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42 cool gifts for the 11-year-old who's impossible to shop for

There's something for every kind of tween!
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/ Source: TODAY

Not quite a teenager, yet no longer a little kid, an 11-year-old still wants to be surprised when it comes to gifts — they just don't want the typical toys they used to receive.

To simplify the struggle that is shopping for tweens, we've rounded up a list with everything you need to make an 11-year-old smile. From an electric scooter to a new way to play Pictionary, these picks won't disappoint!

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Best games for 11-year-olds

Scary Bingo

You won't get this spooky spin of the classic game at the bingo hall! Each card features an array of illustrated monsters, ghouls and other eccentric creatures.

Pictionary Air

Pictionary came out with a take on the popular game — but this time they can draw in the air! Have fun taking turns drawing the clues while your teammates guess the images.

Funko Marvel Battleworld

Pick your favorite superhero, rescue your friends and win battles to defeat Thanos!

Rubik's Connected - The Connected Electronic Cube

Here’s a reinvented version of the Rubik’s Cube, only this one is interactive! This Rubik’s Cube is an app-enabled cube puzzle game that connects to your phone or tablet through Bluetooth and allows you to learn how to solve the Rubik’s, play mini games and battle with other Cubers around the world.

Nintendo Switch Mario Party Superstars

If they already have a Nintendo Switch, this is the perfect game to add to their collection. It features 100 classic mini games returning from the Nintendo 64 and Nintendo GameCube, and supports online multiplayers so they can play with their friends.

Endless Games Encore Board Game

If your 11-year-old loves music and singing, Encore is the board game for them. They'll be able to participate in sing-offs, trivia and test their pop-culture knowledge.

Funko Disney The Haunted Mansion

Explore all of the classic rooms of the ghost-infested manor from the famed Disney World attraction. Go on a quest of the festivities-filled ballroom, up to the attic or out to the graveyard in search of spirits.

UpWords

One-up your opponent in this exciting word-stacking game.

Not Parent Approved

Don't let the name fool you. Both kids and parents will love playing this fun card game. It's like Cards Against Humanity but for a younger crowd, and it's sure to fill your game nights with plenty of giggles.

Outdoor gifts for 11-year-olds

Swurfer Surfing Tree Swing

Putting a modern twist on your classic tree swing, this stand-up option allows your growing tween to do advanced tricks and maneuvers while off the ground. It also holds youngsters up to 150 pounds, according to the brand.

Boulder Badminton + Pickleball Net

Whether they prefer hitting birdies or trying out their pickleball skills, this bestselling portable net can withstand the elements with its nylon mesh material and is easy to disassemble, making this a no-brainer to bring to outdoor birthday parties or beach hangouts.

Razor Hovertrax Hoverboard LED Lights

This hoverboard is super fun for any tween on the move with an LED light show and can reach speeds up to 9 mph!

GT Kids' Berm BMX Bike

For little racers, this BMX bike will allow your kids to ride on all terrains.

Best tech gifts for 11-year-olds

Fitbit Ace 3

Whether they're a natural tomboy or dipping their toes into a new extracurricular activity, they'll love setting up personal goals and reminding themselves of their long-term achievements with Fitbit's popular kid-focused activity tracker.

Kindle Kids

Parents probably won't mind their kids getting screen time when books are involved. The popular child-friendly version of the Kindle comes with a year-long subscription to Amazon Kids+, offering ad-free versions of books, apps, videos and more.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera

Encourage them to explore their artsy side with this revamped version of Fujifilm's legendary instant camera. They can take selfies, close-up shots, portraits and more.

Echo Dot

The Echo Dot with LED clock display makes the perfect gift — and the possibilities are endless. Your kids can ask for the weather, play music or set an alarm clock to get up for school!

Carpool Karaoke Microphone

Host your very own karaoke jam with this Bluetooth-enabled portable microphone.

Sphero Mini Programmable Robot Ball

The Sphero is way more than just a robot — it's the  perfect entry into robotics for beginners. Paired with the Sphero app, your child can learn more about coding and play arcade- and STEM-inspired games.

Beats Solo3 Headphones

These headphones can last all day with up to 40 hours of battery life. They can control their music and activate Siri — all without touching their phone!

Powerbeats Pro

Enjoy your favorite tunes, TV shows and conversations with the Powerbeats Pro wireless headphones. These headphones also have active noise cancellation, which is perfect to use when remote learning. The headphones also intuitively shut off when folded.

Best clothing and accessories for 11-year-olds

Birkenstocks Arizona Essentials

These easy, breezy Birkenstocks are an update on your classic, summer-friendly style but offer the same comfortable support thanks to the lightweight, shock-absorbing EVA material.

Pura Vida The Charli D'Amelio Pack

This bestselling beaded bracelet five-pack is sure to bring a boost of sunshine to their life. They'll also adore knowing it was designed by one of their fave TikTokkers.

Marvel Periodic Table of Favorite Heroes Hoodie

This unique pullover hoodie makes a great gift for your favorite superhero fan. They can go through the Marvel periodic table that has all their favorite heroes and villains.

INDVapparel Quad Chunky Resin Ring Set

If your tween loves fashion, they'll definitely love sporting some super trendy chunky jewelry. These come in several colors spanning the rainbow.

Kids' Minecraft Graphic Shirt

Chances are, your 11-year-old is a Minecraft fan. Let them show off their favorite characters with this shirt while also snagging a gift under $10.

Whaline Blush Theme Hair Scrunchies

Scrunchies have made a major comeback as a go-to hair accessory. This set comes in 12 shades, ranging from peach to white.

BearPaw Loki Slipper

These suede and sheepskin slippers can be worn inside or outside year-round.

Washable Chalkboard Tee

Add a little chalk and they can customize their own T-shirt. From writing their favorite phrases to drawing a picture, the sky's the limit!

FashionPuzzle Chevron Quilted Medium Crossbody Bag

Available in over 20 colors and 5,100+ verified five-star ratings, this chevron crossbody bag is perfect for small items that get lost easily.

Unique gifts for 11-year-olds

Dan&Darci Gem Art

This is a cool paint-by-numbers craft but with gems! No glue or scissors (or mess) required. With 2,700+ verified five-star ratings on Amazon, each kit includes 3,000 gems in eight different colors, along with several suncatchers, stickers and keychains to bedazzle.

GoLine Cat Lamp

Add some light to their room with this adorable cat lamp that can be used while they're doing their homework or going to sleep (you're never too old for a nightlight!). Tap the silicone surface to switch between seven colors, standby mode and warm white light mode.

Crayola Inspiration Art Case

Let them get creative while also staying organized with this art case. It has over 140 colored pencils, crayons, washable markers and 15 pieces of paper to get them started. If they also like to paint, opt for the deluxe art set.

Babycakes CP-12 Cake Pop Maker

What 11-year-old doesn't love cake pops? This cake pop maker from Babycakes can make up to 12 cake pops at a time, and it includes a plastic stand, fork tool, 50 cake pop sticks and fun recipes to try.

Posh Creations 29" Malibu Lounge Bean Bag Chair

This plush bean bag chair is lightweight according to several reviewers and perfect to sit in when studying or playing video games.

Hydro Flask Tumbler

This cool tumbler by Hydro Flask features double-wall vacuum insulation that aims to keep beverages cold or hot for several hours on end, according to the brand.

Funko The Child

Now you can have your very own Baby Yoda. Standing at almost four inches tall, this is the perfect gift for a "Star Wars" fan.

Casio Casiotone Keyboard

Casio’s next generation of Casio tone keyboards are ultra-compact and feature 400 tones and 75 rhythms. It comes in black, white or red. There’s also a handle so you can take it wherever you go!

Slackers Ninjaline

Now your child can train like a real ninja warrior and build their very own obstacle course. This intro kit comes with essential obstacle course equipment including seven hanging attachments.

The Milk Bar Sampler

Who doesn’t love Milk Bar cookies? This sampler pack has all the sweet treats your favorite 11-year-old is craving, including birthday truffles, assorted cookies and a slice of Milk Bar's famous pie.

Refasy Piggy Bank ATM Bank

Give them a place to start stashing their dough with this highly-rated electronic bank. It's an Amazon bestseller and a tween-pleaser.

Lego "Overwatch" Set

This cool Lego set is based on the action game "Overwatch" and recreates one of its popular maps.

Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s other gift guides to find the perfect present for every teen on your list including 12-year-olds, 13-year-olds, 14-year-olds, 15-year-olds, 16-year-olds, 17-year-olds, 18-year-olds and 19-year-olds.