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12 Best Gift Ideas for Tweens

Most parents would agree that tweens are exceptionally hard to buy for. It’s at this point in life that nine to 12-year-olds are starting to become 'too cool' for many of the things they once enjoyed as children, so it can be hard to find something they’ll love. Luckily for you, we've pulled together a handy gift guide that is sure to receive a stamp of approval from even the hardest to please tween.


1. An instant camera

Instant cameras have made a huge comeback, and today’s tweens can’t get enough of them. An instant camera is a great way for your tween to capture their most memorable moments – from socializing with friends to family vacations in the sun. Give them the gift of something special to look back on for years to come. With an eBay gift card they can choose what color camera they like best.

2. A puzzle box

Keeping our children mentally stimulated from a young age is important as it equips them with skills they will need throughout their lives. Studies have shown that jigsaw puzzles are a great way to create fun learning opportunities, as they help children develop perseverance and problem-solving skills. Let them pick out a puzzle box of their choice with a Kohl’s gift card.

3. A nail kit

Are you looking for a solution to keep your ever-growing curious tween out of your make-up bag? Experimenting with make-up is one of the many steps of transitioning into adolescence, so why not treat them to their very own nail art kit. A Sephora gift card will give your child the chance to play with different colors and create fun nail art designs with their friends.

4. Video games

Given the digital age we live in, children are spending more time online than ever before. Video games have become increasingly popular with tweens. But, with so many video games to choose from, it can be hard to know what games they may or may not already have. An Xbox cash card gives them complete freedom to choose a game of their choice.

5. A bean bag

We all know our tweens love lounging about. With a Target gift card they’ll be able to kick back and relax in comfort. Bean bags make a great addition to any tween bedroom, and thanks to their washable, durable filling, they can last for years.

6. Sports merchandise

With a Fanatics gift card, you can treat your sports-crazed tween to that brand new soccer kit they’ve been nagging you for. Or you can finally get around to replacing the busted basketball hoop that’s past its prime. Fanatics has all the sports gear and kits they’ll need.

7. Art supplies

Are you looking for a gift for a tween who loves arts and crafts? Are their current supplies letting them down? If so, this one is for you. Inspire their creative senses and encourage them to embrace their artistic skills with some brand-new art supplies from Staples.

8. Headphones

Since they don’t listen to us anyway, a pair of quality headphones from Macy’s are a must for any tween. While headphones are commonly used to listen to music, they’re also great for online learning. And, if you’re like most parents, constantly shouting at your tween to turn their music down, headphones may just be the perfect gift for you as well.

9. Sneakers

Who doesn’t love a fresh pair of kicks? Sneakers have remained fashionable throughout the years, making them an essential wardrobe stable for any tween. To top it off, sneakers are durable and versatile, meaning they are long-lasting, and can be worn with almost anything. A Foot Locker gift card gives them the freedom to choose from a wide range of brands and styles.

10. Music tickets

Nothing beats the rush you get from live music, from the excitement that travels through the crowds as you queue to get inside the venue, to the loud eruption that begins as the band emerges on stage during their set. With a StubHub gift card, your tween will be able to live out their dreams of seeing their favorite artist and make memories that will last a lifetime.

11. Sunglasses

hildren’s eyes are more sensitive to UV rays, so it’s important to invest in quality sunglasses that will keep their eyes protected all day long. But choosing the right pair of sunglasses for your tween can be difficult. With a PacSun gift card, your child will be able to pick a pair of trendy sunglasses they’ll never want to take off.

12. Cinema tickets

You can’t go wrong with a gift card for cinema tickets, the perfect present for any tween who loves movies. Anything is possible on the big screen, from fighting off the bad guys, to being transported into a parallel universe – give them the ultimate gift of escapism with a Cinemark gift card.


Send tween gift cards

Struggling to find the perfect gift? Our gift cards for kids are suitable for birthdays, holidays and many more occasions. Send a tween a gift card today and give them the excitement of spending it wherever they like. From experiencing the magic at the Disneyland Resort and catching the latest blockbusters at the cinema, to educational trips to the museum and Build-A-Bear workshops, there's something for everyone.


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