Tweens. They are notoriously difficult to shop for. They still enjoy some of the whimsy of childhood, but they also want a more adult angle to their gifts too. Tweens, often considered ages 10 – 13 are challenging to shop for, but not impossible! This Tween Gift Guide has ideas for Tween boys & Tween girls on your list!
The number one tip I can give you? Find “toys” that have an adult twist. For instance, the National Geographic Metal Detector I recommend below is not just the hobby version. Upgrading to the “Pro” version makes this gift feel even more grown up to the Tween opening it! Even stuffies can be made a little more grown up. Be sure to check out the Shimeez below. These stuffed characters age up because they are basically oversized mermaid pillows – all the rage in the tween world.
I hope this Tween Gift Guide gives you some inspiration this season!
~ TWEEN GIFT GUIDE ~
1. My Audio Pet Splash -These are the waterproof version of the cutest, most KICK BUTT Bluetooth speakers on the Planet! Perfect for Bath time, Pool, Beach, singing in the rain or anywhere else where you might get wet. These waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker offers gigantic sound in a tiny package. And what a cute package too.
These Speakers can be under water for up to 30 minutes. They even float. Use one, or pair together for a true wireless stereo experience. This gift is perfect for the tween that loves their music!
Find My Audio Splash Pet: https://amzn.to/38HGpND
Join the citizen science brigade with this professional series metal detector. Weighing just 2 lbs., 5 oz. and collapsing to just 22″ long, this full-size detector fits in a backpack for easy detecting on the go. It’s perfect for both beginners and pros. And Tweens will feel like this is a seriously grown up present!
Features three detecting modes (to separate the trash from the treasure) and four levels of sensitivity. What will you find? Add the sand scoop and trowel set to make it easier to dig for and excavate your discoveries.
Upgrade this gift with an additional sand scoop and trowel set makes it easier to dig for and excavate metal objects you discover with the National Geographic Citizen Scientist Metal Detector!
Find the National Geographic Metal Detector –https://amzn.to/2E29kOm
These genius toys combine two things Tweens enjoy. Cute characters and reversible sequin pillows! Deluxe sized or tiny – Shimmeez are always glittery, shimmery, two-toned, reversible sequined plush animals.
Your tween can change their color with a wave of the hand over the plush!
Find Shimmeezs: https://amzn.to/356fyZu
Real leather hand-dyed bracelet bands with personalized wooden engraved center piece. Tweens can express themselves with their color choices and choice of symbol or initials engraved on wood.
Bracelet comes with snap enclosure.
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The ultimate stress ball for Tweens, these soft and mashable characters are both adorable and a great tactile way to get out stress. Mash them flat and then plump them up again!
12 unique characters mean you can collect and share them with friends. MushMeez unique ability to be shaped, molded, squeezed and stretched is what makes them ultra unique and fun for Tweens and kids of all ages.
Find MushMeez: https://amzn.to/2DXPrrM
6. Ollyball – It’s time to PLAY BALL IN THE HOUSE!!! Hit it hard, kick it full-speed indoors without breaking windows, marking up your walls, or leaving a nasty bruise! Tweens can even personalize this ball by coloring it in their own color themes. And no mom or dad yelling to take the ball out of the house? Thats a Tween win!
The 12 inch re-inflatable ball, with Patent-pending KrunchCOR® construction, absorbs the impact from a full-speed hits and kicks. The outside cover, made in the USA, can be colored with crayons, markers and even paint! Ollyball is the ultimate indoor play ball!
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7. Cool Maker GO GLAM Nail Stamper –The GO GLAM Nail Stamper stamps patterns onto any size nail! It’s fun and easy to create custom manicures in minutes with this nail kit. Just pop a pattern into the machine, paint your nails with the base coat and press to stamp! When you’re ready to change patterns for a different style or should your nail color and patterns chip or fade, not to worry – it’s easy to redo and customize up to 125 nails your way! Create salon quality nails with the GO GLAM Nail Stamper.
The Cool Maker GO GLAM Nail Stamper is a DIY nail kit for kids aged 8 and up. It makes a fun sleepover party activity and is a great gift for birthdays and holidays. Pop, paint and press your way to perfect nails with the GO GLAM Nail Stamper.
Find Cool Maker GO GLAM Nail Stamper: https://amzn.to/2qQ06BO
Your tween will love that this Rock Tumbler is the more grown up version of the hobby model. Transform ordinary rocks into beautifully polished gemstones with this professional rock tumbler from National Geographic. This powerhouse machine will last for years and features a 2-pound, leak-proof rubber barrel which makes less noise than other rock tumbler. Includes speed control and a shutoff timer for faster tumbling times and better polishing results.
Find National Geographic Rock Tumbler: https://amzn.to/36twObx
What could be better for an always tired Tween than a pillow? But these pillows are even more fun, as they all have a special scent! Scented products are all the rage with the Tween age bracket and Smillows are the perfect party or holiday gift! Smillows are super soft accent throw pillows with gourmet scented microbeads sewn right into the stuffing! Scents last up to two years, and each Smillow is approximately 15 inches tall; sizes vary by style/ character. These unique scented pillows look great on beds, couches, kids play areas, and wherever else you need extra kawaii style cuteness
These Tween friendly stuffed animal style plushie never fails to brighten up the day and stimulate sense!
Find Smillows: https://amzn.to/2RxQiqW
These adorable stationary supplies go perfectly with Smillows! These soft cases are made from durable but soft plush material; measures 9″ x 4.” A roomy case that fits tweens school supplies, pens, pencils, highlighters, markers, erasers, make-up, cosmetics. Perfect for office and school!
And then, the unique scented stationery brings quality fun to any arts, crafts, or homework activity. Scents can last for up two years – so tween’s pouches and notebooks smell great every time they pull them out.
Find CutieFruties: https://amzn.to/2RX4cDl
Solar panels included in this model kit powers the Moon Buggy and Mars Rover, making them move when in direct sunlight.Perfect for STEAM loving Tweens. Laser-cut wooden components, easy-to-follow instructions, solar panels, sandpaper, and learning guides with interesting facts about the moon, Mars and outer space. No need for special tools.
The solar-powered Moon Buggy and Mars Rover are fantastic for kids and adults with an interest in Engineering, Model-building, and Space exploration. Engages critical thinking skills in kids during construction.
Discover amazing crystal treasures with this exciting earth science kit. Crack open 10 superior-quality geodes from five different mines across the globe! Tweens will find a variety of crystal formations that might include quartz, calcite, pyrite, or even amethyst. Breaking them open is a thrill and a great family activity. Includes safety goggles and a learning guide. Note: a household hammer is required.
I hope this Gift Guide for Tweens helped you get some ideas for your Tween’s birthdays and holiday gifts this year! Looking for other Gift Guides? Check these out:
Thanks to the above companies for supplying the toys above to facilitate this article. As well as additional toys to be donated to Toys for Tots! All opinions are my own.