11 Christmas Gift Ideas for Tweens That Will be Appreciated

I have been through 2 tween-hoods so far and it can be tricky finding new ideas for presents for them. So here are 11 Christmas Gift Ideas for Tweens That Will be Appreciated, guaranteeing you a hug and a “Thanks Mom / Dad / Aunty / Uncle”.

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#1. Personalised Gifts

teen gifts personalised football from not on the high streetMy daughters always love personalised gifts, especially as they both have quite unusual names so it shows that you haven’t just bought something off the shelf when you arrange to personalise it.

I love the website Not on The High Street, there are some great personalised gift ideas on it, including the personalised football above for all tweens who are mad about soccer.

#2. Jewellery

JewelleryFor tweens, jewellery can make a great gift. It makes them feel a bit special and a little more grown up. Charm bracelets are always popular with girls, with the added bonus of being able to buy more charms for future gifts. And leather bracelets are cool for both boys and girls.

I like browsing for unusual options. Last year I found a lovely necklace for my niece which had her initial, birthstone and a lucky charm all in one necklace.

You’ll also find some different jewellery ideas too on Gifted Living.

#3. Posters, Prints and Wall Art

vw printEvery time my tween goes to town with friends she arrives home with a new poster or print for her room.

Slogan Art seems to be in vogue currently as are favourite band posters or wall stickers / murals.

To complete the room make-over pretty strings of lights that can be hung around curtains or beds work well too.

Check out the range of posters from Plain Lazy (and also the one I mentioned before, Not On The High Street).

#4. Music

My 10 year old absolutely loves pop music and music-oriented gifts will always be well received:

  • vinylVinyl has made a real comeback recently so if you have a record player you could gift his or her first ever LP! Many vinyl records also come with the CD or downloadable version of the record as well, so you can get multiple formats in one buy which is handy.
  • Subscription to a music streaming service such as Spotify, Apple Music or Google Play.
  • iTunes credit
  • An MP3 player or iPod Touch. N.B. The downside of Apple products is that you are tied to iTunes for adding music to the iPod so you might want to consider an Android option (even if it’s less cool), as it will be much easier to get new music on and off.

#5. An Experience

White Water Rafting ExperienceThis could be anything from a trip to see their favourite sports team play or an adventure that they have never tried before.

Other fun experiences that might go down well with tweens include:

  • Adventure sports experience. If you don’t want to go too extreme then start with a Climbing Wall session.
  • Water sports experience, my daughters have both enjoyed trying Windsurfing and Kayaking.
  • Cinema tickets.
  • Go-Karting.
  • Cookery class.

And of course if you get an extra ticket for a friend to join them on these experiences, you will go down in history as the best present-giver ever!

Check out Groupon and Living Social for discounted experiences.

#6. Books

teen readingBooks make a great gift for any age and there are some fantastic authors writing for the 8-12 year old audience. Some books that have gone down well with my own two tweens (and others) have included

#7. Stationery

StationeryFrom little dinky notebooks to cute pens and pencils, my tweens love love love stationery. In fact they can’t get enough of it!

Super stationery gift ideas include; Secret Diaries, Novelty Erasers, Colouring Pencils and Books, Notepads, Drawing Books, Doodle Pads, Stickers, A Good Pen, Markers and Highlighters, especially Sharpies.

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#8. Nails

halloween nail designsAnother favourite thing for my 10 year old at the moment is trying out different nail designs.

I’m planning to get her nail art pens & stickers, a set of colourful polishes for Christmas and I even saw a hand dryer for drying your nails off quickly in my local pharmacy (which would be extra handy for her as she’s super impatient!).

There are lots of fun nail gift ideas on Feel Unique.

#9. Onesies

Onesie from M&SOnesies come in all shapes, sizes and designs and my tweens have loved them as they make the perfect lounging around outfit, for both boys and girls.

Find cool onesies at Marks & Spencer, New Look, and Peace Love World.

#10. Headphones

HeadphoneGood headphones are handy for this age particularly for listening to music or watching YouTube videos or Netflix. Another up-to-the-minute present is a wireless speaker. My daughter got an iTwist last year for Christmas and she plays it non stop!

Prices vary wildly so shop around and read reviews before buying.

Check out headphones online at Amazon UK, Amazon USA.

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#11. iPod or Tablet Cases

Tablet cover

My tween loves spending her pocket money on a new case for her iPod Touch. (Ah the new tech generation…there was I happy with spending my pocket money on Jackie magazine!)

It’s a fun and relatively inexpensive gift option, and you can now get customised options to personalise them or a variety of funky designs in every colour to suit their taste, and help protect the device at the same time.

Check out tablet and phone cases online at Amazon UKAmazon USA

11 Christmas Gift Ideas for Tweens That Will be Appreciated

Have you got any inspiring ideas for Christmas gifts for tweens? Do share them in the comments below.

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls