35 gifts for 11-year-olds that they didn't know they needed

Carey Reilly
·10 min read

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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 powered 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

Carpool Karaoke Microphone

Singing Machine Carpool Karaoke Mic (Amazon / Amazon)
Singing Machine Carpool Karaoke Mic (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Carpool Karaoke Microphone $39.37 at Amazon

  • Carpool Karaoke Microphone $49.49 at Walmart

  • Carpool Karaoke Microphone $49.99 at Target

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

2. White Ivory Faux Fur Inflatable Chair

Faux Fur Inflatable Chair

Faux Fur Inflatable Chair (Amazon / Amazon)
Faux Fur Inflatable Chair (Amazon / Amazon)

Faux Fur Inflatable Chair $49.99 at Amazon

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

3. Echo Dot

Echo Dot

Echo Dot (Amazon / Amazon)
Echo Dot (Amazon / Amazon)

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. Unicorn Squad Mystery Collectible Capsules

Unicorn Squad Mystery Collectible Capsules

5 Surprise Unicorn Squad Mystery Collectible Capsule (Walmart / Walmart)
5 Surprise Unicorn Squad Mystery Collectible Capsule (Walmart / Walmart)
  • Unicorn Squad Mystery Collectible Capsules $10.59 at Amazon

  • Unicorn Squad Mystery Collectible Capsules $24.99 at Walmart

Unboxing is hot this year! Unwrap each capsule to find a sassy member of the Unicorn Squad.

5. Razor Turbo A

Razor Turbo A Black Label Electric Scooter

Razor Turbo A Black Label Electric Scooter $88.00 at Walmart

This electric-powered scooter amps up their ride, hitting speeds of up to 10 mph for up to 25 minutes of continuous ride time.

Best toys for 11-year-olds

1. "How to Train Your Dragon" Hatching Toothless

"How To Train Your Dragon" Hatching Toothless

How To Train Your Dragon Hatching Toothless (Amazon / Amazon)
How To Train Your Dragon Hatching Toothless (Amazon / Amazon)
  • "How To Train Your Dragon" Hatching Toothless $35.99 at Amazon

  • "How To Train Your Dragon" Hatching Toothless $44.49 at Target

  • "How To Train Your Dragon" Hatching Toothless $59.99 at Barnes and Noble

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!

2. Lego "Overwatch" Set

Lego "Overwatch" Set

LEGO Overwatch Junkrat & Roadhog
LEGO Overwatch Junkrat & Roadhog
  • Lego "Overwatch" Set $49.99 at Target

  • Lego "Overwatch" Set $39.98 at Walmart

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

3. Huffy Boys BMX Bike

Huffy Boys BMX Bike

Huffy Boys BMX Bike
Huffy Boys BMX Bike

Huffy Boys BMX Bike $155.99 at Huffy

This glossy crimson red Huffy BMX bike gets your kids outside in the fresh air and will have them doing tricks in no time!

4. Razor Hovertrax Hoverboard LED Lights

Razor Hovertrax Prizma Hoverboard with LED Lights

Razor Hovertrax Prizma Hoverboard with LED Lights, UL2272 Certified Self-Balancing Hoverboard Scooter, Prismatic Color, for Kids Age 8+ (Amazon / Amazon)
Razor Hovertrax Prizma Hoverboard with LED Lights, UL2272 Certified Self-Balancing Hoverboard Scooter, Prismatic Color, for Kids Age 8+ (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Razor Hovertrax Prizma Hoverboard with LED Lights $177.03 at Amazon

  • Razor Hovertrax Prizma Hoverboard with LED Lights $179.99 at Walmart

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

5. Huffy Scooter

Huffy Scooter

Huffy Scooter
Huffy Scooter
  • Huffy Scooter $89.99 at Target

  • Huffy Scooter $99.99 at Target

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. Pictionary Air

Pictionary Air

Pictionary Air
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.

2. UpWords

UpWords Board Game

UpWords Board Game
UpWords Board Game
  • UpWords Board Game $13.12 at Amazon

  • UpWords Board Game $17.89 at Target

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

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

Back to the Future: Dice Through Time Board Game

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

Back to the Future: Dice Through Time Board Game $27.99 at Target

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. Funko Disney The Haunted Mansion

Funko Disney The Haunted Mansion

Funko Disney The Haunted Mansion (Amazon / Amazon)
Funko Disney The Haunted Mansion (Amazon / Amazon)

Funko Disney The Haunted Mansion $19.56 at Amazon

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. Marvel Battle World

Marvel Battle World

Marvel Battle World (Amazon / Amazon)
Marvel Battle World (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Marvel Battle World $9.84 at Amazon

  • Marvel Battle World $24.99 at Target

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

6. Rubik's Connected - The Connected Electronic Cube

Rubik's Connected - The Connected Electronic Cube

Rubik's Connected - The Connected Electronic Cube (Amazon / Amazon)
Rubik's Connected - The Connected Electronic Cube (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Rubik's Connected - The Connected Electronic Cube $49.95 at Amazon

  • Rubik's Connected - The Connected Electronic Cube $49.95 at Go 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. Samsung Galaxy Ear Buds

Samsung Galaxy Buds

Samsung Galaxy Buds (Amazon / Amazon)
Samsung Galaxy Buds (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds $110.98 at Amazon

  • Samsung Galaxy Buds $109.99 at Target

  • Samsung Galaxy Buds $119.99 at Walmart

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

2. Sphero Edu

Sphero Edu SPRK+

Sphero edu: SPRK+ (Amazon / Amazon)
Sphero edu: SPRK+ (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Sphero Edu SPRK+ $96.99 at Amazon

  • Sphero Edu SPRK+ $96.99 at Target

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.

3. Beats Solo3 Headphones

Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones (Amazon / Amazon)
Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones (Amazon / Amazon)

Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones $299.95 at Amazon

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!

4. Powerbeats Pro

Powerbeats Pro

Powerbeats Pro (Amazon / Amazon)
Powerbeats Pro (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Powerbeats Pro $249.95 at Amazon

  • Powerbeats Pro $249.95 at Apple

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. Kidpik Subscription Box

Kidpik Fashion Box

Kidpik Fashion Box (Amazon / Amazon)
Kidpik Fashion Box (Amazon / Amazon)

Kidpik Fashion Box $39.50 at Amazon

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.

2. Double Hearts Emoji Ring

Double Hearts Emoji Ring

Double Hearts Emoji Ring $39.00 at Experimental Jewellry Club

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

3. BearPaw Loki Slipper

BearPaw Loki Slipper

  • BearPaw Loki Slipper $39.95 at Amazon

  • BearPaw Loki Slipper $54.99 at Kohl's

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

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

Chalk of the Town Chalkboard T-Shirt Kit for Kids

Chalk of the Town Chalkboard T-Shirt Kit for Kids (Amazon / Amazon)
Chalk of the Town Chalkboard T-Shirt Kit for Kids (Amazon / Amazon)

Chalk of the Town Chalkboard T-Shirt Kit for Kids $24.95 at Amazon

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!

5. Fearless Stretch Bracelet

Fearless Stretch Bracelet

Fearless Stretch Bracelet $20.00 at Nordstrom

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

6. Vegan-Pouch-Favorite Daughter

Vegan-Pouch Favorite Daughter

Vegan-Pouch Favorite Daughter
Vegan-Pouch Favorite Daughter

Vegan-Pouch Favorite Daughter $24.00 at Los Angeles Trading Co.

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

7. Lulu Dharma Star Hip Pack

Lulu Dharma Stars Hip Pack

Lulu Dharma Stars Hip Pack (Amazon / Amazon)
Lulu Dharma Stars Hip Pack (Amazon / Amazon)

Lulu Dharma Stars Hip Pack $19.98 at Amazon

This hip pack let’s your child keep their phone handy and safe while in the halls at school or on a bike ride.

8. Swarovski Bracelet

Swarovski Bracelet

Swarovski Bracelet (Amazon / Amazon)
Swarovski Bracelet (Amazon / Amazon)

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

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

Hydro Flask Tumbler Cup

Hydro Flask Tumbler Cup (Amazon / Amazon)
Hydro Flask Tumbler Cup (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Hydro Flask Tumbler Cup $27.95 at Amazon

  • Hydro Flask Tumbler Cup $27.95 at REI

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

Funko The Child

Funko The Child (Amazon / Amazon)
Funko The Child (Amazon / Amazon)

Funko The Child $13.27 at Amazon

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 Casiotone Keyboard

Casio Casiotone Keyboard (Amazon / Amazon)
Casio Casiotone Keyboard (Amazon / Amazon)

Casio Casiotone Keyboard $119.00 at Amazon

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

Slackers Ninjaline

Slackers Ninjaline (Amazon / Amazon)
Slackers Ninjaline (Amazon / Amazon)

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

Collins Key Fake Food Mystery Challenge Wheel

Collins Key Fake Food Mystery Challenge Wheel (Amazon / Amazon)
Collins Key Fake Food Mystery Challenge Wheel (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Collins Key Fake Food Mystery Challenge Wheel $19.97 at Amazon

  • Collins Key Fake Food Mystery Challenge Wheel $19.97 at Walmart

  • Collins Key Fake Food Mystery Challenge Wheel $24.99 at Target

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. Harry and David Festive Snack Train

Harry and David Festive Snack Train

Harry and David Festive Snack Train
Harry and David Festive Snack Train

Harry and David Festive Snack Train $79.99 at Harry & David

For the kid who loves trains or lives far away, this is gift will spread the festive cheer and joy! This wooden train is filled with sweet and savory snacks.

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