Top 10 Birthday Gifts for Tweens (Ages 11-13)

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Wondering what to get your preteen for an upcoming birthday? Try these bithday gift ideas to make this a birthday to remember for any young teenager.
Grooveclock
Cygnett GrooveToons Clock Radio
From Cygnett
Price: $14.00

This clock turns your child's iPod nano into a personalized alarm clock. Simply plug his iPod nano into the docking station, complete with snooze button, volume control, and speakers powerful enough to wake up even the deepest sleeper, and he'll be grooving his way out of bed every morning. Your sleepy tween will never be late for school again!

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WimpyKid
Diary of a Wimpy Kids Series
By Jeff Kinney
Price: $56.00

You should always encourage your kid to read, and birthdays are the perfect time to give a gift of literacy.

The Wimpy Kid series, by best-selling author Jeff Kinney has quickly become a favorite among kids and teens, and is now a major-motion picture.

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shainsbracelet
100% Recycled Cuff Bracelet
From Shainsware
Price: $19.99

Adjustable and customizable, this bracelet is made of 100% recycled materials. It comes with letters and symbols, so your teen can express her individuality and creativity, and let others know what is on her mind.

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Catan Game
Board Games
From DropShip Solutions
Price: $38.00

Tweens are just reaching the age when more complex and strategic board games can capture their fancy. One of the best is The Settlers of Catan, in which players share resources to try to build successful societies. Unlike more traditional board games, the open-ended nature of Catan ensures that no two games will be remotely alike. It makes a great family activity, too!

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BuddhaBoard
Original Buddha Board
From Buddha Board
Price: $32.95

It's like a sophisticated etch-a-sketch with water. Simply wet your brush, and it will leave black marks on the paper. When the water dries, your art will disappear, so you can use it over and over again. It's the perfect gift for letting your child explore his artistic side, without the mess of paint.

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BigKahuna
Beanbag Chair
Price: $50.00

Every tween needs their own spot for playing video games, listening to music, and watching television during his down time. Buy a pair or more for hanging out with friends.

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GiftCards
Personalized Gift Cards

One gift that can appeal to your tween's emerging sense of independence is a gift card. Try to find something suited to your child's tastes and interests. Accompany your tween to the store to discuss the options. Besides giving your child a present, you're also teaching him how to be an educated shopper.

Diary
A Diary
From Peter Pauper Press
Price: $12.99

When you give your child a diary, you're encouraging her to cultivate her innermost thoughts (not to mention her writing skills, but you don't need to tell her that). Make sure the diary you choose can lock securely and, whatever you do, don't read it! Kids need their privacy, too.

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Panda Bear
Magazine Subscriptions
A magazine subscription is a birthday gift that keeps on giving. There's a periodical out there for every interest and age group. Take a look at specialty publications like Discovery Girls or Stone Soup, a magazine of fiction and poetry written entirely by kids ages 8-13. Your kids may even feel compelled to submit something!
Boy playing trumpet
Music Lessons
The ability to play an instrument is a skill that kids can take with them for the rest of their lives. Help foster your child's love of music by giving him music lessons. Search your local classifieds for music teachers in your community, or place your own ad. (Be sure to interview any prospective teachers, and ask for references.)