From a bean bag chair to jewelry and a Stranger Things coloring book, these gifts for tweens will get a thumbs up from your hard-to-please older kid
Finding the perfect gift is tricky, especially for the tweens and teens on your list, because, let’s face it, they’re not easily impressed. Getting it right with this age group requires some serious legwork, but it’s so worth it! That’s why we’ve pulled together gifts for tweens that we know they’ll love—from the coolest new LED lights for their room to games to keep them happily entertained; each one is a total vibe. Have younger kids at home? Check our gift guides for preschoolers and grade school kids, and don’t forget the stocking stuffers!
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The Death Star™ Candle$44 BUY NOW
The perfect gift for the tween on your list that's a fan of that galaxy far, far away. Pssst... Burn to reveal a secret on the back of the candle label.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Camera$75 BUY NOW
Instant cameras are cool again, thanks to these re-designed, compact models. You can choose from four different colors, and there's even an option to purchase a set that includes film.
Chill Sack Bean Bag Chair$165 BUY NOW
It's the best (and comfiest) seat in the house! Big enough to share with a friend, this soft beanbag in microsuede is the prime seat for watching movies, gaming or just chillin'.
White Fang Beginner Board$36 BUY NOW
Skateboards are a fun gift for tweens because they're recommended for older kids anyway. It can be tricky deciding which one to buy but if you've got a beginner on your hands, this version from White Fang is designed for those hitting the pavement for the first time.
The Giant-Size Omnibus of Superpowers$25 BUY NOW
Featuring over 600 superheroes and villians, this poster tracks all the powers of their favorite characters in one place. The modern graphics are perfect for kids who still love superheroes but need something more sophisticated to display.
Bubble Tea Kit$40 BUY NOW
Tweens and teens can satisfy their bubble tea cravings at home with this easy-to-whip-up kit. Includes classic black and rooibos chai teas, tapioca pearls, and two reusable stainless steel straws.
Sharper Image Jet X Stunt Drone$52 BUY NOW
This cool jet drone is easy to control, does stunts, and has features like auto-orientation flight control, gyro stabilization flight control, and landing wheels.
Yellow Owl Workshop Fruits Ring$26.50 BUY NOW
Jazz up their hands with this fruity 18k gold-gilt adjustable ring. Fits the most common ring size and the cute packaging makes it easy to wrap.
Lush Christmas Bliss Gift Set$65 BUY NOW
Show us a tween or teen who doesn't love products! Snow Fairy smells like cotton candy, bubblegum, and pure joy. Sleepy smells like lavender and will chill out any teen mood swing (not guaranteed). This comes ready-wrapped! Just throw it under the tree!
Mudpuppy's Picnic Party 1000 Piece Panoramic Family Puzzle$20 BUY NOW
Skip the gift card and treat your favorite tween to this picnic party puzzle from Mudpuppy. This 1000-piece puzzle will have the whole family engaged and happy during the holiday break.
SmooSat E9 Apex Electric Scooter$214 BUY NOW
When your little scooter pro is ready, give them what they really want—some more excitement! The SmooSat E9 Apex Electric Scooter has three speeds to fit a wide range of comfort levels: 5mph, 8mph, or 10mph. And the LED light that lines the base is not only super cool, it's a great safety feature. The best part? The scooter has bluetooth capabilities to play your kid's favorite music while they ride. The scooter grows with your kid: suitable for kiddos 4 ft tall to 5'3"—and comes in two colors: yellow accent or pink accent.
Nike Airforce 1 '07 Sneakers$110 BUY NOW
The preferred footwear of tweens everywhere, surprise your older kid with a new pair of trendy sneakers on Christmas day.
Stranger Things Coloring Book$12 BUY NOW
From Steve and Robyn serving up ice cream at Chips Ahoy to the intricacies of the upside-down world, this Stranger Things coloring book features 76 original illustrations. It is the best way for your favorite teen to relive the greatest moments from everyone's favorite hit show.
Rainbow Bamboo Beaded Curtain$79 BUY NOW
Give them groovy room decor that reflects who they are with a fun beaded curtain. This one is way cooler than what was available when we were young!
Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones$131 BUY NOW
One full-proof trick to finding a present for that hard-to-please person on your list (we're talking to you, teens!) is: Think niche. Find a gift that caters to their unique tastes. These Beats Headphones will impress any true music lover. With 40 hours of listening time, they're the gift that keeps on giving.
The Challenging Riddle Book for Kids: Fun Brain-Busters for Ages 9-12$5.50 BUY NOW
A gift for tweens that boosts brain power, ignites creativity, and gets your tween off their phone? Yes, please! This riddle book for kids ages 9-12 offers nearly 200 brain benders and is the ultimate option for clever children who love thinking outside the box.
Mystery Manga Box$50 BUY NOW
Got an anime lover at home? This subscription box comes with one brand-new volume 1 manga, a Japanese drink, a Japanese salty snack, and a Japanese sweet snack. You can buy a one-time gift or opt for monthly deliveries. You can also customize your box according to your tween's manga preferences.
Nanoleaf Shapes Mini Triangles Modular Lighting Expansion Set$120 BUY NOW
Lighting up their rooms with LED lights has been a major trend for tweens and teens over the past few years, and it's still going strong. This modular kit from Nanoleaf offers more customization so that they can set the light just right. They can set it to color-changing hues with every shade of the rainbow or choose from a host of options from candlelight to twilight. You do you—as they say.
Nintendo Switch Sports$47 BUY NOW
Working up a sweat while gaming is something we can all get behind! They'll swing, kick, spike, and bowl their way to victory in six different sports, including soccer, volleyball, and even Chambara (swordplay) while mastering this highly-rated game.
LEGO Ideas Vincent van Gogh – The Starry Night$170 BUY NOW
Created in conjunction with The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Starry Night LEGO set will be as fun to build as it is to display in your teen's room. Art lovers can swap paint palettes for LEGO bricks and re-create one of the world's most recognizable masterpieces.
Frigidaire Mini Fridge$38 BUY NOW
This retro mini-fridge has enough room for six cans or their favorite snacks, so on the days when they feel like completely chilling in their space, they're all set.
SHASHIBO Shape Shifting Box$25 BUY NOW
Unlock the mystery of Shashibo! Each Shashibo is powered by 36 rare earth magnets. One cube transforms into over 70 shapes. Combine 2 or more Shashibos to build larger shapes and create more possibilities.
Best Choice Products: Combo Table$170 BUY NOW
Get ready for hours of family fun and friendly competition around this game table. Kids can choose between foosball, air hockey, ping pong, and so much more. A present that lets them show off their skills is sure to be a hit.
Salty Enamel Pin by Gemma Correll$10 BUY NOW
Find the humor in your tween's ever-changing mood with this hip pin. It's so cute, you might be tempted to borrow it on days when you're feeling the same!
Alana Storage Console$269 BUY NOW
If your tween has been bugging you for a room makeover, this sophisticated console is a great start. Clean lines, quality manufacturing, and plenty of space for them to display their 'big kid' stuff.
Hyper X Gaming Headset$50 BUY NOW
These headphones are lightweight, with rotating ear cuffs and a swivel-to-mute microphone. They are a perfect first set for your budding gamer.
FAO Schwartz Makeup Vanity Mirror Set$40 BUY NOW
If your tween is interested in makeup, this introduction set and vanity mirror is a good place to start. They'll get three eyeshadows, one blush, two lip glosses, three make-up brushes, and three foam applicators. The best part is that even when this beginner makeup is gone, the vanity mirror will be something they keep for years.
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