Nine Unique Gifts for the 8-12-year-old: Holiday Gift Guide for Tweens

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November 27, 2019

Looking for that just-right gift for the 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12-year-old kid in your life? Tweendom is the tricky time between childhood and the teen years, when kids are starting to tune into the trends, embrace tech, and attempting to harness their own personal style. Here’s a list of nine unique holiday gifts guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of the hard-to-please tween in your life on Christmas morning.

Key Smart

Key Smart bills itself as the “smartest key ever” and makes a great gift for a tween taking her first steps towards independence. This smart keychain organizes keys so they don’t poke or jingle. But best of all, it’s easy to locate if lost: click on the app and your KeySmart will buzz. Lost phone? Just press the button on your Key Smart and your smartphone will ring, even if it’s on silent. 

Polaroid Mint Pocket Printer

For the tween that loves to capture memories on Insta, Polaroid’s Mint Pocket Printer ($129.99) connects to your phone via bluetooth and prints 2″x3″ photos in less than a minute! The pics print on Zink paper with an adhesive backing, turning your photos into stickers you can drop into your holiday scrapbook when you’re ready! Innovative zero ink technology means there’s no need for pricy toner or printing supplies; zinc cartridges combine paper & ink all in one.


For the tween that loves fashion, KIDBOX is the first social mission-based kids’ style box that not only includes amazing premium clothing brands, but also has a charitable heartbeat at its core. Featuring an assortment of 160+ brands, like Levi’s, Adidas, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and 7 For All Mankind, with up to 50% off retail prices, KIDBOX is the perfect solution to picking out the perfect gift for your little ones while reinforcing the importance of giving back.

Digital Microscope

Whether you’re magnifying motherboards, getting up-close with creepy-crawlies, or examining your own inventions, the Plugable USB Digital Microscope, available on Amazon for only $39.95, allows kids to view items at up to 250x magnification. Document and share discoveries with the touch-sensor capture button and take experiments outside the lab by using the microscope as a hand-held unit. The whole family can join in on the fun by putting on a scavenger hunt to see who can find the thing that looks coolest under the microscope or creating abstract using super-zoomed in images for inspiration.

Emoji Bobbleheads

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled the first officially licensed emoji® Bobbleheads. The emoji® has become a fundamental part of communication and these officially licensed bobbleheads feature five of the most popular emoji® with over-sized, super-springy heads. They will be shipping in early December, making them a perfect holiday gift for anyone who loves using emoji®.

Buddha Board

Give your tween a few mindful moments with the Original Buddha Board. Inspired by the Zen idea of living in the moment, this blank slate is a stress-relieving tool that can help you re-energize and find your focus. Use the brush to “paint” onto the Zen-like blank slate. As the water slowly evaporates, your art disappears, leaving you with a clean slate so kids can create yet another inspired masterpiece. 

Young Chefs Club

If your tween loves to cook, she’ll love a monthly surprise in the mail from Young Chefs’ Club: Every month, kids receive a themed box filled with kid-tested recipes, hands-on activities and experiments, and other creative items direct from the acclaimed America’s Test Kitchen. Present your dishes in the “Make It Your Way” cooking challenges to see how your skills match with other young chefs. Subscribers also gain access to the America’s Test Kitchen website, unlocking a library of family-friendly recipes, activities, videos, and other educational materials.

Swagtron Electric Scooter

 SWAGTRON® youth e-scooter features “kick to cruise” technology which allows young riders to experience the thrill of riding an electric scooter even if they aren’t quite ready to go full throttle. Riders kick off like a traditional non-powered scooter, then the SK3 maintains their speed up to 9.3 mph for 15-second at a time. The kick-start method makes it an intuitive way for young riders to progress from riding a traditional kick scooter to an electric one. Get an additional 5 percent off the price of the SK3 (and all SWAGTRON.compurchases) by entering code GIVING-IS-SWAG at checkout, and SWAGTRON will also donate 5 percent in-kind to Toys For Tots. SWAGTRON will also match all donations in-kind up to the first $10,000. Learn more, enter to win autographed Swagcycles from some of music’s biggest celebrities or donate directly at swagtron.com/giving. http://swagtron.com/giving.

Smart Wallet by Ekster

Ekster’s pop-up smart wallet makes for an ideal first wallet: Kids can check its whereabouts on their phone, or with Alexa, Siri or Google Home.
When misplaced, just ring the wallet from a phone and vice-versa via the solar-powered tracker. Lost wallets will be a thing of the past with this truly smart wallet.

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