Top Christmas Gifts for Tweens

Shopping for your preteen just got a lot easier

Art supplies, and gift cards are other top ideas for holiday presents.
Tickets, room decor, and electronics are all top ideas for tween Christmas presents.. Photo: XX Lawrence

The holiday season puts parents, relatives and friends of tweens in a difficult spot. Shopping for preteens isn't easy. They can be picky, hard to please, and sometimes tweens don't even know what they want. If you're wondering what to put under the Christmas tree this year for your tween, consider these top Christmas gifts for the preteen crowd. Happy shopping!

Top Christmas Gifts for Tweens

  • A goldfish bowl, a goldfish, fish food, water conditioner and a book about taking care of a goldfish
  • For girls: a spa set
  • For boys: sports equipment
  • A subscription to a magazine such as American Girl or Boys Life
  • A birdhouse kit
  • A new case for your tween's phone
  • A gift card to the movies
  • Concert tickets
  • Art/decor for your child's room (such as pillows, lamps, a rug, or curtains)
  • A new comforter, shams and sheet set for his/her room
  • A lava lamp
  • A snow cone maker
  • A cake pops maker
  • A sled
  • An ant farm
  • A chemistry set
  • A model car kit
  • A terrarium or a kit to make a terrarium
  • A telescope
  • A new gym bag
  • A beanbag chair
  • A make your own jewelry kit
  • A new bike
  • A rock polishing kit
  • A globe
  • A microscope
  • An archery set
  • A trampoline
  • A voice changer
  • Snow toys 
  • An organizer for his or her desk to keep supplies organized and ready for projects
  • An Easy Bake Oven
  • A mini basketball hoop for his/her room
  • A digital keyboard
  • A guitar
  • Remote controlled cars or helicopters
  • A ouija board
  • A soap making kit
  • A musical instrument and music lessons
  • A sewing machine
  • A new backpack
  • Pajamas
  • A chess set
  • An air hockey machine
  • A watch
  • 3-D puzzles
  • A foosball table
  • A karaoke machine
  • A bumper pool table
  • Adopt a whale, manatee or another endangered species in your child's name
  • Hermit crabs, and the supplies needed to keep a hermit crab habitat
  • A DVD of his favorite movie, or of a new movie release
  • A board game
  • Tickets to a local amusement park or water park
  • A membership at a local museum or aquarium
  • Personalized luggage
  • A new sleeping bag for sleepovers
  • A new toiletry kit for vacations and travel
  • A pair of nice sunglasses
  • Beach supplies, such as a beach bag, beach towel, sunscreen, and a paperback book
  • A gift card to his favorite restaurant
  • New games for his game consul
  • For girls: a manicure set
  • For boys: a new wallet
  • Bath salts, hand soap, air freshener and moisturizing lotion for the bathroom
  • A collection of his favorite books
  • New school supplies to replace items as they wear out
  • A scooter
  • A fingerprinting kit
  • A book of riddles and jokes
  • An origami kit
  • A yo-yo
  • A laptop, notebook or tablet for homework assignments, listing to music, reading and watching movies
  • A toy hammock to hang in her room (they're great for storing stuffed animals, dolls, and other toys that your child may no longer play with, but isn't ready to part with)
  • A bulletin board for his/her room
  • In-line skates
  • A croquet set
  • A book about science experiments to help prepare your tween for the school science fair
  • A curling iron or flat iron
  • A new docking station or speakers to play music
  • New earbuds or earphones
  • A journal or diary
  • A wacky piggy bank
  • A small desktop refrigerator for his/her bedroom
  • Coordinating shower curtain, bath rug, and trash can for his/her bathroom
  • A jewelry box
  • A cookbook for tweens/teens
  • A new hat, glove, and scarf set
  • A scrapbook with scrapbooking supplies
  • Fun, wacky socks or slippers
  • Framed movie posters for his/her room

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