It’s time to start making that list and checking it twice! We’ve rounded up the season’s hottest gifts for those 10- to 12 year-old tweens on your list. It’ll make holiday shopping simply child’s play.
1. Discovery Plasma Globe
Electricity becomes exciting when this glass ball Discovery Plasma Globe turns any room into a laser light show. It’s perfect for the young scientist! Turn down the lights and watch as electrical currents react to touch and sound. It is a little bit of science and a whole lot of fun.
Approximate Price: $20
2. Mindware Spa Set
It’s never too early to stress to kids that being smart is cool. Show your tween she can be beautiful and brainy with this chemistry set, camoflaged as a beauty product. Encourage STEM skills by showing her how to create her own crazy concoctions. The Mindware Spa Set lab kit comes with everything she needs to make perfumes, lip balms and soaps.
Approximate Price: $60
3. Jamoji Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Emoji lovers are sure to be all smiles when they start streaming their favorite music on this Jamoji silly speaker. Another reason to give it a like? The sound quality’s actually pretty good. You can choose from various icons, including the always-popular poop emoji. Now you’re speaking your tween’s language!
Approximate Price: $35
4. American Girl: Smart Girls Guide to Middle School
Growing up can be tough. Sometimes you don’t want to go to your parents with every question you have. For girls who’ve outgrown American Girl dolls, there’s a series of American Girl books they can turn to for comfort and advice about their bodies, boys, babysitting and more.
Approximate Price: $12
5. Little Bits Droid
Let your tween be transported to a galaxy far, far, away as they build their own R2-D2 replica robot with the Little Bits Droid. The winner of dozens of toy awards, this robot pairs with an app. Throw in a Star Wars DVD or Blu-Ray to make the gift even more special.
Approximate Price: $69
6. Not Parent Approved
Want to encourage family game night, but find your tweens are bored with board games? The Not Parent Approved card game is a wacky alternative that should have the whole family laughing. Think of it as a kids version of the wildly popular Cards Against Humanity. Get ready to fill in the blank with farts, pimples and other gross humor. Warning: the game starts off with a burping contest.
Approximate Price: $25
7. Vera Bradley Duffle Bag
Got a flower child in the family? Vera Bradley’s pretty patterns are still a popular choice. Consider introducing your tween to the line’s classic cloth duffle. It’s perfect for carrying sports and dance gear, or an overnight stay at grandma’s.
Approximate Price: $85
8. Circuit Scribe Drone
Holiday excitement is sure to be soaring when kids unwrap this technological marvel. Kids can build and power their own drone with the inventive Circuit Scribe pen. It’s filled with a non-toxic silver ink that creates electrical connections on the drone’s cardboard arms. Then fly your creation via a tablet or smartphone and get a birds-eye view from the built-in 480 pixel camera. And if you crash it, no worries… just rebuild it!
Approximate Price: $100
9. Smash Talk
None of us want to hear tweens trash talk, but what about Smash Talk? It’s the new game where teams give clues and try to guess the words on the card before the buzzer sounds. Parents and grandparents will realize it’s much like the $20,000 Pyramid game show that aired in the ’70s. The difference here is each time you’re successful, the buzzer moves quicker.
Approximate Price: $25
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