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10 perfect gifts for tweens that you can buy in time for Christmas

by Edaein OConnell
13th Dec 2019

Need to buy a Christmas gift for someone between the ages of nine and 12? Here are 10 perfect gifts for tweens that you can buy right now

Tweens are that awkward age.

They are no longer little kids who sit in awe of their parents and are easily amused, nor are they old enough yet to be moody and use all of their energy being angry at the world. They are in an in-between phase. No longer babies; not yet teenagers.

By definition, they are between the ages of nine and 12.

They may be years away from being adults but they are extremely difficult to buy for, just like dads.

What do you buy them?

They don’t want to play make-believe and have outgrown their dolls and other toys. Mobile phones and gadgets may be another few years away which places the rest of us in a predicament.

What exactly do you get them for Christmas?

We have compiled a list of 10 items that we think will satisfy and delight the tween in your life. From a slush puppie maker to roller skates to an Amazon Dot, there is everything and anything on this list.

We hope this edit makes it a little easier to shop for those awkward tweens and saves you from unnecessary festive stress.

Now all we have to do is solve the dad situation.


Slush Puppie machine, €41.99 at

Adidas Originals velvet mini backpack, €34.56 at Asos

Hydro Flask standard mouth 21oz, €38 at Cotswold Outdoor

Gold monogrammed personalised A5 leather butterfly notebook, €39 at Paperchase

Sony SRS-XB01 extra bass portable speaker, €24.95 at Harvey Norman

INSTAX Mini 90 instant camera, €149.99 at Currys

BANAOK wireless bluetooth microphone, €38.21 at Amazon

Amazon Echo Dot, €29.99 at Currys

Lush snow fairy gift set, €35.85 at Lush

Rio roller skates, from €46 at Amazon

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