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36 best gifts for 11-year-old boys and girls 2021

There's something for every kind of tween!
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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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Bestselling gifts for 11-year-olds

1. Carpool Karaoke Microphone

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

2. White Ivory Faux Fur Inflatable Chair

This faux fur chair is easy to inflate and perfect to sit in when studying or playing video games.

3. Echo Dot

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

4. Funko Disney The Haunted Mansion

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

5. UpWords

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

Best toys for 11-year-olds

1. GT Kids' Berm BMX Bike

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

2. "How to Train Your Dragon" Hatching Toothless

Kids love a surprise! Here's a chance to hatch and train their very own baby dragon Toothless from "How to Train Your Dragon." Feed Toothless, teach him how to fly and watch him come to life with movements and interactive sounds!

3. Lego "Overwatch" Set

This cool Lego set is based on the action game, "Overwatch."

4. Razor Hovertrax Hoverboard LED Lights

This hoverboard is super fun with an LED light show and it can reach speeds up to 9 mph!

5. Huffy Scooter

This scooter is easy to use with its non-slip resin deck and best of all? It’s foldable! Recommended up to 200 pounds.

Best games for 11-year-olds

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Back to the Future: Dice Through Time Board Game

Help Doc and Marty repair the space-time continuum before the paradoxes unravel the very fabric of the universe in this board game from the iconic movie, "Back to the Future!"

4. Marvel Battle World

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

5. 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.

Best tech gifts for 11-year-olds

1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera

Encourage them to explore their artsy side with this gift. They can take selfies, close-up shots, portraits and more on this mini camera.

2. Samsung Galaxy Ear Buds

Wireless Galaxy buds are great for listening to music and talking on the phone.

3. Sphero Edu

The Sphero is way more than just a robot. Paired with the Sphero app, your child can learn how to program it to perform different activities like having a dance party.

4. 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!

5. 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 jewelry gifts for 11-year-olds

1. Whaline Blush Theme Hair Scrunchies

Scrunchies have made a major comeback as a go-to hair accessory. These ones come in 12 shades, ranging from peach to white.

2. Kidpik Subscription Box

This clothing subscription box takes the guesswork out of buying for your tween. Each box contains three or four items, creating a fully coordinated outfit right down to the shoes! Sign up for a monthly subscription and get a new outfit each month. The first box is just $39, while subsequent boxes are $60 and ship every two months.

3. Double Hearts Emoji Ring

They'll have fun wearing their favorite emojis as rings!

4. BearPaw Loki Slipper

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

5. Chalk of the Town Chalkboard T-Shirt Kit for Kids

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!

6. Fearless Stretch Bracelet

This beaded stretch bracelet has the perfect mantra for your 11-year-old who is fierce and boldly and ready to conquer the world!

7. Vegan-Pouch-Favorite Daughter

This Vegan Pouch is perfect for small items that get lost easily. Available in four colors.

8. Swarovski Bracelet

This Swarovski bracelet has three crystals; blue, soft purple, and clear hues. They sparkle on a shimmering chain and fasten with an adjustable sliding closure.

9. Freedom Moses Sandals

Freedom Moses sandals are an update on your classic, summer-friendly style with its brightly colored, tie-dye design.

Best unique gifts for 11-year-olds

1. Hydro Flask Tumbler Cup

This cool tumbler by the very popular Hydro Flask brand keeps beverages cold up to 24 hours or hot for up to six hours.

2. Funko The Child

Now you can have your very own “Baby Yoda” but his real name is “The Child” and he stands almost 4 inches tall. A perfect gift for a Star Wars fan.

3. Casio Casiotone Keyboard

Casio’s next generation of Casio tone keyboards are ultra-compact and features 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!

4. Slackers Ninjaline

Now your kid can train like a real Ninja Warrior and build his very own obstacle course. This Ninja kit comes with an intro kit and includes seven hanging attachments.

5. Collins Key Fake Food Mystery Challenge Wheel

Are you up for the Ultimate Fake Food Challenge? Mold and shape the key compounds to create fake foods with your hands or sculpting tools! There are 24 surprises and challenges to take on in this game.

6. 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.

7. Paint by Pom Pom, Unicorn Pal

This is a cool paint by numbers craft but with Pom Poms! No glue or scissors required. There are four unique characters from a unicorn, puppy, kitty and a dinosaur! Also comes in a frame ready to be displayed. The perfect gift!

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This gift guide was originally published on Nov. 8, 2018.