My final age group gift guide this year is for the tough-to-buy-for tween. Is it just me or do you find the older kids get, the more difficult they are to buy gifts for? We’re entering voucher territory! There’s nothing wrong with vouchers – I give them regularly. It’s just that sometimes it’s nice to give something tangible too. If you’re stuck with gift ideas this Christmas, here is a bumper selection of fun and practical tween gift ideas.
Stylish, sweet and practical – how cool are these Heart and Star tablet stands from Pottery Barn Kids?
My twelve year old niece loves the giant OMY colouring roll poster of Paris in her bedroom. At a massive 1.8 metres long and 1 metre high it takes up half a wall and certainly keeps her busy! These also come in Atlas, Fantastic, New York and Sydney designs. The details are amazing and the graphics are modern and whimsical without being too over the top cute.
Light, quick drying and oh so soft, Aussie brand Wovii make great towels – perfect for any kids who live in the pool or at the beach (no big, soggy, heavy towels to lug around anymore!).
Listen to tunes on the go with this playful, tiny, colourful and extremely portable wireless Loop’d speaker.
You might not be able to live under the sea but this cosy Mermaid Tail Throw from Typo is the next best thing!
A fun and affordable gift – drumstick pens!
This amazing Colours of the World colouring book has been put together with the talent of more than 50 artists from all around the world. With over 50 pages of African themed colouring in pages, each designed by a different artist, 100% of profits go directly back to Rafiki Mwema.
Earlier this year I featured 3 cool Australian tween fashion labels worth checking out – Girl With Swag, MiniMe and MILLA + LOTTI. You’ll find some great designs here.
My nieces love the Lip Scrubs from Lush. They smell and taste delicious plus also scrub away rough skin to keep lips smooth and soft. Made with exfoliating castor sugar, one of these makes a sweet and inexpensive stocking stuffer gift.
This personalised black and gold dot pouch would make a unique gift – get in quick if you’re keen on this for Christmas as it ships from the UK.
When three Melbourne mums were struggling to find products to help protect and nurture their girls’ skin, they decided to do something about it. Luckily one of them was an award-winning pharmacist and together they created Girl Lane. The skincare, bodycare and haircare range is dermatologically tested, cruelty free, paraben free and SLS free. It would make a practical gift for any tween girl who is ready for her “own stuff”. I remember feeling so grown up when my mum bought me my first skincare set when I was eleven years old!
These cute bags are the brainchild of Perth small business Wild Kits. The Starter Kit is a discrete bag for girls filled with items for when that time comes. Kotex pads, spare undies, bobby pins, hair ties, lip balm – it’s a handy little collection of items, all for under $10.
Tickets to an event are great tween gift ideas – think sporting, music, dance or something theatrical. My very first rock concert as a ten year old is one of my fondest memories (if you’re wondering, it was Hoodoo Gurus and Hunters & Collectors at the Perth Entertainment Centre!), as was going to the cricket with my Dad.
Other experiences 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.
Vouchers are also a popular choice. Who doesn’t love going on a mini shopping spree and choosing something all by themselves?!
If my Handy Hubby is any indication, a love of LEGO runs deep and never dies. There are plenty of sets available for bigger kids with new release LEGO Star Wars sets (including buildable figures), LEGO Technic, LEGO Creator, LEGO Speed Champions plus many more age appropriate sets. Three of my favourites are the new release LEGO BOOST “build, code, play” set, the LEGO Ideas Caterham Seven 620R and LEGO Star Wars BB-8. Super cool stuff.
Don’t forget books! Books make great tween gift ideas. Some of my favourite titles for this age group include The Mapmaker Chronicles series, The Book of Secrets, Hover Car Racer, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Women in Science, Ban This Book, and one on my ten year old niece’s Christmas list – Descendants novels!
For more book suggestions, I recommend joining the fantastic Facebook group Your Kid’s Next Read.
If you want to check out my other 2017 gift guides, you can find them here:
Gift guide 1 – Christmas themed gifts
Gift Guide 2 – Baby gift ideas
Gift Guide 3 – One year old year ideas
Gift Guide 4 – Two year old gift ideas
Gift Guide 5 – Three year old gift ideas
Gift Guide 6 – Four to six year old gift ideas
Gift Guide 7 – Seven to nine year old gift ideas
That’s it for my age group Christmas gift guides this year. There’s been so much gift goodness to share! I hope you found some gifts you liked. Happy gift hunting!
Some of these tween gift ideas feature affiliate links. You won’t pay any more however I will receive a small commission which goes towards the running of this blog. As always, every item I feature on Gift Grapevine is something I love and would love to give!