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Gifts for Tweens

Toys, Games and Technology for Kids ages 8-12


If you have a child between the ages of 8-12, they are in the "tween" age group. Aside from generally wanting high cost technology that includes televisions, gaming systems, cell phones and iPods, these are some unique toys, games and gifts for tweens.

1. Skylanders Giants - Activision

Skylanders Giants Toy

Skylanders are popular video game accessory toys for Nintendo Wii, Xobx 360, Playstation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. Kids collect various toy figures. The toys also act as memory devices and in-game experiences are stored within the toy. The toys can be used with any of the above video game systems, which allows kids to use their characters while at home or at fiends houses, irregardless of their preferred gaming system.

2. Cool Baker Cake Pop Maker - Spinmaster

Cake Pop Maker Spinmaster

Many young girls enjoy baking and decorating. This cake pop maker does not even involve any cooking! Just add water to the mix, then place the cake pops in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. This kit includes icing (chocolate or vanilla), sprinkles (rainbow, blue or pink), stencils and tags.

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3. Tablet Toys

Kurio Technosource

Are your children wanting their own iPod or iPad, but as a parent you aren't ready to make the financial commitment, or are looking for ways to monitor the type of content and websites that your child can access? These new tablets allow kids to experience the fun of popular apps like Angry Birds, all while parents can monitor screen time for a minimal financial investment.

4. Beyblade Metal Fury Destroyer Dome- Hasbro

Beyblade Metal Fury Destroyer Dome

Beyblades are collectible spinning tops that can be used competitively in games with friends. The Metal Fury Destoyer Dome, allows for 360 degree battling.

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5. Wii U - Nintendo

Wii U Nintendo

This new console from Nintendo, allows kids to play with the same Wii components they already enjoy. However, the console allows games to be moved from the television to the console, and played in additional places in the home.

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6. Project Runway Fashion Design Sketch Portfolio - Fashion Angels

Fashion Angels
©Fashion Angels

For kids who love drawing and designing, this sketch book allows them to use stencil cards so girls can draw and accessorize their pictures and concepts, just like professionals.

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7. RC Hot Wheels Terrain Twister

Mattel Terrain Twister

This remote controlled vehicle can transverse terrain that includes snow and water!

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8. Air Hogs Battletracker - Spinmaster

Air Hogs Battle Tracker Spinmaster

The Air Hogs brand is classic for designing fun and innovative remote control cars and helicopters. The Battletracker combines two remote controlled items. A helicopter that flys around the room, while the Battletracker shoots foam darts at the helicopter.

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9. 1D Dolls - Hasbro

1D Doll Zayn Hasbro

Fashion dolls are popular among girls. However, given the rage for pop culture, these collector edition 12 inch dolls include Harry, Louis, Liam, Niall and Zayn, popular band members from One Direction.

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10. Action Shot Camera- Jakks Pacific

Action Shot Camera Jakks Pacific
©Jakks Pacific

In a technology driven society, kids at even earlier ages are able to take their own photos and videos. For kids who enjoy playing outside, riding bikes, scooters, skateboards, snowboards or skiing, the Action Shot Camera will allow them to take their own videos on-the-go for less than $50 for an SD camera. An HD version is also available for $99.99.

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