25 cool gift ideas for tween boys 9-12 (and yes, girls will like them too)
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If they love the Netflix series but haven’t yet indulged in the books…start at the beginning.
Do your tweens love to argue? Perfect! This is the game for them!
$28.99 for 500-card core deck at Amazon,
expansion packs available starting at $11
It’s not just cute, it supports the conservation efforts of the DC Smithsonian National Zoo.
$75, DC National Zoo Gift Shop
Yes it’s a cool tween boy gift but believe us, our girls want it too.
Adapted from Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell’s graphic novel trilogy,
it’s the perfect way to dream, plan, and fight for the causes they’re passionate about.
$14.95, Amazon or your local indie bookseller
Help keep the stones safe on earth with earth’s mightiest heroes. Like Kevin Bacon.
$99 on sale, Amazon
If you’re buying this, you’re probably not the parents — you’re probably the coolest aunt, uncle, grandparent or godparent around.
$50, shipped by Goldbelly
This Appaman jacket is a perennial tween gift favorite and holds up through hand-me-downs.
Add onto the LEGOs he already owns and…we bet that can be one long movie.
$20 on sale, Amazon
Great for tweens, teens, and teen-at-heart adults
Use code COOL for 15% off site wide
For the next Shakespeare, or the next David Sedaris. Either way.
For tweens who promise not to give away the secrets. Unless they’re on TV, getting paid to give away the secrets.
$39.99, Amazon or local toy shops
Extra protection for their phones from dark forces. Like gravity.
$22 and up, Otterbox
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