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Holiday gifts for tweens

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Cool gift ideas your tweens will love

They aren't quite teenagers yet, but they aren't little kids anymore either. It can be difficult to shop for tweens sometimes. Look for holiday gifts that inspire their creativity and curiosity, while still allowing them to let loose and have fun.

Spy Gear Evidence Kit

Spy Gear Evidence Kit

Tweens, teens and even adults will love investigating with this forensics set from the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. This Spy Gear Evidence Kit (Spy Museum Store, $22) includes a 30x microscope, LED flashlight, UV black light, glow-in-the-dark powder, inkpad, tweezers, ID card, dusting brush, collection bags, lifting tapes, storage compartment and carrying case.

Zooma Splat X Smack Shot

Zooma Splat X Smack Slingshot

The Zooma Splat X Smack Shot (Amazon, $15) from Imperial Toy was named by Parenting magazine as “Best Toy in Play 2012” and will be seen on various national TV stations in upcoming weeks as one of the top holiday toys. This cool slingshot uses two different types of ammo. The green ammo will stick to walls without leaving behind marks, and the orange ammo is designed for distance and shoots about 100 feet.

Kidz Gear Headphones

Kidz Gear Headphones

Tweens aren't the only ones that will love the award-winning Kidz Gear Headphones (Gearforkidz.com, $20). Children from ages 2 and up can enjoy these safe, comfortable, wired headphones for the iPad, DVD player and other devices. They feature KidzControl™ Volume Limit Technology to help to protect children’s hearing and come in a variety of colors.

Groove Glider

Groove Glider

Tween girls love this cool pink scooter. It features a storage case for an MP3 music player with a built-in speaker, so she can listen to her music without headphones as she rides. The Groove Glider (Radio Flyer, $50) adjusts to grow with your daughter with three-position handlebars and offers a quiet, no-rattle ride.

Lego Jet Plane

Lego Jet Plane

Legos just got a whole lot cooler with this awesome Jet Plane (Lego, $50). The plane features an opening cockpit, sweeping wings, retractable landing gear and more. Tweens will love building this realistic jet plane and then rebuilding it into an aerobatic plane.

Monster High Design Lab

Monster High Create-A-Monster Design Labe

If your tween is into Monster High, she'll love the Monster High Create-A-Monster Design Lab (Mattel, $40). The Design Lab is where little ghouls can build their own unique monsters by tattooing different body parts and then assembling them into creative characters.

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