The Top 40 Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Tweens

by Caitlin McCormack | Last Updated Dec. 2nd, 2015

Big kids often come with big ticket requests, but that doesn’t mean you need to break the bank to fulfill all their Christmas wishes. There are several great gift ideas available at all price points that are sure to impress those in the 9-13 crowd. In no particular order, here are 40 of the best Christmas gift ideas for the tween set.

1. Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit

This modern day racetrack kit allows you to battle and race the supercars of the future on a selection of eight epic track setups via your mobile device. Set up challenges with friends or go head-to-head with AI-controlled racers. Easily customize speed, weapons, and defenses to win the battle.

Key features:

  • Quick and easy setup
  • Includes Skull and Ground Shock robotic supercars
  • Optional expansion tracks and supercars

Cost: *Est. $149.99

2. Miposaur

This little dinosaur features artificial intelligence that responds to the user either via the trackball controller, app, or with hand gestures. It’s smart enough to learn and follow your child’s commands.

Key features:

  • Compatible with Bluetooth-enabled devices
  • Batteries required
  • Dino has its own personality

Cost: *Est. $93.28

3. Razor A Kick Scooter

With a sturdy aircraft-grade aluminum construction, this kick-style scooter folds for easy transport and weighs just 6 pounds. Choose from one of several colors to suit your child’s personality.

Key features:

  • Built-in shock absorption system
  • Stops quickly thanks to the rear fender brake
  • 6 month warranty

Cost: *Est. $27.99

Now your little one can have their very own tablet full of age- and developmentally-appropriate games and apps to keep them engaged and entertained for hours. It comes complete with 1 year of Amazon FreeTime unlimited and a kid-proof case.

Key features:

  • 2 year guarantee
  • Onboard microSD slot
  • Built-in parental controls

Cost: *Est $99.99

5. Minions (Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD)

Learn the backstory of everyone’s favorite villain servants in this funny and lively movie that both kids and grownups alike will enjoy.

Key features:

  • Choose from multiple formats
  • Includes French, Spanish subtitles
  • Includes 3 mini movies

Cost: *Est. $22.99

6. Robot Turtles Game

This game offers a fun and creative way for tweens to learn computer programming code and is made of sturdy cardboard and cardstock. With increasing levels of difficulty, it’s perfect for challenging kids from age 4 and up.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Good for 2-5 players
  • Most-backed game in Kickstarter history

Cost: *Est. $18

7. Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit

This electronic discovery kit teaches kids STEM concepts while still being fun and practical. It has won multiple awards including the National Parenting Center-Seal of Approval, Dr. Toy 100 Best Children’s Products, and Dr. Toy Best Educational Products.

Key features:

  • Optional frustration-free packaging
  • Choose from over 100 exciting projects
  • Includes working electrical circuits

Cost: *Est. $20.99

8. Bounce-Off Game

A game tweens and the whole family will enjoy, it pits players against one another to see who can recreate the pattern on the challenge card the fastest by bouncing balls into the grid.

Key features:

  • Ideal for 2-4 players
  • 9 challenge cards included
  • 16 balls and game grid included

Cost: *Est. $12

9. Spirograph Deluxe Design Set

Let your little artist flex his or her creative muscles with the rebooted Spirograph Deluxe set. Your budding Picasso can spend hours creating beautiful and elegant designs quickly and easily.

Key features:

  • Storage case with built-in work surface included
  • Includes 45 pieces
  • Design guide included

Cost: *Est. $22.99

Super Mario Maker allows gamers to build and play the levels of their dreams to play a nearly limitless number of levels while flexing their creative muscles.

Key features:

  • Suitable for players of all ages
  • Transform into different characters
  • Switch between 4 themes

Cost: *Est. $56

The ultimate building set from K’NEX, this model includes 375 pieces that can be put together to create 30 different building ideas.

Key features:

  • Storage tub included
  • Easy-to-follow instructions are color-coded
  • Provides hours of open-ended fun

Cost: *Est. $19.95

12. Descendants CD

Featuring all the favorite songs from the Disney’s “Descendants” movie, this CD features tunes from Grammy and Emmy Award-winning artists

Key features:

  • Optional MP3 available
  • Bonus track included
  • Message kids can relate to

Cost: *Est. $11.99

13. Spalding NBA Street Basketball

Keep the kids active and outdoors with their very own basketball. Shooting hoops can help develop motor skills and critical thinking, and is a great way for parents to spend time with their kids as well.

Key features:

  • Available in choice of sizes
  • Ultra-durable outer rubber
  • Wide channels for increased grip

Cost: *Est. $17.99

The whole family will have fun with this game that features many different LEGO characters joining forces to battle in worlds outside of their own. It features the Dark Knight, a Wizard, and a LEGO Master Builder that allow you to let your imagination run wild.

Key features:

  • Available for multiple gaming systems
  • Suitable for everyone aged 10 and older
  • Expansion packs available

Cost: *Est. $99.88

15. Osmo Gaming System for iPad

This groundbreaking gaming system for the iPad helps encourage your child’s creative thinking skills and social interaction. Play or create your own games as a solo player or as a family for hours of entertainment.

Key features:

  • Compatible with iPad 2 to most recent model
  • Games can be downloaded for free
  • One of Time Magazine’s top inventions of 2014

Cost: *Est. $74.79

16. Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy [Blu-ray]

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of this classic film and create a new generation of Marty McFly fans with this special Blu-ray trilogy pack featuring all three Back to the Future films.

Key features:

  • Available in multiple formats
  • Includes deleted scenes
  • Q&As, commentary and more included

Cost: *Est. $29.68

17. Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

Introduce your child to the wonderful world of science with this kit that includes 20 pieces that let little scientists explore and learn about science basics such as chemical reactions and how to correctly use science tools.

Key features:

  • Helps teach STEM concepts
  • Chemicals and supplies included
  • Complete 11 different experiments

Cost: *Est. $14.01

This great little kit comes complete with 15 electronic building blocks, along with detailed instructions to complete 12 different projects. It also includes all the accessories and tools for your little inventor to get busy creating their own designs.

Key features:

  • Helps teach STEM concepts
  • Instructions included or use for open-ended play
  • Recommended for children aged 8 and up

Cost: *Est. $199.95

19. Candy Craft Chocolate Pen

Let your children unleash their inner baker with this kit that lets them draw and mold their very own colorful chocolatey treats.

Key features:

  • Food made in the USA
  • Includes ½ pound of chocolate
  • Choose from multiple colors

Cost: *Est. $24.99

20. jamstik+ Portable SmartGuitar with Interactive Guitar Lesson Apps

Let your little musician unleash their creative genius with the world’s first digital smart guitar. It connects to an iOS device and includes an interactive teaching app that can have your child playing the strings in minutes.

Key features:

  • Provides instant feedback
  • No musical experience required
  • Easily portable

Cost: *Est. $299.99

21. LEGO Minecraft 21119 the Dungeon Building Kit

Let your little Minecraft lover build the perfect dungeon to keep their prisoners secure with this all-in-one kit. It comes complete with Steve’s pickaxe and 219 assorted LEGO pieces to build the ultimate prison.

Key features:

  • Spawner rotates
  • Rebuild into more creations
  • Can be combined with other Minecraft biomes

Cost: *Est. $19.87

The whole family will get in on the dancing fun with the 2016 iteration of the Just Dance series. You can challenge friends from all over the globe and even battle in karaoke mode.

Key features:

  • Suitable for everyone aged 10 and older
  • Available for multiple gaming systems
  • Personalize your workouts and track calories

Cost: *Est. $38.84

Tweens will get a kick out of building their own terrarium and watching it grow — and glow! — thanks to the included 45 glow-in-the-dark stickers.

Key features:

  • Plant mister included
  • Includes two resin figures
  • Teaches STEM concepts

Cost: *Est. $14.94

Perfect for the child looking to get their feet wet in the world of music, this starter kit includes an acoustic guitar made of full wood construction, and an extra set of strings just in case.

Key features:

  • Gig bag included
  • Includes strap and pick
  • Available in a choice of colors

Cost: *Est. $38.18

This compact and easily portable game provides hours of building and balancing fun for tweens and the whole family. It is suitable for 1-4 players at a time and helps to develop cognitive skills and hand-eye coordination.

Key features:

  • Available in single or double packages
  • Choose from four levels of play
  • No tools required

Cost: *Est. $15.13

26. Skylanders SuperChargers: Drivers Dive Clops Character Pack

Compatible with the SuperChargers Portal, this character can be used in-game to battle to save Skylands and features all new powers and weapons to help achieve this goal.

Key features:

  • Multiple characters available
  • Match characters and vehicles
  • Loved by kids of all ages

Cost: *Est. $8.45

27. Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 2 Collection [Blu-ray]

This Blu-ray bundle is an Amazon exclusive and features 13 discs of Marvel’s cinematic universe including Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and Digital Copies of all the Phase 2 films, all in collectible packaging.

Key features:

  • Bonus content disc included
  • Prop replica of the Morag Orb included
  • Includes replica Tony Stark tattoo

Cost: *Est. $199.99

28. littleBits Electronics Synth Kit

Perfect for the tween in your life, this kit lets little learners create their own modular analog synthesizer in just seconds. They’ll love unleashing their inner rockstar.

Key features:

  • Step-by-step instructions included
  • Helps teach STEM concepts
  • Build and create over and over

Cost: *Est. $155.99

29. Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition: Star Wars Darth Vader Figure

Available in a choice of multiple figurines from the popular Star Wars franchise (and others), this Darth Vader figure is compatible with the Disney Infinity 3.0 gaming system and makes a great collector’s item.

Key features:

  • Web code card included
  • Toy Box 3.0 improvements
  • Not system-specific

Cost: *Est. $9

30. Disney Descendants Signature Mal Isle of the Lost Doll

From Disney’s popular Descendants movie, this doll is based off the daughter of Maleficent and comes complete with a stylish outfit and is fully posable.

Key features:

  • Accessories included
  • Locket for girls included
  • Hands can be removed for easy dressing

Cost: *Est. $21.99

31. Scientific Explorer 0SA247 Magic Science Kit for Wizards Only

Unleash your child’s inner magician with this science kit that even lets them build their own magic wand. They’ll enjoy completing nine magical activities for hours of creative and imaginative play.

Key features:

  • Chemicals and tools included
  • Suitable for kids aged 6 and older
  • Activity guide included

Cost: *Est. $13.93

32. Gravity Maze

This fun little game is a logic-based puzzle that challenges your tween to build a path through the towers for a falling marble. It provides hours of solo play that’s sure to fire up their brain.

Key features:

  • 60 challenges included
  • Varying levels of difficulty
  • Helps develop spatial reasoning and planning skills

Cost: *Est. $23.99

33. View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack

Give the gift of virtual reality to your tween with this View-Master starter pack that features a preview reel and can hold a smartphone in the viewer for 360-degree immersive experiences.

Key features:

  • Compatible with iPhone 5 and up, as well as other devices
  • Adapter included
  • Download the free app for more VR experiences

Cost: *Est. $29.97

34. LEGO Minecraft 21115 The First Night

Let your little Minecraft lover build the perfect shelter to keep Steve and his pig safe with this all-in-one kit. It comes complete with Steve, Creeper, and Pig plus 408 assorted LEGO pieces to build whatever you can imagine.

Key features:

  • Shelter is hinged for interior access
  • Many accessories included
  • Can be combined with other Minecraft biomes

Cost: *Est. $34.99

35. Hot Wheels Star Wars Starship

Wow the Star Wars fan on your list with this 6-pack of vehicles from the iconic films. With the included flight navigator, your little one can easily ‘fly’ their favorite vehicle throughout the galaxy.

Key features:

  • Flight navigator can be used as display stand
  • Compatible with Hot Wheels Star Wars play sets
  • Durable quality

Cost: *Est. $27.99

Your tween’s heart will grow three sizes bigger when they unwrap this updated classic holiday movie. The film has been newly remastered to provide superior HD picture and sound the whole family can enjoy.

Key features:

  • Digital copy included
  • Includes outtakes and deleted scenes
  • Available with subtitles in several languages

Cost: *Est. $9.99

37. Snap Circuits Lights Electronics Discovery Kit

This fun little discovery kit features a variety of lights that let your little scientist create over 175 exciting projects that help to bring their music to life. The colors change with the sound of the music or your voice or touch.

Key features:

  • Optional frustration-free packaging
  • Recommended for children aged 8 and up
  • Batteries required

Cost: *Est. $47.51

38. Nintendo New 3DS XL Black

The new Nintendo 3DS XL is compatible with all Nintendo 3DS games and boasts faster processing power and Face tracking 3D for the ultimate handheld gaming experience.

Key features:

  • Parental controls restrict 3D mode for children under 6
  • Available in a choice of colors
  • Optional charger bundle available

Cost: *Est. $195.93

39. 4M Crystal Growing Experiment

This fun science kit lets your little Einstein build seven different crystal growing experiments and put them on display once fully grown. Instructions are included for each experiment.

Key features:

  • Helps teach STEM concepts
  • Optional crystal mining kit available
  • Recommended for children aged 10 and up

Cost: *Est. $18.99

40. My Password Journal

This electronic journal offers a stylish and secure way for your tween to keep track of and protect their innermost thoughts. The voice-activated lock will only open for your child’s voice once programmed.

Key features:

  • Records any intruder’s voice
  • Paper notebook included
  • Invisible ink pen and black light included

Cost: *Est. $16.41

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