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The Ultimate Tween Gift Guide

Updated on September 17, 2014

Tween Gift Ideas

Need some help shopping for tween gifts? This page is a peek at some great gift ideas for one of the hardest to shop for age groups. What do you buy for kids who are past the toy phase, but still a bit too young for the fancy electronics? My oldest child was a struggle when it came time to shop for gifts, but by the second and third, I felt like a pro.

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Kindle - Great gift for tweens who love reading
Kindle - Great gift for tweens who love reading

Gift Ideas for Tweens Who Love to Read

If you have a tween who loves to read, here are some gift ideas you might want to consider:

1. Kindle - The Kindle ebook reader from Amazon is the most popular e-reader on the market today. There are several models you can buy, ranging in price between $100 and $200. Users can download books, purchased from Amazon, directly to the Kindle. Your tween will never run out of things to read. And Amazon has plenty of free books to download including classics like Tom Sawyer, Black Beauty, Treasure Island, and Alice in Wonderland.

2. Kindle Gift Cards - If they already own a Kindle, consider a Kindle gift card for them instead.

3. Fancy Bookmarks - A cool or pretty bookmark is another idea for a tween book lover.

4. Book Light - A book light is also a must have gift for a tween that loves to read. I remember reading as a tween well past many a bedtime so a reading light always came in handy since my sister and I shared a bedroom.

5. Books - Good old-fashioned books are still a good option! Even though e-readers are becoming more and more popular, there is still something about having a book in your hands occasionally. Here are some popular tween books and series:

- Diary of a Wimpy Kid

- Harry Potter

- Twilight

Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)
Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)

The Kindle Fire is the most popular Kindle currently available. It is available in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB.

 

Some Great Books for Tweens who Love to Read

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)

All seven Harry Potter novels in one affordable, paperback set!

 
Time for Kids: Big Book of Why - 1,001 Facts Kids Want to Know (TIME for Kids Big Books)
Time for Kids: Big Book of Why - 1,001 Facts Kids Want to Know (TIME for Kids Big Books)

Fun non-fiction book for kids that always want to now why things are the way they are!

 
Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo 3DS

Video Game Fun for Tweens - The Nintendo 3DS

The Nintendo 3DS is popular with the tween crowd. This handheld video game system has 3D features that really makes games pop. The thing I love about this gaming system that there are not only the standard video games that kids love but also a variety of educational video games too.

Both Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS games are compatible with the system.

It is available in several colors including blue, black, pink, and red.

Nintendo 3DS Video Game System

Great Nintendo DS Games for Tweens

Wii Games for Tweens

Tweens love to play Wii. What is great about the Wii is that many of the games you play on it require you to be active, not to just sit and stare at the screen. It is a great way for tweens to have fun while also getting moving a little.

Great Gifts for Active Tweens

Here are some gifts that are guaranteed to be a hit with active tweens!

Ripstik Caster Board
Ripstik Caster Board

Ripstik Caster Board

Another fun item for tweens is the Ripstik Caster Board. It's a fun twist on a skateboard that gives kids a unique challenge.

It is said to be a little bit like skateboarding, a little bit like snowboarding, and a little bit like surfing. The Ripstik Caster Board has two wheels and requires users to twist back and forth to make it go.

The Ripstik Caster Board is available at Amazon. They offer a discounted price and free shipping on it

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Tween Gift Idea - Pogo Stick
Tween Gift Idea - Pogo Stick

Active Fun for Tweens - A Pogo Stick

A pogo stick is a great idea for an active tween. It's a great way to get them outside and get them some exercise. Tweens often like to spend a lot of time on the phone, internet, or playing video games. This gets them out from in front of the TV for a while and let's them have some fun while burning some energy too.

My kids like to have jumping contests on their pogo sticks. We own the Flybar Foam Master Pogo Stick. It is well made and has held up well to two years of use. It is designed for ages 9 and up and can hold kids that weigh up to 160 lbs. It comes in several color choices too.


Original Walkaroo Steel Stilts by Air Kicks with Ergonomic Design for Easy Balance Walking, Assorted Colors (Blue or Red)
Original Walkaroo Steel Stilts by Air Kicks with Ergonomic Design for Easy Balance Walking, Assorted Colors (Blue or Red)

Stilts are another really fun gift to consider for a really active tween. It's a great way for them to have fun and can be a great form of exercise for them. Learning to balance on stilts takes time and patience and is a great challenge for them :-)

 
Razor A5 Lux Scooter
Razor A5 Lux Scooter

Scooters are also fun for tweens. The Razor A5 Lux Scooter is a great one for this age group because it supports up to 220 lbs so they can grow into it and use it for years to come.

It is made from aluminum and has some great features including a rear fender brake and folding handle bars. It also features extra large wheels that are 200mm and give the scooter a sleek appearance.

Its available in two color choices as well.

 

Make Your Own Stuff Kits

Does your tween like to make stuff? There are kits out there that let them make everything from chewing gum and chocolate to perfume, soaps, and root beer. A fun gift idea for any tween!

Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit

The Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit includes everything needed to make your own gum. The kit includes easy to follow instructions as well as chicle, the sap of the Sapodilla tree, and flavoring for gum.

This is a fun do it yourself kit that both boys and girls will enjoy. And at the same time, they are getting an education about how gum is made. All the fun of a toy with some science thrown in :-)

Fun Make Your Own Stuff Kits at Amazon

Make Your Own Chocolate Kit
Make Your Own Chocolate Kit

Got a chocolate lover? They can make their own chocolate with this fun science kit. The kit includes everything needed to make eight ounces of dark chocolate including organic Costa Rican cocoa butter, cocoa powder, confectioner's sugar, and starter crystals. It also comes with a temperature indicator, paper candy liners, instructions, and the story of chocolate. This kit is a great value at around $13. Kids get the fun of making something and then get to reap the rewards of their hard work when they are done!

 

MP3 Players

You can get an MP3 player for a reasonable price. You will need a computer to load the songs onto the MP3 player. Tweens love their music and will really enjoy this gift. MP3 player range in price and features so you can find one to fit just about every budget and need. This makes a great gift paired with an Amazon gift card so that they can fill their new music device with downloads of all their favorite songs.

Groovy room decor

Kids love to make their room a personal hide out. They take pride in decorating to their taste. A few groovy room decor gifts will add a nice personal touch to their personal hide out.

Groovy Room Decor for Tweens

Funky lamps and fun things like a gumball machines make great room decor for a tween's bedroom and also make fun gift ideas for them.

Groovy things to hang in your room

Groovy Furniture for Your Tween's Room

This fun chairs make a great gift for a tween who wants to make over their room.

More Gifts for Active Tweens: Sports Equipment

Most kids love sports equipment. The is a great way to get kids active and encourage them to get some exercise, while having fun.

Tween Gift Idea: Crafts

My tweens love to make crafts. They get a sense of pride as they complete a crafty project. This has always been a fun gift for my tweens. While they may no longer be into toys, a craft kit gives them something fun to do and a way to keep them busy that doesn't involve screen time. And you never know, it might encourage a new passion or a life long hobby.

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    • TreasuresBrenda profile image

      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      Some great tween gift ideas here.