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What do tweens want for Christmas? 10 gift ideas they’ll flip for

Shopping for tweens can be tough. Not little kids anymore but not quite teenagers, shopping for tweens can be a balancing act. If you have a tough-to-shop-for tween on your holiday gift list this year, look no further. We’ve rounded up 10 gifts that are sure to be a hit. No eye rolls here, just great gifts your tween is sure to love!

AirPods Pro

Air Pods are on everyone’s list this year. And with Apple’s newest gen release, this top-of-the-line pick just got better. The newest version of Apple’s seminal Bluetooth earbuds are, of course, wireless and come with a charging pod. Apple upped their game with Air Pods Pro though, because not only are they more contoured and comfortable, they’re noise canceling. Now your tween won’t have to just pretend not to hear you when you tell him it’s time for chores.

LuMee Duo Selfie phone case

The quest for the perfect selfie is never-ending, but this light-up phone case might get your tween one step closer. The LuMee Duo Selfie iPhone case features a ring of LED lights around the case that turn on with the push of a button and produce a warm natural light that far outshines the phone’s flash. Rechargeable with 30 minutes of continuous use per charge, this phone case will definitely shine a light on your tween’s natural beauty.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 instant camera

If you thought the days of instant cameras disappeared back in the 90s, think again. This Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 instant camera is the Polaroid-style camera every Gen Zer is craving. Your tween will love snapping photos that she can actually touch and display in her room. No more photos lost in your tween’s camera roll: just point, shoot, and within seconds she’ll have an actual picture in herhands.

Govee LED light strips

With these Govee LED light strips, your tween will be one step closer to having the bedroom of his dreams. Operate with voice commands, a remote, or sync them with your Alexa or Google Assistant to have a constantly changing color scheme. The WiFi-enabled light strips attach to surfaces with the included adhesive and support clips, so it will be easy for your tween to configure them exactly how he wants.

Doc Martens

Yep, the ’90s fashion staple is making a comeback. Your tween will love this fashion-forward and retro addition to their closet. Choose black for a classic look or mix it up with one of Doc Martens’ awesome new colors or prints. And yes, the iconic yellow stitching still lets everyone know your tween is rocking real Docs.

LEGO architecture building sets

If they’ve outgrown superhero LEGO sets but still love building, Lego architecture sets are a sure win. Iconic buildings like the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, and the Statue of Liberty will keep your tween occupied and help her develop an interest in history, architecture, and geography while she’s at it!


The tween years are the perfect time for kids to develop good skincare habits, and with the plethora of products specially designed for young skin, there are plenty of options. Try the Glossier Moon face mask because honestly, who doesn’t love a good mask? And this Clinique foaming cleanser is extra gentle, perfect for tween skin.  And your tween can store her skincare goodies in every 90s girl’s favorite organizer, the Caboodle! Yep, it’s back and we still love it!

Coodoo Almubot Robot building set

The Coodoo Almubot is the perfect introduction to coding and robotics. It snaps together with LEGO-like building pieces and will keep kids entertained for hours while they’re learning the basics of coding. Kids can use the remote or app to control the robot, and it’s voice-activated too!


Hydroflasks are so hot right now. The stainless steel water bottles are the perfect stocking stuffer for your tween. They’re dishwasher safe which is good news for parents and they don’t sweat, so no need to worry about water rings on the furniture. Best of all, you can rest assured that your tween will stay hydrated at school and activities because the Hydroflask will remain within arm’s reach at all times.

Unstable Unicorns

The highest-funded Kickstarter game of all time and 2019 People’s Choice Award for Toy of the Year, Unstable Unicorns is wildly popular with tweens and teens. Build an unstoppable unicorn army to betray and defeat your friends and have a ton of fun doing it. Unstable Unicorns is a great choice for slumber parties, casual get togethers, and even family game nights.

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