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Propel Star Wars Minidrones
Perfect excuse to say, “go play outside!”
$149.99 on sale, Target
Flip Sequin Mermaid Pillow
The ultimate cool tween gift of 2017 for sure. They can’t have too many.
$38.99, Mermaid Pillow Co
Custom Chuck Taylors
In boys and girls sizes, you can customize them or let them do it themselves with a gift card. So fun.
$50+, Nike Store Online
Krispy Kreme Flavored Jelly Belly Gift Box
Which one goes first? Our vote is Strawberry Iced.
$8.99, Always Fits
Xray Skull PJ Set
Be warned: They will ask to wear them to school.
Use code CPM20 for 20% off!
Not Parent Approved Card Game
Like Cards Against Humanity but…for kids. Still our favorite, irreverent family game, and a perfect tween gift for the holidays.
Sno Cone Machine
Yes, even when it’s cold outside. Because, sno cones.
$39.99 on sale at Amazon, including flavored syrups
Dribbleup Smart Soccer Ball or Basketball
High tech meets “get outside, will you?” These incredible balls connect to your phone to amp up training.
Fenty Beauty Cosmic Gloss Lip Glitter
If she’s into beauty, trust us, she wants Fenty. Also check out Fenty Gloss Bomb which is a favorite!
Studio Ghibli Spirited Away Tee
We hope they never outgrow Totoro but when they do, this is some awesome Ghibli merch.
$20+, Hot Topic
Steven Universe Save the Light for PS4
Because is anything cooler for a tween gift than Steven Universe? Basically…no.
Studded Frye Boots
You can never have enough seriously awesome shoes. Okay so you can if you’re 10. But still.
Amulet graphic novel gift box: #1-7
The first seven books in Kazu Kibuishi’s best-selling series, capturing imaginations of kids about 8-11.
$63.67 on sale, Scholastic
Realistic Temporary Tattoo Pack
So real, we tried them out and fooled some really worried neighbors.
Cloud/Lightning Lariat Necklace
Cool jewelry doesn’t have to be spendy. It just has to be, you know…cool.
$59, Peggy Li
Use code COOLMOM for free shipping
Apple Music Subscription Gift Card
And some time to sit far, far away from you with headphones on. (Sorry!)
Undertale Sports Bottle
Even if you don’t know Undertale, your cool tween does. They’ll loooooove this.
$20, Lisu Works
Prismacolor Set of Manga Colored Pencils
Don’t forget that teens love to get creative too! Package it with a great how-to-draw Manga characters book for an awesome gift.
POSITIV Team Complete Skateboard
The digital series isn’t the newest from POSITIV but it’s still super cool and the price is fantastic.
An All-American Family Vacation
Travelocity has ideas. Add a Lonely Planet Kids Travel Book to deliver the news.
$12.99 book, Lonely Planet Shop; Trip, priceless
Bloxels Star Wars Build-Your-Own Video Game
The only thing cooler than getting a fave Star Wars video game is getting to build their own.
Cannondale Race 24″ Kids Mountain Bike
We found a sweet deal on this top-rated bike at REI but hurry to grab it!
Also check out some of the new Cannondale 24″ Trail Bikes designed especially to fit smaller bodies.
$479 for a limited time, REI
Hey, there’s always the lottery, right?
$ priceless (and pricey), Richard Rodgers Theater
Also check upcoming cities on the Hamilton Tour!
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