; Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," with the brave tomboy Scout; or the 2007 film "Juno," with the fun and spunky Juno MacGuff played by Ellen Page, or look for Michelle Ann Abate's "Tomboys: A Literary and Cultural History" for a nonfiction exploration of the classic tomboy identity.

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Lisa Porter began writing professionally in 2009. She writes for various websites and has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.