Sixty screen-free tween gifts, from gifts they’re growing into, to gift to use with their friends, gifts that will get them outside, gifts that will encourage learning (shhh!), and more!
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Y’ALL. These screen-free tween gifts is my final new gift guide of the season, and it may just be the one I am most excited about!
If you were to ask my 12-year-old what he wants for Christmas, you would receive a confident, “I dunno”. And I’m sure it’s true. He’s growing out of a lot of the toy play he’s been used to, but not quite to the teen stage either. Very in-between and I understand his inability to think about what he wants.
That’s okay, though, because I on the other hand am not short of ideas at all. IN FACT, I have way too many ideas. But that just means more potential for anyone else who is in a similar position of feeling unsure of what to buy for this age.
Like my other gift guides, the ideas are broken up into different categories for easier browsing and selecting what best fits your recipients. In this guide, I have gifts that reflect the fact that tween are growing up, gifts that are just for fun, gifts that sneakily incorporate learning, gifts that are meant to be enjoyed with friends (so important to this age!), gifts to get them outside, and finally, book series and recommendations for this particular age group.
I hope that this gift guide is immensely helpful! Don’t forget to save it for later, because the gift ideas will come in handy for birthdays and other times of the year as well. Also, if you enjoy this gift guide, you can find my other guides all together in one place, and you may enjoy following along on Instagram.
Screen-Free Tween Gifts
- Gabb Watch (accessibility without internet or social apps)
- Gabb Phone
- Walker Family Goods Messenger Bag (save 15% with THISPILGRIMLIFE15)
- Walker Family Goods Backpack (save 15% with THISPILGRIMLIFE15)
- Fuji Instax Camera Bundle
- Frigidaire Mini Retro Fridge
- Small Safe with Combination Lock
- MP3 Bluetooth Touch Player
- Herschel Hank Wallet
- Papercode Daily Planner
Just for fun
- Magnetic Dart Board
- Shashibo Shape Shifting Cube & Fidget Toy
- Retro Handheld Game
- Macrame Wall Hanger with Clips for Photos
- 16″ Lava Lamp
- Felt Letter Board
- Pendulum Clock 3D Puzzle
- Snap Circuits Teach Tech Mech 5
- Best Chess Set Ever
- Burrito Tortilla Blanket
Shhh. Don’t tell them they’re learning.
- Gravitrax Marble Run & Stem Toy
- Complete Cookbook for Young Scientists
- Genius Lego Creations
- 4K Action Camera, Waterproof with Remote
- Ravensburg 3D Labryinth Family Board Game
- Entrepreneur Academy
- Brain Bolt Memory Game
- Electronic Drum Set
- Beginner Classic Guitar
- AmScope Compound Microscope
Gifts to Use with Friends
- Exploding Kittens
- Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza
- Bunco Party Game Set
- Canon Ivy Photo Printer
- Laser Tag Set
- Glow in the Dark Capture the Flag Set
- Portable Ping Pong Paddle Set
- Artsy Fartsy Award Winning Game
- Projector with Screen
- Nostalgia Fondue Set
Outdoors & Adventures
- Swurfer Stand Up Surfing Swing
- Opinel No. 8 Pocket Knife
- Portable Hammock
- 1000 Hours Outside Activities to Match Screen Time with Green Time
- 60ft Slackline for the Backyard
- Tetherball Set
- Walkie Talkies
- Disc Golf Set with Carrying Bag
- 2-Person Tent
- Rechargeable Headlamp
Popular Books & Series
- Harry Potter Box Set
- Theodore Boone Box Set
- Wingfeather Saga
- Hatchet Series
- Wrinkle in Time Quintet Set
- The Giver Quartet Box Set
- Anne of Green Gables Box Set
- Essential Calvin & Hobbes
- Hobbit Graphic Novel
- Enola Holmes Graphic Novel Book 1
See all my other gift guides in one place on the Holiday Gift Guides page! I have lists for outdoor gifts, crafty gifts, big ticket gifts, inexpensive kitchen gifts, handmade gifts, and lots more!
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