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  1. Photograph: Laura Gallant
    Photograph: Laura Gallant

    Dream Journal

    Jot down the coolest (or creepiest) dreams in this pretty dream journal. $14.95, at Posman Books

  2. Photograph: Laura Gallant
    Photograph: Laura Gallant

    Sukie Button Factory

    Tweens can personalize fabric-covered pins wiht this DIY kit. $18.95, at Posman Books

  3. Photograph: Laura Gallant
    Photograph: Laura Gallant

    Lil' Monkey Dryer

    Tweens will love drying their nails with this cute monkey figurine. $13, at givesimple.com

  4. Photograph: Laura Gallant
    Photograph: Laura Gallant

    Jambanz

    Sync and slap on this Bluetooth wristband speaker for music on the go. $29.50, at jambanz.com

  5. Photograph: Courtesy Lomography
    Photograph: Courtesy Lomography

    Fisheye Baby 110 Camera

    Budding shutterbugs can snap distorted shots using this funky fish-eye cam. $55, shop.lomography.com

  6. Photograph: Laura Gallant
    Photograph: Laura Gallant

    Air Hogs Roller Copter

    This flyer can whiz through the air or roll on the ceiling and walls. $40, at toysrus.com

  7. Photograph: Lauren Spinelli
    Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

    Mini Hornit

    This bike bell, horn and light makes 25 sound effects your kids will love (all while keeping 'em safe). $30, at brightz-ltd.com

  8. Photograph: Lauren Spinelli
    Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

    Selfies Photo Album

    Keep hard copies of fleeing digital pics in this sweet and silly photo book. $30 at E.A.T. Gifts

  9. Photograph: Lauren Spinelli
    Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

    Pongo Table Tennis

    Expect epic ping-pong tournaments with the kids and their pals. $50, at E.A.T. Gifts

Gifts for tweens ages 9–12

Don't get stumped when it comes to great holiday gifts for tweens! We found fail-proof presents from button kits to a Bluetooth speaker

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Once the kids hit the pre-teen threshold, finding just the right gift can be tricky. Simple playthings won't cut it anymore, so we scoured the toy stores in Chicago for presents with a certain cool factor. These gadgets, kits and other gifts for tweens might even inspire some activity away from their iPads!

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