Ah, the tweens and teens in our lives. Those hard to buy for, ultra-picky, always changing their mind, 8-12 year olds and 13+ kids who drive us crazy every holiday season! Instead of (or in addition to) the usual high-priced trendy tech gadget that most of these kids want, give them something different this year. We have rounded up some unique and beautiful items that your tween and teen will be happy to show off to all their friends. Not to mention a few items that are not only fun and hip, but actually incorporate learning and encourage creativity. It’s a win-win!
If you have a tween or teen at home, you know that it can be a difficult age to shop for. You have to walk that fine line of purchasing items that are still fun and funky but not “babyish.” Avery & Ethan has a huge line of unique gifts for kids of all ages, from school items, to bathroom pieces, to bedding- all that can be personalized to fit your child’s unique style and name! Best of all, they offer FREE personalization on the products and FREE shipping! Can’t beat that!
Many tweens and teens love the idea of having their name on things, which is why this beautiful personalized throw pillow would be a huge hit this holiday season. This machine washable pillow case comes in a variety of designs and all can have your child’s name and monogram added to it. It is made from 100% spun polyester poplin fabric that makes a stylish statement that will liven up your child’s room and it includes the faux down pillow inside of it! Coming in three sizes and oodles of designs, you are sure to find the perfect one for your child.
If you have kids that share a bedroom, why not get them a present they would both enjoy? These three print sets come in an 8×10 or 11×14 print size or can be made on canvas. You can choose between three pretty pink “Because I have a sister, I will always have a friend” set or a bright blue brother version. Two of the three prints can be customized with your child’s initial and name and really will make a statement hanging in their bedroom. The prints can fit into any frame you choose or the canvases come ready to hang! These customized pieces are so fun for kids to get because it’s not just another picture or pillow, it was created just for them, and what more does a kid want?
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For the Pinterest-inspired teen in your life, a necklace from the PinSpirations Collection at Isabelle Grace is the perfect gift! Based on quotations found on the popular social media site, Pinterest, these necklaces are as inspirational as they are beautiful.
Choose from 10 quotations with different metal options and chain lengths to find something that truly speaks to your favorite teen. Seen here is the Let Faith Be Bigger Than Fear Necklace which is sterling silver with gold accents.
Let the teen in your life know just how special and strong you think they are, and they will wear it as a daily reminder of how you feel about them and that they are loved.
Right as your children start to develop their own style going into their tweens and teens, give the gift of a unique bedroom with wall decor from Umbra. Featuring unique peices, created by talented designers at an affordable rate, Umbra has everything a budding personality will love.
Beautiful and motivational sayings hung on the wall with stand out wording are perfect for a little overachiever who is goal oriented. Girls will enjoy lively and colorful stick on butterflies that flap their wings with any movement of air around them.
Easy to install with stick ons or pins, these wall decor pieces can become a DIY project and help express their individuality that is so important at that age.
Do what you love, love what you do– these words, made of metal, can be positioned in any way on any wall without damanging it with thick nails. Perfect inspiration for above their homework space.
The most innovative and cool facial cleansing brush on the market, Foreo Luna is about to make some waves. Made out of soft and easy to clean silicone, it is designed for every day use, needs no replacement brushes and more hygienic that standard sonic brushes.
A perfect gift for a young girl who is starting to take care of her skin during such a sensitive time, Luna is a modern cool looking device that is easy to use and maintain. Teaching proper hygiene is so important at this age and with Luna it is so so easy. Up to 8000 pulsations per minute are sent through the touch points of the brush, unclogging pores, removing dead skin cells and make up for those who are old enough to wear it.
Surprise your growing girl with this unique and innovative gift this year that it will last her for years to come.
If you recognize these toys, then you are fully familiar with the game of Minecraft and all of its obsessions by so many kids today. Minecraft is one of the hottest video games right now and these toys that are based on the game are topping many kids’ holiday wish lists. These fun toys help to bring your child’s favorite game to life so they can recreate all the adventures they are having in the game outside of it! This Animal Mobs Multipack has 6 of your child’s favorite passive mobs in one box: Chicken, Ocelot, Tame Wolf, Pig, Sheep, & Cow. These fun toys can help your child pretend they are in the game, by allowing them to fend off Creepers and providing food. All of the toys can move their heads or sometimes even sit, and are a great addition to the toys they already have. These toys also make great collectibles for older kids.
Maybe your little Minecraft-er wants something to snuggle with? Jazwares makes cute stuffed versions of all of your child’s favorite Minecraft characters too – from the creepy Creeper, Spider or Enderman, to a soft and fluffy squid, cow and this adorable sheep. These cuties make for nice snuggling toys for older kids aged 6 and up and are perfect to collect and recreate Minecraft scenes. They will certainly be some of the best and most loved toys they get under the tree or in their stocking this year and they will get many hours of fun and imagination out of them.
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Does your tween or teenaged daughter love painting her nails in fun designs? Does she always opt for the nail art when you take her for Mother & Daughter manicures? If she loves expressing her uniqueness through her nail lacquer, she will absolutely adore the Princess Nail Set from MoYou. The MoYou Princess Set includes:
- 3 mini nail polishes
- 3 image plates
- 1 stamp
- 1 scraper
- 1 package of rhinestones
Application of the nail art is very easy. Simply paint your choice design on the image plate with your nail polish, scrape off the excess polish, use the included stamper to “grab” the design, and roll it onto your nail. The image is immediately dry, making it perfect for anyone, from little siblings to busy moms. Your teen can practice their skills on themselves very easily, or on others as a hobby! It will surely impress their friends, and they can also collect additional image plates down the road, as MoYou has lots of different options of image plates available. She’ll love expressing herself through accessorizing with her nails, and you’ll adore having her DIY on her own nails.
We all love to cuddle, especially on a cold, winter night. Cuddling doesn’t disappear with age, and most of us continue to hang onto the stuffed animals we grew up with, long after we “grow up.” With that in mind, we believe that having a fuzzy companion from sigikid USA’s NEW Fall 2014 collection of “beasts” will make the perfect gift for anyone who needs a little cheering up, or just loves a good cuddle.
The “beasts” are sigikid’s designer plush line of stuffed animals that tweens, teens and adults will love. These beasts are as close as you get to having a real pet, without the worry of shedding, feeding or a mess to clean up. You can take them with you on vacation, talk to them or just leave them on display to do what they do best: look cute!
Each beast is created with impeccable detail and given a name that perfectly reflects their playful character.
If you’re looking for the perfect “beast,” you should first consider Metusa Luna, a lovable lion who stands 9.8″ tall.
If lions aren’t your thing, another great option for the holiday season is Deer Beer, a reindeer who stands 8.3″ tall.
If neither of those options are for you, check out some of the other cuddly beasts available. There are so many perfectly sweet options, you’ll have a hard time just choosing one!
Sigikid uses materials like faux leather, fleece, felt and thick tuft to give the BEASTS their special look. These beautiful creatures are made to last. In fact, Sigikid takes great pride in manufacturing sustainable products that are often handed down from generation to generation. However, this also means that the “beasts” are not suitable for children under 12 years.
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What could be better than a gift that keeps on giving 52 weeks a year AND serves as an educational tool for the teens and tweens in your life? We think that just about entails the perfect gift. Rocket Bear was created by a traveling Dad whose daughter just loved getting postcards and learning new tidbits of information about the areas to which Dad was traveling. He created Rocket Bear as an exciting and educational way for kids to receive a postcard from Rocket Bear himself for every week of the year.
Rocket Bear is no ordinary Bear! Like most curious bears he stumbled one day into a cave. What he found was a backpack which was also a rocket, allowing him to travel all over the world! Rocket bear loves to send postcards to all of his friends documenting his travels and providing information about the amazing places he has been. What an amazing way to learn about the world!
Offering two different subscription options, Rocket Bear will send your child a postcard every week via the actual mail (The REAL DEAL USPS Mail…No E-mail here!). Each subscription package includes awesome extras, such as a T-Shirt or a special card on your child’s birthday. Nowadays, in a world run by technology, give your child something else that’s exciting to look forward to every week. They will be patiently and excitedly waiting to learn new facts about the WHOLE WORLD all throughout the year.
Welcome to the world record holding smallest remote control helicopter on the market today! The Nano Falcon is a Guinness World Record Book holding toy that is the absolute smallest RC helicopter you can find. This amazing piece of flying technology clocks in at 82mm long (just over 3 inches) and weighs less than 11g, but don’t let the size of this helicopter deceive you. This 3 channel toy can fly up and down; forward and backward; and left and right. With all of the sophisticated aviation technology that is packed into this itty bitty package, this toy is sure to be at the top of your older kid’s WANT list!
The Nano Falcon helicopter is designed to provide superior stability and precision flying so it is fairly easy to get the hang of flying back and forth and is a great first remote control helicopter for an older child. Children can imagine they are on a secret spy mission, or are a brave soldier on a military helicopter flight while they fly around and around. The Nano Falcon has an LED Spot Light that can be triggered from the controller and can be easily charged through the compact charging dock. It includes 2 spare tail rotors and some replacement tools and is designed for kids 8 years old and up. So get ready for lots of “You’re the BEST, Mom!” and send your child on a fantastical flying adventure with the record book holding Nano Falcon RC Helicopter!
NanoBlocks from Ohio Art
Have a little builder in your house? NanoBlocks are micro-sized building blocks that can be put together to create the most detailed little 3D models you have ever seen! These teeny blocks click and stack together to allow amazing 3D models of animals, cars, or famous buildings that can take shape right beneath your child’s fingertips. They will be absolutely amazed at all of the tiniest details that emerge in each set. Sets come in a variety of subjects and are made for different abilities, but all are for older kids, designed for the 8 and up crowd. These micro-mini Nanoblocks really take the creativity and value of construction toys and takes it to the next level. Construction and building toys have always been a great source of growth and learning for kids and the NanoBlocks are one more way for older kids to join in on that fun, in a big kid type of way. Sometimes, the best toys for children are the most simple and they can learn so much more through using their imaginations, and these little blocks can help improve a child’s fine motor skills and improve their spatial sense as well.
NanoBlocks come in a variety of sets and are sure to have something that interests your child. This motorcycle set is pretty amazing in its detail. From the complex wheels, to the handlebars and the mechanical parts, these 440 blocks click together to create a wonderful mini motorcycle that is not only challenging but fun to make! It measures a mere 2.25″ w x 6.25″ d x 3.75″ h when finished. The Saint Basil’s Cathedral set creates a mini replica of one of the most famous buildings in Russia, and now it can be held in your child’s palm! Using over 490 mini blocks, this set is colorful and fun to build. It measures 4″ h x 3.125″ w x 3.125″ d when complete. So if you have a builder and creator at home, then they will love these NanoBlocks! They are a great addition to your older child’s collection and are sure to be a huge hit this holiday season.
Take creativity and building to the next level with Magformers magnetic blocks! These plastic blocks come in a variety of shapes and have magnets inside of them that allow them to connect in fun ways to create all sorts of designs, sculptures and animals! This is not your typical building set! With Magformers, you can construct all kinds of 3-D figures. Magformer pieces, which are square and triangle shapes, are included in each set and have encapsulated (tube-shaped) magnets within them that strongly pull the pieces together. The best part about them is that pieces always connect and never reject so you can build spheres, houses, towers, and more. Your finished creations are held together securely so they don’t easily fall apart, but when you wish to create something new, simply pull the pieces apart and start over!
The Magformers Deep Sea set comes with 46 pieces and can connect and build 12 different sea objects from a sail boat to a shark! The directions are easy to follow and are manufactured for kids ages 3 and up. You really can’t go wrong with these blocks. They are not only fun and entertaining but educational! They allow kids to either follow the directions and create an ocean of animals or they can veer off the beaten path and use their creativity to make whatever their dreams desire. They are so easy to build with, and help to build up fine motor skills and spatial awareness in young kids… and did we mention they are fun? These will easily become one of your kid’s favorite presents under the tree this year.
What little boy wouldn’t be thrilled to receive a cool radio-control car or truck as a gift? The HyperChargers R/C from Jada is perfect for any young boy on your shopping list this holiday.
One of the biggest hassles with remote-control vehicles is their short (disposable) battery life. Not so with HyperChargers, because they feature a Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery and a built-in charging USB cord, which means that the only disposable batteries required are two AA batteries for the remote, which are included with the vehicle. Simply plug the USB adapter into any powered USB port such as a computer, gaming console, or smart phone adapter to charge – so easy!
HyperChargers feature a 25-minute battery life. They are available in a variety of licensed vehicles and colors, and they all include custom rims and graphics, so you are sure to find a HyperCharger that suits that special little boy in your life.
We hope you found something great to put under the tree. Here’s to celebrating (and surviving) the holidays with your tweens and teens!