Tween Gift Ideas
When kids aren't kids anymore but aren't teenagers either, your child has entered the tween stage in life. With all of their new styles, new looks and new attitudes, tweens can be difficult to please and even harder to shop for. Check out these ideas for inspiration for gift shopping during these tough years.
Something To Wear
Tweens are changing their styles every other day. Get them something versatile to go with every new look. You could choose a wardrobe staple like a cool jacket, an accessory like a warm scarf, or something that shows off their interests, like a band T-shirt. Even a funky pair of socks can be a fun gift. For inspiration, you could watch TV with your tween and see what their favorite character wears, or keep an ear out for any comments they make while shopping.
Something With Flair
If your tween is creating a look all their own, why not encourage them with a gift of personalized jewelry. It is a style statement they can wear every day. You can buy something trendy or something timeless they can wear into adulthood. If jewelry isn't their thing, then maybe you can get art for their room or a funky lamp or chair. Any item that lets kids show off their fun side makes a great gift.
Something To Share
Buying material things is great, but those items will never last as long as a memory. Give your tween the gift of a fun or unique experience they can share with a friend. Whether it's concert tickets, a special outing, or a baseball game, these experiences will create a long-lasting impression where other gifts will eventually fall apart. And it won't be anything you'll have to store or find a place for.
Something To Tear
As your tween starts pushing boundaries and finding themselves, everyone will feel tension every once and a while. To make this easier, give your child a booklet of homemade coupons for things like "free hugs," "forgiveness," "10 minutes alone" and "a night off from being grounded". This is not only a free gift for you to give, but it's a great way for your tween to communicate. Sometimes it's hard to say you need a minute alone, you need help or that you're sorry, and having these will help the whole family understand what's going on without a lengthy conversation.
Something To Blare
The tween years are a fun time when kids start to develop their personal tastes in clothing, food, and music. To encourage their musical side, give them music or music accessories. It could be something as easy as a gift card or something as elaborate as a stereo system, all at varying price ranges to stay within budget. You can even get your child music lessons whether they play an instrument now, want to learn guitar or piano, or want to improve their singing. And lessons will teach your child valuable skills they can apply to every day, like time management and perseverance.
Gifts can be as big or as small, and as cheap or expensive as you make them. Anything will be appreciated, and sometimes the most thoughtful gifts are the ones you spend more time than money on.