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Holiday gift guide 2012: Best gifts for tweens

A mix of high-tech and low-tech items in our holiday gift guide are sure to elicit a thumbs-up from hard-to-shop-for tweens.

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Coloud The Boom headphones, $40; at Target. Go to target.com for store locations

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Autograph pillow, $25; at E.A.T. Gift Shop, 1062 Madison Ave between 80th and 81st Sts (212-861-2544)

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Jumbo Bananagrams, $45; at amazon.com

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Pistol Haute Jewels necklaces, $34 each; at Zibalee, 244 East 13th St between Second and Third Aves (212-260-4960)

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Nintendo Wii U basic set, $300; at Target. Go to target.com for store locations

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Destination and Power pillows, $29 each; at PBteen, 1451 Second Ave at 76th St (212-879-2513, pbteen.com)

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Case-Mate animal covers for iPhone 4/4S, $25 each; at case-mate.com

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Wanted paper-clip wall clock, $36; at Style.licious, 1418 Second Ave at 74th St (212-717-8336, styleliciousnyc.com)

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Spinner 360° panoramic spinning camera, $99; at Lomography Gallery Store, 41 W 8th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-529-4353, lomography.com)

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Y Fliker F3 scooter, $120; at Toys“R”Us. Go to toysrus.com for store locations

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Twister Dance board game, $27; at toysrus.com

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Must-Have Mini Speakers, $16 each; at PBteen, 1451 Second Ave at 76th St (212-879-2513, pbteen.com)

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Words with Friends board game, $20; at Kmart, 250 W 34th St at Seventh Ave (212-760-1188, kmart.com)

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Nanoblock micro building blocks, $50; at E.A.T. Gifts, 1062 Madison Ave between 80th and 81st Sts (212-861-2544, elizabar.com)

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iPieces Air Hockey game, $10; at Toys“R”Us. Go to toysrus.com for store locations

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Hoodies protective iPod sweatshirt case, $18; at spoonsisters.com

It's no secret that figuring out what to buy tweens—especially those living in New York City—can be hard. Good news: Pick an item from our holiday gift guide list (among them, mini speakers from the Upper East Side's PBteen, room decorations from Style.licious and the new Nintendo Wii U) and we guarantee you'll be the coolest mom or dad in the apartment building.

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