Oh, the tweenage years… such angst… such agony…. but at holiday time, it’s the parents who are in agony. What, oh what, to get the kids???
These days, kids aren’t usually shy about telling you what they want for Christmas, but sometimes you want to give them something that’s NOT on their list, ya know??? So I figure, I’ll share some of the top things on my kids’ wish lists, and you can share some things on yours, and together we can come with a great resource for all parents of teens and tweens looking to make their kids (and grandkids) happy on Christmas morning without breaking the bank.
Holiday Gift Ideas for Tweens & Teens Under $100
1. PopSocket $10 // I hesitated to add the PopSocket because they won’t be here by Christmas, but perhaps you celebrate with extended family after Christmas or are looking for future birthday gift ideas. These are pretty nifty. They’re only $10, and you put them on your phone to protect it from drops, plus it provides a secure yet relaxing hand position for easy texting, scrolling, and selfies. These make great gifts for adults and kids alike.
2. Lego Friends Amusement Park $90 // Okay, so I was joking about legos above, but I my 11-year-old actually still plays with legos. She is big into these Lego Friends building sets, and there are a wide range of price points available. I do find that the smaller sets get built too quickly, so I prefer to splurge on the bigger sets when I can. They take a lot longer to build and are more fun for the older kids.
3. Ukelele $47 // My older daughter is teaching herself to play the ukelele, and now my younger daughter wants one. I can’t complain about a toy that doesn’t require a battery or a charging cable, and it’s only $39 for a pretty decent one.
4. PomPom Beanie // Two of my three kids have a pompom beanie on their Christmas wish lists, and one of them is my 17-year-old son. He wants the sports version, of course. This is a fun idea for the sports fans in your house.
5. Quirkle $20 // This game is fun for the whole family. It says kids as young as 6 can play, but it’s also fun for adults and teens.
6. Ticket to Ride $73 // This is probably our favorite family board game. It’s more complex than Quirkle and definitely better for the older kids and aduls. We have the first two versions, and I’m considering the new one for my son this year. He loves to play it when we have friends over.
7. Onesie $28 // My girls are all about the onesies right now, and they are both asking for more for Christmas. They specifically love the animal ones. Go figure!
8. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera $60 // What’s old is new again! These instant cameras are all the rage with the younger set. They actually spit out little pictures like old time Polaroids, and the kids think they’re a blast.
If you have teens and tweens, I’d love to hear some of the things on their holiday wish lists!
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