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Birthday gift ideas for tween friends (that aren’t a gift card)

Birthday gift ideas for tween friends (that aren’t a gift card)

I get it, coming up with acceptable gift ideas for tween friends can be next to impossible. When the kids are younger and you say to them, "What should we get Eugene for his birthday?" they give you a mile-long list of all the things they know Eugene would love. Of...

21+ awesome gifts for tweens of all ages

21+ awesome gifts for tweens of all ages

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...

21+ unreal gifts for teens they won’t hate

21+ unreal gifts for teens they won’t hate

Right now it's the #1 question we're getting asked via messages to our Facebook page and Facebook group: what are the best gifts for teens for Christmas? We've had aunties, family friends, grandmas, mums and dads message us. Surely, they all say, a gift voucher isn't...

21 awesome books for reluctant readers (they won’t be able to resist)

21 awesome books for reluctant readers (they won’t be able to resist)

The trio behind Your Kids Next Read - award-winning children's authors Allison Tait and Allison Rushby, and popular teacher-librarian and blogger Megan Daley - bring us the definitive list of books that make great gifts for reluctant readers. ‘Reluctant readers’...

The gift giving formula: What kids really need for Christmas

The gift giving formula: What kids really need for Christmas

Ah, Christmas. Christmas, Christmas, Christmas. I love you, I loathe you. Love the community, the festivities, the merriment and kindness. Loathe the STUFF. All that grabbiness from the kids, even lovely kids like mine. What kids really need for Christmas, and what...

21+ gift ideas for tween boys they will really love

21+ gift ideas for tween boys they will really love

At last, it's gift ideas for tween boys time! We've found gifts to sort the teen girls, teen boys and tween girls and here we are buying for adolescent boys. They are a tough crowd to buy for, let me tell you. If they're sporty, they've already got all the sporting...

21+ Christmas gift ideas for tween girls they will really love

21+ Christmas gift ideas for tween girls they will really love

This massive list of gift ideas for tween girls joins our list for teen boys, tween boys and teen girls. So check those out for more thoughtful gifts that might also suit your tweenie. In this list, I've included gifts that suit girly tween girls and less girly...

21+ Christmas gift ideas for teen boys they will really love

21+ Christmas gift ideas for teen boys they will really love

Okay, so these gift ideas for teen boys are in addition to the gift ideas for teen girls list from earlier in the week. I say this because I really don't believe there are such things as 'boys things' and 'girls things'. There are just teen things. But I split the...

21+ gift ideas for teen girls they will really love

21+ gift ideas for teen girls they will really love

I've put together some gift ideas for teen girls that will solve all your Christmas shopping dilemmas. There's a gift ideas for teen boys over here too - both lists are good for any kind of teen. I find the older the kids get, the less gender "compartmentalisable"...

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