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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 to put together this Guide to Gifts for Tweens 8 – 12 year olds.
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
Sports goals (for soccer, lacrosse or hockey, as well as basketball hoops and football field goals)
For the Gadgety Ones
For the Crafty Ones
Make-your-own crayons sets
Craft boxes are specially designed to help children exercise creativity, develop a love of discovery, and learn about the world around them while being environmentally friendly.
For the Classic Ones
For Music Lovers
iTunes gift card
For Girly Girl
A Pedicure or Manicure.
Gift cards or items from Bath and Body Works
Ideas That Are Not Toys
Experiences – get them passes or memberships to local kid’s museums, trampoline parks, or play gyms.
Little Passports Boxes- For this age group they have World Edition, kitchen adventures, and Science Expeditions.
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What else did we forget any gifts for tweens 8 – 12 year olds? If you have gift-giving ideas, please share them below!