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20 Best Gifts for Tween Boys (Ages 6-12)

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Is it just me or the older kids get the less they play with toys and the harder it is to find presents that won’t just collect dust in a closet!  I hate that!  So, in an effort to help all gift-givers out, I rounded up the ultimate gift guide for boys ages 6-12 with over 20 ideas that tween boys will love!  We have all of these and LOVE them!

 

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1 – Air Hog Drone

Try out a drone with less investment for your young aviator.  Air Hog has lots of cool options from airplanes to helicopters and drones!

2 – Rocket Copters

My parents picked these rocket copters up for my kids and everyone played with these.  They are especially fun at dusk because they light up!  This is perfect for a little gift for a friend’s party or stocking stuffer!

 

3 – Street Hockey Set

This set comes with two sizes of hockey sticks to be played in a basement or outdoors.

4 – Glow in the Dark Capture the Flag

We played this with friends and it was so fun!  Do you remember playing kick the can as a kid?  This is a fun nighttime activity, who doesn’t love things that glow in the dark!  You could even use it as a party theme!

5- Blue Race Track

You stick the suction cup to any window or door, then create a track of your choice.  Add pillows to make hills.  Raise it up to make the cars go faster!  Then roll it up and stow it away!  Find the blue track here.

6 – Electric Scooter

Solon got an electric scooter for Christmas and it was a fun upgrade from the power wheels of his youth!  He loves to ride it and so do I ;)!

7 – Joke Book

Boys love to tell jokes and riddles.  Just the other night at Solon’s birthday party the boys were taking turns telling jokes and riddles.  This book is a great option.

8 – Books

Dav Pilkey Books

Dav Pilkey has perfected the art of boy humor in his books.  The new Dog Man series is a great addition to his Captain Underpants series!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid books

This is another great series for a boy, especially reluctant readers!  You can also get the recorded book version so they can listen to it.  There are also movies now too!  Find the first 4 books in the series here.

Adventure Bible

If your son is ready for a bible upgrade from the favorite Jesus Storybook Bible, the Adventure Bible comes highly recommended.  It includes the full Bible text plus helpful points and devotions throughout the book.  It’s also full of graphics to help them get started reading the bible.

9 – Favorite Sports Team Apparel

Kids love to sport their favorite team whether that’s a t-shirt, a cozy fleece blanket, baseball hat or knit hat.  Amazon has all team accessories for your gift recipient’s favorite team.  Find team apparel ideas here.

10 – Harry Potter Series

Solon and I have loved reading the Harry Potter series together every night before bed.  It’s a fun activity for just the two of us and the books are so good!  We follow up reading each book by watching the movie together!

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11 – Lego Sets

There is a Lego set for every tween boy on your wishlist.  From the Harry Potter lovers to Star Wars lovers.  This Lego Hospital Set and Hogwarts Castle Set are on our son’s wishlist.

12 – Basketball Plays Clipboard

Do you have a son who loves to play basketball and dream up plays?  A basketball clipboard is a perfect way for them to dream and play when they don’t have access to the hoop!

13 – Football, Baseball & Basketball Cards

This 4 pack of football cards make a great add-on to a birthday gift, birthday goodie bag gift, stocking stuffer or fun treat.  They can trade players with their friends to collect their favorite teams and players.  My husband kept his so now my son and husband have a combined collection!

14 – Flag Football Set

We used this set for Solon’s 9th birthday.  He loves to play flag football so its perfect for family matches to friend play dates!

15 – Sports Illustrated for Kids Magazine Subscription

A magazine subscription is a great way to get more non-fiction reading into your boy’s hands plus who doesn’t love the gift that keeps on giving.  I ordered this for Solon but there is some lead time of 6-8 weeks before the first magazine arrives.

16 – Magna-tiles

If you have not invested in a set of these, you need to!  Across the board, these are our most used toy in the house for any age level.

17 – FitBit

I was super skeptical when Solon asked for a FitBit a year ago but he still wears it daily and he strives to beat his previous fitness goals!  It’s still one of his favorite things and he has been super responsible for taking care of it.  Amazon has lots of replacement band options as well!

18 – Snap Circuit RC Rover Set

Snap circuits are so much fun and can be made to do so many different things when you snap together the circuits by following the instructions.  This is a great new set that can be snapped together to make a working RC rover among lots of other things!

19 – Football Pylons

Create a football field in your own yard with these movable weighted pylons.  Get your set here.

20 – Score Keeper

Whether you have a soccer game, football game or basketball game going on.  You need to know the score.  Your sports lover will love this.  get your set here.

One more for good measure –

We just found this jousting set and gifted it to a friend and now after playing with it, our son wants one of his own.  Perfect for kids of all ages.  Get your set here.

21 Gifts for all the tween and elementary-aged boys on your wishlist!

So, there you have it 21 tried and true fan favorites around our house!  What recommendations do you have?  Another holiday is always just around the corner so I am always looking for new ideas!


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15 Best Tween Girl Gift Ideas

It’s that time of year where you start wracking your brain for gift ideas for those girls that are a bit past baby dolls but not quite adults.  What do you get a tween girl on your list besides just a gift card?  With my daughter’s help, I have rounded up the best 15 tween girl gift ideas for that hard to buy for tween girl on your list.

15 Best Tween Girl Gift Ideas


1.  Hair Accessories

Scrunchies are back and they are the coveted arm accessory.  It takes me back to my youth.  Get a huge variety pack here so your tween girl can have a scrunchie for every occasion.  Also, how about some foam curlers?  This rainbow set is perfect for adding some fun curls.

2.  Electric Scooter

Our son got an electric scooter for Christmas last year and it was a fun upgrade from the power wheels of his youth!  Our daughter loves to ride it too. 

3.  Sherpa Pullover

Sherpa is having a major moment and tween girls love the trend too.  It’s a perfect cozy addition to any tween’s closet.  This one from Athleta is so soft and big on style.

4.  Vivofit Jr. Fitness Tracker

This bracelet-like fitness tracker is perfect for smaller wrists.  It’s also waterproof while collecting steps.  If you want a few more features, try the FitBit Inspire.  I was super skeptical that my kids would use them but both have had them for over a year and love to track their steps and goals!

If your tween girl already has a fitness tracker, get her some new fun bands to switch up the look.

5. DIY Craft Kits

Give them the gift of craft time.  From pottery to friendship bracelets there’s a craft kit for every tween girl on your list.  This DIY window art set is on Vera’s personal wishlist.

6.  Art Cart

I wrote a whole post about how Vera has her art supplies organized in her personal art cart.  3 years later and it remains her favorite gift ever.  She uses it every day!  Read the blog post here and get aa tiered art cart here.

 

7.  Magna-tiles

If you have not invested in a set of these, you need to!  Across the board, these are our most used toys in the house for any age level.  It’s on every one of my gift guides for a reason.

8.  Duffel Bag

Get your tween girl a duffel bag for practices, slumber parties and trips away from home.  This style has lots of print options and folds away small for storage.

9.  Gel Pens

Gel pens are perfect for creating art, writing in a journal or penning the next great graphic novel.  This set is perfect for a stocking or add-on gift.  These would store away great in the art cart above!

10.  Echo Dot

An echo dot is the perfect wireless speaker for the next impromptu dance party for your tween girl.  It also works great as an intercom when you need to talk to her in her room.

11.  Fuzzy Sock Set

Nothing says cozy like a pair of fuzzy socks.  This animal sock set is perfect and can be mixed and matched for lots of new looks all week long :)!  Split it up and pop them in stockings or give them to your tween girl’s friends with a pair of nail polish.  Get the set here.

 

12. Bluetooth Wireless Microphone

Get ready for karaoke or American Idol with this Bluetooth wireless microphone.  Not to mention, the built-in lights, it’s a party in your tween girl’s hands!

13. Nail Polish

Who doesn’t love to paint their nails?  Nail polish is the perfect stocking stuffer or addition to a caboodle.  Get an Essie nail polish variety pack here.

14. Caboodle & Lipsmackers

These are both a blast from my youthful past.  My girls both want a caboodle this year and love Lipsmackers as well.  A perfect beauty accessory for every tween girl.  Get a Lipsmackers set here and caboodle here.

15. Babysitters Club Graphic Novel Set

Babysitters Club books got a graphic novel overhaul and they are a fan-favorite among tween girls.  Get the first 4 books in the series here.

15 Gift Ideas for Tween Girls

I hope these tween girl gift ideas get you thinking about great gifts for those tween girls on your list this year.  Until next time, keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life so you can do what matters most with those that matter most!

Need help organizing your holiday gift lists?

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Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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