16 Cool Gifts Tween Boys & Girls *Really* Want In 2020

16 Cool Gifts Tween Boys & Girls *Really* Want In 2020

October 21, 2019 Updated December 15, 2020

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They’re no longer little kids, but they’re not quite teenagers … so what the heck should you gift a tween? Finding the best gifts for tweens is hard, and if you think shopping for kids between ages 9 and 12 is awkward, well, just imagine how they feel. So to save you hours of searching and deliberating, we’ve compiled a list of the best tween gift ideas for boys and girls in that “in-between” phase. These unique gifts take their budding independence into consideration, yet they’re perfectly appropriate for kiddos who are just starting to mature. Whether you’re buying for Christmas, a birthday, or some other occasion, these thoughtful gift ideas — from timeless Harry Potter gifts, to art gifts, to active gifts — are totally cool (and mom-approved, to boot). 

So if you’re present-hunting for a kid who’s on the verge of adulthood (or so they think), stay tuned for some awesome ideas that they’re guaranteed to love.

Best Collectibles For Tweens

Funko POP Rocks: BTS - J-Hope

If your tween is like the millions of others around the world, they are OBSESSED with the K-POP group BTS. If they don’t have their own Funko POP! collection yet, this is the perfect way to kick it off. Designed in Funko’s signature caricature style, this collector’s item can be played with or displayed on a bureau or shelf. And don’t forget to pick up the other band members! 

Reviewers of Funko POP! are consistently happy with the quality of this toy as well as Walmart’s legendary low price. One even adds that it’s a great gift idea, too! 

$23.95 AT WALMART



Harry Potter Hardcover Limited Edition Boxed Set: All 7 Books in Chest

Possibly one of the best things about the Harry Potter series is that it’s timeless and virtually ageless, too. In other words, your kiddo will feel like they’re getting a “grown-up” gift, yet the books are relatable and appropriate for kids in the “tween” age range. Although the seven books total thousands of pages (as millenial moms know), it’s impossible not to become engrossed in these magical stories.

This handsome set comes in a chest made of sturdy cardboard, so consider it a collector’s item that also looks great on display. It’s a must-have for any HP fan, and if your kid isn’t one yet, they will be soon.

$159.45 AT AMAZON

Best Gifts For Active Tweens

DINBIN Cruiser Board

Whether they’re just learning or it’s an upgrade from their old board, this DINBIN Cruiser Board is highly rated with tweens (and Amazon!). It’s small, portable, and safe for your (not-so) little one to have fun.

$26.66 AT AMAZON

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Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Speaker

Isn’t it everything a kid could ever want in a water bottle — a Bluetooth speaker and some H2O storage?! This water bottle-speaker hybrid includes a USB cable to charge it up and connects tunes via Bluetooth. Whether your tween hits the gym, goes for a run, lounges by the water, or just loves to impromptu dance, this is the water bottle for the life of the party. Did we mention you can also answer calls through your water bottle?! That’s some crazy spy sh*t!

“This water bottle is dooopppeeeee,” says one enthusiastic reviewer. “The speaker is great, battery lasts through my work day. Keeps my water cold all day long. If I leave it overnight with ice, theres still ice the next morning. Color is sooo pretty too!”

 

$35 AT UNCOMMONGOODS



Razor Spark Kick Scooter

Your kid’s still a little young to drive (phew!) but you can still gift them with a brand new set of wheels. If you’re a millennial mom, you’ll remember Razor scooters from your younger days, and the good news is, they’re still cool as ever. Cooler, even — the Razor Spark has a foot-controlled sparking device, so riders will think their new toy is *extra* awesome.

Reviewers were happy to shell out five stars for this scooter, but suggest picking up some replacement spark cartridges, since your kids will have a blast watching ‘em fly. Needless to say, this Razor will get them where they need to go in style … anywhere in the neighborhood, at least.

$50 AT AMAZON

Best Gifts For Creative Tweens

Lifeprint 2x3 Portable Photo Printer

This Lifeprint 2×3 Portable Photo Printer is perfect for the tween that’s always taking photos on their phone (so, basically all tweens). It works with both iPhone and Android. It’s a best seller on Amazon with nearly a thousand reviews. One happy customer said, “This is a great little printer! And that the film is sticker paper is even better…if your a memory planner like me. The program has an editing feature so you can adjust color, go sepia, or even black and white. You can also hide snippets of video in these little bad boys. There is a print que so you can stack up what you want to print, they come out dry! No ink is used! Yay! And I can take it anywhere.”

$59.99 AT AMAZON

Temporary Hair Color Chalk 6 Colors

Ah, the preteen years. That’s usually when the “experimenting with my appearance” phase kicks off. Keep things PG (and washable) with these temporary hair chalk pens that can transform hair from dull to vibrant in just a few seconds.  The easy-applicator brushes makes it easy to color hair with multiple hues. Your kid will love their new (temporary) look and you’ll love that this sh*t comes out in the wash.

“Impressed. I bought this for my daughters dance recital. The them was candy shop and I was hoping the bright colors would pop. And they did,” one reviewer says. “The texture was actually nice and didnt leave her hair sticky. The color was bright and showed up. The application brush was easy to use. We will definitely use again for upcoming shows or just to play dress up.”

 

$19.99 AT AMAZON



Fujifilm instax Mini Instant Camera with Film

Your tween may not remember a time before iPhone cameras, but they’ll re-discover the joys of posting pictures (aka, with tape), old-school style. A modern version of an old classic, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera comes in a bunch of colors and is perfect for creative kids who love documenting and expressing their own perspective. With one click of a button, your tween will go through a roll of instant film in no time and have plenty of instant pics with which to decorate their room, locker, or gift to friends.

Reviewers of all ages love the quality of this camera, and although it takes physical photos, they say that the filmstrip style is totally Instagram worthy. “I bought this for my 9-year old-daughter’s birthday and she is over the moon for it,” one tween mom reviewer says. “It’s simple to use, both in taking pictures and loading film. My daughter loves that pictures develop within seconds.”

$77 AT AMAZON

Innotree Fairy Lights

A room is a tween’s haven and if they don’t have a cute, and functional way to display their pictures (see: Fujifilm instax Mini), is it even really a room at all? Perfect for securing your tween’s favorite snapshots, these clips are removable so they can be customized, and they light up when plugged in. Even better, they can be turned on and off with a remote control. 

Customers report that these lights are versatile, wonderfully decorative, and even give accolades to the seller’s fantastic customer service. Buy a few, wrap ’em up, and voilà: a trendy tween stocking stuffer. 

$15 AT AMAZON

CCTRO Hammock Chair Macrame Swing

Talk about scoring major “cool” points. This beige chair macrame swing is the perfect place for your tween to write in a diary, read, or study for tomorrow’s science quiz. With a simple boho style and made from 100% handmade cotton, the macrame swing is cute, functional, and gives your tween a fun go-to space other than a desk or bed. You may even catch them napping in it!

Reviewers mention that they had to buy hanging hardware separately, but there are cheap kits on Amazon. One reviewer adds that this chair was a hit with her 11-year-old. “We added jewels and fancy pillows to it, which makes it even better,” she says.

 

$49.99 AT AMAZON



Best Gifts For Any Tween

Nintendo Switch Lite

The Nintendo Switch seems to have taken over this year, especially while being inside the house and away from friends. If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to get one for your tween! The “Lite” version is less pricier than the original, but provides the same amount of fun and games. A win win for you and your giftee.

$199 AT BEST BUY

Vans Checkerboard Slip-on Shoes

These comfy classics are great for any age — but especially for tweens! The checkerboard sneaks are uni-sex and will work for your not-so-young kid giftee for sure.

$50 AT VANS

Mini Bluetooth Speaker

This portable speaker comes in four other colors including blue, green, pink, and red.  It’s durable, so perfect for any tween to toss in their backpack and go.

$19.99 AT AMAZON



Iridescent Color Changing Cinema Light Box with Letters

For the tween who’s always dreamed of seeing their name in lights — bright, color-changing lights this vibrant, retro lightbox looks like a real, back-lit marquee. You can choose from 15 different light colors, dim the brightness up and down, and play with “flash,” “strobe,” “fade,” and “smooth” light effects, all controllable with a remote. Tweens will love adding their own personal touch by customizing what they want their lightbox to say. (Ps. It comes with emojis, too.)

“I previously ordered a cheaper light box and ended up returning it so I could get this, and I’m happy I did!” one reviewer raves. “This is easy to use, has lots of fun emojis, and enough letters to spell out a variety of messages.” And turns out, it has some clever uses. “I teach American Sign Language at a high school and I turn this on to signal that it’s time to switch from English to ASL.”

$50 AT AMAZON

Disney+ Subscription

It’s the gift that keeps on giving — to your tween and the rest of the family! Your kid will love watching everything from the Toy Story series to The Mandalorian to the nostalgic animated classics. Furthermore, this streaming service can inspire some epic family movie nights. 

$70 AT DISNEY PLUS

Old Navy Faux-Fur Critter Slipper Socks

These adorable slippers from Old Navy come in Leopard, Koala, and Unicorn versions too! It’ll keep them super cozy with it’s sherpa lining, and not in a lame way. The perfect gift for the upcoming winter months!

$16.99 AT OLD NAVY



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$50
CCTRO Hammock Chair Macrame Swing
$49.99
Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle w...
$35
Fujifilm instax Mini Instant Camera with...
$77
Temporary Hair Color Chalk 6 Colors
$19.99
Innotree Fairy Lights
$15
Harry Potter Hardcover Limited Edition B...
$159.45
Razor Spark Kick Scooter
$50
Disney+ Subscription
$70
Funko POP! Young Scooby
$10
Funko POP Rocks: BTS - J-Hope
$23.95
Old Navy Faux-Fur Critter Slipper Socks
$16.99
DINBIN Cruiser Board
$26.66
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23% OFF

Nintendo Switch Lite
$199
Lifeprint 2x3 Portable Photo Printer
$59.99
Vans Checkerboard Slip-on Shoes
$50
Mini Bluetooth Speaker
$19.99