Gifts for tweens and teens
Whether the young girls and boys in your life are into the latest electronics, video games, crafts, jewelry and more, we found great gift ideas for tweens and teens.
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Power Wheels Wild Thing(Credit: Fisher-Price)
This ride-on comes with large durable tires for multi-terrain driving with three different speed settings. Kids can cruise, spin and drive forward and reverse. Best for ages 5 and older; $299.99.
Star Wars Interactech Imperial Stormtrooper Figure(Credit: Hasbro)
With more than 65 light and sound effects and precise motion sensors, this trooper can head into battle with its unique spin. Kids will also hear hand-to-hand combat sounds and the trooper yells out in defeat when falling. He comes with a blaster and jetpack that once strapped on, unlocks a variety of sounds. Best for ages 4 and older; $29.99.
Nerf N-Strike Elite Terrascout RC Drone Blaster(Credit: Hasbro)
Kids can use the live video feed featured on the controller's LCD screen to scout the battlefield, locate targets and plan their strategy. They can maneuver the angle of the drone's blaster remotely and fire a single dart by pressing and releasing the trigger. Kids can also record audio and video to an SD card (not included). Best for ages 8 and older; $199.99, available in October.
Pokemon Z-Ring(Credit: Tomy)
The Z-Ring can be synchronized with Pokemon video game series for Nintendo 3DS to enhance the play experience through sounds, lights and vibrations. The ring can be used without the video game in role-play mode to bring battle play to life with different 4D experiences with each Z-Crystals. It also comes with a two-inch Pikachu figure. Best for ages 5 and older; $29.99, available in November.
SelfieMic(Credit: Moose Toys)
The Selfie Mic from Moose Toys is a microphone-meets-selfie stick to let users tape or photograph themselves singing karaoke style. Use the free included partner app, StarMaker, to sing along to songs from a catalog of more than 3 million choices, including hits by Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, One Direction and more. Voice and video effects enhance the performance. Best for ages 8 and older; $24.99.
Sky Viper v2400FPV Streaming Drone with FPV Headset(Credit: Skyrocket Toys)
This drone streams and records in high definition, allowing kids to view the footage from the camera. Newbies will appreciate the new Flight Assist feature, which includes Auto Launch, Auto Hover and Auto Land. The Micro SD card is not included; $99. More information: http://bit.ly/1QqjlW1.
Razor Power Core E100 Electric Scooter(Credit: Razor)
Simply kick start and twist the throttle to feel the maxed-up power and take a ride on this light-weight scooter. The Power Core technology gives kids 50 percent more ride time and up to an hour of continuous use; $149. More information: http://bit.ly/2d4BgGx.
Tyco Terra Climber RC(Credit: Mattel)
The Tyco Terra Climber RC vehicle can scale stairs up to eight inches high and climb piles of rocks and hills in any direction; $99.99. More information: http://bit.ly/2cZYEUt.
Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station(Credit: Pome)
Kids can choose from six different ways to decorate their very own pom poms. The set folds up and is easy to carry on the go. It includes 75 pom poms, removable trays, water cup, adhesive dispenser and much more; $29.99. More information: http://bit.ly/2cmnGsx.
Num Noms Lipgloss Truck(Credit: MGA Entertainment)
This truck includes everything kids need to make flavored lip gloss in cherry or vanilla. Choose a flavor, add glitter sprinkles, mix it up and dispense it from the ice cream machine; $32.99 at http://bit.ly/2d29wQi.
Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire Blaster(Credit: Hasbro)
The motorized Nerf dart blaster fires up to five darts per second. With its 25-dart drum, it can fire darts up to 90 feet; $49.99. More information: http://bit.ly/2d4tvR4.
Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra Ice T-Rex Playset(Credit: Fisher-Price)
Simply turn the Power Pad on from behind his tail and Ice T-Rex will walk, stomp, stand and roar. Kids can activate the LED lights in his spikes and his eyes. His mouth opens and closes with a chomping sound as well; $100. More information: http://bit.ly/2dhf5JC.
Pie Face Showdown Game(Credit: Hasbro)
Players load the arm with whipped cream (not included) or the included sponge. Then, each player places their chin on one of the chin rests and at the count of three, rapidly mashes the button nearest to them, which activates the hand on the throwing arm. The player who doesn't get "pie-faced" wins; $24.99. More information: http://hasb.ro/2bgxOmp.
Code Gamer(Credit: Thames & Kosmos)
Using the Arduino-compatible gamepad, which connects wirelessly to a tablet, kids can learn coding while playing games. In each level of the game, kids can learn a piece of the Arduino programming language and how to use it in order to solve puzzles and challenges and move forward in the game. Kids will also learn to write programs on their computer using the four sensors and invent new applications; $149.95 at thamesandkosmos.com.
BOSEbuild Speaker Cube(Credit: Bose)
Build your own speaker and learn how a magnet and coil make a sound and how a speaker reproduces music. Kids can be coached through the building process through a free companion app that confirms success along the way. Kids can also add colored LED lights and silhouette covers; $149 at bose.com.
Sky Viper Hover Racer(Credit: Skyrocket)
The Hover Racer combines drone racing with video game battling. It can fly 20 mph while hovering three feet off the ground. Using the freetoplay app and infrared beacons, players race and battle in a course of their own design; $99.99 at skyrockettoys.com.
VEX Robotics Zip Flyer(Credit: Hexbug)
This robotic gadget can shoot propellers more than 30 feet in the air once kids build the structure using snap-together pieces. Pull the zip-cord stick to release -- the faster you pull, the higher up they'll go; $12.99 at hexbug.com.
Sky Rover Voice Command Drone(Credit: Auldey Toys)
The Sky Rover Voice Command Drone from Auldey Toys responds to 12 commands when spoken through the included headset. Say "take-off" and watch as the drone changes direction and does amazing stunts like 360-degree flips in response to commands; $59.99 at auldeytoys.us.
Mebo(Credit: Skyrocket Toys)
Using a touch-screen app, kids can drive the high-tech robot Mebo around the house to pick up snacks, spy on people or even have conversations. There's a point-of-view camera that streams live in high definition. Other features include two-way audio streaming and six-wheel suspension; $149.99 at skyrockettoys.com.
Air Hogs Helix Sentinel(Credit: Spin Master)
This first-person view video drone allows kids to connect multiple devices to stream live video. There's a built-in, high-speed camera to capture fast moving objects, which can be stored on the included 4GB memory card. The goggles give kids the chance to see things from the drone's perspective; $199.99 at spinmaster.com.
Greckobot(Credit: Thames and Kosmos)
The wall-climbing robot has a motorized air suction system that enables it to walk vertically up and down smooth surfaces, such as glass, plastic, whiteboards and glossy laminates; $49.95 at thamesandkosmos.com.
Speak Out Game(Credit: Hasbro)
Players have to say different phrases while wearing a mouthpiece that won't let them shut their mouth. Players then try to decipher what their teammate is trying to say, and must correctly guess the phrase in order to earn the card. The team with the most cards at the end of the game wins; $19.99 at hasbro.com.
Kids can build their own video games as they create and animate play spaces, characters and objects. The pieces in the Bloxels game set work with the free Bloxels Builder app to put them on-screen and play; $49.99 at mattel.com.
Meccano Meccasaur(Credit: Spin Master)
Kids can build and program this interactive, 3-foot dinosaur. Use Room Guard mode to protect your stuff. If he notices any sounds or change in light, he'll charge at the intruder while roaring. Meccasaur responds to petting and answers yes or no to questions; $99.99 at spinmaster.com.
3Doodler Start(Credit: 3Doodler)
This 3D printing pen extrudes an eco-friendly plastic that cools and hardens rapidly, allowing kids to draw in the air. It's designed to be clean and safe for kids, with no hot parts or messy glue; $49.99 at 3doodlerstart.com.
Kurio Watch(Credit: KD Group)
Made specifically for kids, this smartwatch features a touchscreen, alarm, calculator, music and video players, front-facing camera, activity tracker and mini games that detect wrist movement. Kids can also message friends and family via other Kurio or Android devices; $59.99 at kurioworld.com.
Pokemon Sun & Moon(Credit: Nintendo)
The new additions to Pokemon video games for Nintendo 3DS feature mysterious creatures known as Ultra Beasts; $39.99 eat at nintendo.com.
This quad-copter can be used indoors and with a smartphone or table. Kids can select one-touch stunts, follow-me mode or take control and fly LUMI while avoiding furniture and walls. Players can also choreograph a series of flight moves and play them back to music selected from their music library; $79.99 at wowwee.com.
Project MC2 We Heart Chemistry Kit(Credit: Alex Brands)
Kids can conduct 10 experiments at home using everything in the kit as well as some additional household materials. Make ordinary powders fizz and foam, create a color-changing mixture, a rolling wave, a color-changing eruption, a glow-in-the-dark test tube and more; $25.50 at alexbrands.com.
Hot Wheels A.I.(Credit: Mattel)
This racing system combines high-powered vehicle performance and computer enhanced Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), allowing kids to race a friend or take on a computer. Each car features a sensor on the bottom so the cars can communicate with the track. The Smart Cars are controlled using a controller and can race in three different modes; $99.99 at mattel.com.
Skylanders Imaginators(Credit: Activision Publishing)
Kids can bring Skylanders to life for the first time with stories, puzzles, battles and a new lineup of heroes and villains. There's also a Creation Crystal, which allows players to create and transport their Skylanders to consoles. Senseis includes 20 new characters, such as Crash Bandicoot and 11 former villains; $74.99 at activision.com.
Lego Star Wars Resistance X-Wing Fighter(Credit: Lego)
This X-Wing Fighter features opening wings and a cockpit, four spring-loaded shooters, retractable landing gear, removable engine and a detachable BB-8. The set also comes with a building section with a container, toppling tower and fire elements to attach to the building and Flametrooper's weapon. The set comes with three mini-figures; $79.99 at lego.com.
MarioKart 8 Quadcopter(Credit: Carrera of America)
Based on MarioKart 8, it features a six-axle gyro system for flight stability, a protective cage for the rotors and 2.4 GHz technology for up to seven minutes of flight; $99 at amazon.com.
Roominate Cotton Candy Carnival(Credit: PlayMonster)
This kit encourages girls to build and play while learning engineering concepts. Kids can use the 145 snap-together pieces to create a Ferris wheels, carousel, swings and game tent. Then, attach two motors to bring the rides to life. The set also comes with the Bettina and Jenna dolls; $44.99 at roominatetoy.com.
CHiP (Canine Home Intelligent Pet) is a robotic dog that recognizes and responds to commands using the included SmartBand, a rechargeable wearable controller. CHiP responds to hand gestures and voice commands. He also plays fetch and fun games with his SmartBall, interacting all the ways a real dog would. At the end of the day, CHiP knows to head to his special SmartBed to recharge; $199.99 at wowwee.com.
Zoomer Chimp(Credit: Spin Master)
With lifelike movements and realistic chimp sounds, Zoomer Chimp can follow you, stand up on his own and recognize commands through his voice recognition technology. He performs tricks, follows voice commands and more; $119 at spinmaster.com.
My Friend Pikachu(Credit: TOMY)
Hug the plush Pikachu to make its ears move, cheeks light up and activate cute sounds; $29.99 at tomy.com.
Meccanoid G15 KS(Credit: Spin Master)
The Meccanoid G15 KS from Spin Master is a build-it-yourself, 4-foot tall, walking, talking humanoid robot geared to ages 10 and older. Comes with more than 1,000 phrases and voice recognition; $399.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1hM8lUF; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1GdgfCn
'Star Wars' model kits(Credit: REVELL)
Monopoly: Game of Thrones Collector's Edition(Credit: USAopoly)
The Monopoly: Game of Thrones Collector's Edition has been customized with tokens including a crown, dragon egg, Three-Eyed Raven and more. Houses and hotels are swapped for foil-stamped sigils including Lannister, Stark, Targaryen and Baratheon; suggested retail price: $59.99; More information: http://bit.ly/1hM8VBH; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1RQgg07
Jonathan Adler tic-tac-toe game(Credit: Jonathan Adler)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Battle Action Millennium Falcon(Credit: Hasbro)
This iconic ship opens up into a play set featuring a pop-up blaster that fires Nerf Elite darts, a turbolaser turret, light-up LED cannons, hyperdrive sound effects and more, for ages 6 and older. The set includes exclusive Chewbacca, Finn and BB-8 3.75-inch figures; More information: http://hasb.ro/1RCTTKS; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1HeD9UM
This robotic dinosaur interacts with an included trackball so kids ages 8 and older can take it for a walk, play chase, fetch or beg. Enhance play with a free app; More information: http://bit.ly/1Gzd6wV; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1incT4b
MasterChef Junior Baking Kitchen Set(Credit: Wicked Cool Toys)
MasterChef Junior launched new tools for young home cooks. The Baking Kitchen Set (pictured) comes with a mixing bowl, measuring cup, rolling pin, spatula, four silicone cupcake holders, four dusting guards and recipe cards. There is also a cooking set for burgers, pizza and breakfast; $19.94 each and a cooking essentials set for $29.94. Sold exclusively at walmart.com.
Skylanders Superchargers(Credit: Activision)
The popular toys-to-life video game franchise now includes vehicles. With 20 new characters, kids can speed across Skylands in vehicular combat, race down roaring rapids, and engage in aerial battles. Story-driven gameplay also includes on-foot adventures; More information: http://bit.ly/1Sccleh; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1MXrfk3
Disney Descendants Signature Outfit Doll Assortment(Credit: Hasbro)
Meet the teenage descendants of Disney's heroes and villains wearing their enchanted signature looks from the movie. These dolls each come with rooted hair, a stylish outfit, an iconic locket and a sticker, for ages 6 and older. More information: http://bit.ly/1Ml7G4E. Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1Sc5XDT
Lego Elves The Elves' Treetop Hideaway(Credit: The Lego Group)
This buildable play set for kids ages 9 and older includes three mini-doll figures, plus Enki the panther cub, accessories, a magical portal, a secret compartment and more. More information: http://bit.ly/1M3JiZm. Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1kWkNn4
Mighty Makers: Fun on the Ferris Wheel(Credit: K'Nex)
Kids ages 7 and older can use 324 parts and pieces to build a Ferris wheel, pirate ship and boardwalk game for character figure Emily. The storybook guides kids as they build, and then they can decorate their creations and enjoy imaginative fun. More information: http://bit.ly/1PXiXhx. Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1LEWuCM
Anki Overdrive Starter Kit(Credit: Anki)
FlexTracks easily snap together, allowing players to quickly create customized battlefields. Face off against friends or AI cars using high-tech, intelligent vehicles. Built-in computers combined with visual sensors ensure players stay on track even during the most legendary battle moments; More information: http://go.anki.com/1P0Anup; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1keVls0.
Laser Pegs Super Copter(Credit: Laser Pegs Ventures)
This building kit allows kids ages 5 and older to use tinted bricks to build up to 30 different models, including a Robotic Helper and Solar Voyager. Once complete, light up the creations with the sound-activated triangle power base; More information: http://bit.ly/1P0B5HS; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1keWrUJ