Christmas Guide: Tweens

November 22, 2014

Roo is approaching that difficult age between being a small child and a teenager, more fondly recognised as the Tween years. The Tween age makes them want to be older than they are, whilst their parents are desperately trying to slow time down and keep them interested in the toy trains or dolls that they once lived for.

Finding Christmas presents for this age group can be difficult as they are keen to grow up and live all their ‘baby’ toys behind yet aren’t older enough for many of the items that will be finding there way onto their wish lists. I’ve put together some suggestions on what to buy a Tween this Christmas

Craft Projects for Minecraft and Pixel Art Fans

Over the past year Roo has developed a love for Minecraft, I blame Mr Boo who sits and plays it on his laptop – Roo would sit and watch him play it, ask him questions about it and often he would let her go exploring his world. Luckily for Roo, Mr Boo treated her to the Minecraft Xbox 360 version over the summer and it has been a big hit.

Tweens - Minecraft craft projects

A new and exciting project book is here to make your Minecraft® adventure come to life. Easy-to-make craft projects fill the pages of this colourful book. Use this imaginative book to create instantly recognizable toys, jewellery, and accessories based on one of the most popular video games of all time. The iconic look of each project is sure to inspire children to become creative and develop their Minecraft® hobby in cool, hands on ways.

Price: £5.99

Where to buy: Amazon (affiliate link), WHSmiths and all other good book retailers

Time keeping

As we go through our lives we start to understand the importance of time keeping. Making sure we get up earlier enough to complete every thing we need to do before we head on out for the day. Making sure we are where we need to be at the right time etc. So this Christmas why not treat the tween in your live to the gift of time.

Tweens - Shade Station Kid's Timex Watch

Shade Station have a range of different kids watches available whether they prefer a cute TIKKERS animal design, a TIMEX watch with comfortable adjustable strap (great for little wrists) or a more grown up LORUS watch available in a variety of designs for both boys and girls.

Price: From £6.00

Where to buy: Shade Station

Worlds Apart One Direction

Music has always featured within Roo’s life, from as early as I can remember she has always loved singing along to the radio and dancing around the living room whilst watching a music channel on TV. It has only been the last year that she has really become aware of who sings the songs that she enjoys so much. Of course to Roo there is only one group that it ‘EPIC!’… One Direction.

What better way to celebrate her love of all things One Direction than with one or two Worlds Apart One Direction additions to her bedroom.

Prove you know what’s cool and make your Directioner’s dreams come true this Christmas with the ReadyRoom® One Direction Microphone Alarm Clock – They can ditch the hairbrush and sing along to the Best Song Ever.

With the Tweens One Direction ReadyBed® they can shimmy in, snuggle down and dream of their favourite boy band. Perfect for a home stay or a night time adventure away, an all-in-one sleeping bag and bed makes sure sleep comes easy.

Price: ReadyRoom® One Direction Microphone Alarm Clock – £19.99 / Tweens One Direction ReadyBed® RRP £34.99 – currently on offer at £20.00 from Amazon.

Where to buy: Amazon (affiliate link), Smyths Toys, Argos and all other good toy retailers

Get lost in a book

They say that reading is becoming a dying art, and that children would rather be doing anything other than reading a book – I disagree with this, finding a book or even a series of books that they are interested in is the key to the success of getting a tween lost in a book.

Take the Harry Potter books they took the world by storm when they were first released, however they continue to be bought year after year for the next generation of Harry Potter fans. So why not treat your Tween to the story books behind the award winning films.

Harry Potter Books

Price: From £3.85

Where to buy: Amazon (affiliate link), Waterstones and all other good book retailers


Do you find buying for a Tween difficult?

  • Mammasaurus November 22, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Love these suggestions – and that watch , I may get it for Kitty actually as she’s at that age where it seems that most things for her age is geared at Disney or is too babyish (her thoughts not mine!)

  • Kim Carberry November 22, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    What great ideas….I have a tween and I have struggled.
    She loves One Direction and I thought I had bought her just about everything to do with them…..I haven’t seen the Microphone Alarm Clock before though! That is so cool x

  • Keri Jones November 22, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I love the new covers for the Harry Potter books, might have to buy them all over again 😀 x
    My sister is coming up to ‘tween’ age and I have struggled what to buy her. Luckily she had a very long list, lol x

  • Pinkoddy November 22, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Oh what fantastic suggestions – will have to get that book. Yes need to get him a watch as the poor boy got an after school detention for checking the time on his phone!

  • Jane English November 22, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    It’s such an awkward stage for them. Loving your ideas!

  • laura jayne bates November 22, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    i have a tween and find it so difficult but theres some fab ideas here

  • iain maciver November 22, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    fandabidozy ideas as ever always a help

  • Claire Eadie November 22, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Brilliant ideas, pinning this page for later x

  • Emma November 22, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    I have a tween, they can be so difficult to buy for! Thanks for this, very helpful! 🙂 x

  • ValB November 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Some good suggestions, my grandson is a tween now and both a good reader and a minecraft fan so its given me food for thought.

  • Sarah Cooper November 22, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Yes buying for a tween is incredibly difficult. Also, everything is so expensive, so you can spend a lot and it still doesn’t look like much.

  • jodie hawkins November 22, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Fantastic list, my daughter is just coming to the end of her tweenagerhood and my son is just starting his Present buying this Christmas is a nightmare :/

  • Mandy Waller November 22, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Fantastic suggestions the minecraft is perfect for my kids as they addicted lol

  • amanda November 22, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    tweens are hard to buy for,especially boys! Great ideas you have here!

  • Emma Hogg November 22, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Great ideas, love the minecraft idea, the minecraft Lego this year is also great

  • Helen November 22, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    What great ideas! 😀
    Definitely saving this beauty!
    Mad Harry Potter covers as well!
    Tweens, There just focusing on getting older…

  • EMMA WALTERS November 23, 2014 at 7:29 am

    great ideas, would love to get some books for my son,it’s hard to find some that he would be interested in

  • Morag P November 23, 2014 at 9:14 am

    The One Direction stuff is right up my 9 year old’s street!

  • Donna November 23, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Some great ideas. I’m bookmarking this, as I have a tween niece – and next year my son will be entering the tween category (God help me!)

  • Susan Joyce Rogers November 23, 2014 at 10:54 am

    My almost a teen granddaughter has requested some books ,which is great!

  • kim neville November 23, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Tweens are always a hard age to buy for. I get my daughter to write a list down now. She loves 1D and 5SOS so anything to do with them goes down well

  • justine meyer November 23, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I have a tween who is difficult to buy for and some of these ideas are great

  • Jeanette November 23, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I have two teens and a tween and it’s a very difficult age.

  • susanna November 23, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Great list! The Minecraft Pixel Art set looks really good for my girls.

  • claire wilkinson November 23, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    some fab ideas

  • Lesley Bain November 23, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    My two youngest are 9 and 10 this year, and I’ve found it really difficult buying for them. I think the best thing I have found for them so far are metal detectors. We live near the sea and like to walk on the beach, I thought this would make it more fun for them and encourage them to get out in the fresh air more 🙂 x

  • Lynsey Buchanan November 23, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    The one Direction stuff from worlds apart looks good

  • Emma November 23, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    I am loving all these guides! So helpful.

  • Samantha R November 23, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    im going to get the Harry Potter books for my 8 year old, she loves to read

  • Aly November 23, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    We have the Harry Potter books already but they are a tween must have.I’m thinking the Minecraft book would be on my 9 year old daughter’s list and a watch for my 12 year old son.

  • Robyn Logan Clarke November 23, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    I know a One Direction fan who would love the ready bed for Christmas.

  • Amanda November 23, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    My godkids love Minecraft and One Direction so this was a helpful blog post 🙂

  • stephen wilsonleach November 24, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    our 10 year old son is getting xbox games

  • corissa November 24, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Harry potter books is a good shout

  • Mary Keynko November 24, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    It is tough to buy presents for this age group! I love your ideas though – some really lovely gifts !

  • Grant R November 24, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I have an 11 year old, and it’s pretty difficult. I don’t want them to be constantly on their tablet. There’s some great suggestions here. The minecraft head is genius! Creative presents are now on my list 🙂

  • Otilia Stocks November 24, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I can’t wait for Kara to start reading and buy her Harry Potter . Great choices!

  • Cass November 24, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Great ideas – I’ve just written my gift guide for tweens too 😉

    I’ll add your link in to mine x x

  • Amanda November 24, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Oh I’m with you, its very difficult, so much so I completed my own tween gift guide this year. My DD is 12, so the gifts are slightly different tho.

  • Sandra Lane November 24, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Great ideas for those hard to buy for tweens. My daughter who is 10 loves fashion so it will be clothes and accessories for her this year.

  • Genna St Michael November 24, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Some great ideas – Harry Potter is a definite plan!

  • Nicola atkins November 24, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    My daughter is 12 and this is the hardest year yet, but cant go wrong with Pokemon games for the DS!

  • jodi hill November 24, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    The minecraft book looks ace, my son loves minecraft & crafting- perfect gift 🙂

  • Rachel Craig November 25, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Sometimes, as they can change preferences frequently. Usually depending on what is popular with their peers.

  • Paula Phillips November 25, 2014 at 9:33 am

    My son loves making things and would enjoy all these books.

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  • elaine dale November 25, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    love everything here, so hard to choose just one thing

  • Zowee Moore November 25, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    LOVE!! the new harry potter covers! They’re on my list :p

  • Joanne November 25, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    great Advice for my hard to buy for neices 🙂

  • Cheryl Pearson November 26, 2014 at 10:37 am

    helpful gift guide

  • olivia Kirby November 26, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    My son is 12 so upper end of tween stage, not sure if he would like any of these, except the Minecraft book, he still plays that with his sister.

  • LORRAINE FLETCHER November 26, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    some interesting ideas, love the Minecraft making book

  • Becca Staples November 26, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Some great idea’s, and can never go wrong with One Direction! x

  • Christine Lockley November 26, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Tween boys are SO hard to buy for, thanks for some great ideas, will definitely be getting the Minecraft and Pixel art book.

  • Laura Pyper November 26, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    love the look of the Minecraft craft project!

  • Jackie Chapman November 26, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Great gift ideas here, thanks!

  • Dinah Butcher November 27, 2014 at 5:13 am

    I find buying for everyone difficult! There are so many options these days and children change their tastes so fast it’s hard to keep up with the latest MUST HAVE!

  • simon hardy November 27, 2014 at 9:24 am

    That is a great price for the minecraft book on amazon!

  • Yet Another Blogging Mummy!!! November 27, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Some great ideas. Son1 is just about to enter the tween period, although both he and his younger brother are already big minecraft fans

  • claire matthews-curtis November 27, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    some great gift idea’s

  • Joy Dehany November 27, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    No – as long as you know the tween it’s not hard to buy for them. Vouchers for a shop they like or ask them specifically if there is anything they want. Otherwise cold hard cash goes down very well.

  • Rebekah Jones November 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I think my Aimee and your Roo are twins separated at birth lol … mind you that seems to be the same for all tweens … I am trying to keep her young because they are only children once …. but the influence of their friends in school doesn’t help me on that task … a lot of her friends are A LOT older in the head than her !!

  • Rachel Edney November 27, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    My 9 year old is at that stage where most toys are too babyish but some games and books he’s too young for

  • Jennifer Rhymer November 27, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Lovely gift ideas here – the Timex watch is very pretty x

  • Sarah Mills November 27, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    love the minecraft book x

  • Toni glenn November 27, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Some great ideas here

  • Belinda Matthews November 28, 2014 at 12:44 am

    I would usually give cash but there are some great ideas

  • D Winfield November 28, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Some great ideas!

  • stacey kavanah November 28, 2014 at 11:38 am

    love the minecraft book and the one direction stuff

  • Barbara Handley November 28, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    This has given me some ideas about what to buy my eleven year old grandson for Christmas.

  • Kirsteen Mackay November 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Lovely gift ideas! My son would love the Craft Projects book.

  • Aimee Morrison November 28, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Great ideas, such a difficult age to buy for.

  • LEE HARDY November 28, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Some great gift ideas on here, pictures help as well.

  • Rebecca Evans November 28, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    I didn’t realise the Harry Potter books had new covers…you learn something new every day!

  • Susan Pringle November 28, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    One Direction is high on my 11 year old’s xmas list 🙂

  • Rosalind Blight November 28, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    I have a 7 year old tween who is minecraft and 1D mad so this post is fab thank you

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