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Sunday, November 1, 2020

16 Holiday Gift Ideas For Tweens & Teens

 Need a gift for a teen or tween-aged kid? Check out some awesome gifts that my boys enjoyed.

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 Do you have a tween boy or girl on your holiday gift shopping list? Christmas gifts can be hard to buy for tweens as they are at that age where they still love toys but also are starting to think that they are too old for toys. Let me tell you it is perfectly fine for tweens to still play with toys. Tweens are also loving electronic items more. So whether you are shopping for a girl or boy, Mom Knows Best has selected some unique awesome gifts that tween kids are going to love. These holiday gift ideas were tested by my two boys who are 12 and 13 years old and they gave them all 2 thumbs up. These are toys and products that my boys would love to receive under the Christmas tree or from Santa. My boys both agreed that these would make the best presents for kids who are in elementary school and middle school. So check out my holiday gift list for tween boys and girls. Happy shopping!

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The best part is all these gifts can be purchased online, so no need to leave the house during a virus pandemic. Buy gifts online is a great way to get all the gifts so there is no need to cancel Christmas this year. I included the links to all the gifts to make things super simple to buy your holiday gifts and a lot of the gifts can be bought on Amazon. So if you have Amazon Prime, you can get the Christmas gifts shipped for free.

1. Social Studio Hands-Free Video Station

 The new Social Studio by WeCool Toys has everything one needs to shoot their very own viral videos. Equipped with an adjustable base and rotating head to shoot at the best angle possible, this device allows kids of all ages to shoot viral videos hands free! Kids can use their Social Studio to shoot all types of videos. From cooking, crafting, and sliming, children have the freedom to create fun videos. Includes fun and trendy backgrounds, mixing tools, various slimy compounds, and sparkly mix ins! The only limit is your imagination.

 My boys had a blast mixing the mix-ins into the slime and then playing with the slime. Teens love slime! Then my boys set up my phone and made some awesome videos with the slime. I know that the phone stand will come in handy for other videos that we make.

Social Studio Hands-Free Video Station AGES 4+  Click here to purchase  

2. iLY Hydro Bottle

 Hydration just got a lot more fun with the iLY Hydro Bottle from Activity Kings!  This kit comes with everything kids need to personalize their very own hydro bottle! Includes doodle markers, sticker sheets, and a premium BPA Free Water Bottle! Kids can express themselves by decorating their hydro bottle however they wish! Decorate Your Hydro-Bottle with stickers you can color and pre-designed decals! Whether it be fastened to your backpack, or tucked into your slumber party bag, the Hydro Bottle is easy and fun to bring along on all adventures! 

 I admit that I loved the Hydro Bottle as much as my boys did as this water bottle came with some awesome stickers. My boys are into stickers and use them on everything like their skateboards and school folders. So they love that they can make their water bottle to fit their style.

Activity Kings iLY Hydro Bottle AGES 6+  Click here to purchase  

3. iLY 3-in-1 Pura Loom Deluxe Bracelet Maker

Making beautiful friendship bracelets doesn’t have to be difficult! The new iLY 3-in-1 Pura Loom Deluxe Bracelet Maker by Activity Kings is the easiest way to make the most beautiful and trendy friendship bracelets! Learn different techniques to make a variety of textured and colorful bracelets for you and your friends! Create colorful twisted designs with beads, charms & more! It’s easy to create, wear, and share with your BFF! The combinations are endless, the only limit is your imagination!

 My youngest son enjoyed making friendship bracelets for his friends and for his mom. The bracelet maker made things super simple and it allowed for his creativity to shine. I love that I can buy more thread and string at the craft store once the included materials are gone. 

 iLY 3-in-1 Pura Loom Deluxe Bracelet Maker AGES 6+  Click here to purchase  

4. iLY Scruncheeze Loom

The new iLY Scruncheeze Loom by Activity Kings gives children everything they need to make their very own, one-of-a-kind scrunchies! Just a few easy steps! Create 13 hair scrunchies using the easy to use Scruncheeze Loom tool. It even comes with 3 surprise charms that can be added to truly make each Scrunchee unique! Kids will be able to add their own personal style to every scrunchie they create. Make the perfect accessory to wear and share.

 I love scrunchies and my boys were happy to make me some beautiful scrunchies for their mom. I wear my hair back when I am exercising so having some unique scrunchies is awesome. It was super easy for my boys to make the hair accessories and I loved all the variety of fabric that was in the kit,

iLY Scruncheeze Loom AGES 6+  Click here to purchase  


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5. Dart Blasters

My boys are huge fans of dart blasters and have a huge collection of dart blasters. If the boys had to choose a brand of dart blasters to be their favorite, the ones made from Buzz Bee Toys would win. The dart blasters from Buzz Bee Toys are the unique blasters that provide the ultimate dark play experience for my boys and are the choice of activity when they have friends over to play. My boys have a huge chest filled with dart blasters and foam darts so there is plenty to share.

 Their newest dart blaster is from The Walking Dead dart blaster line and it was super fun to play with. Even my husband enjoys playing with dart blasters.  The Walking Dead Andrea’s Rifle by Buzz Bee Toys is over 2 feet long and comes with a detachable scope plus a dart clip. The clip-fed bolt action dart blaster comes with 8 long distance darts that also have the ability to blast up to 100 feet. While the Walking Dead Dwight’s Crossbow by Buzz Bee Toys has a crossbow. This dart blaster also has a clip-fed dart blaster so it can load 10 long-distance darts at one time.

Walking Dead Andrea’s Rifle  AGES 6+  Click here to purchase 

Walking Dead Dwight’s Crossbow AGES 6+  Click here to purchase 

Check out my tween holiday gift guide from 2 years ago for more ideas!

6. Monster Jam Megalodon STORM 

The Megalodon STORM - the only remote control vehicle that can dominate water AND attack land! Drive on the water with your authentic Monster Jam truck replica. Custom performance tires will allow you to conquer any terrain – water, dirt, rock, snow, and more.

 The Megalodon was super fun to drive around the park. This remote control car could drive on the grass and rocks. Since it was fall and we live in the desert, the boys could not drive the car on water. This car was made for play as it was durable. The Megalodon STORM RC is USB rechargeable and the remote uses 2 AAA batteries.

Monster Jam Megalodon STORM  AGES 4+  Click here to purchase 

7. Air Hogs Stunt Shot

Go wild indoors with Stunt Shot, the new RC from Air Hogs Super Soft! This remote control stunt vehicle is unlike any other RC, with super soft foam wheels that can drive over anything indoors without causing damage!

 I liked that this RC car had soft wheels so my boys could not damage my walls when driving them in the house. These cars were fun to bounce off the walls. This car could do wheelies and flip over. It could even go down the stairs. My boys like chasing me in the kitchen with the Air Hog RC car and I was glad that it had soft wheels that did not hurt when they drove the car to crash on my feet. The car charger with a USB cord and the remote uses 2 AAA batteries. 

Air Hogs Stunt Shot AGES 5+  Click here to purchase 

8. Ninja Bots

Arm your Ninja Bots by selecting your favorite weapon! Included weapons range from a battle hammer and nunchuck to a plunger and spatula. Select your weapon combination and battle style to unleash the ultimate battle. If you are victorious, your Ninja Bot will celebrate with a special victory dance. 

 The Ninja Bots were super fun to play with. These battling bots were super fun to watch as they had silly personalities and sounds. Each robot had its own set of weapons. The boys placed weapons in their robot arms and then set them behind the included shield. Once the shield was lifted the bots made funny sounds and movements as they battled each other. The battle ended with a robot tipping over and the other robot doing a victory dance. It was fun to watch these guys move. My boys had to show me how to make the ninjas make a farting noise. The Ninja Bots require 3 AAA batteries each. 

Ninja Bots AGES 6+  Click here to purchase 

Check out my tween holiday gift guide from last year for more ideas!

9. Rainbow Mixy Squish 

 Transform this airy, fluffy clay into a world of seriously squishy, textured fun with the Mixy Squish Deluxe Pack! With  20 pre-made, pre- textured Mixy Squish colors and crunchy, glittery add-ins plus 14 sculpting tools and 3 double-sided molds, creative sensory fun takes on a whole new meaning! Bring out the magic in your Mixy Squish by kneading it with your hands for a  minute or two. Softening the clay makes it easier to use! Then, jump right in and start creating, following the fully illustrated instruction booklet to learn how to use your sculpting tools and molds to make super squishy s’ mores, rainbows, and more. Or, roll and press your Mixy Squish into super squishy shapes of your own! After making your masterpieces, let the Mixy Squish air-dried for 48 hours. The clay will stay soft and spongy!

When my boys saw the Rainbow Mixy Squish pack, they were amazed at how big the kit was. The colors of the clay were so bright and my boys could not wait to play with the clay. While my boys were squishing the colorful clay, they agreed upon saving some of it for school projects. I had fun with my boys and enjoyed making things with the soft clay.

Rainbow Mixy Squish Deluxe Pack AGES 3+  Click here to purchase 

10. The Young Scientists Club Plasma Globe 

Experience electricity at your fingertips with The  Young Scientists Club Plasma Globe! Plug in the plasma globe and spark curiosity in electricity. Analyze the different plasma beam reactions to sound and touch!  Experience the electricity at your fingertips as soon as you touch the globe.  Watch an electrical charge follow your every move! Then, flip the switch and turn on your favorite song to watch a  sound-activated light show! Don’t forget to make your plasma globe completely unique by adding awesome glow - in - the - dark stickers! 

This Plasma Globe reminded my boys of their many visits to the children's museum as they enjoyed playing with a larger version of the globe.  This plasma globe just invited all who saw it to place their hands on the globe's surface. It was very cool to watch the electric beams move.

The Young Scientists Club Plasma Globe AGES 8+  Click here to purchase  

11. Zber Outdoor Deluxe Game Set

 Looking for a way to get your family outside more?  Zber is a completely new, family-friendly outdoor lawn game that can be played by all ages. Zber is an outdoor game that can be played by all ages, day or night.  It promotes creativity and camaraderie with just the right balance of competition.  No one has played this game without laughing (a lot!)

 Zber is a fun outdoor yard game that gets even better when the sun goes down!  Up to six people of all ages and abilities can play. Participants take turns throwing their discs in an attempt to knock the Zber ball off a target pole. The first to do so scores 1 point.  All participants then move together to that pole and take new aim at the 2nd (of five) poles. Once pole 5 is reached, play reverses from pole 5 to pole 1.  This continues till a player reaches 3 points, thus winning the game.  That winner gets to "set his/her own course" for the next game.  This allows creativity and variability - no two games are the same. Poles are self-supporting and can be placed on any surface - grass, sand, rock, asphalt, etc.  And best yet?  The discs & poles light up so Zber can also be played at night. In fact, Zber is one of VERY FEW night-time yard games.

 My boys were excited to play Zber with their friends at the park. Setting up the game was super easy. Playing the game was even better. This outdoor game is portable and durable. You have to watch the video on their website to check out the fun. ost teens are into computer games if not other things on the computer like online school. So the teen in on your gift would be excited to receive a lightweight gaming mouse. Glorious PC Gaming Race sells pro gaming hardware for affordable prices and

Zber Outdoor Deluxe Game Set AGES 4+  Click here to purchase  

12. Lightweight gaming mouse

 Most teens are into computer games if not other things on the computer like online school. So the teen in on your gift would be excited to receive a lightweight gaming mouse. Glorious PC Gaming Race sells pro gaming hardware for affordable prices and their Model O mouse is very popular among pro and novice gamers alike.

 My teen sons both choose to use a gaming mouse for their virtual school and computer games. This type of mouse is super comfortable and the Honeycomb Shell provides ventilation for their sweaty palms. My boys loved how lightweight this wired gaming mouse was. My son also loved that the proprietary braided cable which gives it a wireless feel. When the boys let me try the mouse, I was amazed that it glided on my mouse pad so smoothly. I think this mom may need to switch to a gaming mouse for my daily computer work. The Model O mouse comes in three colors- black, white, and pink.  

Glorious PC Gaming Race Click here to purchase

13. The Amazing Tightrope-Walking Gyrobot

 Explore the astonishing powers of the gyroscope by building a robot that walks, step by step, along a tightrope, using gyroscopic forces to keep its balance. Conduct eight experiments that demonstrate the physics behind the motorized gyroscope’s amazing behaviors. Experiment with getting the robot to walk on different surfaces: a tightrope, on a solid tabletop, on a soft surface, and even on your arm! You can also experiment with the balancing behavior of the motorized gyroscope by itself, testing its ability to balance on its edge, on your finger, on a pole, and dangling from a string. The kit includes parts to build the robot and experimental setups, including a frame for the tightrope. Learn about the physics principles that keep the robot balanced, making it appear to defy gravity. 

 My boys enjoyed creating the tightrope coarse for the robot. Watching them getting the robot was awesome. My boys were learning and having fun at the same time.

The Amazing Tightrope-Walking Gyrobot Click here to purchase

14. Coolest New Stocking Stuffer

Move over boomerang, yo-yo, and frisbee– there’s a new areo-dynamic toy that kids can’t resist flinging and catching. Yo Ring, priced at just $7.25, is a palm-sized silicone disc that resembles a donut. This interactive toy gets kids off the couch and moving while defying gravity.

If you're looking for the coolest new stocking stuffer, read on!

The Yo Ring is meant to always be on the go. All ages and all athletic abilities find this small disc irresistible to put down. As kids and parents spend more hours together in the home, the Yo Ring releases stress, encourages smiles, and on occasion, amazement, at catching a small flying disc across the room onto your finger! You have to head to the website to watch the video to see all the fun!

Yo Ring  Click here to purchase 

15. Mad Mattr Bakery sets 

 It’s Mad Mattr -- a super-soft building compound that easily molds and shapes into endless creations, inspiring open-ended play. Your kids are going to eat up the all-new Mad Mattr Activity Sets, perfect for last-minute holiday gifting or fun indoor family activityThe sets are available in Ice Cream Store, Bakery, and Burger Shop and are ready to play right out of the box, inspiring imaginations and fueling open-ended creative play. Cleanup’s a breeze because Mad Mattr doesn’t stick or stain. Its incredibly smooth texture offers the ultimate in molding and sculpting fun and Mad Mattr is non-toxic, wheat, gluten, and casein free. No wonder it’s known as “The greatest Mattr in the Universe!

 My boys had fun checking the Mad Mattr compound out. They loved how soft and squishy it was. They had fun making ice cream cones and cupcakes. I loved the bright colors of the compound and that it was mess-free.

Mad Mattr Bakery sets Click here to purchase 

16. Clean, Healthy Hair Color

 No Fade Fresh is a plant-based, salon-quality, multicultural brand that works on all hair types and textures. For the teen who wants to add some fun color to their hair, this shampoo product is a fun "clean" hair color product. This hair color shampoo and conditioner is available in many colors and is the perfect way for your teen to color their hair at home. So now they can have purple hair or any other color that they desire.

 No Fade Fresh is the first “clean” beauty hair color offered at food, drug, and mass retail stores that can make the following claims: FDA and EU Safety Compliant ~ 100% Gluten Free/Vegan ~ Sulfate-Free ~ PPD Free ~ Paraben Free ~ Formaldehyde Free ~ Phthalate Free ~ Mineral Oil Free ~ PETA - Certified/Cruelty-Free/No Animal Testing Ever. Available at Target, CVS, and Shop Rite stores.

 No Fade Fresh Click here to purchase 

Check out my other holiday gift guides that feature:

Gifts for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers  

Gifts for health and beauty  

Unique gifts for friends and family  

Which is your favorite Christmas gift?


Chad said...

I super love all these gift ideas but my fav is the ninja bots, they're soooooo cool....

Celebrate Woman said...

Frankly, I would like to play with all these toys and games myself. What I like about these gifts is that many of them encourage creative play. Awesome choices!

Sherry said...

My son would love the Dart Blasters. I swear he collects them. I want to get the Zber Outdoor Deluxe Game Set for the family. It looks like fun.

Ryan Escat said...

Great gift ideas! Kids would definitely love it. What matters is that thought anyways.

Blair Villanueva said...

These are so cool ideas! Perfect for Christmas stockings. I reckon that hydro bottle would be a hit to my nieces.

Wanda Lopez said...

OMG! I am loving all of these gift ideas. You have made my list so much easier and I have saved some of these options for my holiday shopping.

Lyanna Soria said...

Those are all wonderful selection of gift ideas you compile there. My kids aren't interested in toys that much anymore but I am okay that they are investing in books and doing art.

Chin chin said...

I have a young daughter who is a tween. I think the scrunchie maker is a nice gift for making something usefl and can be given away as gifts, too.

Ivan Jose | Dad On The Move said...

These are great gift ideas! I want to receive the dart blasters for myself. 😀

Lyosha Varezhkina said...

Great ideas! I think gifts for teens are the hardest to make, I always have no clue

Granmama15 said...

I am happy that I was able to pin the whole gift picture list! These are excellent creative choices! Not just for Christmas 🎄 Thank you for sharing!

Katjaaa said...

Amazing gifts! I love those for creative fun work. Nice selection

Jordan said...

I would have looooveeed all these gifts as a tween. This is the perfect list!

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