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Tweens can be hard to shop for — we found 53 gifts your 11-year-old will love

There's something for every kind of tween!
Kara Birnbaum / TODAY
/ 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

Oonies Flipside Game

Gift your smarty-pants a game that will test their skills! With this game, they'll have to flip blocks to match the colors and lights before time runs out.

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.

Mattel 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 Disney "Hocus Pocus" Tricks and Wits Card Game

The Sanderson Sisters are back and better than ever. This clever card game with let you split into two teams, kids vs. witches while you try to outsmart your opponents to capture the ghastly spell book before the black flame candle burns out!

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.

Disney Mickey's Christmas Carole Game

No one truly outgrows the magic of Disney and this game is great for the whole family. Play along to the timeless story of “A Christmas Carol,” but Mickey style. Draw pieces of the story from a bag and give them to other players. Watch out for the Humbug tiles, as they push Scrooge closer to waking up on Christmas morning!

Spin Master UpWords

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

Not Parent Approved Card Game

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

Discovery Mindblown Telescope with Tripod

They say the sky's the limit, but for your tween, you can make it a galaxy! Gift them a telescope that allows them to observe the stars at night and nature's little creatures during the day.

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!

Dart 24" Kids' Trail Bike 7 Speed

This bike is ready for all terrains, bumpy trails and paved roads to and from school. It has great handling and control, making it very safe for riders.

Best tech gifts for 11-year-olds

Yoto Player Kids Audio & Music Player

This storytelling toy is bound to put a smile on their face. Simply have them insert one of the 300+ cards to play stories, music, activities and more. According to the brand, the cool gadget has been kid-tested for durability and is specifically made with young ones in mind (large dials, rechargeable battery, portability).

Fitbit Ace 3

They'll love setting up personal goals and reminding themselves of their long-term achievements with Fitbit's popular kid-focused activity tracker.

Kindle Paperwhite 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 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!

The Singing Machine 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 Studio3 Wireless Headphones

These headphones not only play your favorite tunes continuously for 22 hours but they are noise cancelling so you can listen to music the way it was intended.

Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earbuds

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 and offer 9 hours of listening time.

Best clothing and accessories for 11-year-olds

Pretty Connected Dylan Face Mask Chain Strap

This plastics mask chain is the perfect length for kids! It's lightweight and an easy way to add a pop of color to your existing mask. Perfect for back to school, soccer practice and everyday life.

Pink Rib Beanie

Grab a beanie in each color and keep your head nice and toasty this winter.

Happy Nation Relaxed Fleece Crewneck Sweatshirt

Let your tween spread joy whenever they wear this oversized graphic sweatshirt bursting with stars emoting peace and happiness!

Athleta Jump for Joy Jumpsuit

From school to after-class activities your tween will be dressed will be dressed to impress in this jumpsuit no matter the occasion. It features side pockets, a drawcord belt and "featherweight stretch" material to keep them comfy all day long.

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.

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.

Zion National Park Tee

Chances are, your 11-year-old is a fan of the great outdoors. Snag this cool graphic tee celebrating Zion National Park.

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.

Crocs Kids' Classic Lined Clogs

Keep their toes nice and warm this season with these classic lined clogs. These kids slip-on shoes feature soft, supple comfort from the foam footbed and Croslite foam outsole.

DSG Girls Plaid Shacked

This fleece fabric will help keep your tween nice and cozy. Wear it as a top or layer it as a jacket.

FashionPuzzle Chevron Quilted Medium Crossbody Bag

Available in over 20 colors and 5,600+ verified five-star ratings, this chevron crossbody bag is perfect for small items that get lost easily.

Jansport Driver 8 Backpack

This comfortable convertible backpack can switch from a shoulder bag to a wheeled backpack in a flash. Perfect for lugging lots of books to and from school.

Vera Bradley Zip ID Case

Your teen can tuck their school ID card and maybe a little cash inside and they're ready to travel lightly. The very best feature? This style is made from 100% recycled cotton.

Unique gifts for 11-year-olds

Chums Floating Phone Protector

Keep your kid’s expensive phones dry and floating in this Floating Phone Protector that’s vibrant and fun. It’s designed with watertight, welded seams, a waterproof closure and touchscreen compatibility.

Sanuk Donna St. Hemp

If you are looking for a hassle-free slip-on for your tween, these are the ones for you. They have sleek style and are super comfortable.

STMT DIY Journaling Set

Help them document their most memorable moments with this journaling set. It comes with tons of decor for personalization, including glitter frames, tassels, foil and up to 70 pages to decorate.

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.

Stanley 40 oz. Adventure Quencher Tumbler

This travel tumbler is just what you need for all-day hydration. Take it with you to a high-intensity field hockey practice or an extra-long road trip with the family to keep your drink cold for hours. The lid features a rotating cover with three positions: a straw opening, a wide mouth for chugging, and a full-cover top to prevent spills.

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.

Dormify Custom Neon Sign

Time for a glow-up! Turn any phrase into your own neon wall decor with this custom made-to-order neon sign. Choose your fav font and color and let your personality shine! Neon sign includes on/off switch with dimmable capabilities.

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" Dorado Showdown

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 teenager 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.