Are you like me, and often stumped on what to get the age group that is too old for many toys, too young for all electronics and gift cards? It is really a tough age to buy for, and still keep the fun in the gift buying. Here are some ideas that I have for making choices that will thrill most kids aged 9-12. Again, I am providing buying options for your convenience, and some- not all- may be affiliate links, where I make a small percentage as commission. It does not affect your price at all. These options are for boys OR girls. You’re welcome!
RUBIK’S RACE game
This is such a fun game. The space in the middle is actually for a slide that shows what the cubes need to look like, and the two kids compete to see who can slide their cubes the fastest into the given pattern. It is addictive and fun for not just the tweens, but the parents too. A family-fun situation.
Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer
Okay, so yes, this is technology. But it is creative too! What I like about it is that it comes in 4 different colors for boys or girls to like, and it is compatible with Android or iOS. Instant gratification is tween-speak for happiness. Polaroid, my friends, is instant. We like this idea!
Pro Art 18-Piece Sketch/Draw Pencil Set
I like that this quality set is more advanced than just the run-of-the-mill pencils. It has charcoals and different lead-weights. Pair this with an inexpensive drawing pad, and a book about drawing (faces, animals, whatever the favorite) and you have a really nice gift that kids won’t ask for, but they will enjoy.
My kids have finally grown out of their Disney character sleeping bags, and are somewhat embarrased at recent sleepovers…It is time for an upgrade! Any quality sleeping bag would work, but the Coleman brand is known for camping, so I assume they will be good for a quality sleeping bag. These are on my list this year, so I can’t attest to the brand. either way, these are easy to find at Target, and come in a few appealing colors for girls or boys. Check!
Yvolution Y Fliker F5 Green – Flow Series
Okay, so at $164, this is a big ticket item. But any kid over 9 years old will love this thing. Knowing that flat surfaces are nearby the child’s locale are probably ideal if you are gifting this. It seems harder to operate on sidewalks or up and down hills! Any gift that gets my kids outside is a good one. They have a lot of great toys already, but this one seems pretty fun for sharing with their siblings too, so that justifies the big purchase too.
This is a store my kids love, so I might lean toward the herbal wraps for smaller gifts. If you are in the market for a bean-bag chair…Tweens would love it. What I love about this brand is that the covers are WASHABLE. The cheaper chairs are sewn in, so that you can never wash them. Tweens are stinky. Sorry. I just like the idea that I can clean these, and then they will last. These products have a big range of prices. They have nice herbal heat-wraps that are $20 and they also have furniture that is over $300. In-between, there are some nice body pillows, study pillows (as pictured is $89), and beanbags. To me it is worth the cost.
So this is it- I have other go-to items like legos, crafts, sports apparel and books, that are no-fail items for my own kids. I also love games as gifts, since they suit a variety of ages and are fun on the day that they are opened. I would love to hear some more ideas, so please share in the comments- I would love to know what you are loving! For now, I hope I have you some new ideas~ Happy Shopping!
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