2021 Pre-Teen Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide for Pre-teens (8-12 years old)

Got a tween in your life?  Need some good gift ideas? This is a tough crowd to shop for!  Well, this list is just for the pre-teens! I starting thinking of those 8-12 year big kids and came up this list of ideas from the quirky to the squishy to the cool. My 10 and 12-year-old kids were a huge help making this. Everything got their thumbs up before it went on the list!

I included everything from stocking stuffers to the unique to the must-haves. So without further ado, here’s the Pre-teen holiday gift guide!

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle

If you have a trendy tween in your life, chances are they may be asking for a hydro flask. This gift is literally cool, and you may even want to keep one for yourself.

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Dynamite Dual Bluetooth Streaming Stereo Speakers with Built-in Microphone by Aluratek

On the go speakers that connect to any BlueTooth enabled device. Your tween can enjoy lots of great sound without the hassle of all the wires. You can connect your device to two speakers instead of just one.

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These squishes are super fun toys that pre-teens will love to play with. They are adorable, soft and irresistible.  These squishes are a cool galaxy theme and come with a cat, bunny, whale and poop emoji squishy. This bonus box also includes scented stickers, 3D puffy stickers and rainbow scratch paper.

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Give Lessons with TakeLessons.com

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Give a gift that lasts a lifetime! The best gifts for this age range can be the gift of an experience. TakeLessons.com offers multiple types of classes from music to language to academics.  Choices consist of sewing, chess, drawing, hula hoop, ceramics, poker, Java, SQL, oil painting, piano, bagpipes, Hip Hop & Rap, steel drums, Salsa dancing, magic, improv acting, Japanese, and hundreds more. Help your tween fulfill a dream or achieve a goal!

Kestrel Disc Golf

Disc golf is a great outdoor game for the big kids. This game is becoming more and more popular among all age groups. It’s not a typical frisbee game!

This set gives you everything you need to get out and start playing the game. It includes 5 discs (2 Fairway Drivers, 2 Mid-Range Discs and Putter) and a bag. This is a great starter kit for anyone just getting into the game but even the experts will appreciate the quality. It is  PDGA approved.

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Starlux Games Glow Battle: A Light up Sword and Ninja Game 


This glow in the dark ninja game has 10 game options and is loads of fun for the pre-teen age group. Foam weapons make perfectly safe gameplay while teams can learn strategy and bond. This is one you are going to want to check out!

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Trapped in a Video Game: The Complete Series

The perfect book series for video game fans. Lots of reviewers claim these books were great for their reluctant readers. The main character of this series literally gets sucked into a video game and from there the adventure begins.

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Velvet Caviar Phone Cases





The slogan for Velvet Caviar is Pretty yet protective. These cases are attractive and designed perfectly for the tween in your life. There are so many designs and colors to choose from there is a style to please every kid. Made for multiple phone versions and brands.

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Election Night! Board Game

The game board teaches kids math, civics and geography all in a strategy game. This game won the 2019 Parent’s Choice Gold Award. The players learn math facts, learn state geography and how the electoral college works. It is fun and educational at the same time. Fantastic fun family gameplay!

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Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered (PS4, Xbox One, PC)


 This video game from Saber Interactive is an HD re-release of the hit action game featuring the original cast of Columbia Pictures’ classic films. As the new rookie on the Ghostbusters crew, you’ll team up with your favorite characters from the films, reunited by the voices of Aykroyd, Ramis, Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson as Stantz, Spengler, Venkman and Zeddemore. Check out the trailer here. 

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Fuji Film Instax 9

These instant cameras have been a big hit with the middle school crowd the past few years. Check out my full review for other options for instant cameras as well. The new version 9 of the Instax cameras have a similar look and feel to the older models but now come in new color options and a few new features. You can choose from Flamingo Pink, Ice Blue, Lime Green, Cobalt Blue and Smokey White.  The new features include a selfie mirror and a close-up lens adaptor. Also included are automatic exposure and high key mode.

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Slater Mountain: The Journey and Slater Mountain: The Legend by Judy Ricketts-White

These exciting and beautiful books make great gifts or stocking stuffers for tweens. Let these books about a girl and her horse inspire in your child a love for reading! Slater Mountian: The Journey was the winner of the 2017 MoonBeam award.  Follow the story of Bailey Mathews as she navigates a difficult journey to save her Grandpa, in The Journey. Then enjoy the adventure of Bailey Mathews and her friend Noah Collins as the story continues in The Legend. 

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My Audio Pet

These tiny and cute Bluetooth speakers let your pre-teen play their music and dance to their own beat. These unique speakers are small but have impressive sound ability. They can even be paired with another My Audio Pet speaker. These speakers are portable and have TWS, true wireless stereo technology.

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Chill Sack Bean Bag Chair


This is the spot you can go to relax, lay back and chill out. Perfect for so many activities and comfortable enough to make any kid happy. This bean bag chair includes memory foam and is firm and soft and conforming all at once.
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Spontuneous The Song Game



This game is designed for all ages and musical preferences. To play, a word is given and then its a race for the players to blurt out any song with that word. No singing talent is needed. Do your best to stump the other players, but if you do you also have to sing your own song! This game is already a bestseller on Amazon and has won multiple awards.  Recommended for ages 8 and older and needs 4-10 players or teams.

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Axol & Friends

This adorable little guy was inspired by the rare and endangered axolotl that is a species native to  Mexico City. He is cute, cuddly and socially conscious because a portion of each purchase is donated to organizations such as environmental conservation programs. This unique stuffy will melt your pre-teen’s heart! It is made from organic cotton velvet, eco-friendly materials, and arrives in a recycled displayed box.

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Not Parent Approved

This game is perfect for tweens, teens, and parents. Its is similar to Cards Against Humanity but made to be fun for the whole family.  It is 100% family-friendly (though some bathroom humor is inserted to keep the kids entertained). It is perfect because it is easy to learn and makes for a quick and simple play. It has also won the Scholastic Gold Star Toy Award. Multiple expansion packs are also available.

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Scenties Girls Scented Stretchy Elastic Hair Ties

These fun new hair ties make an excellent stocking stuffer. They have delightful scents such as bubblegum, sour apple, and cotton candy. When your child pulls on the tag on the elastic band the scent is emitted. Stretch them and sniff them then wear them or share them. These toys are just right for the tween ages. Kids can wear them like bracelets or trade them with their friends. A super fun accessory that kids will adore!

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Elecder i41 Kids Headphones

These adjustable wire-based earphones have excellent sound capability and have color options that are appealing to the pre-teen ages. They are foldable, adjustable, comfortable and lightweight. These make the perfect accessory gift for so many types of electronic gifts. It has a 3.5 mm jack that is compatible with ipads, cell phones, kindle. computers and more.

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AMIGO Games L.A.M.A. Llama-Themed Family Card Game

There is just something about tweens and llamas that seem to go hand in hand,. This inventive and creative card game from Amigo games is a 2019 award winner that encourages strategy and is loads of fun.

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Blue Lagoon Iceland Products

Tweens are getting to that age where hygiene is becoming even more important. Gifting a pre-teen with some sleek and sophisticated cosmetic products such as this foaming cleanser is a great way to encourage and impress this age group.

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Exploding Kittens Card Game

Another fabulous card game to make our holiday gift guide is Exploding Kittens. This strategic card game started as a very popular Kickstarter project and has already sold over 8 million copies. If you are already familiar with this game you may be interested in picking up one of the many expansion packs now available.  This card game is family-friendly and recommended for ages 7 and older. This strategic game is played like a version of Russian Roulette. If you draw an exploding kitten than you are out and if you manage to not explode you are a winner of the game! A quick and simple game that is very popular with the pre-teen crowd.

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Star Wars Furbacca

Do you have a Star Wars fan at your house? How about a Star Wars Fan who also loves Furbys? Well meet Furbacca! This little guy is interactive and will delight any preteen with an inner Wookiee. He is fluent in both Wookiee and Furbish! It sings, it dances and you have to check out this thing’s voice. A great gift for tweens.

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Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa

The tweens love to play with Alexa. They can use this device to play music, play games, check the weather, set an alarm and more.   Alexa, play Wild Things.

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Loki’s Wolves, Odin’s Ravens, Thor’s Serpents SET (The Blackwell Pages Series 3 Book Set)

This book series by K.L. Armstrong and Melissa Marr is perfect for kids who are fans of Percy Jackson. This trilogy has all the action-adventure that your tween craves. For fans of myths don’t miss this one.

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Apple AirPods with Charging Case

How about a present that will help the tween in your life tune you out? What, you mean they don’t need any help with that? Well, nevertheless, these wireless earbuds will filter out noise with a charger that gives more than 24 hours of power (with charging case). Setups with all your Apple devices.

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Trivial Pursuit World of Harry Potter Ultimate Edition

Harry Potter will always be a winner for this age group. This game will test all their knowledge about the Potter Universe.  And do not forget that “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

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Gorgeous Kitchen Fun Sandwich Cutters for Kids 

This gift may seem off the beaten path, but it is perfect for the tween in your life who loves to cook or just play in the kitchen. This set of cutters is great for cutting the bread into fun shapes and cookie cutters. These sandwich cutters are great for transforming soft healthy foods into yummy appealing shapes.

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