22 Gifts Your 12-Year-Old Will Obsess Over
We're in the thick of gifting season, and it's time to check off all the 12-year-olds on your list. Kids who fall into the tween age group are notoriously hard to shop for, but don't worry — we got you covered. Whether it's trendy picks, home decor and fashion finds that fit their aesthetic, or gadgets they'll use all the time, we curated a list of gifts and must-haves that will put a smile on that 12-year-old face.
We recommend shopping according to their interests and hobbies. If the tween in your life loves photography, get them a Fujifilm Instax camera. If they are getting into beauty, get them a set of sheet masks or lip glosses to build out their makeup collection. Get the budding fashion enthusiast blingy jewelry they'll wear all the time. Shopping for the gamer? Surprise them with the Meta Quest 2 or the Nintendo Switch! The best gift to get a 12-year-old is something that they will use and appreciate. Keep reading for our top picks. Hurry, the clock is ticking!
Find the best gifts for the kids in your life with our gift guides, including for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, 7-year-olds, 8-year-olds, 9-year-olds, tweens, and teens.
— Additional reporting by Murphy Moroney
For a 12-Year-Old Skin-Care Newbie: TonyMoly Superfood Mask Bowl Set
Get them into the skin-care game with fun and cute sheet masks that will nourish their skin, like the TonyMoly Superfood Mask Bowl Set ($15). It contains six masks that hydrate, moisturize, purify, and brighten the skin.
For the 12-Year-Old Adventure Seeker: Sisigad Hoverboard
Get them something futuristic like this super-cool and innovative Sisigad Hoverboard ($130). It's a self-balancing scooter with LED color-changing lights and Bluetooth-enabled built-in speaker. It comes in a variety of colors as well!
A Fashion Gift For the 12-Year-Old: JW PEI Women's Eva Shoulder Handbag
The JW PEI Women's Eva Shoulder Handbag ($59) is such a useful and stylish gift for the budding fashionista on your list. It is a staple shoulder bag with '90s vibe that will make them look trendy as ever. The handbag is made with quality vegan leather, and will last a long time. It's available in a gorgeous array of colors, so choose their favorite!
A Fun Strategy-Based Game For a 12-Year-Old: Sushi Go! Card Game
The Sushi Go! Card Game ($6, originally $12) is the perfect fast-paced game for a sleepover. It's a thrilling game where players are supposed to create the ultimate sushi combo. Whoever has the most points wins!
A Fashion Gift For the 12-Year-Old: Statement Hoop Earring Set
Eleveate their jewelry collection with the Statement Hoop Earring Set ($20). It comes with three pairs of chunky, mini hoop earrings that are timeless and statement-making. Choose between a gold-toned set or a silver-toned set.
A Room Gift For the 12-Year-Old: Disco Ball Light Up Wireless Speaker
Level up their bedroom with the coolest speaker they've ever owned, the Disco Ball Light Up Wireless Speaker ($50). The disco ball-shaped speaker spins and colorful lights illuminate as their favorite playlist streams from their phone via Bluetooth. It's such a fun addition to their side table or desk.
A Fashion Gift For the 12-Year-Old: Dainty Initial Pearl Necklace
Get them something with a personalized touch like the, Dainty Initial Pearl Necklace ($19). It's got a trendy paperclip link chain on one side and a string of faux pearls on the other side for a dynamic look. Choose their initial in either gold or silver.
For the 12-Year-Old Gamer: Meta Quest 2
Shopping for the gamer in your life? Surprise them with the Meta Quest 2 ($400). It is one of the coolest gifts out there. It's a virtual-reality headset that will let them play games, watch concerts, and more as if they've been transported there. They can experience a whole new world with these.
An Action Camera: Polaroid Dual Screen Wifi Action Camera
If the 12-year-old in your life loves to go on adventures, the Polaroid Dual Screen Wifi Action Camera ($59) will help them capture every moment. It's a waterproof action camera that has a built-in rechargeable battery, perfect for vlogging. It comes with mounting accessories as well, like a multi-use bike and helmet mount. It's an easily portable and affordable alternative to high-end action cameras. Read the in-depth review of the editor-favorite Polaroid Dual Screen Wifi Action Camera.
For the 12-Year-Old Baller: Pop-a-Shot Double Shot Basketball Hoops
Get the basketball enthusiast on your list the Pop-a-Shot Double Shot Basketball Hoops ($45, originally $50). They'll be able to play for hours on end indoors, hung over their bedroom door. With the two baskets, they can play head-to-head arcade game style with their friends. It has LED lights and stadium sound effects to add to the fun. Plus, it keeps track of the score and time.
For the 12-Year-Old Gamer: Nintendo Switch OLED Model with White Joy-Con
If the gamer in your life doesn't already have the Nintendo Switch OLED Model with White Joy-Con ($350), it's probably on their wishlist this year. The console lets them play at home on the TV or on-the-go with the seven-inch OLED screen. When played in Handheld and Tabletop modes, they can enjoy an enhanced experience with the system's built-in speakers. It comes with a wide adjustable stand, a dock for TV mode, and 64GB of internal storage.
A Beauty Stocking Stuffer For the 12-Year-Old: Tower 28 Beauty Clean ShineOn Jelly Lip Gloss
The Tower 28 Beauty Clean ShineOn Jelly Lip Gloss ($15) is an editor-favorite for its hydrating formula that will practically replace their lip balm. The bestselling lip gloss is nonsticky and is pigmented enough to give them a flush of color. It comes in 12 flattering shades, and at only $15, you can get them a few so they have options. Read the in-depth review of the Tower 28 Beauty Clean ShineOn Jelly Lip Gloss.
A Fun Coding Gift For a 12-Year-Old: Let's Start Coding Ultimate Coding Kit
If your tween has shown interest in computers, get them this Let's Start Coding Ultimate Coding Kit ($175). It comes with over 60 code projects that can help them learn if this is a career they would like.
Personal Home Decor For a 12-Year-Old: LED Photo Clips String Lights
If they are eager to make their room their own, getting them trendy decor is something they'll appreciate. Help them show off some photos they've taken with this string of LED Photo Clip Lights ($16, originally $19), which holds 50 photos.
A Competitive Game For a 12-Year-Old: Spikeball Ball Game Set
If you're looking for a gift that will get your tween and their friends up and moving, the Spikeball Ball Game Set ($50) is the perfect gift. The fast-paced game can accommodate up to four players, so they won't have to worry about taking turns. They can play this outdoors or indoors, as long as there's nothing breakable or fragile nearby.
For the 12-Year-Old Budding Scientist: AmScope 52-Pcs Kids Beginner Microscope Kit
If you have a budding scientist on your hands, then get them something that'll pique their interest. The AmScope 52-Pcs Kids Beginner Microscope Kit ($35, originally $55) will keep them busy for hours and teach them some new tricks.
For the 12-Year-Old Photography Enthusiast: Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Camera
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Camera ($77) is the perfect gift for anyone who loves to capture moments. The instant camera has automatic exposure and flash. Plus, they can easily take selifies with the one-touch selfie mode. It comes in a variety of cute colors as well.
For Game Nights: Not Parent Approved: A Card Game For Kids, Families, and Mischief Makers
The Not Parent Approved: A Card Game For Kids, Families, and Mischief Makers ($14, originally $30) will turn your normal family game night on its head. It's such a fun and hilarious game that will let the whole family turn into a bunch of comedians.
For the 12-Year-Old Who Loves to DIY: STMT Create Fragrant Candles Set
If they're into DIY, get them a fun set that'll show their creative side. This STMT Create Fragrant Candles Set ($17, originally $20) will be a fun experiment for them. It comes with scents like lavender, sweet orange, and rose.
For a 12-Year-Old Adventure Seeker: C7skates Quad Skates
They'll want to use these C7skates Quad Skates ($60, originally $75) all the time. They come in a variety of different colors as well so you can get them their favorite shade. They look like so much fun!