Top Gift Ideas for Teens and Tweens

Monday, April 17, 2023
Let's face it, teens and tweens can be some of the hardest to buy gifts for. We usually just wind up giving them cash or gift cards, right? But if you're looking for some actual, outside-the-box gift ideas to give your favorite teens and tweens this year, check out what I found. 

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. Some toys and gift suggestions were sent to me as samples, but I promise you I wouldn't feature items if I didn't totally love them myself! So rest assured, these items all have The Jersey Momma stamp of approval! 

Be sure to Pin this post for later, since it's always a challenge to find tween/teen gifts and you're going to want to hang on to these ideas!

1. Let's Split Up

Starlux Games never fails to disappoint when it comes to creative play, so it was no surprise how much we loved Let's Split Up, an 'outrageously active horror game.' Starlux really know how to get a family or group involved, and away from TV and video games. We were big fans of their other games like Eyeballs of Madness, Darkridge Reunion, Vikings of the Northern Lights (my favorite), and Wizards and Werewolves.  here's what you need to know about Let's Split Up:

-it's for 4-12 players, recommended for ages 12 and up
-it's 'horror themed,' interactive, funny and jump-scary (in a good way)
-you'll need (according to Starlux Games),  "a front door, room to run and hide, cell phones, and an adventurous spirit"

It really reminded me of the good old days of playing with my cousins, where we'd make up games or play hide and seek or maybe both. Let's Split Up requires hiding, some role-playing/acting, cell phone fun, and a sense of humor. It wasn't overly scary (just scary enough) and the glow 'blade' was actually pretty cool (so there's no real 'knife,' or stabby weapon- it's foam and it really does glow). We also liked that even if you get 'killed,' you can still play as a ghost. It was really a lot of fun for everyone, even the adults. 4-12 players, 12 and up. 

Jersey Momma Tips: this is a great party game- perfect for sleepovers, get togethers or any other time when bored teens might need something fun and time-consuming to do! Best when played with both indoor/outdoor space, so make room! 

2. Spin Flip Puzzles

Teenagers are natural fidgeters, so hand them one of these Spin Flip Puzzles to twist around 360 degrees to help them de-stress. They're fun to flip around and you have to keep spinning them and flipping them to get the images to line up. They're easy to play with while you're talking on the phone or streaming your favorite show. They come in several different images and styles like puppies & kittens, abstract art, geometric designs, spaghetti & pasta; they're almost like funky works of art! They're also easy to transport and teens can slip them right into their backpacks.
Find them on Amazon here.
Jersey Momma Tip: Gift more than one of these for the super-puzzler. They come in so many different designs, so if you solve one you can easily move on to another. 

3. Funko POP! Vinyl

All hail Funko! If you know me, then you know I'm a big fan and have a huge Funko collection of my own. You can't go wrong with a Funko POP! as a gift. They're perfect on a shelf or desk, and really there's something for every fandom out there (super heroes, TV shows, musicians, athletes, Disney characters, food, pop culture and so much more). Pictured here are the Scarlet Witch exclusive from Walmart and Funko site exclusive Merida (gold) with collectible pin.
Jersey Momma Tip: give a POP! protector case along with your POP vinyl and your teen or tween will have a valuable collectible protected for life!

4. Funko Snaps! Five Nights at Freddys

Okay, okay, I know I just recommended a Funko product as a gift but I had to mention the Snaps! collection because they're pretty cool. Fans of Five Nights at Freddys will appreciate these new Snaps collectibles. You can swap out all of their parts (faces, too) to create your very own Five Nights at Freddys character. Super-fun to keep at a desk or an area where you need something to fidget with, or just keep them as collectibles. They make great stocking stuffers, too. Order directly on the Funko website or pre-order through Amazon here.
Jersey Momma Tip: if you're buying for tweens, you can bundle these with Five Nights at Freddys books or fan fiction. Look for some great FNAF titles here

5. SpinMaster 80's Throwbacks

Believe it or not, your teens and tweens might have a nostalgic side, and these puzzle from SpinMaster can really be great stress relievers and bring your teens some much needed zen. The cereal puzzles are only 100 pieces but that makes them super stress-free and easy. The 300 piece and 500 piece puzzles are still pretty stress-free, and I love the pop culture aspect to those. Check out the Blockbuster series featuring movies like Clueless and Beetlejuice or the Calm Puzzles for bonus zen!
Jersey Momma Tip: give the puzzles as a gift with some puzzle glue and a frame. These will make great pictures to hang on the wall when they are finished!

6. Blendjet x Lisa Frank

Truly any of the Blendjets make a great gift, but there's something fun and nostalgic about the Lisa Frank patterns. Blendjets are handheld, personal blenders, and there are so many easy and fun recipes that you can make with them. These are great for teens who want to make smoothies on the go, quick and easy breakfasts, or a healthy drink after school. 
Jersey Momma Tip: check out all of the awesome recipes on the Blendjet website or search on social media for some videos of the Blendjet in action.

7. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls Book

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Inspiring Young Changemakers by Jess Harriton is not just for tweens (and not just for girls!). Even adults will appreciate this beautiful collection of stories about inspiring women like Greta Thunberg, Bethany Hamilton, Bindi Irwin, Zendaya, and the Linda Lindas. They’ll also meet up-and-coming powerhouses like inventor Vinisha Umashankar, sustainable fashion designer Marine Serre, stuntwoman Sadiqua Bynum, filmmaker Taegen Yardley, poet Alexandra Huynh, and environmental activist Helena Gualinga. With a foreword by conservationist and TV personality Bindi Irwin, 100 Inspiring Young Changemakers features the work of authors, artists, and editors aged 30 and under. Each story is told in the engaging fairy tale style that has made the Rebel Girls series a success. The stories are paired with bold, full-page portraits created by young female and nonbinary artists from around the world. Hardcover, 240 pages.

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