You’re a little stumped, right? Because it’s not that easy to hand over something that a 12-year-old will find amazing (or at least acknowledge as awesome). But, here’s the thing: Gift-giving for tweens doesn’t have to be impossible. I’ve found the best luck by focusing on their interests. Whether you’re in search of a gift for an uber gamer, a photographer, musician, athlete, or fashionista, this list has something for everyone, in a variety of prices. Here are the best gifts for 12-year-olds…
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera, $58
They’re used to snapping everything with their Smartphones, but this fun, sleek polaroid camera is a good way to introduce budding photographers to a camera that’s a little more serious. It has automatic exposure and aperture recommendations.
Multi-Color LED Light Up Waterproof Shoelaces, $4.99
How cool are these shoe laces? If your 12-year-old doesn’t want them, I’ll take ’em! With three different modes — on, strobe, and flashing — these super cool shoe laces are sure to gain some well-deserved attention as your tween is walking down the street.
The Logo Board Game, $14.65
Whether consciously or subconsciously, kids this age are constantly soaking up consumer info — from the label on their orange juice to the billboard they pass every day on the way to school. With over 400 cards, this game puts your knowledge to the test and gets kids thinking and answering questions, learning new facts, and having a blast!
Sebastian Stylbird 9 Multi-Benefit Hairspray, $14.20
As your pre-teen’s hair becomes more and more important to her, she’ll appreciate a cool new hair product like Sebastian Stylbrid 9, a primer hairspray with nine care and styling benefits from heat protection and UV protection, to curl definition, volume, and hold.
Roots: A Game of Inventing Words, $24.99
Tweens who like a little competition will have a blast combining different prefix and suffix cards to create new words as you try to find the best connection to a Subject card. The player with the best explanation for their word wins!
Elenco Solar Deluxe Educational Kit, $17.30
This super fun kit lets kids build their own Deluxe Snap Rover and then navigate their surroundings with a cool remote control. Beyond the rover, there’s an awesome robot to build and 40 experiments in all.