It doesn't matter if it's Christmas, or another event or milestone in your tween's life. Finding the perfect tween gift can be difficult, especially if your child is outgrowing toys.
Tweens are electronically savvy, and electronic gifts can make for a great tween gift. Be sure you consider your child's maturity level before purchasing an expensive electronic item. Does your tween lose things easily? Is he hard on his belongings? Does he have the patience to operate a gadget?
If you think your tween can manage owning an electronic item, consider one of the items below for your next tween gift giving event.
iPad or TabletTweens are using tablets for school, to search the internet, play music or play games. While some tablets remain pricy, there are a number that are within reach for many families. Be careful to research options if you're interested in a tablet for your preteen. First, identify how your child will use the electronic, and then research the best options within your price point.
iPods or another MP3 Player
Originally meant as a means of playing music, iPods and other MP3 players now do so much more and they make a great tween gift, if your child can keep from losing it. Many will play videos and games, and some offer Internet and wireless capability. Since your tween will use an Ipod primarily to play music, be sure to throw in an iTunes gift card, so she can download her favorite songs right away.
iPods and other MP3 players come in a variety of colors, and prices begin at around $40. An iPod Shuffle might suffice for a tween's first music player. The shuffle costs about $40, and offers 4GB worth of space. That might be enough if your tween intends to use it just for listening to music.
An iPod or MP3 player isn't worth much of anything without a good pair of earbuds. You can find earbuds in just about every color, and prices can range from $10 on up, depending on the quality of the item. Don't spend a fortune on your tween's earbuds if the reason you're buying them is because he already lost a pair or ruined a pair accidentally. Earbuds make great stocking stuffers.
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The Nintendo DSi is just one of the hand-held game players on the market. With these devices, tweens can chat, play games, draw, and even learn a new skill such as cooking through one of the many instructional games available for purchase. This newest version of the DS also offers a microphone, video capability and photo apps including the ability to create a slideshow. If you decide to purchase the DSi for your tween, spring for the carrying case. It holds the DSi, the charger, and has room for many of the games. The DSi is priced at around $170.
There are a lot of digital cameras on the market and if you're considering one as a tween gift, you'll need to do your homework. Digital cameras can cost from $50 to $200 or more, depending on the features of the camera. For tweens, consider a camera with an easy to understand menu, and automatic features such as auto flash. Many cameras also offer red eye reduction, and other features. Tweens will probably want a camera with some video capability, and an extra memory card is always a good idea.
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Video camcorders have come a long way in just a few years, and there are several on the market that cost around $100 and are super simple to use. One such camera is the Flip video camera. which can capture 30 or 60 minutes of video, depending on the camera. This one button camera is easy to use, allowing users to edit, delete and upload with ease.
The Ultimate Tween Gift: The Cell Phone
Is there a tween alive who doesn't want a cell phone? Probably not. If you decide it's time for your tween to handle the responsibility of managing a cell phone, then consider one with a Qwerty keyboard, to make texting easier. You may also consider a phone with a prepaid plan, allowing you to control use and cost. If you do allow your tween to text, choose a plan with generous texting limits.