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Being a girl is hard. Being a tween girl is almost impossible! And if you’re like me – a mom to a tween girl – you’re struggling with what to put under the Christmas tree this year. As your tween girl teeters somewhere between the child you know and love to maturing into a full-blown teenager and leaving the land of make-believe behind, it is tough to figure out exactly what they want.
Lucky for you, I have the “inside scoop” on all things tween. Between being a mom to a 10-going-on-15 tween girl and spending time with 20+ tweens as a Girl Scout leader, I see it all.
The important thing to realize is that your tween wants and needs your love and attention more than anything. This transition is an emotional roller coaster for them. The best way to handle it is to recognize their love of all the things they’ve known and loved as they were children but also to introduce them to some more “grown-up” gifts, too.
Without further ado, here is a roundup of the top gifts bridging the gap between childhood wishes and teen desires.
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Creative Play to Engage their Mind
I absolutely love that they have “girl” Legos out now! In an appealing purple box, this amazing Lego Roller Coaster Building Kit is the perfect gift for your tween girl.
And an added bonus is your tween’s dad probably played with Legos as a kid and this is a great activity they can bond over.
All-in-One Tablet + E-Reader
As a tween, they’re not quite ready for a phone but love to play games, surf the web, and read e-books. The Kindle Fire tablet lets your daughter do all that, and more.
She can download movies, use it as a camera, and compete with her parents and friends in Candy Crush. What’s not to love about this?
Everyone loves Girl Scout Cookies! This is a must-have for tween girls if they don’t already have one. Girls this age love to bake and feel like they’re contributing to the overall good of the household but are often intimidated by the oven in the kitchen.
Plus, it’s on a super-sale! You can get this sweet gift at an all-time low price of $23.99.
This one is necessary, though it isn’t much fun for us moms. This book will open up communication and help your tween daughter understand the changes taking place in her body.
Sometimes just starting the conversation is the hardest part. Putting this book in her stocking takes care of that and will prepare her for the years ahead.
From special designs perfect for the holiday to your favorite Disney characters, Jamberry has a style to fit everyone – even your super-picky tween girl!
Jamberry wraps pair perfectly with a new bottle of nail polish and make a great stocking stuffer for your favorite tween.
With those ideas, you’re sure to bring a smile to your face on Christmas morning. I know if Nora found all of these gifts under the tree, she’d tell me it was the “best Christmas ever.”
Even though we don’t spend a lot on Christmas (working toward debt-freedom requires some restrictions), I want to keep the magic of Santa alive for as long as I can. Kids grow so quickly and I want to cherish every last childhood Christmas memory that I can!