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Welcome to a special holiday gift guide edition of Tween/Teen Tuesday at!

I’m sharing some of the best gift ideas I have this season for the hardest kids to buy for – tweens!

It’s so easy to buy for little ones – they’re over the moon happy with presents of any kind, as long as they’re wrapped. You can walk up and down the aisles in Toys R Us grabbing this and that, not having to worry about if it’s something they’ll use because it’s a toy! And all kids are happy about toys, right?

When your little ones get older, shopping becomes a little more stressful and expensive. I have pulled from my boys’ wishlists and some ideas my husband and I have come up with over the years to give you some great holiday ideas for your tweens and young teens this year!

Pre-Tween Gift Ideas (Ages 6-9)


Lite Brix

KRE-O Transformers

Little MissMatched Socks (for girls)

Lego lunchboxes, water bottles, and utensils

Tween and Teen Gift Ideas

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Crayola markers

iPod Touch/iPad

iPod Touch/iPad Accessories (cases, skins, chargers)

Tween Gift Ideas (Ages 10-12)

Sharpie Markers

Mead Doodle Office Supplies (to go with those Sharpies!)

Tween and Teen Gift Ideas

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College Team Electronics – mouse pads, flash drives, mice, cellphone cases, laptop cases –  the possibilities are endless. We like to focus on the college teams so that we can focus on college! It’s in the near future, you know..

Video Games Michael is asking for Assassin’s Creed 3, Halo 4, Black ops 2, Epic Mickey, UFC Undisputed 3, Forza Motorsports, and Madden ’13.

Headsets for their video games

Microsoft Points, Wii points, or Playstation Network Card These cards can be used to purchase downloadable games and add-ons to games your child may already have.

Netbook For homework or facebook, tweens are using netbooks to stay connected.

Money. Kids love getting it, and it’s easy. Don’t feel bad about wrapping up a $20 bill – it’s the perfect gift!

Gift Presentation Ideas

When gifts get more expensive, kids usually get less of them. How do you make the Christmas or Hanukkah gift opening last more than 5 minutes?

With a scavenger hunt! We usually save the toy that was #1 on the holiday list for last, and make the kids work to find it!

Another idea is to wrap cash or gift cards creatively. Tape a $20 to the bottom of a large box and fill it with bells, a few rocks, or some tinsel. Wrap a gift card in a small box, then in a larger box, and then in an even larger box… the kids will have fun finding the surprise and their gift opening will take a little longer – we all love the suspense of opening a gift, right?

I’d love to know what you’re planning on getting for your tweens this year, and how you’re planning on presenting their gifts!

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  1. Kasandria Reasoner says:

    I absolutely LOVE Little Miss Matched. Ever since I saw them I always buy my daughter and myself socks that don’t match. You end up losing the matches anyway so it’s a problem solved!

    1. I just placed a big order for the little girls on my list – noticed today their site was closed because they were overwhelmed for the holidays!!

  2. Love this list!! Yes, iPad or iPod accessories are a fabulous idea. My teen nephew also loves anything edible LOL :)

    1. Ooohhh, that’s a great idea. Are they into the hot stuff there? Here it’s hot cheetos, Takis, anything that’ll burn your mouth and turn your hands red!

  3. Great collection of items. Love the Lego water bottles. I linked up an event I went from Kidzvuz. Another great selection of products too!

    1. Thank you for linking, Kerri!! I loved the ideas in your post – especially the glitter tattoos!

      We just got our Lego water bottles in today!

  4. If you have kids who are curious and enjoy puzzles, and you really want to make them work for their cash/gift cards, there are a number of sites that sell puzzles you have to solve to get to the gift!

    1. Ooh, I remember seeing them now, Chuck! That’s a great idea, since we will probably give our son a little bit of cash. Thanks for the idea!

  5. Since Hanukkah isn’t a big gift giving holiday (for my family, anyway) I’m lucky that my daughter isn’t very focused on the gifts. While she does get some, they’re usually small. Which is great because this is the year of tape! Duct tape is all the rage with tween girls now.

    1. We have created little monsters in the gift area, Sara. Well, maybe not monsters, but it’s definitely in the tradition. And I love the duct tape craze that’s going on right now! They have some really fun ones out there!

      Thank you for linking, Sara, and Happy Hanukkah!!

    1. Aren’t they? I love them!

  6. Great ideas! I’m going to wrap a $20 around a can of tootsie rolls and wrap it up!

    1. That’s a great idea, Hanan!! I may do that, too…

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