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2021 Gift Guide—Empowering Gifts for Girls Age 9-12

If you're looking for gift ideas for 9-year old, 10-year old, 11-year old and 12-year old girls, you're in the right spot! We sifted through the hottest new toys and books for tweens, as well as some old favorites, so you won't have to.

Below are recommendations for gifts that encourage girls to grow up to be strong and successful. For girls age 9-12, we focused on toys and books that feature strong female role models and/or characters that reinforce a healthy body image, inspire confidence, and/or encourage STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills.

This human anatomy kit is perfect for inspiring an interest in science and medicine. Even better when paired with a book like Wow in the World: The How and Wow of the Human Body.

Snap circuits introduce girls to electricity and engineering.

Microscopes make great gifts for girls because they introduce them to science and encourage them to explore their world.

This microscope is pricier than the National Geographic one, but it's definitely a step up. It offers more magnifying power, easy to use and is definitely works better for groups, as the magnified image appears on a screen.

Okay, this one's more about family laughter, closeness and bonding than anything else. For families comfortable with potty talk only. (There's a lot of it!)

This lego set makes a great gift for Minecraft lovers. We like that it encourages engineering skills.

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Camp is a "NY Times Bestseller about venturing off to summer camp for the first time and stepping out of one's comfort zone, navigating new experiences, and the satisfaction of blazing your own trails."

The classic series we all know and love has been re-imagined as a graphic novel series. This is the book that started it all. We love how entrepreneurial, creative and caring these girls are.

If one book isn't enough, this boxed set features seven amazing Babysitters Club graphic novels.

The book highlights the importance of communication, family, friendship, and self-confidence.

I Am Not A Label is a 2021 EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Honor Book. We like that it features prominent figures from history have overcome tremendous challenges.

This book of poetry shares the experience of an African American girl growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Winner of the Coretta Scott King and National Book awards, and a Newbery Honor Book.

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