9 Affordable Gifts Tweens Want This Year

by Whitney Coy
Nov 27, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. ET

If you’re new to shopping for tweens this holiday season, allow me to let you in on a little secret: it’s more than a little intimidating. I promise you’re not the only one who's scared. Tweens are not easy to buy for. After all, they’ll be the first ones to tell you that they’re not little kids anymore, but they’re also a far cry from the teenagers they try so hard to emulate. That leaves very little wiggle room when it comes to age-appropriate gifts, especially when you're on a budget. 

But have no fear, mama. Those testy little tweens are actually much easier to please than you think, and you don't have to break the bank to do it. These awesome and affordable gift picks are a great place to start your shopping adventures this year. Stick to this list and you’ll have a happy tween — and be a happy mama — once everything has been unwrapped.

This post was sponsored by Nintendo 3DS. 

1 /9: Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition

1/9 :Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition

It's been 20 years, and tweens still love Harry Potter. This illustrated edition gives them a whole new look at the third story in the series. If they're a Harry Potter fan, they won't be able to put this down — and if they're not, they soon will be. 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition, $17.99 at Amazon

2 /9: WowWee Snap Petz Dog

2/9 :WowWee Snap Petz Dog

This looks like a cute robotic dog, but it's actually a portable camera that connects to any smart device! It can take remote photos and store them, upload them to your device or post them directly to social media. It's the perfect addition to any tween's room. 

WowWee Snap Petz Dog, $16.98 at Amazon

3 /9: New Nintendo 2DS XL

3/9 :New Nintendo 2DS XL

One thing your tween hasn't grown out of (and won't anytime soon) is video games. They just need devices that adjust to their new, on-the-go lifestyle, and the New Nintendo 2DS XL does just that. Tweens can play any of their favorite Nintendo 3DS games from the huge Nintendo library in 2D, including the newest Nintendo 3DS games: Mario Party: The Top 100 and Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions. Games and system sold separately. 

New Nintendo 2DS XL, $149.99 at Amazon

4 /9: Emoji charger

4/9 :Emoji charger

With all the time your tween spends on that phone, it's no wonder they need a portable charger. And this one is just as cute as it is useful. Not a fan of unicorns? No problem! It's also available in the tears of joy and poop emojis. Something for everyone! 

Emoji charger, $28 at Firebox

5 /9: Fun makeup bag

5/9 :Fun makeup bag

There's a good chance your tween is just venturing into the world of makeup, and if so, she's probably pretty proud of that. Let her show the world what she's got in that bag with a fun makeup bag that totally spells it out. 

Dogeared Let's Makeup Lil Zip Bag, $24 at Zappos

6 /9: Portable Bluetooth speaker

6/9 :Portable Bluetooth speaker

It's no secret that tweens like their tunes, and this portable speaker means they can take them wherever they go. It's tiny and comes with a clip so they can just snap it onto a bag or pocket and go. 

JBL Clip 2 waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker, $39.90 at Amazon

7 /9: LuMee Two

7/9 :LuMee Two

This phone case is not only pretty, it also ensures that every selfie always has the perfect lighting. What more could any tween want? As a bonus, it doubles as a well-lit makeup mirror in the case of an emergency — and when you're a tween and your makeup needs a touch-up, it's always an emergency.

LuMee Two for iPhone, $54.95 at Amazon

8 /9: Dumbbell set

8/9 :Dumbbell set

This dumbbell set is small, portable and perfect for at-home workouts, and the adjustable weights mean it's perfect for a beginner, with room to work up. 

CAP Barbell RSWB-40TP 40 lb. dumbbell set, $49.99 at Amazon

9 /9: Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

9/9 :Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Tweenagers are all about instant gratification, and this Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera gives them exactly what they want with pictures that print instantly. Even better, the front of the camera has a mirror next to the lens, ensuring perfect selfies every single time. 

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 instant camera, $54.50 at Amazon