Sigh. Eye Rolls. That’s the response I sometimes get from my 9-year-old when I ask what the hottest toys and gifts are this holiday season. And other times she rattles off a million ideas that seem to change from week to week.  Since kids this age can be so hard to predict, I decided to ask friends and family who are in the know for this age group, or who have lived through this era and can suggest what’s best to buy.

Their suggestions are below. What I love about this list is that some gift ideas are tried-and-true year-after-year, while others are popular just this season. Either way, I’m sure you’ll find something sure to please!

For the Adventurous Ones

Summer Camps
Just because it’s about to snow outside doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking of summer camp. Actually, it’s a great time to consider buying your child space now at any camp (if they’re taking reservations) – and here are two local camps offering great deals right now:

~ Camp Hanes. Get a $100 Early Bird discount (now through December 31) PLUS a $50 TMoM discount! Click this link and list the code “summercampblog” in the Additional Information section to get the TMoM discount.

~ Greensboro Day School. For only $140 (a special $30 discount from its normal camp fee just for TMoM readers), you can send a child  to a fabulous weekly adventure. Be sure to mention TMoM when purchasing this gift of summer camp. Certificates can be ordered between now and January 31. Click here for details.

More Outdoor Ideas

~ Bongo Balance Board

~ Ripsticks

~ Y- Volution YFliker Scooter

~ Slacklines and Ziplines

~ Sports goals (for soccer, lacrosse or hockey, as well as basketball hoops and football field goals)

~ Anything Nerf

~ Nike Elite Socks

~ Gift card to Dicks, Sports Authority, Gander Mountain, or other sporting/outdoor stores

For the Gadgety Ones

~ Anything Apple (ipod, ipod Touch, iphone, ipad, iPad mini)

~ Kindle or Kindle Fire

~ Nook

~ Smart Phone

~ X Box One

~ Cases and covers for electronics. Visit BestBuy for safe, sturdy selections ORVistaPrint for customized covers OR PB Teen for fun, hip designs!

~ Snap Circuits

For the Crafty Ones

~ Rainbow Loom or Crazy Loom

~ Make-your-own crayons and marker sets

~ Art supplies from Michaels or AC Moore

For the Classic Ones

~American Girl doll,accessories, games and books

~ Board games like Monopoly, Connect Four Launchers, Yahtzee, Clue, Blokus

~ Lego and Lego Friends

For Music Lovers

~ iTunes gift card

~ Beats headphones

For Luxury Lovers

~ A Spa Treatment. First-time customers at Utopia Salon & Spa get 20% just by mentioning TMoM! Click here for more details.

~ Jewelry from Claire’s, Origami Owl, or Charming Charlie

~ Gift cards or items from  Bath and Body Works, Aeropostale, Forever 21, and Justice

~ Boots from Ugg

~ Outerwear from Northface

~ Watches. Sky is the limit, but here are Amazon’s best bets for kids’ watches under $150, and kids’ watches under $50.

For the Impossible-To-Buy-For Ones

~ Shop ThinkGeek.  “Everything from ninja cookie cutters to Minecraft t-shirts to Star Wars socks to fortune telling bacon… if you can’t find something here, you’re not looking,'” says Kelly of TMoM.

~ Money

~ Gift cards to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target and Toys R’ Us

Other Gift Giving Posts from TMoM

Gift Ideas for Toddlers
Gift Ideas for Ages 3 – 8
Click to Visit our Gift Giving Category

Stay Tuned for More Gift Ideas Ideas to Come this Week and Next…

What else did we forget for this age group (8-12)? If you have gift giving ideas, please share them below!