Those lovely little tweenie tweens are equal parts delightful and depressing. No one does he sulk better or holds a grudge longer than a tween. Especially a tween who wanted an Apple watch but received a calculator instead (this may or may not have happened at our place). Which is why getting the gifts for tweens right is so very important.
Here are more than 21 gifts for tweens that will have them smiling and thankful and oozing that joyful exuberance that tweens do so well. And nothing will make us smile more at Christmas than that.
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Awesome gifts for tweens under $15
In European countries, bocce is a popular game for life. For under 10 bucks, it’s about time we found out why!
Personalised weekly planner
I reckon any tween girl would love her own personalised organisation notebook… or maybe that’s just me? Wait, no, I just did a check with the teen girl brigade and they agree that it’s a fine gift for a tweenie.
My son needs this, just sayin’.
The sleek way to charge the Apple watch, phone, pods and pad.
It may surprise everyone to know, but skipping is back. My teen girls are right into it right now. Trust Cotton On to come to the party with this cute rope that you can get in lavender or apricot.
World’s smallest magic 8 ball
A cute little stocking filler, tweens love things like magic 8 balls and party tricks. It just appeals to their sense of the absurd. If you think you can stand it, they’d also love this practical jokes kit…
Right now this sweet wallet is on sale at Strandbags for $14.99 – it used to be $34.99. There’s also a cute floral version for the same price if that’s more your girl’s thing. Strandbags, huh? Who knew?
One for budding sleuths (and all tweens have a tendency to be nosy and hopefully problem-solvey). You can actually use this kit to pull a pretty good fingerprint. Fans of Brooklyn 99 will be here for this.
Jump on the scrunchie revival for a cheap gift that benefits others. Profits from every purchase made at the Leprosy Shop goes towards eradicating leprosy throughout the world.
A classic game you’ve probably forgotten how to play. It’s incredibly addictive – the precursor to screens, back in the day!
More good stocking filler games:
- Top Trumps Rick & Morty for $7.95
- UNO Iconic 2000 card game for $12.75
- Where’s Wally 1000 piece puzzle for $15.99
Panda sleep mask
We all want our tweens to get really, really good at sleeping. This mask might help. Plus they will look so darn cute in it.
The ultimate fidget toy. Say no more.
Ace gifts for tweens around $20 and under
I’m on a mission to get my kids to be more mindful and this poster looks the biz. A daily challenge for 100 days to help them pay attention to what’s around, including things like donating stuff you no longer need, doing some yoga, focusing on breathing, making your bed (always a good idea) and planning ahead.
I’m sorry, I know. We don’t want to encourage the tik toking, vlogging crazy kiddos. But this is what they want and if we can’t give them that at Christmas, when can we?
Tie-die cushion cover
Quite a grown-up gift that I think either gender will really like. You can pick up a cushion insert from Spotlight for under $5 too.
I honestly don’t understand the charm of phone charms. I mean, why would you want something dangly swinging in your face when you make a call? But tweens get it. They also get that anyone under the age of 40 doesn’t actually make calls with their phone…
Every tween girl needs a manual and Kaz Cooke’s book is as close as it gets. It’s been updated over the years, but her humour and empathy has definitely stood the test of time (I think Kaz was around when I was a tween – jaysus). There’s also a ‘Girl Stuff for girls aged 13+‘ if you think your girl is ready for that.
Not quite Kaz, but a good overview of getting bigger for tween boys. Puberty sux, but it helps to have a handle on what to expect.
More great book series: 18 awesome book series for reluctant readers
Can you believe that Friends is a thing again? Thanks Netflix! Tween girls everywhere are being oh-so-retro with catchphrases like “Could I be any more like my mother 20 years ago?” So weird, but she’ll love this Friends milkshake puzzle, I promise.
Sunnylife glitter noodle
Add some disco to their pool days with a glitter pool noodle. It’s beautiful when the sun shines on it/them.
A three pack of Hype crew socks for under 20 bucks sounds like a plan to me! A cheap way to get them a brand they want.
Avo catch game
Please! We need this in our lives!
Rings are a thing. It will make your tween feel so grown up when they open this present.
Unreal gifts for tweens $35 and under
Love is a human right and your fiesty tween wants to shout if from the rooftops. Yell away, dear child, yell away. Also available in black.
Vans bucket hat
Tie-dyed, check. Bucket-style, check. Cool brand, check.
Bath bomb lab
I love it when a gift is a game, a luxury product and an education all in one. I’d like to think that this gift is non-gender specific. I don’t know when girls claimed ownership of a soothing bath, but I do know that boys should try one.
Hand screen printed on an ethically made t-shirt, this one is a beauty. “Octopus says clean the sea” – a great message for environmentally aware kiddos. Dissenters is a Wollongong NSW community of passionate, socially motivated artists who have banded together to create t-shirts that challenge the status quo.
Schoolbooks for kids*
Through World Vision you can buy school books for a needy kid. On request, they’ll send your child a card to say thank you. There are plenty of other options, starting at $5.
Do you think this cool boxing laundry bag would encourage them to pick their clothes up? A mum can dream, right?
Read All About It is everything a kid needs to create their own zines to share. They write, illustrate and produce the mini-mags, following prompts in the kit.
Kleen Kanteen straw pack
Eco-conscious tweens will love these colourful straws to cart around. There’s four in a pack.
Do they still call this totem tennis? This was a gift we peaked too early with, getting our kids one when they were about 6, 5 and 3. Waaaay too early. Totem tennis is a much better gift for older kids.
They’re not going away anytime soon. I’m sorry.
101 Brilliant Things For Kids to Do With Science is seriously entertaining and absorbing. This book will foster creativity, curiosity and, most likely, lots of cleaning up. But it’s worth it.
Dual tip markers
Are felt tip pens in as high demand at your place as they are at mine? This mega 60-pack will sort the situation out immediately.
Tops gifts for tweens $50 and under
This adorable dumpling is known by many names: XLB, Xiao Long Bao, 小籠包 and シャオロンバオ, but your tween will simply know him as the cutest night companion (so far).
Lululemon belt bag
A cute, practical way for your tween to carry their stuff.
The days of watching a limp triangle hang listlessly in the sky are over. This kite swoops, swirls and does mad things on the breeze.
This is such a fun game – really fast paced with plenty of laughs. You have to pick three things to get you through crazy scenarios. Played with four or more players, it’s a good excuse to get friends together over the holidays.
Every year a kid grows just old enough to only want to wear denim shorts. They never seem to go out of style.
Harry Potter madness gets bigger every year. Talk about the story of a century. If Harry can get kids interested in the equally enduring fun of Scrabble, then you’re really onto a winner.
Colour changing umbrella
This is so cool! When the umbrella gets wet, the raindrop patterns turn into a rainbow. When it’s dry, the drops are white.
Smart touch lamp with speaker
This would be such a cool thing for a tweenie bedroom. A touch-control bedside lamp that changes colours AND has tunes sounds ace!
Brilliant gifts for tweens for under $100
This is a mean machine that looks a treat. A long-distance folding scooter that will take your tween across town to visit friends or pick up some milk from the store. It’s fully adjustable, so if they take care of it, they can ride or die for life.
Sunnylife floating speaker
Get into the summer spirit with some tunes by the pool.
If they haven’t got it already, get a copy of this for any gender. It’s such a lot of fun and it will get a lot of use.
I kinda want to get this for me…
Christmas afternoon is sorted. Just make sure the adults don’t drink and shoot…
These slip-on sneakers are vegan, organic and certified Fairtrade. Which sure beats the shoes we usually pop on our feet. They’re very cute too.
Movie nights are GO! What a fun gift for tweens and it’s half-price at BCF until 24th December. Go, go, go!
This thing responds to light and voice and I just think it’s so cool. Hopefully your tweenie will too!
Boho hanging chair
My daughter is desperate for a chair like this, so on the list it goes.
Special gifts for tweens for $100+
I can’t live without my iPad mini. It’s the perfect size for holding to read, draw (with my Apple pencil) and pop into your bag. It’s an extravagant pressie for a tween, but one they will have for years (mine is five years old and still going strong).
Nike Air Force 1 Pixel
Go on, get them what they really want. I caved and bought a pair last year for my daughter and incredibly they are still the shoes the kids want. Since when does a fashion fad last that long? I reckon it’s still got legs, too. Or feet.
Still the one the kids want this year. I like that it’s a ‘home’ and ‘away’ experience. It supports multi-player games really well, which is an added bonus. The more social the better!
Slightly more affordable must-have shoes:
- Chuck Taylor All-Star 70 High for $129.99
- Air Force 1 LE for $119.99
- Chequered slip on Vans for $109.99
Let’s face it, we’re craving these smooth-gliding babies for us.
What gifts for tweens are on your list this year?