Tag: gifts for teens + tweens

What’s better than safe, kid-friendly nail polish? Safe, kid-friendly nail polish you can wash off with water.

My daughter loves nail polish, but she’s not so crazy about taking it off once it starts to chip. As for me, I cringe a little when I soak her little kid fingers with strong nail polish remover. Because, chemicals. Right? So I love our latest discovery: Nailmatic kid-friendly nail polishes which promise to wash right off with water, and actually do. To be more specific, the package says to use soap and water. but I find it comes right off without much soap required. Plus, it goes on really smoothly, which means I can actually get the polish on my...

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29 very cool, very affordable back-to-school finds for tweens and teens

Back-to-school shopping with tweens and teens is like a whooole new thing. They have pretty strong opinions about what they love and don’t love. Even more than preschoolers, if you can believe that. (Though at least they don’t insist on wearing their swimsuit and flip-flops to school in the winter, ha.) So we had a great time putting together this third back-to-school shopping miniguide on behalf of our partner JCPenney, to help you fin tons of cool stuff for your older kids. And it’s all so affordable. Yes! From backpacks and school gear to clothing essentials and those fun...

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The best, most affordable places to buy jeans for tall girls.

I’m 5’11 and while I love my height now, middle school me wasn’t thrilled about the perennial challenge of buying jeans for tall girls. Especially since my parents didn’t want to spend a bundle on jeans that would only last one BTS season at best. With my willowy nieces now facing the same long-legged shopping problem, I decided to do some digging and find the cutest, most affordable jeans for tall girls to help them out — and any of your own kids, too. Because #TallGirlProblems are real. But with the XL inseam jeans these stores offer, they don’t...

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26 of the coolest unicorn school supplies that bring magic to the day | Back to School Guide 2017

It would hardly be 2017 — or heck, the 21st century as a whole — without a look at the coolest unicorn school supplies as part of our annual back to school shopping guide. Because if there’s one theme our kids show no sign of getting tired of, it’s got to be unicorns. And we can hardly blame them.  Hope there’s something here to make September a little more magical and a little more sparkly. If only we had saved our own Lisa Frank unicorn supplies from our own childhoods! CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate Related: 23...

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Oh just a Blink-182 drum and a Chance the Rapper dirt bike for auction to support St. Jude’s

Usually, the amazing feeling you get when you donate to a cause you care about is enough reason to do it. But if that cause you care about just happens to be hosting an auction featuring items like signed instruments and band memorabilia, well — don’t mind if we do! That’s where Music Gives to St. Jude Kids comes in to support one of our very favorite non-profits in the world, And we’re here for it. Related: Charitable donations that support children and education This eBay for Charity auction lists truly cool music memorabilia, like a customized snare by Shinedown drummer...

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I found the best bath bombs in a kind of random way.

My girls are totally infatuated with bath bombs, ever since my middle schooler joined a Harry Potter Potions after-school science club (so cool, right?) and made her own handmade bath bomb. So when I started combing our neighborhood looking for one for a gift, well turns out they’re sold out everywhere in Brooklyn. Which means bath bombs are officially A Thing. So I poked around on Amazon to find some for my younger daughter’s birthday and went with the highly rated bath bombs by Lifearound2angels. Handmade bath and beauty products can be a crapshoot and I’m picky, but I...

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Behold! The magical color-changing rainbow unicorn mug that we need now.

One look at the short video of the color-changing rainbow unicorn mug in action and you will want it too. You may even scream, I WANT IT! like I did when Kristen sent me the link. Just pour in hot water and — magic — the mane slowly becomes a rainbow, while the unicorn’s eyes go blue. (Okay, so it’s not magic, it’s thermal reactivity, but really. When you think about it, isn’t science pretty much magic?) Related: The coolest rainbow unicorn gifts for kids and kids at heart The one catch: You have to order it from French...

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This Women’s March coloring book is what democracy looks like.

There’s no denying that the massive success of The Woman’s March on January 21, 2017, marked it as an historic day in our country, the world and the continuation of a long history of boss ladies making our voices heard. So I was so excited to discover this We March Coloring Book by art director Vivienne Wan, fundraising on Kickstarter now. Naturally I’m excited to share the lessons of that day day with my 4-month-old son, who was with me during the Women’s March — only in utero — and in a few years, this will be the perfect way to...

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Hamiltones crayons: We don’t know how to say no to this!

My daughter has been completely obsessed with Hamilton because she is a normal 2017 kid. And as an artist, she’s just as obsessed with these Hamiltones Hamilton crayons by Thespian Swag. Enough that she’s been forwarding me pictures of them for days. Now that I’ve finally clicked through…well, I get it! The dozen colors are so clever, including Alexander Hamil-tan and Burr’ple along with a green Your Daddy’s Got Money. But I admit I’m giving my own standing O to whomever came up with Maroon Where it Happens. Related: The best Hamilton party ideas: Decor, invitations, treats, and more. I’m hoping there...

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Cool hard-side kids’ luggage: 9 options that might get them to carry their own bags

There are few better moments for traveling families than the day your child is ready to carry their own luggage through the airport! (Can I get a woot?!) I’ve put together some fantastic hard-side luggage for kids that makes for fantastic first-time luggage, whether they’re a tot or a young teen. I wanted options that were rugged enough for the beating kids can give all of their items, but something fun and cool enough that they’ll want to grab it before you can even ask them to yourself.  Now that’s a win! CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate...

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The Star Wars: A Force Awakens Monopoly set was missing Rey. Then one little girl changed that.

When Hasbro’s new Star Wars: A Force Awakens Monopoly set came out in late 2015, fans discovered something was missing. Well, someone was missing: Rey. And one 8-year-old wasn’t okay with that. (And honestly, neither were we.) So Annie Rose Goldman wrote Hasbro a letter, which her mom tweeted to the company, explaining how critical it was to include Rey in the all-male token set. Without her, THERE IS NO FORCE AWAKENS! It awakens in her” she wrote, echoing so many of our own feelings. She ended her plea with: Girls matter! Boy or girl, who cares? We are all...

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If you’re going to believe in unicorns, pick this one.

There’s a lot of chatter going around that things just haven’t been right with the world since Prince and David Bowie left it. I’m kind of in agreement. So I’m all for bringing them back in any way possible — like this totally rad “Carry Me Home” Bowie and Prince enamel tribute pin by designer Ice Cream Color for the shop Laser Kitten. I’d say it deserves a home on as many lapels, handbags, and cool-teen/tween backpacks as possible. Related: A site to support indie artists, not the retailers ripping them off Two of my very favorite artists of all time, together,...

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8 must-read summer reading books for tweens and teens who want to stay woke

Lately, as my kids are getting older and the world has gotten (ahem) a little crazier, my 10- and 12-year-old have been questioning what’s going on. I chat with them about my own observations and beliefs…and ask them about theirs. But one thing that helps us both understand where other people are coming from is to read stories written from their perspectives. So I’ve recently tracked down a handful of books that can help kids stay woke. I’ve collected these with tweens and teens in mind (although check them out first, because some of the books on this list...

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5 sleepaway camp postcard sets that are cool enough for cynical kids.

Since old fashioned pen to paper is usually the required form of communication at camps, cool sleepaway camp postcards make it easy! They keep writing short and sweet, don’t require envelopes, and if you give your kid a set all stamped and ready to go, the odds are in your favor to receive some updates and maybe even a few I miss you‘s Even from kids who prefer to communicate in emojis. So grab one of these 5 cool sets we found and mail them to your camper in a care package, or send them off in that trunk...

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Paint it forward: How to turn rocks into random acts of kindness

Kids like rocks. Kids like painting. Kids like giving gifts. So it’s pretty brilliant for Creativity for Kids/Faber-Castell to come out with the brand new Hide & Seek Rock Painting Kit which brings all three together. Admittedly on first glance I was like, okay, someone found a way to sell you rocks and paint. But then, I am a big fan of random acts of kindness. So the company sent over a press sample, and right away I could tell it was way more special. Not only does it come with everything you need including the brushes, but there are...

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14 cool, creative summer camp care package ideas for your happy campers

If your kids are headed to sleepaway camp — or already there — you’re probably already planning out a great summer care package, filled with items your kids will love, to help ease the anxiety, keep them busy during quiet hours, help them make friends, or just make them even happier campers than they already are. But with a lot of camps banning the sugary stuff or discouraging food altogether, I know it can be hard to think of care package ideas besides gummi worms and Oreos. So I’ve spoken to our resident sleepaway camp parents, and we’ve put together...

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Unicorn Vans in big kid sizes! Join us in freaking out.

My girls have been eying those unicorn Vans forever (because who isn’t obsessed with unicorns right now?) but they’ve only been available in baby sizes. Until now. That’s right, they’re available in big kid sizes, and you know I’m snatching up a pair before they sell out. I have to say that I’ve always had a fantastic experience with Vans. As our go-to back-to-school shoes for years now, they hold up very well, which means I can hand them down through my three girls. Not to mention, I find my girls wear them for a solid three seasons each...

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The life-changing magic of tidying up, now as a manga graphic novel. For real.

I’d be willing to bet money that you’ve probably heard about Marie Kondo’s uber best-selling book The life-changing magic of tidying up, aka The Konmari Method. But now, the author has launched a new version of her book to make it even more appealing to read. That’s because it’s now a manga graphic novel. Considering I’ve got a manga-loving teen in my home who could use some major organizational help that’s not in the form of her mother nagging her (hi honey!), we actually pre-ordered The life-changing manga of tidying up and let’s just say it has not disappointed. She...

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