The older kids get, the harder it can be to find them holiday gifts that make their eyes sparkle. In fact, choosing gifts for tweens may even make you break out in a cold sweat. (I’ve been there.) But fear not. You don’t have to just hand them a gift certificate or wad of cash. There are tons of awesome gifts out there that even the most picky, hard-to-please tweens will love.

While they may have us bested when it comes to celebrity TikTok star knowledge, we like to think we’ve got our finger on the pulse of what the kids want these days.

Our editors have combed through the internet looking for THE BEST gifts for the older kiddos in your life, which ensures you get to hang on to #coolmom status. (But if they don’t like it, you didn’t hear it from us. Sorry.)

Shop our curated list of gifts for tweens below!

Ooly All the Write Things Bonus Box

Ooly

$82.99

All the Write Things Bonus Box

For the doodling obsessed, we love this rad bundle from Ooly. It’s packed with every kind of colorful writing implement from sophisticated fountain pens to vibrant mechanical pencils. Who knows?! It may even inspire them to journal or better yet–write a letter to grandma.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Camera with Fujifilm Instant Mini Film (60 Sheets) Bundle

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Camera with Fujifilm Instant Mini Film (60 Sheets) Bundle

$139.95

Instax Mini 11 Camera Bundle

Phone selfies are fine, but tiny Instax photos are real treasures. (My tween took her Instax camera to sleepaway camp and finding her cabinmates hilarious snaps among her dirty laundry was the best thing ever.) I highly recommend this particular bundle which comes with enough film to get them started, a selfie lens, photo album and most clutch–a matching case.

Florence by Mills Peace Love Florence Advent Calendar

Florence by Mills

$129

Peace, Love, Florence Advent Calendar

If you’ve got a tween girl under your roof, chances are you know all about Florence by Mills already. Launched by Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown in 2019, the cruelty-free beauty brand is highly coveted by every middle schooler I currently drive around town. That said, this gift will make them make a sound only dogs can hear. The Peace, Love, Florence Advent Calendar is packed with 12 skincare and makeup faves, including eye masks, tinted lip balm and highlighter.

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Crocs

$59

Fur Lined Crocs

As the mother of a tween and teen, I’m here to tell you Crocs are still here and will apparently never go away. This holiday, fuzzy ones are at the top of both of their lists because the regular ones they wore all summer are getting pretty chilly. Crocs + Cozy = home run holiday gift.

Micro Kickboard Micro Cruiser

Micro Kickboard

$145

Micro Cruiser

Micro Kickboard is one of those brands my kids have literally grown up with. We’ve owned various sizes and styles over the years and at this stage, the Micro Cruiser can’t be beat. The bigger wheels make the scoot to school as smooth as possible and once they arrive, it folds in half for easy storage. Couple the fact that every single part is replaceable with the 220 pound weight limit and this one is in it for the long haul.

Impala Rollerskates

Impala

$119.95

Rollerskates

As someone who grew up spending Saturday afternoons at the local roller rink, these may be the skates of my childhood dreams. (Because brown with bright orange laces decidedly was NOT.) These super pro, super sassy numbers are great indoors and out–just don’t forget a set of pads to go with it!

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

$9.84

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza Card Game

This one is actually fun for the entire family! The game play is simple (it literally takes less than three minutes to learn) and the illustrations are ahhdorable. But be warned. They may look cute but games can get intense quickly. So much yelling. In the good way, of course.

America's Test Kitchen Kids Can Cook Anything

America's Test Kitchen

$17.24

Kids Can Cook Anything

Inspire your budding chef with this easy-to-follow cookbook that’s created just for kids. It includes tons of kid-tested and approved recipes that not only teach the basics, but make cooking so much fun. There are also QR codes throughout that link to easy-to-follow videos that help them better visualize the directions. Imagine a world where your tween cooks dinner! Ah, living the dream, right?

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Sphero

$89.99

Sphero Mini Activity Kit

Take everything we love about the Sphero Robot Ball and add a super fun construction kit and new, engaging games to create the perfect STEM toy for older kiddos. Budding engineers learn to code the ping pong sized ball (equipped with a gyroscope, accelerometer, and colorful LED lights) via the free Sphero Edu app. They can learn how to use JavaScript across several platforms, which if you ask me, is a great start to a successful career in computer science. With the Sphero Play app, the kit lets them game and drive, as they steer the Sphero through obstacle courses, play games and knock things down. You might even learn a thing or two yourself!

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Chance

$29.99

Basketball

They might already have a basketball, but they definitely don’t have one that looks this cool. The vibrant sports equipment from Chance is sure to impress even the pickiest tween and remind them that you’re pretty cool yourself.

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Tezza

$49

The Dream Kit

My youngest has turned the corner into pre-teen territory and thus taken a vested interest in making her room “cool.” (Honestly, those Tik Tok essential LED lights are giving me agita.) We’ve recently peeled the rocket ship decals off her wall and been on the hunt for something more sophisticated—and this awesome collage kit from Tezza is just the thing we’ve been looking for. It includes 75 high-quality art prints that we can arrange to make the ultimate statement wall. What says love more than a mini room remodel?

Hanging Photo light display

Hiboom

$16.99

Hanging Photo light display

Another “cool room” must-have? Clever photo displays. This one is great because it checks two boxes. Rechargeable LED lights and photo display. It also comes with a remote to swap between eight different lighting modes.

Burrito Blanket

Casofu

$19.99

Burrito Blanket

You can never go wrong with a burrito themed novelty gift when it comes to this crowd. These super soft tortilla blankets are sure to be a hit at home and at their next sleepover.

Wear Felicity Personalized Circle Photo Bracelet

Wear Felicity

$34.95

Personalized Circle Photo Bracelet

My tween found this on Tik Tok and has spammed me with text requests for one ever since. The teeny bead can be customized with any image you’d like. Them with their bestie, your family pet or even a photo of yourself (because who’s nearer and dearer to their heart than mom?). Just hold it up to the light and peer inside to see it!

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Meta

$399

Meta Quest 2

Two dimensional gaming is so last century. With Meta Quest 2, they can legit step into a whole new world to play, connect, create and even “attend” live events like sports and concerts. Just slip on the lightweight (and surprisingly comfortable) headset and bring virtual worlds to life in an immersive experience that’s nothing short of totally mind-blowing. There are currently hundreds of games, experiences and apps that can be downloaded with more being added every day. The future is here, and we have to admit, it’s pretty incredible.

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Tech Deck

$22.49

Nyjah Skatepark

My son has been fiddling with these things for a solid twelve years now. The mini skateboards and skateparks from Tech Deck are strangely fun and addicting and require far fewer ER visits than the real thing.

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Sharper Image

$29.88

Glow Stunt Drone

Convincing them to log off the computer and go outside is so much easier when they have a super fun reason to do so—like the Glow Drone from Sharper Image. It’s lightweight, easy to use and control, and sure to keep them entertained for hours. Plus, it glows!

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Neon MFG

$159.99

Neon Light

Neon MFG makes the coolest neon signs that will transform any room into a teenager’s dream. You even have the ability to create a completely custom design!

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Hand 2 Mind

$20.46

Coding Charms

Who says you need a computer to learn how to code? Using a format they’re probably already familiar with, this clever kit uses basic coding concepts like algorithms, puzzling, sequencing, variables, binary and more to create 15 colorful keychain charms.

Kicks By Sammy Bunk Junk Blanket

Kicks By Sammy

$100

Bunk Junk Blanket

If you’ve got a kid who lives for the few weeks of summer they spend at camp, this is the personalized gift they’ll be thrilled to trot out. Memorialize an exceptionally good camp year with this customizable blanket that you can add your campers’ camp name to. You also get to choose how cozy you want the other side to be (minky or sherpa)!

Camp Hollow

$28

Animal Necklace

The whimsical wearables from Camp Hollow are just about the most impossibly adorable accessories I’ve ever seen. Each piece is made from high-quality and hand painted with the sweetest detail. There’s a wide variety of animals to choose from, but don’t wait if there’s one that’s calling your name–each style is a limited edition that won’t be back after it sells out.

State Bags Lorimer Fanny Pack

State Bags

$50

Lorimer Fanny Pack

Between their give back mission, super cool styles and all around top-notch quality, State Bags totally nails the bag game–and their new line of kids’ fanny packs is no exception. With enough space for the essentials and two ways to carry, you might even steal this one for yourself sometimes.

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LEGO

$79.99

Adidas Superstar

You’re never too old for LEGOs–especially a kit this cool. Sneakerheads and LEGO lovers alike will have their minds blown with the brick Superstar which comes with a stand and plaque to display the finished product.

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Big Blanket Co.

$159

Original Stretch Blanket

With this bonkers-huge snuggle machine you’ll never have to hear your kids argue about who has enough blanket ever again. At 10 x 10 Big Blanket Co.’s best-selling signature blankets are a must-have for movie night but double as the ultimate fort builder. (Because you’re never too old for that.)

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White Faux Taxidermy

$156

Wall Art

I can’t lie. I’m kind of obsessed with everything in this Etsy shop. And if a gold tyrannosaurus isn’t their thing, they can be custom made in dozens of fun colors and other creatures as well!