10 Gift Ideas for Tweens That Inspire Learning, Creativity and Play

Oh, tween gift ideas – these can leave you scratching your head until the last minute – let me save your sanity and suggest 10 gift ideas for tweens. These are products that either my kids have tested or I purchased for my tweens. (I have a 10-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl – we are deep in the tween years over here!)

10 Gift Ideas for Tweens

Sphero SPRK

sphero spk

Sphero SPRK Edition – the robot designed to inspire tomorrow’s inventors and innovators.  Kids love learning and creating with this sphere robot.

  • Teach Your Robot Combine simple commands like roll, flip, spin, and color change to create more complex instructions for your robot to follow.
  • Text-Based Code Viewer After combining commands, see the code and use this as a foundation to learn more about programming.
  • Accessible for all Ages The SPRK app is designed to appeal to everyone – approachable for beginners yet sophisticated enough to challenge seasoned programmers.
  • Visual Block-Based Programming Transform ideas into code by using visual blocks that represent our C-based language, OVAL.


Parrot Drone

Parrot Mini Drones

Who says drones are just for adults? Parrot has a new line of mini-drones PERFECT for kids. We have the Parrot Airborne night and my son is racking up the flight hours!

It can take photos from the air, but don’t worry mom – it only goes 30 feet in the air. And best part? This drone flies so smooth!



Kids learn how to channel their ideas into reality, creating private games, secret codes and their very own robotic equations, putting them at the forefront of learning without even realizing it with Ozobots. This little robot packs a massive punch of creativity and learning – 2 big wins from a parents perspective!



With a fine-tuned mechanics and a tubular design, Ollis ia a robot perfect for your tween. Controlled by an app, Ollie connects to your device via Bluetooth LE and boasts a range of up to 100 feet (30 meters).

Create, practice, and master a wide range of tricks. Then take off the tires to drift like a pro. Harnessing Ollie’s full potential isn’t always easy, but you’ll have plenty of fun in the process.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books

diary of a wimpy kid

Both my 10 and 12-year olds love Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. They have watched the movie and are anxiously awaiting the newest book,  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: OLD SCHOOL – book #10 – that maybe wrapped under the Christmas tree.


Minecraft Lego Set

Whether it be a bin full of LEGOs or a Minecraft LEGO set, encourage building and creativity with LEGOs.

Science Experiment Set

science experiments for kids

We bought our son a science experiment kit last year for Christmas, and we’ve done these science experiments through-out the year. They have been fun for the whole family (we have 2 younger kids, as well.)

Electric Razor Scooter

razor electric scooter

Grandma bought our tweens Razor electric scooters last year. I was skeptical at first – but I have this constant fear of my kids getting injured. I am happy to report, a year later we have only had 1 incident with minor injury. These scooters are fun, safe and work as great short distance transportation.

Nerf Guns

nerf gun

Do Nerf guns ever get old? These are a constant on birthday and Christmas gift wish lists.

Art Set

art set for tweens

We have plenty of broken crayons and random markers laying around, but for our daughter who loves to draw – we bought her a full out art set. This gives her a set that the toddlers aren’t allowed to play with.

Buying for Tweens

I love empowering my kids to create and learn and to play. Over the years, something that has become more and more apparent is that it’s not about the number of items under the tree – I despise our playroom when it’s full of junk toys. I don’t want random toy parts for toys that my kids never play with. These 10 items above are items that my kids really enjoy. I hope these tween gift ideas help you find your tween something that they will love!

Tween Gift Ideas That Inspire Creativity Learning and Play

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