Our list of the top gifts for tweens in 2019 includes the latest hot toys for tweens, as well as some unique and fun gift ideas.
Buying gifts for tweens (kids in the age 9-12 range) can be a nail biting experience. Their interests span those of both child and teen and at any given moment, it’s anyone’s guess which side is calling the shots.
To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the best tween gifts for 2019. Our list includes hot toys for tweens to appeal to the kid side and cool gadgets for tweens to appeal to the teen side.
We’ve kept this list fairly gender neutral, focusing on electronic toys that appeal to tweens, tech gifts for tweens that explore science and technology and other top tween gifts for both boys and girls
Top Gifts for Tweens
Electronic Toys for Tweens
The top electronic toys for tweens range from the latest drones, robots and game systems to some familiar popular toys for tweens from years past that are still on the hot toy list. There’s something here for a whole range of tween interests.
Tiny PongTiny Pong Handheld Game
Last year we had the Tiny Hands game, and this year’s tiny game trend for tweens is Tiny Pong. It’s basically a mini ping-pong table one player can operate by bouncing the ball back and forth over the tiny net.
It challenges kids’ hand-eye coordination and definitely gets them moving. Adults get a kick out of it too…with one caveat. If you use it with the batteries, it can be a bit loud. But it works fine without the batteries – you just have to do the counting yourself.
It’s a fun game for tweens to entertain themselves, or compete against their friends to see who can volley the longest!
The Slow Motion Race GameThe Slow-Motion Race Game
Hasbro’s latest electronic toy for tweens is The Slow Motion Race Game. It’s exactly what it sounds like – the person to finish first while moving the slowest is the winner.
It’s a weird concept, but watching one another trying to win while avoiding the “not-so-fast” buzzer is pretty funny.
Even adults are getting in on the fun with this one, making it a zany game for tweens, teens and parents alike.
Pictionary AirPictionary Air
Mattel’s hottest new toy for tweens released this year is Pictionary Air. The classic drawing game goes tech, adding elements of charades to its gameplay.
The electronic drawing pen connects to a free app, and when the device with the app is aimed at the drawer, their image appears on the screen of a smart device.
Sounds high tech, right? It looks pretty fun and what’s cool is kids can record and save their favorite performances to share the laughs with their friends.
Pictionary Air is slated to be one of the top Christmas toys for tweens and teens in 2019!
Holy Stone HS210 Mini DroneHoly Stone HS210 Mini Drone for Beginners
The Holy Stone brand has become well-known for making quality drones for all ages. The Holy Stone HS210 Mini Drone is one of their latest drones designed especially for tweens and beginner drone enthusiasts.
Here’s a few features of this fun electronic toy for tweens.
- Auto hovering and other features just for beginners
- Includes 3 batteries, for 21 minutes flight time
- Easy to control
- Does flips in the air
- Sturdy enough to withstand crashes
If the tween in your life is asking for their first drone for their birthday or Christmas, this is a great one to try out!
Looking for a beginner drone for your tween for Christmas that includes a camera but NOT a sky-high price tag? Check out the two popular choices below.
- USER-FRIENDLY SNAPTAIN S5C drone is user-friendly. Simply press one button,...
- FARTHER & CLEARER The SNAPTAIN S5C provides video transmission within a...
- POWERFUL & SAFE Protective Propeller Guards to ensure a safe flight. High...
- OPTIMIZED 2MP 120° FOV FPV WI-FI CAMERA: The DROCON NAVIGATOR will be your...
- ALTITUDE HOLD MODE FOR BEGINNERS AND KIDS: The altitude hold mode lets you...
- ONE KEY TAKE-OFF AND LANDING: This function allows a user of any level...
BB-9E App-Enabled Droid with TrainerBB-9E App-Enabled Droid with Trainer
Star Wars electronic toys are always hot toys for tweens. I mean, what’s cooler than your very own BB-9E to watch movies and go on Holographic adventures with?
There’s lots of cool interactions kids can do with the BB-9E App-Enabled Droid and Trainer, using the free app to control it. There’s even some coding activities they can do through the app. The BB-9E came out late in 2017 and is still one of the hottest gifts for tweens (mostly of course, if they are Star Wars fans).
Speaking of gifts for Star Wars fans, you might want to check out our article featuring Hasbro Rogue One toys, written especially for people who don’t understand Star Wars. (#MeNeither)
If you’re old-school and want to encourage your tween to love only the classic, original droid, you can still buy him the BB-8 App Enabled Droid and Trainer or this R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid (who is still the cutest of them all, IMHO).
Anki Cozmo Robot is a Top Gift for TweensAnki Cozmo Robot
Little Cozmo was released to the world a few years ago, but he’s still a top gift for tweens in 2019.
A robot in every sense of the word, he expresses emotions in response to your actions and evolves before your eyes the more he hangs out with you. He plays games, does tricks, teaches coding and so much more.
Cozmo still has excellent reviews and the few negative ones seem to be from users who haven’t taken the time to explore all of the capabilities of this fun little sidekick.
Cozmo was one of the hottest gifts for tweens and teens last year and he’s still one of the top electronic gifts for tweens on up.
You can watch Cozmo in action in the pop-up video below.
Sphero Mini: The App Controlled Robot BallSphero Mini Blue: The App-Controlled Robot Ball
Like it’s big brother, Sphero, the Sphero Mini packs entertainment and learning in a tiny ball. And the Mini also packs a tinier price than its bigger sibling.
How does it work? The description says it has a gyroscope and accelerometer, which sounds like Star Trek talk to me, but must mean something in the world of robots.
The point is, kids can control it with an app to play games alone or with an opponent. They can even code it to do unique actions and tricks so their Sphero Mini is unlike anyone else’s. Pretty cool.
And a really neat brand-new feature is that kids can control their ball-robot using just their face! I have a sister-in-law who used to control my kids with her face pretty darn well. Talk about a stank-face! 😀
Below are a couple similar robot toys that teach coding to kids.
Bop It! GameBop-It! Game
The Bop It! by Hasbro has been around for years, but it’s still a big seller and remains a top gift for tweens.
It’s surprising that something that issues commands to preteens (not something they are normally open to!) is so darn popular, but go figure.
They’ve modernized the commands to include things like “Selfie it,” “Answer it,” and “Golf it,” which is challenging and fun. This is a great group game and super fun for family game night!
Hasbro also came out with micro versions of their most popular games which are selling really well. Their portability, size and price make them fun top gifts for tweens and teens.
Nintendo New 3DS XL – Super NES Edition + Mario KartNintendo 3DS XL Super NES Edition
The Nintendo systems are touted as the best hand-held game systems for kids and one of the top gifts for tweens.
The Nintendo 3Ds XL Super NES Edition features a fun retro look and the cool effects of 3D gaming. Plus, it comes with a free download for Super Mario Kart, one of the all-time classic favorites of Nintendo fans.
It not only lets kids play games in 3D, but they can take photos in 3D as well, and even connect with their friends on it.
If you want to upgrade your tween’s 2DS system, don’t worry – the 2DS games work in the 3DS system too, and you can turn the 3D feature on and off to change things up a bit.
This system is getting great reviews from buyers both on and off Amazon and is a top seller. If the tween in your life is a gamer, they’ll love this!
Below are a couple of the top selling games for the Nintendo DS.
Nintendo Switch is a Super Cool Gift for Tweens!Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch game system was an innovative gaming system when it was first released in 2017 and it’s still a top seller today. If your tween doesn’t own one, it’s probably on their list this year. Sure, it’s pricey, but there’s lots of reasons it’s worth the cost.
- It’s a TV, table-top and hand-held system all in one
- Super durable
- Easy to use and switch modes
- Even in portable mode, works with multiple players
- Great library of games to choose from
The Nintendo Switch is not only a top gift for tweens, but makes an awesome family gift that both kids and parents would love.
Below are two of the hottest new games for the Nintendo Switch.
Cool Gadgets for Tweens
When it comes to the top gifts for tweens in 2019, cool gadgets are always on the top of the list. Here’s a few fun gizmos that tweens are loving.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera is a Top Gift for TweensFujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera
Tweens love taking and sharing pictures and it’s even more fun with an instant camera like the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9.
It prints the pictures out right before their eyes, so kids can frame them or scrapbook them and turn them into cool gifts or fun keepsakes.
This was on my 14-year-old niece’s wish list, so I bought it for her last year for her birthday and it did not disappoint. She loved it! I bought her this set of the camera, a case and cool accessories.
I wanted her to have the little extras and it was cheaper buying it as a bundle. Granted, she’s a teen but this camera is age appropriate for tweens too.
A gift of an instant camera is the perfect way to encourage tweens’ photography skills, too. The Instax Mini 9 comes in a variety of colors, so it’s one of the top gifts for tweens – both boys and girls.
Oh…you will want to buy a bunch film because your tween will go through it like crazy. Here’s a good deal on the instant film.
Fire HD 10 Kids Edition TabletFire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet
It’s not often that you find a cool gadget for tweens that parents are in love with too, but the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet is it! That might have something to do with the no questions asked, 2 year warranty that comes with it, right off the bat.
The 7 and 8 editions are amazing, but the 10 offers even better resolution, a larger screen size and full HD. Like it’s predecessors, the 10 comes with a free year of FreeTime Unlimited which includes thousands of videos, games and other educational and entertaining activities for kids.
Plus, parents can set up profiles for different kids in the household, allowing them access to age appropriate games, books and websites. If you’re thinking of buying a tablet for a tween or other child on your gift list – this is the one!
Floureon Handheld Walkie Talkies are Fun Gadgets for Tweens4 Pack Walkie Talkies
Walkie Talkies aren’t exactly new technology, but they have proven to be a great Christmas or bithday gift for tweens. I bought this set of Floureon Walkie Talkies for my then 8-year-old nephew two years ago and he reports that he and his friends still use them.
The range on these is up to 3 miles – perfect for when kids are out riding scooters or bikes and want to communicate with each other. And mom and dad can borrow them for when they caravan with family on road trips or want to communicate between camp sites. (If that sounds a bit specific it’s because I bought these for that very purpose and they worked great!)
This is a really good deal for the whole set of 4 walkie talkies!
BONAOK Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone with LightsBONAOK Wireless Karaoke Microphone
This is my favorite tween gift because it’s inexpensive and something the whole family will love!
The BONAOK Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone turns your Apple or Android device into a Karaoke screen, so kids can belt out their favorite tunes even if they don’t quite remember all the words.
Just download your favorite karaoke app, connect the microphone to your device with bluetooth and get the party started! Actually…if you can steal it away from your kids it IS great fun at parties and gatherings.
It can also be used as a regular microphone to make YouTube videos or give a speech. (We won’t tell if you borrow it from your tween to recreate Meatloaf’s “Anything For Love” video.)
This mini Karaoke system is getting rave reviews and is already a top seller. You can also check out this older version which doesn’t have lights and costs slightly less.
MERGE VR/AR Headset is a Cool Gadget for TweensMERGE VR/AR Goggles
There are a lot of virtual reality goggles on the market now, but the MERGE VR/AR Headset is our favorite for tweens and teens for several reasons.
- Very affordable
- Soft and comfortable
- Kid-accident resistant
- Simple to use
- CNN names them best VR Headset for tweens and teens!
The award-winning MERGE headset turn a smartphone into a portal to a whole other world. Kids just choose their game or adventure, slip their phone into the slot in the goggles, and they’re off!
The MERGE headset can be used with the MERGE cube (another augmented reality toy that came out last year) to enhance the cube experience, but both gadgets also work independently of each other.
Plugable USB 2.0 Digital MicroscopePlugable USB Digital Microscope
Kids can get a close-up look at the mold growing in the bottom of the cereal bowl that’s been in their room for three weeks with this cool gadget.
The Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope connects to a Mac or Windows computer via USB cable and transmits the images to the screen.
Kids can also video or snap photos of the object of fascination too. This is one of those gadgets for tweens that the whole family will be fascinated with.
The manufacturer doesn’t specify an age requirement for this, but it’s simple to use, so tweens and teens should have no problem using it. Younger kids may need a little supervision.
Ourlife Waterproof Camera with Video RecorderOurlife Kids Waterproof Camera
The Ourlife Waterproof Camera with Video is like a GoPro made just for kids. Its many, cool, kid-friendly features make it one of the top gifts for tweens in 2019!
- Affordable price
- Waterproof case for amazing underwater footage
- Mounts to child’s head or to bike or scooter
- Has strap to carry around neck
- Easy to operate
- Kid-tested durability
Kids will love capturing fun moments of their active little lives with this cool gadget for tweens!
Echo Dot Kid’s EditionEcho Dot Kids Edition
The Echo Dot Kid’s Edition is like having Mary Poppins and Mr. Jeeves staying in your kids room. Only, not as creepy as that sounds.
Parents can set the Dot to issue reminders for their kids, call them to dinner, control other devices, play entertainment, help with homework and a whole bunch of other cool stuff.
The best part is that the Kids Edition comes with a 2-year worry-free guarantee warranty! Plus, you get a free year of FreeTime Unlimited which includes audible books, shows, games and more entertaining and educational stuff for kids.
One tip – if you’re buying the Kid’s Dot as a gift, you might want to find out if the recipient already has a subscription to FreeTime Unlimited. If they do, you may as well buy the regular Echo Dot because it’s much cheaper.
That said, the FreeTime Unlimited and the 2-year warranty make the Kid’s Echo Dot a cool gadget gift that tweens can get a lot of use from.
Building Sets for Older Kids are Top Toys for Tweens
Kids with a passion for building stuff don’t grow out of that by the time they’re a tween. They’re simply ready for more challenging building sets. These are a few of this year’s top building sets for tweens.
LEGO Hidden Sides SetsNewbury Haunted High School
The hottest new toy for teens from LEGO are their Hidden Sides Interactive LEGO sets. Each set represents a different place in the small town of Newbury.
The story goes that a couple teens and a professor in Newbury are convinced there is a paranormal hidden side to the town and they must rid it of the lurking ghosts.
The Newbury Haunted High School set is the most impressive of all of them, but they are each pretty cool. Kids can build and play with the sets as always, but there is the added feature of an augmented reality app that lets them immerse themselves in the world of Newbury.
Below are a couple more of the Hidden Sides sets for tweens (8+). These are really cool and are a challenging and entertaining gift for tweens who like construction sets!
The LEGO Movie 2 Pop Up Party Bus
LEGO Movie 2 fans will love all the new LEGO Movie 2 sets released this year. The Pop Up Party Bus features a removable top and sides and light-up rotating dance floor!
LEGO Overwatch Watchpoint: Gibralter
Fans of the popular Overwatch video game will love building their very own replica of the Gibralter with this new LEGO Overwatch Gibralter set. It comes with four mini figures to act out adventures.
LEGO NINJAGO Cole’s Earth Driller
NINJAGO fans will love the new set Cole’s Earth Driller, featuring shooting bricks, rotating drill and Ninja mini figures.
LEGO Star Wars Slave I 20th Anniversary Edition
To celebrate 20 years of LEGO Star Wars, LEGO released this special edition Star Wars Slave I set. It features 5 minifigures, including a special Princess Leia.
LEGO Jurassic World T-Rex Vs. Dino-Mech
The brand new LEGO Jurassic World T-Rex Vs Dino-Mech set is way cool! What’s not to love about a volcano with a secret opening and posable dinosaurs you build yourself? The set comes with four minifigures, plus four baby velociraptors, in addition to the volcano and two large dinosaurs. Lots of adventures to be played out with this set!
K’nex Dragon’s Revenge Thrill CoasterK’nex Dragon’s Revenge Thrill Coaster
One of the hottest toys for tweens released this year is K’Nex Dragon’s Revenge Thrill Coaster. This thing looks pretty awesome, with it’s working light-up coaster car and fire breathing dragon hot on its trail!
It’s 578 parts, so it’s challenging enough for tweens to keep them interested and is entertaining to play with once it’s built. It does take two AA batteries, so make sure and have some on hand.
My son was a huge K’nex fan in his tween years and would have loved this! The motorized features they’ve added to their sets in recent years are really cool.
Below are two more popular K’nex sets for tweens.
Tech Gifts for Tweens
There are a plethora of amazing toys and kits designed to teach kids coding, robotics, science and more. These are a few of the latest tech gifts for tweens, guaranteed to fascinate and entertain them.
Little Bits Avengers Hero Invention KitAvengers Hero Inventor Kit
Little Bits makes some of the coolest tech gifts for tweens! Their big hit last year was the Avengers Hero Inventor Kit and since robotics and Avengers are still popular, we’re leaving it on our top gifts for tweens list for 2019.
Kids can build and customize their very own superhero gauntlet and learn coding in the process. They will need an Apple or Android device to build and operate it because it uses an app.
There’s 18 different functions kids can code, plus they can decorate their creation with stickers and customize their light display. This is a cool tech gift for superhero fans!
Here’s two more popular Little Bits coding sets that are great for tweens.
LEGO Boost Creative ToolboxLEGO Boost Creative Toolbox
The LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox won the 2018 Toy of the Year Award. It’s a building and coding kit that includes parts and instructions to build five unique, working items (one of which is a robot!)
Kids need a tablet or mobile phone to use this because there is an app involved, but what tech toy doesn’t need an app these days? What’s cool is kids can code their creation to do different actions, and with five different creations to work with, there is lots of variety.
The LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox has rave reviews from kids and parents and remains a big seller this year. If you’re looking for a great tech gift for the tween in your life, this is a good one!
Makey Makey – An Invention Kit for EveryoneMakey Makey
The Makey Makey Invention Kit turns ordinary household objects into keyboards, among other things! The concept seems complicated, but is really simple.
You can check out the video in the Amazon link to see how it works, but you just attach the clips to things like stairs, bananas, yourself and anything else and create innovative controllers. The result is musical notes, dance moves and just all sorts of cool abilities.
There’s a website tweens can use with it and there they can get more ideas of things to do. It opens up tweens’ minds to the endless possibilities in the world around them and that’s a pretty cool benefit from a tech gift.
A 3D Printing Pen is a Cool Tech Gift for Tweens3D Printing Pen
Kids can draw their imaginings to life with the TECBOSS 3D Printing Pen. There are lots of 3D pens on the market, but this one has very high ratings from hundreds of users.
It’s rated for kids as young as 5, but with adult supervision. Tweens may need a little help to get started but should soon get the hang of it and create on their own.
The pen features speed control, temperature settings and even comes with fingertip guards to help prevent burns.
This is a really cool tech gift for tweens to experiment with! There are lots of free 3D pen templates online – just Google it. You’ll definitely need some refill filament for it!
Science Kits are Cool Toys for Tweens
Tweens love learning facts about the world around them and science and chemistry sets are a fun way to help them do that. Here’s some of the top science-related toys for tweens.
Crayola Arctic Color Chemistry SetArctic Color Chemistry Set
Crayola released a brand new colorful science toy this year, the Crayola Arctic Color Chemistry Set with some new experiments for kids to try.
The set comes with the supplies to do 16 experiments right off the bat, and an additional 34 using some simple household ingredients.
A nice bonus is that some of the experiments result in items that can be played with when the mad scientist is finished, and many of them can be repeated multiple times. So there’s lots of play value for the price!
Parents and kids are loving this set and it’s a great gift for tweens to break out on a rainy day! In the same link, you’ll find the very popular original Color Chemistry Set they came out with last year. Both have great reviews!
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Games Make the Best Gifts for Tweens!
You can’t go wrong with giving the tween on your gift list a popular game. Board games, table games, card games – anything tweens can entertain themselves and their friends with is a tween gift winner! Here’s some of the newest and most popular games for tweens in 2019.
The popular UNO card game gets another update this year, in the form of UNO Flip. When the flip card is played, the whole deck is flipped over to reveal a whole new set of action cards. It makes an old game all new and exciting for tweens!
Not Parent Approved Card Game
The award-winning Not Parent Approved Card Game was created by a couple of moms of tweens who wanted to pull their kids away from their electronics. Mission accomplished! It’s like the card game version of Mad Libs and tweens and parents are having a blast playing it.
One warning: some parents reported a few of the cards to be out of line with their values for their kids. But you can pull out the cards you deem inappropriate and it’s still a fun game.
Gravity Maze Game
The best-selling Gravity Maze Marble Run Logic Game is a challenging game for tweens that encourages critical thinking. There are different skill levels in the game, so even beginners will enjoy it and can work to improve their problem solving skills.
5 Second Rule Game
In he fast-paced 5 Second Rule Game, players have 5 seconds to name three things that fit the topic. Tweens need to think on their feet to win!
The Exploding Kittens card game has been a top seller for a couple years now and I resisted buying it because the name was well…unappealing. I finally played it with my niece and nephew and I have to admit, it’s fun! It takes a couple rounds to memorize each of the action cards but my tween and teen opponents caught on quick and really enjoyed it.
It’s for 2-5 players, but if you have a larger group, get the Exploding Kittens Party Pack, which allows for up to 10 players. Just follow the instructions for how to reduce the deck for smaller groups.
Monopoly Deal Card Game
The Monopoly Deal Card Game is our family’s ALL TIME favorite card game! It’s a spinoff of the original Monopoly game, with all the competitiveness squeezed into less time. Seriously…you have to try this game. I introduced my niece and nephew to it and we played it non-stop while they were visiting me and I had to buy them a deck to take back home with them!
The link above is for the updated version – it’s just the graphics on the cards are a little different. It’s the one I bought for my niece and nephew. This one is the original one I had bought, like 5 or 6 years ago. The gameplay is exactly the same – just the cards look a little different.
More Top Gifts for Tweens 2019
We found a variety of other cool gifts for tweens, ranging from quirky to practical. Here are a few more top gift ideas for tweens.
Elecder Foldable HeadphonesFoldable Headphones
Tweens need to tune out the world sometimes, and a gift of these noise-cancelling Elecdor Foldable Headphones will help them do it.
These are top gifts for tweens because they are comfortable, foldable, lightweight, and come in a variety of stylish colors.
They are also adjustable, so other members of the family can wear them too.
Mom or dad might want to “borrow” them because according to reviewers, the sound quality is pretty darn good!
Color Changing Cinema Light BoxColor Changing Cinema Light Box
How fun is this?! Tweens can let the world know their musing of the day with their very own Cinema Light Box.
Hung inside or outside their room, this is a fun way for tweens to express themselves (or for mom and dad to leave them funny messages). Here’s some neat features of this cool tween gift.
- Can be hung or freestanding
- Comes with a remote to change colors and turn on and off
- Multi-colored background
- Can be plugged in or powered by batteries
What I like about this light box is the background has various color options, which just adds a little more pizzazz to the message and I think is a bit more appealing to tweens. A Cinema Light Box is unique gift for the tween on your list!
Portable Waterproof Bluetooth SpeakerWaterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Tweens can enjoy their tunes everywhere with this SoundHot Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker.
The attached hanging cord makes it easy to attach to a backpack, bike, belt loop or hook so tweens can listen and share their playlists from their phone or tablet, wherever they are. It’s recommended not to immerse it in water, but it is safe to hang it in the shower or use by the pool too.
It packs 10 hours of battery life which is great. The other thing you’ll love about it is the price! This is an awesome budget-friendly, practical gift idea for tweens that they’ll actually use.
Mug With a HoopThe Mug With A Hoop
Unique, quirky stuff are some of the best gifts for tweens and this fun Mug With a Hoop fits the bill!
Tweens can dunk their cookies, mini-marshmallows, graham crackers – whatever floats their boat. Great gift idea for a tween basketball fan!
I love the story behind these mugs. They were invented by an 8-year-old with Dyslexia who’s family is committed to helping empower other challenged kids and their families.
Below are two more of their sports mugs for soccer and baseball fans.
We hope this list of the top gifts for tweens helps you to find the perfect gift for the tweens in your life. I know I found a thing or two that’s going on my wish list, starting with the Karaoke microphone. I do love me some Shania! 😉
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