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Four gift experiences that tweens will love

October 1, 2018

You’re not the only one. It can get really hard trying to buy birthday and Christmas gifts for our children as they get older. From the age of ten upwards, they seem less and less interested in toys and good old-fashioned on the floor play. Figures become a distant memory, playsets a thing of the past, play-doh and paint… do they even know craft stuff exists anymore?

It’s a hard time for tweens and parents, alike. Watching your children grow older is great but it’s also sad to see them let go of their childhood so willingly. Of course, it’s completely natural, normal, even, but for parents, it can definitely be an emotional period.

I’ve decided that the solution is to get creative about gifts and select stuff that will really enhance their tweenage years. It’s oh-so-easy to fall into the trap of purchasing electronic devices, accessories, and games. They’re everywhere these days, and we can’t deny that it’s not the norm. Scratch that, and take a look at just four alternative gifts I’ve found for your not-so-youngsters.

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Up at The O2 Climb Experience for Two

Enjoy some quality time together with your tween with an Up at The O2 for two adventure pass. Climb a suspended walkway up, up, and beyond, to view London City from a height of 52 metres above ground level. All safety equipment and climbing gear is included, all you have to do is turn up with your tween to embark on this urban mountaineering adventure.

Segway Adventures

Segways topped the list of must-have Christmas toys in 2015. Since, they’ve gone from strength to strength, with so many cities across the UK offering Segway tours or off-road adventure safaris. This will definitely be considered a cool Crimbo present.

Family Llama Experience for Two Adults and Two Children

Tear your tween away from the computer screen with the prospect of meeting a real loot llama for the day. That’s got to be better than an afternoon looking out for the Fortnite pinatas, right?

Bounce Below for Two at Zip World, Wales

From way up high Up at The O2 to deep down below at Zip World, Wales, there’s adventure to be found wherever you look online at Red Letter Days. Bounce Below promises to be a magical way for tweens, teens, and adults to rediscover their inner child. This subterranean play park is contained within the chambers and caverns of a slate mine in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales.

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If these four experiences aren’t for you, or your clan, take a look online. There are hundreds upon thousands of alternative gift ideas on the Red Letter Days website. You’re sure to find an unexpected gift that will even tempt your tween into cracking a smile.

Win an Up at the O2 for two experience

To ensure that the tween in your life has an experience to remember, Red Letter Days are offering one lucky entrant the chance to win an Up at the O2 for two experience.

Prize: Up at the O2 for two experience – Guests aged nine and over are welcome. Min height is 3’9”; max weight is 21 stone. Max waist is 125cm; max upper thigh is 75cm. Not suitable for pregnant women. Climbers must not be under the influence of alcohol or any legal/illegal substances.

To enter simply complete the Gleam widget below, all entries are optional and each one completed will gain you more entries into the random draw.

Red Letter Days – Up at the O2 experience for two

Review Feature

  • Margaret GALLAGHER October 1, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Dream indulgence Thankyou

  • Lynn Hughes October 1, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Nice prize

  • Danielle Pooley October 1, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    This would be amazing to win! Would love to have this experience

  • Solange October 1, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Sounds like a great experience.

  • katherine s October 1, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    What a great and unique idea for a gift!

  • Clare Nicholas October 1, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Emmy would love to do this so much

  • Carolyn E October 1, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    I have wanted to this for ages, but having a little trouble my height-hating-husband. Of course, it would be amazing to do it together. I could definitely convince him to join me if it was a prize win!

  • Lorrainek October 1, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    I would love to do this

  • Amy Withnall October 1, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Have been wanting to do this for ages…

  • Terrie-Ann Wright October 2, 2018 at 8:21 am

    This would be an amazing experience thanks for the opportunity.

  • Jean Cassell October 2, 2018 at 9:45 am

    A great prize for my 9 year old granddaughter

  • nicola rupawala October 2, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    great giveaway

  • Laura Pritchard October 2, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    This would be such a fun thing to do!

  • patrick quilty October 2, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    would love to win this

  • Catherine Bullas October 2, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Fantastic giveaway

  • MARK HOPKINS October 2, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Fantastic prize.

  • Paul Green October 3, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Would love to have this experience

  • Shamina October 3, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    Would love this for my tweenie!

  • Jamie Piper October 3, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to the )2

  • Kelly Hirst October 4, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Segway adventure sounds like a lot of fun and definitely an experience my whole family would enjoy

  • Suzanne Gaulton October 4, 2018 at 9:53 am

    My son is 13 next year and I’ve been looking at unusual gift ideas/things to do – I completely agree, experiences are better than any item you can buy for them. Memories last forever! Thanks for some great ideas!

  • Catherine Lennon October 4, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Great prize!

  • Sheila Shepheard October 4, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Imagine the view of London from upon the O2! I’d love to surprise my husband with this excursion. It would certainly make me feel brave.

  • Vicky russell October 4, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Would love an adventure these sound amazing

  • Jo Carroll October 4, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    I have only one thing to add “Praise the Llama!” 😉

  • Rich Tyler October 4, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    This would be amazing!

  • Kim Neville October 5, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Wonderful experience. My son would love to do something like this 🙂

  • gemma hendry October 5, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    this looks like an amazing experience id love to try

  • Natalie Newham October 6, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Sounds amazing … Just hope I would have the courage to go up there!

  • Kay Broomfield October 7, 2018 at 11:30 am

    I’d love this experience to help me get over my fear of heights.

  • Laura Skinner October 7, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Always wanted to try this with my mum, shes been getting over her fear of heights for a year or so now. This is one shes not yet tried, i know she can do it!

  • katrina walsh October 7, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    This sounds amazing. Would love to have a go!

  • Gary Topley October 7, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    This looks brilliant, thankyou for the competition x

  • Christina Palmer October 8, 2018 at 9:15 am

    This would be amazing and would help me get over my fear of heights

  • Karen Usher October 8, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    An amazing experience! Have had a few friends do it and have loved it!

  • Amy Bondoc October 9, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    This would be an amazing experience xxx

  • debbie gilbert October 9, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Love to win this for my son and daughter

  • Arrmann Raisi October 9, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Looks amazing

  • Jackie Howell October 9, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    awesome love to win, thanks

  • Tracey Clarke October 10, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Would love to do this what a fab experience

  • Liam Bishop October 12, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Whoa what an experience! That’s very unique.

  • Theresa Thomas October 14, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Amazing giveaway

  • rebecca smith October 14, 2018 at 7:17 am

    this would be the perfect date with my hubby

  • Stacey Turner October 15, 2018 at 9:24 am

    What a great prize. We love doing experience days. Its nice to do something completely diffrent

  • Mark Johnson October 17, 2018 at 12:31 am

    Sounds like fantastic prize!

  • Christina Palmer October 18, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Fantastic giveaway thank you for posting. Fingers crossed

  • Louise Fairweather October 23, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    I would love to take my eldest to do this.

  • Susan Willshee October 23, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    I would love to win this for Piper. She is 11 now and it’s really difficult to find gifts or experiences for her that are suitable and that she will enjoy

  • Alice Colling October 24, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    This is a great prize, didn’t know it was possible to do this.

  • Nicola Andrijauskas October 25, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Fabulous competition my son would love this!

  • Victoria Shiel October 25, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Wow! This would be absolutely amazing to win.
    What a thrill & me & my partner are thrill seekers

  • Kellie Collister October 27, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    This looks fab!

  • Herbert Appleby October 27, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    wonder if its open when its snowing 🙂

  • Rebecca Whatmore October 27, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    This looks great – would love to win for my niece and nephew!

  • Lucy Carter October 27, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Doing this might conquer my fear of heights

  • Sarah Price October 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Would love to experience this with my son!

  • Adrian Bold October 28, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  • A.E. ADKINS October 28, 2018 at 6:17 am

    What a fabulous opportunity for some lucky winners, the boys would adore this

  • denise s October 28, 2018 at 10:01 am

    would love to do this lived close by for several years would love to revisit and see the amazing sights

  • chris bull October 28, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Would be fab to win, scary but fab 🙂

  • Lisa Beddall October 28, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Great prize- would love to see the o2 from a different vantage point!

  • Helen Newton October 28, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Would love to climb the O2 would mean a tick of the bucket list xx

  • Laura Khomutova October 28, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    This looks great!!!

  • Nancy Bradford October 28, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Looks to be a fab family experience. Thanks for the chance.

  • Tracy Gladman October 28, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Great experience to be had.

  • Jacqueline Roberts October 28, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    My daughter would love to do this

  • Derek Wilson October 28, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I work close-by so this would be ideal! Many thanks.

  • Laura s October 28, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Going up the o2 must be so exciting!

  • Jo Hutchings October 28, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    This would be a great adventure to have.

  • John Fowler October 28, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Fab stuff

  • Tammy Neal October 28, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    This would be amazing for my partner and me x

  • Craig Hindle October 28, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Hope I win

  • Chris hindle October 28, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Would love to win this prize

  • Tricia cowell October 28, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Oh wow amazing fun

  • Lynsey Farrell October 28, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    My daughter would love this

  • Catherine Gregory October 28, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    What a great different Christmas present

  • ellie spider October 28, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    this would be an amazing christmas gift

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