Tween gift ideas are notoriously difficult to come up with.
It’s not their fault. They’re in a period of major development, so what they like changes from day to day.
At this point, when it’s time to give gifts, I ask my 12-year-old what she’d like to receive.
It’s fun to discover what the kids are into at the moment.
Like, did you know disposable cameras are back? And they cost nearly $25!
What are some good tween gift ideas for 2021?
Okay, so what are the young folks into these days?
Basically, they’re into all of the stuff we were into when we were kids.
Everything old is new again, and I swear I feel like I’m in a Twilight Zone episode where I came back as an adult to relive the 90s.
Oh, and then on the flip side, they are also into the futuristic type of things we read about decades ago!
Tween Christmas Gift Ideas for 2021
What are you going to get your 10, 11, or 12-year-old for Christmas? It's the age that kids are at their most interesting---and most difficult to shop for. No worries, I've got you covered with some great ideas!
Fujimax Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera
This highly rated camera will help your tween capture their memories.
The Baby-Sitter's Club Retro Set
With the classic Baby-Sitters Club making its way back into the limelight thanks to the series on Netflix, these books will help your tween understand just why a reboot is such a big deal!
If you have a crafty tween, the Cricut Joy is a great way to help them express it. They can make cards, labels, or stickers!
Gabb Watch Lite
For younger tweens, the Gabb Watch Lite is a great intro to personal tech. It is a GPS tracker, step counter, and one way messaging device. I like that they can have it in school, too. Use the code MAMAKNOWS for up to 50% off (telephones, too)!
Indoor Herb Garden Kit
This easy to follow garden kit will give your plant loving tween something to tend to!
Your tween might be asking for Apple Airpods, but you don't need to spend that much on something they're likely to lose. These earbuds have over 260,000 mostly positive reviews!
This is the best water bottle out there, and my daughter and her friends carry them EVERYWHERE. They like to put stickers on them. It's super cute!
Oculus Quest 2
The metaverse is coming, and Oculus will help your tween get ready for it. Also, it's a lot of fun to play games in virtual reality!
Cards Against Humanity - Family Edition
If your tween loves family game night, they'll love this sassy game that puts the adults and kids against each other.
Himalayan Salt Lamp
If your tween is into their wellness, check out this salt lap that's good for congestion and will make their room look cool.
Fandango Gift Card
Movies are back, so why not treat your tween to a few dates with you to the movie theater? Or, they could take a friend.
If your kid is into retro activities, they will love these roller skates by one of the best company for roller skates out there.
Wireless Karaoke Mic
Your music minded kiddo will love this karaoke mic, and it'll make for some great family karaoke nights!
My tween loves listening to audiobooks with me. An annual membership will make sure they have something to listen to every single month.
Here are some other tween gift ideas.
A few other things they like (according to my daughter and her friends):
- Clothes. Baggy jeans, long sweatshirts, cropped tops, vintage tees. Oh, and of course, anything that was worn in the 90’s.
- Shoes. Jordans. Airmax. Converse. Vans. Doc Martens. Again, 90s.
- Technology. Telephones. Smart watches. PS5 (good luck with that). Oculus or other VR gear.
- Experiences. Overseas travel. Epic RV road trip. Concerts.
- Passions. Guitar or ukelele. Outschool class. Acting class. Plants.
- Self care. Acupuncture. Personalized skincare (like Curology). Spa day. Yes, these gift ideas are for tweens.
Tweens are different these days.
One thing about 21st century tweens is that they are much more mature than many of the past generations.
They have more information to care about things like the environment, society, and themselves.
When you’re thinking about what gift to get your young adult, keep those things in mind.
Most kids these days aren’t impressed by dozens of presents under the tree like we used to have back in the day.
Make sure you aren’t going overboard with buying a bunch of things for kids who aren’t into all of that.