They’re not teenagers but they’re not little kids anymore. So, what on earth are you supposed to buy them?! The tween phase hits between 8 and 12 years old and it can be tricky to know what gifts will go down well without them thinking it’s too “baby-ish” or too grown-up. I’ve gathered together some pretty cool bits and pieces that I’m sure any tween-ager would love to unwrap on Christmas Day.
Make Your Own Motor Boat Huckleberry Moto, Kikkerland
This is a great one to get your big kid thinking inventively and once they’ve made the boat, it’s an excuse to get outside and test it out!
Jonathan Adler Rainbow Puzzle, Rockett St George
Keep them amused for at least a couple of hours with some good old-fashioned entertainment – a jigsaw! How lovely is this one?!
Huckleberry Fishing Kit, Conscious Crafts
Another one I love for its outdoor involvement, this fishing kit might help them spark a new hobby and (hopefully) learn the art of patience.
Fleet Wash Bag, Initially London
Keep things tidy with a personal wash bag. Perfect for storing their toothbrushes, paste and soap.
Light Up Facemask, Tangerine Dream
Nobody likes wearing a face mask but gifting one that’s fun to wear and light-ups will definitely make the situation more tolerable.
Water Bottle, Tangerine Dream
Everyone needs a decent water bottle — this is one of the ways we can help to save the planet! The silicone sleeve on this glass Tangerine Dream one means it’ll last more than a week when you hand it to your tween.
Watches, The Holiday Shop
I love these vibrant watches from The Holiday Shop. Choose from coral, turquoise, navy and fuchsia.
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Jumpsuits, Junior BLVD Aus
Uber-cool jumpsuits available in pink, blue and khaki. No doubt one of those outfits they will start to live in.
Mino Lexon portable speakers, Betsy & Blue
Super small and very practical, this speaker is a great gift they’ll be able to take wherever they go. They also recharge wirelessly, so no hassle with cables or batteries.
Coaster Games, The Dark Imp
This is a great one to crack out after Christmas dinner, when all the unwrapping is done. It’s all perfect for taking on-the-go, to parties and on holidays.
Shampoo & Body Wash, Spots & Stripes
A great one to team with the personalised wash bag gift! Spots & Stripes has a fantastic range of award-winning skincare for teens and pre-teens. Get your kids started on the collection with this shampoo and body wash.
Sports Boot Bag, Apatchy
Are they football-obsessed or rugby-mad? This sports boot bag will take them through their tween, teen years and beyond.
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Alignment Print, Planets In Time
Discover how the planets aligned on the day they were born (or any other special day!) with this unique personalised print.
Personalised Roll Top Backpack, Jack Spratt
These backpacks are a solid choice for school, sleepovers and outdoor adventures. Available in a range of colours, you can also personalise the bag with a name or nickname too!
Positive Mirror Quote, Oakdene Designs
Quirky and cute, this mirror offers a lovely dose of positivity we could all do with on a daily basis. Choose from a range of uplifting quotes.
I Would Rather Be Sleeping, Oakdene Designs
If you’re not dragging them out of bed already, that phase is going to hit very soon. This mug only tells the truth.
Extravagant Gingerbread Brownies, The Bottled Baking Co.
A brilliant stocking-filler, this gift from The Bottled Baking Co. will keep the kids busy in the kitchen and serve up delicious treats for the whole family.
Pampas Bluetooth Headphones, Urban Ears
An essential for yours and their sanity, pick up a pair of headphones for that song they love to hear on repeat and you don’t!
Hangit Photo Display, Umbra
Getting photos printed is always worth the effort. This Umbra display is a lovely place for them to display memories with family and friends.
Rollerskates Marawa Quad Roller Skates, Impala
These skates feel like a fantastic throwback to when I was younger. It’s so good to know kids are still into skating. Plus, how cool are these?!
Smart Robot Car Kit, ELEGOO
Programming, electronics assembling and robotics, your kids can pick all of this tech knowledge up with a kit like this. It’s definitely a kit that will get the cogs turning and rev up their curiosity in robotics.
X Converse Red Heart Chuck Taylor All Star 70 High Black Shoes, Comme Des Garcons Play
I’m fighting between buying these for myself and giving them as a gift. Converse are shoes that your kid will live in day-in, day-out.
Don’t Touch My Stuff Tote Bag, David Shrigley
This bag says it all, right?
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Excellent ideas Lulu. Plenty there for me to buy the children for Xmas Suggestions please!
Tweens are such a hard age to buy for my youngest only turned into a teenager a couple of months ago so she’s still into things like this. Great ideas. The Light Up Facemask is fab and the mirror is gorgeous x