The tween years are a tricky time. When kids have outgrown the need for toys but clothes are still a boring gift, where do you turn? Don’t resort to gift cards just yet! You can still find useful gifts that are fun and practical.
For the music maniac
A great find for girls is PBteen’s Printed Tune-In Headphones (PBteen, $29). Featuring professional sound technology with fun peace signs, zebra and polka dot prints, any tween girl would love the stylish flare.
A sleepover essential
Right at the age when sleepovers start becoming a weekend necessity, this is the time a hefty canvas overnight bag is just what a tween needs. J.Crew provides the perfect canvas overnight bag, available in navy or hot pink (J.Crew, $37). Choosing a timeless piece like this ensures they will get the most use out of it for years to come.
Even if their messenger bags and backpacks are equipped with built-in-compartments, small pouches make for easy storage of small tech accessories like ear buds, batteries, charging cords, etc. For boys, Ralph Lauren’s tweed pouch (Ralph Lauren, $125) gives a vintage, worn-in feel they will appreciate. And Gap carries two-tone leather pouches for girls that come in four different color combinations (Gap, $40).
The perfect sweatshirt
The North Face has become a name every tween wants to wear. The perfect gift is the Glacier Quarter Zip (The North Face, $40). Available in six different color choices for both boys and girls, its functionality will guarantee they’ll wear it again and again. This fleece is the perfect jacket for warm fall and spring days, and provides extra warmth during cold winter months.
The Sports Stripe Grey Multi Lap Desk for boys or the Grafitti Neon Stripe Pink Lap Desk for girls is a great gift idea to help tweens get through their homework a little easier. The boys will love the collage of sporting equipment on the Sports Stripe and girls will appreciate the heart/peace sign decal on the Grafitti Neon. Perfect for writing, reading or using a laptop, these provide stability for any activity. A cool feature is its built-in storage compartment to hold all homework needs in one place. These lap desks will let your tween sit comfortably to get that homework done (Barnes and Noble, $20).