20 best gifts for 12 year olds 2019

From board games to gadgets, these get the stamp of approval.
Even the pickiest of tweens will love this list.
Even the pickiest of tweens will love this list.Amazon
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By Carey Reilly

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While it can often be easy to find cute gifts for babies and engaging toys for toddlers, good luck trying to buy holiday gifts this season for a 12-year-old kid — this age group is tough! They are just learning who they are and typically not even sure what they even want under that tree.

To make finding the best gifts for 12-year-olds a little less complicated, we've found some mom-approved options they're sure to love. From an instant camera printer to a custom stuffed animal of their favorite pet, there's sure to be something for every finicky tween on the list.

When we release our 2019 gift guides, we make sure all prices are current. But prices change frequently, so there’s a chance the prices are now different than they were the day of publication.

Best tech gifts for 12-year-olds

1. Canon IVY CLIQ Instant Camera Printer

Instantly shoot, share and print photos with this camera from Canon. This is not only an instant camera but it has a small selfie mirror and printer built right inside. It also comes in three bright colors.

2. Amazon Kindle Kids Edition

The new Kindle for kids comes with its own protective cover and a year of FreeTime Unlimited where they have access to thousands of kid-friendly books.

Best toy and game gifts for 12-year-olds

1. Jaws Board Game

Try not to get devoured by sharks in this fun board game inspired by the classic film.

2. Petsies

Possibly the best gift of all? Receiving a custom stuffed animal that looks like their favorite pet! Give Petsies a picture of your pet and get back a custom made full-size replica stuffed animal.

3. Upriser Ducati Remote Control Motorcycle

Your child will love racing this awesome motorcycle that can do wheelies, drifts and doughnuts.

4. Madden NFL 20 EA Sports

Compete like an NFL superstar in this wildly popular game from EA Sports. Realistic graphics, sophisticated playbooks and voice commentary will make you think you are watching a real broadcast football game.

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5. Scuf Vantage 2 Wireless Controller

Gift your 12-year-old the wireless controller that professional gamers swear by. Achieve precision gaming with the customizable side action buttons, hair triggers, lengths, stops and tension.

6. OtterBox Symmetry Pop Socket Case

This Otterbox phone cover is tough, slim and has an interchangeable PopGrip.

7. FitBit Ace 2

Get your kids up and moving with the kid-friendly FitBit Ace2. It's water-resistant up to 50M, the battery can last up to 5 days and it can even track sleeping habits and set bedtime reminders.

8. Tapplock Lite Smart Padlock

They'll never have to memorize another code for their lock again. Gain access using a fingerprint in under 0.8 seconds with this sturdy padlock. It stores up to 100 fingerprints for multiple users.

9. Powerbeats Pro

The new wireless, sweat- and water-resistant earbuds from Beats also boast excellent sound quality.

10. LVL 50 Wireless Stereo Headset

Your gamer will love this new wireless headset with a noise-canceling microphone and a quick flip mute button.

Best beauty and style gifts for 12-year-olds

1. Chi Spin N' Curl Special Edition

This ceramic rotating curler heats up hair and delivers the perfect curl.

2. OttLite Wireless Charging LED Makeup Mirror

They can watch their favorite Youtube makeup tutorials and charge their phone using this awesome selfie LED lamp that comes with three brightness settings.

3. Winter Candy Apple Mist

Spritz this yummy smelling fragrance of berry blended red apple, winter rose petals and fresh cinnamon.

4. Ugg Tasman Slippers

This suede slipper is an Ugg classic and perfect for hanging around the house or walking the dog.

5. Initial Charm Necklace

Give your little one their first initial necklace to show their own personal emblem of strength.

Best fitness gifts for 12-year-olds

1. Mongoose Legion Street Freestyle BMX Bike

Get down and dirty racing in the mud with this bestselling freestyle BMX racer.

2. Hydro Flask Standard Water Bottle

The Hydro Flask might be the most popular water bottle on the market right now. This bottle keeps their favorite drink at the perfect temperature — plus it's BPA-free and compatible with other Hydro Flask lids.

3. Razor Power A5 Scooter

This new scooter from Razor can hit high speeds and has a continuous ride time of 40 minutes. The handle height is adjustable as well.

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