Holiday Gifts for Tweens That They'll Actually Love—Because This Crowd is Tricky
When it comes to shopping, the tweens might just be the most challenging group on your list. What's cool? Who is cool? Certainly not Santa. Well, unless the man in the big red suit shows up with some incredible surprises.
So it’s hard to know just what to get this unpredictable and demanding group of boys and girls. They’re dreaming of cell phones and worrying about tests and hanging with their friends. They’re trying out for after-school activities and fighting breakouts. Times are tough so there's extra pressure on gift-giving. We’ve collected some of our favorite products from around the web that you can easily click, order, and put under the tree for them this year. Don’t worry, we also have ideas for everyone else on your list—check out our gift guides here.
What's Cool? These Gift Ideas for Tweens are!
Echo Dot with Alexa
BUY IT: $20; amazon.com
If you have a tech-savvy tween on your list, this voice-controlled speaker that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, and answer questions will definitely prompt a holiday hug or two.
BUY IT: $45; uncommongoods.com
The weather outside might be frightful, but they can still play this backyard classic indoors.
Fujifilm Instant Camera
BUY IT: $58; amazon.com
We just love when old things come back in style—and looking cuter than ever. This instant camera comes in almost every color of the rainbow and will make sure every holiday event is well documented.
Clear Gameday Bag
BUY IT: $139; markandgraham.com
Those college visits are coming, and these clear bags are well worth the money. With stadiums only allowing clear bags from here on out, she’ll be able to use it for years.
Ultimate Coding Kit
BUY IT: $115; amazon.com
Coding is not only a fun and challenging activity for tech-savvy tweens, but it’ll be an incredibly useful skill as they get older. This ultimate kit makes it easy to get started.
Tropical Terrarium Kit
BUY IT: $18; amazon.com
For those who love to create, this terrarium kit makes for a creative activity that will double as a fun addition to any tween’s bedroom.
Game of Phones
BUY IT: $20; uncommongoods.com
Turn their iPhone addictions into real-life entertainment with this goofy game.
Dainty Gold Necklace
BUY IT: $68; baublebar.com
She will start accessorizing early. Make it a dainty gold piece.
BUY It: $32; amazon.com
This ingenious smartphone projector requires no batteries--all you need is a fully charged phone and a bowl of popcorn.
Awkward Moment Card Game
BUY IT: $19; uncommongoods.com
Awkward? Not so much. Add a few (necessary) laughs with thhis comical card game.
Kate Spade iPhone Case
BUY IT: $45; nordstrom.com
This playful iPhone case is cute and functional.
BUY IT: $23.99; amazon.com
Mistakes happen. A waterproof speaker just seems like a handy precautionary step (and quite a steal at this price!) for the kid on your list.
Lightweight Colorful Headphones
BUY IT: $19.98; amazon.com
Let her tune out the world in style.
DIY Succulent Garden
BUY IT: $44.99; etsy.com
Budding gardeners on your list? Give them a starter kit with this build-your-own succulent garden.
BUY IT: $53; amazon.com
You may have seen this invention on Shark Tank but you've probably also noticed its popularity at tailgates, on the beach, and around camping grounds.
Colorful Card Holder
BUY IT: $50; coach.com
Eventually, those punch cards for frozen yogurt will give way to a learner’s license and credit card. This cute color-bocked card holder covers both stages and makes your tween feel a little grown up.
BUY IT: From $29.99; gap.com
Middle school is tough; sometimes a little encouragement goes a long way. Especially when it comes in the form of a cute sweatshirt. Gap has plenty.
BUY IT: From $42; toms.com
Precious meets philanthropic with a pair of TOMS, which provides a pair of shoes to a child in need.
World's Softest Gallery Mini Crew Socks
BUY IT: $12.49; worldssoftest.com
A stylish layerine piece made just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Rookie Yearbook Four
BUY IT: $21.88; amazon.com
Help her celebrate all the “beauty, pain, and awkwardness of being a teenager” with Rookie Yearbook Four, a compilation of the website’s best stuff.
Splendid Spa Nail Dryer
BUY IT: $25; pbteen.com
Friday night calls for slumber parties with her girlfriends. Give the gang permission to glam-it-up up with this mini nail spa set.