On to the big kids! We’ve taken care of babies and littles, and now we’re on to what I find the most fun group of people to buy for — the tweens.
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HERE WE GO-HO-HO WITH PART 3 OF THIS YEAR’S GIFT GUIDE!
Big kids’ + tweens holiday gift guide
NINTENDO 2DS XL
What is it? This is a BIG fan favourite around our house and has been since we started testing it out for my Nintendo 2DS XL post. So I had to include it in my tween gift guide — especially since it now comes in this eye-catching orange and white version. Same tech on the inside, fun new look on the outside.
How much? $199.99
Where can I buy it? Best Buy.
GUY STUFF: The Body Book for Boys
What is it? This funny, down-to-earth and matter-of-fact book is perfect for your tween boys! Mine read his without me, citing the deepest embarassment, but he did so cover to cover in the span of a couple of nights. It delves into physiological changes and what to expect as a boy’s body starts to mature. The comic-style illustrations and straight-shooter writing is exactly right for the target audience.
How much? $18.99
Where can I buy it? Indigo.
SKECHERS ENERGY LIGHTS
What is it? I can’t even stop with the rose gold this year, and SKECHERS’ Energy Lights shoes in shiny rose gold are as fantastic in person as you’d hope. There are plain matte black and white versions as well for your less-flashy kids. Charge ’em up and your kids can watch a variety of light shows on their feet. Mine really wanted these for back-to-school, but at $85 a pair, they’re even more ideal for holiday giving.
How much? $85
Where can I buy it? SKECHERS Canada.
American Girl BeForever set: Nanea Mitchell
What is it? We do love our American Girl dolls in this house, and straight out of 1940s Hawaii comes Nanea. She’s all about kindness and the “aloha spirit,” and Nanea’s story is rich with historical references that recount Pearl Harbour, making this BeForever doll an educational choice, too, for young readers.
How much? US$115 for the doll and book + US$24 for the accessories. ($139 for doll and book in Canada.)
What is it? The K Man (age 9, going on 40 some days) has had a blast hanging out with this little guy. His detachable gun is about the only sinister thing about this toy, which otherwise makes cute noises and dances with eyes that light up blue and red. Hasbro got clever and ditched the on/off switch — turning this Squeek upside down for a specified amount of time powers the remote-control toy on and off.
How much? $99.99
Where can I buy it? Toys “R” Us.
Klee Kids Mineral Play Makeup
What is it? Makeup is something Miss Q always asks for. And instead of handing down my not-so-natural makeup from yesteryear, natural makeup designed for kids is a way better option. Klee Kids makes play makeup that’s handcrafted in USA/Canada, uses only FDA-approved ingredients, is 100 per cent non-toxic and hypoallergenic. It contains NO harsh chemicals, FD&C colours, phthalates or parabens either. All you need is a cute little case.
How much? $29.99
Where can I buy it? Tinker & Muse.
What is it? There’s something about getting a board game that just helps complete the holiday roundup. This twist on a classic will surely impress your gamer tweens, and they’ll still have no idea how good it is for their math skills.
How much? $39.99
Where can I buy it? EB Games.
Big Life Journal
What is it? Whether or not your big kid likes writing or journaling, I’m still going to suggest that this is a great gift idea for those who want to start instilling a sense of gratitude and a growth mindset early on. This is a GUIDED journal, meaning that it prompts your child to make new entries. Empowering kids with a growth mindset is all about helping them overcome challenges, learn from mistakes and persevere.
How much? US$24
Where can I buy it? Big Life Journal.
Rocky Mountain Soap Co. bath bombs + lip butter
What is it? Both my girl AND my boy love bath bombs! So don’t think of this as a “girly” gift (if you even think like that to begin with). These are large and smell outstanding — guaranteed to make any bath a party. Brimming with holiday flavour is this peppermint lip butter, too; though you may need to remind your kid not to eat it. It smells THAT good.
How much? $5.95 per bath bomb + $5.50 per lip butter.
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