Great 12th Birthday Gifts under $30

    5th September, 2019

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At first I was afraid, I was pretrefied, kept thinking I would have to spend a fortune to get my tween a great birthday surprise! No more worrying, queen! Your bank account will survive if you stick to this great list of 12th birthday gives, because we keep it all under $30!

ALEX Toys Craft My First Sewing Kit

My son wanted a sewing kit and this was one that looked more for boys and girls. Has everything needed for a child's first attempt at sewing.

The cutest starter sewing kit ever, ALEX Toys Craft My First Sewing Kit makes a fantastic seventh birthday gift. This kit fosters art and helps kids to learn an exciting new ability, that can become their hobby or even a future career! This set makes a fantastic activity for traveling or rainy days: it features material and instructions to sew fun things like stuffed animals.

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.

Lingo Playing Cards | Language Learning Game Set

We love these cards and take them with us everywhere we travel. It is a fun way to learn a language as you play. Instead of saying the name of the card we say the phrase on the card and the other person has to transalte! Fun, easy, compact, perfect to travel with You can't go wrong with these cards!

The Lingo Playing Cards | Language Learning Game Set is an innovative way to help anyone to learn a new language by combining the familiar flashcard aesthetics with the fun of playing cards. This excellent gift idea features 4 suits of 52 playing cards and 2 Jokers. Common phrases and their pronunciations are present in this game set, available in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Indonesian, Japanese and Mandarin.

NERF Sports Vortex Aero Howler Toy

I spent countless hours outside with friends and family playing with this football. Absolutely the most fun, durable and truly enjoyable toy on the market!

The NERF Sports Vortex Aero Howler Toy is a fantastic fifteenth birthday gift for the teen with a good throwing arm. The foam ball has a hand grip and a long-distance tail that is amazingly good in sending it to fly far away. The ball howls as it flies, and it’s super exciting to play with!

Brain Twisting Solitaire Game

Very engaging activity for kids & older folks. Grandkids love it! Son & I raced (I bought 2) to see who could solve puzzles faster. This is a fun game no matter your age. Encourages problem solving, practice of spatial relationships, & reading of a diagram.

Brain puzzles with endless replay value are a must for any teen in the digital age. They should always have a game like Educational Insights Kanoodle - Brain Twisting Solitaire Game that entertains them whenever they’re tired of the screens. This fantastic fifteenth birthday gift idea includes 200 puzzle challenges, 12 puzzle pieces, a 48-page illustrated puzzle book, and a carrying case, great for traveling.

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.

Craft-tastic – I Love Unicorns Kit – Craft Kit

I made the rainbow and the little unicorn. It took a lot for her hair but it's worth it. There was a lot to choose from and fun to do. The unicorn turned out really well.

With Craft-tastic – I Love Unicorns Kit – Craft Kit, kids will create 6 magical unicorn-themed projects to wear or display! This fantastic kit makes for an excellent 12th birthday gift for kids fascinated by unicorns. It stimulates imagination and teaches crafting skills at the same time. With this kit, kids will be able to sew an adorable stuffie, create a rainbow garland, craft a unicorn headband, and more.

The Game of Card Grabbin' & Spoon Snaggin'

Fun game with safe spoons.

The whole family loves the classic game of PlayMonster Spoons - The Game of Card Grabbin' & Spoon Snaggin'. A game where players need to race to get four of a kind and grab a spoon, this makes for a fun gift to any twelve year old. It comes in convenient plastic storage and is compact for traveling. Kids will need to move fast so that they are not left out of the spoon-grabbing fun!

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.

Patch 5 Second Rule Just Spit It Out

This game is fun and quick. If you want a quick game, a few rounds of this doesn't take long at all. The timer is interesting with three small marbles that run down a spiral ramp. Very quick to setup and easy to just jump right in.

A game in which players need to name 3 things that go with apparently easy topics seems too good to be true. The Patch 5 Second Rule Just Spit It Out has a twist - it only gives 5 seconds for the players to say 3 things that fit on the topics present on the 288 cards. It makes an excellent 12th birthday gift for kids who like challenges.

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.

Fluxx 5.0 Edition Deck Card Game

I was exposed to this game at work. I brought it to some bright elementary students and they love it. They enjoy how the rules change and how strategy (if you can call it that) plays out - often to the surprise of everyone.

Fluxx 5.0 Edition Deck Card Game is now easier than ever. With only the four traditional card types that everyone knows and loves, this card game is an excellent 12th birthday gift idea. Kids will need to draw one card and play, and next, they need to change the rules as they go, while collecting life essentials.

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.

John Green Box Set Paperback

The four books come together in a box, which is beautifully designed. The books themselves, as noted above, are well written and worth the read

Kids who love reading will love the John Green Box Set. These bestselling paperbacks makes an excellent 12th birthday gift and include 4 critically acclaimed, modern classics - Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, and An Abundance of Katherines. If they like the movies, they will love the books that they are based on.

Catch Phrase Game

This a a fun and inexpensive little game. There are 5 categories and you can cycle through a ton of clue. The rules are pretty simple. Fun, Fast-Paced, Easy-To-Learn Game

Every party should have the electronic Catch Phrase Game. This amazing game challenges teams to guess words and phrases - it makes an excellent 12th birthday gift for a kid who loves to play games with their friends. The device features 5,000 words and phrases and a timer that keeps track and makes a buzz when the time is over.

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!

Fortnite 7" Llama Loot Plush

My friends little boy who is fortnite mad was very happy to receive this. Two thumbs up. Nice plush, with nice fabric.

You have probably already heard about Fortnite. Kids love this game. That's why the Fortnite 7" Llama Loot Plush must be one of the best 12th birthday gifts out there for them. This cute Llama plush is super soft and huggable, and it is made from the high-quality materials. The Loot Llama is a rare collectible, Fortnite fans will love it!

Can You Imagine Light-Up Air Power Soccer Disk

Super fun indoor toy for playdates, especially during the winter. My 8 yr and 4 yr old kids play with it inside and I don't have any issues with scuffing or denting.

The Can You Imagine Light-Up Air Power Soccer Disk is so great for teens who like to play soccer. This soccer disk floats on a cushion of air - the cushion is made of foam, that surrounds the edge of the disk, protecting furniture from damage. It features powerful LED lights so that teens can play even at night.

Amazing Bacteria Science Kit

This kit is a good basic kit for growing bacteria. Instructions are clear and easy to follow. My daughter loved this and she said it made her feel like a "real scientist" because she was using real science supplies. High quality kit with plenty of swabs and droppers for sampling surfaces.

Teens who are into microbiology or just want to have a great science fair project will love the Amazing Bacteria Science Kit. This fun gift lets them to see bacteria and fungi grow. The plates for bacteria growth are covered with a thick agar surface, which prevents them from cracking and drying, while also feeding the microbes that kids want to study.

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).

COOP Sport Scatter Dodgeball

Bought two sets for camp to use with teens. The kids loved it and played it over and over again. I recommend this set for anyone looking for a great game for kids of all ages.

The COOP Sport Scatter Dodgeball is an action-packed, new twist on the original dodgeball game. This exciting, fun gift for teens includes 12 wristbands, 1 soft-impact dodgeball, and 1 dice - each player chooses a color to wear and rolls the dice to begin the game. The dice decide who is going to play next.

What to Do When Your Temper Flares

This book changed my sons view of his anger, empowering him to make a difference in his own life. So helpful at removing 'mom' from the equation and allowing us to discuss his options to diffuse himself.

Anger management is a skill of the utmost importance. An excellent 11th birthday gift, the book "What to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems With Anger" is fantastic for kids who have a hard time trying to control themselves. It teaches children by providing them with some cognitive-behavioral techniques, engaging them with examples and illustrations, while using simple, step-by-step instructions.

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.

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.

ThinkFun Word A Round Game

I bought this for my high school English students to build vocabulary and they really like this game and often get a bit loud in competition to guess the right word. It is a fun game. It is a really good vocabulary builder for EL students too.

It’s easy to develop critical skills, build vocabulary, and improve concentration with the ThinkFun Word A Round Game. This excellent 12th birthday gift idea is an award-winning card game that features 100 high-quality word-a-round cards with a total of 300 words. The instruction manual is clear and easy to follow, and kids can start playing right out of the box.

The Origami Mind Bender Puzzle

I purchased this for my son at Christmas. He opened it and it was a HUGE hit. He spent the remainder of Christmas Day and most of the next day working on these puzzles. He has had a great time with them. They get more challenging as you go through the pack. Surprisingly the paper folds and re-folds very easily (for when you need to correct a mistake) without tearing or falling apart.

A favorite game for any puzzle-lover, the Brainwright Manifold, Origami Mind Bender Puzzle is an addictive collection of origami paper puzzles. An excellent idea for a 12th birthday gift, this game includes 100 captivating problems and challenges. To solve them, kids will need to transform the sheets into squared shapes - they need to do it in a way that only black shows on one side and only white on the other.

aGreatLife Money Maze Puzzle Box

I got this for my nephew, as a Christmas gift. I first tried it, of course so I could put money inside. I was able to get it. I then locked it back up and tried to open it again; I can't wait to see my nephew try himself. Lol. Definitely will be buying this again!

The best gift box ever, the aGreatLife Money Maze Puzzle Box is an excellent way to give a child money on their 12th birthday. This puzzle box works as a coin or money bank and allows you to give a gift inside a gift. The kid will need to solve the puzzle to get their present out of the box!

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.

Between Mom and Me: Mother Son Journal

Great opportunity to have something between mom and son. This book allowed us to exchange thoughts on various subjects, reminisce, and enabled us to really see things from the others perspective

A fantastic 12th birthday gift for boys and their moms, the "Between Mom and Me: Mother Son Journal" is an engaging prompt journal that works as a tool to strengthen the mother-son relationship. This journal helps them keep track of memories, compare perspectives, swap stories, explore common and unique interests.

Just Between Us: Mother & Daughter

If you haven't don't this yet and want a way to bring you and your children closer, I highly suggest doing this. All the great advise my mom taught me before she passed away can now be shared in words with my children and they seem to hold on to the words better than if I spoke them.

Mothers and daughters will bond and share things with each other with the help of this deluxe hardcover journal. The bestselling “Just Between Us: Mother & Daughter” makes an excellent 12th birthday gift to strengthen any mother-daughter relationship. It features fun mini quizzes, and thoughtful writing prompts that pave the way for them to discuss many things.

Good Days Start With Gratitude

This is just what I was looking for. Cute design, motivational and inspirational quotes without being religion or bible-focused, short and sweet places to write.

Help a kid develop the habit of gratitude early in life. Good Days Start With Gratitude is a self-exploration journal in the format of a 52-week guide to cultivating an attitude of gratitude. It makes a thoughtful 12th birthday gift to help anyone be thankful for the good things they have and the good things that happen to them.

Watermelon Ball - The Ultimate Swimming Pool Game

Gotta say I was pretty skeptical of this, but needed something new to try for the kids in the pool. Glad I purchased it. It's made out of a very thick material, seems very sturdy, the kids love it

Every kid needs a fun swimming pool game. That’s why the Watermelon Ball - The Ultimate Swimming Pool Game makes for an excellent 12th birthday gift idea. The game is straightforward to fill and play- inflatable toys are usually filled with air, but this one uses water.

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

Skee-Ball: Tabletop Classic Arcade Game

This was a favorite at our end of summer carnival with family and friends. The kids kept going back over and over. They loved it!

This is the official tabletop skeeball game that lets kids play skeeball (almost) anywhere! The portable Skee-Ball: Tabletop Classic Arcade Game makes a fantastic 12th birthday gift for those who love easy fold-n-go fun. This durable game includes 5 solid wooden skeeballs, the skeeball game board, a score pad, and the game rules.

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.