2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Teens and Tweens

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Oh those precious teens and tweens. They are such complex creatures with so many interests and so many  wants but yet, when you ask them “what do you want for Christmas/Hanukkah/Birthday” you’re often met with blank stares, “I don’t care/know”, or the dreaded response of cash and/or gift cards. And while those are fine, it’s not the only thing you want to give them. So we set out to find some different and unique items that would surely please even the most discerning teen or tween in your life!! We’ll even be including a couple of give aways  in the next few days to help you get your holiday shopping started!!

Some of the companies that are listed provided us with samples either for this guide or earlier in the year (that’s our obligatory disclosure!!) and some are ones that we have used in our own daily lives and know first hand how much teens and tweens love them. However, we did not receive any monetary compensation from anyone to be included. 

Now, let’s get busy with some holiday ideas!

Holiday Gift Guide for Teens and Tweens

Poketti –

poketti plushiesWe first introduced you to these adorable plushies a few weeks ago and they are perfect for your teen or tween.  Poketti Plushies with a Pocket, designed by Sydney Loew, a 14-year old young entrepreneur from Palo Alto, California, are plush animal pillows with a useful pocket to hold your phone, notebook, etc. The  first series of Poketti Plushies with a Pocket, includes Sydney the Penguin, Toni the Bunny, Roxi the Kitty and Baxter the Puppy. You can buy them individually or as a set!

 

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Zumer Sport –

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We were SO excited to find Zumer Sports. Their entire product line is made from REAL sports material and guaranteed to thrill the sports lover in your family. Drawstring Bags, Cinch Sacks, Sports Bags, Backpacks, Duffel Bags — it doesn’t matter what you call them, Zumer Sport has revolutionized sport bags. Add in men’s and women’s wallets, eyeglass cases, portfolios, keychains and slap bracelets that are all amazing with their sport material construction, Zumer Sport is the most innovative and exciting sports-related products company in the world. They take the best parts of sports and create unique, useful and intriguing products. You’ll find Zumer Sport to be a brand that represents fitness, fun, individuality and most importantly, celebrates sports.

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Dollar Shave Club –

dollar shave clubShaving is expensive but we all have to do it and isn’t it better to shave with a great blade than nick your face and legs with a cheap, plastic, throw-away razors. Dollar Shave Club is the hippest shave going and even their most expensive subscription is only $9 a month. Best part? Their razors are suited for both guys and girls!

In addition to razors, you can also order some incredible skin balms and butters for your kids’ skin. Because you know at some point, they’re going to end up with some major razor burn or a shin gash. Every month comes with some fun “reading” and often they’ll send samples of their other products.

Subscriptions can be cancelled anytime and you can also change your blade and delivery frequency. Gift cards are available.  To order, visit Dollar Shave Club

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ShutterBall –

shutterball-audiovoxYou show us a teen or tween that’s not taking 100 selfies a day and I’ll show you an island in Idaho for sale and let’s be honest, we adults take quite a few selfies as well. Sometimes it’s hard to get just the right shot without contorting your entire body.

The ShutterBall Remote Shutter from Voxx allows you to place your smartphone or tablet within bluetooth range to take amazing self portraits of you and your friends. Tired of having to contort your arm or take multiple bad shots cut someone out? Everyone can be in the picture with Shutterball. Download the free app from Google Play or the App Store, pair your device with the Shutterball and enjoy taking great pictures. And to make it even better, it includes a mini stand for your phone or tablet to hold it steady while you take your picture. The key to great self portraits is in the palm of your hand with Shutterball.

Average price is $25 and available in a several colors.

Purchase the ShutterBall

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Duck Tape –

duck-tape-gift-guideWho knew that duct tape could be so… cool?! Gone is the boring, gray, utilitarian stuff that your dad used in the 80s. Now all the cool kids are making some pretty incredible crafts with the enormous selection of Duck Tape. It was one of the top things on our tweens list this year for her birthday and we’re sure they’ll be expecting to find new patterns under the tree. And for the guys? Every sports team is represented – both collegiate and professional so they won’t be disappointed at the selection at all.

What will they do with all this Duck Tape? Check out all the Ducktivities they have, like this Duck Tape Holiday Poinsettia or this Duck Tape Wreath!  You can sign up for emails and get new craft ideas and promotions. Guaranteed gift winner here.

You can find Duck Tape at most stores or check out this cool deluxe gift set!! 

 

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Olay Skin Care

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While the boys may grumble over skin care products, you know it’s a win with the girls! Oil of Olay has a complete line of skincare products aimed at younger faces and teaching them to take care of their skin can never start too early.  The new skincare products from Oil of Olay are infused with honeysuckle and white tear – a detox recipe that gives skin a refreshed look in order to face the day!

 

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The Boodle Box

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A monthly subscription box for girls and teens full of adorable accessories and beauty products that are both fabulous and age appropriate! The Boodle Box includes everything from fun nail polish and nail art, to the latest in fashion accessories and new beauty items, as well as fun non-beauty extras. With two age group boxes to choose from, your Boodle Box will always be full of special surprises that are both fabulous and age-appropriate. Whether you are a parent looking for a monthly treat, a grandparent searching for a gift that is really “In”, or a friend looking for that perfect present…The Boodle Box is sure to bring a smile to any girl’s face!

There are 2 Boodle Boxes to choose from – one for ages 5-10, and the other for ages 11+.

 

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Selfie Stick – This would pair well with the ShutterBall!! We’ve used these a few times and they are a MUST have for group selfies! Simple set up and guaranteed to be the life of the party!!

Birchbox – Get monthly deliveries of personalized beauty, grooming, and lifestyle samples, tailored to your profile. Try cult brands, up-and-coming lines, and everything in between. Available for girls and guys!

GoPro Hero –  HERO makes it easy to capture and share your wold. Featuring high-quality 1080p30 and 720p60 video and 5MP photos up to 5 fps, HERO captures the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world. Wearable, gear-mountable and integrated into a rugged, waterproof housing.

PlayStation 4 Destiny Bundle –  The ultimate Destiny experience is only on PlayStation. With the Destiny PlayStation 4 Bundle, always lead the charge with exclusive multiplayer maps, strike missions, and the expanded arsenal needed to truly become legend.

Brookstone Big Blue Live Speakers – Surround yourself with crystal-clear sound wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device-from your smartphone and MP3 player to your laptop or tablet. Our compact Big Blue Live Wireless Speaker from Big Blue AudioTM gives your device a larger voice for music, movies and games, all while you browse the web on your device.

Leatherman – I bought my Leatherman 15 years ago in Colorado and use it almost weekly. It is the must-have tool and the male (or female!) in your family will love it. And they might fix a few things for you!

BOOMco –  BOOMco. blasters look cool with sleek lines and bold angles, and offer the ultimate blasting experience—including transforming shields with Smart Stick technology.

Poo-Pourri Master Crapsman – Okay.. sometimes boys smell a bit more than others and they’re usually proud of it. Plus this one will get laughs from everyone. Only, you’ll be laughing last because it’s funny and it solves a problem!

Fandango Cards – Yes.. it’s a gift card but it’s for the MOVIES. Add some popcorn, candy and you’ve got a great gift!

 

 

 

 

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Ten to Twenty Parenting was created as an honest resource for those of us parenting kids between the ages of 10 and 20. Our needs are so different and the issues much more complex than diaper rashes and playground tantrums.

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