Great Gifts for Teens and Tweens

Let’s face it – little kids are pretty easy to buy gifts for.  There is a wide range of games, toys, clothes, etc, to choose from.  You would be hard-pressed to really struggle buying a toy for a 3-year old or a 5-year old.  I think this is because they are willing to try lots of different things – even if the gift quickly ends up in the dust-heap of unplayed-with toys.

razor_scooter-2But teens and tweens – that’s a different story altogether.  Many kids of this age are into very specific things, and if they receive a gift that doesn’t fit their expectations you will know about it very quickly (unless the recipient is especially polite).

So what makes a good tween gift or teenager gift.  We’re not talking toys here – let’s not even go there.  We’re talking gifts that can be bought with little pre-knowledge of what the particular kid is interested in.  How do we do this?  We think about what most kids in the 10-15 year old range are interested, to one degree or another:  Socializing with friends, experimenting with exciting challenges, and for many kids digging deeper into math and science.

So let’s take a stab at some great gift ideas for kids in approximately the 10-15 year old range.

Social Games – For Parties or Just Hanging Out

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Codename

The game Codenames is a highly rated game for ages 14 and up.  Each game is fairly short – only about 15 minutes – so it won’t drag a simple get-together into a marathon gaming night.

Codenames is a wordplay game which involves attempting to identify the codenames of up to 25 secret agents through a process of guessing and strategy.  You can play individually or in teams (for a more lively game).

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Carcassonne

Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a tile-laying game that will take a little more time to play than the previous one.  The players develop an area around the French city of Carcassonne and deploy their followers on the roads, in the cities, and in the fields.  The most skillful player to develop the area will become victorious.

This game is officially rated for ages 8-15 years of age, but it can be fun for the whole family young and old alike.

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Getting Adventurous

UDI 818A Quadcopter + HD Camera

UDI 818A Quadcopter + HD Camera

This version of the UDI 818A Quadcopter is pretty sweet.  First of all it is based on the very popular 818A base model that we found was very popular in 2015.  But now there are a few additions that we think make this a very attractive entry-level quadcopter.

The HD camera is the main feature.  It has a 2 mega-pixel camera which can take high-res pictures and video during flight.

The Return Home function lets you command your drone to return to you with the push of a button.  No more lost drones (well, maybe fewer lost drones).

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This model has 6-axis gyro stability which is great in windy conditions and also makes it easily maneuverable for stunts.  Also has 2 batteries to double flight time and a 2200 mAh power bank to let you charge on the go.

As always with drones, they are somewhat breakable and prone to being lost.  This model has fairly good blade protection so you won’t be replacing blades every time it crashes.  But be aware that your drone will only last as long as you are able to keep it one piece.  (replacement parts are available though)

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Electric Razor Scooter

The E100 Electric Scooter from Razor is a really fun scooter to use.  Razor has been making scooters for many years and their electric scooters are very popular.  As with any scooter there is an element of risk – riding the scooter on bumpy roads or sidewalks, or riding into traffic are sure-fire ways to get yourself injured or worse.  So safety precautions must be taken when riding this scooter.

The motor is high-torque, and the battery is a long-lasting 24V unit.The scooter can reach speeds of 10 MPH.  The recharge time is about 12 hours, and the ride time is about 40 minutes of continuous use.

(Don’t forget the safety helmet and even knee and elbow pads for the younger ones)

Check out all of the feature of this highly-rated scooter on Amazon.

Getting all Science-y

First Microscope

First Microscope

Calling all future biologists!! The My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope features three magnifications: 40x, 100x, and 400x.  The optics are real glass (not plastic), and there is a 50-piece accessory kit.  This is a real biological microscope – not just some toy.  It can be used just for fun or for running real biological experiments.

This item is rated for ages 9-18 years.

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