Recommended Gifts - Tweens

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Mother and Son Letter Book

This is a terrific tool for bonding with your 8-12 year old son. It can be hard to get 8-12 year old boys to share what's on their minds. This journal is a wonderful solution for that. The topics are fun and interesting. Highly recommended as a gift that keeps on giving, all year long, to both of you.

"Love this journal so much already! My son just turned 13 and I knew we’d have fun doing it together. The journal is even better than I expected - great quality and the topics of things to write and work on together are just great!"


 

Steal This Country: A Handbook for Resistance, Persistence, and Fixing Almost Everything

A walk-the-walk, talk-the-talk, hands-on, say-it-loud handbook for activist kids who want to change the world!

Inspired by Abbie Hoffman's radical classic, Steal This Book, author Alexandra Styron's stirring call for resistance and citizen activism will be clearly heard by young people who don't accept "it is what it is," who want to make sure everybody gets an equal piece of the American pie, and who know that the future of the planet is now.

Styron's irreverent and informative primer on how to make a difference is organized into three sections: The Why, The What, and The How. The book opens with a personal essay and a historic look at civil disobedience and teenage activism in America. That's followed by a deep dive into several key issues: climate change, racial justice, women's rights, LGBTQIA rights, immigration, religious understanding, and intersectionality. Each chapter is introduced by an original full page comic and includes a summary of key questions, interviews with movers and shakers--from celebrities to youth activists--and spotlights on progressive organizations.

The book's final section is packed with how-to advice on ways to engage, from group activities such as organizing, marching, rallying, and petitioning to individual actions like voting with your wallet, volunteering, talking with relatives with different viewpoints, and using social activism to get out a progressive message.

Bead Jewelry Making Kit with Display Stand

  • CREATE YOUR OWN JEWELRY: Unleash your inner designer with this Jewelry Kit! It features everything you need to create your own original jewelry designs, including necklaces, bracelets & earrings!
  • EVERYTHING YOU NEED: This kit includes a variety of jewelry notions: necklace clasps, elastic bands, ribbon, earring clasps & cords to help you get started! Plus over 2000 assorted beads are included!
  • SPARK CREATIVITY: Our toys will help spark your child's imagination & creativity while promoting the development of essential skills with everything from magic trick kits to STEM building sets.

Between Dad and Me: A Father and Son Keepsake Journal

A one-of-a-kind journal for the father & son who crave a rule-free, creative way to connect with each other.

This engaging prompt journal is the perfect tool to build father-son relationships. Kids can record memories, swap stories, compare perspectives, and explore common and unique interests with their dads! Interactive lists and letters back and forth invite both dad and son to reflect, write, and doodle about topics timely to their lives as kids and build self-confidence.

Empower Poster Craft Kit

One of the developmental tasks of a Preteen is to come to acknowledge, accept and appreciate who they are as a unique person. This is a lovely creative project to help preteens with that process and give their self-esteem a boost at the same time.

  • Make this feel-good poster by choosing the empowering words that describe why you're wonderful and truly unique.
  • Craft kit includes one 9.75"x13.75" cardboard poster, 6 ounces of water-based glue, ten 8" tissue squares, three 8.5"X11" paper sheets, and one foam applicator

Forbidden Desert Board Game

Gear up for a thrilling adventure to recover a legendary flying machine buried deep in the ruins of an ancient desert city. Players will need to coordinate with teammates and use every available resource. This game is a sequel to Forbidden Island. For 2-5 players and recommended for ages 10-15.

Forbidden Island Board Game

Dare to discover Forbidden Island! Join a team of fearless adventurers on a do-or-die mission to capture four sacred treasures from the ruins of this perilous paradise. Your team will have to work together and make some pulse-pounding maneuvers, as the island will sink beneath every step! Race to collect the treasures and make a triumphant escape before you are swallowed into the watery abyss!

  • 2 to 4 players
  • Strategic thinking, problem solving and cooperation required
  • Ages 10 and up
 

Funny Nose Pencil Sharpener

A fun and functional gift for gradeschoolers up through early teens, this silly sharpener makes a great stocking stuffer!

Glow In The Dark Wonder Stars

If you had stars on your ceiling as a child, you'll know how terrific these are. If you didn't, wait until you lie with your child in her dark room looking at her glowing ceiling! Relaxing as kids fall asleep. Even teenagers love them.

These stars have a Lifetime glow guaranteed by the manufacturer. 50 "glow in the dark" plastic stars of varying sizes, with adhesive. Made by Great Explorations.

Hand Held Scalp Massager

The fastest way to instant relaxation! This innovative massager is a conduit of healing energy. It relieves tension as it softly massages acupressure points and stimulates sensitive nerves in your scalp. Great for tweens right through the teen years, this invigorating device is a great way to unwind.

  • Increase blood circulation
  • Provides deep relaxation and helps reduce stress
  • Small enough to take with you anywhere
  • Set of two

Just Between Us: A No-Stress, No-Rules Journal for Girls and Their Moms

The perfect opportunity for your to strengthen your connection with your tween this holiday season. Meredith and Sofie Jacobs have been sharing a journal since Sofie was nine. They created this fun, fresh volume to help other moms and daughters get to know each other in a whole new way. Advice and thoughtful writing prompts pave the way to discussing everything from friends and school to crushes and growing up. Also includes pages for drawing pictures and making lists and plenty of free space for writing about whatever comes to mind. With perspectives from both generations and a hip look, this one-of-a-kind journal is a surefire hit with moms and girls alike!

Little Paper Planes

An awesome celebration of a timeless pastime, this book collects constructible paper airplanes—and a few other airplane-inspired crafts—created by some of today's hottest artists. Featuring work from rising stars and indie darlings from the aptly named artists' collective littlepaperplanes.com, including Gemma Correll, Michael Hsiung, Julia Rothman, Alyson Fox, and Lisa Congdon, these patterns take the paper plane to a whole new level. Printed on perforated pages for easy removal and assembly, the planes are accompanied by instructions, artist interviews, and loads of cool visuals. From paper doll planes and shark planes to plane mobiles and mix-and-match gliders, this delightful collection is jam-packed with creative ideas sure to launch the imagination into flight.


Make Your Own Music Box

The Music Box hole punch is a music makers delight. A charming gift for tweens and teens that allows them to create their own melody by punching holes in the music paper strips provided. The Happy Birthday melody is included for you to get started. For musicians, crafters and lovers of music this is a must have item. Paper strip refills also available.




Mindfulness Matters: The game that uses mindfulness skills to improve coping in everyday life

Fun card game that teaches kids 9-18 mindfulness daily life skills and strategies to reduce stress, anger, and worry, and enhance focus and social skills.

  • Mindfulness Matters is the original mindfulness card game, developed by a therapist.
  • Mindfulness strategies are useful for combating stress, anger, worry and increasing focus.
  • Teaches and engages children and teens in critical mindfulness skills. Players learn different mindfulness techniques and how to apply them in their everyday lives.
  • Fun cooperative game play helps to enhance social skills. Ages 9-18. For 2-4 players.

Ooze Tube

Very calming for kids from toddlers to teens. (Works for frenzied adults, too!) If you sit with your child to watch this the first few times, and hand it to your child when she's over-excited, you'll find that she gravitates to it when she wants to calm herself down.

Our Last Best Shot

Our Last Best Shot presents the personal stories of twelve girls and boys from across America. Their stories, and Laura Sessions Stepp's extensive research, provide real insight for parents trying to raise well-adjusted children in this difficult age. Filled with wisdom and common sense, based on cutting-edge research, and featuring an invaluable resource list, this is a book that parents and educators cannot afford to be without.


PEACEFUL PARENTING MANTRAS COLOURING BOOK

This coloring book of lovely designs is a fun way to further yourself on the path to becoming the parent you want to be or remind yourself of what you already know. Each mantra design is accompanied by a peaceful parenting lesson. The coloring book includes:

  • 10 beautiful & meaningful peaceful parenting mantras, each with a mini-lesson.
  • Reminders of your best intentions
  • Relax and connect with yourself and/or your children

Click here to download the digital file and print at home!

Table Top Air Hockey Game

The challenge with preteens is that they stop playing pretend games, and get glued to their screens. When friends come over, they start giggling over youtube videos instead of playing physical games or even board games. But everyone loves air hockey. It's exciting, fun, and cool enough to get preteens of both genders engaged.

 

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