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.
Lassie Signature Plush(Credit: Douglas Company)
The Lassie Signature Plush Collection from Douglas Company celebrates the iconic Hollywood dog's 75th anniversary. Comes in three sizes, priced from $35 to $150 at douglascuddletoy.com.
Battle Ballerz(Credit: Yomega Corp.)
Battle Ballerz by Yomega Corp. for ages 5 and older, are collectible characters whose heads are removable balls; $10 at store.yomega.com.
Painting Lulu(Credit: Painting LuLu)
Painting Lulu comes with a traditional coloring book and digital stylus. Kids can color on the page with crayon, or import a partially colored or blank page to the iPad to color using the stylus. Kids can also upload a photo of themselves that will be turned to a coloring page on the iPad; $6.99-$7.50 (includes app) at store.paintinglulu.com.
Jewelry Fold - Triangle(Credit: Paper Punk)
Jewelry Fold - Triangle from Paper Punk lets girls fold paper into colorful statement jewelry; $19.95 at paperpunk.com. More than 550 pieces. Also comes in Jewelry Fold - Square.
Moto Line(Credit: Candylab Toys)
The Moto Line from Candylab Toys for ages 3 and older offers classic wooden cars; $29.99 at candylabtoys.myshopify.com.
Flower Crowns(Credit: Creativity for Kids)
Flower Crowns from Creativity for Kids lets kids ages 7 and older twist paper roses, berry bunches and ivy around twig bases to create four bohemian crowns; $14.95 at fatbraintoys.com.
Connect 4 Twist and Turn(Credit: Winning Moves Games)
Connect 4 Twist and Turn from Winning Moves Games is just like the classic game of Connect 4, with literally a new twist. Each layer of the tower twists so strategy can include drop, twist and win; $16.95 at barnesandnoble.com.
Record Player Pillow(Credit: Estella)
The Record Player pillow from Estella lets mom or grandma relive the old days with their kids; $75 at estella-nyc.com.
Just Add Milk: Science + Art Kit(Credit: Griddly Games)
Just Add Milk: Science + Art Kit from Griddly Games comes with everything kids need, except the milk, to explore amazing, safe chemical reactions; $10.99 at amazon.com.
Air Hogs Hyper Disc(Credit: Spin Master)
Kids ages 5 and older can defy gravity with the Air Hogs Hyper Disc from Spin Master. The inflatable flying disc can be filled with helium or air and flies like a Frisbee and floats like a blimp. The lightweight design makes it easy to toss, flip, bounce and perform other tricks; $11.99 at airhogs.com.
Invite Bandz(Credit: Marked Private)
The Invite Bandz from MarkedPrivate offer a new way to invite friends to a party; $14.99 at toywiz.com.
Tracer Racers Remote Control Sets(Credit: Skullduggery)
Tracer Racers Remote Control Sets from Skullduggery for ages 6 and up offer a glow-in-the-dark dual loop and more than 36 feet of track as well as two remote control tracer racers; $99.99 at toysrus.com.
Sky Viper Video Drone V950HD(Credit: Skyrocket Toys)
Kids ages 12 and older can check out the Sky Viper Video Drone V950HD from Skyrocket Toys. The full-sized performance drone records video and pictures in full 720p High Definition Flying at speeds up to 14 mph; $89.99 at target.com.
Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors Color Shock Slinger(Credit: Hasbro)
With the Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors Color Shock Slinger from Hasbro, kids ages 5 and older will be able to fire web fluid when they pull on the glove and attach the gauntlet. Run out of Spidey Shot? No worries, the set comes with a special water canister that kids can load with water to soak the bad guys; $24.99 toysrus.com.
Spy Gear Ultimate Night Vision(Credit: Spin Master)
Spin Master's Spy Gear Ultimate Night Vision allows kids ages 6 and older to navigate in pitch-black conditions and see up to 50 feet away. The infrared technology creates an invisible stealth beam, allowing kids to see objects in the dark; $40.99 at target.com.
DohVinci Spotlight Spin Studio Kit(Credit: Hasbro)
The DohVinci Spotlight Spin Studio Kit from Hasbro lets kids ages 6 and older take their art to all-new dimensions using the design-and display turntable. The kit includes two 3-D projects, three flat projects, a Styler tool and six Deco Pop colors; $29.99 at hasbro.com.
Text Cool Bracelet Studio(Credit: Spin Master)
The Text Cool Bracelet Studio lets kids ages 6 and older wear a message on their wrists. Customize bracelets easily by stamping letters, emoticons and patterns. The kit comes with 34 bracelet bands, pattern rollers, clasps and more; $24.99 at target.com.
Remote Control Machines: Space Explorers(Credit: Thamses and Kosmos)
The Remote Control Machines: Space Explorers set from Thames and Kosmos is a 237-piece construction set that includes instructions to build not only a robot rover, but nine additional space-themed models, including a lunar rover, rocket launcher car, space shuttle and more. The 64-page step-by-step illustrated manual helps kids assemble all of the models and teaches them about real-world examples of outer space; $99.99 at toysrus.com.
Jurassic World Chomping Dino Head Hand Puppet(Credit: Hasbro)
Kids ages 4 and older can pretend they are a Tyrannosaurus Rex with the Jurassic World Chomping Dino Head Hand Puppet from Hasbro. Simply slip it on and chomp down on other Jurassic World figures and vehicles. Pair with the Velociraptor claws (sold separately); $14.99 at target.com.
Compose Yourself(Credit: Think Fun)
With the Compose Yourself game from Think Fun, kids ages 6 and older can create, play and share a world-class composition. Simply play with the cards and create interesting visual patterns by flipping, rotating and reordering them. Then, they can enter card codes on a special website to hear their composition played by virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie and members of a full symphony orchestra; $14.99 at amazon.com.
Moff Band(Credit: Moff Inc.)
The Moff Band is a wearable tech toy from Moff Inc. Put it on and connect with the app and your hand movements make a variety of noises. You can pick up sticks and pretend to play the drums, and you'll hear drum music. Choose a sword and you'll hear swashbuckling sounds. A wand can give off a magical sound; $54.99 at moff.mobi.
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; $399.99 at toysrus.com.
Girls Scouts Cookie Oven(Credit: Wicked Cool Toys)
The Girl Scouts Cookie Oven from Wicked Cool Toys allows kids ages 4 and up to bake their own cookies. A real working oven, it comes with tools and mixes inspired by the girls' leadership organization. The oven comes with a mix to create Thin Mints, a spatula, baking pan and a measuring tool; $59.99 at target.com. Additional mixes are sold separately, such as Trefoils, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coconut Carmel, Sugar and more for $6.99.
Chrono Bomb(Credit: Patch Products)
Chrono Bomb from Patch Products lets kids create a "laser" field to crawl through. At the end of the maze is a bomb counting down. Bump the wire and it ticks faster, goal is to make it to the end and defuse the bomb; $24.99 at target.com.
Candy Craft Chocolate Pen(Credit: Skyrocket Toys)
The Candy Craft Chocolate Pen from Skyrocket Toys is a motorized chocolate pen that dispenses real liquid chocolate that then hardens into solid chocolate. The chocolate tubes can be easily switched to create multicolor treats. The chocolate kit, for kids ages 6 and older, includes the pen, different colored chocolate tubes, molds and more; $29.99 at toysrus.com.
The Selfie Game(Credit: Toys R Us)
What does your selfie say about you? You can find out with the Selfie-The Game of Silly Expressions from USAopoly. Simply draw a card, take a selfie and then watch as your friends and family guess your expression. The favorite guess gets a point and the player with the most points at the end wins; $14.99 at toysrus.com.
SO Texting Gloves(Credit: Kohl's)
The SO Texting Gloves makes it easy to text and call friends while keeping your hands warm. Each glove features a different animal with touch design and elastic cuffs. One size fits all; $12 at kohls.com.
Skylanders Trap Team(Credit: Toys R Us)
Portal Masters will seek out and defeat the most wanted villains, pulling them out of the game and into living rooms by capturing them in new magical traps with the Skylanders Trap Team from Activision Publishing. Kids can also hear the villains inside the Traps, an innovation that truly brings life to toys; ages 6 and older; $74.99 at toysrus.com.
Monster High Gore-geous Ghoul The Anti-Styling Head(Credit: Just Play)
With the Monster High Gore-geous Ghoul The Anti-Styling Head from Just Play, ghouls can create and customize scary cute looks with make-up and creeptastic tattoos. Create countless designs for your gore-geous ghoul then put your ghoul back in the jar to see her glow. The set ncludes 33 fang-tastic accessories and has fun hidden storage for your accessories; ages 8 and older; $29.99 at toysrus.com.
Lego Star Wars Rebels The Ghost(Credit: The Lego Group)
The Lego Star Wars Rebels The Ghost from The Lego Group features two cockpits, a 360-degree rotating gun turret, spring-loaded shooters, detachable escape pods, Holocron and more. It includes four new minifigures with assorted weapons: Kanan Jarrus, Hera Syndulla, Zeb Orrelios and a Stormtrooper; ages 9 and older; $89.99 at shop.lego.com.
It's My Bizz(Credit: Fashion Angels)
Tween girls can become CEOs of their own real business with It's My Bizz from Fashion Angels. Sets include Bead Boutique, Cup-Cakery Bakery, Vintage T-Shirt Shop and Laquer Lounge Nail Spa; ages 9 and older; prices start at $19.99 at fashionangels.com.
EOS Rachel Roy Holiday 3-Pack(Credit: Kohl's)
The eos Rachel Roy Holiday 3-Pack of lip glosses are available in delicious flavors including strawberry kiwi, pink grapefruit and orange blossom; $12 at kohls.com.
ATC GeckoHD(Credit: Oregon Scientific)
Clip the ATC GeckoHD from Oregon Scientific, a wide-view digital camera anywhere on your body and capture dancing at parties, exploring with friends or screaming down a roller coaster. With the waterproof casing, you can capture video at the pool or beach, too; ages 5 and older;$45 at oregonscientific.com.
Sparkle Sequin Slippers(Credit: PB Teen)
These furry slippers up the glam factor with plenty of sequins for some serious shine. The Sparkle Sequin Slippers from PB Teen are lined with cozy ivory Sherpa and feature sparkly sequins and a padded rubber sole. Available in a variety of colors; $35 at pbteen.com.
Just Dance 2015 for Nintendo Wii(Credit: Toys R Us)
Just Dance 2015 for Nintendo Wii features more than 40 hit songs like "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, "Burn" by Ellie Goulding and classic favorites like "Walk This Way" by Run DMC & Aerosmith. In the new Challenger mode, you can dance against friends and family and top-ranked Just Dance players from around the world; ages 10 and older; $34.99 at toysrus.com.
X6 Zoom Rocket(Credit: Zing)
The X6 Zoom Rocket from Zing is an auto-rotating, multi-launching Zoom Rocket featuring six soft-foam rockets that fly 100 feet in the air; $29.99 at amazon.com.
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes 2.0(Credit: Disney Interactive)
The latest from Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes 2.0 edition from Disney Interactive features more than 20 new interactive figures and an enhanced Toy Box so players can customize in-game characters. The starter pack includes the video game, three Marvel Super Heroes Figures (Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow), a Disney Infinity base and more; ages 9 and older; $74.99 at toysrus.com.
Air Hogs RollerCopter(Credit: Spin Master)
Smash, crash and roll with the Air Hogs RollerCopter from Spin Master. This remote-controlled helicopter enables pilots to roll along the ground, up walls and even along the ceiling. The protective cage allows the helicopter to take serious bumps and keep on going; $39.99 at target.com.
Fur Beanbag Cell Phone Holder(Credit: PB Teen)
The Fur Beanbag Cell Phone Holder from PB Teen provides a cushy spot for your phone when you?re not chatting. Made of 100 percent polyester; $15 at pbteen.com.
Jenga Throw-n-Go(Credit: Winning Moves)
With the Jenga Throw-n-Go from Winning Moves, players roll the die to determine which block they need to remove, or they can reverse the action and force an opponent to remove one or two blocks; ages 8 and older; $24.95 at barnesandnoble.com.
Thrill Rides: Hyperspeed Hangtime Roller Coaster Building Set(Credit: K'Nex)
The K'Nex Thrill Rides: Hyperspeed Hangtime Roller Coaster Building Set uses more than 600 K'NEX pieces to build a roller coaster more than 21/2 feet high. The inverted blaster motor launches the hanging coaster car through 18 feet of track; ages 9 and older; $69.99 at toysrus.com.
Philosophy's Christmas Fruitcake Trio(Credit: qvc.com)
Bring on the holiday cheer with Philosophy's Christmas Fruitcake Trio, with vanilla cake mix shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath, cranberry medley body lotion and candied pecan hot salt body scrub; $33.36 at qvc.com.
Light-Up Empire State Building(Credit: Ravensburger)
Light-Up Empire State Building from Ravensburger is a 216-piece 3-D puzzle with LCD panels featuring a rainbow of colors -- red, orange, yellow, green and purple -- to resemble the world-famous building's changing light show; ages 10 and older; $29 at yo-yo.com.
Furlicious Got Game Chair(Credit: PB Teen)
The Furlicious Got Game Chair from PB Teen is a definite game changer. For use with the Xbox, PlayStation, Game Boy and more, the furry chair is crafted with a solid wood frame and faux fur with polyester fill. It also features a built-in audio system with Bluetooth, four speakers and a subwoofer; $449 at pbteen.com
MiP (short for Mobile Inverted Pendulum) from WowWee is an interactive robot able to navigate its surroundings while controlled by hand movements; ages 8 and up; $99.99 at target.com.
Kids can sketch and paint their nails, and create designs using color-in appliques that they peel, stick, and fill in with precision-tipped pens with the Sketch It Nail Pens Salon from Alex Toys. Each kit also includes nail gems, a nail file and more; ages 9 and older; $21.95 at alextoys.com.
Fuze Bike Bubbler(Credit: Skyrocket Toys)
The FUZE Bike Bubbler from Skyrocket Toys, is a motorized bubblemaker that mounts under a bike seat and shoots a stream of bubbles as the rider moves; $14.99 at toysrus.com.
Gyrobot(Credit: Thames & Kosmos)
Gyroscopes are used in smartphones, tablets, video game controllers, airplanes and even space telescopes. Kids can build seven motorized models, including a robot that balances on two linear wheels with the Gyrobot by Thames & Kosmos; ages 8 and older; $44.99 at target.com.
Science X Fueling Future Cars(Credit: Ravensburger)
The Science X Fueling Future Cars from Ravensburger is an automotive engineering kit that comes with all tools to build an electric Mercedes-Benz and steer it through 15 science-based activities; ages 8 and older; $44.99 at amazon.com.
Elektrokidz from WowWee are music-inspired figurines whose hair dances to the beat of the music. Six Elektrokidz come with their own stylized shades and hair movement; ages 6 and older; $14.99 at walmart.com.