Parrot Mambo Minidrone | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

Before long, older kids will just ask for money and clothes, so enjoy these years by surprising tweens with the kinds of awesome birthday gifts they’d never think you’re cool enough to buy. If you know their interests, they’ll be thrilled you took the time to find the very perfect thing. And be sure not to buy anything too young! If you’ve ever seen a 10-year-old opening a cutesie baby doll (and trying to feign gratitude) you may know what we’re talking about.

Hope these ideas help! They come directly from our own older kids’ covet lists.

And thanks so much to our fantastic birthday gift guide sponsor, Sew Plain Jane, a mom-run small business making handmade superhero capes starting at just $4, plus personalized capes and accessories and DIY cape decorating kits that make fantastic birthday gifts and favors at any age – even teens and adults.

Special Offer: Cool Mom Picks readers save 10% on orders at Sew Plain Jane with code CoolMomPicks10 through 4/10/17.

All gifts have been editorially determined by our staff, there is no compensation in exchange for picks. CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate. 
Parrot Mambo Minidrone | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

Parrot Mambo Minidrone

($119.99 at Parrot)
Our kids are officially obsessed with this awesome mini drone that’s easy to get flying right out of the box. Fly it indoors or use it to get the kids to play outside more; in fact if you’ve got two, they can host an aerial show or flight race for the neighborhood.

 

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MOD-t 3D Printer | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

MOD-t 3D Printer

(Starts at $399 at New Matter Store)
A 3D printer is a seriously amazing gift to get kids thinking about how to put all their innate creativity and ingenuity to work. You never know if they’ll come up with a fun trinket or the next lifesaving medical device. And this particular one is a truly great value for an excellent printer.

Ridell Dart Ombre Roller Skates | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

Ridell Dart Ombre Roller Skates

($109 on sale at Roller Skate Nation)
Inline skate may have had their day but 4-wheelers are back with a vengeance, and kids are craving ones as cool as their non-wheeled kicks. Like these from Ridell, which come in multiple colors.

 

Personalized unicorn glitter tee | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

Personalized unicorn glitter tee

($26.95 at Brave New World Designs)
Everyone loves unicorns, and we love how this shirt from designer and blogger Christine Koh can be personalized. On top of that, 20% of all profits are donated directly to support The March of Dimes.

 

Ray Ban Junior Wayfarers | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

Ray Ban Junior Wayfarers

($70 at Ray Ban)
Here’s a savvy shopping tip: You can get original Ray Bans at a great price in junior sizes if you’re shopping for a not-so-huge kid (or even an adult) with a smaller face. Otherwise size up to the regular Wayfarers. Black with green classic lenses, of course. Timeless fashion.

 

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

($35 at Rebel Girls Co )
One of our favorite new books of the year, and probably one of our favorite books ever, this must-have volume is packed with 100 short, witty bios about amazing, achieving, rebel women you know — and plenty you’ll be excited to get to know. And wow, the illustrations. Whatever your age or gender, you can’t help but be inspired by this book in a million ways.

 

Doodle Craft subscriptions | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

Tween maker craft subscription box

($16.95/mo and up at Kiwi Crate)
One lucky kid will end up with a new, fun activity packed into a box each month that lets her design her own canvas pouches, carve stamps, or decorate cards. Our own older kids have tried the Doodle Crate crafts with very satisfying results and let’s just say they recommend them highly.

 

Star Wars Chewbacca iPhone, iPod or Galaxy Case | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

Star Wars Chewbacca iPhone, iPod or Galaxy Case

($30 at Adrian Mentus for Society 6)
If your kid is toting a shiny new phone or an older hand-me-down, wrap it up in a walking carpet and keep it safe.

 

Fantastic Beasts Coloring book and colored pencils | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

Fantastic Beasts Coloring book and colored pencils

($10.99 + $13.95 at Amazon)
We are still big fans of the adult coloring book trend, and artistic minded tweens will love a birthday gift of a book around their favorite theme — like this one, inspired by J.K. Rowling’s latest. Don’t forget to add a box of shiny new colored pencils.

 

Not Parent Approved game | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

Not Parent Approved game

($24.99 at Amazon )
One of our very favorite games to play with our kids, it’s like Cards Against Humanity only… a little more PG. Expect lots of booger and toilet humor, which will keep anyone about 8 and up laughing all night.

 

Fuji Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

Fuji Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera

($59.99 and up at Amazon)
A camera that spits out an actual picture that develops before their very eyes? How novel! (Ha.) It’s the perfect birthday gift for tweens and teens living in an instant-gratification world, and so many cool colors to choose from. Just remember to include some extra film because digital kind of messes you up that way.

 

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Sew Plain Jane Personalized Superhero Capes start at $4
If you’re looking for a fun, wildly affordable birthday gift for a kid of any age, Sew Plain Jane is a wonderful mom-run business making handmade superhero capes our kids love, including their new personalized glitter initial capes.

Capes start at just $4. (Yes, really!) And don’t miss their brilliant DIY cape decorating kits that make for fantastic birthday party crafts that become the coolest take-home favors.

Special Offer: Cool Mom Picks readers save 10% on orders at Sew Plain Jane with code CoolMomPicks10 through 4/10/17.

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Adventure Experience Gifts | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

Adventure Experience Gifts

($ varies)
Tweens are at a terrific age to try more extreme activities and adventures. Take them outdoor rock climbing, find a zip lining venue, or go go-karting. Or check out Cloud 9 Living which offers tons of experience gifts, quite a few of which kids can participate in. Just looking at the NY area alone, we found trapeze lessons , whitewater rafting, and (hello!) private Ninja lessons. Whatever you choose, look for reputable businesses that have different levels for various ages and abilities as well as strong safety practices.

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Need even more birthday gift ideas for tweens and big kids? Don’t miss our up-to-the-minute list of the coolest gifts for tweens in our 2016 holiday gift guide.

 

Manic Panic Temporary Hair Color | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

Manic Panic Temporary Hair Color

($9.50+ at Amazon)
Just saying yes to a color like Purple Haze is enough to count as the most perfect birthday gift ever. And you didn’t even spend 10 bucks on it.

 

JAM Classic Wireless Bluetooth Speaker | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

JAM Classic Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

($44.99 and up at Target)
Kids like their music portable these days, and this sturdy little speaker offers booming sound in a small size they can take to sleepover parties or just move from room to room as they do chores. (As if.)

 

Personalized acrylic name necklace | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

Personalized acrylic name necklace

($48 at Nordstrom)
So many cool colors, certainly her favorite is here. You could even get two for a pair of best friends and let them trade.

 

The KANO DIY Computer Kit | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

The KANO DIY Computer Kit

($149.99 at KANO)
This wonderful kit actually lets kids put together their own computer. Then, jump in with beginner programming. Really. As in, a working computer. While more techy families might consider building their own Raspberry Pi computer for less, this is a complete and easy-to-use kit that kids really rave about.

 

Wusthoff Jr Chef Knife Set | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

Wusthoff Jr Chef Knife Set

($99 on sale at Williams-Sonoma)
Future chefs will flip over this very grownup, and yet totally kid-friendly set of real knives from the masters at Wusthoff. The one catch: They have to promise to make dinner at least once a week.

 

Ticket to Ride board game | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

Ticket to Ride board game

($36 at Amazon)
A fantastic option for family game night that you can play with up to five players. In fact, the more players the more fun, making this a great for siblings to share too.

 

The Last Guardian for PS4 | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

The Last Guardian for PS4

($59.99 for download, Playstation store; $59.99 for disc at Target )
This highly anticipated new adventure game may be heavy on the action, but deep down it’s a sweet story about the relationship between a boy and the mythical Trico. It’s not educational, but it’s not Murder Zombies XII either.

 

Parrot Mambo Minidrone | coolest birthday gifts for tweens

Gift card to their favorite shop

($ varies)
While gift cards sometimes seem like a cop-out birthday gift, to a tween without a lot of disposable income, it’s like freedom, possibilities, and a glimpse of big-kid responsibility all wrapped up in one little piece of plastic. Figure out your tweens favorite interests whether it’s music, gaming, fashion, books, or Vanilla Bean Frappuccinos, and let them go to town. Literally.

 

The Hogwarts Express at Universal Orlando: A seriously amazing birthday gift for tweens

Family Trip to Universal Orlando Resort

(A lot of moneys)
When kids have outgrown the little kid parks, Universal Orlando is a simply amazing family theme park destination. If only for the Gringotts Ride in Diagon Alley. (The best!) If you’ve had a vacation like this on your wishlist, make it a once-in-a-lifetime birthday gift for a really special kid. We’ve even got tips on how to save money on family vacations like this one.  Oh, and best tip ever? Stay on site at a Universal resort hotel  like the Hard Rock Hotel or the Portofino Bay Resort, and you get to cut all the ride lines for free. That’s a gift for everyone.

And thanks so much to our fantastic birthday gift guide sponsor, Sew Plain Jane, a mom-run small business making handmade superhero capes starting at just $4, plus personalized capes and accessories and DIY cape decorating kits that make fantastic birthday gifts and favors at any age.

Special Offer: Cool Mom Picks readers save 10% on orders at Sew Plain Jane with code CoolMomPicks10 through 4/10/17.

All gifts have been editorially determined by our staff, there is no compensation in exchange for picks. CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate.