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Christmas gifts for tweens you need to put under the tree

These Christmas gifts for tweens will impress the pickiest members of the fam. Holiday shopping just got a lot easier!

Allie Early
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Allie Early
Danielle Valente

'Tis the season for giving, but sometimes the older kiddos in your life aren't the easiest to shop for. We rounded up the coolest Christmas gifts for tweens—gadgets, trinkets, must-have accessories—that will take chaos out of holiday shopping. Breathe a sigh of relief and grab some cocoa! 

RECOMMENDED: Full holiday gift guide for kids

While you're searching for presents, make sure to visit the best book stores in NYC, toy stores and kids' consignment shops for your holiday needs.

Even better news? Now that we've scoped out the best Christmas gifts for tweens this year, you'll have more time to spend enjoying these fun winter activities for kids

Best Christmas gifts for tweens

Unicorn headphones

1. Unicorn headphones

Tweens can't get enough of these mystical, colorful creatures, so why not let them show their love for unicorns with a cute accessory? These headphones are adorable and make their Spotify jam sessions all the more adorable (just tell them to keep the volume down). $10.99,

Video Games Collection Puzzle

2. Video Games Collection Puzzle

The tech-obsessed will have to put down their controllers for this one—this old-school game just requires your fingers and a good eye. Piece together different parts of the puzzle to assemble one large image of various game systems. Any Playstation owner will appreciate this one. $18, 

Bracelet set

3. Bracelet set

Tweens love to accessorize, and this set of bracelets not only offers a chic, boho flair, but pays homage to the planets in our solar system with various colors, beads and jewels. Your fashionistas will love stacking, mixing and matching. $45,


4. Tote

True to tweens' favorite mantra, this "I literally can't even tote" perfectly captures the essence of being a middle schooler. Let your youngsters carry their essential goodies in this humorous bag as they head to and from class, sports practice and get-togethers with their BFFs. $15.99,

Echo Dot

5. Echo Dot

Let's face it: Kids love asking questions. If you're being stretched in one too many directions, let Alexa step in to help. This kid-friendly version of Amazon's Echo Dot will allow tweens to access their go-to music, stories and jokes. Yes, Alexa will even answer all of their questions when you're ready to tune out the family chaos. $59.99,

6. Neon peace sign

Bring on the groovy vibes! This neon peace sign will add a bit of zen to your tween's bedroom (which, more than likely, is otherwise pretty messy). $70,


7. Arcade pin

Need a stocking stuffer? Look no further. This vintage game system adds the perfect touch to any tote, jacket or backpack, and your tweens will love old-school aesthetic. $9.95,

8. Chakra bath set

Little kids might put up a fuss with bath time, but not tweens. It's the perfect way to mellow out after a long day. Enjoy a little r&r in the tub with shea butter bath salts with aromas like eucalyptus and peppermint (ideal for the holiday season). $22,


9. Polaroid OneStep 2 camera

It's back, and it's better than ever! A cool release from newly-revived Polaroid makes instant film even more fun. $119.99,

10. Pick punch

Need a new guitar pick in a pinch? This punch lets you crank some out just about anywhere, so you're never without. $25,


11. Smartphone screen magnifier

No tablet? Let this cute device help you see movies at twice the size of your phone screen. $30,

12. Headphones

Help your tweens tune in for some great music with the help of these excellent headphones. $34.73,



13. DIY molten lip gloss kit

Teens can be their own makeup mixologists with this kit, which includes enough stuff to make six lip glosses in two flavors and two colors. $26,

14. Moskito flyer

Fly this tiny black-and-white plane without a remote control. Just use a free app on your phone to send it zooming through the air! $50,


15. Ozobot

This teeny robot is just over an inch tall, and it can follow lines made on your tablet, your phone or on paper. Let your drawings be its guide—or train it with other commands! $50,

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