Gifts to Encourage Spiritual Growth in Your Tween Girl

This time of year, kids can’t get through a conversation with an adult without being asked the million dollar question: “What do you want for Christmas?” Around October, I start jotting down ideas for my own kids. We keep it simple with three gifts per child, so I only need a few ideas to get me started. This year, my tweenager surprised me by asking for a new Bible. The thought never crossed my mind. We gave her a Bible when she was baptized. She asked for something more mature, something to help her study and take notes. It was a proud moment for Mrs. Disciple!

Her request got my mind going. Christmas seems like the ideal time to gift our kids with things to promote spiritual growth. I considered five areas of discipleship and found a few things to help tweens follow Jesus.

 

Spiritual Gifts for Tween Girls

Gifts for Tween Girls

Bible Study

Start with an alarm clock to help them get up a few minutes early in order to spend time with God.

Journaling Bibles in an easy to understand translation gives your tween the Word and some space to create or journal their response to the Word.

DaySpring’s Illustrated Faith kits can help kickstart your tween’s interactive Bible experience. The I Am Strong Devotional Kit contains a fourteen-day devotional and all the supplies your tween will need to make her Bible pop.

Join your daughter on her spiritual journey using Dannah Gresh’s daily devotional, The One Year Mother-Daughter Devo.

 

Gifts for Tween Girls

Prayer

Give your girl a place to record prayers and answers with this beautiful prayer journal.

Stuff her stocking with a few worship CDs like hillsong young & free’s Youth Revival to help her focus during her prayer time.

Sticky Prayers sticky notes can encourage your kid to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes. 5:17).

Mark Batterson’s book, The Circle Maker Student Edition, will help revolutionize her prayer life.

 

Gifts for Tween Girls

Scripture Memory

Sadie Robertson’s Be You Scripture memory cards will help your daughter hide God’s Word in her heart.

Drop by the dollar store and pick up some index cards and markers so she can create her own Scripture memory cards.

Connect the discipline of Scripture memory to her creative side with the Coloring the Scriptures coloring book.

 

Gifts for Tween Girls

Giving Back

Gifts that give back are a win-win. These bracelets from She Rescue Home support girls rescued from human trafficking. It also provides an incredible opportunity to educate your daughter on the realities and evils of trafficking.

Give-Save-Spend jars are a great way to teach your tweenager how to be a good steward of her money. (Grab these free printables from Three Little Monkeys Studios for a quick DIY gift.)

Baby chicks are the perfect gift! Your daughter’s heart will grow when you help her pick out the perfect gift for a kid in need through Samaritan’s Purse’s Gift Catalogue.

Fashion & Compassion’s Ethiopia Coin Purse will hold her tithe and support HIV+ women in Ethiopia.

 

Gifts for Tween Girls

Community

A movie night gift basket is a great way to encourage your daughter to invite other girls to join her spiritual walk. Grab God’s Not Dead and God’s Not Dead 2 for a movie marathon sleepover.

A subscription to Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Magazine (ages 8-12) will keep your child engaged in age-appropriate Christian culture.

Tweens love to hang out at Starbucks. Grab a Starbucks gift card and tell her to invite a few friends for some girl time.

A coupon for a Girls’ Night Out will help your daughter deepen friendships. Offer to take her and a friend out for dinner and a movie during the Christmas break.

 

Consider using this gift-giving season to encourage your kids to follow Jesus. After all, he is the reason for the season!

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Our gift link up is open December 2-15 so you have plenty of time to write something to share with us. Then, I will see you back here on December 16 to talk about Christmas joy!

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Gifts to Encourage Spiritual Growth in Your Tween Girl

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14 Comments

  1. Excellent ideas, Kelly! I shared a link to a tween girl book review, and I’ll share another next week. Love the idea for the one year mother/daughter devo!

  2. Love all of these ideas! Thanks for sharing, I will be using some of these for my tween girls!!

  3. I love this! I have a 7 year old daughter who may be a bit young for some of the gift ideas, but I will definitely be sharing!

  4. I love all of these, and will tweak them to fit my TEEN. Sigh. I am getting so old…some of these are REALLY affordable, and maybe I could put a few mini baskets together to give to my daughter’s friends? GREAT food for thought. THANK YOU!

  5. I’m all done buying gifts for my grandchildren but I’m going to save this list for upcoming birthdays! Thanks for all of the wonderful suggestions, Kelly!

  6. So organized and full of great ideas! Even the simple index cards and markers to have her start writing down verses she likes to aid in memorizing. I hadn’t thought of that and my daughter would love it. Also the reminder that I haven’t seen “God’s Not Dead 2 yet.” A really good list. Thanks!

  7. I love ALL of these ideas!!! I will be adding them to the list!!

  8. With my last on the edge of the nest I am not in the stage where I need these specific resources but the concepts behind them are could for anyone of any age. This is a very helpful resource, Kelly. Also, thanks for hosting the link up. I’m always glad to get a chance to join up with you and others here.

  9. These are lovely ideas – particularly love the Giving Back section 🙂

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