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H.A.G.’s Best Gifts for Boy OR Girl Tweens

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!

Top picks for Gifts for Tweens: Boys or Girls

Rubics Website

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.

Sleeping Bag

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.

Yogibo Beanbags
Yogibo Website

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!

I can’t wait to offer products like these that I know you will love! This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive compensation. It does not affect your price at all. For more information, see my full disclosure page.

H.A.G.’s Best Gifts for Little Boys

top 5 gifts for little boysIt’s that time of year, my friends! Many of you have to give gift-ideas to grandparents and other family members for your kids, along with shopping for others. Here are some of my picks that I think would make GREAT gifts this year. I put my own 2-cents in about why I love these gifts, and where you can purchase them. FYI, some-not all- of these links are affiliate links, so if you make a purchase through them, I get a small commission:

Kidoozie Deluxe Build-A-Road Toy

I love this train track- it is simple for little hands (age 3 and up) and the kids can configure the track by color, and make patterns however they want. My boys played with 2 other friends (ages 4-6) and they set it up, and broke it down several times. Big Fun!

Ultimate Kinetic Sand

I love, love, love kinetic sand. Not only for the littles, but honesly as a stress reliever for older kids. They love to just play with it like play-doh. But the benefit is that is doesn’t stick to anything except itself. This is a great present for kids, whose parents don’t like play-doh because it’s too messy (I happen to love it, but many do not!). The key with this sand is buying it with the tray as shown here. If you just have the sand, well…where are you going to use it? So if you don’t have a tray, you must buy one in my opinion, and you can just re-buy the sand as it gets used up. A great gift for kids that like to touch and make things.

Pokemon Charizard EX Fire Blast Box
(Toys R Us)

Okay, so I don’t know about you, but my boys are OBSESSED with Pokemon cards. They don’t know how to play- nor do they care. But they love the collecting part. I guess it’s kind of like collecting baseball cards, but for weird alien creatures. It is their own thing. They love it, and it keeps them VERY quiet and busy for a very long time, so I also love it! They trade with their big sister who is 10 and is into it too, so this is great for a wide range of ages!

Indoor-Safe Magnetic Dartboard and Darts Set

This dart board is so great! It is fun to play this with big and little kids, and we make up our own scoring system, but I am sure there is a guide to how you “should” play. We just play. It can hang on any hook, and if they opened this, you can bet they would want to play it immediately! Fun for the whole family- big fan of that!

Crayola Imagination Art Case

Didn’t you always love getting the “big” box of crayola crayons as a kid? I remember just loving new crayons and arranging the colors just so. This case is that same feeling, multiplied by 100! My guys love to make and draw and create lovely creations for me and themselves. This case was a specific request, and my kids absolutely love it! They feel like little professional artists with all their special markers and pencils. A great buy and surprise for any little person!

Well, that is a good start, right? These are gifts that I just love. I think the best age ranges are 3-10 years old on most of these. If you want more ideas, I sort of collect them on a Pinterest board, which is easy to check out, so please do. Happy Shopping!

I can’t wait to offer products like these that I know you will love! This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive compensation. It does not affect your price at all. For more information, see my full disclosure page.

HAG’s Friday Faves for November:Eating, Drinking, Watching, Reading, Buying

HAG november faves

There is so much of this, eating, drinking, watching, reading, buying, that we all do but I want to share some things I have been loving lately before I forget!


This Italian Love Cake (sometimes called Magic Cake) from Chew Nibble Nosh Blog was a great dish to bring to share at a party- the kids and adults seemed to really like it- plus it looks cool when it’s cut.

This Green Goddess Mac-n-Cheese from Moore or Less Cooking Blog was SO delicious! I would make this over and over again when you need a main dish for a vegetarian, or a side dish for a grill night. It was so fragrant and so cheesy. My big plus here with this dish too, is that I made it ahead of time and then popped it in the oven when I wanted it. Letting it sit for a few hours was just fine!


My friend made a yummy Sangria the other night that had a caramel flavored alcohol and cinnamon stick and apples in it. Since I didn’t ask her what it was, this is the one that I found for Caramel Apple Sangria from Wholesome Dish, that matched it I think.


My girls were loving the Netflix catch-ups on all seasons for Once Upon a Time– which was actually quite fun in a fairytale, sci-fi kind of combo theme. And the comic come alive, SuperGirl was fun too- I really like that one, and I would otherwise never have watched it- so thanks to these kids for finding the next fun watched TV shows for us!

We went to see Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Oh my word. What an awesome movie. I was nervous the girls- mostly 10 year olds, would be too scared, but they loved it- there is eye-ball eating and zombie-like scary stuff in this one, but the story line and characters are so good that I really loved it too! I don’t even mind that I now have to take my older daughter and will have to see it again.


If you follow the blog at all, you know I am reading the 2nd in the Elena Ferrante  Neapolitan series of books, called A Story of a New Name. And I am currently listening to The Girl on the Train. Oy. Great and fast commutes this week! Love fun audio books for long car rides. I am reading this one, so I can watch the movie-this is part of my Reading Challenge this year- got to pack it in, this last 2 months! I love my Book Riot Read Harder Challenge(pdf), since it pushes me to read some weird things that I otherwise wouldn’t, like these:weird books I am reading

Oh my gosh, I have a lot of reading to do….


I had to take my girls to the mall. Can we just talk about Christmas decorations and music NOT being up? Let’s all reign it in people.. Hold your horses! It is the week after Halloween, and I am not ready to listen to Christmas Music 24-7. Give me  a moment to process Thanksgiving!

But what did you buy?! We went to Bath & Body Works– since FYI, all 11-12 year old girls love this place. So we bought (with coupons!) a great gift for her friend, hand sanitizers, candles and room scents that plug into the wall- also a game changer for us, since it so happens, 11-12 year olds kind of smell. No offense to them as a general rule, but the hormones are peaking and the odor is enough to make you want to buy some stock over at Bath & Body!Bath & Body Works plug ins

I also got my hair cut this past week, and I bought some great product at the salon. Thrix. It has no sulfates or parabens and generally not a lot of weird stuff at all- I love the smoothness after I blow dry- I have yet to try it for making the curl stay in my weirdly wavy hair, but it is supposed to be great for that too- the smell is lovely though, and the cost is the same as other salon brands, so I hide it from the kids and keep it just for me!Thrix hair products

What have you been Eating, Drinking, Watching, Reading, Buying lately? I have been trying to keep track of the things I have been hearing that others just LOVE so I can amp up my gift-giving this year, so share all your great gift ideas in the comments, please!

*Please note that affiliate links are included in this post to make it easier for you to find what is being referenced. A small commission is made should you purchase product using these links however, as always, any and all opinions are genuinely my own.