Shopping for tweens can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be.
By this age, most kids are into some type of activity or have a strong interest in something.
So you would think this makes it easier to find a gift.
Just get them something they need or want having to do with their hobby.
Well, there’s one problem with that….everyone else is doing the same thing.
Bombarding kids and parents with tons of Lego’s or all things baseball can get old.
Grandparents seem to take this to a whole new level.
When our oldest was about 4, we had everything Scooby-Doo you could imagine. It’s fun for a while but most kids have outgrown or given up most interests.
I like finding a balance between useful, fun, needed and long lived… if I can.
Here are some of my favorites.
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1. Gift Cards to Do “Stuff”
While this may seem like a cop out on the shopping side and not a need, I disagree.
For one, as a parent of three kids, it can get expensive taking them fun places. Because of these cards we have been able to do fun things with the kids even when we couldn’t afford it.
Museums, movies out, Redbox movies in or go out to lunch. Mini-golf. Roller skating. Ice Skating.
What’s in your area that kids like to do?
Family fun time is a necessity, and yes, I know there are so many things you can do for free.
But be honest, we all love to go bowling, or to Chuck E. Cheese, okay well maybe not actually Chuck E. Cheese. I kinda hate that place. But everyone looks like the fun parent or the awesome gift giver when we get to go places we might not normally be able to dish out for.
If you buy gifts for families with more than one kid, get either one big card for everyone or individual cards for each member.
Similarly, if you do store gift cards, all the same store can turn into a family gift. We have pooled together gift cards to get one big family gift. That’s fun too.
This water bottle is not inexpensive. But it does have great features:
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2-stage activated carbon filter reduces odor, chlorine and leaves zero aftertaste
Removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites without chemicals, iodine or batteries
Durable, 23-ounce, leak-proof bottle made of BPA-free Tritan and features a food-grade silicone mouthpiece; replacement filters available separately
If they hike, camp, or play sports this is great because you can refill on the go without worrying about the quality of the water at its source.
3. Sleeping Bag
This is the time to go big or go home.
Look for sales, look for coupons or go in with someone else. But get a good one. Done right, this gift can last a lifetime.
Whether your family camp, your kids get involved in scouts, goes on sleep overs or tents in the backyard.
A good sleeping bag is an awesome thing to have. While as an adult I still like Tinkerbell, cheap bags are too small and not at all warm.
We also have another one by Northface bought back around 1995. It’s still perfect.
4. Kindle Fire
We got these last year. Two of the kids and I have them. It has saved fights over the TV. Over Netflix. Over the computer. It has kept them busy at doctors offices. On long car rides. And have been used during home school for learning apps.
While I’m not promoting excessive screen use, these tablets are excellent. They perform like an expensive tablet, with a nice price tag. Only $ 49, though we snagged them during Black Friday for $35.
They do offer a kids edition, however, we just have the regular one. Ours came out before the version with Alexa, so I don’t have any opinion on that.
Regular internet usage is a bit slow, but we don’t use it for that. Games and apps work great. Though the camera isn’t great, it’s fun for the kids to practice taking photos and videos.
Amazon has its own app store, it contains most apps you find in Google Play.
I use mine exclusively for reading. Not just for purchase, e-books can be “borrowed” from the library.
5. Nail Art Kit
This is a fun kit we just bought. It’s a 20 piece set that has brushes and dotting pens in a folding case with a magnetic closure. Also included is an e-book to learn how to make designs.
6. A Knitting Kit
For a while, this was an outdated hobby. But boy is it making a come back. From tweens to millennials to baby boomers, women are getting into knitting and crocheting.
Our local library even has a learn to knit club for 5th-8th graders. I’ll be honest, I want to learn but I can’t tell you how many things I have tried that my mind understands but my hands just can’t follow. Knitting is one of them. Maybe this winter I’ll try again.
THIS is the storage bag we have.
Fill it with yarn and some knitting or crochet needles.
My daughter has these knitting needles. The two different colors make it easier to follow.
I could never decide on all the beautiful sets, so I just have this basic crochet hook so I could learn and practice.
We also have this round loom set.
A book like this one I have is a great start.
I also like YouTube for tutorials. Everyone learns differently 😉
I put this kit together for tweens and teens who are looking to start their own babysitting business. It includes a whole array of forms, checklists, calendar and tips. A 5500-word guide to walk-through using the forms and add even more advice.
Put it all in a binder and get a great tote bag and she’ll be ready.
Get it here in our new SHOP
Check out these posts for more gift ideas:
7 Awesome Gifts for Teen Boys (some overlap)
7 Awesome Gifts for Tween Boys (some overlap)