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39 Good Gifts for 12 Year Olds That Don’t Suck

In a matter of months, your youngster will officially be a teenager! Enjoy this last vestige of childhood as you peruse our selection of really awesome gifts for 12 year olds. From creative crafts to thought-provoking books to excellent electronics, there’s a gift perfect for every kid that fits your budget and doesn’t involve piercing.

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PlayStation 4 Console

PlayStation 4 Console

So now you know how to get to Sesame Street, but your kiddo is all about Minecraft – they grow up way too fast. It’s inevitable, so you may as well go with it. Bring home the PlayStation 4 Slim game console, and you’ll get some awesome gaming time with your youngster and develop gaming skills

$438.77


Craftster's Sewing Kits

Craftster's Sewing Kits

At some point in everyone’s life, the need to wield a needle will arise. Craftster’s Woodland Animals Kit is a fun way for youngsters to learn basic sewing skills. This is more than threading a needle – five cute little stuffed animals result. It’s a great kit for a solitary child or for a party activity.

$22.97


Capture the Flag REDUX

Capture the Flag REDUX

Once your kids get past a certain age, they’re more fun to hang out with. Enjoy those precious moments before they take your car and pretend not to know you. “Capture the Flag REDUX” is an old-school game with exciting features like LED lights for nighttime play. Great for campouts, family reunions, or parties.

$59.90


Apple iPad Mini

Apple iPad Mini

The Apple iPad Mini is at the top of the list of gifts for 12 year olds. It’s the perfect first tablet computer and gives your almost-teen a chance to play games, listen to the tunes, and watch videos popular with their peers, instead of just the “E for Everyone” selections on the family PC.

Prices Vary


Reach For The Moon Charm Necklace

Reach For The Moon Charm Necklace

Tween-agers are on the cusp of maturity as they leave childish things behind. It can be a confusing and emotional period. This beautifully crafted charm necklace gives your child encouragement and empowers them with a message to “Be you” and to “Reach for the Moon.” Stones with healing powers are carefully selected for each charm.

Turtle Beach Stealth Wireless Gaming Headset

Turtle Beach Stealth Wireless Gaming Headset

Gaming is serious stuff these days. You’ve checked out the best systems, found the most appropriate games, so naturally, you’ll want to choose a primo gaming headset for your youngster. The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 wireless surround sound offers an exclusive “Superhuman Hearing” setting for enhanced audio details to give your player a sound advantage.

$65.49


Intex River Run 1 Inflatable Float Tube

Intex River Run 1 Inflatable Float Tube

This is not your grandpa’s inner tube! The Intex River Run Sport Lounge is specially made for relaxing in your favorite body of water. Oh, wait. We’re shopping for the kids. Maybe you need two of these mesh-bottomed inflatables. It has a built-in backrest and cupholders for luxury on the high seas or backyard pond.

$25.24


Make Your Own Nail Polish Kit

Make Your Own Nail Polish Kit

Style trends today change faster than we can keep up with. One thing that’s stable is the concept of uniqueness. Individual choices are a lasting trend and the “Make Your Own Nail Polish” kit embraces it – everything your fashionista needs for customizing colors to match the latest fashion or create a party theme to share.

Boy Craft Catapult Wars by Horizon Group USA

Boy Craft Catapult Wars by Horizon Group USA

Boy Craft Catapult Wars is a fun kit for boys AND girls. Assemble the pre-cut pieces into a pair of catapults, set up the cool included targets, then compete for accuracy, distance, speed, or just launch the mini sandbags for fun. Stickers are included to add flair to the catapults. Which will fling the farthest?

$12.99


Kindle Paperwhite E-reader

Kindle Paperwhite E-reader

The Kindle Paperwhite E-reader is just the right size, portable, and weighs less than a library full of books – all features your youngster will appreciate when you choose this easy-on-the-eyes electronic book that goes anywhere. Road trip to Grandma’s? Summer camp? Wherever your kiddo goes, a wonderland full of books, newspapers, and magazines goes, too.

$38.35


Hair Chalk Pens

Hair Chalk Pens

OMG… my BFF… YOLO… IKR? Say what? If this is how your kiddo and her friends converse, maybe she’s ready for the exciting and changing world of Hair Chalk from Madellena. Ten awesome colors for temporary hair color or face painting is a fun way for tweens to express themselves without damaging or harsh chemicals.

$19.99


LEGO Star Wars Stormtrooper Commander Building Kit

LEGO Star Wars Stormtrooper Commander Building Kit

Take an iconic figure from one of the most popular movie franchises ever and turn it into a LEGO building kit for a win. The Star Wars Stormtrooper Commander set allows nimble fingers to create a battle-ready action figure. Your kids can set up their favorite movie scenes or create new adventures of their own.

$116.38


Be Truthful Be Gentle Be Fearless Necklace

Be Truthful Be Gentle Be Fearless Necklace

When choosing gifts for 12 year olds, consider this inspiring pendant, which encourages the wearer to “live life with intention.” Twelve is a complicated age – no longer a little child, not yet an adult, and facing decisions of increasing consequence daily. “Be Truthful, Be Gentle, Be Fearless” may make the transition to impending maturity easier.

Adjustable12th Birthday Bracelet Bangle

Adjustable12th Birthday Bracelet Bangle

Bangle bracelets and charm bracelets have long been favorite feminine accessories. This clever version combines the charms on an adjustable bangle. “This is what 12 and awesome looks like” accompanies cake, gift, and balloon charms for a charming gift for your favorite young miss. Smart shoppers like you get the most bangle for the buck.

$10.89


Fatboy Point Small Bean Bag Chair

Fatboy Point Small Bean Bag Chair

This small Fatboy bean bag is the right size for youngsters to lounge on while they’re chilling with their friends, or while watching a movie with the family. The bright colors to complement any decor and spill-resistant fabric make them great in your shared space. Perfect for comfy seating in the kids’ rooms, too.

Prices Vary


Nerf Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX Tagger

Nerf Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX Tagger

Lazer Tag Phoenix LTX Tagger from Nerf is a super-duper two-pack of laser tagging fun without a trip to the local arcade. Nerf uses 40 nanometers wavelength LED infrared lights and has receivers incorporated into the handset to log tags, so no separate targets or receivers to wear or lose. Perfect for head-to-head combat.

$74.99


Creativity for Kids Day at The Spa Deluxe Gift Set

Creativity for Kids Day at The Spa Deluxe Gift Set

Self-care is learned behavior, and let’s face it – your 12-year-old isn’t going to learn any younger. Thus, the Creativity for Kids Day-at-the-Spa deluxe gift set is a marvelous introduction to the world of relaxation, pampering, and luxury. It’s a fun party theme and includes a spa-party invitation, or choose it for a “mom-and-me” bonding experience.

$39.99


Nerf N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire Blaster

Nerf N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire Blaster

Nerf N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire Blaster is the mother of all Nerf blasters with two 25-dart drums, alternating-fire barrels, mounted on a tripod. This is the crème de la crème of rapid-fire motorized blaster toys. Whether the battle is for the last cookie or the top bunk, your little guerilla will be victorious over all comers.

$580.00


Vamslove Kick Scooter

Vamslove Kick Scooter

The Vamslove kick scooter features an adjustable height T-bar handlebar, non-slip deck, and flashing wheels. When style and good looks are as important as performance, this is the right foot-to-ground powered ride. Rear brake for ease of operation and optimum safe riding combined with easy storage and portability options make this scooter fun and convenient.

Prices Vary


ALEX Toys Craft Knot-A-Quilt Chevron Kit

ALEX Toys Craft Knot-A-Quilt Chevron Kit

The ALEX Toys Knot-a-Quilt kit is not a quilt, but pre-cut pieces of softest fleece in trendy chevron shapes. Your youngster arranges the colors, then knots them for their very own blanket. It’s great for chilly days, lazy days, or any days; curling up on the couch in a roomy cocoon of comfort sounds good.

$39.99


Playz Fun Perfume Experiments Science Lab Kit

Playz Fun Perfume Experiments Science Lab Kit

Playz Fun Perfume Experiment Science Lab kit is an engaging, entertaining, and enterprising DIY fragrance operation that makes a unique gift for 12 year olds. Kids can make bath fizzies, potpourri, and other scented delights for themselves or as gifts, or set up a shop to compete with the big name bath stores. STEM friendly.

$39.95


Tough Puzzles for Smart Kids

Tough Puzzles for Smart Kids

“Tough Puzzles for Smart Kids” is an intriguing title for an intriguing book. Kids will enjoy the challenge of solving different types of puzzles in a handy format to take wherever they venture. No batteries required, either! No matter how smart your kiddo is now, he or she will be smarter after tackling this challenge.

$5.79


Enchantmints Unicorn Music Jewelry Box

Enchantmints Unicorn Music Jewelry Box

Enchantmints presents a timeless treasure for anyone who loves unicorns. The decor features lovely depictions of unicorns frolicking in an enchanted forest. Tiny drawers for small secrets and a larger one for greater trinkets enhance this delicate box. A unicorn figure rotates when you lift the mirrored lid to “The Unicorn” music box tune.

$26.99


LED Book Light by French Bull

LED Book Light by French Bull

When you’re 12, bedtime doesn’t always mean sleep time. This clever clip-on LED book light is just right for illuminating a page or adding a bit of brightness to an e-reader for a few more chapters after lights out. Of course, it’s portable so it’s ideal for camp, sleepovers, or spending the summer at Granny’s.

Prices Vary


Young Girls Certified Organic Makeup Kit

Young Girls Certified Organic Makeup Kit

Learning to use makeup is a rite of passage all girls look forward to. As their parents and grandparents, however, we want them to have flattering colors and chemical-free products. This organic, all-natural, made in the USA makeup kit from Kooalo is designed for the younger lady in mind, without the hefty boutique price tag.

$24.97


Harry Potter House Trunk Sets

Harry Potter House Trunk Sets

If your youngsters ask “Which house?” here’s a gift that will have them over the moon. Designed like a traveling trunk, this clever box contains the complete set of “Harry Potter” books with book jackets designed to complement each house of Hogwarts. Even if they haven’t been sorted, kids know in “which house” they belong.

$324.99


SHANY Glamour Girl Makeup Kit

SHANY Glamour Girl Makeup Kit

Discerning one’s color palette isn’t an easy task. Without a professional consultation, it takes a little trial and error to figure out what shades are flattering. The SHANY Glamour Girl Makeup Kit offers a generous range of eyeshadow, blush, and lip colors to complement any complexion, and learning what works for your blossoming miss.

$18.95


Letters to My Future Self: My Life Story So Far Journal

Letters to My Future Self: My Life Story So Far Journal

“Letters to My Future Self” is a brilliant idea in a handy volume which is perfect for collecting a youngster’s thoughts, photos, mementos, and hopes. Journaling is a great habit to begin young, and as an adult, your kiddo will appreciate your foresight in encouraging them to look forward from the here and now.

$19.85


Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch

All alone or with friends, at home or on the go, the Nintendo Switch is THE go-to gaming system with the most versatility. Kids can convert a smartphone into a handheld game, or switch to play on the TV. They can practice skills on their own, then switch to multiplayer mode and challenge their pals.

Prices Vary


Melissa & Doug Created by Me-Flower Fleece Quilt

Melissa & Doug Created by Me-Flower Fleece Quilt

Knowing what kids like makes it a breeze to find gifts for 12 year olds. The “Crafted by Me” quilt kit from Melissa & Doug is a fun project for a kid, whether they’re crafty or not. Precut squares are ready to tuck and tie for a colorful, patterned quilt your youngster will enjoy and cherish.

$22.48


Women in Science

Women in Science

After all these years, some people still don’t believe in women’s lib or gender equality. None of the youngsters in your life should ever hear (or say) “girls can’t” or “women shouldn’t”. This marvelous book, “Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World” shares stories of amazing women proving girls can do anything.

$9.99


CRAFTIVITY Dare to Dream Board Craft Kit

CRAFTIVITY Dare to Dream Board Craft Kit

Vision boards have been inspiring adults for years. This set is a fun craft project resulting in a customized vision board highlighting your kiddo’s dreams and aspirations, memories and mementos. The Craftivity Dare to Dream kit includes little planks to paint, decorate, and decoupage, then assemble for a truly unique and updateable vision board.

$25.00


Nerf N-Strike Elite Precision Target Set

Nerf N-Strike Elite Precision Target Set

The Nerf N-Strike Precision Target Set is a blaster featuring a light beam targeting system. Targets are included so your sharpshooter can practice his or her skills, or compete with a buddy. They can stand the targets up or hang them on a door. Either way, they’re on target for the “ready… aim… fire!” countdown.

$79.98


Roku Streaming Stick

Roku Streaming Stick

Cable TV is expensive, especially if you have several units. Not to mention, some of the content is less than suitable for the under-13 crowd. When you choose a Roku stick to connect your kids’ TV, they’ll have a wide choice with content, especially for younger viewers. You already pay for WiFi, so why not?

$29.99


FAO Schwarz Premium Magic Trick Set

FAO Schwarz Premium Magic Trick Set

Sleight of hand is a skill that requires practice, and the FAO Schwartz Premium Magic Trick set has all the accouterments your young prestidigitator needs to practice over 300 feats of magic. Achieving an inexplicable illusion in a flawless performance to the delight of friends and family makes this a gift that keeps on giving.

Prices Vary


Mixed Metals Fishbowl Necklace

Mixed Metals Fishbowl Necklace

Why do kids find goldfish so fascinating? If you’d like to give a darling little goldfish to your favorite kid and not worry about it not surviving the weekend, choose this whimsical pendant. The tiny 14k-gold fish is suspended in a sterling silver “fishbowl” to add to the delightful illusion of a swimming fishy.

ALEX Spa Glow Sketch It Nail Pens

ALEX Spa Glow Sketch It Nail Pens

The traditional ho-hum mani-pedi is so last year. At least in comparison to the ALEX Spa Glow Sketch It Nail Pens. Now get this – these up-to-the-minute colors glow in the dark. Five awesome shades in double-ended nail pens allow your creative diva to design fab nail art that’s still on fleek when the lights go out.

$29.99


Melissa & Doug Fashion Design Art Activity Kit

Melissa & Doug Fashion Design Art Activity Kit

The leaders in any field had to start somewhere. Melissa & Doug toys often lay the foundation for future career choices. The Fashion Design Art Activity Kit is a great way for a budding Ralph Lauren or Vera Wang to get some practice creating wearable art concepts. Everything is in an easy-to-carry kit – handy wherever inspiration strikes.

$12.99


LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader’s Castle Building Kit

LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader’s Castle Building Kit

Kids will be transported to a galaxy far, far away as they construct this 1,060-piece LEGO Star Wars building kit. Featuring Darth Vader’s castle, the set includes an underground hangar, which houses the TIE Advanced Fighter, as well as an ancient Sith shrine and a meditation chamber.

$193.88


Boxer Interactive A.I. Robot Toy

Boxer Interactive A.I. Robot Toy

Boxer may be a robot, but he shows more emotion that most tweens – his expressions change depending on whether he’s happy, sad or sleepy. Kids can interact with their pal using the remote control to do stunts, such as somersaults, or by playing games together.

$49.99


Erector by Meccano Meccanoid XL 2.0 Robot-Building Kit

Erector by Meccano Meccanoid XL 2.0 Robot-Building Kit

Meccano but not as you remember it, with the Meccanoid 2.0 robot building kit kids can create and then program their own motorized pal to play with. Made from 1,014 parts and standing almost 4 feet tall, the robot has 10 motors for realistic movement, as well as LED eyes.

$250.41


Monopoly: Fortnite Edition Board Game

Monopoly: Fortnite Edition Board Game

Fans of Fortnite can put down the controller and compete with family and friends off-screen with this new edition of the popular board game. Inspired by their favorite video game, kids must pick up health packs, build walls, and fight off their opponents until they’re the last player standing.

$26.99


Magical Microbes MudWatt STEM Kit

Magical Microbes MudWatt STEM Kit

You might not consider mud to be “magical” when it’s covering your kitchen floor, but with this Magical Microbes MudWatt STEM kit, kids can learn how to make clean energy using the power of mud. Experimenting with soil, along with leftovers from the fridge, they can use the MudWatt Explorer app to measure microbe growth.

$39.99


Luigi's Mansion Nintendo 3DS

Luigi's Mansion Nintendo 3DS

The classic game is now available in a portable edition for Nintendo 3DS. Kids must help Luigi fight off the supernatural residents who are lurking in the mansion to save Mario, following the map on the touchscreen to find and stun the ghosts with the Poltergust 3000.

$43.99


Poopsie Slime Surprise Poop Pack

Poopsie Slime Surprise Poop Pack

If your kids are poop-obsessed, they can make unicorn poop to play with using the ingredients in this Poopsie Slime Surprise Pack – by combining the unicorn food with a touch of unicorn magic, they’ll have multi-colored, scented slime that they can customize. There are 18 to collect, including the rare Unicorn Sparkle.

$20.49


LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Building Kit

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Building Kit

Potter fans will go crazy for this Hogwarts Great Hall building kit. With 878 pieces, they can create a 4-level model of the iconic Great Hall, complete with the sorting hat, mirror of Erised, and 10 minifigures of their favorite characters, including a buildable Basilisk.

$147.87


SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body

SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body

Kids can take apart and put back together this squishy human body, learning about the muscles, bones and organs beneath their skin. Accompanied by a 24-page illustrated anatomy book, youngsters can discover the vital organs along with the digestive system, ensuring they’ll be top of the class in biology.

$16.39


Starlink Battle for Atlas Nintendo Switch Starter Edition

Starlink Battle for Atlas Nintendo Switch Starter Edition

Battling to free the Atlas Star System from Grax and the Forgotten Legion, kids can mix and match pilots, wings, and weapons to create their own starship. As they build their ship, they can watch the changes they make come to life on-screen in the game, like they’re fighting in a parallel universe.

$31.08


Mini Creature 3D Kits

Mini Creature 3D Kits

Kids can build a menagerie in their bedroom with these 3D puzzles made from recycled cardboard. Select an animal, from a sloth to a llama, and watch it come to life, as kids get busy sticking together the numbered pieces using the non-toxic glue that’s included.

$10.00


littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit

littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit

Avengers fans can become one of the gang with this Inventor Kit from littleBits. Through the app, kids can take part in superhero training, as well as build and customize their hero gear using the littleBits electronic blocks to be like Ant-Man and Black Panther.

$135.95


$25 Xbox Gift Card

$25 Xbox Gift Card

If you don’t know what to buy a 12 year old who has everything, you can’t go wrong with an Xbox gift card. With a value of $25, kids can use the prepaid card to buy the latest games and entertainment, including music and movies.

$25.00


Streaking Kittens Second Expansion of Exploding Kittens

Streaking Kittens Second Expansion of Exploding Kittens

The second expansion to Exploding Kittens, this card game is filled with suspense, just like a game of Russian roulette. With these 15 cards, players will unlock 8 additional actions, as well as a “streaking kitten” card, which means that they can hold an exploding kitten card in their hand without combusting.

$6.99


Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy

Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy

Kids can travel Back to the Future with this 30th anniversary edition of Steven Spielberg’s iconic trilogy. With over 5 hours of remastered film on Blu-ray or DVD, kids can join Marty McFly and the gang as they travel to the past, present and future.

$27.99

8 Best Diy Gifts for 12 Year Old Girls and Boys

Diy Book iPhone Dock

Diy Book iPhone Dock

Here’s a DIY project transforming a thrift store book into a charging dock for an iPhone (or adapt for other phones). What an innovative way for a tweenager to keep a phone in a safe place to charge. It also keeps the cord from getting lost. Kudos for a tip about an alarm clock app.

Diy Gemstone Picture Frame

Diy Gemstone Picture Frame

When you’re leaving childhood behind, there may be a photo, certificate, or other mementos you can’t bear to part with. These treasures are deserving of unique display and this DIY features a frame emblazoned with gemstones for a true one-of-a-kind look. Perfect project for you and your youngster to do together – things for the memories.

Diy Instagram Wrapping Paper

Diy Instagram Wrapping Paper

Sentimental much? This DIY tutorial is so personal and inspiring – take twelve of your favorite Instagram memories and transform them into personalized wrapping paper. It’s so easy, a child can do it. So let your youngsters create great gift wrap for their friends, or you can design a passing-of-the-years for an extra-special 12th birthday wrap.

Diy Sweet and Simple Phone Case

Diy Sweet and Simple Phone Case

Your kids might be too old to have name labels attached to their belongings, so make sure they can identify their phone in the school yard with this DIY phone case. Check out this tutorial to see what you’ll need to create a personalized case that’s as individual as they are.


Diy Secret Compartment Book

Diy Secret Compartment Book

With this DIY secret compartment book, kids can hide their belongings, from minifigures to candy. Have a look at this post for a fun project that you can work on together – there are numbered steps and pictures to help you create it with ease.


Diy No Sew Zippered Duck Tape Pouch

Diy No Sew Zippered Duck Tape Pouch

If your kids never put anything away when they’ve finished playing with it, this simple DIY pouch makes a quick and easy storage idea for loose LEGO bricks and minifigures that are strewn across the floor. Follow the instructions in this post to create the ‘no sew’ pouch in five minutes.


Diy Morse Code Bracelets

Diy Morse Code Bracelets

If your kids get a kick out of solving mysteries, have a go at making these DIY Morse code bracelets. A fun activity for a birthday party or sleepover, read this article to see how kids can spell out secret messages on to the bracelets before giving them to friends or family.


Diy Deck Box

Diy Deck Box

If you often play Magic the Gathering or other card games as a family, check out this post to see how to make a deck box for the cards. Broken down in to 3 sections, the tutorial has numbered steps along with plenty of pictures to guide you through the instructions.

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