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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

 (Photograph: Laura Gallant)
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Photograph: Laura Gallant

Jot down the coolest (or creepiest) dreams in this pretty dream journal. $14.95, at Posman Books, various locations (212-983-1111, posmanbooks.com)

 (Photograph: Laura Gallant)
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Photograph: Laura Gallant

Tweens can personalize fabric-covered pins wiht this DIY kit. $18.95, at Posman Books, various locations (212-983-1111, posmanbooks.com)

 (Photograph: Laura Gallant)
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Photograph: Laura Gallant

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

 (Photograph: Laura Gallant)
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Photograph: Laura Gallant

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

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Photograph: Courtesy Lomography

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

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Photograph: Laura Gallant

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

 (Photograph: Lauren Spinelli)
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Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

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

 (Photograph: Lauren Spinelli)
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Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

Keep hard copies of fleeing digital pics in this sweet and silly photo book. $30 at E.A.T. Gifts, 1062 Madison Ave between 80th and 81st Sts (212-861-2544, elizabar.com)

 (Photograph: Lauren Spinelli)
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Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

Expect epic ping-pong tournaments with the kids and their pals. $50, at E.A.T. Gifts, 1062 Madison Ave between 80th and 81st Sts (212-861-2544, elizabar.com)

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 NYC 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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