Tweenagers — they can be moody AF! Good news is with these 25 best gifts for tweens, you can brighten their bad vibes right up. There’s nothing like a DIY craft, fun game to play with friends, or a bicycle to turn things around.
Keep on reading to check out Scary Mommy’s ultimate gift guide for tweens!
MAKE IT YOURSELF
Tweens will love unleashing their creativity with the DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit from Uncommon Goods. Shhh, just don’t tell them that they’re working on valuable skills for the future: cooking and baking!
STAY COLORFUL, PONYBOY
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. It cycles through all different colors or can stop at whichever color you choose. Tweens will love adding their own personal touch by customizing what they want their lightbox to say.
BRIGHT ENOUGH FOR YA?
For some reason, kids love sh*t that lights up. For the tween who hates listening to their parents about getting bundled up in the wintertime, these LED Flashing Finger Lighting Gloves might help compel him to listen. With six modes and three colors, these mittens change their light patterns by pressing the button the wrist.
A SAFE HAVEN
This hammock 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 her napping in it!
SING, DANCE & DRINK WATER ALL AT ONCE
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, 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!
SINK IT IN!
For big fans of the traditional, outdoor Cornhole game, comes the indoor, miniature version. Instead of relying on their own hand and aim, tweens will have endless fun catapulting small beanbags across the board with the goal of landing it in their opponent’s well, goal. Launchpads are adjustable and accommodate all skill levels, from newbies to seasoned cornhole vets.
IS THERE A RAMEN CORD TO PLUG IT IN?
Throw a little face on this dumpling night light and it’s everything a tween could want. Tiny and battery-powered, this lil guy fits in the palm of your hand, but is powerful enough to light up the room after hours.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, INSTANT PIX
Available in both marigold and lavender, the Fujifilm UO Exclusive Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera is perfect for creative tweens 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 her room, his locker, or to gift to their friends.
ROLL IT ON HOME
Tweens aren’t ready to hit the road just yet — not behind the wheel of a car at least — but you can still give the gift of (semi)freedom with these Moxi Beach Bunny Roller Skates. The bright colors and retro vibes are totally “in” right now and the metal plate bearing a bolt-on toe-stop ensures safety, no matter what they find themselves rolling into.
THINGS ARE ABOUT TO GET AWKWARD
There’s nothing quite as awkward as being a teen. Well, the only thing more awkward is probably being a “tween.” You’re not quite there yet, you’re just “in-between” kid and teenager. Prep the tween in your life for some of the most awkward tween and teenage scenarios with this hilarious, light-hearted card game that pokes fun at the more dramatic moments of teenagedom.
A room is a tween’s haven and if they don’t have a cute and functional way to display their pictures, 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 also light up when plugged in.
Got a sarcastic tween on your hands? Hate it to break it to ya, but they only get moodier. Help their wardrobe match their mood with BLACKMYTH’s hilarious line of sardonic tees. We particularly like this one — “They said don’t give up on your dreams so I went back to sleep” — since pre-teens and teens sleep like, 24/7.
So your tween has AirPods — good for them. Only now they need to customize their ‘Pods case, Mom and the best way to do that is with PodSkinz protective silicone covers. Available in nine different colors, these protective silicone skins slip over the AirPods case, making them easily distinguishable. Your tween will love the customization and you’ll love not worrying about someone else mistaking the case for their own.
WANNA BOUNCE BATTLE?
Is it just us or do kids need to play more games? Games without a blue-light screen, that is. Encourage the tween in your life to get back to basics with the Bounce Battle Game. Orange takes on white ping-pong balls as each player takes turn bouncing balls into the wooden grid. You can customize the game by playing 3D Tic-Tac-Toe or even H-O-R-S-E. It’s a game of skill and strategy that will challenge their mind and hopefully, at least for a little while, get them vertical. (Though you can also play it sitting down.)
BELT IT OUT, BABY!
If a handheld, wireless microphone is the gift you dreamed of as a tween, then this is for sure the gift you need to pass on to your child. This rose gold karaoke mic is compatible with all Android, iPhone, iPad, and iOS smartphones with Bluetooth connectivity and PCs. You may not have turned out to be a pop star, but there’s still hope for her!
HE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES!
Ah, f*ck it — let your tween play with his food! This basketball cereal bowl comes complete with a ceramic backboard and hoop, so breakfast can be nutritious and entertaining.
AIR HOCKEY, ANYONE?
A good-natured air hockey competition never hurt anyone, right? Boys and girls alike will love this neon tabletop version of the classic game. Available in either neon green or neon blue, this air hockey table will be sure to provide hours of entertainment so that you can get your self-care on, Mom.
LIGHT ‘EM UP
Mom, if you were the kid with Pokemon cards in the spokes of her bike tires, then it’s time to start using a nightly serum. Pokemon and baseball cards in the bike tires are a thing of the past. Nowadays, LED lights by Activ Life are the go-to bicycle tire accessory. With “constant on” and “flashing” modes, you’ll never have to worry that your child’s bike isn’t visible, even while they’re riding after dark.
HIT THE COURT WITH GOOD VIBES
Hit the court with good vibes all around when you shoot hoops with this smiley face basketball designed by Chinatown Market + Smiley exclusively for UO. Official, regulation-sized basketball made from composite leather to look like a smiley face.
GIVE THE GIFT OF CLEAR SKIN
Ah, the gift of clear skin when your hormones are absolutely out of control. There’s nothing as thoughtful! TBH Spot Foam Face Wash is specifically formulated with the skin of tweens in mind. A non-drying formula, TBH Spot Foam is gentle and reduces redness without irritating fickle teenage skin using .4% salicylic acid, willow bark, and jojoba. It hydrates, removes impurities, and most importantly, prevents the heck out of breakouts. Pair it with Spot Wash Wipes, and you’ve got the best gift ever.
TO DYE FOR
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. She’ll love her new (temporary) look and you’ll love that this sh*t comes out in the wash.
DON’T STRESS, BE BLESSED (WITH PUTTY)
Kids may love slime but not even tweens can outgrow the therapeutic qualities of that gooey stuff. Elevate your tween’s slime preferences by springing for Kobra Magnetic Space Putty. It’s the same thing in essence, but feels a little more mature and more about stress management than it does “playtime.” Heck, you might even want to borrow this stuff, Mama!
CAN YOU SAY, “BUBBLICIOUS?!”
Kids love crafts, even tweens. Play into their creative muscle by buying your tween a DIY project. This homemade bubblegum kit may be a DIY craft, but it’s also kind of a challenge. Can they get the gum to the right consistency? Taste? It may be fun, but it’s also tricking them into doing a science experiment. Nothing like killing two birds with one stone!
MAKE SHOWER TIME MORE FUN
Move over, shower caddy. Shower squids are way cooler! If your tween has started to smell lately, encourage them to get clean more often by making shower time more fun. These Shower Squids each have nine adjustable latex tentacles with which to grip your tween’s Axe body wash, shampoo, and conditioner.
BIKE IN STYLE
Tweens want to ride in style and sorry, Mom, sometimes that means ditching your minivan. Give them a little bit of freedom with the gift of an SE Bike. The Big Flyer is one of the hottest brands on the bicycle market right now and your tween will be the talk of middle school if they show up riding this beaut.
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