We’ve made it! My 8th and final gift guide is for the tough to buy for tween. The older my nieces get, the more difficult they become to buy gifts for. We’re talking voucher territory here. There’s nothing wrong with a voucher and I give them regularly. It’s just that sometimes it’s nice to give something tangible too.
If you’re stuck with what to buy a kid aged 10 years and over this Christmas, here are my favourite fun and practical gift ideas. As with all my Christmas gift guides, nothing is sponsored here. All ideas are items I love giving or would love to give.
Funky tote bags always come in handy. I love the cactus design of this Typo one. Or why not jump on board the latest flamingo trend and support a great cause at the same time – all proceeds from the sale of the Limited Edition Flamingo Rafiki Tote Designed by Coloruben go back to Rafiki Mwema, a Kenyan therapeutic safe house which provides specialised care and supports young girls under 12 who have been sexually abused.
A good quality and colourful beach towel is a practical gift, especially for the Australian summer. Major surf brands like Quiksilver, Rip Curl, Roxy and Billabong all have great designs for boys and girls as do a number of other stores. I love the bright watermelons on this Cotton On Free beach towel.
Tickets to an event – sporting, music, dance or theatrical – are a great gift and experience for kids. My very first rock concert as a 10 year old is one of my fondest memories, as was going to the cricket with my Dad. In Australia, Big Bash League cricket matches provide a great family atmosphere. Handy Hubby and I are hoping to take Miss T to her very first match this Summer (go Scorchers!).
Some other experience gift ideas could include – cooking classes, craft classes, horse riding lessons, a zoo experience or tickets to a climbing centre, roller skating, ice skating, trampoline centre, science centre or an adventure park. All would make great gifts.
Vouchers are a popular choice as kids love going on a mini shopping spree and choosing something all by themselves.
I spotted these at a recent Perth Upmarket market and fell in love. Madison Grace Designs has just released these bright and fun necklaces – perfect for older kids (or even big kids like myself!).
Great for older kids and teens who are serious about their art, Aqua Painters from Micador are ideal for use on paper, cardboard, canvas, wood, glass, plastic, metal and dark surfaces.
As an avid list writer and sucker for gorgeous stationery, I love these sparkle foiled notebooks from Papier D’Amour. These beauties would make a great gift for a tween or teen.
Minecraft cases for iPhone, iPad and Samsung Galaxy – perfect for a kid nuts about Minecraft.
Lush stores are a favourite with my nieces and this Bubblegum Lip Scrub, made with exfoliating castor sugar, makes a sweet and inexpensive gift. It smells and tastes delicious plus also scrubs away rough skin to keep lips smooth and soft.
This mini light box from Typo is a great way to personalise a bedroom, study desk or party table. Pastel letter packs are also available.
Pyjamas are always a fantastic gift for kids. Peter Alexander have a great selection of funky designs for kids aged 8 – 14.
I’ve seen giant inflatable flamingos, swans and ducks but this giant inflatable donut is still my favourite. Mmmmm – donut.
If you want to splurge on a gift then this skateboard shelf is just too cool.
If my Handy Hubby is any indication, the love for LEGO never dies. LEGO Technic sets are a great next step for older LEGO fans and lets users build accurate working models. I remember thinking as a kid that Technic was so grown up!
As always I love to include books in my gift guides – books make excellent gifts. Here are three of my favourites from Aussie authors…
Mystery, monsters, murder and mayhem all feature in The Mapmaker Chronicles, an action-packed adventure trilogy by A.L. Tait that will appeal to boys and girls alike. The first book ‘Race to the End of the World’ is followed by ‘Prisoner of the Black Hawk’ and then ‘Breath of the Dragon’.
I’m a big fan of Matthew Reilly’s non-stop action and adventure books. Hover Car Racer is another exciting release by Reilly and one that is perfect for any boys aged 10+ who may be reluctant readers. It’s been described by The Age newspaper as “High-octane Harry Potter”.
Katie Crisp has a nose for trouble and an eye for advertising. When her family soft drink company is in threat of being taken over and shut down by a giant international company, Katie and her friends open Mosquito Advertising to try and save the family business. They remind me of a modern day group of Enid Blyton teens! The Parfizz Pitch is one of 3 titles in the Mosquito Advertising series by Kate Hunter.
For more children’s book suggestions, check out Children’s Books Daily. Megan is a teacher librarian who has an amazing blog that I love getting lost in, full of reviews and recommendations.
Happy gift hunting!
What gifts do you love to give a 10+ year old?
Are you a fan of vouchers as gifts?
What’s your favourite book for kids in this age group?
If you want to check out my other gift guides, you can find them here: