The Ultimate Gift Guide for Tweens ’20/21

It's that time of the year where we bring you our awesome gift guide to help you finish off your Christmas shopping! We don't use affiliate links and we highly recommend you do a quick Google to find the best price or a shop close to home to make life easier for you.

Still pressed for ideas? Check out our gift guide from 2019.

1. SmartLab Toys All-Natural Lip Balm Boutique

Why we love it:

Smart Lab All Natural Lip Balm Boutique lets kids discover, create and customize their lip balms. The Smart Lab All Natural Lip Balm Boutique is designed to inspire potential scientists with fun experiments. Using Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths or STEAM, SmartLab Toys helps children learn how to love and know the importance of science in a simple and engaging way by relating it to their interests like planting and gardening, letting them follow the procedures and experiment with the materials provided. Your child will learn how to create custom lip balms, lush lotion bars and sugary lip scrubs using all-natural ingredients. Your child will also learn how to combine, mix, blend and siphon with their own formula to create amazing and fascinating science experiments.

Purchase from: Amazon

 

2. HP Sprocket 200 Photo Printer (Blush) kit 1AS89A

Why we love it:

Print and share memories with this HP Sprocket 2nd Edition instant photo printer directly from your smartphone or tablet. About the size of a cell phone, this portable printer has improved photo quality than its predecessor, has some new cool features, travels light and fits anywhere. The kit comes with 10 sheets of photo paper, USB Cable with wall adapter charger for HP Sprocket Printer and HeroFiber Cloth.

Purchase from: Amazon

3. All the Things: How to Draw Books for Kids by Alli Koch

Why we love it:

Your kid will have fun turning their doodles into artwork they can show off to their friends. Fun 5-minute drawing lessons for kids and perfect for budding artists and kids who have never drawn before, this beginner drawing book will teach your kid how to draw cool things in no time! Author and professional artist Alli Koch's kid-friendly, mini drawing lessons will help your child practice their basic art skills and teach them how to draw with confidence. From cupcakes to unicorns, to cars, and cats, your kid will be drawing all sorts of things that they'll want to show off to their friends, or colour afterwards and hang on their room. No experience required! Author Alli Koch's step-by-step instructions will help your child practice their basic art skills and teach them how to draw with confidence in no time!

Purchase from: Booktopia

4. Bluetooth LED Strip Lights

Why we love it:

You may not have heard but LED lights are all the rage with both tweens and teen right now! This particular set comes with remote control with blue-tooth tech that's compatible with all kinds of smart-phones. It features music rhythm synchronization -  the light effect of the LED Strip can follow the music or sound record with millions of colour possibilities!! Also, check out your local IKEA and Bunnings store for other options.

Purchase from: Amazon

5. Turing Tumble

Why we love it:

I have read so many positive reviews about this product online. Turing Tumble is unlike anything else out there, a revolutionary new game where players (ages 8 to adult) build mechanical computers powered by marbles to solve logic puzzles. It actually lets kids see and feel how computers work. It lets them code without getting bogged down by language syntax, and it doesn’t require a phone or tablet to operate. Computers are everywhere. By giving kids a solid understanding of how computers work, they’ll hopefully be better equipped to work with computers in the future and that they'll build the confidence to learn how other things around them work, too.

Purchase from: Turing Tumble

6. Design Line Rainbow Tie-Dye Kit

Why we love it:

Your child will love to add colourful tie-dye patterns to their DIY crafts using this tie-dye kit. My 12-year-old boy has been obsessed with tie-dye tees for about two years now. With every colour of the rainbow at your disposal, the Rainbow Tie-Dye Kit is the ultimate in tie-dye design. Create combinations of 2, 3 or all of the colours using the simple instructions included and your tween will wear their creations with pride!

I've also spotted kits at Kmart and Spotlight  🙂

Purchase from: Riot Art & Craft

7. STMTDIY Journaling Set by Horizon Group USA

Why we love it:

This journaling set from STMT will make the perfect gift for any avid memory keeper, listener or organizer. The journal is perfect to fill with memories, dreams and random musings. Includes stickers, gems, glitter frames and more to create a stylish and trendy keepsake. 

Purchase from: Amazon

8. Educational Insights Kanoodle Brain-Twisting Solitaire Game

Why we love it:

Challenge the brain with the award-winning Educational Insights Kanoodle Brain-Twisting Solitaire Game. This puzzle game is a great treat for puzzle enthusiasts and masters, young and old! It includes 12 puzzle pieces, 200 challenges and a puzzle book that comes in a handy carrying case with in-built game boards. To start a challenge, pick a design from the puzzle book, place the pieces in position as shown, and then complete the puzzle with the remaining pieces. Move through over a hundred possible combinations before hitting the right one that completes the puzzle. Ready to Kanoodle? This is a great game to improve critical thinking, problem-solving skills and strategic thinking, in a fun way. The best part? Kanoodle is designed for 1 player only and can be popped in your kid's backpack so there will be no more saying they are bored when they are out and about with you 😉

Purchase from: Amazon

9. Sushi Go! The Pick and Pass Card Game

Why we love it:

Pass the sushi! In this fast-playing card game, the goal is to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they whiz by. Score points for making the most maki rolls or for collecting a full set of sashimi. Dip your favourite nigiri in wasabi to triple its value. But be sure to leave room for dessert or else you’ll eat into your score! Gather the most points and consider yourself the sushi master!

Purchase from: Amazon

10. Impala Lightspeed Fairyfloss Inline Skate

Why we love it:

Impala has introduced a fun, retro inline skate! Throwback to the '90s and live out your fond memories of a simpler time. These skates are a great entry-level skate for children and beginners at a low price point. With the durable plastic outer boot with a comfortable, breathable, padded boot liner perfect to skate in with confidence, your tween can roll the street or get to a rink for some fun.

Purchase from: Citybeach

11. Just Dance 2021 (Nintendo Switch)

Why we love it:

The #1 Music Video Game Franchise of All Time, with over 70 million units sold, is back with 40 new songs and universes! Just Dance will get your kids moving all year long! They've also included eight new kid-friendly songs and choreographies for a family-fun experience. We chose the Nintendo Switch version because we already own the Switch and you don't have to buy a camera to use it - it works using the sensors on the remote controls.

Purchase from: Target (AU) or Walmart (US)

12. Mudpuppy Little Scientist 500 Piece Puzzle

Why we love it:

The Little Scientist Puzzle is comprised of colourfully illustrated portraits of real people who have made a historical impact on the world with regard to science, including Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, and George Washington Carver. Illustrations by Lydia Ortiz introduce children to these important people in history with images that are fun for youngsters and also realistic. It's just the right level of challenge for families with children of all ages.

Purchase from: Book Depository

13. WATINC Random 30 Pcs DIY Kawaii Squeeze Toys  

Why we love it:

Ridiculously cute, this 30 piece set comes with squishy's, key and phone chains and stickers to decorate your squeeze toy you once you have finished colouring it in. It is recommended to paint with a permanent marker. The squeeze toys are made of safe, non-polluting materials, polyurethane foam (PU foam). The downside... while kids LOVE these kinds of toys, they aren't great for the environment as they can break quite easily, so if I did buy these it would have to be a one-off.

Purchase from: Amazon

14. Be Your Own Man book

Why we love it:

From the bestselling, award-winning, author of Love Your Body Jessica Sanders, Be Your Own Man encourages young boys to broaden their ideas about what it means to be a boy, supporting them to feel free and proud to be who they truly are. Every boy deserves to be themselves without apology, and know that being themselves now will make them the man they will become in the future. Check out this lovely review.

Purchase from: Big W or Kmart

15. Original Spikeball Kit

Why we love it:

The Spikeball Kit is used to play an indoor-outdoor 2-on-2 beach volleyball style game called Roundnet, that’s great for the whole family. Play on grass, sand, or indoors, and guaranteed to give you hours (and hours) of enjoyment. The kit comes with everything you need to play a fun game of 2 vs 2 Roundnet.

Purchase from: Spikeball Australia

16. Shadow Shifter T-Shirt

Why we love it:

If you were a kid in the nineties then you would have heard of hyper colour. Heat sensitive clothing that changes colour. Throw your hand over your tee and watch the shape form! Shadow Shifter® KIDS are a unisex t-shirt available in four colour-ways.

Purchase from: Amazon

Roberly VSCO Stickers for Water Bottles

Why we love it:

These stickers are suitable for dressing up various items; laptops, computers, keyboards, water bottles, hydro flasks, scrapbooks, mirrors, notebooks, journals, luggage, skateboards, guitars, and more!

Purchase from: Amazon

Charmaine Chung
Charmaine Chung

Charmaine Chung is one half of the lady boss team behind Somewhere Between, a resource for super mamas everywhere raising kids in the feisty pre-teen and early teen years. Beginning her career in retail fashion, before moving onto the music industry, working for major record labels, Charmaine eventually moved from Sydney to Laos to follow her dreams of starting a family. Four kids and 14 years later, she’s back in Canberra where motherhood has won her over, leading her to develop Somewhere Between - for mums just like her - raising kids who are navigating that space between their childhood and teenage years.

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