15 Exceptional 12th Birthday Gifts

    1st July, 2019

Are you having trouble picking a gift for your tween? Check out our top recommendations!

Is the word 'tween' over used? We mean, at the end of the day - it's accurate, they're right in between being a child and becoming a teen. Some weird stuff is going on emotionally, physically... ya know? ;) Tweens can be tricky to shop for, but one this we think we can all agree on is, they're trinket and gadget obsessed. We've been working hard to develop a stellar list of 12th birthday gifts for tweens, check them out!

How to Code: A Step-By-Step Guide to Computer Coding

Great way for kids to learn coding. It's a user-friendly, easy to understand book.

If a kid needs to be introduced to coding, the How to Code: A Step-By-Step Guide to Computer Coding is a fabulous 12th birthday gift idea. This hardcover book teaches them all the basic concepts, like variables, loops, and selection. Kids who read it can learn to develop their own website, use Logo, build games in Scratch, experiment with HTML, program projects in Python, and much more!

littleBits Rule Your Room Kit

It has a lot of potential, and it's very versatile. It's a great creative toy. You can make art out of it. You can use it to build. The sky's the limit.

This fantastic invention kit minimizes screen time for both kids and teens - any child wanting to take some control over their room will love it. The littleBits Rule Your Room Kit helps kids and teens develop engineering and problem-solving skills while creating interactive inventions that combine the kit with anything they already own. This fun gift for teens inspires them to make many inventions but gives them step-by-step instructions for 8 of them, with a bonus challenge.

Harry Potter Wizard Chess Set

The pieces are really nice and my kids love them. A real nice chess set. Of course its plastic, but is a high grade plastic that is well done. I would not has-ate to recommend this to a friend, it is a good buy even if you don,t happen to be a big fan of Harry Potter, if your a big fan of Harry then it is plus.

Everybody fell in love with wizarding chess. Now, the Harry Potter Wizard Chess Set can be given as a gift to Potter fans. It is officially authorized by Warner Brothers and manufactured by the Noble Collection. The playing board measures 18.5 x 18.5 inches, and the chess pieces are 2 to 4 inches. The pieces might not move by themselves like in the movie, but they look just right and are high quality.

Magical Microbes MudWatt STEM Kit

This was great, I used this for a Microbiology class project. Had great results. very easy to use. I even got my grandson to do one

This bio-energy pet is a blast of fun and learning! The Magical Microbes MudWatt STEM Kit allows kids to light up an LED and power a clock, using nothing but mud. This excellent 12th birthday gift idea engages children to build their own living fuel cell by feeding the microbes on the soil. MudWatt also allows them to track the growth of their microbe population, and unlock chapters of a comic book included on the free MudWatt Explorer App.

Minecraft Stop-Motion Animation Studio

My son has had so much fun making movies with this toy. We've seen a huge creativity boost and he's learning a lot. Presents for my granddaughter for christmas she absolutely loves them all

Kids who love Minecraft will have an out-of-the-world fun with the Minecraft Stop-Motion Animation Studio. This amazing 12th birthday gift idea combines real-life objects with a super fun mobile app that allows them to aim and shoot, as well as swap out environments to tell a different story. The Studio includes a movie stage, 3 exclusive mini-figures, 6 different backgrounds, a device holder, and more 18 accessories.

Nitendo switch

The combination of high performance and software optimisations creates a portable console that feels just as good as a home console. No sluggish UI or terrible looking graphics. Joycon batteries are insanely good. This is a great console for the family.

Videogames are a must for kids nowadays- that’s why the Nintendo Switch makes a fantastic 12th birthday gift for any young gamer. Kids can enjoy some HD gaming on their TV or undock the console to keep on playing in handheld mode. The bundle includes 2 controllers for some shared fun, the Nintendo Switch console, the Nintendo Switch dock, and a few accessories.

Start Robotics Themed 3D Pen Set for Kids

I ordered these 3-d doodler packs for my son and he has gotten great use out of all of them. He loves having the plates to make different shapes easily and finds new ways to combine the shapes of the different packs I have gotten him.

Kids will love to create two-legged, four-legged, or six-legged walking robots! This fantastic 12th birthday gift for the young robot lover is a must to assist with STEM learning. The 3Doodler Start Licensed Powerpuff Yourself 3D Pen Set for Kids is a tactile learning toy that inspires creativity, planning and design, and building skills, with spatial understanding.

Fuzion Z300 Pro Scooter Complete Trick Scooter

Great lightweight stunt scooter, very smooth, my 12 year old loves it!

One of the best scooters for beginners and intermediates, the Fuzion Z300 Pro Scooter Complete Trick Scooter is an excellent idea for a 12th birthday gift. It looks super cool with its sleek design, and it’s so easy to pull together that kids can almost have fun right out of the box! This fast scooter is incredibly lightweight, but it can take up to 220 lbs.

Table Tennis To-Go – Portable Ping-Pong Set

Fits any table size, very durable and easy to take on and off. Net is awesome. It even comes with a travel bag and takes less than a minute to set up and take down.

Including simple 2 paddles, 2 balls, and a net, the Franklin Sports Table Tennis To-Go – Complete Portable Ping-Pong Set is a blast! The ping pong net is sturdy, retractable and expandable, and turns any table in a ping-pong table. It makes an excellent 12th birthday gift for kids who love to challenge their friends and have fun.

21-Piece Oil Painting Set with Table Easel

Wow of all the art supplies I have purchased already...THIS WAS THE BEST! I wish I had started here FIRST. The paints, brushes,easel AND canvas EXCELLENT QUALITY at a low price.

This lovely canvas panel is large enough to hold a canvas up to 19 5/8". The US Art Supply 21-Piece Oil Painting Set with Table Easel makes for a fantastic 12th birthday gift for soon-to-be artists. The oil tube colors have a 12ml capacity, the wood palette and the 6-piece artist brushes are made from high quality materials.

Not Parent Approved: A Hilarious Card Game for Kids

My kids think this game is funny and fun. Anyone who likes a good giggle and laugh will enjoy this game.

Party games are a blast for everyone! The “Not Parent Approved: A Hilarious Card Game for Kids” is an award-winning party game for kids who need some screen-free fun and interaction. It makes an excellent 12th birthday gift, designed to reintroduce a love of tabletop games for the newest generation. It features 455 durable, premium-printed cards - everything contained by a custom shrink-wrapped box.

Eat This! How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk

Every child needs this in their library. This book breaks down those messages and allows a child (or adult) to see just how they are getting played. the message is always "you are in control of your health"

Kids should know the truth about junk food, and this book gives that truth. “Eat This!: How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (And How To Fight Back)” is a paperback book that explains to kids how fast food marketing gets people to buy junk, and how they can fight back. This is a thoughtful 12th birthday gift for a junk food lover, it will help kids understand and be aware of the things they eat.


O my gosh these are amazing they are super quick and reliable every single one fills and does not burst ready for play as quick as a flash

Do you know a kid who is crazy about water balloons? Then this might be the best 12th birthday gift you can give them. The Water Balloons - Bunch of Balloons Rapid Refill 8 Pack is the ultimate tool for balloon warfare. With it, kids can fill and tie 100 water balloons in less than 60 seconds. Amazing, right? They just need to connect and they will fill like magic.

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers

This is an absolutely fantastic book! The artwork is wonderful and the information is presented concisely but entertainingly. It's not an encyclopedia with an extremely detailed outline of each experiment conducted by each woman, but the information is fascinating and can inspire a young mind to investigate further.

The hardcover book “Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World” is a charmingly illustrated, educational book, that presents 50 women who paved the way for the next generation of female scientists. Kids will love to see that history is more than what they see at school.

Ravensburger Volkswagen Campervan 3D Jigsaw Puzzle

I got this for my nephew and he loved it! Ravensburger puzzles are amazingly, they never disappoint. If you enjoy putting puzzles together then this is for you.

The Ravensburger Volkswagen T1 Campervan 3D Jigsaw Puzzle features 162 pieces that fit perfectly with a precise click. This cool puzzle is so pretty that it's meant to be displayed after built. It's made from high-quality materials, and it can be used as a wall decoration because of its durability.

Star Wars Chewbacca Plush

This is really good quality and much bigger than I thought too. So it’s not some small plush doll. My boy is obsessed with this thing and now insists on sleeping with Chewy every night. Great quality and very soft.

The cutest 12th, or whenever, birthday gift ever for the Star Wars lover. The Star Wars Chewbacca Plush has a faux fur covering and a super soft and squeezable fill. Its embroidered features give Chewie a realistic look, and the plush hands and foot pads are great for cuddling.

Buddha Board Mini Buddha Board

It's a great item for the kids who would rather draw then say build with blocks. You can draw with nothing in mind and it is relaxing/fun. You can also draw a planned picture and it is fun. Be sure to show it off before it fades away though!

No special skill or training is required to paint with the Buddha Board Mini Buddha Board. Kids will have fun by drawing on the surface of the Buddha Board with only water and the small brush included. This excellent 12th birthday gift is environmentally friendly and will last for years. When the water evaporates they will find a clean slate, ready to create all over again

MasterChef Junior Cookbook

Bought this for my nephew that has mastered basic cooking techniques. He loves the cookbook because the recipes are more advance and are things he could serve to adults. This is perfect for a child that has aspirations of being a chef.

A fantastic 12th birthday gifts for a budding master chef. The MasterChef Junior Cookbook gives aspiring chefs the tools they need to practice and study essential cooking skills. This cookbook features 100 recipes inspired by dishes prepared on the favorite television competition show, as well as timeless techniques, tips, and advice.

ALEX Toys Craft My Embroidery Kit

Daughter loves this! Perfect little present to go with her other craft stuff. Kids love these and played for hours

This ALEX Toys Craft My Embroidery Kit is a great 12th birthday gift for a crafty kid! This kit features the materials necessary to learn 12 different and easy stitches, including 15 buttons, beads, 75 embroidery essentials, 10 colors of embroidery thread, and a headband project.

LEGO Architecture London Skyline Collection Set

The piece looks beautiful completed. Great set

This epic building set features a detailed model of the London skyline, with 5 iconic landmarks! This cool London LEGO model features the National Gallery, London Eye, Nelson’s Column, Tower Bridge, and Big Ben. The LEGO Architecture London Skyline Collection 21034 Building Set is a fantastic 12th birthday gift for a LEGO lover, it includes 468 pieces and a collectible booklet that discuss the design, history, and architecture of the famous landmarks.

Wonder Hardcover

It's a great book to raise awareness of people living with craniofacial abnormality. It does portray a very positive view of humanity. The characters in the book are mostly intelligent, well educated, "nice " human beings.

Every kid who watched “Wonder” in the movies loved it. The bestselling novel of the same name, by R.J. Palacio, is about Pullman, a boy who was born with a facial difference but just wants to be treated as an ordinary kid. The book is a great way to introduce the story of August Pullman to kids, and it makes an excellent 11th birthday gift idea.

Craftster's Woodland Animals Sewing Kit

Wonderful starting sewing kit for kids who love crafting on their own. This is such a cute set. Perfect way to learn to sew. Great quality. It's such a great idea for gift-giving.

The Woodland Animals Craft Educational Sewing Kit features 5 pre-cut animal sewing projects, 5 sewing needles, 6 colors of embroidery thread, 40 straight pins, easy-to-follow instructions, and more! All contained in a portable carry case for travel and playdates. Kids can develop fine motor skills in a screen-free fun, and have a blast at the same time!

14-in-1 Educational Solar Robot

Amazingly engineered, terribly manufactured. The amount of stuff you can do with this is amazing. Someone was exceptionally smart when they engineered this. You can make so many different gear trains, it's crazy complex, it's an engineering marvel how many different things you can make with little plastic parts.

Kids and teens will love the 14-in-1 Educational Solar Robot. This excellent fifteenth birthday gift gets a future engineer to build a robot that can be used in 14 different modes. With this robot, teens will learn about robotics and solar energy right in their home. The robot works on land or water, depending on the mode - it’s exciting and fun to see how it behaves in different environments.

Elenco AmeriKit Learn to Solder Kit

I highly recommend this kit for the beginner or for someone wanting to improve rudimentary or rusty soldering skills. The project is straightforward and worked properly the first time after completion by my grandson.

Teens who are interested in building and electricity will love the Elenco AmeriKit Learn to Solder Kit. This fantastic fourteenth birthday gift is amazing for young problem-solvers who want to get their hands on everything. It includes a solder, soldering iron and wire cutters - with them, they will be able to learn to solder and practice with the printed circuit board (PCB).