It’s so hard to buy for tween girls, there’s no doubt about that! If you ask them what gifts they want, you get the typical “I don’t know?” answer and this makes shopping for them a challenge. We put together some cool, creative gift ideas for your tweens that they will love. Our list has a little bit of everything from electronics to arts and crafts to music.
The Kindle Fire is a table with amazing capabilities. It is an e-reader, has built in wi-fi, plus you can watch movies, play apps and it’s integrated for email, facebook and twitter. Plus, if you are a parent that sets screen-time limits with your tweens and teens, a new free service called Kindle FreeTime is now available. Kindle FreeTime will help you set limits on how much time your child spends on the Kindle and what content they view. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow over 180,000 ebooks for free and stream popular TV shows and movies. Find out more information or shop for the Kindle Fire e-reader and tablet.
Watch movies, play music and enjoy fun apps, all on this small, portable device. It easily connects to wifi for texting, twitter, YouTube, and internet surfing. The iPod Touch also has a built-in camera on both sides of the device and will record videos. The best part is that this device is small and will fit right in your tween or teen’s pocket. Find out more information or shop for the Apple Ipod Touch.
Take your music outside in your yard, to the park, the beach or virtually anywhere. This little mini high-powered speaker system will amaze you. Just plug it into your device and enjoy the music. It works with most MP3 Players, Ipods, Ipads, Smart Phones, Laptops, Desk top computers and so much more. Find out more information or shop for the GOgroove Panda High-Powered Portable Mini Speaker System.
4. Boogie Board
Your tween will love this portable LCD tablet for drawing, doodling, making lists and so much more. It comes in several fun colors and includes it’s own stylus. It’s made of a durable plastic and will easily fit into your child’s purse or backpack. Done drawing or writing? Erase with a touch of a button. Do you need a case for your Boogie Board? A neoprene sleeve
is sold separately. Find out more information or shop for the Boogie Board.
Music is one of my favorite gifts for tweens and this brand-new Taylor Swift Red album is at the top of my tween’s list. She loves to pop in a CD into her portable CD player and dance and sing. What a fun album to put in your tween’s stocking. Find out more information or shop for the Taylor Swift Red CD.
This maze game is an enclosed sphere with tiny mazes inside and will keep your tween busy. It’s easy to play, but there are so many paths to discover. Reasoning skills will be needed to twist the sphere, go through pathways and move to the end of the path. Your tween will be completely drawn to this game! Find out more information or shop for the Perplexus Maze Game.
Your tween will love this fun game of comparisons. If you have ever played the regular Apples to Apples, the Junior version is perfect for ages 9 and up. Just deal out the cards and start playing this game of comparisons and take turns being the judge. Invite family and friends over to play and get ready for laughter. Find out more information or shop for Apples to Apples Jr.
This newly-published book, called Tape It and Make It: 101 Duct Tape Activities, gets great reviews. It gives instructions on how to make duct tape accessories, clothing, flowers, animals and so much more. My daughter is going to love making the flower barrette, an apron or maybe a duct tape vase. I have this tucked book tucked away for her for Christmas and I know it will be a hit. Add a few rolls of duct tape to complete this gift for your tween. Find out more information or shop for Tape it and Make It: 101 Duct Tape Activities.
It will be clear when you see the Color Appeel Crayon Stix that they are not your average Crayolas. They are long and the length of a standard pen or pencil and you peel the wrapper to sharpen them. My daughter loves these crayon stix and they have been going strong for over a year. Tween coloring is more like fancy artwork and the Design by Me Tropical, by American Girl book has intricate patterns and pictures that only a tween hand could color. It includes large fold-out posters and both foil and flocked art pieces to color. Find out more information or shop for Color Appeel Crayon Stix and Design By Me Tropical Book.
Your tween will love putting on these long-lasting glitter tattoos. Typically, you get these at your local festivals for $5 and more, but now these can be done at home. Each kit comes with 12 stencils, a brush, the glue and 3 different glitters. The tattoos are easy to apply and the results are beautiful. Find out more information or shop for Party in a Box Glitter Tattoo Kit.
The Loopdedoo machine is a small device that helps you twist embroidery thread into cool friendship bracelets in minutes. Try different looping styles to make bracelets, necklaces, zipper pulls and more. The Loopdedoo machine is kid-powered, so no batteries required. Find out more information for and shop for the Loopdedoo Kit for Making Twisted Accessories.
This set of books is created by the American Girl series, but they are not just books, they are life instructions. It’s so hard to be a hormonal, changing tween and these books explain those changes in a fun way. These books will help open up parent and child communication better than any other book you can buy for girls. Find out more information and shop for The Care and Keeping of You Collection.
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