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50+ of the best Christmas gifts for tweens of all ages

50+ of the best Christmas gifts for tweens of all ages

Those lovely little tweenie tweens are equal parts delightful and depressing. No one does he sulk better or holds a grudge longer than a tween. Especially a tween who wanted an Apple watch but received a calculator instead (this may or may not have happened at our place). Which is why getting the gifts for tweens right is so very important.

Here are more than 21 gifts for tweens that will have them smiling and thankful and oozing that joyful exuberance that tweens do so well. And nothing will make us smile more at Christmas than that.

Here’s a great round up of gifts for teens too


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Awesome gifts for tweens under $15

Bocce set

bocce set

In European countries, bocce is a popular game for life. For under 10 bucks, it’s about time we found out why!

Buy it at BCF for $9.99

Personalised weekly planner

Gifts for tweens - personalised notebook

I reckon any tween girl would love her own personalised organisation notebook… or maybe that’s just me? Wait, no, I just did a check with the teen girl brigade and they agree that it’s a fine gift for a tweenie.

Get it from Photobook Australia (BTW, they have lovely photobooks too!) for $11.17

Shower timer

shower timer

My son needs this, just sayin’.

Buy it at Yellow Octopus for $9.99

Charging dock

Charging station is a good gift for tweenies

The sleek way to charge the Apple watch, phone, pods and pad.

Buy it at Yellow Octopus for $16.99

Skipping rope

Gifts for tweens - skipping rope

It may surprise everyone to know, but skipping is back. My teen girls are right into it right now. Trust Cotton On to come to the party with this cute rope that you can get in lavender or apricot.

Get it at Cotton On for $9.99

World’s smallest magic 8 ball

Gifts for tweens - magic 8 ball

A cute little stocking filler, tweens love things like magic 8 balls and party tricks. It just appeals to their sense of the absurd. If you think you can stand it, they’d also love this practical jokes kit

Grab it at Yellow Octopus for $12.99

Pretty wallet

Gift ideas for tweens - cute wallet

Right now this sweet wallet is on sale at Strandbags for $14.99 – it used to be $34.99. There’s also a cute floral version for the same price if that’s more your girl’s thing. Strandbags, huh? Who knew?

Get it at Strandbags for $14.99

Fingerprinting kit

Gifts for tweens - fingerprinting kit

One for budding sleuths (and all tweens have a tendency to be nosy and hopefully problem-solvey). You can actually use this kit to pull a pretty good fingerprint. Fans of Brooklyn 99 will be here for this.

Get it from Yellow Octopus for $10.99

Velvet scrunchies


Jump on the scrunchie revival for a cheap gift that benefits others. Profits from every purchase made at the Leprosy Shop goes towards eradicating leprosy throughout the world.

Buy at the Leprosy Shop for $5 each

Chinese Checkers

Gifts for tweens - chinese checkers

A classic game you’ve probably forgotten how to play. It’s incredibly addictive – the precursor to screens, back in the day!

Get it at Dick Smith for a tiny $4.25

More good stocking filler games:

Panda sleep mask

Gifts for tweens - sleep maskWe all want our tweens to get really, really good at sleeping. This mask might help. Plus they will look so darn cute in it.

Get it from Yellow Octopus for $9.99

Rainbow Ball

rainbow ball

The ultimate fidget toy. Say no more.

Get it from Dick Smith for $14.51

Ace gifts for tweens around $20 and under

Mindfulness poster

Mindfulness poster is a great gift for tween

I’m on a mission to get my kids to be more mindful and this poster looks the biz. A daily challenge for 100 days to help them pay attention to what’s around, including things like donating stuff you no longer need, doing some yoga, focusing on breathing, making your bed (always a good idea) and planning ahead.

Get it at Yellow Octopus for $19.99

Vlogging tripod

I’m sorry, I know. We don’t want to encourage the tik toking, vlogging crazy kiddos. But this is what they want and if we can’t give them that at Christmas, when can we?

Get it from Gifts Australia for $20

Tie-die cushion cover

Tie die cushion cover

Quite a grown-up gift that I think either gender will really like. You can pick up a cushion insert from Spotlight for under $5 too.

Buy it from Tree of Life for $19.95

Phone charms

I honestly don’t understand the charm of phone charms. I mean, why would you want something dangly swinging in your face when you make a call? But tweens get it. They also get that anyone under the age of 40 doesn’t actually make calls with their phone…

Get it at Glassons for $12.99

Girl Stuff

Girls Stuff by Kaz Cooke

Every tween girl needs a manual and Kaz Cooke’s book is as close as it gets. It’s been updated over the years, but her humour and empathy has definitely stood the test of time (I think Kaz was around when I was a tween – jaysus). There’s also a ‘Girl Stuff for girls aged 13+‘ if you think your girl is ready for that.

Buy it at Booktopia for $20.75

Boy Stuff

Growing Up For Boys

Not quite Kaz, but a good overview of getting bigger for tween boys. Puberty sux, but it helps to have a handle on what to expect.

Buy it at Booktopia for $13.95

More great book series: 18 awesome book series for reluctant readers

Friends Puzzle

Friends puzzle

Can you believe that Friends is a thing again? Thanks Netflix! Tween girls everywhere are being oh-so-retro with catchphrases like “Could I be any more like my mother 20 years ago?” So weird, but she’ll love this Friends milkshake puzzle, I promise.

Get it from Dick Smith for $17.99

Sunnylife glitter noodle

Noodle - gifts for tweens for Christmas

Add some disco to their pool days with a glitter pool noodle. It’s beautiful when the sun shines on it/them.

Get it from Dick Smith for $16.15

Hype socks

Hype socks for tweens

A three pack of Hype crew socks for under 20 bucks sounds like a plan to me! A cheap way to get them a brand they want.

Get them at Hype DC for $19.99

Avo catch game

Avo catch game

Please! We need this in our lives!

Get it from Gifts Australia for $20

Ring trio


Rings are a thing. It will make your tween feel so grown up when they open this present.

Get them at Glassons for $14.95

Unreal gifts for tweens $35 and under

Charity tee

Love is a human right - gifts for tween girls

Love is a human right and your fiesty tween wants to shout if from the rooftops. Yell away, dear child, yell away. Also available in black.

Get it from Amnesty International for $25

Gaming headset

Gifts for tweens - Gaming headset

Big sound, better experience. This is an entry-level headset. For the serious gamer, get this one or this one.

Buy it at Dick Smith for $18.99

Vans bucket hat

Gifts for tweens: Vans bucket hat

Tie-dyed, check. Bucket-style, check. Cool brand, check.

Buy it at Platypus Shoes for $34.99 (on sale)

Bath bomb lab

Bath bomb lab is the best gifts for tweens

I love it when a gift is a game, a luxury product and an education all in one. I’d like to think that this gift is non-gender specific. I don’t know when girls claimed ownership of a soothing bath, but I do know that boys should try one.

Get it at Yellow Octopus for $36.99

Dissenters tee*

Hand screen printed on an ethically made t-shirt, this one is a beauty. “Octopus says clean the sea” – a great message for environmentally aware kiddos. Dissenters is a Wollongong NSW community of passionate, socially motivated artists who have banded together to create t-shirts that challenge the status quo.

Get it at Going Green Solutions for $24.95

Schoolbooks for kids*

Gifts for tweens - World VisionThrough World Vision you can buy school books for a needy kid. On request, they’ll send your child a card to say thank you. There are plenty of other options, starting at $5.

Get it at World Vision for $30

Laundry bag

Gifts for tweens: Boxing laundry bag

Do you think this cool boxing laundry bag would encourage them to pick their clothes up? A mum can dream, right?

Get it at Yellow Octopus for $29.99

Zine making

Read all about it - gifts for tweens

Read All About It is everything a kid needs to create their own zines to share. They write, illustrate and produce the mini-mags, following prompts in the kit.

Get it at Booktopia for $21.75

More great books to give to tweens

Kleen Kanteen straw pack

Kleen Kanteen steel strawsEco-conscious tweens will love these colourful straws to cart around. There’s four in a pack.

Buy them at Biome for $24.95

Tennis/soccer totem

Gifts for tweens: Totem tennis

Do they still call this totem tennis? This was a gift we peaked too early with, getting our kids one when they were about 6, 5 and 3. Waaaay too early. Totem tennis is a much better gift for older kids.

Get it at BCF for $24.99


They’re not going away anytime soon. I’m sorry.

Get them at Hype DC for $49.99

Sciencey book

101 Brilliant Things For Kids to Do With Science

101 Brilliant Things For Kids to Do With Science is seriously entertaining and absorbing. This book will foster creativity, curiosity and, most likely, lots of cleaning up. But it’s worth it.

Get it at Booktopia for $22.35

More books for to encourage creativity

Dual tip markers

Dual tip markers gifts for tweens

Are felt tip pens in as high demand at your place as they are at mine? This mega 60-pack will sort the situation out immediately.

Get it from Dick Smith for $25.99

Tops gifts for tweens $50 and under

Dumpling light

Gifts for tweens: Dumpling light

This adorable dumpling is known by many names: XLB, Xiao Long Bao, 小籠包 and シャオロンバオ, but your tween will simply know him as the cutest night companion (so far). 

Get it from Yellow Octopus for $32.99

Lululemon belt bag

lululemon belt bag

A cute, practical way for your tween to carry their stuff.

Get it from lululemon for $45

Sport kite

Gifts for tweens: Sports kite

The days of watching a limp triangle hang listlessly in the sky are over. This kite swoops, swirls and does mad things on the breeze.

 Buy it at BCF for $39.99

Survival Game

This is such a fun game – really fast paced with plenty of laughs. You have to pick three things to get you through crazy scenarios. Played with four or more players, it’s a good excuse to get friends together over the holidays.

Get it from Gifts Australia for $39

Denim shorts

Denim shorts make great gifts for tweens

Every year a kid grows just old enough to only want to wear denim shorts. They never seem to go out of style.

Get these at Glassons for $39.99 (plenty more styles)

Harry Scrabble

Gifts for tweens: Harry Potter ScrabbleHarry Potter madness gets bigger every year. Talk about the story of a century. If Harry can get kids interested in the equally enduring fun of Scrabble, then you’re really onto a winner.

Get it at Dick Smith for $44.95

Colour changing umbrella

This is so cool! When the umbrella gets wet, the raindrop patterns turn into a rainbow. When it’s dry, the drops are white.

Get it from Gifts Australia for $49

Smart touch lamp with speaker

Gifts for tweens: touch lamp

This would be such a cool thing for a tweenie bedroom. A touch-control bedside lamp that changes colours AND has tunes sounds ace!

Buy it at Gifts Australia for $50

Brilliant gifts for tweens for under $100

Push scooter


This is a mean machine that looks a treat. A long-distance folding scooter that will take your tween across town to visit friends or pick up some milk from the store. It’s fully adjustable, so if they take care of it, they can ride or die for life.

Get it from Dick Smith for $99

Sunnylife floating speaker

Gifts for tweens: Floating speaker

Get into the summer spirit with some tunes by the pool.

Get it from Gifts Australia for $80

Just Dance

Gifts for tweens - Just Dance

If they haven’t got it already, get a copy of this for any gender. It’s such a lot of fun and it will get a lot of use.

Grab it from Dick Smith for $59

Sumo costume

Gifts for tweens: Sumo costume

I kinda want to get this for me…

Get it from Gifts Australia for $79

Archery set

Gifts for tweens: Archery set

Christmas afternoon is sorted. Just make sure the adults don’t drink and shoot…

Buy it at BCF for $99

Etiko sneakers*

Etiko slip on sneakers

These slip-on sneakers are vegan, organic and certified Fairtrade. Which sure beats the shoes we usually pop on our feet. They’re very cute too.

Buy from Etiko for $100

Projector set

projector set

Movie nights are GO! What a fun gift for tweens and it’s half-price at BCF until 24th December. Go, go, go!

Get it half-price at BCF for $99

Plasma ball

Plasma ball

This thing responds to light and voice and I just think it’s so cool. Hopefully your tweenie will too!

Get it at Gifts Australia for $75

Boho hanging chair

Gifts for tweens: Hanging chair

My daughter is desperate for a chair like this, so on the list it goes.

Get it from BCF for $99.99 (club price from $69.99)

Special gifts for tweens for $100+

iPad mini

I can’t live without my iPad mini. It’s the perfect size for holding to read, draw (with my Apple pencil) and pop into your bag. It’s an extravagant pressie for a tween, but one they will have for years (mine is five years old and still going strong).

Buy it at Dick Smith for $541

Nike Air Force 1 Pixel

Gifts for tweens: Air Force 1

Go on, get them what they really want. I caved and bought a pair last year for my daughter and incredibly they are still the shoes the kids want. Since when does a fashion fad last that long? I reckon it’s still got legs, too. Or feet. 

Get them from Hype DC for $179.99

Nintendo Switch

Still the one the kids want this year. I like that it’s a ‘home’ and ‘away’ experience. It supports multi-player games really well, which is an added bonus. The more social the better!

Get it from Dick Smith for $469

Slightly more affordable must-have shoes:


Gifts for tweens: Roller skates

Let’s face it, we’re craving these smooth-gliding babies for us.

Get them at Platypus Shoes for $159.99

What gifts for tweens are on your list this year?


Thursday 12th of December 2019

Bron Thanks for the Cable Cover tip, actually a shop we have here and hopefully they have in stock. Siblings are after gifts for siblings. Tempted by the hairbrush, though pricier than the budget allowance left for the child needing one. Re the chair, if you're wondering if you should buy, last Christmas we bought two hanging chairs for out oldest two girls and they sit in them and read every single day. And if they are not in them then there is often someone else.

Bron Maxabella

Thursday 12th of December 2019

Great to hear, Erin. The chair will be on the list now!