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119 Gifts for 12 Year Olds

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Marvin’s Magic – Fifty Greatest Card Tricks Set

Perform 50 magic card tricks like United Nations and Psychic Vision.

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Mega Cyborg Hand STEM Experiment Kit

Wearable robotic hand that uses the power of air pressure and water.

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Jellyfish Lava Lamp

With 16 color changing options and 4 different mood settings.

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Fuzion X-3 Pro Scooter

Lightweight, durable, and easy to assemble — only 3 bolts to tighten.

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“National Geographic” Dual LED Student Microscope Set

Includes 50 accessories and 10 biological specimens to examine.

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Spikeball 3 Ball Kit

Weighs ‎7 lbs and has foldable legs for easier set-up and storage.

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Wireless Karaoke

It has 3D surround stereo and built-in high-definition microphones.

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Decompression Magnetic Metal Pen

It's a refillable pen and a bendable fidget toy.

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Stitch ‘N Style Fashion Studio

A pre-threaded sewing machine toy with water transfer prints.

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Dancing Robot

Rechargeable, interactive, and gesture sensing, with patrol mode.

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Valor Kick Scooter

It’s foldable with vibration-dampening grips and high-rebound wheels.

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Remote Control Double-Sided Driving Car

It can tumble in place at 360 degrees and drive on just one side.

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Tabletop Electric Drum Set

It comes with 70 electronic and acoustic drum kit sounds.

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3D Moon Lamp

Powered by battery or USB cable, it allows hours of 16-color lighting.

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Table Tennis to Go

With 2 paddles, 2 balls, and a net that fits securely on any table.

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Fitbit Ace 3 Activity Tracker

You get 8 days of battery use and a 50m water-resistant feature.

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Slackline

A 57 ft line with a ratchet, 3 tree protectors, and a handy carry bag.

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Sunset Lamp

Casts a sunset-colored circular light on the wall, ceiling, or floor.

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5-in-1 Touch Control Night Light Bluetooth Speaker

A speaker, 48-color LED lamp, MP3 player, and alarm clock, all in one.

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Sedzofan Multifunctional Smartwatch for Kids

With a camera, MP3 player, games, calculator, flashlight, and more.

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Green Monster Racer

Strong suspension, shock-resistant bumpers, and precision steering.

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Djubi: Slingball Night Fight

With 2 rackets, used to catch and launch the Djubi balls up to 100 ft.

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Wall-Climbing Remote Control Car

Perform stunts on any surface with unique vacuum pressure technology.

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Incog Water Guns

Has a 40oz water capacity and 32-ft reach for next-level water fights.

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Aurora Light Projector With Bluetooth Speaker and White Noise Light

It imitates the night sky and comes with 8 white noise options.

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Hapinest DIY Wall Collage Picture Arts and Crafts Kit

154 cutouts, 769 stickers, 41 quote stickers, 10 markers, and more.

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Toy Foam Axe Throwing Game

Develop improved hand-eye coordination with this safe and fun item!

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Glow-in-the-dark Shooting Game

Features 5 glowing tip targets and an easy-to-use foam dart gun toy.

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Edible Chemistry Kit

Eat 16+ experiments like polymer pudding or color-changing foam jelly.

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Smart Ball

It counts and it glows when you do tricks and says encouraging words.

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Ultra Bionic Blaster

Build your own powerful robotic glove that shoots foam darts.

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Neon Pink and White Unicorn Wall Sign for Cool Light

The clear LED tubing is mounted to clear plastic and it’s USB powered.

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Surfer Wave Bracelets

66 different pieces, approximately 7 to 10 inches in length.

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National Geographic Kids Pottery Wheel

Make air-dry pottery with a pottery wheel, 2 pounds of clay, and more.

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ZGMON Drones for Kids

Foldable mini drone for beginners with a 1080p HD camera.

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Mongoose Legion Freestyle Kids BMX Bike

It’s durable with a Hi-Ten steel frame and aluminum mag wheels.

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Fitness Tracker Watch

IP68 waterproof with a built-in sleep tracker and heart rate monitor.

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Mini Drone

Take a spin in this 6.3-inch drone with 10 minutes of flight time.

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Rechargeable Lightsabers

Features 15 colors, a double-click switch, and 5 sound modes.

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Razor Jetts DLX Heel Wheels

They’re made of polycarbonate material and have “quick click” straps.

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Body Markers

Create temporary tattoos with these skin-safe markers and 4 stencils.

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DIY Wall Collage Kit

Get 150+ artworks, 750+ stickers, foam blocks and wall-safe tape.

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Colorful Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker

Has 3-level brightness, sensitive touch control, and 6 color modes.

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Kids Camera Waterproof

Shoots HD videos and 5MP photos up to 95 ft under water.

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Magnetic Rings Fidget Toy Set

1.2-inch, 3-piece ABS plastic fidget spinner rings for anxiety.

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How to Draw Cool Stuff: A Drawing Guide for Teachers and Students

Start with easy-to-learn shapes that build into complex drawings.

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Flybar Pogo Ball

Features a pump and heavy-duty grip tape for maximum traction.

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Mind-Glowing 3D Galaxy Moon Lamp

An LED calming night light with 16 vivid colors and working modes.

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Mega Cyborg Hand STEM Experiment Kit

Wearable robotic hand that uses the power of air pressure and water.

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Robotics Catapult

It has 2 alternate builds and launches balls more than 10 feet.

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Jellyfish Lava Lamp

With 16 color changing options and 4 different mood settings.

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TrueBalance Coordination Game

Helps kids improve their fine motor skills and increase concentration.

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Marvin’s Magic – Fifty Greatest Card Tricks Set

Perform 50 magic card tricks like United Nations and Psychic Vision.

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American Ninja Warrior Competition Obstacle Course

This 33-piece set allows for dozens of different set-ups.

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Tin Can Robot

No special tools or knowledge required, all you need is a soda can.

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The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

Kids can recreate the Great Hall’s feasts and Hogwarts Express snacks.

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The Comfy Original Jr.

This microfiber and sherpa blanket is available in 13 colors.

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Gamer Neon Wall Light

Made of acrylic with shock-absorbent silicon LED strip lights.

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Indoor and Outdoor Moving Basketball Hoop

The moving hoop is rechargeable by USB cable and 1 charge lasts 2 hrs.

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“Escape Room: The Game” Family Edition

With a 60-min Chrono Decoder, 16 keys, hint cards, and 3 adventures.

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“National Geographic” Rocket Launcher

It soars up to 200 feet with up to 20 flights on a single charge.

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Dance Mat

With 144 songs and 37 sports games, it’s fun and great for fitness.

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Bluetooth Karaoke System with LED Disco Lights

With LED disco lights, it plays music from CD, USB, or via Bluetooth.

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Lego Imperial Light Cruiser Building Kit

Features a bridge that doubles as a handle and spring-loaded shooters.

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Magneto Kids Skateboard

Features a 27.5-inch-long deck and 60 mm Shore 78A wheels.

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Archery Set For Kids

Develops kids hand-eye coordination and motor skills, with safe and durable materials.

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“Gross Factopia”

Learn facts about smelly sports, weird world records, and more.

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100 PICS Optical Illusions Travel Game

Study the anagram, read the question, guess and reveal the answer.

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Waboba Moonshine Ball

It’s made of zero-gravity foam — bounce it to activate the moonlight.

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Vans Old Skool Sneakers

Made of 56% leather and 43% textile with a rubber sole.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Build your community from scratch and customize your surroundings.

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Gskyer Refracting Telescope for Kids

Great for amateurs, it has 400 mm focal length and 70 mm aperture.

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Flipslide Electronic Handheld Game

Match the colored blocks to the lights — 4 game modes are available.

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“What Do You Meme?” Family Edition

Use a dealt caption card to caption the photo card in each round.

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LEGO “Star Wars: The Mandalorian & The Child” Building Set

The Baby Yoda figure has adjustable ears for different expressions.

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Ultimate Skip Ball Pack of 2

As seen on TV, they’re 3x more durable than competitor products.

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36 LEDs Flying Disc

Weighs 175 grams and a 30-minute charge lasts up to 1,000 throws.

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“Interesting Facts For Curious Minds” Book

It’s divided into 63 chapters that each contain 25 engaging facts.

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“KLASK: An Epic Magnetic Battle!”

An award-winning game that’s half foosball and half air hockey.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Magic Chemistry Set

Perform 10 easy-to-learn magic tricks using science experiments.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Slime Kit & Putty Lab

Learn the science behind the slime and putty with the learning guide.

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The Boys’ Book of Survival

Tips on how to survive any situation including zombie attacks.

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Merge Augmented Reality Cube

A new way of learning science where you can hold 100+ 3D holograms.

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Green Science Solar Rover

Kids learn how sunlight is converted to energy with this STEM project.

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“Difficult Riddles For Smart Kids”

300 brain teasers and riddles for kids who like to problem-solve.

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Life Skills for Tweens

Teaches kids how to build friendships and handle difficult emotions.

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The Ultimate Brain Games And Puzzles Book For Teens

120 puzzles, pop quizzes, logic games, word challenges, and more.

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Lap Desk

Suited for a 15.6" laptop with a 6.25” x 0.75” slot to hold a phone.

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Clean Water Science Kit

Extract salt from sea water, and clean and reuse dirty water.

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4AM Potato Clock Chemistry Engineering Lab

This green science kit includes a digital clock, wires, and prongs.

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Growing Bacteria Experiment Kit

Includes an easy-to-make nutrient agar and step-by-step guide.

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Vlando Princess Style Jewelry Box

Made of PU leather with a velvet lining and trays that slide out.

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Anime Hoodies and Sweatpants

Made from 100% polyester and the sweatpants come with 2 deep pockets.

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Bunny House Slippers

Features an anti-slip and sturdy TPR sole with cushion support.

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Merge Cube

Uses 3D holograms to teach science and STEM in a new, powerful way.

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Cartoon Animal Cotton Over Calf Knee High Socks

Made of 80% polyester, 15%spandex and 5% nylon, available in 6 colors.

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KidzRobotix Hover Racer

It skims across the floor’s surface, supported by its cushion of air.

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Magical Unicorn Journal Notebook

It features 100 blank pages to record daily activities.

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Washable Make-Up Kit

Made of high-quality, paraben-free, and non-toxic materials.

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Funkoverse Strategy Game

A 20-60 minute playtime, for 2-4 players, ages 10 and up.

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Hair Chalks Set

A selection of 10 easy-to-wash-off colors for hair and face painting.

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The Mind Card Game

It won many board game awards and is perfect for 2-4 players, aged 8+.

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Robotikits 14-in-1 Solar Robot

A robot kit that can change shapes and is powered by the sun.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Stunning Chemistry Set

Try 45 experiments including making a volcano and launching a rocket.

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Ezyroller Drifter Pro-X

Larger frame with improved padding, back support and holds 200 Ibs.

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“Not Parent Approved” Fun Card Game

Family friendly, adult-party-game inspired; for 4-10 players, ages 8+.

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“The Don’t Laugh Challenge – 12 Year Old Edition”

A 2-player game with jokes and scenarios to make the opponent laugh.

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Wicked Big Sports Tipping Point

You get an easy-to-carry tipping point board and 6 bean bags.

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4-pack Fidget Cube

Consisting of 8 small cubes, the pocket-sized cube helps with anxiety.

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LLMoose Hover Soccer Ball

Has flashing LEDs, foam bumpers, and glides smoothly over surfaces.

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Spy X Night Mission Goggles

Has twin LED beams to see 25 ft away and a magnified flip-out scope.

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Stop Motion Animation Kit

Includes the HUE HD USB camera with integrated microphone and more.

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Mermaid Tail Blanket

Made of orlon and cotton and comes with a necklace and sports bag.

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Arcade Machine

A 4-player coinless arcade cabinet with 3 arcade games and much more.

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Temporary Tattoo Pens

Features water-based, non-toxic, non-allergenic, cosmetic-grade ink.

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Fidget Pen

Create countless shapes and figures with this finger magic gadget.

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LEGO Creator Expert Gingerbread House

1,477 piece set that includes frosted roofs and candy buttons.

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Glitz ‘n Glamour Nail Art Studio

Non-toxic and 100% kid-safe polish, sparkle, confetti and stickers.

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LED Strip Lights

Transform any room with this 20 multi-color and 8-mode strip tape.

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Trampoline Water Sprinkler

With a water flow switch to control the flow onto the trampoline.

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Purse Pets Sanrio

An interactive polyester toy with
over 30 sounds and reactions.

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Caliber Games TowerBall Bundle

A 4-sided 360° toss game — throw balls into the holes and score.

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12-year-olds are on the cusp of becoming teenagers. They’re at the age where their abstract thinking and problem-solving abilities improve, they begin to experience many physical and emotional changes, and seeking the approval of their peer groups becomes important. Their shifting interests open up a new world of gift possibilities.

Choosing the best gifts for 12-year-olds

Great gifts for 12-year-olds will consider their evolving interests. Tweens are inching closer to becoming fully-fledged teenagers. Children this age experience many physical, emotional, social, and cognitive developmental changes as they approach their teen years.

According to experts, they show improvement in reasoning and information processing, and this continues to develop as they get older. Challenging games and activities that flex their cognitive muscle and put their problem-solving abilities to the test will appeal to them. It’s also an age characterized by many physical changes as some children, particularly girls, begin puberty. They gravitate towards spending more time with their peers as opposed to their families as they start to explore their sense of personal identity. Gifts that play on their interests, whether it be music, physical activity, or creative self-expression, are ones to consider. Because of the important influence their friends have on them, they’ll have a natural desire to fit in, which is why accessories, gadgets, stylish items of clothing, and other popular or trending items are also a hit with this age group.

How we identified the best gifts for 12-year-olds

When selecting gifts for 12-year-olds, we identified the major developmental milestones they experience at this age and chose gifts that will appeal to their evolving interests. 12-year-olds use logic and reasoning very well and they appreciate activities that are mentally stimulating. We chose games of logic, building sets, and exploration kits that will test and strengthen their mental agility and encourage them to seek solutions on their own, which they’ll be eager to do.

They’re at the age where they want to explore topics of interest in-depth as they begin to understand their personal identity and assert their independence. For this reason, we selected a variety of gifts that they can use to showcase their personal style, whether it be an item of clothing or unique decorative items they can use to customize their personal space.

And we can’t forget that children this age have grown up with social media. They know what’s trending and popular, as do their friends. For this reason, we included some of the trendiest gadgets, games, and activities that are currently available on the market.

Tips for buying the best gifts for 12-year-olds

  1. Understand their interests
    Because this age is characterized by so many developmental changes, it’s safe to assume that their interests are changing too. Things they may once have loved will likely be discarded now, so it’s important to understand how they currently enjoy spending their time. This will make it easier to avoid any kind of gifting blunders.
  2. Ask them
    12-year-olds know what they like and they won’t be shy to tell you. If you want to avoid disappointment, the simplest way is to ask them what they want. If you’d like to still maintain a level of surprise, you can ask what interests them instead, and you can take it from there.
  3. When in doubt, keep it cool
    Popular and on-trend — these types of gifts will always be a success in the eyes of a 12-year-old who’s keeping up with all that’s cool. They’re at the age where it’s important for them to fit in, so it’s likely their friends will also have the latest gadgets, accessories and style items.