I have a Tween daughter who loves all things Christmas. This Fall, she asked us the dreaded question, “Is Santa Claus real?” We didn’t want this day to come. But we felt that at almost nine, a tween now, she had the right to learn the truth from us and not kids at school.
But, we taught her about the magic of Christmas. And we also told her she was going to be able to help us with her brother’s Elf on the Shelf and wrapping his gifts from Santa Claus. She felt better and we know she won’t spill the beans.
So this year, in honor of my sweet Tween girl, I wanted to share a specific age range for my holiday gift guide. This year is the Tween Holiday Gift Guide.
1. Melody Ellison
Melody Ellison is the 2016 BeForever doll from American Girl. She is an optimistic, enthusiastic girl growing up in Detroit, Michigan during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. She’s excited and proud to share a special surprise with her family—she’s been chosen to sing a solo for Youth Day at her church! But what song will she choose? She gets advice from her big brother, and is also inspired by her older sister, but it’s the inspirational words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that help her pick the perfect song. For more information, check out the Melody Ellison review and video here on Long Wait For Isabella.
2. Magic Sketch
My kids love the Boogie Board that their grandpa gave them. This year, there is a new, very cool product from the makers of Boogie Board — Magic Sketch. Kids can sketch on the see-through screen. It’s great for tracing. There is also a multi-color screen and 7-year battery life. The Magic Sketch is durable and water resistant. It includes a sketch pad AND protective case, 4 syluses, 60 stencils, 1 roller with 3 stamps!
3. Star Wars Walker by LEGO
Star Wars anything is a hit in our household. But, an affordable Star Wars LEGO set? It easily makes this tween holiday gift guide. 449 pieces, this LEGO set:
- Features posable legs
- wheel-activated turning top section
- opening cockpit and top hatch
- detailed minifigure interior
- dual spring-loaded shooters and elevating front guns;Includes 3 minifigures: an AT-ST Driver
- Baze Malbus with his heavy blaster and a Rebel Trooper;Weapons include a blaster pistol
- blaster rifle and Baze’s heavy blaster
- accessory elements include Baze’s backpack and the Rebel Trooper’s helmet
4. Clay Charms
My Tween loves crafts but she has not tried making clay charms before. This is such a fun idea from Klutz. You can make more than 35 different charms to wear. This book comes with 9 colors of clay, charm bracelet, clay shaping tool, glaze with brush applicator, jump rings, charm loops, drying and display stand! It also includes a 60 page instructional book with Klutz certified crystal-clear instructions.
5. InkJoy Gel Pens
This 14 pk gel pen set from PaperMate is a perfect stocking stuffer. The ink dries fast and the gel colors are bright and lovely. This set includes: Pink Pop, Red Rush, Orange Rise, Yellow Twirl, Lime Light, Luscious Green, Teal Zeal, Bright Blue Bliss, Slate Blue Spin, Pure Blue Joy, Charming Purple, Wild Berry, Cocoa Delight and Jet Black gel pens.
6. Beginner Microscope
Anything science related is a hit with my Tween. STEM subjects are very popular in our home. That’s why I know this HOT toy from AmScope must be on the Tween Holiday Gift Guide. This microscope features:
- Beginner compound microscope provides high magnification for educational applications
- Monocular viewing head with LED and mirror illumination and built-in color filter wheel
- Forward-facing rotating turret provides 120x, 240x, 300x, 480x, 600x, and 1200x magnifications
- Coaxial coarse focus has a rack-and-pinion focus mechanism on a durable and stain-resistant white metal frame
- Comes with 52-piece accessory kit and hard-sided plastic ABS case
7. Emerson Wellie Wishers Doll
A more affordable doll option from American Girl. Emerson is a doll from the great Wellie Wishers line of dolls. WellieWishers, a sweet and silly group of girls who each have the same big, bright wish: to be a good friend. Explore their world as they step into colorful garden boots and get ready for stomping in mud puddles, putting on shows, and helping friendships grow.
8. Bubble Gum Lab
We’ve been fans of the Project Mc2 line of toys for over a year. My Tween is a fan of the Netflix television show. This Bubble Gum Chemistry Kit is just what she’d want to have. This kit includes: watermelon, blueberry and mint flavors. There are top secret gum recipes for fantastic flavor combinations. It also includes confectioner’s sugar, corn syrup, citric acid, artificially flavored packages, gum base, note cards, resealable plastic bag and instructions.
9. Nintendo 3DS
This month, my 8 year old got the Nintendo 3DS XL in Galaxy and she loves it. Now I’ve got to keep my eye out for great games for her. The New Nintendo 3DS XL system combines next-generation portable gaming with super-stable 3D technology and added control features. Take 3D photos, connect with friends, and enhance your gaming experiences with added amiibo support.
10. Box & Balls
A rolling, bouncing, banking, stacking, nesting game. Strengthens hand-eye-bouncy-ball coordination and fine motor skills. Strengthens strategy planning and game rule creation skills. What looks simple becomes unpredictable with bouncy balls! Great for little kids, teens, party games, and family challenges.
Do you have a Tween in the house? What’s on their gift list this year?
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