Posts in category "gifts for tweens"

11 cheap Easter basket ideas for tweens and teens

Looking at serious pool time this summer? Then your kids are going to need goggles. And chances are they are going to need a few pairs as they get forgotten frequently. Fun colors make them extra festive.
It’s time to fill up Easter baskets but as tweens and teens outgrow the easy option of cute little toys, parents need new, creative, cheap Easter basket ideas. Here are 11 fun and inexpensive treats for your kids’ Easter baskets that won’t break the Easter Bunny’s bank. Easter is a great time to get ready... Read more »

Fun, last-minute stocking stuffers, from a Yoda yo-yo to Kendama

Fun, last-minute stocking stuffers, from a Yoda yo-yo to Kendama
The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, but do you have all the stocking stuffers yet? If not, here are some last minute stocking stuffer gift ideas. Best of all, they are toys in the classic sense, and are fueled only by you and your kid, not batteries. I know a lot of... Read more »

Fun, cheap and educational gifts for kids: 8 present ideas under $17

<strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Elenco-SCP-06-Circuits-Flying-Saucer/dp/B000FMLVMO/ref=pd_sim_t_7" target="_blank">Snap Circuits Flying Saucer</a></strong>
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This teaches some basic electronics and circuitry without any soldering. Reviewers say it assembles quickly and is a big hit. If you have a more advanced scientist, consider a larger, more involved kit, but for most tweens and teens just getting into this area and who do not appreciate delayed gratification, this is fast and fun. $12.05 on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Elenco-SCP-06-Circuits-Flying-Saucer/dp/B000FMLVMO/ref=pd_sim_t_7" target="_blank">Amazon.com</a>.
Kids want presents that are fun, parents want gifts that are both fun and educational. Parents also want gifts that won’t cost a fortune. Tween Us has everyone covered this holiday season. Here are 8 awesome educational gifts, all under $17 and favorably reviewed by users. While tweens and teens can handle these items solo,... Read more »
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Best gift cards for tweens and teens this holiday season

Best gift cards for tweens and teens this holiday season
Holiday shopping is particularly diffiucult when you have tweens on your list. They grow and change as quickly as fads come and go, so it’s tough to know what is the perfect present that will make them happy.  When I asked them, though, they thought the answer was obvious: gift cards. All the tweens with... Read more »

Holiday gift ideas for tweens and teens

Pauline, the Crafty Maven of <a href="http://club.chicacircle.com/" target="_blank">ClubChicaCircle.com</a>, plans to light up her tween's Christmas with the "fun glowing bike lights" her tween wants, like these from the company <a href="http://bikebrightz.com/store.html" target="_blank">Bike Brightz</a> that "color your bike with a halo of light" and start at $14.99.
Tweens and teens are not easy people to have on your gift list this holiday season. Between changing minds and changing trends, it’s tough to keep up. I asked my favorite tween and teen blogger parents what they are giving their tweens and teens (many of them have at least one of each) for Hanukkah... Read more »

Rainbow Loom: the latest tween craft craze

Rainbow Loom: the latest tween craft craze
Tweens love fads. And crafts. So it figures that every few years there is a craft that sweeps through elementary and middle schools around the country. This year, that craze is for the Rainbow Loom. What’s a Rainbow Loom? It’s a “Super fun rubber band bracelet making kit!!!” And judging by the three exclamation marks,... Read more »
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Easter ideas: Round-up of tween fun with baskets, eggs and Peeps

Easter ideas: Round-up of tween fun with baskets, eggs and Peeps
Hippity, hoppity, Easter is on it’s way, as the song goes, and here’s a round up of some favorite Easter blog posts and articles with wonderful, easy ideas to help you, your tween and your whole family hop to some Easter fun. While the Easter bunny may no longer be the star of the show... Read more »

Unique ways to tell your kids and teens you love them on Valentine's Day

Unique ways to tell your kids and teens you love them on Valentine's Day
My tween surprised me a few nights ago when she dug through her bookshelf to find Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, a picture book by Eileen Spinelli intended for kids age 4-7 that is set around St. Valentine’s Day. My tween proceeded to read it to me at bedtime. That was a special treat: I... Read more »

Sweet treats: Easy, cheap Valentine gift ideas

<strong>Chocolate Fix</strong> is a great game by<a href="http://www.thinkfun.com/chocolatefix"> ThinkFun</a> called "Seriously Sweet Brain Candy." It's like Sudoku, but with bon bons - the goal is to arrange the chocolates of different shapes and colors in the proper order in the tray following clues given in the puzzle book. The game is fun, and a great way to hone your tween's deductive reasoning skills. 
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Parents' Choice gave the game its Gold Award and <a href="http://parents-choice.org/product.cfm?product_id=24147">says in its review</a>, "Too many kids go through life without being asked to think clearly. Chocolate Fix provides a fun route toward better, more remarkable thoughts."
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My tween received this as a Christmas gift and she really liked it.  My husband and I also thought it was a lot of fun, so it is Tween Us tested and approved.
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It is intended for ages 8 and up. There's also an <a href="http://www.thinkfun.com/microsite/chocolatefix">App version</a> for iPad and iPhone and it has up to 400 challenges spanning a total of 4 levels. It's available on the <a href="http://www.thinkfun.com/shop/product/chocolate-fix,16,11.htm">ThinkFun</a> website for $19.99 or on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Board-Game-Colors-Parts/dp/B000Y8EQ8K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1359573682&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=chocolate+fix">Amazon.com </a>for $16.32.</p>
Valentine’s Day and chocolate go hand in hand, and most people are excited to receive chocolate as a gift on February 14th. With the holiday less than two weeks away, here are some Valentine gift ideas. These suggestions are fun twists on the tradition of giving chocolate. These treats are cheap (ranging from $5 to... Read more »
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More cheap holiday gift ideas for kids and tweens

Putting this together is half the fun. Once assembled, it uses three infrared emitting diodes as its "eye" to escape any maze. One heads up, though, is that soldering is required.  There are similar robots that do not require soldering if you'd rather avoid that, like the cheaper Elenco Wake Me Robot. The Elenco escape robot kit can be yours for $33.99.
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, time to get your tween a gift besides a hat. If you have gotten any, you’ve got work to do, the idea in here are many, so please scroll through! Forgive the rewritten lyrics, but requests keep coming in for tween gift ideas. These suggested presents all... Read more »