25 Trendy Last-Minute Gifts 11-Year-Olds Will Absolutely Love
Eleven-year-olds are hard to shop for; we understand the struggle of trying to figure out what to get the tween in your life. You want to get them something they will love and appreciate, but you want to go beyond a typical gift card. We've got you covered with gifts they'll truly use, from cute yet functional home decor to finds that will encourage their interests and hobbies. Plus, all of these presents are great last-minute holiday presents, because they don't look last minute at all!
Shopping for the gamer in your life? Get them a Groot-themed device holder or the latest Nintendo Switch device. If they're just getting into fashion and beauty, we found some trendy accessories and an editor-favorite lipgloss from Tower 28 that they'll love to use. Want to get them something truly unique? We found fun mash-ups of some of our favorite games, including a putter that combines golf and pool and a Spikeball set that combines four square and volleyball. Ultimately, we curated the best list of presents and must haves that will put a smile on that 11-year-old face.
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Keep reading for our top picks of the best gifts for the 11-year-olds in your life.
— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano
For Their Bedroom: LED Photo Clip String Lights With Remote
Get these LED Photo Clip String Lights With Remote ($41) for the pre-teen in your life. They can decorate their room and set the ambiance with these smart lights, adding a sparkly touch. They can hang pictures of their friends, family, fun moments, and more. Plus, they come with eight different modes that they'll love putting on display and adjusting to better fit their mood.
For the 11-Year-Old Adventure Seeker: Sisigad Hoverboard
Get them something futuristic like this super-cool and innovative Sisigad Hoverboard ($130). It's a self-balancing scooter with LED color-changing lights and a Bluetooth-enabled built-in speaker, so they can ride and jam out to their favorite tracks. It comes in a variety of colors as well, like white, black, pink, navy, gold, and more.
As Seen on TikTok: Sunset Projection Lamp
The Sunset Projection Lamp ($30) takes mood lighting to a whole new level — its head can be rotated 180 degrees to adjust the size and shape of the projected light. It's perfect for the one who is obsessed with all things TikTok and wants to revamp their space.
A Fun Coding Gift For an 11-Year-Old: Let's Start Coding Ultimate Coding Kit For Kids
If your tween has shown interest in computers, get them this Let's Start Coding Ultimate Coding Kit for Kids ($175). It comes with over 100 code projects and hands-on circuits. It's compatible with Windows, Mac, or Chromebook computers. The kit includes things like an LED light strip, speaker, light, temperature, and sound sensors, buttons, and an LCD screen where kids can learn to program and control these objects through code. It's a great gift for 11-year-olds who are interested in pursuing coding or working with robotics and computers in the future as a career.
For the 11-Year-Old Binge-Watcher: Kodak Luma 75 Pocket Projector
If they love to watch movies and TV shows, upgrade their setup with the Kodak Luma 75 Pocket Projector ($190). This tiny, ultra-compact, pocket-sized projector is equipped with a vivid 16.7-million color display and high resolution, meaning they'll be able to set up their own movie theater no matter where they are.
A Fun Activity: DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit
If they're a budding chef in the making, they'll love trying out the DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit ($34). It's the perfect treat: sweet and chewy on the outside, cold and creamy on the inside. It makes four batches of eight in total. They can flavor them with the included cocoa and matcha-green-tea powder or try out jams and other spreads they have at home.
A Fun Game For an 11-Year-Old: Sharper Image Space Pong
If they love playing table tennis, the Sharper Image Space Pong ($36, originally $74) revamps the game for a futuristic vibe. It projects a virtual ball where players can hit it back and forth with the accompanying paddles. This lets your 11-year-old and their friends play without a net or table! The console can keep track of the score for them as well. They can even play by themselves and practice for the next showdown.
For an 11-Year-Old Drone Enthusiast: Sharper Image 2.4Ghz RC Glow Up Stunt Drone With LED Lights
Got a drone enthusiast on your hands? No need to splurge on something high-tech just yet. Get them this Sharper Image 2.4Ghz RC Glow Up Stunt Drone With LED Lights ($32, originally $40), perfect for beginners. It comes with a game console-like remote control that lets them control the flight and perform flips and other cool stunts. It even has glowing built-in LED lights so they can fly during the night as well. With gyro stabilization and flight control, it can climb up to 150 feet in the air. It has a built-in rechargeable battery.
For an 11-Year-Old Baller: Pop-a-Shot Double Shot Basketball Hoops
Get the basketball enthusiast this Pop-a-Shot Double Shot Basketball Hoops ($45, originally $50). They'll be able to play for hours on end indoors, hung over their bedroom door. With the two baskets, they can play head-to-head arcade game style with their friends. It has LED lights and stadium sound effects to add to the fun. Plus, it keeps track of the score and time.
For an 11-Year-Old Rock Star: FAO Schwarz Stage Stars Electric 6-String Guitar And Amp
Get the 11-year-old rock star in your life the FAO Schwarz Stage Stars Electric 6-String Guitar And Amp ($130). It's a six-string electric guitar that is 3/4th of the size, perfect for beginners. It comes with an amp that has easy-to-use features, letting them be able to adjust the volume, gain, tone, and reverb with a spin of a dial. It's perfect for the one who loves music and creating their own sounds.
A Cute Necklace: Butterfly Necklace
The Butterfly Necklace ($55) is perfect for the budding fashionista who loves to accessorize. It's a delicate chain necklace featuring a stunning gold butterfly charm. This is something they'll wear and keep for a long time. Plus, it pairs well with other jewelry.
For the Makeup Lover: FAO Schwarz 28-Piece Vanity Makeup Studio
Shopping for the makeup enthusiast? They'll love you endlessly for getting them their very first makeup kit. The FAO Schwarz 28-Piece Vanity Makeup Studio ($64, originally $80) is a whole vanity makeup mirror set with storage drawers for them to keep their beauty products organized. Plus, it comes with tons of products including eyeshadow, primer, blush, lipstick, nail polish, brushes, and more. The tri-fold makeup mirror even lights up, all you need are two AAA batteries. You can teach your little one how to polish their nails, get creative with eyeshadow, and more.
A Cuddle Buddy For the 11-Year-Old: Rilakkuma Mochi Plushie
Your loved ones will adore cuddling up to this Rilakkuma Mochi Plushie ($44). It is made from a cuddly fleece with a squishy, marshmallow-like stuffing. It's super soft and plush, perfect for those wintry cozy vibes. Plus, it'll look so cute on their bed.
For the Gamer: Nintendo Switch OLED Model with White Joy-Con
The Nintendo Switch OLED Model with White Joy-Con ($350) is such a cool gift for the gamer in your life. They can play at home on the TV or on-the-go with the seven-inch OLED screen. When played in Handheld and Tabletop modes, they can enjoy an enhanced experience with the system's built-in speakers. It comes with a wide adjustable stand, a dock for TV mode, and 64GB of internal storage.
For a Gamer: Toddler Groot Device Holder
Gamers and Marvel fans will adore this fun yet useful Toddler Groot Device Holder ($25). Toddler Groot can hold their gaming consoles, smartphone, headphones, and more. It's such a cute present that's a great addition to their desk or nightstand. Toddler Groot can make anyone smile.
Something Unique: Mini Golf Pool
The Mini Golf Pool ($119) is truly unique gift, perfect for the 11-year-old who loves to have their friends over all the time. Whether they love golf or pool, it's truly the best of both worlds. Everyone will love playing this interesting mashup, even adults. It comes with 16 golf balls and two putters.
A Competitive Game For an 11-Year-Old: Spikeball Ball Game Set
This fast-paced Spikeball Ball Game Set ($60, originally $70) gets their squad up and moving. It's a mash-up of four square and volleyball. And since it can accommodate up to four players, you won't have to worry about taking turns. It's perfect for any outdoor or indoor space (as long as you have enough room), from the backyard to the beach.
A Fun Strategy-Based Game For an 11-Year-Old: Sushi Go! Card Game
The Sushi Go! Card Game ($6) is the perfect fast-paced game for a sleepover. It's a thrilling game where players are supposed to create the ultimate sushi combo. Whoever has the most points wins! Plus, it's a great activity for family nights, too.
For Game Nights With an 11-Year-Old: Not Parent Approved: A Card Game
The Not Parent Approved: A Card Game For Kids, Families, and Mischief Makers ($14, originally $30) will turn your normal family game night on its head. It's such a fun and hilarious game that will let the whole family turn into a bunch of comedians.
A Wireless Speaker: Art+Sound LED Icon Wireless Speaker
Set the ambience for the music-lover in your life with this Art+Sound LED Icon Wireless Speaker ($25, originally $40). It's a fun and retro decor piece that's actually a Bluetooth speaker. You can get it in a blue cloud shape, a pink heart shape, or a yellow crescent-moon shape. It comes with a rechargeable battery and USB cable as well.
For the 11-Year-Old Sports-Lover: The Mug With a Hoop
Make breakfast fun again with this Mug With a Hoop ($25). They can use it for morning cereal and milk, hot cocoa with marshmallows, soup with crackers, and so much more. It's such a fun way to snack! It also comes in hockey, softball, baseball, and soccer versions.
A Hydrating Lip Gloss: Tower 28 Beauty Clean ShineOn Jelly Lip Gloss
The Tower 28 Beauty Clean ShineOn Jelly Lip Gloss ($15) is something the budding beauty lover will use often. It's a bestselling nonsticky lip gloss that they can throw on for a cute lip. The lip gloss has a hydrating formula that will practically replace their lip balm. It's just pigmented enough to give them a flush of color. It comes in 12 flattering shades, and at only $15, you can get them a few so they have options. Read the in-depth review of the Tower 28 Beauty Clean ShineOn Jelly Lip Gloss.
For the Couch Potato: Smoko Tayto Potato USB Heated Slippers
How adorable are these Smoko Tayto Potato USB Heated Slippers ($26, originally $38)?! They're perfect for embracing their inner couch potato. These USB-powered slippers can be plugged into any compatible USB port. If they want to walk around, they can just unplug them and take the warmth all around the home.
An Action Camera: Polaroid Dual Screen Wifi Action Camera
If the pre-teen in your life loves to go on adventures, the Polaroid Dual Screen Wifi Action Camera ($59) will help them capture every moment. It's a waterproof action camera that has a built-in rechargeable battery, perfect for vlogging. It comes with mounting accessories as well, like a multi-use bike and helmet mount. It's an easily portable and affordable alternative to high-end action cameras. Read the in-depth review of the editor-favorite Polaroid Dual Screen Wifi Action Camera.