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The best gifts for children ages 12–14

Grab these great gifts for children (well, tweens and teens) to make this holiday your best yet. Consider these gifts a parenting win!

By Allie Early

Looking for great gifts for kids? Look no further! These perfect picks are cool enough for your tweens and teens, especially the ever-so-helpful ones who give you zero gifting guidance. 

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to holiday gifts for children

If all else fails, you can plan a super cool family surprise—like one of these winter weekend getaways from NYC, but with these great gifts for children, they'll be super pumped nomatter what. Be sure to explore our favorite toy stores and kids' clothing stores.


Gifts for kids ages 12–14

Piggy USB power bank

Low battery? Pocket this pink piggy to charge your phone in a pinch. $20, mybuqu.com

Cardboard speakers

Color, paint and assemble these easy-to-build Kraft speakers. $25, perfectlysmitten.com



Cure bed-head hair before the first bell with this cute stitched polyester-and-spandex hairband with a knot at the front. $6, hm.com

Rory’s Story Cubes

Give all nine of these cubes a shake to see a story unfold with cute idea-inspiring symbols. $7.50, uncommongoods.com


Skateboard encyclopedic print

There’s plenty to learn from this supercool (and super informative) Sk8er kid-worthy poster. $25–$60, uncommongoods.com 

Arckit GO

Budding architects can assemble tons of amazing modern structures from this sweet kit. $70, arckit.com


Base Kit

This littleBits kit offers everything your tweens need to prototype their own moving creations. Create a drink mixer, art bot and star chart to start. $99, littlebits.cc

Washi Tape

Beautify every surface known to man...your kids just need some washi tape. $17, West Side Kids, 498 Amsterdam Ave (212-496-7282, westsidekidsnyc.com)

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