Tweens. Not yet teens, but not quite kids anymore. They’re in that middle stage, a complicated stage for them and for everyone around them at times. When it comes to shopping, it can be a challenge to figure out what to buy kids this age. Some still like toys, others have no interest what so ever. This gift guide has been created with them in mind. As kids grow up, the price tag on many of their want list grows right along with them, and it can be difficult to find affordable gifts. Gift cards at this age become a great fall back item, but if you’re looking for some other ideas, I’ve found some items of interest. Prices do vary to relatively inexpensive to definitely more pricey, but hopefully this is a good jumping off point in terms of trying to find the perfect gift.
Most of these gifts are unisex and some have different colors to choose from, allowing you to gear it more towards a girl or a boy, as needed. For example the Instant Camera has several color options!
Most tweens have cameras on their ipods, tablets, and phones. Even so, there’s something unique about a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera COBALT BLUE + Fuji INSTAX Film (40 Sheets) + Accessories Kit Bundle + Custom Case with Strap + Assorted Frames + Photo Album + 60 Colorful Sticker Frames + MORE and a bit of instant gratification to see the picture be there, tangible in your hands in just moments. These cameras are a fun option to give as a gift. If this is too feminine for the male on your list, there is this:Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera With Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film Twin Pack (20 Sheets), Compact Bag Case, Batteries and Battery Charger (White)
These are a love/hate item. Some tweens still love and seem to lean more favorably towards the fidget cube, such as:
Projection Alarm Clock
This is the age where an alarm starts to become necessary. Although many tweens have phones, they may not always have them in their room at night, depending on house rules. With that being said, a Electrohome USB Charging Alarm Clock Radio with Time Projection, Battery Backup, Auto Time Set, Dual Alarm, 1.2 LED Display for Smartphones & Tablets (EAAC475) is always a good idea, and having one project on to the wall…even better! Parents can use all the help they can waking their tween in the morning!
Headphones are an exceptional gift for any age! There are two real options, earbud headphones, such as – Bluetooth Headphones, Hussar Magicbuds Best Wireless Sports Earphones with Mic, IPX7 Waterproof, HD Sound with Bass, Noise Cancelling, Secure Fit, up to 9 hours working time (2017 Upgraded) or ear muff type headphones. If the tween you are shopping for complains about their ears hurting with ear buds, they might be better off with these,Mpow 059 Bluetooth Headphones Over Ear, Hi-Fi Stereo Wireless Headset, Foldable, Soft Memory-Protein Earmuffs, w/ Built-in Mic and Wired Mode for PC/ Cell Phones/ TV
The TOZO Q1012 X8tw Drone RC Quadcopter Altitude Hold Headless RTF 3D 360 Degree FPV VIDEO WIFI 720P HD Camera 6 axis 4CH 2.4Ghz Height Hold Easy Fly Steady for learning, Black is a bigger ticket item, but it definitely provides a wow factor. This is a great option for an adult to have some bonding time with a tween, especially during a time they’re trying to pull away a bit.
All the rage last year, the Razor Hovertrax 2.0 Hoverboard Self-Balancing Smart Scooter – Black, and still an impressive item to own. This ranks high in terms of fun and adventure in the tween age group.
Kanjam disc game
This is a fantastic party game, family game, beach game, park game. You name it, the KanJam Ultimate Disc Game can travel. It’s definitely not JUST a tween game, but instead, an all age game. You’ll see young adults playing on college campuses during nice weather, or at family reunions bringing in kids through adults. It’s on the tween list because it’s perfect for sleepovers!
Soft sack bean bag chair
Who didn’t have a bean bag chair growing up? Well, let me tell you, these Sofa Sack – Bean Bags Bean Bag Chair, 5-Feet, Charcoal have evolved quite impressively since dealing with the old generation bean bags! I remember my bean bag chair ripping at the seam and little white balls decorating my floor…such a mess to clean up! These are definitely more expensive, but if you’ve sat in one, you might be fighting the tween for the spot.
Laser tag game
A great game to play between kids or buy the four person set, Kidzlane Infrared Laser Tag : Game Mega Pack – Set of 4 Players – Infrared Laser Gun Indoor and Outdoor Group Activity Fun. Infrared 0.9mW for a family fun game or perfect for a sleepover.
Boogie board writing tablet
Communicating with your tween becomes more of a challenge the older they get. Yes, if they have phones, you can text them, but they might still forget. This Boogie Board Jot 8.5 LCD eWriter, Blue (J32220001) is fantastic to have at home, to leave notes for the tween in your life. They can write notes, practice spelling, make lists, etc. It’s pretty open ended.
Zoku slushie maker
Making their own slushies at home is a fun thing to do. The best thing about Zoku Slush and Shake Maker, Red is that after the kids go to bed, the adults can make their own adult slushies! Another item for the whole family, but especially fun for the tween set.
As the parent of a tween girl, I have a few other bonus gift ideas!
Most tweens love to paint their nails, so nail polish sets are a great option! This Kleancolor Nail Polish – Awesome Metallic Full Size Lacquer Lot of 12-pc Set Body Care / Beauty Care / Bodycare… offers a nice variety of colors. If nail art is more of an interest, this SHANY Nail Art Set (24 Famous Colors Nail Art Polish, Nail Art Decoration) might be a better option.
Every year there is a hard to find gift. This year, it is the fingerling. Things become popular that I can’t understand and this is one, but who am I to judge what tweens like? We’ll go with it, I’m just reporting what’s big.
Finish this book
Interactive journals have been around for awhile and this incarnation is great for tween girls. There are so many fun pages for them to explore and finish.
Unicorns are everywhere. They’ve made a resurgence and this small, portable bag is perfect for the tween. It can hold makeup, money, or any other small items. It can be tossed into a backpack, or sports bag.