Being 10 is a time of change and transition; children of this age are beginning to welcome the approach of adolescence and are firmly in the ‘tween’ age bracket. Self-identity and self-esteem become much more important around this age as children develop more of a sense of who they are and how they fit into the world. For some children this age there will be a transition from one school to another, for others, they will begin to experience different social settings in clubs and extra-curricular activities. Social interaction is increasingly important at this stage and children will become more skilled socially; being more able to navigate conflict, control their emotions and negotiate solutions with peers.
If you’re searching for a gift for a 10-year-old girl, this list may help you to find something special. We’ve put together a range of options, catering to different interests and skills;
1. Instax Square Instant Camera
Instax is fast becoming a very trendy item to own; in an age of digital photography, it seems that the simplicity of taking a photo and having it print out instantly holds great appeal. With this in mind, this would make a great gift for a 10-year-old girl whether she’s interested in photography or simply enjoys snapping quick selfies with friends (there’s actually an in-built selfie mode for that!)
The Instax Square Instant camera is available in a range of colors so you can choose the one which suits her style and personality best. Photography is a great interest and skill to encourage, and the reward and challenge of an instant print out is a great motivating factor in getting that perfect shot.
2. Anki Cozmo Robot
10-year-old girls are very familiar with tech toys, having grown up around fast-developing digital technology they are able to use new tech relatively easily and most cutting-edge technology. This is a great interest to encourage as the world demands more and more advanced technological skills for everyday life as well as in industry and careers. Coding skills, in particular, are in demand and the Anki Cozmo Robot is an easy way to encourage children to work on those skills, without it feeling like extra school work!
The Anki Cozmo Robot is a fun, life-like robot friend with the ability to play interactive games and explore. Using the app on a compatible device, children can learn to write code for the robot, who is durable enough to stand up to a few bumps and bruises as it is used in play.
3. Doodle Butterfly Pillowcase
At this age, many girls use their bedroom décor as a way of expressing their own interests and personality, and it is therefore very important to their self-esteem and self-identity. Encouraging children to make their bedroom a cozy, personalized space is a good idea as it gives them somewhere to spend time with friends or to retreat to at the end of a busy day.
The Doodle Butterfly Pillowcase is perfect for allowing a 10-year-old girl some ownership over her space; it’s a pillowcase that you can color and design yourself. One side has an intricate and beautiful design that can be colored in with washable pens whilst the other side has a simple grid template, encouraging girls to draw their own and improve their art and design skills. Made in eco-friendly cotton it is completely washable and reusable; simply run it through a warm wash in the machine and you can start all over again.
4. Razor E90 Electric Scooter
Scooters are a classic toy and mode of transport throughout childhood and encourage children to spend time outdoors and keep physically active. Whilst electric scooters don’t require children to physically propel themselves forward, they do require balance which in turn develops the core muscles. Core strength is important for a range of other activities, including handwriting!
The Razor Power Core E90 Electric scooter is a maintenance-free electric scooter with up to 80 minutes of ride time from a single charge and speeds up to 10 mph. It is the ideal next step from a traditional scooter and gives a 10-year-old girl a new way to get around and some more independence.
5. Nancy B’s Science Club Microscope & Activity Journal
We need more females in scientific industries so why not encourage her interest in science early on? At 10-years-old most girls are still very interested in the world around them and notice smaller details of the environment. This gift will help to encourage and develop those skills and interests.
The Nancy B’s Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal is perfect for 10-year-old girls, encouraging scientific investigation through the suggested activities and developing data recording skills with the included 22-page journal. This makes an ideal fun, but educational, gift for a 10-year-old.
6. Goliath Games Sequence
Playing a wide variety of games is a fantastic way to encourage children to develop different kinds of thinking skills, like logic, critical thinking, teamwork or strategy. The Goliath Games Sequence in particular is a classic game for improving strategic thinking.
Family games nights, or regular games get-togethers with friends are brilliant for promoting social skills as children learn to follow rules, win, lose and work together in order to play games. As children get older too many parents find that it is a great way to spend regular time together as a family and keep channels of communication open. The Goliath Games Sequence game is an ideal gift for a 10-year-old girl who enjoys playing different kinds of games and needs something strategic for her collection.
7. Sweet Animal Socks
A cute, practical gift for a 10-year-old girl, some stylish socks are something that she will certainly get some practical use out of and these Sweet Animal Socks will appeal to girls who love animals or cute designs.
Available in a range of designs you can choose the animal you think she will like best to make the gift slightly more personal but as one size fits most there’s no need to find out her shoe size or try to guess! These socks are made with high quality blended cotton so are super comfortable to wear and are sure to be a hit with most 10-year-olds.
8. Cinematic Light Up Box
As she seeks to create her own, personalized space many 10-year-old girls may want special quotes printed or made into posters. The trouble with this is that their favorite quotes and sayings change all the time, so you may not want to keep investing in new prints.
This Cinematic Light Box is the perfect alternative to prints and posters as it can be changed as frequently as she likes, and is great for spelling out happy birthday messages or welcome to sleepovers and parties. Ideal as room décor it comes with 205 letters and emojis so there’s no limit on what you can display!
9. PlayShifu Shifu Orboot
Globes are a fantastic learning resource that will last a child through their school years, adding context to children’s learning and realism to their understanding of locations. The Shifu Orboot takes this a step further, adding an extra layer of interest with augmented reality access via an app.
As children hold their device up to the globe, they are able to access a huge range of information improving their technology skills and promoting positive use of technology. The Shifu Orboot is compatible with both iOS and Android devices and helps to build children’s interest in geography and their knowledge of the wider world.
10. GirlZone Nail Art Studio Kit
Nail art is popular with 10-year-old girls as it appeals to their creativity as well as a budding interest in beauty and fashion. It’s also a great bonding, social activity as girls can take turns to paint each other’s nails and chat along the way.
Improving hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills is an excellent by-product of using the GirlZone Nail Art Studio Kit which comes with everything girls need to create a range of beautiful and intricate nail art designs.
11. Lego Friends Heartlake Mia’s Camper Van
Playing with Lego continues to offer a whole range of benefits throughout childhood. With 488 pieces this Lego Friends Heartlake Mia’s Camper Van set is ideal for 10-year-old girls as it will be a sufficiently challenging build to improve their ability to follow instructions as well as their physical construction skills. Building with these more complex Lego sets requires fine motor skills and dexterity, ideal for building up strength in small finger muscles to improve pen control and handwriting.
Compatible with other Lego sets so that play can be extended the Lego Friends Heartlake Mia’s Camper Van set includes mini-figures from the Lego Friends range to encourage imaginative social play, perfect for 10-year-old girls.
12. Nintendo Switch Lite
A cheaper alternative to the Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo Switch Lite offers the same popular gaming capabilities, portability and great battery life. The difference is that it does not support output to a TV and is therefore a handheld-only device.
This will be perfect for a 10-year-old girl, offering the ability to play on the go. Whilst we often think of playing video games as a just play, they actually offer plenty of learning benefits too. Alongside increasing skills associated with technology, playing video games can increase physical dexterity in the thumb and fingers, improve hand-eye coordination and reaction times and develop critical thinking skills.
13. Pandora Butterfly Silver Bracelet
Pandora bracelets are a modern alternative to a traditional charm bracelet and therefore make an excellent gift. They are now well-known and very popular and offer a really stylish way to save special memories. With a range of beads and charms available this is a gift that can be added to as time goes by, at special occasions in a 10-year-old girl’s life.
The Pandora Butterfly silver bracelet is made of sterling silver so is suitable for sensitive skin and is available in different sizes so that it fits well. This is a great starter set for a 10-year-old girl who wants a piece of special, meaningful jewelry for years to come.
14. Stiga Sports Football Rebounder Goal
It’s not always possible or practical to practice sports with a team, but it can be a drag to keep retrieving a ball when you’re playing alone. The Stiga Sports Football Rebounder Goal offers a solution to this problem as the ball is rebounded back to the player so that they can carry on seamlessly.
This is an ideal gift for a 10-year-old sports fan and will help to keep her physically active and healthy as well as building up sport-specific skills, like shooting on target and ball control. There are two sizes available so you can choose which is most suitable, so this is a great way to offer independent football practice at home.
15. Jansport Big Student Backpack
Sometimes when a girl has such a wide range of different interests and hobbies it can be difficult to know what to buy as a gift, or you may be unsure about what she already has at home. In situations like this many people prefer to buy a gift that is practical and useful so that they can be sure it won’t go to waste.
The Jansport Big Student backpack is certainly practical and useful and is sure to get plenty of use by a 10-year-old girl for school, sports or extracurricular activities. Its large size fits lots of kits and it offers ergonomic carrying with adjustable sizing to support spinal health.
16. Faber-Castell Polychromos Color Pencils
If the 10-year-old girl you’re buying a gift for is interested in art and loves drawing then this set of pencils might make the perfect gift. You can choose from a range of quantities to get a set that will be just right for the girl you’re buying for.
The pencils themselves are high-quality, professional-grade pencils and come in a range of vivid colors. They come in a storage tin so she can keep them safe as well as neat and tidy. Encouraging artistic skill and interest is a great way to show that you support and appreciate a 10-year-old girl’s personality and individual interests.
17. Vlando Wooden jewelry Box
A jewelry box might not be an obvious gift for a 10-year old girl but it is sure to be both useful and appreciated. By age 10 most girls have a small collection of jewelry that they have been gifted and they need somewhere safe to store it to prevent it from getting lost or damaged.
The Vlando Wooden jewelry Box has specialized compartments for different types of jewelry, secret storage spaces to hide away very important pieces and a large mirror to check how pieces look whilst worn. The jewelry box is made with durably materials so should last many years, and giving this as a gift will encourage a 10-year-old girl to take responsibility for looking after her belongings.
18. Lego Harry Potter Hagrid’s Hut: Buckbeak’s Rescue
Harry Potter is a really popular interest amongst 10-year-old girls, so if the 10-year-old you’re buying for is a big Harry Potter fan then this Lego set is ideal for her! Lego continues to offer a range of benefits as children grow, developing construction skills, concentration and fine motor skills.
The Lego Harry Potter Hagrid’s Hut: Buckbeak’s Rescue set is ideal for imaginative play, recreating scenes from the books and movies. It includes six mini-figures of central characters and moveable wings on the buck beak figure to make it easy to play in this way.
19. Thumbs Up Unicorn Bluetooth Speaker
Many 10-year-old girls are beginning to develop their own taste in music and might enjoy having their own speaker to listen to music with. The Thumbs Up Unicorn Bluetooth Speaker has a cute unicorn design that 10-year-old girls will love and connect easily using Bluetooth.
With up to four hours of playtime, the speaker is ideal for either music or audiobooks and encourages independence as children can operate it themselves and use it in their own space whether that’s the bedroom, the playroom or the lounge.
20. SainSmart Jr. Kids Bow and Arrows
This archery set is specially designed for kids so they can have all the benefits of archery without the danger! Your mind may not jump to an archery set when thinking of a gift for a 10-year-old girl but this set is a unique gift offering a whole range of benefits.
The SainSmart Jr. Bow and Arrows will encourage physical skills such as hand-eye coordination, balance and spatial awareness, and is suitable to be played with independently or with others making it an ideal sport for an only child or a child who likes to play by themselves. The set even comes with a gift box making it really simple to give as a gift.
21. ThinkFun Rush Hour Traffic Jam
Critical thinking skills are important for all sorts of academic work as children grow including mathematics and science. Being able to develop critical thinking skills through play is ideal for 10-year-olds as their brains are still wired to learn best through playing. The ThinkFun Rush Hour Traffic Jam game is ideal for improving critical thinking skills whilst also being an extremely fun game.
The game can be played with others or independently and has a series of multi-level challenges from beginner to expert so as you improve at the game it gets harder to keep it challenging and stimulating.
22. RockJam Keyboard Piano
Music is a skill for life, it has cognitive benefits but also improves stress levels and is a great social skill to have too. If the 10-year-old you’re buying a gift for is interested in music or has started to learn to play the piano or the keyboard then this RockJam Keyboard Piano would make a fantastic gift for them.
This keyboard is compact and portable and comes with a stand, seat and headphones making it ideal for piano practice. There are 200 set rhythms, 200 tones and 30 demo songs with the ability for the user to record and play back their own work too.
23. Fitbit Ace 2
In wanting more independence and to feel grown-up many 10-year-old girls like to imitate the adults in their lives. Many adults now wear fitness trackers and children express an interest in these and their accompanying apps. The Fitbit Ace 2 Activity Tracker for Kids is a fitness tracker designed especially for kids. It has a robust design to withstand any bumps and knocks, is water-resistant up to 160 feet.
The Fitbit Ace 2 Activity Tracker for Kids is a great way to encourage children to stay active and to use technology to develop healthy habits. It also has up to 5 days of battery life so charging isn’t a drama!
24. GirlZone Magical Reversible Sequin Pillow
The physical environment begins to have a big influence on 10-year-old girls and many of them take real pride in updated and rearranging their bedroom décor. The GirlZone Magical Reversible Sequin Pillow makes a lovely accessory for most 10-year-old girls’ rooms.
Both the cover and the cushion itself are included in the purchase and the cushion cover, made from good quality materials with a fashionable ice lolly design, features a clever reversible sequin trick. When the sequins are brushed one way, they show one design and when they are brushed the other way, they show another. This feature is as cool as it is satisfying and is sure to delight a 10-year-old girl.
25. Ravensburger Delighted Dogs XXL 300pc Jigsaw Puzzle
Lots of 10-year-old girls are really animal lovers and will find the dogs featured in the design of this jigsaw absolutely adorable. The Ravensburger Delighted Dogs XXL 300pc Jigsaw Puzzle is exactly as it is described; an extra-large jigsaw puzzle with 300 pieces and a lovely dog design. It is sufficiently challenging for 10-year-olds, improving their construction skills and dexterity as they put it together.
The puzzle, from Ravensburger, has thick, high-quality cardboard pieces to make putting it together easy and satisfying. The glare-free puzzle surface makes it easy to see the design, to make the puzzle building experience just that bit smoother which will help a 10-year-old girl.
26. Cool Maker Go Glam Nail Stamper
Many 10-year-old girls are very interested in make-up, beauty and anything typically ‘girlie’ so this Go Glam Nail Stamper will definitely appeal to them. The nail stamper allows girls to create salon-worthy designs with just the press of a button, stamping the nail with beautiful patterns. It works on any size of nails so grown-ups can get involved too!
The Go Glam Nail Stamper set is easy to operate and comes with kid-safe nail polish so there’s no need to worry about children using anything potentially harmful. This set would make a great gift for a 10-year-old who loves anything to do with beauty.
27. Big Game Hunters Mega Hi-Tower in a Bag
The Big Game Hunters Mega Hi-Tower in a Bag is a fun, family game best played outdoors. This block balancing game is perfect for parties and family events as it’s suitable, and good fun for, both adults and children alike.
Similar to the popular game Jenga players must build a tower and then take turns to carefully remove pieces without knocking the whole tower down. This is a real challenge with the large set and encourages children to use muscles throughout the body to keep their hands steady as they remove each block. Being able to build up to 7.5 feet high this game is challenging and exciting and comes with its own storage bag.
28. Toroidz Flow Rings
It is difficult to explain exactly what Toroidz Flow Rings are but 10-year-olds will love them! Similar to fidget spinners the flow rings are designed as a relaxing, stressbusting activities but can also be used for performing tricks. They are ideal for both adults and children and come with their own velvet carry pouches.
Fun and easy to use, the flow rings can be placed on the wrist where they begin to move, or ‘flow’ up and down the arm. The user can then take hold of their other hand and direct the rings onto their other arm or use solid cylindrical items like broom handles to send the rings flowing another way. Strangely satisfying this is a unique gift that will mesmerize a 10-year-old girl.
29. Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game
Melissa and Doug have specially designed a series of games to be played as a family and the Suspend Family Game is part of this range. It is easy to play and improves hand-eye coordination as players seek to suspend pieces without unbalancing others.
Playing games as a family is a fantastic way to encourage closer family bonds and keep communication flowing as you head towards the teenage years so the Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game is a perfect addition to a family games night with a 10-year-old girl.
30. Lacoste Classic Watch with Silicone Strap
At age 10 many girls are actually extremely fashion conscious and may want to express themselves through their clothing style and personal image. A watch makes a lovely, special gift for a girl who is starting to become more interested in their image and style.
The Lacoste Classic Quartz watch has a classic, clean and sporty design and is made with high-quality materials. Water-resistance means that it can stand up to being worn by a 10-year-old and it comes with a gift box and 2-year warranty, making it an ideal gift.
10-year-olds in general, and 10-year-old girls in particular, are at an interesting point in their development and are not always the easiest to buy gifts for as they can seem to slip between the cracks; being too old for traditional childhood “toys” but too young for more teenage or adult gifts like gift cards. However, this stage of development is also a great opportunity to expose children to different interests and activities and to help them to develop their childhood interests further or build brand-new ones.
This list encompasses a range of different interests and opportunities to help inspire you in your search for the perfect gift for a 10-year-old girl. We hope that you have found something that will suit the 10-year-old you are buying a gift for!