Out-of-the-Box Gift Ideas for Tweens

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As our children grow older, it seems harder and harder to receive anything other than a noncommittal shrug when trying to figure out what gifts they'll want to be unwrapping on their birthday. Although hard cash and gift cards to their favorite haunts like Starbucks or Target might seem like the easiest solution, sometimes it just doesn't feel like we've done enough as a parent to put in the effort that we all know they deserve on their special day. So the next time you're hard-up on how you can show your child how proud you are of what they've accomplished in this past year, look no further than this handy list of Gifts for Tweens.

Room Makeover

Although your tween still might be in elementary school or just beginning to navigate the difficult waters of junior high, there's a good chance that they want to feel older and more mature in all aspects of their life. Many tweens, especially those on the younger end of the spectrum, are likely to still have their room decorated to coincide with their interests at a younger age, which might cause them to feel as if they're being held back. So this year, let them show off their more grown-up side by allowing them to redecorate part or all of their room. This might just mean removing their Dora the Explorer wallpaper and applying a fresh coat of paint in their favorite color, or you can let them go all-out and completely redecorate with new teen bedroom decorations. No matter what they choose, they'll feel more confident and energized in a space that properly reflects their new, grown-up personality.

Film Cameras

Today's tweens live in a world where digital cameras have always been king, and many are likely clueless about the joys and struggles of film cameras that we've all had to endure. Fortunately, film cameras are coming back into vogue, meaning that our youngsters can finally have a chance to have their shot (no pun intended) at this great activity. For a budding artist, check out Lomography, who offers a wide variety of cameras, lenses, and film that can be swapped out and customized to achieve whatever look your son or daughter desires. Another great — and cheaper — option is the offerings from Polaroid. They offer both digital and instant film options, which will not only allow your kids to explore photography, but provide a burst of nostalgia for you as well.

Build-Your-Own Kit

It's a tired saying, but kids these days really do have it easy. Thanks to the prevalence of the internet — be it through online shops like Amazon or knowledge resources like Wikipedia — one can find almost everything they need at the click of a button. However, this easy access to anything and everything also takes away a lot of the fun and creativity that we had growing up. So why not let your children experience that through their gift? You can find build-your-own kits for everything these days, ranging from guitars to scooters to robots. Your kids will not only learn more about their new toys and how they work in the process of building them, but cherish them all the more because of the hard work that they put into making them.

Drones

Drones are becoming more popular with every passing day, and for good reason. There's something so thrilling about being able to fly through the sky, even vicariously. So why not give the gift of flight to your son or daughter? While drones might be off-putting to some due to their high costs and advanced technology, don't disregard them just yet. It's very easy to find drones for kids like these ones that will meet your tween's specific interests without breaking the bank. Thanks to the high demand for drones and the constant advances in drone technology, it's guaranteed that you'll find one your kid will enjoy, whether they're an aspiring photographer who dreams of breathtaking aerial shots, or a daredevil who loves high speeds and advanced maneuvers.