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Birthday Present Ideas for a 12-Year-Old Girl

Updated February 21, 2017

When purchasing a birthday present for a 12-year-old girl, take into account she's going through early adolescence. At this age, she's developing a sense of personal identity. Most 12-year-old girls have an interest in fashion, cosmetics, and jewellery. However, they seek independence from the adults making choices for them, and rely heavily on the influence of their friends. A well-thought-out birthday present for a 12-year-old girl should reflect her clothing style, the jewellery she wears, or the things she treasures.

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Gift Card

Buying clothing for an adolescent girl is never easy unless she's present during the purchase. Even though most adolescent girls dress the way their friends do, they still manage to develop their own personal style. Instead of giving her an article of clothing, give her gift cards to her favourite clothing stores so she can make her own selections.


Trendy nail polish collections are good birthday gifts for 12-year-old girls. The collections come in sets of four, six and 18 bottles of nail polish. If she's permitted to wear eye make-up, a talking cat eye make-up palette will walk her through the steps of applying the black cat eye shadow and liquid eyeliner with the slanted eyeliner brush. She'll love doll shaped perfume decanters, mood lipstick, and all-in-one make-up sets.


Most 12-year-old girls own and wear jewellery. An aluminium tree branch is perfect to set on her dresser to show off her jewellery. Birthstone jewellery, a perfume ring, or a perfume necklace that holds a solid fragrance is different. Personalised jewellery is also nice.

Electronic Gadgets

Electronics are a part of a 12-year-old girl's gadget arsenal. Birthday gifts such as a laptop bag, a wireless reading device, iPod, headphones, and fun unique flash drives are useful.

Customised Sneaker Kit

Sneakers are favoured among the shoes of a 12-year-old. A kit for customising her sneakers anyway she wants will delight her. The kit includes everything she needs to paint her old or new leather tennis shoes. The paint is waterproof and won't chip, crack, or lose colour on the shoes after repeated applications.

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About the Author

Ernestine Hill has been a writer for more than 20 years and has authored travel articles, a suspense novel, computer application articles, appliance reviews and original recipes. Hill periodically writes for various websites and has published in the "Kansas City Kansan" newspaper. Hill attended the University of Houston and Southern Methodist University.

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