What are the best gifts for 12 year olds in 2015? Find out from the experts – actual twelve year old boys and girls.
What should you get for someone who is 12 years old? They’ll be the first to remind you that they aren’t kids anymore. 12 year olds aren’t grownups, but they are growing faster than you think. At 12, they are almost teenagers so they are likely to have strong interests. Nerf toys and Legos are some of the best toys for 12 year olds. Still, while some children this age are between toys and more grownup gifts, most 12 years are probably “over” toys.
So what are the best gifts for 12 year olds? We were surprised that even some 12 year olds don’t know what they want. For Christmas, even 12 year olds want a big pile of stuff under the tree, but they just don’t want toys. So put that My Little Pony toy back on the shelf.
That means parents and relatives have to get creative when searching for the best gifts. Still, the tween years should be fun. Craft sets, art supplies, books, and sports equipment are easy to fall back on. Below we have chosen over gifts that are cool, trendy, and grownup but still fun enough to let them know you care. With over 200 gifts from the coolest electronics to beauty galore, it’s the ultimate gift guide for 12 year old boys and girls.
Gifts For The Fashionista
Clothes are cool. Don’t get clothes from the Gap that you think are cool. Most 12 year olds don’t want parents picking out outfits for them. They want to be there to help choose. Nike and Under Armour clothing, fuzzy and cute pajamas, socks, and skinny jeans are all pretty safe choices.
Noble Mount Fuzzy Socks
OMG! These are the most adorable socks. Available in the prettiest colors, these cute socks are perfect for dressing up your feet during the cold winter months. The only problem? You are not going to want to wear shoes.
Solmate Mismatched Socks
Matching socks are so boring. Offered in so many fun vibrant patterns and color choices, these mismatched socks from Solmate are too adorable. Your feet will never be happier.
Basketball Logo Crew Socks
This is going to sound really weird but 12 year olds are really into socks. Yes, socks. Not the ordinary ones- the colorful athletic ones. All the kids these days are wearing them.
Alki’i Pajama Bottom Pants
For a 12 year old, a nice pair of pajama bottoms makes an easy go to gift. These adorable jammies are super nice. Made out of 100% polyester fleece, these pajama bottoms are super warm and comfortable. With fun designs from snowmen to mittens, these make great gifts.
Del Rossa Women’s Fleece Pajamas
There is nothing that says Christmas like a cute pair of comfy pajamas. Available in the cutest prints, this lightweight fleece one from Del Rossa is perfect for wearing on Christmas morning while opening up gifts.
Silver Lilly Unicorn Onesie
Who doesn’t love onesies? On Christmas morning nobody wants to get out from under the sheets. These single piece pajamas are not just for bedtime. A warm and cozy onesie is the best way to open up gifts on Christmas morning. If she loves Unicorns, she will think this onesie is the best gift ever.
Paul Frank Zebra Hooded Robe
The stylish hooded robe from Paul Frank is the most adorable thing ever. Not only does it have the cutest monkey print on it, it has a hoodie. With this robe, your 12 year old will be the happiest camper ever on cold nights. You might just want to steal it when she is not looking.
POSESHE Warm Blanket Scarf
Who wouldn’t want a warm winter scarf? Available in gorgeous colors, this cute, trendy, and warm scarf is perfect for adding a dose of color to any winter outfit. It can be worn many ways. Wear it long or loop it giving it a more sassy look. Its the closest thing to wearing a blanket everywhere.
ELMA Touchscreen Wool Knit Gloves
Don’t you hate it when you can’t use your touch screen phone with a pair of gloves on? With these texting gloves, you can finally use your touch pad electronics while staying comfortable. Offered in several colors, these texting gloves look cute too.
Neff Women’s Cupcake Beanie Hat
How adorable is this? Whether or not your 12 year old has a quirky sense of fashion, this cupcake hat is sure to bring a smile to anyone. Plus, it keeps you warm. It couldn’t be sweeter.
Cable Knit Slouchy Beanie Skully
Beanies are pretty much essential during the winter time because they keep you warm, but there are so many other reasons why everybody should have a couple of beanies in their wardrobe. Whether you overslept or are trying to pull off a trendy look, nothing can beat this slouchy beanie. Available in so many cool colors, this beanie has the perfect slouch.
Jinx Men’s Minecraft Creeper Hoodie
Got a Minecraft fan? Your 12 year old will probably want to live in this Creeper Hoodie from Jinx. The coolest part? When you zip it up, it forms a creeper mask on the hood.
TeeStars Normal People Scare Me Hoodie
Most 12 year old girls live in hoodies. Forget ordinary hoodies. Who wants to be normal? This one says “Normal People Scare Me.” Offered in two beautiful colors, this hoodie makes a comfy and funny gift.
90 Degree by Reflex Yoga Pants
Leggings are the go to pants for 12 year old girls everywhere. They go with any outfit. Available in just about every color, this is a cute pair of leggings from Reflex.
ToBeInStyle Heathered Joggers
Your wardrobe is not complete without a trendy pair of joggers. Why wear boring sweatpants, when you can wear these much more stylish joggers? Not only are they super comfortable, they work with just about any casual outfit. It doesn’t get any cuter than this.
Bags And Accessories
Little wearable accessories like purses, wallets, or cute watches make great gifts. 12 year old girls are starting to become women. They need something that they can carry their girly stuff in. Small purses or messenger bags are perfect. You can fill the bag or wallet with little stuff that they like and even money.
Faux Fur Ball Charm Key Chain
We can’t get enough of anything fluffy. The hottest new accessory are these pom pom key chains that can be attached to your keys or purse. We like that this one is made out of faux fur so no animals were harmed. It can totally add a layer of cuteness to any bag.
Vera Bradley Mini Hipster Crossbody Bag
With so many fun patterns and designs, the mini hipster from Vera Bradley is so cute. With six interior slots, a place for ID, and a zip pocket, it’s roomy enough for the essentials and a phone. It is the perfect size for tweens.
Vera Bradley Wristlet Wallet
Carrying your phone and essentials has never looked so glamorous. Offered in so many great patterns, this little wristlet from Vera Bradley has four separate compartments for holding your phone, cards, and id. The zippered section is great for holding money.
KAVU Rope Backpack
Made of 100% cotton, this rope bag from Kavu is stylish, practical, and functional. Offered in a variety of styles, the patterns are very lively without being overly bold. Along with the adjustable shoulder strap, there are 5 different pockets to hold everything from a large camera to the essentials.
KAVU Sidewinder Bag
Not only does it come in the most beautiful colors, the Kavu Sidewinder Tote is a very versatile messenger purse. With an adjustable rope shoulder strap, it has one main compartment with tons of room inside. The zipper along the sides expands to hold bulkier items. The additional pockets are perfect for keeping things organized. When you wear it across your shoulders, it lies flat against your hip.
Vera Bradley Small Cosmetic Bag
With so many cheerful prints, this makeup bag from Vera Bradley is so adorable. As 12, she probably is asking for a new makeup set. This is the perfect complementary gift. It’s perfect for storing makeup brushes and makeup inside.
Custom Overnight Duffel Bag
With a stunning pattern, this large duffle bag from is the perfect companion for sleepovers and traveling. It easily holds enough clothes for 3 or 4 days. The best part? It can be custom with your name or initial.
Jinx Men’s Minecraft Creeper Face Wallet
Got loot? Keep it safe in this Minecraft wallet. Made of real leather, this Minecraft wallet looks surprisingly grownup. It’s got pockets for ID and even cards. Minecraft fans won’t want to go anywhere without it.
Casio “G-Shock” Digital Watch
You can’t go wrong with a G-Shock. This stylish but tough watch from Casio is perfect for even the most active 12 year old boys. Boys will hardly want to take it off.
Timex Woman’s Weekender Watch
The floral watchband really dresses up this Timex Watch. It’s got large easy to read numbers and indiglo nightlight is helpful for seeing in the dark.
Talking Emoji Backpack Clips
Who isn’t obsessed with Emojis? These plush key chains of your favorite Emjois are not only cute, but actually make hilarious sounds when you squeeze them. The clips allow you to easily attach them to your keys or backpack. Our favorite one is the poop one which makes a fart when you squeeze it.
Hynes Eagle Emoji Backpack
Does your 12 year old love Emojis? What better way is there to head to school than with an Emoji backpack? This quirky and brightly patterned backpack has the cutest Emjois on it. Made out a sturdy polyester material, it can hold a surprising amount of stuff and even has a sleeve that can hold a 14 inch laptop or tablet inside.
Fjallraven Kanken Daypack
Backpacks used to be just something you wear on your back. Available in just about every color, this Swedish designed backpack scores big with its simple and stylish design. It’s got a big singular compartment for all your school supplies and zippered pocket on the front. It’s cute for camping, shopping, and school.
Totes Clear Bubble Umbrella
Who knew that an umbrella could be so cute and functional at the same? This bubble umbrella from Totes is perfect for the winter time when you have many stormy and windy days. Because it’s shaped like a bubble that surrounds you, it keeps you completely dry and you can still see through it.
SojoS Cat Eye Sunglasses
Everybody is rocking these cat eye sunglasses which create a flattering look on your face. When you pull your hair back, they help define your whole face. You don’t have to spend a lot to get the look of designer sunglasses. This pair not only has the cat eye shape but comes tinted in a variety of shades like Rose Gold.
If you know their shoe size, a pair of fashionable shoes would be the best thing ever.
Birch Neon Orange Shoe Laces
While your 12 year old make be asking for a new pair of shoes, cool shoe laces are an inexpensive gift that can turn an ordinary pair of shoes into something out of this world. You can get these shoe laces in a bunch of fun beautiful colors, but these brightly colored neon shoelaces are the perfect way to accessories your sneakers.
UGG Women’s Classic Short Boot
What 12 year old wouldn’t flip out over a pair of real UGG boots? Available in the cutest colors, these comfortable boots go with everything from skinny jeans to leggings. She may never want to take them off.
Bearpaw Women’s Emma Tall Boot
Made with real suede, Bearpaw boots are the perfect alternative to UGG boots. With several colors and sizes to choose from, this faux pair of UGG boots is almost as stylish.
Converse Chuck High Top Sneakers
You can’t go wrong with a pair of high top Chucks. After almost 100 years, these shoes are still fashionable. For the first time in forever, the original Chucks are getting an upgrade. With a brand new sock liner, the sneakers are more comfortable than ever before.
adidas Superstar Sneaker
It’s hard not to go to school and notice that almost every has on a pair of Adidas Superstars. This stylish and simple shoe has been around for years and its popularity has spiked in the last couple of years. With iconic black stripes and timeless silhouette, this shoe goes with just about any outfit from athletic to casual.
adidas Stan Smith Sneaker
Did you know that Adidas Stan Smiths have been around since the 1960s and are named after a famous tennis player at the time? Now their popularity has exploded. Why? Its simple design and clean profile is timeless even today.
Nike Roche One
Ever since it was introduced, the Nike Roche has become super popular. Everybody fell in love with its minimalistic design and breathable fabric. While they are not designed to be running shoes, they are super comfortable when you are just lounging around and want something looks super stylish.
Inexpensive jewelry or a cute jewelry box that is fashionable makes a good gift.
Lokai Classic Bracelet
Lokai bracelets are the biggest craze right now. With little beads, they look really simple, but it’s the symbolic message behind them that everybody has fallen in love with. Inside the beads, they have water and mud from the highest and lowest point on the Earth. Inside the white beads, it contains water from Mount Everest. The black bead contains mud from the Black Sea.
Alex and Ani Birthstone Bracelet
Celebrate the month you were born with this birthstone bracelet from Alex and Ani. The silver bracelet comes with your birthstone charm on it. There is no better way to show your uniqueness.
Emoji Charm Bracelet
Who doesn’t like wearing charm bracelets? With several charms to choose from, these aren’t ordinary charm bracelets. They take all of your favorite Emojis on your phone and turn them into charms. For the girl who can’t get enough of Emojis, she will love wearing this unique charm bracelet.
Pandora Silver Bracelet Snap
Pandora bracelets are well known charm bracelets that can totally be personalized with your own charms. You get an empty bracelet that you can add charms to over time. The best part? It makes gift giving in the future a lot more easier as you just have to buy her new charms.
Queenberry Charm Bracelet
Made out of Sterling Silver, this empty charm bracelet is the next best thing to a real Pandora bracelet. The best part? It fits Pandora charms and other European style charms. You can wear it without charms, but it looks even better when you add charms to it. It comes in several sizes so you can find the perfect bracelet for your 12 year old girl.
kate spade Initial Pendant
This dainty gold plated necklace from Kate Spade is so cute and can be customized with your 12 year old girl’s initial. It is easy to adjust the length so it can be easily layered with other necklaces. When you flip the pendant over, it says “one in a million.” She is and here is a great way to show her.
Personalized Name Ring
Rings are cool but a customized ring is even cooler. This one can be personalized with your signature or handwriting, making it even more special. Whatever you send in will be engraved on the ring. Her face will light up when she see it.
925 Sterling Silver Princess Crown Ring
Who wouldn’t want a cute sparkly ring? A picture can’t capture how beautiful this ring actually is. Made out of sterling silver with a beautiful princess crown, it has a nice shine and sparkle that it will make even a 12 year old girl feel like a little princess. If she loves rings, she won’t be able to stop admiring it.
MyGift Jewelry Tree With Bird Nest
Does your 12 year old have jewelry? Let them store their jewelry on this useable piece of art. This adorable jewelry tree is perfect for hanging earrings, bracelets, and necklaces on. It’s even got a cute little nest for holding little thingamajigs. No more twisted messes of hoops to sort through each morning.
I Love You To The Moon and Back Pendant
Do you love your 12 year old more than anything else in the world? There is no better way to say I love you than with this gorgeous sterling silver pendant necklace. The words “I love you to the moon and back” are written across the pendant. Your 12 year old will never want to take it off.
Rose Gold Plated Stud Earrings
You won’t believe how amazing these earrings look. They look so expensive and real but they are actually cubic zirconium studs. The earrings sparkle and shine just like white gold diamond studs do. They make great gifts and your 12 year old doesn’t have to know how much you really paid.
Everu Rose Gold Leaf Ear Cuffs Earrings
Ear cuffs are the hottest new trend in earrings right now. The best way to step up your accessory game is with this beautiful ear cuff. The drops give it a classic look but the leafy cuff gives it a more rebellious edge. Creating a fun look on your ears, they are the right balance of the sophistication and edginess.
Gifts For The Techie
There is nothing more 12 year olds like than opening gadgets on Christmas morning or on their birthday. Anything from tablets to laptops are always big winners. If your 12 year old already has a cell phone, any cool accessories like cell phone cases will make a great gift idea.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8
Have you heard of an instant camera? Back in the old days, there used to be cameras that would give you instant pictures with the click of a button. This retro instant camera from FujiFilm is a throwback to the good old days. Click, it’s instant fun.
Canon Selphy Wireless Color Photo Printer
Wouldn’t it be cool if your Smartphone could take instant pictures? With the Canon Selphy Wireless printer for iOS and Android devices, you can print selfies from your Smartphone just about anywhere in your house. No wonder they call it the “Selphy” printer.
Amazon Fire TV Stick
Turn your TV into a steaming device with the Amazon Fire Stick. Simply plug it into your TV’s HDMI port and it streams content from Amazon, Netflix, HBO, Hulu, and more.
Amazon Echo Dot
Shaped like a puck, the Amazon Echo Dot does a lot more than your ordinary Bluetooth Speaker. You can actually speak to it to make it play music, answer questions, and even order pizza. To get its attention, you simply say “Alexa”. It’s the closest thing to science fiction.
All-New Kindle Paperwhite
Got a bookworm? Get them the Amazon Kindle Paper White. The non reflective screen is so much easier to read than a tablet. Amazon has updated it with a sharper display and a speedier processor, making it the best ereader that money can buy.
Amazon Fire 7
Don’t want to spend a lot on a tablet? Now with the Amazon Fire HD 7, you don’t have to spend a lot to get a powerful tablet. With a quad core processor, Dolby sound, a 5 MP rear camera, Amazon has given the tablet an update while keeping the price point down.
DC Comics USB Flash Drive
USB drives have become a necessity in school. How awesome is this? Batman lovers will love this cool USB 2.0 Drive. The head comes off the body, revealing the USB flash drive inside. Available in a variety of cool superheroes, it comes in either 8GB or 16GB. Who knew that a USB drive could save the day?
Portworld Nail Polish Flash Drive
Regular flash drives just got a whole lot more boring. While it looks like one, this is not an OPI nail polish bottle. It is actually a cleverly designed USB drive that comes in multiple sizes from 16 GB to 64 GB. It’s the perfect gift for the girly girl in your life.
Anker Astro E1 5200mAh Portable Charger
There is nothing worse than when your cell phone runs out a battery. This Anker portable battery recharger will become your new best friend. It charges your Smartphone up to 2 times when you just can’t get to an electrical outlet. The best part? It charges just about any USB powered device.
HISY Selfie Bluetooth Remote
Group selfies just got a whole lot easier to take. This little button pairs with the iPhone 4 or higher to take wireless selfies. Simply place the phone down with the included stand. Then press the button up to 90 feet away to take a snap. Who needs a photographer anymore?
Anker Selfie Stick
What 12 year old isn’t addicted to selfies? With this Bluetooth Selfie stick you can take the most flattering pics. Nobody has to know you took them. Simply press the button and you’ll turn into an instant photographer.
Amir 3 in 1 Fisheye Lens & Macro Lens
Just about everybody uses their phone to take pictures to share on social media. With this inexpensive lens kit, you can up your game. With 3 different lenses, you can pull of effects usually found on pricier cameras. There’s a fisheye, macro, and super wide angle lens. The super wide angle lens is perfect for getting everyone in a group photo.
If your 12 year old already has a phone, this is the perfect accessory. Available in several fun designs, it is basically a grip for your phone that makes it easy to take selfies and record videos on apps like Instagram.
Otterbox Phone Case iPhone 6/7
Don’t let your 12 year old use the iPhone without a case. With 3 layers of protection, there is no other case you would want on the iPhone than the OtterBox Defender. While there are many prettier and less bulky cases, they won’t give you this level of protection.
Caseology Phone Case iPhone 6/7
Most cases spoil the beauty of the new iPhone. If you have got a new iPhone, why not show it off? Available in different colors, this transparent case not only protects your phone from dings and scratches, it allows you to see the beauty of your new phone.
Skiva Octofire Multi USB Charger
With ereaders, phones, tablets, and cameras, who doesn’t have a ton of gadgets to charge at the same time? The Octofire hub allows you to charge 8 USB devices at the same time at the optimal speed. No more looking for a free wall outlet all over your house. It finally allows everybody in the family to charge all their devices at the same time using just one wall outlet. All you need are the cables.
Spy Gear Video WalkieTalkies
Come in “double 0” 12! Get ready for some top secret spy missions with these walkie talkies that can connect up to 2 miles away. It is “double” the fun.
Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker
Got a fitness guru? Take their fitness to the next level with the Fitbit One. Simply clip it to your clothes and this little gadget monitors your physical activity and even your sleeping habits.
GoPro HERO+ (Wi-Fi Enabled)
Got a little dare devil? With this wearable camera from GoPro, they can capture all their crazy adventures on video for their friends and family to see.
Acer Aspire E 15
Just need to get on the Internet, read email, or watch Youtube? Why buy an expensive laptop? Running the Windows 10, this inexpensive laptop has enough power to run even games . The fast processor means that you won’t be stuck moving at a snail’s pace.
Samsung Gear VR
This year everybody wants to try out a new VR head set. Most of the headsets are very expensive. If your 12 year old has one of the newer Samsung phones like the S6 or S7, the Samsung Gear VR is the best way to get in on the fun. You stick the phone inside and when your turn your head, you get to look around inside of a virtual world. Samsung has several hundred apps that are already compatible.
Ipad Air 2
With Apple launching the iPad Pro, the iPad Air 2 is the perfect tablet for 12 year olds. Over the years, Apple has taken the basic iPad and refined and finessed it into a thinner and lighter design.
The number one gift on your 12 year old’s list is probably a brand new smartphone. The latest iPhone is so much more than a phone. Besides calling, it almost gives you a ton of cool features including an improved camera. Your tween can do everything from playing the latest games and apps to playing music. Now can it keep them out of trouble? There’s probably an app for that.
Apple MacBook Pro
A brand new Macbook is like an “I Love You Gift Forever.” Apple makes great computers that not only have the latest technology, but are super stylish. Plus, you don’t have to worry too much about gettin annoying viruses.
Gifts For The Video Gamer
Most 12 year old boys love videogames. You can’t go wrong with a new video game or game related stuff. It is one of the best gifts for 12 year old boys but girls love playing video games too.
FPS Freek Vortex Thumbgrips
Available for both the PS4 and Xbox One, these cheap thumb stick covers can give hardcore gamers the edge they need in first person shooters. They simply slip over the thumb sticks and have a raised area, which give you a better grip. While they are fairly inexpensive, they do wonders for your speed, accuracy,maneuverability in games like Call Of Duty.
VersionTech CW10 Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
A cool gaming mouse is a great gift for the gamer in your life. With an accurate optical sensor, this affordable gaming mouse gives the gamer in your life the accuracy to compete with the toughest competition. The coolest part? There are six different color variations that you can make the mouse glow in.
If there is one dream gift that every 12 year old wants this year it is probably a new VR headset. You put on the headset and suddenly you are in the middle of the game. The most popular VR headset is the Playstation VR, which works with all the Playstation 4 consoles. The only problem? It’s expensive and requires an add-on camera and motion controllers.
Sony PlayStation 4 Slim/Pro
Since it was released, the Playstation 4 has gone on to become the most popular next generation system. Why? It represents an impressive package for video gamers with a better controller, better graphics, and sharing features. Now Sony has made it more affordable to get in on the fun with two versions of the console. The slim version is the entry level version while the pro version is for gamers with a 4K set. Greatness awaits.
Xbox One S
With several exclusive games that you can’t find anywhere else including Halo, the Xbox One is becoming more and more a more compelling piece of hardware to own. Earlier this year, Microsoft announced the Xbox One S, which is a slimmer and more sleek console, sweetening the deal for many gamers.
New Nintendo 3DS XL
With a strong library of software, the Nintendo 3DS is the ultimate portable gaming machine. Nintendo has updated the 3ds with better 3D, additional horsepower, and a second joystick.
Pokémon Moon Rated E
Pokemon has becomes a worldwide phenomenon and the fun is just starting. Two new Pokemon games are available on the Nintendo 3DS, Pokemon Sun and Moon. While mechanics in both games are the same, the difference is that each game takes place at a different time of the day. With a brand new tropical setting and some fresh changes to the formula, you will battle and collect Pokemon. Can you get them all?
Madden NFL 17 Rated E
The latest installment of Madden is out with more cutting edge features. The highlight? The game offers more precision than ever before. This means playing quarterback and defenders is more epic than before.
NBA 2K17 Rated E
Considered to be one of the best sports video games around, the latest NBA 2k brings the game of basketball to life like never before. NBA 2k17 lets you live out the entire NBA season with your favorite team. The game has never felt better with better rebounding and shooting.
Minecraft Rated E10+
Minecraft is one of the most popular games of our time. Now the game is available on just about every console. Like an electronic version of Legos, the game let’s you build stuff in the videogame world.
Just Dance 2017 Rated E10+
If you haven’t heard Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars enough, Just Dance 2017 has it along with other hit songs. The whole family will be sweating to over 40 hits from Jason Derulo to Lady Gaga. The dance floor is yours.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Rated E10+
How many times has your 12 year old watched the Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Now 12 year olds can revisit the world in the form of this lighthearted video game. It takes all the fun of the movie and recreates it out of Legos. With plenty of humor, puzzles, and classic Lego game play, fans will revisit some of the most memorable locations in the movie. It’s something that Star Wars fans won’t want to miss.
Overwatch Rated T
While your gamer may want to play M-Rated first person shooters, Overwatch is a great compromise. This team based shooter has arisen out of nowhere becoming one of the most popular online multiplayer shooters. While there is violence, most of it is very cartoony and tame compared to other games in this genre. The best part? The game promotes working as a team.
Halo 5 Rated T
If there is one must have game on the Xbox One, it is Halo 5. This first person shooter has defined the Xbox. Unlike the previous entries in the series, this one is rated Teen. Players use futuristic weaponry to kill both human and aliens. Parents should know there are a few bad words sprinkled through the game’s dialogue. While the single player mode has a deep story, it’s the sizeable multiplayer modes that will have gamers hooked for a long time.
Final Fantasy XV Rated T
With a touching friendship built around its four heroes, Final Fantasy takes gamers through an epic adventure. Players use weaponry and magic to dispatch fantastical beasts and enemies. The word shi*t appears a few times through the story. Compared to previous entries in the series, the combat has been simplified and is no longer turn based like traditional RPGs. For fans of fantasy, it’s an imaginative adventure worth going on.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Rated M
Pretty much every 12 year old is playing the Call Of Duty games. The latest game takes the battle to outer space. Parents should know that this is an M-Rated violent first person shooter where players use realistic weaponry to kill other humans. The dialogue is filled with swear words.
Battlefield 1 Rated M
This extremely violent M-Rated war simulator tries to recreate World War I in the form of a videogames. Players play from the first person perspective and use weapons of war to kill enemy soldiers. Deaths are made gruesome with splattering blood and soldiers screaming when they are burned alive. The perspective makes you feel like you are thrown right in the middle of World War I.
Gears of War 4 Rated M
This extremely violent action game contains lots of gore as players use high powered weaponry to kill aliens and humans. The most vicious weapon is the chainsaw which allows you to cut through and bash enemies. While the game has blood and explicit language, there is a toggle to remove it.
Xbox One Play and Charge Kit
If your Xbox gamer is finding herself always replacing the batteries in her Xbox controller, this charging kit is a must. That way, she doesn’t have to bother buying batteries again.
Xbox One Wireless Controller
So you just got a new Xbox One –you are going to need another controller to play local multiplayer. Microsoft has taken what works with its controller and perfected it. The best part? This wireless controller not only works with the Xbox One, but with Windows 10 machines.
PS4 DualShock 4 Wireless Controller
Playing video games by yourself is fun but playing with others is even more fun. If your Playstation gamer doesn’t already have 2 controllers, a second dual shock controller is the perfect gift. That way when friends come over, he or she can play multiplayer Playstation games with them.
POWER A DualShock 4 Dual Charger
Don’t you hate when your gaming controllers are not charged? Available both for the PS4 and Xbox One, this standalone charging dock allows you to keep two controllers charged at all times so you won’t have to worry about any dead controllers.
PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset
Playstation 4 gamers looking for a simple, sleek, and wireless pair of headphones need the Playstation Gold Stereo Headset. With Simulated 7.1 sound and a built in mic, it’s a great value. Just plug in the usb dongle into the PS4 and you are ready to go.
HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset
Most 12 year old gamers are playing online. Compatible with Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PCs, this affordable and lightweight gaming headset set will take multiplayer gaming sessions to the next level. It’s got a swiveling microphone that mutes when you flip it up. The memory foam earpieces are comfortable and help eliminate surrounding noise in the room, helping to draw you into your games.
WD 2TB Elements External Hard Drive For Xbox One
If you own an Xbox One, you know that you can fill up the built in hard drive really fast. Luckily, this external 2TB hard drive works perfectly with the Xbox One, allowing you to store digital games and more.
Seagate Barracuda Internal Hardrive For PS4
Given the size of games today, it’s so easy to run out of space on the Playstation 4. While you can add an external hard drive to the PS4, you won’t be able to play digital games off it. Luckily, it is simple to change out the internal hard drive of the PS4 to larger one. Available in multiple sizes, this 2.5 inch hard drive from Seagate works perfectly with the PS4 or PS4 Pro.
PlayStation Plus Membership
The simplest gift to get your Playstation gamer is a Playstation Plus subscription, which not only allows them to play multiplayer games like Call Of Duty online but gives them access to a couple of free games every month.
Xbox Live Gold Membership
A subscription to Xbox Live Gold is a no-brainer for the Xbox Gamer in your life. A subscription is a requirement if your 12 year old wants to play online games with friends. It also comes with additional perks like a couple of free games every month. Even if the gamer in your life already has a subscription, a couple of additional months wouldn’t hurt.
PlayStation Store Gift Card
Don’t know what to get the Playstation gamer in your life? Get them an Playstation Gift card. That way they can use the card to purchase whatever they want on the online Playstation Store.
Xbox Gift Card
If you don’t know what game to get your Xbox gamer, just get them an Xbox Gift card. That way they can use the code to purchase whatever they want on the online Xbox Store.
Board games are perfect for spending valuable time together with friends and family. 12 year olds might be bored of the classics, but these board games are sure to be hits.
Exploding Kittens Ages 7+
How can you make a card game more interesting? Make it about cats! Originally funded on Kickstarter, Exploding Kittens became an overnight success. In Exploding Kittens, players battle each other to avoid the exploding kitten card. Pick it up and you are dead. Can you be the last person standing?
Not Parent Approved Ages 8+
Are your kids begging to play Cards Against Humanity? Not Parent Approved is a lot more appropriate but still has a bit of edginess. The game is played a lot like apples to apples where players are given a hand of 7 cards. Then one player asks a question and players have to answer it with the best card from their hand. The judge then picks the best answer. While nothing close to Cards Against Humanity, the game sometimes pushes the boundaries at times of what is appropriate, but that is part of the fun.
Hasbro Speak Out Game Ages 16+
This hysterical game from Hasbro has players wearing a mouthpiece that makes it hard to speak. Then players are tasked with saying phrases that their teammates have to guess like “Whipped Cream On Pumpkin Pastries”. The only problem? Sometimes the words come out all wrong and may be even be inappropriate. Luckily, parents can remove cards if they find them inappropriate.
HedBanz Game Ages 8+
Hedbandz is a game of “What am I.” Players stick a cartoon object on their head and have to try to guess what it is by asking “yes or no” questions.
5 Second Rule Ages 10+
Name 3 yellow foods? Time’s up. 5 Seconds is a game filled with random questions. The catch? You have only 5 seconds to spit the answers out.
Apples to Apples: Party Box Ages 12+
Apples to Apples is game all about crazy combinations. Players take turns being the judge. The judge plays one of the green characteristic cards with a one word characteristic on it like ugly, glamorous, or cheap. Players then have to look at their cards, throwing down the card that they think best matches the characteristic. It’s up to the judge to decide the best combination.
King of Tokyo Ages 10+
Wouldn’t you love to be Godzilla? In King of Tokyo, everyone gets to be giant monsters that destroy everything that they come across. Depending on what you roll your monster can do different things on the game board. Will you be the last monster left?
Perplexus Original Ages 6+
In Perplexus, you roll a little marble ball inside a sphere shaped maze. It takes patience because the ball can fall off the track with one wrong move.
Ticket To Ride Ages 8+
An award winning game, Ticket To Ride is all about connecting cities together by building train routes between them. The larger the routes, the more points you are awarded. The catch? Other players are also trying to build their own routes, while at the same time trying to block you.
Jim Stott’s Ultimate Magic Kit Ages 10+
Would you like to levitate a playing card? With the Ultimate Magic Kit from Jim Scott, you can do this trick along with 350 magic tricks. Everyone will be asking, “How did you do that?” It must be magic!
AEG Love Letter Ages 8+
Love Letter is so much fun. It’s a card game for 2 to 4 players that is simple to play for anyone. The idea is that every player is a suitor trying to get their love letter in the hands of the princess before other players.
Zombie-Opoly Board Game Ages 8+
What would happen if zombies met Monopoly? You would get Zombie-Opoly. It plays very much like Monopoly. It’s Monopoly for the undead.
Gifts For The Music Lover
12 year olds are just starting to develop their tastes for music. Get your 12 year old into the groove with the coolest headphones and Bluetooth speakers.
Skullcandy Uproar Bluetooth Headphones
Cut the cord with these wireless headphones from Skullcandy. Offered in several cute colors, these lightweight headphones feel so comfortable. You might just find yourself “borrowing” them.
Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphone
Does your 12 year old play the latest rap tune so loud? Then this pair of wireless headphones from Beats is perfect for keeping both you and your tween happy. Sporting a modern design, this pair of headphones sounds so good that your tween may never want to take them off. The best part? The battery life has been improved.
The Singing Machine Disco Karaoke System
Can’t stop singing? With the Singing Machine, tweens can invite all their friends over for Karaoke Night. Hook the Singing Machine up to YouTube and the party will go on all night long. The fun lights on it make it feel like you are at a disco.
My Audio Pet Mini Bluetooth Speaker
Look at this! How cute is this? The little adorable animal is more than a cute friend. Fitting in the palm of your hand, it’s actually a little mini Bluetooth speaker that can wirelessly play your music from your phone. With so many cute animals to choose from, you can find the perfect pal.
Star Wars Millennium Falcon Bluetooth Speaker
Shaped like the Millennium Falcon, how cool is this Bluetooth speaker? The speaker beautifully captures every detail of the Millennium Falcon and works just like any other Bluetooth speaker. Not only does the back of the ship glow when you turn on the speaker, but it plays the theme song of Star Wars. It can play your own music too.
Anker SoundCore Mini Bluetooth Speaker
About the size of an apple, this small and compact Bluetooth speaker from Anker delivers surprisingly loud sound with great bass and range. With up to 15 hours of battery life, it sounds almost as good as Bluetooth speakers that are much pricier. Available in several different colors, it’s perfect for pairing with the Amazon Echo Dot or any Smartphone.
VicTsing Shower Speaker
Does your 12 year love singing in the shower? With the VicTsing Bluetooth shower speaker even water won’t be able to stop them. With several adorable colors to choose from, it features easy to use controls. You might just want to stay in the bath or shower longer.
UE BOOM 2 Bluetooth Speaker
It isn’t a party without the BOOM wireless speaker. Sporting a cool cylindrical design, this 360 wireless Bluetooth speaker that connects to your Smartphone keeps the party going all night with bold immersive sound.
Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone
Do you want to start podcasting? Now it couldn’t be easier to record your own podcasts and YouTube videos with high quality audio. Mounting on an adjustable stand, the Snowball iCE simply plugs into the USB port on your PC. It’s totally plug and play. The best part? You don’t even need studio equipment to get professional results.
1byone Belt-Drive 3-Speed Stereo Turntable
What is old has become new again! Record players are now more popular than ever and it has never been easier to get started. With a retro design, this belt driven record player couldn’t be easier to use and will spin records like a champ. With built in speakers, it has everything you need listen to your vinyl collection.
Pick-a-Palooza DIY Guitar Pick Punch
While it looks like one, this is not a stapler! It punches out guitar picks out of old credit cards, gifts cards, and random pieces of plastic found in the junk mail. Guitar players never have to worry about losing their picks. In just one second, you can just punch another one out.
Kala Learn To Play Ukulele Starter Kit
One of the best instruments to learn is the Ukulele. It’s similar to a guitar but is smaller and has fewer strings, which makes it easier to play than the standard guitar. Kala is making it easy for new players to get started playing the Ukulele with this set designed for beginners. Along with the Kala KA-15S Mahogany Soprano, it comes with an online tuning app and simple online lessons.
Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Player Package
Who wouldn’t want a brand new electric guitar? This pack takes away all the guesswork, giving you everything you need to get started playing right away. Available in 3 different colors, it comes with a Les Paul guitar, amp, tuner, and all the accessories you need. You can even get it bundled with the Rocksmith video game, which teaches beginners how to play.
Casio 61-Key Premium Portable Keyboard
For your young 12 year old musician, this little keyboard from Casio has a ton of great features. The digital display shows you the notes you are playing on the keyboard, which is a great learning tool. You even can change the instruments, the accompaniments, tempo, and more. The coolest feature? You can record a sample and play it back in different tones.
Twelve is the age when girls are becoming increasingly beauty-conscious. Gifts that make them feel more “grownup” are some of the best gifts for 12 year old girls. Every 12 year old wants makeup but fancy uncolored lip gloss or a bath spa set also makes a great gift if she is not allowed to wear makeup yet.
SHANY Glamour Girl Makeup Kit
There is nothing more that 12 year old girls want than a makeup set that they can play around with. This inexpensive makeup set from Shany is perfect for beginners. There is an assortment of blushes, eye shadows, and lip glosses. Best of all, with its portable size, tweens will love taking it over to a friend’s house.
SHANY All In One Harmony Makeup Kit
With several layers of fun, this is the dream makeup set for any 12 year old girl. With such a wide range of colors, there are 98 eye shadows, 6 lip glosses, 3 blushes, and more. All your daughter’s friends are going to want to come over to your house for a makeup date.
Real Techniques Starter Brush Set
Got a budding makeup artist? With super soft cruelty free bristles, these makeup brushes are essential when applying any creamy products like eye shadows or concelear. Your makeup will instantly look better.
Burt’s Bees Tips and Toes Kit
Who doesn’t love soft skinned fingers and toes? Made out of natural ingredients, the Burt Bees Tipw and Toes Kit includes products to make your hands, feet, and lips smoother. There’s an almond hand cream, honey and grapeseed hand cream, coconut foot cream, Lemon Butter Cuticle cream, and lip balm.
Baby Lips Lip Balm
Got a lip balm addict? These tinted lip balms from Baby Lip not only smell great, they leave your lips incredibly soft and supple. The tinted color gives lips a subtle amount of color. These are the perfect stocking stuffers.
EOS Lip Balm (Pack of 5)
Sporting very attractive packaging, the EOS Lip Balms come in the cutest egg shaped spheres. This set includes a half dozen flavors including blueberry, strawberry sorbet, pomegranate, summer fruit, sweet mint, and lemon. Not only do they smell and taste great, they leave your lips feeling soft and smooth.
Vera Wang Princess Perfume
Got a perfume lover? With a light fresh floral scent, the Vera Wang perfume is perfect for sharing with your little princess. It comes in the cutest bottle with a little princess crown as the cap. Every princess is going to want to wear this.
Wonderstruck Taylor Swift Perfume
Who doesn’t love Taylor Swift? Girls will be wonderstruck with this perfume gift set from Taylor Swift. It comes with perfume, body wash, and lotion. With a subtle fragrance and sweet scent, it is perfect for the Swiftie in your life.
Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Gift Set
Your little sweet pea with love this spa gift set from Bath and Body works. With a subtle light and fruity sweet raspberry floral scent, it is perfect even for beauty beginners. The set contains a shower gel, body lotion, and mist.
Olay ProX Facial Brush
OMG. Zits suck! Say hello to the cleanest and smoothest facial skin ever with this affordable facial brush from Olay. With a deep cleansing brush it will leave your skin feeling smoother and more radiant than ever before. Even your face will thank you.
Rejuvelle Bath Bombs Gift Set
These Bath Bombs are literally the bomb! Your 12 year old won’t take a bath without one. With natural ingredients, these bath bombs leave an amazing aroma and fizz, adding a whole new dimension to soaking in the bath. You may never want to leave.
Dove Men+Care Hygiene Kit
Who doesn’t love to smell clean? This fully body kit includes a body wash, shampoo, and antiperspirant. Dove has some great scents for men that are not overly powerful. This one has a clean masculine scent that even 12 year old boys will love.
Nail art is great because it is grownup but not too adult.
Tweexy Wearable Nail Polish Holder
Do you hate knocking over your nail polish bottle by accident? With this nail polish holder you never have to worry about spilling nail polish all over the place. It allows you to wear your nail polish on your finger so you can do your nails just about anywhere.
SHANY Nail Art Set
24 nail polishes! That is a lot of nail polish for a very affordable price. With so many fun colors from neon pink to forest green, you can take your nail art to the next level.
Bundle Monster Nail Art Tool Kit Set
Are you a nail art addict? With these tools you will be able to do more creative designs than ever before. The set comes with 20 must have tools with everything from different sized dotters to various brushes. Take your creativity to the next level.
DIY Nail Art
Want to learn nail art from a professional? Written by Catherine Rodgers from the YouTube Channel Totally Cool Nails, this step by step book walks you through 75 of the most fabulous designs. Your nails are an open canvas.
What 12 year old doesn’t love dressing up her hair? Colorful headbands, hair glitter, clips and pins all make good gift ideas.
JLIKA Elastic Hair Ties
With gorgeous prints, this set of 100 soft hair ties is cute and trendy. They do a good job of keeping your hair out of your face without forming creases in your hair.
Remington S5500 Hair Straightener
A flat iron with an auto shutoff makes a great gift for a 12 year old girl. This inexpensive one from Remington has ceramic plates with multiple temperature settings. It heats up super fast and straightens hair quickly.
Remington Pearl Ceramic Curling Wand
OMG Curls! With an auto shutoff, this ceramic curling iron from Remington will let you create waves like a professional stylist. Getting ready has never been so fun.
SySrion Hair Chalk
Want to make a real colorful fashion statement with your hair? With 6 colors of hair chalk, you and your friends can create a party on your hair.
Crave Detangling Brush
Who would have thought that a brush could make such a big difference? Nobody wants to brush through tangled hair when they wake up in the morning. Normal brushes can even bring you to tears if you have knots in your hair. This specially designed detangling brush has varying length bristles that pivot as you brush. The result? It can glide through even the most tangled hair.
The New Braiding Handbook
Who doesn’t love trying out new hair styles every day? Tying your hair back in a pony tail everyday gets boring. This book has 60 different tutorials to create just about every braid possible. If you want to learn how to create different braids, this is the book to check out.
Remington Damage Control Blow Dryer
Every 12 year old girl needs her own blow dryer. It’s a girl’s best friend. With ceramic technology, this one from Remington allows you to easily control the heat and speed with separate controls. Apparently, it’s supposed to release micro conditioners on your hair to protect your hair from heat damage. The included diffuser is great for directing the air flow.
REECHO Hair Extensions
Hair extensions are super cool because they can instantly make your hair look longer and fuller. Made out of synthetic fibers, this one from Reecho comes in several base colors so you can find the perfect match for your hair type.
Gifts For The Scientist
Most 12 year olds love science gifts that involve action, suspense, and invention. Your 12 year old might not have toys on their Birthday, Christmas, or Hanukkah list anymore, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t love robots.
Snap Circuits SC-300
Want to learn about electronics in a fun way? With Snap Circuits, you simply snap together circuits like Legos. No additional tools are needed. All of the pieces are color coded so it is easy to follow along with the instructions to create all sorts of cool stuff like doorbells or alarms.
Elenco Snap Circuit Arcade
What if learning about electronics could be as fun as going to the arcade? With this kit from Snap Circuits, kids can create over 200 fun projects. There are so many neat pieces in the set including a programmable word fan, colored disco ball, and more. There are even little simple preprogrammed games to play. All the pieces can be identified by their color which makes it easy to complete the various projects.
LEGO Mindstorms EV3
Ordinary Legos are great for building stuff that can’t move. With Lego Mindstorms, you can bring your robot creations to life with robots that walk, talk, and think. To get going, download the free app that teaches you how to build all kinds of robots from a claw tank to a scorpion vehicle.
Vilros Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit
The Raspberry PI 3 is simply one of the best pieces of tech you can get for under 100 dollars. The inexpensive computer is about the size of a credit card but offers so many fun ways to mess around with. The kit includes everything you need to get started quickly. Just pop in the monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
Piper Computer Kit
Powered by a Raspberry Pi, the Piper computer kit lets kids build their own computer by putting all the components together in a wooden box. The coolest part? After building the computer, your 12 year old has to build actual circuits to complete the Minecraft based missions. Tweens have to build everything from a controller to a proximity sensor.
Kano Computer Kit
Do you want to get started with the Raspberry Pi, but are too intimidated? The Raspberry Pi was created to get young people interested in computers and programming. This computer kit is the easiest way to get started learning about the Raspberry Pi and building your own computer. Unlike other kits, the Kano comes with everything you need including the screen and keyboard. Everything is already installed and it even comes preloaded with Minecraft and the programming language Scratch.
Bloxels: Build Your Own Video Game
Who doesn’t like video games? Does your 12 year old want to a videogame designer when she or he grows up? Bloxels lets kids design a video game level by laying out physical blocks on a board. They take a screenshot of the level using an app on a smart device and it instantly transforms into a videogame level that they can play through.
Elenco AmeriKit Learn to Solder Kit
Want to learn to solder? This kit from Elenco teaches you everything you need to know. With little quizzes to guide you along the way, it’s like taking a course on soldering. Along with the manual, you’ll get the solder, soldering iron, and wire cutters.
Orion StarBlast 4.5 Astro Tabletop Telescope
Prepare for stargazing. Now you can explore what is out there with this cool refractor Telescope from Orion. There is nothing cooler than observing the distant planets of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. It comes with a sturdy aluminum stand.
AmScope M500 Monocular Compound Microscope
Forget plastic toy microscopes! Science just got a lot cooler with this all metal microscope from Amscope. With a 10X widefield eyepiece, 4 lenses, and high quality optics, this inexpensive microscope resembles something you would see in a high school lab. You’ll want just stick random things under the microscope to see how different they look.
Ozobot 2.0 Bit
Quirky and cool, this inexpensive robot from Ozobot is a great way to introduce 12 year olds to programming. With the app, kids can simply drag and drop commands to program the robot. It’s never been so easy to program a robot.
Minecraft Mod Design 1
What 12 year old doesn’t want to make his or her own mod for Minecraft? Created by Youth Digital, this Java programming course teaches kids how to use programming to add their own items, blocks, and creatures into the game.
littleBits Rule Your Room Kit
Here’s a fun way to get kids into science. This kit comes with little modular Lego-like magnetic pieces that can be stuck together to create all sorts of cool alarms like a launching catapult. The best part? There is no soldering requires as the magnetic components stick together. Finally, there is a way to protect your room against intruders.
This little gadget allows 12 year olds to turn bananas or play dough into keyboard and mouse button presses. Simply hook up one end of the device into your computer’s USB port and clip the other end onto anything that conducts electricity. The fun part is coming up with novel and creative ways to use it.
EcoSphere Closed Aquatic Ecosystem
Who doesn’t want their own pet? What if there was a pet that you never had to look after? The Ecosphere is unlike any other aquarium. Inside there are little critters including shrimp and algae. The best part? Because it is a closed ecosystem that is in perfect balance, there is very little care required. That means you never have to feed them. With a life span of around 2 to 3 years, it’s the closest thing to a living snow globe.
BOSEbuild Speaker Cube
This simply DIY kit allows anybody to assemble their own Bluetooth Speaker. The kit comes with everything 12 year olds need including the circuit board, speaker components, and templates. The Bosebuild app walks you through the whole process of assembling the speaker along with teaching you about the different components that make up the speaker. There is no soldering or complex assembly, but it is cool to put together a working speaker.
4M Water Rocket Kit
Up, up, and away! Who knew an empty soda bottle could be so fun? This science kit allows your budding astronaut to send a bottle rocket soaring up to 30 feet in the air, using the power of water pressure. A bicycle pump and water is all that is required.
Toys For 12 Year Olds
Your 12 year old might not have toys on their Birthday, Christmas, or Hanukkah list anymore, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t love robots.Remote controlled cars, helicopters, or drones are usually big winners with 12 year old boys. This year everyone wants a drone.
Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid
This Star Wars BB-8 Drone is the coolest thing in the galaxy. It looks and moves just like the one in the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movie. Use your Smartphone to bring the robot to life, rolling and controlling him around. The force is with you.
Syma X5C Explorers Quadcopter With HD Camera
How would you like to fly your very own drone? Now you can. The Syma X5 quad helicopter is an inexpensive toy drone that can stream and record live video from a bird’s eye view.
DJI Phantom 3 Quadcopter Drone With 1080p HD Video Camera
Forget toy drones. The Phantom 3 is all your need. Looking like something straight out of NASA, this unmanned drone is the real deal. Equipped with a camera, you can capture stunning 1080p HD video. Every 12 year old dreams that they could own one of these. Okay, maybe every adult too.
Anki OVERDRIVE Starter Kit
Slot cars just got an incredible tech makeover. With Anki Overdrive, it feels like you are playing a videogame in real life. With the magic of technology, you race physical cars around a track using an app. The ability to drive against a self driving AI is like science fiction suddenly becoming true. The modular track allows you to create multiple tracks to race on. Start those engines by downloading the iOS or Android app.
Rev (2 Cars Included)
Is your tween so over Hot Wheels? REV is a pair of robotic battling cars. You can play against a friend or the self driving AI. The goal? Destroy your opponent before they destroy you by engaging in a virtual laser tag like battle or ramming them.
Arts & Crafts
At the age of 12, kids are starting to develop talents. If they are into art, these gifts can make their artistic talents shine.
Perler Beads 6,000 Count Bucket
Pearler beads are so cool. With just some plastic beads, a plastic pegboard, and an iron, you can create all sorts of beautiful pixilated art from Pokemon characters to cute dogs. After inserting the beads into the pegboard the beads are fused together by heating them with an iron. This set contains 6000 beads and 5 pegboards to make all sorts of cool projects.
Project Runway Portfolio
Want to be a fashion designer? This is really cool. With this stencil kit from Project Runway you can create stunning fashions. It has silhouettes of girls on every page. Simply use the provided templates to dress the models with shirts, skirts, pants, bags, and more. The runway is yours.
Minecraft Papercraft Overworld Deluxe Set, Over 90 Pieces
Does your 12 year old eat, sleep, drink, everything Minecraft? This fun craft activity let’s kids build Minecraft blocks out of paper. Simply fold the paper to create blocks and create your own Papercraft world.
Royal & Langnickel Deluxe Sketching Artist Box Set
Got an artist? Every beginning artist needs a deluxe art set from Royal & Langnickel. There are 3 different sets for oil colors, sketching, and watercolor so you can try something different. The sketching set is an awesome starter set for those looking to draw.
How to Draw People
Want to learn to draw people? It has never been easier than with this drawing book from Barbara Levy. The book teaches you how to draw by combining simple shapes like circles, ovals, and squares.
Lulu Jr. My Comic Book
How would you like to illustrate your own comic? This comic book kit from Lulu Jr. contains everything you need to make your own comic book. All you need is your superhero powers to illustrate the comic. Mail the kit. In a few weeks, you will get a professionally printed comic book in the mail.
ALEX Toys Craft Friends 4 Ever Scrapbook Kit
Show your bffs how much you love them by preserving memories of them with this scrapbooking kit from Alex Toys. It contains over 453 pieces including washi tape, sticky gems, scissors, glue, ribbons, and more.
Klutz Star Wars Folded Flyers
Paper airplanes are cool, but how would you love to build Star Wars spaceships. You can with this great craft kit from Klutz. The book lets kids create 30 spaceships from the Star Wars movie. They look just like the ones in the movie because of the printed paper. You’ll build everything from the Millennium Falcon to the Jedi Starfighter. The coolest part? They actually fly.
Spirograph has allowed kids to create fun spiral art for over 50 years. It is super easy to create art with Spirograph. Simply use the gears to mix and match patterns to create an unlimited amount of designs.
DIY Fashion Kits
Crafty things like do it yourself fashion kits are super fun for girls this age.
DIY Lip Balm Kit
Who needs store bought lip balm when you can make your own? This lip balm kit contains everything you need including beeswax, shea butter, and almond oil. With four awesome flavoring oils, you have so many opportunities to try out new flavors and color combos. Made out of natural ingredients, it leaves lips feels soft and smooth.
Paracord Planet Crafting Kit
Love making friendship bracelets? Friendship bracelets are not only a great craft activity, but also carry special meaning for the person who made it and the friend that wears it. This set has everything you need to make high quality friendship bracelets out of paracords.
BohoTats Flash Tattoos
What’s more fun than temporary body art? This henna tattoo set contains so many fun jewelry designs with everything from peace signs to intricate tribal art. It all looks very realistic but the designs wash out over the course of a week.
Duck Brand Assorted Print Duck Tape
Who doesn’t love making duct tape fashions? With Duck tape you can cover almost anything. This set of 10 authentic duct tape rolls includes so many fun patterns with everything from skulls to love signs. Simply stick the tape on any object and wrap it around. You can duct tape headbands, gifts, and even your bike.
Tulip One Step 18-Color Tie-Dye Kit
Add a little color to ordinary t-shirts, socks, or underwear with this great Tie Dye Kit from Tulip. Simply add a little water to the dye and then shake it. The result? Vibrantly colored clothing. It is so fun that you might just want to start a Tie Dye business.
DIY T-Shirt Crafts
Do have stacks of old t-shirts lying around? With this book, you will look at t-shirts in a completely different way. You’ll learn how to create jewelry, pillows, headbands, and more out of old t-shirts. There are over 50 projects to complete and each project can be finished in 1 hour or less.
ALEX Toys Duct Tape Party
One of the most popular new crafts is using patterned duct tape to wrap objects to create fun fashions on them. This kit lets you and your friends create all types of fashionable duct taped accessories from glasses to bags. Just tear and stick. With 12 rolls of duct tape, the kit has everything you need.
Cra-Z-Art Shimmer N Sparkle Weekender Bag
How would you like to create your very own one of kind bag? It’s super easy with this craft set from Cra-Z-Art. Simply use the fabric markers to color in the design. Viola! You have got your own little tote for sleepovers or on the go fun.
ALEX Toys Do-it-Yourself Infinity Jewelry Kit
Why buy jewelry when you can create your own? This 31 piece jewelry kit from Alex toys lets girls create their own personalized necklaces, bracelets, or charm necklaces. Everyone will be asking where you bought your cute jewelry.
ALEX Toys Knot & Stitch Pillow Kit
Now you can decorate your room with your very own adorable pillow with the word “Love” on it. Even beginners can learn to stitch as all the fabric comes pre-punched. Simply stitch the fabric together, knot the ends, and stuff the pillow.
Rainbow Loom 2.0 Bands
While it’s not as popular as it once was, the Rainbow Loom kit allows kids to create all types of colorful jewelry out of rubber bands using different patterns. Who needs gold when you have rubber bands?
Gifts For The Book Lover
If your 12 year old is a bookworm, don’t get them something you think is cool. Even read-a-holics have no time to read the 7 Habits For Organized Tweens. Writing journals with sparkly pens are a huge hit with every 12 year old girl.
Wreck This Journal
Here’s a fun twist on the idea of a journal. Inside the journal there are all different ways that you can destroy the journal. It has you do really fun things like poke holes in it or spill coffee stains on it. It’s a creative outlet to break the rules a bit.
Just Between Us: Journal for Girls and Their Mom
Want to get closer to your daughter? This unique journal is for both mothers and daughters to discuss everything from crushes to growing up. The left portion is for moms to fill out and the right side is for daughters.
Doodle Diary: Art Journaling for Girls
With the fun of art, journaling just got a little more fun. Just writing can be a bit boring. With this journal, every page encourages you to think, draw, and write about all different topics from friends to movies. It is colorful, artsy, and fun.
Guinness World Records 2017
Did you know that whales are the largest animal ever even surpassing the dinosaur? In fact, whales can weigh 28 times the weight of a T Rex. In Guinness World Records 2016, you will learn thousands of new world records on everything from Star Wars to sports.
Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy
Got a Star Wars fan? This is the best pop up book in the whole galaxy, letting kids explore Star Wars in a completely different and fun way. It makes a great gift for 12 year olds.
The Dangerous Book for Boys
Just about every 12 year old boy has to own the Dangerous Book for Boys. Forget the digital age. Take back Sunday afternoons and learn how to fish, build go carts, identify insects, and even about girls. Not only will your 12 year old love it, his dad, your uncle, and every male in the family will love it.
Just the Ticket: Ticket Stub Organizer
Does your 12 year love going to concerts or sports games? Encourage them to save the memories in this Ticket Stub Organizer. Not only can you save the ticket stubs, you can jot down little notes besides them.
Sleepover Party Mad Libs
Your slumber party will be incomplete without this ridiculously fun Madlibs book. Fill in the blanks to create ridiculous stories for endless induced giggles. Forget ________, Madlibs are so much more fun.
Dork Diaries 11
Girls in middle school will understand Nikki Maxwell. She’s just your average girl trying to make friends and make it through the day. Nikki thinks she can finally get away from the school bully when she takes a short field trip to a neighboring school. That is until the school bully goes with her. What will she do?
Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 11: Double Down
Would you be able to live in a world without videogames? Greg must when his his mom decides to take his video games away. How will he survive?
5,000 Awesome Facts 2
Did you know that it takes a gallon and a half of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream? Awesome Facts 2 from National Geographic is bursting with 5000 awesome facts about everything from Harry Potter to underwear.
Just when you think you know everything about Minecraft, a new book comes out. Just like the name implies, Minecraft: Blockopedia is an encyclopedia on every block in the Minecraft Universe. It comes in a uniquely shaped hexagonal book that looks like it is 3d but it is actually completely flat.
For The Adventurer
With all the exciting technology, kids find it difficult to tear themselves away from their electronics. Make backyard play as fun as indoor play with these great outdoor gifts.
Premium Leather Orbitkey
It might look like a swiss army knife, but this clever invention holds up to 7 keys. Small enough to fit in your pocket, the orbit key holder eliminates any jingling in your pocket. That way you don’t have to worry about your keys scratching anything or making your pocket super bulky. It is just a nice way to key your keys organized.
Monkey Bike Wheel Light M232
Do you own a bike? Then the Monkey Bike Wheel Light is a must have. This bike wheel light creates all kinds of fun patterns on your bike wheel when it rotates around. There are over 40 different patterns to choose from. Not only does it look super cool, it reduces the chance you will be hit by a car.
Olympus Trooper 8×40 DPS 1 Binoculars
Every 12 year old needs a pair of binoculars. These ones from Olympus are super affordable, but are perfect for bird watching, concerts, or sporting events. With a wide angle field of view, you are sure to catch all the action. Bring the action closer to you.
Victorinox Swiss Army Swiss Champ Pocket Knife
Got a young scout? In the right hands, this Victorinox Swiss Army knife makes a great gift. With 33 different elements, it’s like having a toolbox in your pocket. With everything from a screwdriver to wirecutters, you can do just about any job.
Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV Metal Detector
Who doesn’t love hunting for treasure? This metal detector is perfect gift idea for beginners. While you might stumble across rings or jewelry, you’ll be amazed at all the ordinary stuff you will find in your yard including coins, nails, and old tools. You might not find anything spectacular but what you will find is pure fun.
Slackers 50-Feet Slackline Classic Set
Are you ready for some outdoor fun? The Slacker Slackline is essentially a 50 foot tightrope that you attach between 2 trees. Walking on it and trying to balance on it is so much fun.
12 year olds might not yet have their driver’s license, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t get around in style.
Swagway X1 Self Balancing Electric Unicycle
Forget skateboards! The Swagway might be the coolest ride ever. It’s a self balancing Unicycle, basically a segway without a handle. The 2 wheeled Swagway goes up to 12 mph and one charge lasts over 10 miles. It does take some time to learn to balance on it, but once you get the hang of it is super fun. The whole neighborhood will be talking about it. It’s swag.
Razor E300 Electric Scooter
Scooters are fun, but need something that goes a little faster? Zip around the neighborhood with this electric scooter from Razor that goes up to 15 mph. Even parents need one of these.
Schwinn 24″ High Timber Mountain Bike
What’s cooler than a brand new bike? With 24 inch wheels, this one from Schwinn has 21 speeds, a padded seat, and the versatility to ride on dirt as well as streets.
Penny Graphic Complete Skateboard
Go retro with the Penny Skateboard. Offered in so many rad designs, this is the only skateboard you will ever need. It is even friendly enough for kids just learning to skateboard. With one kick, you be rolling down the street. Even you will wish you were a 12 year old kid again.
Rollerblade Girl’s Junior Spitfire XT
What’s more fun than rollerblading around in style? With an adjustable design, the Rollerblade Spitfire XT Skates are functional as they are stylish. This is a cool pair of blades. The four wheels on the bottom give you better stability.
Razor RipStik Ripster
With the Razor RipStik you don’t have to wait for the snow to have fun. The RipStik lets you carve down the street in real style. The secret? It has a pivoting deck that allows the board to accelerate when you twist back and forth on it.
Snow Sled Saucer Heavy Duty
During the winter, there is nothing cooler than a sled. The only problem? Most sleds are pretty easy to wreck. That is until now. This saucer sled from MH sleds is constructed of out 1/4 inch thick plastic, making it almost impossible to wreck. The thick plastic allows for a smooth ride. Don’t be surprised if you see Santa with one of these.
Flybar Chrome Master Pogo Stick
This isn’t the pogo stick you had when you were a kid. This is a high performance pogo stick from Flybar. Made of chrome, it comes fully assembled and ready to bounce out of the box. Jump for joy!
By age 12, most tweens have hobbies or play sports. Most guys love basketball or football. A new ball or sports equipment is a good idea.
Spalding Mini Basketball Hoop
When you can’t get outside to play basketball, bring the basketball hoop to your bedroom with the Spalding NBA Mini Hoop. It is designed after a real NBA backboard so it looks just like the real thing. Simply mount it over your doorway and it is sure to score big time.
Winmau Blade 4 Bristle Dartboard
Sporting clear and crisp graphics, this professional dartboard from Winmau hits the bulls eye. Made of 50% thinner wire, this dartboard is designed to resist bounce outs.
Nerf Sports Weather Blitz Football Toy
What 12 year old doesn’t love football? This one from Nerf is easy to throw, not too big, and has a nice grip. No matter what the weather conditions, this Nerf Football is built to be durable. Take it camping or out in the back yard. It scores a major touchdown.
Baden Messi Deluxe Soccer Ball
Designed to honor Messi, soccer nuts will fall in love with this golden soccer ball. The best part? The proceeds support the Leo Messi Foundation, which gives adolescents in risky environments a chance to shine.
Wilson Evolution Black Edition Basketball
The Wilson Evolution basketball is the most popular indoor basketball. Why? It has an amazing grip. Once you get it in your hands, it practically melts in them. You feel in complete control. Now it comes in a sleek black color.
Wilson X Game Basketball
This connected basketball for today’s athlete promises to improve your game. How? It can actually keep track of your shooting percentage when paired with an app. Make game time anytime.
Easton 2015 FP15MK10 MAKO CXN ZERO
With a massive sweet spot, this bat from Easton has a great pop. Made of a thermo composite material, it has a great balance with zero vibration. Everyone needs to swing this bat.
Skywalker Trampolines Jump N’ Dunk Trampoline
There is nothing more fun than bouncing up and down. With tons of safety features, this 12 foot trampoline from Skywalker has a great bounce. The coolest part? It has a basketball hoop inside. Your backyard will never seem the same.
Adidas Team Speed Small Duffel
When you need to haul your sports gear around, the Adidas Team Speed Duffel is very useful. Offered in several colors, it sports an adjustable strap, an area to stick in your shoes, and plenty of room inside.
Adidas Squad II Duffel
Designed for girls, the Squad II duffel from Adidas is the perfect sports bag. Offered in several vibrant colors, there are many compartments to organize your stuff. When you zip open the front zippered pocket , it says “girls rule.” With this bag, they do.
Every 12 year boy probably wants an air soft gun or paintball gun but these can be dangerous in the wrong hands. One of the best toys for 12 year old boys is Nerf guns. They still love to run around with Nerf guns. Every year they have a new fancier one. Most boys love to play with blasters chasing each other around no matter what they age.
Nerf Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX Tagger 2-Pack
Who doesn’t like Laser Tag? Bring all of intense action of laser tag home with Nerf Lazer Tag. You’ll feel the excitement with lights, sounds, and vibrations. The best part? You will never lose any darts. Just make sure you watch your back! Get ready to tag or be tagged.
Nerf N-Strike Mega Series RotoFury Blaster
Grab the Nerf Mega Rotofury. This blaster features all new larger darts that deliver a little more oomph. The rotating drum fires 10 darts rapidly without the need to reload. Fire the darts up to 90 feet sending them whistling through the air.
Zing Air Huntress Fire Tek Bow
Bows and arrows, oh my! Katniss never goes anywhere without her bow and arrow. Now you can too. This pink and purple bow from Zing Toys lets you fire arrows up to 145 feet away. Plus, the arrows light up and whistle through the air. Even Katniss would like this.
Nerf Rebelle Secret Shot Blaster
Top secret missions will never be the same with the Nerf Rebelle Secret Shot Blaster. It might look like a plastic purse but this purse instantly turns into a 4 shot blaster with the press of a button.
Marshmallow Fun Duck Commander Blaster
Who knew marshmallows could be so fun? A Marshmallow gun is a great gift for both 12 year old boys and girls. This one shoots pretty big marshmallows up to 30 feet away. Everyone will want to grab it to see who can shoot the farthest. Shoot the marshmallows up in the air and try to catch them in your mouth. Tons of fun.
Water Sports QF-2000 Stream Machine
Water guns are cool, but how does a water gun that shoots a stream of water up to 70 feet away sound? With a 36 inch barrel, this water gun is simply a beast. Simply hold the water blaster under water and pull back on the plunger. Then aim and fire a long soaking blast at your target. It’s perfect for pool parties.
At age 12, tweens love anything cute that they can add to their room to make it an expression of themselves.
Redo Your Room
What 12 year old doesn’t dream of redoing her room? With this book, there are 50 different ideas on how you can transform your room in a weekend. It is full with colorful photos and easy to follow directions. Now if it could only show them how to clean their room.
LEGO Kids Star Wars Darth Vader Mini-Figure Alarm Clock
What’s the biggest minifigure you have ever seen? This large Darth Vader minifigure stands 8 inches tall. The coolest part? It doubles as a simple alarm clock.
iHome Bluetooth Color Changing Alarm Clock
What can this attractive alarm clock not do? First off, look at. It looks so beautiful and sleek. The color changing LED light adds a nice ambiance to your room. It does everything from charging your phone to playing the radio and streaming music from Bluetooth devices.
Lava Lite 27-Inch Neon Grande Lava Lamp
This is no ordinary lava lamp. It stands 27 inches tall, making it the largest lava lamp ever. The neon pink color is gorgeous and it really helps set the mood of the room. All your friends will want to hang out in your room.
Emoji Poop Face Plush
Can you guess what this is? It’s a poop emoji poop pillow. It is perfect for decorating your room. Luckily, it doesn’t smell. Who knew poop could be so cute?
Qbedding Microplush Throw Blanket
A go to gift for a 12 year old is a throw blank especially if it comes in tween colors. Made out of 100% Ultrasoft Micro Fiber, this might be the softest throw blanket ever. So silky and plushy soft, it feels like marshmallows. It’s offered in several colors and sizes, so you can find the perfect style for your tween. You might want to even want to get one for yourself.
Paladone Pac-Man Ghost Light
What’s cooler than Pac Man? Gamers are going to love this Pac Man Ghost light from Paladone. It lights up and smoothly cycles through 16 colors. In party mode, it will even flash to the beat of music. 12 year old gamers will eat it up.
DC Comics Batman LED Night Light
When Batman sees the Batman signal, he comes to rescue Gotham. Now he can fall asleep. This night light actually projects a colorful 3 foot bat signal on the ceiling, wall, or floor. The soft glow it emits is helpful for moving around in the dark. Perfect for the Dark Knight.
Even 12 year olds haven’t outgrown gummy bears. Offered in several colors, this 7 inch Gummy Bear night light is just plain cool. When you squeeze its tummy, it turns the light on and off. Adorably cute, it looks and feels just like gummy bear. Too bad you can’t eat it.
Lava Lounger Bean Bag Chair
Get ready to chill on this comfy bean bag chair. Who knew furniture could be so cool? Unlike traditional bean bag chairs, Lava Loungers are filled with foam so they are built to last. The entire family is going to love lounging on this. Don’t worry when the kids go to school, it’s all yours.
MagicLight WiFi LED Light Bulb
Looking for something that has the “Wow” factor? This little light bulb from Magic Home allows you to personalize the lighting in your room. Over WiFi, simply use the app to choose from a near infinite palette of over 16 million colors. It will magically change the color of the bulb. It’s all done at the tip of your finger.
Super Moon In My Room
Look on the wall. It’s a moon. No it’s Super Moon. Bring the moon in your room with this cool night light. With a built-in lunar clock, the phases of the moon automatically match up with the moon outside.
Gifts For The Foodie
For those that love to eat or cooking, these gifts are a recipe for fun.
Twist It Up
Every young chef needs this book. It contains over 60 delicious recipes from cupcakes to chicken noodle soup. It’s written by Jack Witherspoon who used his love for cooking to get through his battle with leukemia. With a fun colorful layout, the step by step instructions are easy for anyone to follow.
Great Northern 15-Inch Gumball Machine
Who doesn’t love gumballs? Now you can have your very own full blown gumball machine. With bright paint, a glass globe, and sturdy legs, it looks like the real thing. It works just like real thing too. Load it up with small treats and put in coins to make it dispense.
Candy Craft Chocolate Pen
With the Candy Craft Chocolate Pen you can draw your own designs out of chocolate. Make chocolately art work that is almost too cute to eat. The kit includes the pen, candy molds, and different colors of chocolate. Chocolicious!
Sunbeam FPSBFCM40 Fortune Cookie Maker
Everyone knows that one of the best parts of eating Chinese is getting a fortune cookie. How would you like to create your own fortune cookies? This fortune cookie maker bakes up treats that you can stick your own fortunes inside of.
Holstein Housewares HF-09013M Fun Cupcake Maker
Eating cupcakes is fun but making them can be difficult. Cupcakes just got a little easier to make. It’s as easy as 1-2-3! This cupcake maker makes 6 delicious golden cupcakes. Pour in the batter. Close the lid and bake. Even 12 year olds can whip out cupcakes like a pro.
Nostalgia Electrics GCM600 Gummy Candy Maker
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could make your own gummy bears? You can with this gummy bear maker. All it takes is a little jello and unflavored gelatin. With the molds, you can create all kinds of gummies from worms to fish to little bears. Say good bye to store-bought gummy bears.
You can never have enough of ice cream. Yonanas lets you turn frozen fruit into ice cream. Freeze all different kinds of fruit from bananas to mangos. The best part? It is so much healthier.
Girl Scouts Cookie Oven
Who doesn’t love Girl Scouts cookies? With this cookie oven you can bake up your very own Girl Scout Thin Mint treats. Other flavors are sold separately.
Ferrero Rocher Gift Cube
Got a chocolate lover? Yum . . . hazelnuts covered with smooth creamy chocolate. This beautiful gold gift box contains 18 of the most sinful treats inside.
Hershey’s Milk 5-Pound Chocolate Bar
What if you could take an ordinary Hershey’s chocolate bar and make it 50 times bigger? You can with this humongous 5 pound Hershey’s chocolate bar. It’s the world’s largest Hershey bar.
At 12, all the kids this age love money. Cash is always good. You don’t have to give a lot. Even a small amount for them is like winning the lottery. Additionally, a gift card to their favorite store is a good idea. Get creative with these gifts using a puzzle box or wrapping it in a basket to dress it up.
Bilz Money Puzzle
Don’t just give your 12 year old money or a gift card. Make them work for it. This gift box looks like a pinball maze. Can you figure out the secret to opening it? When the puzzle is mastered, the drawer pops open. It is completely reuseable.
Yosegi Puzzle Box 4 sun 10 steps
Giving money or a gift card to someone is just boring. Instead stick your gift card or money into this Japanese Puzzle Box. It takes 10 steps to open it. Can your 12 year old Samurai figure it out?
Forever 21 Gift Card
What 12 year old doesn’t love Forever 21? It has all the latest cute fashions and prices are super affordable.
Claire’s Gift Card
For tweens, Claires is the go to spot for inexpensive jewelry, accessories, and beauty products.
GameStop Gift Card
Videogames are really popular with 12 year old boys so you can’t go wrong with a GameStop gift card. This way you don’t have to worry about buying them the wrong game.
AMC Theatre Gift Card
What 12 year old doesn’t love the movies? You can’t go wrong with a gift certificate to the movies.
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