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Gifts for Tweens and Teens ~ Christmas Gift Guide {with a giveaway}

Gifts for Kids Winner:  [3] Congratulations to Lori (b.leman@) who won the complete Imagination Station Series [4] (books 1-9) and a personalized T-Shirt [5] from Petite Lemon!

I can feel it coming on, friends.  Soon to vanish are the days when my itty bitty children delight in whatever (inexpensive) treasures are found under the tree (and purchased at yard sales).  The older ones are even starting to have gift requests, and I’m paying more attention to what they are “into.”  My kids are growing up!

With the help of some Facebook parents of older children, Jen [6] and I have rounded up what we think to be a pretty fun group of gifts for Tweens and Teens.  Yes, I know they want cash, phones, other electronics, and more cash.  Surely some of this would be fun, too?

1.  Amazon Gift Card [7]

Let’s face it. Kids love their gadgets. And their gadgets play music. Amazon Gift Cards [7] are probably high on most kids’ wish lists. (Let’s be real… They’re probably high on most grown-ups wish lists!) You can choose cards from $10 on up. You get free one-day shipping, or you can choose to print your own or email the card. They definitely make it easy to get gift cards into the right hands, and are the perfect solution to last -minute gift giving (not that I would know anything about that).

2.  iPod Speaker Desk Lamp

Our 9yo daughter has an iPod; a “consolation prize” of sorts after enduring an appendectomy last year.  So yes, she is much more high tech than her mother already.  This iPod Speaker Desk Lamp [8] plays, charges, and adds light to your iPod. Plus it comes in fun metallic colors to match the iPod Nano colors. This just might make sitting at a desk doing homework a little bit more enjoyable. I like that it’s made by iHome, a company known for quality iPod speaker systems.

3. Loopdedoo Kit for Making Twisted Accessories [9]

I will always be a fan of gifts that encourage kids to put down the electronics!  This Loopdedoo Kit [9]  spurs creativity and is also a great clutter buster gift.  Kids can use it to create gifts for friends. This spinning tool uses regular embroidery floss to make unique bracelets in minutes. (Remember making friendship bracelets during slumber parties?  We did!)  The spinning tool is kid-powered (no batteries – yay!). It comes with 18 skeins of embroidery floss.

4.  Money Maze [10] {For Cash, Gift Cards, or Tickets}

Big kids love to do their own shopping, but cash & gift cards seem so impersonal. Maybe wrapping them differently can solve that and add a little fun to Christmas morning. Just slide the money, gift card, or tickets into this Money Maze [10] and close the lid. (Your part is easy!) The kids will have to roll a ball through a bi-level maze to get to their gift.  Jen’s Jason got one of these for Christmas years ago, and they still remember it.

5.  4D New York City Skyline Time Puzzle [11]

I grew up putting puzzles together with my dad.  So much fun!  The 4D New York City Skyline Time Puzzle [11] takes puzzle building to a whole new dimension.  This puzzle recreates Manhattan’s famous skyline not only in three dimensions using scale-model buildings, but also along the axis of fourth dimension time, spanning 101 years of its architectural history.  Actually, forget the teens.  I may buy this for my retired history teacher dad!

6.  Radio Remote Control Helicopter [12]

Our then 6yo son received a Radio Remote Control Helicopter [12] for Christmas last year.  While he enjoys getting it down from the (very high) shelf in his room to fly around, it probably would be more fun for him if he was older and could run it unsupervised.  (Totally my whoops.)  These helicopters are small, lightweight, and made for indoor flying.

7.  Sci-fi Slime Science Kit [13]

Glow in the dark slime, [13] color-changing slime, gooey slime. This is a fun (and somewhat educational) gift for the budding slime scientist. Any level of gross resonates with tweens, right?

8.  Scripture Art Gifts [14]

Play hard, pray harder.  From t-shirts [15] (guys or gals), to promise packs [16]tablet or laptop covers [17]wall appliques [18], and all sorts of personalized gifts [19] (mugs, keychains, luggage tags, water bottles, iPhone cases, and more), ScriptureArt [14] offers gifts with a statement for kids of all ages.  I’m loving the way that these Scripture Art [14] products help you remind kids of God’s word. And they do it in a way that appeals to teens and tweens (and grown-ups!).

9. A&W Soda Can Hidden Can Safe [20]

Everyone needs a safe place to stash their valuables, right?  This hidden can safe [20] is cleverly disguised as a soda can. This should keep valuables safe from burglars (especially the younger brother & sister variety). The cans come in sorts of ‘flavors’ too: 7-up, A&W, Arizona Ice Tea, Brisk Ice Tea, Dr. Pepper, Mug Root Beer, Monster Energy Drink, and RC COLA.

10.  ThinkFun Rush Hour [21]

Jen’s dad got this for Christmas last year.  Rush Hour [21] is not a game for the faint of heart (or mind!). The cards show how the cars should be set up. Then your job is to move them to help the red one get out of the mess.  This is a fun, compact game that includes a storage bag.  Not every fun game has to be an electronic game!

11. Zipfy Freestyle Mini Luge Snow Sled [22]

This is not your grandma’s sled!  If your teen is looking for more of a luge-type of experience on a sled, this is it [22]. The bottom rails let you slalom downhill. You can use your feet to control your speed.  And for people like me, there’s a lever you can use for a handle. Check out the video and you’ll agree that the handle is a must-have!  This sled can handle up to 250 pounds.  (Now if we could get some snow in Kansas!  Or rain.  We’d take moisture in any form at the moment.)

12.  Backyard Zip Line [23]

One of my own teen memories is of climbing a tall tree/platform with some friends and my mom, grabbing a rope swing, and Wheeeeeee!  My friends were in awe that my mom participated, and I thought (for the moment) that I had the coolest.mom.ever.  I want to be that mom!  Think my own teens would join me on the 35-foot Backyard Zip Line [23] someday?

Ready for a giveaway?  One Finer Things reader will win a $40 gift certificate to the Scripture Art website [14]. Use this for t-shirts [15] (guys or gals), Promise Packs [16]tablet or laptop covers [17]wall appliques [18], or all sorts of personalized gifts [19] (mugs, keychains, luggage tags, water bottles, iPhone cases, and more). You can choose whatever you like!

To enter, simply leave a comment:  What was your favorite gift as a tween or teen?  (I still to this day remember crying happy tears in front of my extended family when I received my first, very much coveted, clock radio corded phone from my godmother.  Ha!)

As usual, you may earn an extra entry or two by sharing this giveaway on twitter or facebook, just be sure to leave a comment that you did!

Giveaway ends Sunday, November 11, at 11:59 pm, CST.  Winner will be randomly drawn and notified by email.